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St. Vincent Elementary School is part of a Pre-K through Grade 12 Catholic Education system operated by St. Vincent de Paul Parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This school system is formally evaluated every seven years and accreditation is renewed annually. Pre-K-Grade 8 is fully accredited by the National Federation of Non-Public Schools. Our High School is accredited by the North Central Association and was ranked one of the Top 50 Catholic Schools.

SVES: "A Tradition Unlike Any Other"

Enlivened by Faith

• Weekly Celebration of Mass
• In-depth Sacrament Preparation
• Reconciliation twice a year
• Daily religion instruction based on the Four Pillars of the Catholic Church Doctrine
• New Religion textbooks (2011)
• Daily Prayer
• Certified Religion Teachers
• Prayer corners in each classroom
• Service projects to put our faith into action like St. Vincent de Paul
• Unified by one school theme for the year - "We Are The Hands and Feet of Christ"
• ACRE testing to measure achievement in Religion
• Retreat days for grades 5-12

Enriched by Tradition

• Part of the rich Vincentian history in Perry County
• Over 100 years of Catholic education in our community
• Generations of families attend and support this school
• Commitment to school uniforms especially our blue and gold plaid
• Life long friendships seen at Homecoming and Alumni Association

Embraced as Family

• Parents respected as first and primary educators of children
• Two Parent/Teacher Conferences with a 98%+ attendance
• Active Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO)
• Parents assist as school volunteers, read to primary students, plan holiday parties, assist
  with field trips
• All adults must have a background check and trained before assisting with our students
• School nurse is available to provide additional care for our students
• Special family activities such as Breakfast with Santa, Trunk or Treat and Grandparents'

Encircled with Care

• Each child known and called by their first name
• 1:8 adult to student ratio
• Dedicated, caring and experienced faculty
• Four teacher aides to give extra assistance to students
• Nurse to assist students and parents
• New, safe playground
• Bully Prevention Program
• Daily After School Care
• Door Security System
• Daily Hot Lunch Program
• Well-being plan to promote fitness and healthy choices

Empowered with Opportunity

• Above average scores on the yearly ITBS Achievement tests
• High school students score above national and state average on ACT
• Higher grading scale than area public schools to encourage higher achievement
• Daily homework assignments to encourage high achievement and responsibility
• Technology integration throughout the curriculum
• Differentiated instruction used to meet the needs and interests of all students
• Four teacher aides available to give added academic assistance and support
• Title 1 on-site services in reading available to students in primary grade levels
• Comprehensive curriculum guide for grades Pre-K through Grade 12
• College prepatory education and college credits possible at SVHS through St. Louis
For more information or to arrange a personal tour of our school, contact:
Deacon Rob Huff, Mrs. Diane Unterreiner,   Mrs. Dana Triller or 573-547-4300 ext. 325

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SV Schools Show Me Dough Fundraiser

St. Vincent Schools will be participating in the Show Me Dough Fundraiser, which consists of butter braids, pizza, and...Read More

SV Schools Show Me Dough Fundraiser

St. Vincent Schools will be participating in the Show Me Dough Fundraiser, which consists of butter braids, pizza, and cookie dough. The fundraiser begins November 23 and ends December 10. The money raised will be used for SV School Security and Track Team. The delivery date is December 21 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. Just in time for your Christmas celebrations.

We are encouraging each student to sell 10 items. As always thank you for all you do and your support! Questions, email Emily Hager at ehager@svdepaul.org.

Message from Fr. Joe
As superintendent of Saint Vincent Schools, it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of our students and staff and act in the best interest of our...Read More

Message from Fr. Joe

As superintendent of Saint Vincent Schools, it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of our students and staff and act in the best interest of our schools.

I had hoped that we could begin this school year with normalcy rather than with masks and quarantines but it seems that the pandemic has not yet finished with us. It is still my goal to provide as much in-school learning as possible.

As part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and citizens of Perry County, we are obliged to cooperate with the Perry County Health Department and follow the guidelines they provide. The Health Department has threatened to report any noncompliance of our school to various agencies including the Missouri High School Athletic Association which could result in the disqualification of our school from interscholastic sports competition. While I do not care for such threats, it is not in the best interest of our school nor our students to risk that outcome.

In my view, it is not proper for St. Vincent Schools to become an enforcing agent of the health department's quarantine orders. That is a civil matter, not a school matter. However, providing a safe environment for faculty, staff, and students is very much a school matter.

This past week a significant number of our students were ordered to quarantine by the health department. Subsequently, the health department notified us of their quarantine order. A few parents chose to disobey the quarantine order and send their children to school without masks or social distance. Because I do not wish to be the enforcing agent of a quarantine, but wish to protect the rest of our students and staff to whatever degree possible, We asked that these students at least wear a mask and social distance. Some refused even to do this which compromised those around us and created a scene unbecoming of St. Vincent de Paul School.

Later this week the matter will be discussed by the school board. Until I receive their counsel and come to a further decision on the matter, we will follow these protocols.

When the health department notifies us of students who test positive for COVID-19, that student will not be allowed to attend in-school classes at St. Vincent school until they are cleared by the health department to return.

When the health department notifies us of quarantined students who were "close contacts", we encourage parents to follow the direction of the health department.

If a close contact student showing no symptoms comes to school we will:

• Notify the health department of their non-compliance with the health department's order.

• We will require them to wear a mask and social distance from other students/staff.

• If they fail to comply with the mask and social distance requirement, they will be suspended from school for the duration of the quarantine order.

Obviously, if a student is showing symptoms, we will send them home and encourage their parents to take appropriate action.

I pray you can see my effort to find a middle road here. It has been my experience that, as midwesterners, we are a little more rational than some parts of our country. We appreciate your continued support.

Fr. Joe
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