By LISA CRAFT
St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett has earned full accreditation from the Missouri Chapter of the National Federation of Non-Public Schools State Accrediting Association.
Accreditation requires compliance with the required standards of the accrediting association. St. Lawrence met or exceeded the requirements and was commended for obtaining and maintaining a highly qualified faculty, for all bilingual efforts and for an outstanding plan of action.
St. Lawrence Catholic School is a non-profit organization provides instruction to students of all faiths. Established in 1895, the school has served families for generations. Education begins with preschool and continues through sixth grade.
Students are nurtured to grow spiritually, intellectually and socially. The school prepares students to be Christian leaders by including prayer, service and Christian example into daily school routines. The school holds high academic standards for the students and yearly evaluates the needs and strengths of each child through the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
During the upcoming school year, St. Lawrence is offering an extended day preschool as an option for the community. Regular preschool hours are 7:30 to 11 a.m. The extended hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Professional development for the teachers this year will focus on the use of Singapore math teaching methods in the classroom. St. Lawrence has an active parent organization, St. Lawrence Home and School. The organization helped kick off the school year with an ice cream social and open house prior to the first day of school on Aug. 17.
St. Lawrence has also added two new teachers for the 2011-12 school year. Judie Starchman, of Cassville, has been added to the staff as the music teacher. Starchman taught in Cassville for 27 years. She is a member of the Cassville United Methodist Church and director of its chancel and bell choir. She received a bachelor of science degree in education with an emphasis on voice from Missouri Southern State University. Her post graduate work was done at Missouri State University and University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has a level 1 and 2 Orff-Schulwerk certification.
Music instruction at St. Lawrence is provided twice a week, and there are two music programs each year.
Brandi Freiburger, of Aurora, has begun her first year of teaching as a second grade teacher at St. Lawrence. Freiburger is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Aurora, where she has been active as the third and fourth grade PSR teacher. She holds her Missouri teacher's certification to teach birth through sixth grade. Freiburger received her masters degree in elementary education from Drury University.