Magdalen Catholic School in Wichita, Kansas has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. For 36 years, the U.S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award nationally to America’s most successful public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools. This year, Magdalen Catholic School will join the list of 349 schools across the U.S. recognized for overall academic performance or progress in closing the achievement gaps by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates non-public schools, including parochial and independent schools on the basis of Exemplary and High Performing if their student achievement in English and mathematics is among the top 15% in the country. The National Blue Ribbon flag-waving overhead a school has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities.
Janet Eaton, Superintendent Catholic Diocese of Wichita, “We are thrilled that Magdalen Catholic School, led by Principal Kristin Schmitz and Fr. John Jirak, is being recognized as a 2018 Blue Ribbon School. This distinguished award speaks volumes to the exemplary Catholic education offered at this school. We are extremely proud of the staff, students, and the entire Magdalen parish.”
Under the guidance of School Council, Magdalen Catholic School has started Parent University to strengthen the cooperation between home and school, as well as provide our parents the opportunity to enjoy educational opportunities on parenting. We have set the topics for this semester’s Parent University sessions, and topics suggestions are warmly welcome for 2nd semester. Contact either the school administration or a School Council representative with suggestions.
It is a REQUIREMENT for at least one parent from each family to attend at least one session this semester. Attending a session at Kapaun or another Diocesan Catholic School would count towards your requirement. Sign ins will be present at each session and monitored for compliance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
2nd semester topics and dates are as follows:
January 9: Praying with your Children: Jordan McLaughlin: 7:00PM Marian Room
January 11-12: Strengthening the Fabric of Your Family for the Future (retreat for Women): Spiritual Life Center
January 22 OR 23: Catholic Educational Seminar on Depression (for you or a loved one who struggles with Depression): Spiritual Life Center
February 6: Keeping our Children Safe with Technology: Fr. Gabriel Greer: 7:00PM Marian Room
February 6: Parent and Curriculum Fair for Incoming Freshmen Parents: Kapaun Mt. Carmel: 6:30PM KMC Gym
February 28: Catholicism and Culture: Spiritual Life Center: 6:15PM
March 18: The Anxious Child: Angie Lynn: 7:00PM Marian Room
April 3: Summer Activities and Ideas to avoid Brain Drain: 7:00PM Marian Room
Parish Book Study:
Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly runs from Jan 20-March 3
Teresa of Avila various Wednesdays from 6:00-6:50: watch the bulletin for details
Share Christ: January 13-March 3: Must've completed Discover and Follow Christ as prerequisites
Magdalen is a level IV school based on socioeconomic status and demographics.
The recommended maximum class size is outlined in the table below. As classes approach maximum capacity, or if special needs arise, aides may be assigned. These recommendations can be exceeded upon the approval of the pastor.
|Class Size||Without Aide||With at least 1/2 time Aide|
|Levels I-II, K-2||20||24|
|Levels 1-II, 3-8||24|
|Levels III-IV, K-2||23||28|
|Levels III-IV, 3-12||28|
MCS students and staff are proud to be a part of the Diocese of Wichita's promotional video that highlights the mission of Catholic education.
Developing Catholic students to become faithful stewards of God's gifts.
As the school year begins, we would like to take a moment to reflect on our goals at Magdalen Catholic School. By living our mission as stated above, we seek to develop the whole student, spirit, mind, and body, into becoming faithful stewards. To achieve this goal, as well as the Diocese of Wichita's Catholic School Standards listed below, we all, priests, sister, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and students, play an important role.
Catholic schools seek, with God’s grace, to form the total person in the image of Christ. This goal cannot be confined to the classroom but will only be achieved through the totality of the student’s activities, experiences, lessons, and relationships. Accordingly, the school’s resources must be directed to the fulfillment of the following standards.
Catholic Elementary Schools – Students are expected to…
PTO Meetings 2018-2019
PTO meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month in one side of The Marian Room from 6:30-7:30. We are happy to offer campus babysitting for these meetings so all parents of school children can attend!