Recent Acheivements

Recent Acheivements

Continuing Our Path of Distinction!

 

 

As we continue on our path of distinction, we constantly reflect on the past, present and future operations of the school. We are fortunate to earn your overwhelming support and appreciate your confidence in our vision for the future. Below are a few of the many recent accomplishments we have experienced together in 2018.

 

  • Enrollment is on the rise! Here are a few exciting facts: Our current enrollment (2018-19) is 479 students; we currently have 501 students fully registered for the 2019-20 school year. This year, only 9 students school-wide have withdrawn from St. Rose of Lima; our retention rate is outstanding. We now have a growing wait list for many grade levels. Thank you for your support!
  • Our afterschool program has recently expanded to include services for our youngest Cardinals. Now, families with 3-yr olds will be able to take advantage of our afterschool care offered between 3-6pm.
  • For the first time in SRL history, we have established an Athletic Awards Night to recognize those students who represent our school as student athletes. We are extremely proud of the numerous accomplishments achieved by our coaches and athletes. Go Cardinals!
  • Congratulations to our 6th and 7th grade students for their wonderful achievement at the C-M Lions Scholastic Competition! Competing against Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of Miami, we're honored to share that our students were recognized with the following awards: 2nd Place- 6th Grade Art, 2nd Place-7th Grade Drama, 1st Place- 7th Grade English, 2nd Place- 6th Grade Math, 3rd Place- 7th Grade Social Studies, 2nd Place - 7th Grade Social Studies, and 2nd Place- 7th Grade Religion.
  • SRL brings back Drama for middle school! Students were able to showcase their talent at the Miami Theatre Center as they performed music from Broadway and a Midsummer Night’s Dream! This year’s elective options included Acting, as well as, Stagecraft & Design. We also expanded our Fine Arts program by initiating Band as a daytime elective. Over 70 students are currently enrolled in the band. SRL is a great place for artists to grow!
  • Numerous new service projects/activities have been initiated this school year to include a Middle School Service Retreat with the Sisters of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus & Mary, weekly food collections for the poor and less fortunate, 4th Grade’s Meals of Hope project packaging over 6,000 meals, and much more!
  • According to our recent Parent Satisfaction Survey, nearly 60% of our families felt their children had a great experience during their 1st Semester, 39.5% had a good experience and only .05% felt their child’s experience was fair. None of our family’s rated their child’s experience as “poor.”
  • Over the course of this school year Cardinal athletic teams have had undefeated seasons, several championships and a school record. Both boys and girls JV basketball teams finished 1st in their division, the boys had an undefeated season and the girls finished 7-1.  The boys’ varsity basketball team finished their regular season as the ACC Division 2A runner-up and made St. Rose of Lima history as they won the ACC Tournament of Champions.  This is the first time SRL has won this prestigious award.  Both boys and girls varsity volleyball teams made it to the playoffs with the girls coming out on top as the ACC Division 2A champs!  Boys’ varsity soccer had an amazing regular season heading into playoffs and came home honored to be titled the ACC 2A runner-up.  The trophies kept coming as the boys and girls varsity flag football teams headed into playoffs on April 13th.  Both teams came out strong in the semifinals each earning a spot in the finals.  In the end the boys finished as the ACC 2A runner-up and the girls came out on top clinching the ACC 2A championship trophy.  This has been the most successful year for Cardinal athletics in school history!  We would like to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to SRL Athletic Director Daniel Ocampo, team coaches and the SRL student athletes.
  • With over 500 guests in attendance, SRL launched a Family STREAM Expo to showcase the amazing work being completed cross-curricular in the classrooms by our teachers and students.
  • We're thrilled to share that our middle school students experienced great success at this year's county Science Fair! Three students received an Honorable Mention, five students received Excellent ratings, and two of our Cardinals won the privilege to compete in the nationally recognized Broadcom Masters competition! This means that they are part of the top 10% of middle school science fair projects in the United States. The competition rewards up to $25,000 in honor of STEM excellence. Congratulations to our students and Ms. Mesidor!
  • Congratulations to Emma Coronado, Rocco Garcia, Olivia Knowles, and Bruna Pereira on being named Veritas Scholars by St. Thomas Aquinas High School. These incredible 8th grade students scored in the 90th percentile or HIGHER on the HSPT (High School Placement Test) and recently received their awards at a ceremony held at St. Thomas.
  • Congratulations to Colleen Swan and Amanda Pena for representing SRL at the Miami Herald Spelling Bee. Both students excelled, with Amanda making it all the way to the TOP 10 of the county!
  • We have successfully reopened our PreK3 for our youngest Cardinals and their families. This fun and educational new program for our 3-year olds has captured much attention in our community and we now have a growing wait list for this grade level.
  • Numerous new initiatives are underway to further enhance parental involvement in the classroom. A few of these exciting new programs include our Preschool Science Fridays, Kindergarten Student of the Week, 3rd Grade Mystery Parent Reader program, 4th Grade Author’s Tea & Science Exhibit, 5th Grade Longhouse Social Studies Project Exhibit, and much more!
  • A new partnership with Barry University’s Chemistry Department has been established to further support our focus on making Science interactive and inspiring. Since the start of school, Barry’s chemistry majors have visited various grade levels at St. Rose to work with our teachers and students.
  • With much gratitude to our friends from the Women’s Relief Association, SRL has acquired a grant that will provide the funding needed to begin plans for a new STREAM Learning Lab.
  • Competing against other Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Miami, St. Rose of Lima won 2nd place overall at the Monsignor Pace High School Academic Olympics.
  • Our students and families provided over 500 food items and 300 toys for our community during our Thanksgiving and Christmas drives.
  • SRL alumni continue to soar at our local Catholic high schools! We are pleased to report their recent achievements during the year. Among the 40 SRL graduates at St. Thomas Aquinas HS, 34 students received Honor Roll; with 17 of those on Principal's List. At Pace, 16 of our 25 alumni received either Principal’s or 1st Honors. Go Cardinals!
  • A behavioral management program, Conscious Discipline, has been introduced and steadily incorporated across our primary grade levels. Conscious Discipline is a leader in classroom management and provides a transformational, whole-school solution for social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation.
  • Our St. Joseph’s Workshop has been dramatically expanded to better serve all learners. Under the direction of our Dean of Academics, we now have a full-time Behavioral Health Counselor, two full-time Learning Interventionists, and two Title One Reading & Math Interventionists on site. Programs are now in place for students who need added interventions and enrichment; ongoing progress monitoring has illustrated growth in many areas.
  • Healthy improvements have been made to our school’s lunch program. Among these changes, students are no longer permitted to return to the line for additional snacks, ice cream is only served on Fridays, and aftercare has begun introducing healthier snack options.
  • Our Fine Arts Department has taken on a fresh new look! Based on the feedback from our parents, everyone is thrilled with the recent changes to our Christmas programs, our new preschool Christmas Show, and the addition of our instrumental band program. Stay tuned…we have much more in store!
  • We have expanded our middle school program to offer additional levels of Math. This expansion has enhanced our learning environment so all students can reach their fullest potential in a setting that is comfortable yet stimulating.
  • Since August, students across grades 2-8 have been introduced to computer coding in our innovative computer lab. We are excited to partner with Tynker, a complete learning system that enables everyone from beginners to advanced programmers to code with intuitive, interest-based activities. Tynker's self-paced courses lets kids experiment with visual blocks before progressing to intermediate programming and even languages like Javascript and Python. Our middle school students have benefitted from a grant provided by the GE Additive Initiative Education program and the Miami Shores Women’s Relief Association to use Engineering principles and Makers Empire Software to complete projects on our two new 3D printers.
  • Our 8th Grade students have been paired with our 2nd Graders as Faith Friends. Each week, our Faith Friends come together to attend weekly mass, participate in various activities, and share in friendship and faith as they prepare for their Sacraments.
  • Our 3rd Grade students have been paired with our Kindergarten students as Reading Buddies. On a monthly basis, these new buddies gather together to read stories to each other. This new program helps foster confidence in reading, leadership, friendship, and family.
  • Dr. Pedro Jose Greer visited SRL to speak with all middle school students about his experience helping the neediest in our community. Dr. Greer, an assistant dean at FIU’s College of Medicine, is the founder of Camillus Health Concern and the St. John Bosco Clinic. He is also the recipient of many of the nation’s highest honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as three Papal medals. We are proud to offer this enriching opportunity for our students as we continue our focus on the importance of service to others.
  • Gabriela Muriel​, class of ’18, was selected as a top 30 finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students for her SRL Science Fair project! 
  • Additional afterschool STREAM Clubs have been launched to provide further enrichment activities to our students. Currently 150+ students are taking advantage of these new opportunities!
  • In collaboration with Immaculata LaSalle High School, spiritual day retreats have been scheduled for all middle school students to further enrich each child’s spiritual development.
  • SRL received a grant from GE’s Addictive Education program for a state-of-the art 3D Printing Classroom Package! This new program will be integrated into our STREAM Elective program for many years to come.
  • SRL received an “Exemplary” rating by Catapult Learning during this year’s Operational Vitality Visitation.
  • In our ongoing effort to differentiate instruction and challenge all learners, SRL has successfully launched Mathletics and Accelerated Reader school-wide.
  • Computer and iPad stations have been installed in all K-5 classrooms. These devices are being incorporated into our center activities and across the curriculum in many enriching ways.
  • Individualized learning plans for students with specific learning needs have been developed and implemented across all grade levels.
  • Proactive and positive behavioral programs including Conscious Discipline, Student of the Month Awards, Middle School Raffle Ticket System, Golden Spatula Award, etc, have been launched to recognize outstanding student conduct. A full-time Behavioral Specialist has been added to our staff to provide further support to our teachers, students and their families.
  • Honor Awards Ceremonies are now planned each marking period to recognize our middle school students who excel academically.
  • Friday Morning Assemblies and Monthly School Spirit Days have been regularly scheduled to foster a greater sense of community.
  • We pray a decade of the Rosary together, in our beautiful courtyard, on the first Monday of every month. Praying a decade of the rosary on a regular basis is quickly becoming a coveted tradition at St. Rose of Lima.

MISSION STATEMENT
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School is united in the Holy Eucharist to serve God and each other with humility and love. We embrace cultural diversity with a passionate commitment to our Catholic faith, family and academic excellence so all students may reach their God-given potential.