St. Therese School wins SECOND National Blue Ribbon in 2018!Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Friends:We are proud to announce that the US Department of Education has just named St. Therese Chinese Catholic School a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School!This is the SECOND National Blue Ribbon awarded to St. Therese! St. Therese is one of only a few Catholic elementary schools in the nation to have earned this coveted award twice!The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of our teachers, staff, families, and community in creating an exceptional educational experience for our students. Only the top schools in the nation receive this award. We are very proud of our students -- it is their hard work and academic achievements that made this award possible!I want to thank our entire St. Therese community for helping make St. Therese School a model of elementary school excellence! We are excited to celebrate this tremendous achievement as a school community in the coming weeks!Ms. Lisa Deborah OiPrincipal
St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, located in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, announced the appointment of Ms. Lisa Deborah Oi as principal. Ms. Oi will be the first Chinese American woman to lead the award-winning school.
St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, located in Chicago’s Chinatown, announces the appointment of Ms. Lisa Deborah Oi as principal. Ms. Oi will be the first Chinese American woman to lead the award-winning school.
Ms. Oi, who has been with the school for 22 years, served as the Assistant Principal for the last six years. Her long tenure with the school as a teacher, parent, assistant principal, parishioner and community leader gives Ms. Oi a unique perspective and skill set to prepare her for this new position.
“After 22 years in this school community, I am so excited to continue our journey together as your principal” Ms. Oi remarked to the school community. “I will continue to use my Catholic faith, my experience as a Chinese American and as an educator to lead our school and build on our incredible reputation and excellent student outcomes.”
As principal, Ms. Oi says that she is “committed to advancing the school’s tradition of raising academic excellence, expanding Catholic faith formation, supporting student development, deepening parent involvement and increasing the school’s capacity to reach for and achieve even greater results.”
The Principal Selection Committee, comprised of school leaders, teachers, parents and parishioners, feel confident that under Ms. Oi’s leadership, the school’s tradition of academic excellence, cultural immersion and faith formation will continue.
Fr. Francis Li, Pastor of St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church and head of the Search Committee, said about the announcement, “I am confident that Ms. Oi will provide the excellent leadership needed to ensure that our school and community remain strong, that our teachers and staff continue to receive the leadership and guidance to be their very best, and that our students continue to benefit from rigorous academic instruction, broad faith formation programs, and special culture and community.”
Parents and community members alike are excited about this announcement. “Our community is so blessed to have Ms. Oi. Her qualifications speak for themselves, but it’s the compassion and determination she has for our school and students that sets her apart,” said Eileen Chin, a parent of two St. Therese students. “Her experience will ensure our school continues to provide award-winning education and to instill values in our students.”
“The school staff is very excited!” according to Jeff Chrusciel, longtime St. Therese teacher who was part of the Principal Search Committee. “The search process was very thorough. Ms. Oi really stood out from the rest with her experience, qualifications and the vision to lead St. Therese into the future.”
Prior to serving as Assistant Principal, Ms. Oi was a classroom teacher for 16 years. As Assistant Principal, she worked closely with the school Principal to help ensure the school continued to run effectively, managing school resources and overseeing programs within the school.
During her time as Assistant Principal, St. Therese School saw tremendous growth in students’ academic achievement, expansion of the curriculum and program offerings, and increased student enrollment. Also during her tenure, the school was recognized nationally and internationally, winning numerous awards and accolades including a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2011. St. Therese is currently a finalist for a second National Blue Ribbon Award.
Mrs. Jessica Stofko will serve as the Assistant Principal, in addition to continuing to serve as 3rd and 4th grade teacher. Mrs. Stofko has been a teacher for Archdiocesan schools for 10 years and has been with St. Therese for three years. Mrs. Stofko’s success in the classroom, her significant involvement in many school and parish activities and organizations, and her ability to engender trust and confidence from fellow teachers, parents and students make her an excellent choice for Assistant Principal.
“I am grateful for the many opportunities to contribute to school administration projects and feel well-prepared for my new role as Assistant Principal,” Mrs. Stofko said. “I am excited to be part of the team that will continue to serve and grow the shared mission of our parish and school.”
St. Therese Teachers Attend Harvard University
During the month of July, five St. Therese faculty members traveled to Harvard University for the Project Zero Classroom Conference. This annual conference is an opportunity for educators from all over the United States and the world to participate together in seminars led by leading minds in the education field.
Along with large group seminars, participants also worked in smaller study groups where they were able to apply what they learned to their own teaching practices and reflections.
The St. Therese faculty members who traveled to Harvard this year included Team Leader Mr. Tom Howard (Religious Ed), Mr. Jeff Chrusciel (6th grade and Athletic Dir.), Mr. Nick Filipiak (Science and Religious Ed), Mr. Matt Henties (3rd grade) and Ms. Gabi Marsh (JK).
Please read more about this program including reflections and reactions from our teachers on this fantastic program on our website here.
National History Bee Team Competes in Atlanta
Our History Bee Team did very well at the National Finals in Atlanta! Our team and individual competitors represented St. Therese well and advanced further at the National Finals Level than ever before!
7th Grader Wins TWO National Catholic Math League Awards!
Students Shine at IJAS State Science FairNine St. Therese students competed this spring at the 2018 Illinois Junior Academy of Science Fair hosted by Bradley University in Peoria. The students once again represented St. Therese well and earned many top awards. Below are the results:Best in CategoryNick & DylanPaper
Poster (there were a total of 1,033 projects submitted this year for the poster session!)
Cameran: GoldMichelle & Nancy: Gold
Nick & Dylan: GoldJacob: Silver
Congratulations to our students for another strong showing at the state science fair!
St. Therese Named National Blue Ribbon Finalist
St. Therese has been named a National Blue Ribbon Finalist by the US Department of Education. St. Therese was awarded the National Blue Ribbon in 2011.
Former Principal Cavallone Awarded Golden Apple Leadership Award
Former Principal Phyllis Cavallone was surprised by the Golden Apple Foundation with its 2017 Stanley C. Golder Award for Excellence in Leadership. Golden Apple is a leading nonprofit committed to celebrating and developing great teachers and school leaders. CBS Chicago Anchor Rob Johnson greeted Ms. Cavallone at the school door to surprise her with the highly prestigious educator award in March of this year. The crowd, including the students, staff, Cardinal Blase Cupich, and many other supporters, cheered and celebrated as Ms. Cavallone made her way to the stage to receive her award.
Congratulations Ms. Cavallone @pcavallone!