SAFETY AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS
At St. Catherine, we strive to create a safe and positive learning environment for all students. Your child’s safety and security is of utmost importance to us. In order to establish a positive, caring climate, we have adopted a positive behavior system to focus on key areas of behavior. This year’s program is called:
“Walking in the Footsteps of C.H.R.I.S.T”:
Be Caring, Be Honest, Be Respectful, Be Independent, Show Self Control and Be Thankful.
The primary goal of this plan is to create a school climate that fosters being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. We acknowledge and reward individuals and classes who consistently demonstrate these positive behaviors. This program focuses on promoting positive behavior through rewards and inspiration rather than punishing negative behavior.
Older students model this positive behavior through Cougar Elite, setting a good example for our youngest learners. With a partnership between parents at home and staff at school, we are able to empower our students to walk in these footsteps, promote positive behavior, and increase student achievement. Throughout the school year, we will send home updates and information about our positive behavior program that can help you track your student’s progress.
Beyond the classroom, St. Catherine partners with these outside programs to provide additional support to our students: Project Ujima (a partnership with Children’s Hospital), Second Step, and Students Talking it Over with Police (S.T.O.P.).
STOPit is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors. Our students will have access to the STOPit mobile app, which has two powerful features.
- Report can be used by students to report incidents to school contacts anonymously.
- Messenger can be used to engage in anonymous two-way communication with school contacts.
Both Report and Messenger empower students to stand up for themselves and for one another. Students have the power to help put an end to harmful and inappropriate behavior they see online through social media and other means. They can use STOPit to reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing bullying, abuse, or are otherwise in need of assistance. Our goal with STOPit is to create safer, more caring school communities both online and off.
Cougar Elite is a club for middle school students who are interested in developing leadership skills and serving the student body of St. Catherine. Cougar Elite students are positive role models who strive to Walk in the Footsteps of CHRIST, show school spirit, and promote a sense of pride and responsibility in their school and community. By empowering the leaders in our student body, we are able to inspire success and achievement among our younger students.
Project Ujima works with our students who have been the witnesses or victims of violence; its goal is to put an end to the violent crime cycle that plagues parts of our city. Through this program, students receive treatment and support to overcome the negative effects of violence and become emotionally stronger. In partnership with Children’s Hospital, Project Ujima will be a presence at St. Catherine’s as a resource to our students and families.
Through the Project Prevent grant, St. Catherine teaches Second Step, an empathy-focused curriculum, at all grade levels. The goal of the program is to add to academic success by providing guidance and education regarding social relationships. For our pre-kindergarten students, Second Step encourages positive personal behaviors that will help students succeed in the classroom and get along with their peers.
For our elementary-age students, the focus moves to social and emotional skills. They begin to understand that they are responsible for their emotions and that their emotions have the power to impact others both positively and negatively. Middle school students build on this foundation by learning how to harness the power of their emotions when interacting with their peers.
In the long term, this program is designed to help students interact positively with one another, reducing peer pressure, substance abuse, bullying, and aggression.
7th and 8th grade students participate in Students Talking it Over with Police (S.T.O.P) in coordination with the Milwaukee Police Department. The S.T.O.P. program is designed to create a positive relationship between our youth and police in the City of Milwaukee. The program’s purpose is to increase dialogue and build and sustain a relationship between the police department and the community it serves, therefore reducing the possibility of future negative confrontations with the police.
This program supports the safety of the community and success of the police department by fostering conversation and positive relationships between the police and the future of their communities. Together, our students are helping improve the community in which they live and are learning vital skills, like teamwork, professional communication, and conflict resolution.