Mission Statement With Jesus, Mary and Joseph as our models, Holy Family Parish Catholic School prepares students for roles in the church, home, civic and global communities by educating them in their Catholic faith and in those skills necessary to foster academic excellence.
Belief Statements Our Beliefs:
The education of students is a home, school, parish, and community partnership.
Children grow optimally in an environment of safety and love.
Students’ spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical gifts are to be developed in the school community.
The various learning styles of students are best met by using a variety of teaching methods
Students are to be educated in the skills needed to be critical thinkers and life-long learners.
Students grow by building relationships with God and others.
Developing a passion for service leads students to Christian maturity.
Holy Family Catholic School is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and is accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC). The Department of Education of the State of Florida certifies the teachers. All teachers are certified in the area of their teaching.
History of Holy Family Catholic School
Holy Family Catholic School was opened on November 7, 1956, during the pastorate of the parish’s founding pastor, Fr. James S. Honnen. The classes were held in three portable buildings. Seventy-five students were enrolled the first year. The faculty consisted of two Dominican Sisters and one lay teacher. The first principal was Sister Andrew Irene, O.P. In 1961, the present two-story masonry building was dedicated and two of the portables were sold. In 1967 the parking lot was paved and the basketball court was added. The science room was opened in 1974. In August of 1977 the school welcomed its first Kindergarten class and later that year an addition to the building was finished and dedicated by Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin. By 1985, the additions to the building were completed, including a computer lab, multi-purpose room, media center, art room and extended Kindergarten classroom. In 1988, a change in the school’s leadership saw the introduction of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary after 31 years of Dominican administration. Sister Regina Peltz, S.N.J.M. assumed the role of principal for the school. Sister Regina remained at the school for seven years and then retired from active ministry. At that time, Sister Florence Marino, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, became principal. Under Sister Florence’s leadership the school saw a dramatic period of curriculum development in the 1990s. New technology was added to the classrooms, including access to the Internet and computer learning stations for student use. The middle school math program was enhanced in 1994, when advanced math courses (including Algebra) were added to seventh and eighth grade. The addition of a bi-weekly news program, The HFS News, was begun in 1996 by the school’s media specialist to teach the middle school students journalism. During the last decade, the school has continued to enhance its program. In 2011, the school started a relationship with the University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education, bringing the teaching staff of the school to a new level. Also in that year, the school contracted with an outside source to bring an extra-curricular band program to grades 3-8. Finally, in 2014, the middle school iPad (1:1) program began, providing additional opportunities for the students to work with current technology.
The curriculum of Holy Family Catholic School is in compliance with the recommended requirements set by the Office of Catholic Schools and Centers of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the standards for Accreditation of Early Childhood and Elementary Schools by the Florida Catholic Conference. Support materials, including textbooks, resources, and software are periodically updated and reviewed.The following subjects are included in the school curriculum:
Religion (Catholic doctrine, Scripture, Family Life Education, Safe Environment Education)
Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing)
Mathematics (including pre-algebra, algebra, and honors algebra for students in grades 6 through 8. Placement for mathematics in these grades is based on MAP standardized test results and student performance).
National Junior Honor Society
Eighth grade students who demonstrate academic and leadership skills may be awarded membership in Holy Family Catholic School's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Participation in the chapter's activities provides opportunities for members to achieve their potential and builds stronger students. Members are required to participate in at least one group service project each school year.
Altar Servers Students in grades 3 through 8 may volunteer to assist the parish by serving at both parish and school liturgies. Training is provided by the parish.
Band** Instrumental music instruction in band is available for students in grades 3 – 8 during school hours through a private band instructor. There is a fee charged by the instructor.
Bookworms ** Students in grades K through 2 have the opportunity to join this after-school group, which meets on a regular basis throughout the year. Bookworms promotes the enjoyment of literature.
Fledglings This anthology of students’ writings (Pre-K through grade 8) is compiled and published each spring. Each family receives a copy.
HFCS News A student-produced multimedia news program is broadcast weekly. Students from grades 5 through 8 are eligible to participate in HFCS News.
Library Assistants Students in grades 6 through 8 may volunteer to assist the librarian in maintaining the books and materials in the school library. This service is done during the school day.
Music Ministry Students in grades 3 through 8 may join Music Ministry, a group that enhances prayer experiences and liturgies through song, music, sign language, and movement. Music Ministry meets weekly after school.
National Junior Honor Society** Eighth grade students who demonstrate academic and leadership skills may be awarded membership in Holy Family Catholic School's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Participation in the chapter's activities provides opportunities for members to achieve their potential and builds stronger students. Members are required to participate in at least one group service project each school year.
Odyssey of the Mind ** Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem solving competition for students from kindergarten through college. The program is presently open to students in grades 1 through 8. Students are to work as a team to solve long-term and short-term problems as creatively as possible. (Visit www.odysseyofthemind.com to find out more.) Parent volunteers are needed to coach teams. Coaches are expected to support teamwork, motivate, guide, yet not interfere with student ideas, and teach needed skills to the seven students on their team. Parents will receive twenty service hours for this activity.
Patrols Students in grades serve on the school’s safety patrol. The patrols’ responsibility is to assist in the safe movement of students, especially at dismissal time. All students should respect the patrols and follow the school rules at all times.
Scouts Daisy, Brownie, Cub, Girl Scout, and Boy Scout programs are available through the local scouting council. Meetings are held outside of school time on campus.