‘Back to School Night’ at Santa Barbara Catholic School

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By Jhoanna Co
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Santa Barbara Catholic School (SBCS) welcomed families on Friday, August 18, for “Back to School Night.” The Petrie Gym was packed with parents, students, faculty, and staff as Principal Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM welcomed everyone to the new school year.

The night started with an introduction of the 47 faculty and staff of SBCS via a fun video and dance, much to the delight and surprise of attendees.

This was followed by a look at last school year’s achievements and highlights with a presentation from Ms. Bernadette Alcantara, Assistant to the Principal for Formation, and Mrs. Arleen Suplido, Assistant to the Principal for Curriculum & Grants, detailing outreach activities, SAT and ACT-Aspire scores as well as student awards in academics and sports.

Father Jeff San Nicolas, the Delegate General for the Coadjutor Archbishop, was also present and talked to the school community about the assessments levied on all Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Agaña.

After a few more school-wide reminders, families were invited to visit classrooms to meet the homeroom and special subject teachers.

Mrs. Leah Medrano, SBCS parent shared, “Tonight was a very informative session. Hearing Sister Maria Rosario speak about what SBCS will do about the assessment motivated me to help more with school fundraising.

Mrs. Medrano continued, “More importantly, I was very happy when they showed the ACT-Aspire results because I know that my child will be close to ready or ready for higher learning. I am looking forward to collaborating more with their new teachers ensuring their academic success.”