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St. Vincent de Paul Parish School Students Excel in Competitions

January 25, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - St. Vincent de Paul Parish School is known for its academic excellence. Our children continue to excel in local competitions such as spelling bees, science and social studies fairs, and geography bees, but more importantly they are succeeding on a daily basis in high school.

Beyond the academics, St. Vincent de Paul Parish School provides something special - a family atmosphere. The students, faculty and staff take care of one another; there is a bond between families, faculty, and students unparalleled by any other place. We go beyond the perimeters of the building and reach out to the community by doing food drives and socks/gloves collection for the poor, send items to the military either through Christmas stockings or Easter jelly beans collection through Bootsies Boxes. We collect for various charities and needs that arise throughout the school year.

We are lucky to have school-based health in our building, which enables us to have a registered nurse full-time and a school guidance counselor part-time. They provide a variety of programs for the students to participate in: the two-bite program, which students are encouraged to try foods from every food group throughout the month of October; Witchy Flu, based on how to prevent illness through proper daily procedures; Cardiac Kids Club, where students in grade 5 get a basic check up and learn how to eat and exercise to reach optimum health goals; and also two physical education classes per week for all grade levels.

Students begin religion classes in preschool. They learn about God and His call for us to be our best by following Jesus' example. Jesus had a special place for children and for the needy, as do we here at St. Vincent de Paul.

The school's mission statement reads: "Serving the community through exceptional education, grounded in responsibility to Catholic values by embracing individual needs." The students know their mission statement. They recite and live it daily.

The students are well-rounded academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically. The goal at St. Vincent is to ensure that students meet with success in their chosen career path; therefore, we are already teaching the common core/next generation standards.

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