Mission Statement:

St. Peter Martyr School, an educational ministry of the Roman Catholic Church, is a preschool through eighth grade Catholic school that provides a strong academic program in a caring environment. The school welcomes and educates a culturally diverse population from Pittsburg and surrounding communities as well as from various parishes and faiths who are willing to accept the philosophy and mission of Saint Peter Martyr School. We prepare children to be God-centered, socially aware citizens, and lifelong learners. We are committed to their spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and cultural development.


History:

Saint Peter Martyr School opened the doors to the community on January 23, 1950, under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington.

Recognizing the role of the parent as the primary educator of the child, the school has addressed the needs of its families and community in many ways. In the 1960s, the school assisted in the establishment of a parochial grammar school league for athletic team sports for both boys and girls. Several years later a kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, and recently a preschool program were introduced. An extended care program was added in the 1980s. To address the needs of alumni, broaden the school’s public relations program, and provide additional resources, an alumni program was established in 1985. A computer/resource room was established; computers, equipment, and software were purchased; and the school was networked in the 1990s. Through the years, extra curricular activities, clubs, and programs have been introduced to broaden, enhance, and enrich student learning.

Saint Peter Martyr School continues to meet the evolving needs in the community by providing quality Catholic education. The administration and staff are committed to sharing Christ’s Gospel through education. We strive to provide a safe, healthy, and caring environment; promote academic excellence; create a sense of wonder and understanding about God’s creation; encourage parents to be actively involved in the development of their children’s education; and employ and retain staff who are personally committed to becoming exemplary role models for our students.


Philosophy:

Recognizing the role of the parent as the primary educator of the child, the school assists parents in accomplishing this duty. Saint Peter Martyr School’s prime concern is with the total individual, including his/her religious, academic, emotional, social, physical, and cultural dimensions. The major function of our school is to help the individual develop these potentialities to their greatest extent.

Students receive a well-developed and complete curriculum of studies in the major cognitive areas. At all levels and in all subject areas a Catholic Christian value system is incorporated. Students are given the opportunity for service through student government, publications, athletic events, liturgical celebrations, and support of younger pupils.

Our school is striving to grow together as a community of strength and love.

1. Religious Dimension

a. We desire our students to develop a personal relationship with God through inward reflection, personal dialogue, common and personal prayer, liturgies, and retreats.

b. We provide a basic understanding of Catholic Doctrine through
formal religion classes at each grade level.
preparation of school liturgies and paraliturgies.
c. We prepare students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist through
formal classroom preparation.
parent meetings.
d. We encourage our students to recognize and apply Christian values through
service learning opportunities e.g. food drives, money drives, and class projects.
a sequentialled family life program.
e. We instill a sense of family among students, staff, and parishes through
inter-grade activities, student government, assemblies, Catholic Schools Week, liturgies, retreats, and faith families.
classroom activities e.g. field trips, celebrations, fundraisers, and social justice projects.
f. We encourage our students to have an awareness of other religious opinions through multicultural observances and social studies and religion classes.

2. Academic Dimension

a. We provide opportunities throughout a scheduled day for students to develop their potential abilities in the basic academic disciplines through instruction in religion, mathematics, reading, language arts, social studies, and science.
b. We provide the skill subjects in sequentially planned programs through
the use of approved textbook series.
the use of diocesan and school curriculum guidelines.
teacher articulation in subject areas.
c. We evaluate each student’s capabilities in order that he/she may develop at a comfortable and effective pace through
placement testing and the ITBS testing program.
subject area testing.
STAR reading and STAR math programs, and other software programs
referral testing i.e. psychological services, developmental testing, etc.
communications and interaction with parents and child.

3. Emotional Dimension

We provide students the opportunity to enhance a feeling of self-worth through
oral presentations, team sports, school assemblies, liturgies, clubs, awards, and parent-teacher dialogue.
individualized teacher-student assistance, psychological service referrals, and school counseling.
classroom displays and recognition

4. Social Dimension

a. We foster an awareness among students to be conscious of their social behavior and to evaluate it as the need arises through
teacher-student communication and direction.
teacher-parent communication.
school discipline programs.
b. We support and direct student-centered activities to develop a sense of personal responsibility and initiative through student council activities and workshops, liturgies, athletic teams, faith families, clubs, class officers, and monitors.
c. We encourage the older students to be conscious of the welfare of younger students and to work actively for their happiness through peer tutoring, school liturgies, clubs, faith families, and student government.

5. Physical Dimension

We develop acceptance and appreciation of others, physical abilities and coordination, good health habits, and a positive value of recreation through
physical education and science and health instruction.
supervised play and recess periods.
Inter-school athletic programs for boys and girls.
intramural activities

6. Multicultural Dimension

We foster an awareness among students and an appreciation of the diversity of cultures through
discussion and instruction in social studies, religion, literature, language arts, and fine arts.
special holiday observances, paraliturgies, liturgies, and events.
field trips, assemblies, diocesan programs, and classroom activities.
classroom and school libraries.

Student Learning Expectations:

A St. Peter Martyr School graduate will be:

  • A God-centered person who is able to:

    a. Live the Gospel through service, tolerance, and justice.
    b. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Catholic doctrine and faith.
    c. Know how to pray and develop a prayer life.
    d. Recognize God’s love and appreciate God’s creation.
    e. Be part of a faith community and foster a relationship with God.

  • A conscientious and socially aware citizen who is able to:

    a. Demonstrate good citizenship and be a contributing member of society.
    b. Make morally responsible decisions which include loving and forgiving others.
    c. Work cooperatively and responsibly with others.
    d. Demonstrate self discipline and accountability for personal actions.

  • A life-long learner who is able to:

    a. Seek, use, and apply knowledge, skills, strategies, tools, and resources for learning.
    b. Demonstrate knowledge in all the basic subjects and experience the Fine Arts.
    c. Use problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    d. Develop an understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of self and others.

  • An effective communicator who is able to:

    a. Speak, read, and write appropriately, effectively, and clearly.
    b. Use tools, resources, and technology for communication and the exchange of ideas.
    c. Listen attentively and actively.


Staff:

a. Administration
    Principal ..........................................................................................    Mr. Joseph Siino
    Vice Principal ..................................................................................    Mr. Rocco Enea
b. Instructors
    Preschool, Pre-kindergarten, & Kindergarten ......…...........….........    Miss Marianne Siino
    First Grade ................................................................……...............    Miss Susan Carpenter
    Second Grade .......................……...................................................    Mrs. Marti O’Neil
    Third Grade ...........................................................….......................    Mrs. Nancy Muller
    Fourth Grade ......................…..........................................................    Mrs. Idonna Tryon
    Fifth Grade ..........................……......................................................    Mrs. Caitlin Vonnegut
    Sixth Grade ......................................................................................    Mrs. Mary Barton
    Seventh Grade .................................................................................    Mr. John Anello
    Eighth Grade ....................................................................................    Mr. Rocco Enea
    Physical Education ...........................................................................    Mrs. Marilyn Burns
    Music........................................................................................….....    Dr. Marilyn Brouette
c. Support Staff
    Technology Coordinator ...................................................................    Mrs. Marti O’Neil
    Instructional Assistant ......................................................................    Mrs. Marilyn Burns
    Instructional Assistant ………….................................…………........    Mr. Adi Castillo
Instructional Assistant ………….................................……........…....…    Mrs. Janice Ewell
    Inst. Assist., Librarian, Health Chairperson, & Cafeteria Supervisor.    Mrs. Renée Lane
    Instructional Assistant ......................................................................    Mrs. Pat Navarro
    Instructional Assistant …………….....……….................................…    Mrs. Rosy Rivera       
    Counselor ..........................................................................................    
    Extended Care Director ....................................................................    Mrs. Lois Scully
    Extended Care Assistant ..................................................................    Mrs. Mary Jones
    Extended Care Assistant  .................................................................    Mrs. Mary Lombardo
    Extended Care Assistant ..................................................................    Mrs. Rebecca Valenzuela
    Cook .................................................................................................    Mrs. Kathy Cavallero
    Groundskeeper ....................................................................….........    Mr. Jesse Rodriguez
    Custodian..............................................................................….........    Mr. Jose Abad
d. Office Management
    Bookkeeper .......................................................................................    Mrs. Nancy Ferris
    Secretary .....................…….................................……....…..........….    Miss Marianna Mercurio

Extended Care:
A. Philosophy
     Recognizing the role of the parent as the primary educator and caretaker of the child, Saint Peter Martyr School Extended Care assists our parents in accomplishing this duty. The program serves working families who desire parochial school education and supplementary day care in a Christian environment for their children enrolled at Saint Peter Martyr School. Our goal is to provide a safe and happy environment which addresses a child’s physical, emotional, spiritual, academic, and social needs.

B. Organizational Structure
     The Extended Care Program is part of the total school program of Saint Peter Martyr School and is under the supervision of the school principal. The Extended Care Program Director is responsible for the operation of the program. The director keeps the records for the program but all finances are cleared through the school books.
     Care is provided for students in kindergarten through eighth grade before and/or after school. Hours for both regular and minimum school days are from 7:00 A.M. until 8:00 A.M. and from 11:30 A.M. until 5:30 P.M.
     The Extended Care Program operates in the San Juan Diego Center located on the school grounds. Students will be signed in and signed out at the extended care office. At 8:00 A.M. students will be dismissed to the playground where they will be supervised by staff until school begins. After school, kindergarten students will be picked up from their classroom and students in grades one through eight are directed to extended care.

School Board:

     Just as the Diocesan School Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Bishop and Superintendent, so does the St. Peter Martyr School Board act in an advisory capacity to the Pastor and Principal.
     The St. Peter Martyr School Board’s mission is to bring its wisdom, talent, experience, faith life, and good will into the process of providing quality education for all children served by the school.  The School Board furnishes the support and leadership to carry out the Church’s commitment to Catholic/Christian education.
     Those who serve on Catholic school boards support an environment for the teaching of the Catholic faith, the building and experiencing of community, the serving of others, and the opportunity for worship. They are called to model what they identify as the purpose of Catholic education. Interested persons are invited to attend the meetings held the second Tuesday of each month. However, executive sessions are confidential and therefore closed to all but board members.
     Voting members of the Board shall consist of a minimum of seven but no more than fifteen members; which  include members from Saint Peter Martyr Parish, Good Shepherd Parish, and Our Lady, Queen of the World Parish. The Principal, in consultation with the Pastor will appoint each. Ex-officio, non voting members of the Board are the Principal, Vice Principal, and Pastor of Saint Peter Martyr. Members are:
Chairperson: Mrs. Lorreine Reid                          Vice Chairperson/Secretary: Ms. Heidi Leber
Members:
Mr. John Arcidiacono    Mrs. Sandra Daniels    Mrs. Erika Hoffmeister      Mrs. Susan Pauline
Mrs. Sandra Barrett      Mrs. Emily Douville      Mr. Jesse Molinar              Mr. Ben Salvador
Mr. Robert Beck            Mrs. Judy Dudziak       Mrs. Sherrie Nicolosi