St. Peter’s Junior High School represents a rich tradition of 148 years of Catholic education to the greater Mansfield community.
The administration and staff at St. Peter’s Junior High School are committed not only to academic excellence but also to the personal development and faith formation of students during the challenging seventh and eighth grade years. Emphasis is placed on the development of a positive self-image, a sense of responsibility for learning and behavior, attitudes and skills leading to life-long learning and interests, interpersonal skills and attitudes in relation to social interaction, and the ability to make responsible choices and decisions.
The spiritual growth of St. Peter’s Junior High students is of special importance. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to become actively involved in helping to bring the Spirit of Christ alive in the community. This is accomplished by creating opportunities and experiences in three main areas of ministry: liturgical and sacramental experiences (sacramental services and Eucharistic liturgies), faith building experiences (retreats, classroom visits by parish priests and guest speakers), and community service experiences. The school day, as well as each class period, begins with prayer.
A challenging curriculum sets high standards for student achievement and contributes to academic success at the junior high level. Well-rounded academic offerings emphasize development of the student’s critical thinking skills, while reinforcing Christian, family-centered values. Academic success is expected, encouraged, recognized, and respected by the entire school community.
The student body represents a range of ability levels, with programs in place to meet the needs of students at both ends of the spectrum. Academically talented students are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge by studying at a more advanced level in mathematics, music, and foreign language. For those students who are experiencing difficulty with academics or other areas, there is an Auxiliary Services Program staff, speech pathologist and school psychologist to assist.
Course offerings include religion, language arts (English, reading, writing), mathematics, science, social studies and physical education with complementary offerings in general music, band, choir, art, exploring French, careers, publications and health. Those eighth graders who meet certain criteria standards may take high school Spanish I, and Algebra I. Co-curricular academic offerings include History Day, Science Fair, Math Counts, Power of the Pen, Quiz Bowl and Academic Challenge.
During the years when ninth grade state proficiency tests were administered to eighth graders, St. Peter’s students achieved the highest Ohio ninth grade proficiency test scores in a three-county area and ranked an average of 40% above the state average with particular success demonstrated in mathematics and language arts. (Based on schools testing more than 5 students.) More currently, St. Peter’s Junior High students scored among and above the highest averages on diocesan Terra Nova and MAP testing.
St. Peter’s Junior High School has implemented a program called Progressbook Parent Access that allows parents to access classroom information using the internet. With Progressbook Parent Access, parents are able to view homework assignments and messages from their child’s teachers as well as monitor the academic progress of their child throughout each quarter. Progressbook Parent Access allows parents the opportunity to check progress more frequently, to be sure that assignments are being turned in, and to receive up-to-date information from teachers.
At St. Peter’s Junior High School, many extracurricular opportunities exist for students. Becoming involved in any extracurricular activity will only make a student’s school years more memorable, thus involvement in these activities is encouraged. These extracurricular activities include athletics (basketball, volleyball, softball, swim team, cross country, track, soccer), Student Council, Solo and Ensemble, Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs, and junior high play and theater.
The dedicated and experienced staff is committed to assisting students not only in academic endeavors, but also in the development of spiritual beliefs and values that will positively impact their moral and ethical behavior as adults. The staff comes to know and understand the needs of each student, building an atmosphere of mutual respect between teacher and student. Teachers are well prepared, not only by their degrees and certification, but also by a well-planned academic program.
The school day at St. Peter’s Junior High School begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Bus transportation is available from most districts. Please contact Principal Michael Wasiniak for more information (419-524-2572)
I teach to create thinkers, promote self-learning, strengthen values, and to change the world in a positive way. I teach for the moments when students grin with understanding, ask the challenging questions, or conquer the obstacles. But mostly I teach for the moment when, ten or twenty years down the road, I hear a student’s name and learn that he or she is also changing the world in a positive way. — Karen Geiger