St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School
Nurtures the Formation of Saints and Scholars
Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Academics

Media Center

The St. Jude Library and Media Center serves the teachers and students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The library’s amazing collection has over 20,000 items including books, ebooks, A/V resources (DVDs, CDs, and Playaways), and periodicals for faculty and students, as well as electronic databases (EBSCO, World Book Online, Grolier, and Gale). Nine computer stations and eight laptops are available for searching Destiny, the online library catalog, working on research projects, taking Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes, and using word processing. Everything supports the school mission statement of “nurturing the formation of saints and scholars.” Every school day at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School begins with the morning news show, which is a live broadcast from the media center throughout the school. It is run by middle school students who write their anchor reports after interviewing teachers and students. The WSJA News is a unique learning experience for many students who enjoy working not only in front of the camera, but also behind the scenes with the cameras and sound/video mixing equipment.

The library often hosts author visits and celebrity guest readers. Over the years, the St. Jude Library welcomed local authors Eileen Jedlicka, Cassandra Jones, Cheryl Mure, Francis Smit, Stephanie Hicks, and Becky Hunt. Celebrity guest readers included television personalities Fred Kalil and Karyn Greer, Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, and Dr. Diane Starkovich, superintendent of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Schools..

Besides their weekly library classes, students enjoy a variety of fun activities in the Media Center. During LEGOs in the Library week, students can bring their LEGO creations to display and tell their classmates about their work. Every year, second grade girls attend an American Girl doll tea party in December, while second grade boys are invited to a Hall of Fame sports celebration in the fall. Students are asked to read a book (either an American Girl book or a sports book from the Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels series or the Jake Maddox series), take and pass an AR quiz, and bring their American Girl doll or the sports award to share at the party. Students in grades 3–7 participate in the annual archdiocesan-wide Battle of the Books competition. Children form teams and read books from the lists provided by the Catholic school librarians. In spring, classroom and school competitions are held before the final competition in May.