It's evident in their test scores.
Indeed, the theme of Catholic Schools Week 2013, "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards", couldn't be any more appropriate for students at St. John Neumann Regional School.
The school, which houses grades K-3 at its Slatington campus, and grades 4-8 at its Palmerton campus, will observe the occasion with a week's worth of activities Jan. 26 through Feb. 1.
It will commence on Saturday and Sunday with the program: Our Parish, Our Parish Liturgies. It will include a Student Special Presentation. Students should wear uniforms to their church. There will be a Winter Social in the gym on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. All students are invited.
On Monday, Jan. 28, there will be a program: Our Community, complete with an Open House. It will consist of a Meet and Greet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both campuses. In addition, the Palmerton campus will celebrate Crazy Hat and Sock Day, while the Slatington campus will have PJ Day. There will also be a Scholastic Book Fair in recognition of National Puzzle Day.
Tuesday will feature the program: Our Students, which will consist of a Special Person Luncheon at the Palmerton campus. Students at the Palmerton campus will work on classroom activities, while students at the Slatington campus will create cards. There will also be a Scholastic Book Fair.
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, there will be a program: Our Nation, as students are asked to dress in Red, White, and Blue attire, and they will make cards to those who keep us safe locally. That will be followed by a presentation from K. Castaneda, author of "The Easter Bunny's Secret" at 1 p.m. at the Slatington campus. Environmentalist Dan Kunkle will conduct an African Safari program at 1 p.m. at the Palmerton campus. All families and friends are invited to attend.
Thursday, Jan. 31, will be about the program: Our Vocations, as the Palmerton campus will have a PJ Day, while the Slatington campus has Crazy Hat & Sock Day. There will be speakers on Religious/Priestly Life at 1:30 p.m. The Slatington campus will host a Special Persons Luncheon and Scholastic Book Fair. There will also be snow tubing at Blue Mountain Ski Area at 4 p.m.
On Friday, Feb. 1, there will be a program: Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers, as all students are to report to the Palmerton campus for a 10 a.m. mass in the Sacred Heart Church. There will be Prayer Partner Activities, as well as H&SA Ice Cream Treat. Students will have early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. by buses or parents at the Palmerton campus.
Sister Virginia Stephanie said SJNRS students learn much more than reading, writing and arithmetic. They learn character and integrity; they grow in understanding, compassion, and creativity, said Sister Stephanie, who added the staff provides a Christ-centered education, and personal involvement with each student and their parents.
To arrange a personal tour of the school, call the Slatington campus at (610) 787-2935, or the Palmerton campus at (610) 826-2354.
For more information, visit www.sjnrschool.org .