Blessed Sacrament Catholic School offers a positive and welcoming education environment focused on spirituality, building leaders, and academic excellence. We’re in West Ashley for our Cool School of the week..
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School has a tradition of excellence. “”The school has been here since 1948,” says principal Katharine Murphy, “It is a warm nurturing environment, very Christ centered. It’s an extension of the family.”
School projects blend fun and a commitment to serve. Murphy says, “It’s important for the children to realize that there are more things in life than just themselves. Each class has chosen a specific Saint, and has geared a lesson around a specific Saint, and has chosen a specific service project around that saint.” Students collected and donated socks to MUSC Children’s Hospital, and pet care items to Pet Helpers animal shelter. Seventh and eighth graders completed more than 14-hundred community service hours. “We do service projects around our school, community, and church,” says eighth-grade student Sarah Shirley, “When you help people you feel different, and it always makes me happy.” Eighth-grade student Anna Paredes says, “It makes me happy that I can learn about God and not be afraid to express myself about that.”
Many of the faculty also attended the school. “They were here. Their children went here, some of their parents went here, so there is a long line of tradition here,” says principal Murphy.
Some students have school issued iPads and E-Books, and teachers have embraced other forms of technology. Plickers is an App using “paper clickers” and a teacher’s iPhone that allows the teacher to see students’ responses immediately. “Very interactive,” says Kathryn Dabney, a third grade teacher at Blessed Sacrament who also attended the school. “Children today are in a day of technology. It’s hands on and the children love it. When I say boys and girls we’re going to do Plickers, they get real excited. It’s a lot of fun. The children seem a lot more involved and a lot more excited about learning.”
The school has a fulltime academic support resource teacher for students who need additional help. Katie Arthurs is the school’s academic resource teacher. She says the extra support for student is essential,”It’s very important. All kids need it. I think kids need that extra dose of reading and math just to support everything in the classroom,” said Arthurs. Eighth-grade student Casey Roberson says, “We have amazing principals and teachers.”
BSCS has a variety of athletic programs. Principal Murphy says, “It’s a fun place to be, because if you make it a fun place to be, then the children are going to want to learn.”
The school has a Junior Beta Club, a national honor and service organization with twenty-five members from the 7th and 8th grades. Eighth graders scored four grades above the national norm in social studies, and three grades above in English, language arts and science. Four 8th graders were named as BSCS junior scholars and took the PSAT, seven of our eighth graders scored in the 95th percentile on a standardized test, qualified to take the sat and were named as duke tip scholars.
Coming up Friday on News 2, we’ll present Blessed Sacrament Catholic School with our Cool School award.
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