My name is Darren Smith and I am honored to hold the position of principal at St. Pius X Catholic School. I grew up in Columbus attending Immaculate Conception and Bishop Watterson High School, taught at St. James the Less, and coached high school basketball at St. Francis Desales. Last school year, I was the assistant principal at St. Pius X and am marrying a Catholic school teacher so, I am very familiar with the various facets of Catholic education here in the Columbus, Ohio area. I would like to thank the dedicated staff at St. Pius X, especially Monsignor Funk and Mrs. Carole Winkel for their support. I look forward to continuing the strong history of excellent leadership here at St. Pius X and I want to continue to raise the bar on academic excellence and community.
This summer here at St. Pius X was jam-packed with activity, especially with Phase 1 of the capital campaign well underway. Classrooms were cleaned, bathrooms were renovated, floors were stripped, and walls were painted to name a few building updates. A very special thank you goes to Mr. Scott Marsh and his custodial staff. Through auxiliary funding, we purchased new Chromebooks®, carts, and cases, the newest version of the smartboard, a 3-D printer, various applications for enrichment, and many more tools to enhance the educational experience here at St. Pius X. We are very excited to announce that we will have a 1:1 Chromebook®- to- student ratio in grades 3rd-8th for this upcoming school year.
The funds from our annual A Night in Green event have been allocated in a variety of ways and I want to thank all of those involved in such a wonderful fundraiser. Funds will be used to update wiring for new technology, to replace chalkboards with whiteboards, and to hire a curriculum coach to provide feedback, support, and guidance for our awesome faculty. Finally, the funds purchased a computer program, Tynker™ which instructs students on computer programming in grades 3rd-8th.
Our theme for the 2017-2018 school year is Be the Best Version of YOU. More than just a phrase, this theme further builds upon our Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association’s student performance goal: Students will acquire skills necessary to be self-directed learners through self-reflection and goal setting. Our staff’s focus will be to challenge students to be responsible for their learning and to set and reflect on personal goals. The entire St. Pius X staff read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck and received professional development based on information from the text. Positive Panther Points will give our students an opportunity to go above the normal expectations we hold them to and will help them to display empathy to others in a wide variety of ways. Students who meet the quarterly goals will be rewarded with a Positive Panther Point Party.
All our efforts here at St. Pius X School are made possible through the support of our wonderful pastor, committed parents, and faithful parishioners. We are truly a blessed school community. As we prepare to begin this school year, we again ask for your prayers as we partner with our parents and our entire community to instill kindness and empathy in our students. I cannot wait to see so many smiling faces walking into St. Pius X on August 23rd!
Mr. Darren Smith
St. Pius X Principal