To celebrate its recent awards, St. John Vianney Catholic School gave T-shirts to its students and their family members.
The front of the shirt provides a definition for "Exemplary." The back sports the school's logo and lists the three Exemplary Recognition Awards given to the school by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee this summer.
St. John Vianney earned awards from the Archdiocese for its "Innovative Programs — Learning Support Program," "Information, Technology and Media Skills" and "Marketing and Recruitment."
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Exemplary Recognition Awards highlight schools that provide high standards for Catholic elementary and high school students. Schools must apply for an award, and if they are selected for further review, an on-site evaluation is conducted by the Archdiocese.
St. John Vianney Catholic School, located at 17500 W. Gebhardt Road, serves 455 students.
"We were really planning on just applying for one (award), but once we saw the criteria for the awards, we noticed what we thought were a lot of our strengths," said Pamela Pyzyk, school president.
St. John Vianney administration was particularly proud of its Innovative Programs award, which recognized the school's ability to educate children of all academic abilities.
The school's Learning Support Program is used to monitor students' academic progress and uses a variety of resources to assist those who need help.
"We've added new human resource positions, including a full-time reading specialist, to have that capacity to meet the needs of our students," Pyzyk said.
Pyzyk said the awards help emphasize the school's tagline: Faith. Excellence. Community.
"We want to be an excellent school, but, most importantly, we want to be an excellent Catholic school," said Principal Chris Gordon.
St. John Vianney was the first school to earn awards from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for three categories in one year.
"As Archdiocese schools, we're all working together and supporting each other so that we can learn from each other," Gordon said. "We're very excited about the awards … and we're going to continue being the best school we can be."
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