Dear Saint Rose Families,
I am excited to introduce a new program for our students that will begin this year.
The Saint Scholastica Program, named for Saint Scholastica of the 6th century, the twin sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia, and a patron saint of education, will provide instruction to students in grades three through six that qualify as gifted. Providing differentiated learning opportunities for all the learning styles of the Saint Rose students has always been a major component of the school’s emphasis on its charism of Academic Excellence. Saint Rose Catholic School provides enriching lessons and accelerated classes such as advanced Math and Honors English Language Arts. Intervention specialists, speech pathologists and reading intervention specialists work with teachers to support students.
The class will be taught by Ms. Sahra Peshimam. Ms Peshimam taught at the Toledo Islamic Academy. She is from Canada and traveled throughout the country studying science and engineering before finding her true passion of teaching. She has taught gifted students for the past seven years. Ms Peshimam states that “I love to challenge high ability learners to exercise their minds beyond the normal curriculum. Using student energy and intelligence, I hope to create an exciting program at Saint Rose in which students can flourish.”
Ms Peshimam was selected by a committee involving School Advisory Council members and Saint Rose faculty and administration. I am very excited to have Ms Peshimam join our faculty and to be able to offer an additional learning option for our most gifted students.
Admission to the Saint Scholastica Program will be based on teacher recommendations, scores on the annual NWEA MAP Growth Tests (90th percentile and above) and student performance on the CogAt Cognitive Abilities Test (95th percentile and above). Students that meet this criteria are currently taking the CogAt test. The program will be provided to students in grades three through six.