Good news travels fast, and that’s been the case since Saint Viator High School was named an Apple Distinguished School late last month.
The latest news outlet to inquire about the distinction was Relevant Radio and its Catholic Schools Today program, which highlights the successes of Archdiocesan schools.
Earlier this week, Saint Viator’s technology team, Mrs. Eileen Manno, principal, Mrs. Mary Lee DeBelina, assistant principal and Ms. Maggie Miskowicz, coordinator of instructional technology, were interviewed by co-host Graziano Marcheschi during a live broadcast.
At the outset of the interview, they described the 1:1 iPad program, implemented three years ago, and its effect on the school.
“(The iPad) is more than a Kindle,” Mrs. Manno said. “It’s really a tool that has allowed us to extend learning.”
Marcheschi asked the team about the “flipped classroom” concept and just how they helped to advance “student-centered classrooms.”
“It has allowed our teachers to be more of leaders or facilitators,” Mrs. Manno said, “with students helping one another. They’re collaborating, which is one of the state’s core teaching standards.”
The discussion led to Saint Viator earning its second consecutive Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education, which prompted Marcheschi to ask what makes a Saint Viator education so successful.
“With our athletic programs, fine arts program, as well as our educational and spiritual development,” Mrs. Manno said, “we’re producing graduates we think are going to be leaders in the church and in society.”
Case in point: Ms. Nikki Raftery, principal of Saint Mary School in Buffalo Grove, who was interviewed in the show’s first segment, is a Saint Viator High School graduate.