Espiritu Santo Catholic School Recognized As 2019 National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School

Watch The Official Announcement Here (Minute 4.17 in Video) 

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 362 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The recognition is

based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
“We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program has bestowed recognition on more than 9,000 schools. On Nov. 14 – 15, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 312 public and 50 non-public school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates:

Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

HSA Annual Softball Game Sunday: October 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. City Park in Safety Harbor

Join the HSA, Mrs. Slain, your fellow parents and faculty for the Annual Espiritu Parent and Faculty Softball Game at City Park in Safety Harbor. All skill levels are welcome. We are requesting a school donation of $15 – 20 for players. Spectators may attend for free. Please make checks payable to the HSA and drop them off at the school office. Please note in the memo line that the money is for the HSA softball game.
Spots are limited, so Kindly contact the front office if you would like to participate and/or have any questions.


International Peace Day: Middle School Students Combine Faith, History and Learning

The Espiritu Middle School students are working hard in their social studies and religion classes to prepare for the 2019 International Peace Day celebration. By popular vote of the students, in each class, they chose their country to study. The students then learned about the culture, physical features, history and other characteristic of their country, and are creating project boards and PowerPoints to share their findings with visitors to the Sunday festivities. However, the central focus in Middle School this year is to connect with heroes within each country.
Our Middle School students worked in teams to research, learn about, and report on modern groups of heroes, from within each country, who are working to make positive change in the world. Our students researched groups working on human rights, homelessness and hunger, literacy and education, poverty, and other issues, with a particular focus on climate change and environmental protection issues. This focus ties in with the 2019 United Nations IPD theme of Climate Action for Peace.
In their religion classes, students connected the work of the groups they researched, and the related problems they are addressing, to the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching. The project and religion class focus also connects the students to the Catholic Church initiatives based on the Pope’s 2015 Encyclical: Francis: On Care for Our Common Home.
The student teams have prepared brief, high-quality, professional looking brochures and fliers for the IPD event. Visitors will be able to read and learn a little about the not-for-profit and educational organizations, and the individuals involved, who are making positive change within these countries, and about some of the projects they are undertaking. Students also reported on how these groups connect with activities right here at home; in our school, community and country. They are hoping to see you there to share in their findings.

New Original Artwork Brings Joy To School Community


Special thanks to Mrs. Jacke and our fifth graders who created original works of art to line the walls of our dining room. Each colorful masterpiece was a collaborative effort among classmates and featured four letter words that reflected what the children loved most about attending school at Espiritu Santo

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Rumsey, Class of 2016

Mark Rumsey, Espiritu Santo Class of 2016 is featured in the far right hand side of photo above.
Please join us in congratulating Mark Rumsey who was just named one of Jesuit’s nine National Merit Semifinalists for 2019-20. Nine National Merit Semifinalists in one year is tied for the second-most in the school’s history. Over the past seven years, Jesuit has had more boys Semifinalists – 42 – than any high school in the Tampa Bay area, including a school-record 12 last school year.
The prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program, which is in its 65th year, announced this week approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide. Semifinalists are selected based on their scores on the PSAT, a standardized test administered their junior year. More than 1.5 million nationwide took the PSAT last year, and less than one-half of 1% of all seniors are being honored as Semifinalists.
In addition to having more boys National Merit Semifinalists than any school in the area, Jesuit also ranks 6th among the nearly 43 college prep Jesuit high schools in the nation in percentage of its seniors who attained National Merit Semifinalist status, 4.37%.
The nine Jesuit seniors will continue in the pursuit of some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists will attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Espiritu Alumni Wins Prestigious Financial Award: Madison Rooth, Class of 2015

Please join us in congratulating Espiritu Alumni Madison Rooth, who recently became the recipient of the Florida Institute of Technology’s most prestigious financial award.
Madison received a full, four-year scholarship which included all tuition and university fees, a room in Harris Village’s Farmer Hall and the regular university meal plan. Additionally, she will be given a stipend between her junior and senior years for enrichment through Florida Tech’s summer study abroad program at Oxford University.
Madison received this amazing honor for her exceptional academic achievements which ranked her among the top five percent of her graduating class at the Academy of Holy Names and outstanding personal character. We wish her continued success.