Our Student Wellness Program in Paramus, New Jersey
At Paramus Catholic High School, student health and wellness are top priorities. Our teachers, administration, and staff understand that balancing spiritual, emotional, academic, and physical wellness is vital to the success of our students. Encouraging this mindset is important for their well-being today and in the future. Find out more about the student wellness program and current policies in place to support our Catholic school community in Paramus, New Jersey.
We believe that an individual's maximum potential is achieved through the combination of a healthy mind, body, and spirit. As a result, we've created programs that promote balance among those key pillars. – Dr. Stephanie Macaluso, Principal of Paramus Catholic High School
A Holistic Approach to Student Wellness
Our student wellness program is integrated into the overarching school philosophy, and Paramus Catholic High School fully supports the well-being of all its students. Pupils are encouraged to maintain a healthy balance of work and relaxation, so they feel ready to succeed in academics, spiritual endeavors, athletics, and beyond. We also encourage mental wellness activities for students to maintain more than just their physical health.
Students are encouraged to schedule downtime to relax, pursue hobbies, follow their interests, and spend time with friends and family. To support this attitude school-wide, Mondays are exempt from test scheduling and homework due dates (except exam week). This gives our students the freedom to fully enjoy their weekends.
This academic policy also applies to our dedicated faculty. One way we support their health and well-being is our mandate that grades are not due on Mondays at the end of each marking period. We hope that this policy and others allow our faculty to rest and recharge outside the classroom, as well.
Additionally, our guidance department is available to help students find the support they need to thrive. Our counselors support the needs of every student, facilitating the college preparation process, parent-teacher/student-teacher relationships, and much more.
As part of our student wellness program, Paramus Catholic High School pupils are encouraged to take ownership of their learning environment. While student wellness is prioritized in numerous ways, the Principal's Impact Team has been especially influential. This open forum brings the voice of the hallways to administrators, so they can address the student body's immediate concerns. The Principal's Impact Team meets once a month and has discussed several topics, such as:
- Healthier menu options in the cafeteria
- Classroom issues
- Prom venues
- New protocols
Maintaining an open dialog between students and administrators is paramount at our school. Through this platform, students are empowered to voice their opinions and bring suggestions to the table. They trust that they'll be heard by our administrators and that meaningful changes will be made.
Reaching Your Full Potential
Students at Paramus Catholic High School play a pivotal role in maximizing their potential and getting the most out of the opportunities and student activities available. In our Catholic school, this could mean participating in faith-based projects, such as studying the Beatitudes, the Stations of the Cross, and the Rosary. Students also craft the school's Christmas and Holy cards each year.
During Catholic School Week in February, our young people propose the themes and activities that will be featured. Some of the topics celebrated in the past include:
- Students and peers
- The nation
- Faculty, staff, and volunteers
As part of one of our school-wide service projects, we collected donations to help cover lunch costs for frontline heroes at some of the urgent care centers in the community. We're truly proud of our Paladins and the relationships we've built, and we look forward to what the future holds.
Learn More About Our Student Health and Wellness Program
Paramus Catholic High School is a co-educational, college-preparatory high school within the Archdiocese of Newark. Our school educates more than 1,000 students in grades 9 - 12 and employs over 125 faculty members. We firmly believe that taking a multi-faceted approach to teacher, administrator, staff, and student health and wellness is one of the best ways to foster a positive and productive educational environment. For more information about our student wellness program or our Catholic school in Paramus, NJ, contact us today.
FAITH. ACADEMICS. SECURITY. WELLNESS
A Paladin is a Champion