St. Thomas Aquinas offers technology and tradition by st. thomas aquinas school staff
sun contributing writer
BINGHAMTON — St. Thomas Aquinas School is located on a cul-de-sac on the west side of Binghamton adjacent to St. Thomas Aquinas Church. The pre-school through 3rd grade enrollement is 170 students. We are a “school with spirit” encourages families to get involved with the school. Families volunteer to help in the cafeteria and become a member of the PTO. They help to plan different activities throughout the year.
Tradition plays a large part at St. Thomas Aquinas School. The church bell from the old St. Thomas Aquinas Church sits outside the school and is rung to mark the beginning and end of our school year. The new kindergarten class and anyone else who is new to the school rings the bell in September and anyone who is leaving rings at the end of the year.
Another tradition is the Celebrity Read-A-Thon. Letters of invitation are sent to local celebrities such as the mayors of the surrounding communities, chiefs of police, local pastors, radio and television personalities. Those who are able come one day during Catholic Schools Week and read a book to a class, thus showing the importance of reading in daily life.
Some of the activities that occur during the school year are the Veteran’s Day celebration in which the school honor the veterans, the family Halloween party, the Saints play put on by 2nd graders, the Christmas show, the May Crowning and the monthly school Masses in which the K-3 students take turns doing the readings, prayers of the faithful and participating in the offertory procession. Third graders are the altar servers for these Masses.
Technology has played an important part of the educational process at St. Thomas. The students work on laptops and classrooms are all equipped with smart boards. This is a great enhancement for students who get to interact with the lessons being taught and reinforced using the smart board.
As part of the consolidated Catholic Schools of Broome County and the Diocese of Syracuse, the school is known for its excellent values and faith based curriculum. St. Thomas Aquinas School is definitely a “School with Spirit”!