CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2016
St. Hilary School will join nearly 8,000 Catholic Schools across the nation in celebrating
Catholic Schools Week
January 24 through January 29, 2016.
Please plan to join us for our Catholic Schools Week Open House Sunday, January 24, 2016
from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Tour the school, visit classrooms, talk with teachers, and more!
All are welcome!
Please visit again for a schedule of event for Catholic Schools Week 2016.
During Catholic Schools Week, our students share their thoughts
about what attending St. Hilary School means to them.
Below are some highlights from our students' essays.
"I will love God and be kind to others. I light the way!" - Kindergartener
"I go to mass." - Kindergartener
"I will help the needy." - Kindergartener
"I like St. Hilary School because we love one another just the way God does. St. Hilary lights my way to make good choices." - First Grader
"At St. Hilary, we learn how to be good Christians who know the Golden Rule. We also learned the Seven Works of Mercy which helps us know how to help people in our community. In knowing the Ten Commandments, I've learned how God wants me to treat creation and all people." - Second Grader
"My St. Hilary School education will help me in the future because I am learning to be a hard worker and a good student. I have also learned to love God and other people. I know God loves us too." - Second Grader
"A Catholic school teaches us responsibility for one another and to respect one another." - Third Grader
"I think St. Hilary School is special because I wear a uniform and attend school Masses. I made my first communion and get to have God in my life, too. I help with food drives for the poor and participate in clubs and sports." - Third Grader
"We have SmartBoards in all of the classes. Every class has buddies from another class." - Third Grader
"I'm thankful for the school I go to because it is a Catholic school. St. Hilary teaches me faith, knowledge, discipline, and morals. I learn discipline from my friends and family. I learn faith by going to church or learning about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and all the saints. I improve my morals by learning what is right and wrong. I learn discipline by training my mind, body, and character. I also learn knowledge by listening, learning, and following directions." - Fourth Grader
"My school truly does "light the way". We learn to be kind, forgiving and loving. And we use those skills to set an example for the younger ones. I admire my teacher. She is fair, kind and caring. I look up to her because she is a role model of Jesus. I am very blessed to be going to such a wonderful school. I love St. Hilary!" - Fourth Grader
"The teachers see a child who needs help and they never stop trying." - Fourth
"My favorite things about St. Hilary School are the many special things the school offers. I like Mass, choir, French, computer lab, hot lunch, and many other programs. At St. Hilary School, I am able to learn many new exciting things. My teachers present the class material in a fun and interesting way." - Fourth Grader
"The teachers are great because they care about us and are kind." - Fourth Grader
"I am very lucky to go to a Catholic school. We go to Mass every week and we have religion class every day. I love my school." - Fifth Grader
"I like being able to pray with classmates and know that they understand and will pray with me. Besides the religion, I receive a great education in every class. The teachers are great and help me with all my problems. I have learned so much at St. Hilary! The students are nice too, and I have made many friends here. I think that going to St. Hilary is great, because we have specials clases that fit all of our talents. I have never felt left out at St. Hilary. When there is a new student, or a student playing alone, we always find a way to include them." - Fifth Grader
"My Catholic education will yield many dividends for life. These are lasting results that will help me meet my goals and dreams. Some of the most important dividends of my Catholic education are: the knowledge provided by excellent teaching, learning values and morals, and developing strong Christian character. All of these benefits of a Catholic education are given to me here at St. Hilary School. The knowledge I receive at St. Hilary School will provide me with the skills necessary to be successful at the high school and college of my choice. At St. Hilary School, I learn Catholic values and morals that have developed me spiritually. All these benefits will be with me for life." - Sixth Grader
"Catholic schools have great communities. They have faith-filled teachers who really care and helpful staff who are always looking out for us. Catholic schools have respectful student bodies." - Sixth Grader
"St. Hilary has many extracurricular activities. For example, there are a number of sports teams. Sports help us to develop good sportsmanship and keep us active and healthy. There are also many different clubs at St. Hilary. A few examples of academic clubs are Spanish Club, French Club, and Power of the Pen. Some non-academic clubs are Ski Club and Chess Club. St. Hilary also offers volunteering and community service opportunities." - Sixth Grader
"St. Hilary School is preparing me educationally to meet my goals. Teachers are always there to help. If I am stuck on something, the teachers are always willing to give up their time to help me solve my problem. We are always learning new things. St. Hilary is also preparing me for my future by bringing me closer to God. I have the privilege of learning about my faith in religion class every day." - Sixth Grader
"I am grateful that my parents have given me the opportunity to go to a school with strong values. These values will stay with me the rest of my life. In the future, my Catholic education will help me serve others in many ways. It has made me more aware of those who are less fortunate and I have made it a personal mission to help those in need whenever I can. God has given me many blessings and my Catholic education is just one of the many that makes me grateful and makes a difference in my life." - Seventh Grader
"Fr. Steve comes in during our religion classes and teaches us more about our faith. Every week we go to Mass as a whole school. The junior high goes on religious retreats during the school year. I am glad the school I am in teaches me about my faith. My Catholic education will help me in the future. In the future, this education will help me be a better person and help me make the right choices. I know that I can make a difference by helping others." - Seventh Grader
"St. Hilary is a wonderful school because it gives you more of a challenge in your academics and teaches you how to use those challenges in your every day life. The teachers at St. Hilary are great role models and inspirational people. They help us to rise up the the challenges they give us. At St. Hilary, we learn to share what we have and show kindness to each other. I am beginning to think about high school and I feel I am equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed wherever I go and in whatever I do. I feel very fortunate to be educated at St. Hilary because of the great education and people that make St. Hilary the special place that it is." - Seventh Grader
"During the hard economic times that our contry faces it can be difficult for parents to send their children to Catholic schools. However, a Catholic education is very important in our lives. Students at Catholic schools are in an atmosphere where they can talk freely and openly about their faith daily. They are also privileged to attend religion class daily. Students are making friends with others who share the same values as they do. I will always be grateful for my Catholic education at St. Hilary School." - Eighth Grader
"Not only has St. Hilary taught me valuable subjects, but because of St. Hilary I now have a religious ooutlook on life. Having religion class every day has helped to strengthen my relationship with God. This year I am also privileged to be making the sacrament of Confirmation with my class. After going to a Catholic school for nine years, I try to see things through God's eyes and follow in Jesus' footsteps. Going to a Catholic school has let me freely express my beliefs." - Eighth Grader
"St. Hilary School is a great school. Its curriculum is thorough and there is a broad range of extra-curricular activities. However, the thing that sets it apart from the rest is the fact that St. Hilary is a Catholic school. A Catholic school is different from others. The atmosphere is more like that of a home and instead of feeling like just one more person, students feel like part of a family. The teachers care about the students and have a passion for teaching. The day starts with a short prayer and in the classrooms there are small reminders, like rosaries or Bibles, that God is helping you through your day. A Catholic school is a place where you are free to express your religion. A Catholic school education is different from others. In religion class, we learn about Catholic beliefs and the history of the Catholic faith. We read lessons from the Bible and have open class discussions about what we learn and how it fits with what were always taught. The teacher encourages us to investigate not only what we believe but why we believe what we do. We also learn about Christian morals and behavior. We put these lessons into action every day - in class, between classes and even at home. We are expected to always try to be kind and caring toward others. The lessons taught in a Catholic education are those used throughout life. A Catholic school student is different. As a St. Hilary eighth grade student, I am firm in my beliefs and confident in myself. I have grown strong in mind and soul. I have been given the tools I need to create my own future. Catholic school students have faith, intelligence and the determination to better themselves and change the world." - Eighth Grader