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Principal touts Catholic education to Kiwanis

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PRESCOTT--Christine Meshak has been in education for 19 years, with 17 of them being in Catholic schools.

"It's the only place I'd want to be," the current St. Joseph's Catholic School Principal said to the Prescott Kiwanis Thursday.

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Meshak is in her second year as principal of the long-time Prescott school and in her first principal position.

"I love it," she said, highlighting the school's shared mission of Catholic teaching and sharing the Christian faith.

St. Joseph's employs 10 teachers going from four-year-old kindergarten through the sixth grade. That list also includes a music/physical education teacher and an art/library teacher. Meshak said students get 80 minutes of music a week, 70 for physical education, 60 for art, 30 for library and 20 for sign language.

"We work hard to design our curriculum with the public schools so they are ready for the middle school and beyond," she said, noting their Title I services are through Malone Elementary.

The student-teacher ratio is 15 to 1, which is something they are proud of, Meshak said.

"It gives more individualized attention to students," she said.

Yet, at the same time, St. Joseph's has seen their enrollment figures decrease from 103 last year to 94 this year. Meshak joked with the attendance issues Malone Elementary has been facing the last two years, St. Joseph's is more than willing to have some of those students come her way.

To highlight the Christian faith, Meshak said there's a religion curriculum in each grade, along with weekly masses which students in grades three through six plan.

For more please read the Sept. 26 print version of the Herald.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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