Mission, Vision, Philosophy

MISSION

The mission of Rayne Catholic is to form a family of leaders and learners who know, love and serve God.

The Mission Statement Inspired by. . . .

  • Faith in Jesus Christ
  • Hope from the Holy Spirit
  • Love of the Father

 and the greatest of these is love. . .

VISION

Our students will learn together, work together and pray together in answering the call to a faith-filled life of service.

We believe in God and we believe. . . .

  • that each person is created in the image and likeness of God
  • that each child is a precious gift and sacred responsibility
  • in the goodness, dignity and worth of each person
  • that Jesus Christ is our model and our teacher
  • in celebrating and witnessing our faith
  • in transforming the world through Catholic education
  • that Catholic education includes spiritual growth and fulfillment
  • that learning is a lifelong journey
  • that all can learn and develop their gifts
  • in building Gospel-centered communities for service to one another
  • that all have rights, roles and responsibilities for which they are accountable
  • that Catholic education is a shared responsibility in which parents have a primary role

 

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

Rayne Catholic Elementary is a community of faith, which embraces the sacraments of the Catholic Church and promotes learning.  Rayne Catholic fosters a since of community and provides for a safe and nurturing school environment.  We also provide quality instructions and educational resources to insure the academic growth of the students.  We strive to focus on the total development of the child: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

As a Catholic school, we embrace the responsibility of the formation of young women and men toward adult maturity and active membership in the church and society. Rayne Catholic Elementary challenges and encourages our community to maintain respect in all relationships by encountering Jesus Christ in everyone we meet and in everything we do.  We promote the importance of academic learning, the value of service, the spirit of justice and charity, and the opportunity to learn through experiences.  Although religious instruction is important, we believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is best fostered through living the Gospels, the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments, as well as all the teachings of the Catholic Church.

As a Eucharistic community, Rayne Catholic Elementary strengthens the Christian way of life by teaching and promoting prayer and worship as part of everyday life.  In addition, we open each member to the experience of God’s unconditional love and empower individuals to live out their God-given purpose and reach their God-given potential.

 

The Three Pillars of Rayne Catholic Philosophy. . . .  

  1. The Gospels:  “…religious instruction in schools sows the dynamic seed of the Gospel and seeks to” keep in touch with the other elements of the student’s knowledge and education; thus the Gospel will impregnate the mentality of the students in the field of their learning, and the harmonization of their culture will be achieved in the light of faith.?…It is necessary, therefore, that religious instruction in schools appear as a scholastic discipline with the same systematic demands and the same rigor as other disciplines. It must present the Christian message and the Christian event with the same seriousness with which other disciplines present their knowledge.” (From the General Directory for Catechesis 73)

 “All of the learning outcomes in the Program of Studies contain a religious dimension. It is the right, responsibility and privilege of educators in Catholic schools to bring to consciousness the divine presence that resides in what is learned.”     Permeation:   Living Eucharist in the Learning Community, 2002

 

2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: All staff and students are trained with the 7 Habits.  These habits are lifelong principles which develop skills for leadership and reveal the potential in all of us.

 

3. 5 Stages of Social Justice: All students are involved in social justice activities.  Our goal is to encourage students to move through the 5 stages of:  1. Collections; 2. Direct Service; 3. Service for Empowerment; 4. Reflection and Analysis; 5. Advocacy for Structural Change.  ALL students have the potential to initiate change.

 

Mission and Catholic Identity

The Church’s teaching mission includes inviting young people to a relationship with Jesus Christ or deepening an existing relationship with Jesus, inserting young people into the life of the Church, and assisting young people to see and understand the role of faith in one’s daily life and in the larger society. “This unique Catholic identity makes our Catholic elementary and secondary schools ‘schools for the human person’ and allows them to fill a critical role in the future life of our Church, our country and our world” (The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, 1997). The following standards address Catholic identity and culture as vital to the mission of Catholic schools in the United States.

 

 

 Standard 1: An excellent Catholic school is guided and driven by a clearly communicated mission that embraces a Catholic Identity rooted in Gospel values, centered on the Eucharist, and committed to faith formation, academic excellence and service.

 BENCHMARKS

1.1 The governing body and the leader/leadership team ensure that the mission statement includes the commitment to Catholic identity.

1.2 The governing body and the leader/leadership team use the mission statement as the foundation and normative reference for all planning.

1.3 The school leader/leadership team regularly calls together the school’s various constituencies (including but not limited to faculty and staff, parents, students, alumni(ae) to clarify, review and renew the school’s mission statement.

1.4 The mission statement is visible in public places and contained in official documents.

1.5 All constituents know and understand the mission

 

Standard 2: An excellent Catholic school adhering to mission provides a rigorous academic program for religious studies and catechesis in the Catholic Faith, set within a total academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.

 BENCHMARKS

2.1 Religious education curriculum and instruction meets the religious education requirements and standards of the (arch)diocese.

2.2 Religion classes are an integral part of the academic program in the assignment of teachers, amount of class time and the selection of texts and other curricular materials.

2.3 Faculty who teach religion meet (arch)diocesan requirements for academic and catechetical preparation and certification to provide effective religion curriculum and instruction.

2.4 The school’s Catholic identity requires excellence in academic and intellectual formation in all subjects including religious education.

2.5 Faculty use the lenses of Scripture and the Catholic intellectual tradition in all subjects to help students think critically and ethically about the world around them.

2.6 Catholic culture and faith are expressed in the school through multiple and diverse forms of visual and performing arts, music and architecture.

2.7 The theory and practice of the Church’s social teachings are essential elements of the curriculum.

 

Standard 3: An excellent Catholic school adhering to mission provides opportunities outside the classroom for student faith formation, participation in liturgical and communal prayer, and action in service of social justice.

 BENCHMARKS

3.1 Every student is offered timely and regular opportunities to learn about and experience the nature and importance of prayer, the Eucharist, and liturgy.

3.2 Every student is offered timely, regular, and age appropriate opportunities to reflect on their life experiences and faith through retreats and other spiritual experiences.

3.3 Every student participates in Christian service programs to promote the lived reality of action in service of social justice.

3.4 Every student experiences role models of faith and service for social justice among the administrators, faculty and staff.

 

Standard 4: An excellent Catholic school adhering to mission provides opportunities for adult faith formation and action in service of social justice.

 BENCHMARKS

4.1 The leader/leadership team provides retreats and other spiritual experiences for the faculty and staff on a regular and timely basis.

4.2 The leader/leadership team and faculty assist parents/ guardians in their role as the primary educators of their children in faith.

4.3 The leader/leadership team collaborates with other institutions (for example, Catholic Charities, Catholic higher education, religious congregation-sponsored programs) to provide opportunities for parents/ guardians to grow in the knowledge and practice of the faith.

4.4 All adults in the school community are invited to participate in Christian service programs to promote the lived reality of action in service of social justice.

4.5 Every administrator, faculty, and staff member visibly supports the faith life of the school community.