Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Open House held at Middle School

St. Bernard Prep Middle School recently hosted Open House. Families from Arab, Cullman, Hartselle, Hanceville and Decatur were in attendance to get a first hand tour of the school and facilities. St. Bernard Middles School parents and students were available to offer assistance to visitors expressing concerns about the school.

Susan Brown of Arab said her daughter is very happy at St. Bernard. “I asked Michayla just recently if the school had met her expectations, and her reply was, “I love St. Bernard.” Brown serves on the Board of Directors at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Cullman, and said they were very pleased with the academic program at St. Bernard. Her sentiments were echoed by other parents throughout the afternoon.

The small class environment and strong study skills are the driving force in the Robinson family from Hanceville, Alabama. “Our girls came to St. Bernard with a weak academic background, but when they were taught how to study and be prepared for class, things have changed. Now we are looking at sending our third daughter to the Middle School,” commented Harold Robinson.

A panel discussion for all visitors was held where questions were received from the guests and answered by St. Bernard parents and students. Concerns regarding the school verses public education were addressed with confidence. Gina Merrill of Arab, Alabama said she has been in both places, but having been at St. Bernard has been a positive experience for her daughter. “She is with students who are motivated to do well, and enjoys being in a small classroom setting with personalized attention,” Merrill said.

Parents commented on the orange card program. The orange card program was designed last year by Mr. John Tekulve, principal of the Middle School. The program makes the child accountable for their work, and keeps parents up to date on progress. If students miss homework assignments or make below a 70 on any given assignment, they must sign the orange card and state why they made a poor grade or missed their homework assignment. Admissions Director, John Arndt said Tekulve presents the card daily to the parent s when they pick up their child after school. “This is immediate attention to the problem, and works well. No student wants to be the recipient of an orange card,” Arndt said.

Personal attention, motivated peers, and small class environments makes St. Bernard the choice of education for thirty-eight students in seventh and eighth grades. St. Bernard offers instrumental music, art, foreign language, chorus, journalism, and a broad range of athletics to all students.

St. Bernard currently operates a bus service to Decatur, Alabama. Arndt says anyone interested in a personal tour should contact the school at 256-739-6682 ext 128.

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