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Guest Commentary: Catholic Schools Week is a highlight
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Guardian Angels Catholic School students enjoying a Sock Toss in the gym last year. Following the game, all the pairs of socks were donated to the CAP Agency.
Guardian Angels Catholic School students enjoying a Sock Toss in the gym last year. Following the game, all the pairs of socks were donated to the CAP Agency.
Schools have reached the halfway point of their school year, and next week’s Catholic Schools Week celebration is definitely a highlight for students and staff alike at Guardian Angels Catholic School. We have a whole week to celebrate what we are at our core – a Catholic school educating the whole child for today’s world!

Guardian Angels School has been educating students in downtown Chaska since 1869. As part of the greater Catholic School System, we have much to be proud about. Minnesota Catholic High Schools have a 99.4 percent graduation rate – that is a phenomenal statistic. As one of the feeder schools to Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, Guardian Angels is proud of this accomplishment and the role we play in preparing students for Catholic or public high school and beyond.

Guardian Angels Catholic School aims higher in:

* Spiritual and character development

* Better academics and outcomes

* Individual attention

* Being a supportive community

These are the top four promises of a Catholic school education, and we take them very seriously.

The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week celebration is three simple words, but are at the heart of what we at Guardian Angels Catholic School do so well: “Faith, Academics, and Service.”

Our students graduate eighth grade with a deep connection to their faith and are well on their way in spiritual journey. Over two-thirds of our middle school students achieve honor roll each trimester and, when keeping in touch with our alums, this pattern continues into high school. The academic preparation for high school is top-notch at Guardian Angels.

Students at Guardian Angels also experience and learn how they are intimately connected to their community, and service is a focal point in what we do each and every day.

Catholic Schools Week is much more than a week-long celebration of fun and dress-up days, it is also a great time to stop and reflect on our mission and what we are about.

Guardian Angels Catholic School is a wonderful choice for educating children from ages 3 through eighth grade. Our staff knows that educating children is more than just covering content.

They know it’s about making the students in their classrooms not just learn the facts and figures, but to be able to develop critical thinkers, who are able to analyze, create, and evaluate what they are learning and to go forth as knowledgeable, responsible, faith-filled young adults to make a difference in the world we live today.

What does Catholic Schools Week means to me? Every day I am living out the dream I have had since I’ve been 5 years old – being able to share my faith with students in an academic setting. The heartprints we are able to leave on our students last a lifetime.

Amy Gallus is the principal of Guardian Angels Catholic School in downtown Chaska.

To learn more about Guardian Angels Catholic School, join an Information Night from 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 or contact Principal Amy Gallus at (952) 227-4011 to schedule a tour.
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