The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori provides preschool through 8th grade students with an outstanding education in a Catholic atmosphere faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. Our students grow into independent, critical-thinkers with strong faith formation and excellent academic skills.
NEW 3 or 4-Day Preschool Options
Why handwriting matters
Ever wonder why we still teach cursive handwriting? Click here to read an article from The New York Times that sheds light on the link between handwriting and brain development.
Coming Soon . . .
Our Lady, Queen of Angels Chapel
Read more about the transformation of St John Vianney Church into Our Lady, Queen of Angels Chapel.
Work begins this summer!
At the Spring Gala we shared our plans to design a natural playscape for the playground area between the school and the mulched play-set area, and extending up the hill towards the church. To read more about the changes to "Our Backyard," click here or check out the presentation below.
Grand Gala a Success
Thank you to everyone who made this year's Gala a success -- especially our generous sponsors and volunteers! If you weren't able to attend but want to support "Our Backyard" spring/summer improvements, please click here.
Beginning Reading Instruction:
Practical Ideas for Parents
“Parents, your children’s success as learners rests on their ability to read well. Learning to read is a process that takes time and effort… You are your children’s first and most influential teachers. Teaching and learning happen when you and your young children do simple, fun things at home.” [From “Beginning Reading Instruction, Practical Ideas for Parents]
This year, the GSCM teaching staff is taking a 21-hour training course called LETRS (Learning Essentials in Teaching Reading and Spelling) with Dr. Richard Sparks, professor of reading science at the College of Mt. St. Joseph. LETRS is an empirical, research-based approach to understanding the processes of reading and spelling, how the brain works in learning and using these skills, and best practices to teaching these skills.
Parents have the best opportunity to establish a firm foundation for a child’s success in developing the skill of reading. Dr. Sparks shared an excellent article from the Texas Reading Initiative that lists many fun, easy things for parents to do to help their child become a strong reader. Click HERE for Beginning Reading Instruction: Practical Ideas for Parents.
Kroger Rewards Program
The Kroger Reward program has changed to make it easier for parents to support their children's school. Please see the instructions on how to update your Kroger card. We urge all GSCM families who shop at Kroger to enroll, and to ask extended family and friends to enroll and list GSCM as your donor organization. We utilize these funds for Staff Development and Financial Aid. Thank you!
A Unique Feature at GSCM
Visitors to our school have sometimes commented on how special and unusual it is that GSCM offers Orton-Gillingham tutoring to students during the school day. Orton is a time-tested, research validated best practice for helping all children develop skills in reading and spelling. While our Orton tutor works directly with students who need added support in these language skills, it is important for parents to note that our elementary language teachers also have Orton training, and are able to incorporate this brilliant approach directly into the regular curriculum for all of our students. This distinguishing feature of our academic program has greatly benefited our students and is yet another reason that GSCM is so unique among schools!
Read more about Orton-Gillingham Instruction...
Catholic Identity Statement
Each week in our GSCM Newsletter, the "Mission Alive" section features happenings at the school which particularly showcase our unique Catholic Montessori mission. Recently, we looked at several aspects of our Catholic Identity as expressed in the educational climate. For the complete Catholic Identity Statement, please visit "Catholic Formation." To read more "Mission Alive" articles - including classroom initiatives, published research, staff development, and more - see our Weekly Newsletter archive.
Class Visits for New Students
Thursday, August 14 and
Friday, August 15
Welcome Back Picnic
Sunday, August 17
Parent Orientation Evening
Monday, August 18
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. PrePrimary
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Elem and MS
First Day of School
Wednesday, August 20
GSCM Purchases Building
Article in Hyde Park Living, July 2013
Article in The Catholic Beat, January 16, 2013
Press Release from January 14, 2013
Montessori Education Interview
Principal, Dan Teller, was interviewed about Montessori education by Jenell Walton of Channel 9, WCPO.
See the video clip.