November 22, 2016:
This week, St. Cassian School kicks off its celebration of winning the National Blue Ribbon Award for academic excellence, placing it firmly in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide. St. Cassian School is only one of ten schools in New Jersey to win the award on December 7-8 at the U.S. Department Education in Washington, D.C. The school community will be celebrating this achievement in many ways, starting with a kick-off Thanksgiving lunch and dance event this week.
Principal Llanes stated what many are feeling, “We have a lot to be thankful for, we are so blessed with such outstanding students and teachers.” St. Cassian School’s Principal, Maria Llanes, affirmed that the school’s culture of infusing art and technology into the curriculum to engage students’ multiple intelligences is what helped the school achieve this great honor.
Principal Llanes explains the school culture by giving some examples: “We embrace the idea that students’ love for writing may not come only from writing assignments, but from authors who share with them how life experiences can develop into a book. Students’ love of country may not expand by simply reading about our “founding fathers,” but we know it does when our Mini Model Congress Team travels to Trenton to hear from legislators. Their love of history may not develop from classroom lectures, but from creating a silent film about the “Roaring Twenties.” The love of math may not come from a textbook, but through fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities, such as building a bridge with classmates.
“Engaging students in this manner makes learning a creative and fun process at St. Cassian School and our Blue Ribbon Award signifies our success. It's such an exciting time for the faculty and the students as we learn and achieve together!” added Principal Llanes. “Congratulations to the students, faculty, the parents. We also greatly appreciate the support from the St. Cassian parish and the Archdiocese of Newark. Through God’s grace, we can all achieve high levels when we work hard and together,” Principal Llanes stated.
St. Cassian School has nearly 250 students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. The student body is comprised of students from Montclair and many nearby towns, such as Bloomfield, Clifton, Verona and Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Founded in 1952, St. Cassian School is a thoughtful, respectful and loving, family-oriented school fostering Christian values. Our mission is to help each child spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically through a faith-based curriculum that integrates technology and the visual and performing arts.
Learn more at www.stcassianschool.org. For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Award program and announcement by U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, go to http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-education-secretary-john-b-king-jr-recognizes-329-national-blue-ribbon-schools.