Good Shepherd Catholic School
  
  
 

 
SCHOOL INFORMATION

About Good Shepherd Catholic School...

One of the most recently established schools in the Archdiocese of Miami, our school serves the needs of families in our vicinity by providing high quality Catholic education for students.

We strive to imitate our Lord, the Good Shepherd, by aiming for a program that provides

and leads our students towards academic and spiritual excellence.

About Our Philosophy...

Our philosophy is to provide a Catholic model for our students to follow. Our school is here to assist the parents, the primary educators, with the task of developing morally responsible Catholics who follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. We provide our students with opportunities to further nurture and develop the seeds of love, faith, and charity their parents have planted in them as well as fortify their academic achievement.


About The Mother Seton Program...

We offer a remedial program inspired by the work of education pioneer Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Believing that our mission as a Catholic School is to meet the needs of children from our vicinity who perform at varying academic levels, the remedial pull-out program has been created as a viable option for present and future students of our school.

She founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph in 1809, and is the first
native American to be canonized by the Catholic Church.

About The St. Thomas Aquinas Program...

We offer a gifted program inspired by the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. We strive to meet the needs of students who are academically advanced.

Born in Naples, Italy, c. 1225; died near Rome, 1274; canonized 1323; declared Doctor of the Church in 1567; Pope Leo XIII named him patron of Catholic universities and centers of study in 1880.


About our Sacramental Life...


Our second grade students are prepared for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Our eighth grade students are prepared during the seventh grade and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation early in their eighth grade year.

We attend Holy Mass each Tuesday at 8:30 AM as a school community
and every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month we gather as a
school and parish community at 10:30 AM.

About Our Curriculum...

At Good Shepherd, we follow the curriculum guidelines set forth for all Archdiocese of Miami Catholic Schools. All our students receive instruction in Religion, Science, English, Reading (Literature), Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish (depending on the grade level). Additionally, our students receive instruction in Physical Education, Art, Computers (depending on the grade level), and Music.

Please note that due to copyright laws, the school office will not be

able to make any copies of workbooks or textbooks or any other copyrighted materials.


About Before and After School Care...

We offer extended care for our students
from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily for a nominal fee.

We continue using the same procedure for morning drop off and afternoon pick up.
For those who are new, the procedure is as follows:

Morning drop off

- You will enter the campus through the entrance on 142nd Avenue
- You will enter the driveway and school rotunda and follow the drive all the way to the end or until you are directly behind the car in front of you
- You will then drop off the student on the school side only
- You will exit the driveway and may turn right to exit unto Sunset Drive or left unto SW 68 Street. Please remember that when exiting the school grounds, you may only turn right on Sunset Drive

Afternoon pick up
-Students will be dismissed indoors from their individual classrooms
-Please let the teacher know who you are and who you are here to pick up
-For the safety of your child, please NEVER take a child without notifying the teacher
-Students will not be dismissed to an adult unless the adult walks up to the teacher to collect the child (for their safety, no students will be sent to parked cars or dismissed to siblings)
-Please do not try to engage the teacher in on the spot conferences at dismissal


In making Good Shepherd Catholic School your choice for your child's Catholic education, you have chosen a caring and loving fully certified faculty. We will provide child with the one on one attention he/she deserves.
Thanks for joining our growing family!

We offer a Special Needs Program (Mother Seton Program), a Gifted Student Program (St. Thomas Aquinas Program), self-contained classrooms, instruction in Religion, Music, Computers, Art, P.E., and Spanish.


Please contact the school office at 305-385-7002 between the hours
of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM for further information.

We are a member in good standing of the ISSF (Independent Schools of South Florida)


About Our Extra Curricular Activities...

We offer various extra curricular activities for our students:

  • Student Council
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Academic Olympics*
  • Choir
  • Altar Servers
  • Lectors
  • Safety Patrols
  • Honor Guard
  • Holy Childhood Association
  • Boys and Girls Sports: Cross Country, Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Track, Cheerleading, and baseball
  • Drama
  • Summer School
  • Summer Camp
  • Yearbook Club

    * Students competing in High School Academic Olympics have received Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in various subjects.

Our Choir has competed and won First Place or Superior in the Music USA Competitions held annually in Orlando, Florida as well as at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair. Additionally, our Choir has been invited to sing at the Cathedral, Miami City Hall, Barnes & Noble, Sea World, Disney World, and Radio Peace to name a few.

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Uniform Reminder
Remember to look your very best each and every day for school.
Students expected to be in complete uniform on a daily basis
according to school guidelines. Parents, please take a moment
to inspect your child's uniform prior to bringing them to school
in the morning. This will help them start their day with the proper
mind set. It may help if you have your child set out his/her uniform
the night before, to avoid the rush in the morning. Thank you for
your help in this matter.

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CONTACT SCHOOL OFFICE

REGARDING UNIFORMS

Ten Commandments of Good Manners

1. Greet any adult, or fellow student, with "Good Morning", "Hello", or "Welcome".

2. Answer any adult with "Yes Ma'am" or "Sir" or answer using the adult's name. NEVER say "huh", "yeah", or "what".

3. When called from a distance, go TO the person calling you. Do not answer while walking away or yell from another room.

4. STAND UP: When any adult enters the room or classroom, when answering a question for a priest, teacher, or staff member, unless the adult tells you it is a drill or another exercise. This is for the benefit of the whole class, not just for the adult.

5. Use "pardon me" or "excuse me" when you have not heard something. Use this also when stepping in front of anyone, whether adult or your own peers.

6. Step back from the door to allow an adult to enter first. Hold the door open, and let ladies
enter first.

7. Offer to help carry books, packages, etc. for your teachers, staff members, etc. unless you
are managing your own heavy objects. Do the same at home for parents or other adults.

8. NEVER read items on teacher's desk. Never open envelopes addressed to someone else, especially your parents or teachers. This is illegal as well as showing a great lack of respect.

9. When eating: take small bites and chew with mouth closed, swallow before speaking, don't
play with food, keep place neat, remove trash, food leftovers, and place them in the trash.

10. Always say please and thank you!

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In the event of a hurricane or other severe weather conditions,
Good Shepherd Catholic School will follow the decisions made by the
Miami-Dade County Public School System.

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Code of Ethics

Instructional Personnel and School Administrators

1.  We value the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.

2.  Our primary professional concern will always be for the student and for the development of the student’s potential. We will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.

3.  We are aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of our colleagues, of students, of parents, and of other members of the community. We will strive to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.

4.  We understand that we have an affirmative duty and legal responsibility to report any alleged instructional personnel or school administrator misconduct that affects the health, safety or welfare of a student. We also understand that a failure to report such misconduct may result in penalties up to termination of employment and/or revocation of any applicable licenses or certifications. We understand that examples of misconduct that may affect the health, safety or welfare of a student include but are not limited to: drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating, testing violations, physical aggression or accepting favors from students.

5.  We further agree to abide by the following procedures when reporting alleged misconduct of an instructional personnel or school administrators:

  • Immediately report all allegations or any suspicion of misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student engaged in by any instructional personnel to the school principal; or
  • Immediately report all allegations or any suspicion of misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student engaged in by any school administrator to the school principal; or
  • Immediately report all allegations or any suspicion of misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student engaged in by the school principal to the Superintendent of Schools;
  • Thoroughly document the activities and details of the allegations or event; and
  • Secure evidence (if applicable).

6.  We further understand that we have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to Florida Department of Children and Families either by phone at 1-800-96Abuse or online at www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/.

7.  We understand that consistent with Fla. Stat. 39.203, any person, official or institution, including employees, who report in good faith any instance of misconduct, child abuse, abandonment, or neglect will be immune from any civil or criminal liability. Additionally, as provided by Fla. Stat. 768.095, any employer who discloses information about a former or current employee in response to a request or inquiry is immune from civil liability for such disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the information disclosed was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the employee.

 
 
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