STA Book Fair (Jan. 28 – Feb. 5)

Book Fair

STA BOOK FAIR  (Jan. 28th – Feb. 5th)

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.  Remember, all purchases benefit our school. See you at the Book Fair!

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St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School First K-8 To Get IB Program

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School celebrates as the first Catholic School in Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties to achieve International Baccalaureate authorization in both the Primary and Middle School Years.

A small PK2-8th grade Catholic School nestled in the heart of South Miami has been a candidate school for the past three years, with the goal of attaining authorization from the prestigious IB organization. Mrs. Figueredo, both Principal and alumnus of St. Thomas the Apostle proposed the program to the teachers four years ago. It was a year of recession, and the sensation of Charter Schools. Also a year of South American and European transfers that were scoping an education relative to the one they received back home.

Through the dedication, efforts, and continuous strive for academic excellence of our Superintendent, Administration and Pastors, IB Coordinator, Faculty & Staff, Parents, and Students, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School has accomplished this esteemed endorsement in its 50th year of Catholic Education.

The International Baccalaureate Programme is a global programme where only a select amount of schools are accepted due to the rigorous requirements, continuous training, and scrutiny that the establishment necessitates in order to gain authorization. The IB programmes are based on research and the best pedagogical practices to create a student-centered educational framework that benefit all students. Our curriculum is meant to develop intercultural awareness, holistic knowledge and communication skills within a dimension of Catholic education. As an IB school, we strive to develop students who are critical and compassionate thinkers, life-long learners, and informed participants in local and world affairs, while respecting others and their cultures.

As a faith based Catholic School, St. Thomas the Apostle is a perfect fit for the International Baccalaureate Program. Our continuous works of charity inspired by our faith and student empowerment of problem solvers have collaborated to work hand in hand in making a difference in our society and in our global community. We have achieved and continue to work towards forming a student body that is compassionate and informed of the world around them.

We are eternally grateful to our stakeholders, the Parish and School Community, especially the faculty and staff who have worked collaboratively to support our endeavor in educating students for the 21st Century and beyond. The additional hours of training and learning by our staff will obtain positive results evident in the community and will undertake activities that enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally, and perhaps, internationally.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School strives to continue its academic excellence and rigor founded by the Catholic faith in the next 50 years to come.

STA 3rd Grade Students awarded as regional winners in 2014-2015 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition!

An entry submitted by our team of 3rd grade students, have been selected as one of the 2014 regional winning projects in the 2014-2015 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition! Thousands of team entries were submitted from across the United States and Canada in response to ExploraVision’s 23rd annual challenge to young people to create a vision of a new technology. ExploraVision selects 24 Regional Winners, one winner in every grade level in each of six regions. Our team’s project was selected as the top project in its grade level in your state’s region. As a regional winner, our team will receive the following awards: a Toshiba laptop computer, a team plaque, an ExploraVision Regional Winner banner, a framed award certificate for each team member, coach, and mentora, and Toshiba 8GB Excite tablet for each team member, coach, and mentor. Our team is advancing to the Nationals!

Mrs. Ana Portela awarded 2015 “Un Maestro Especial” Award by Univision 23.

We congratulate Mrs. Ana Portela who has been chosen as the deserving recipient of the 2015 ‘Un Maestro Especial’ Award. One of our families nominated her, submitting an essay highlighting Mrs. Portela as making a distinct and positive impact in the lives of her students. Un Maestro Especial provides an opportunity for the parents, students, and professional colleagues of our community to nominate whom they consider to have exemplified exceptional qualities as teachers. Mrs. Portela will be awarded a cash prize at a luncheon on May 21st. Additionally, a camera crew will visit our school to record footage of the winning teacher during her regular activities. The profile will air on Univision 23.