St. Pius V School - Que Viva Mexico!
St.Pius V Students Celebrate 200 Years of Mexican Independence
Faith, Freedom and Equality.
These were the cornerstones of Mexico’s struggle for independence. Two centuries later, these values still resonate with St. Pius V families. Each September 16th, our students celebrate their culture and the independence of their ancestors by remembering the heroes who fought bravely on behalf of
their countrymen. This celebration is a reminder that individuals can make a difference, and that each of our students is capable of changing their world for the better.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of this momentous event, St. Pius V students watched a live feed of celebrations happening throughout Mexico. Teachers prepared lesson plans covering the fight for Mexican independence and the events that led to victory a decade after El Grito de Delores. At the end of the school day, students were treated to a performance by Mariachi Mexico Vivo who performed traditional folkloric music and were ably assisted by our Music Director, Francisco Arriaga. Students jubilantly waved Mexican flags as Principal Nancy Nasko joined the celebration.
In the days leading up to the 16th, students in grades three through six visited the National Museum of Mexican Art here in Pilsen. There they viewed great works of Mexican art and watched performances from various folkloric music and dance groups.
It was a beautiful day and a reminder of the greatness that is possible when a person follows their faith and does what they know is right.
Que Viva Mexico!
The air was electric with anticipation as students arrived outside of St. Pius V School Monday morning. August 23rd was the first day of the 2010-2011 school year for students at St. Pius V and it was clear that they were anxious to get started. Parents offered blessings for their children and prayers for a successful school year before the kids made a beeline toward friends they had not seen since the beginning of the summer.
“He is so excited,” said one parent, holding back tears, “He’s been talking about it for weeks!”
Students arrived with book bags brimming with shiny new school supplies, ready to start the year. While most were itching to hit the books, some were reluctant to let go of summer. “I would like two more weeks of vacation,” said 5th grade student Ramses, “I want to go back to Six Flags and ride Raging Bull again.”
For four-year-old Mia, who is starting Early Education, the school year couldn't start soon enough. “I am very excited. I want to make new friends and play.”
Mia’s father, Marcello Sagun, is himself a graduate of St. Pius. “I send her here because I graduated here in 2002 and I know it’s a really good school. Kids get more one-on-one time with teachers here.” Sagun says that he has other friends and family members who also send their children to St. Pius V. “They know that it’s a safe school. There are no metal detectors or gangs like you see in public schools.”
Of course, a new year presents new challenges as well. “I am a little nervous,” says new 7th grader Rosario. “Homework will be harder this year and there will be more of it.”
Incoming 8th graders agreed, noting that their teacher, Mr. Zacek, has a reputation for being tough. “He’s amazing, though, so it will be good,” added Vivian.
Chris is also eager to work with Mr. Zacek. “He’s teaching my math class, so I think it’s going to be hard, but I know he is good and I love math!”
Principal Nancy Nasko is thrilled to welcome so many excited students. “We are so excited to be back! The children are enthusiastic and happy, the parents are very supportive, and the teachers are ready. I think it is going to be a wonderful year.” Principal Nasko has high hopes for this year. “Our goal is to help our children to be the best that they can be; to empower them to make a world of difference. First and foremost, we want to keep our kids safe and happy.”
Everyone here at St. Pius V School would like to wish our returning students the very best of luck. We hope this year brings knowledge, adventure, wisdom and peace to these children and their families.
Are you looking for the best education for your child?
St. Pius V School is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 year!
Full day pre-school through 8th grade in air-conditioned classrooms
Programs: Excellent before and after school childcare
Classes: Physical education, art, and music in addition to the core curriculum
Religion: Daily activities rooted in Catholic tradition, sacramental preparation, member of National Catholic Education Association
Technology: Computers, internet access, and interactive white boards in classrooms
Support: Both students and parents appreciate the family atmosphere of our school that brings out the best in our young people
Resources: Exceptional tutoring and counseling available
Tuition: Affordable with easy payment options and scholarships available
Success: Our graduates go on to the best high schools in the
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