Pelican in her Piety
In updating the Most Blessed Sacrament School logo, it was important to honor the rich history of MBS, pay tribute to The Most Blessed Sacrament, and celebrate the school’s future.
In the logo, note the pelican, which serves as the school’s mascot. The wings of the pelican create the monstrance in which The Most Blessed Sacrament is placed, protected, and displayed during adoration. The bolded strokes represent how we as Catholics radiate the love of Christ when we receive Him during the Eucharist. Lastly, the baby chicks represent the students and the privilege we have to protect and teach them in the Catholic Faith.
As we begin to use the logo as our new brand, it is important that MBS families know how we became the MBS Pelicans. According to legend, in times of famine a mother pelican would pierce her own chest and give her blood to her chicks. Thus, the pelican symbol in Christianity, called pelican-in-her-piety, symbolizes the sacrifice of Christ on the cross (because he gave his blood for others) as well as the Eucharist (because it represents Christ's blood and provides spiritual nourishment).
Our logo is truly a reminder of our faith foundation that we want to instill in our students and it is a vivid illustration of what we want others to know about our faith and school.
Most Blessed Sacrament School (MBS) believes that cooperation and collaboration of students, parents, and faculty is essential to a productive, successful learning community. Since inception in 1980, the purpose of MBS has been to minister to the educational needs of the students by providing a teaching atmosphere which promotes Gospel values and academic excellence. MBS strives to center the school community in worship, prayer, Catholic doctrine, service projects, and current educational pedagogy in order to equip the students in becoming mature Christian young men and women, as well as leaders for tomorrow’s world. The school is committed to the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of the students. MBS strives to strengthen a partnership with parents who are the primary teachers of faith and values. The school continually seeks out a faculty called to the teaching ministry, who share a mutual responsibility for creating an environment which promotes spiritual and academic excellence for all students.
MBS is a kindergarten through eighth grade elementary diocesan school in the southeastern section of the state capital of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school draws the majority of its 525 students from the MBS church parish community. In 2009, MBS received Southern Association of the Colleges and Schools Council (SACS) accreditation. MBS offers a curriculum based on the standards of the State of Louisiana (CCSS). The religion education program is under the supervision of the parish pastor, the Director of Christian Formation, and the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Consistently, our eighth grade students are accepted into the high school of their choice.
MBS provides a broad curriculum to its students. Advanced math classes are offered in grades 7 and 8 to qualifying students. Reading remediation services are available to students in grades K-3. Spanish classes give students an opportunity to broaden their cultural awareness. Wide ranges of learning experiences through the enrichment curriculum are available to students. In addition to physical education, music, art, and computer classes, courses such as, study skills, life skills, and book talk are taught to meet students’ varied interests. Students participating in annual science and social studies fairs at school have consistently moved forward to state competitions and have won many awards at the state level.
The ACT Aspire standardized test is administered annually to grades 2–8. The students have consistently scored above the diocesan norms in all subject areas. At least one third of our seventh graders qualify for the Duke University Talent Identification Program annually.
MBS believes an essential component of seeking to teach as Jesus did is to be a teaching ministry which passes on Catholic faith and heritage, leading students to a deepened knowledge and experience of faith. The school community acknowledges the importance of every staff member to serve as a catechist, echoing God's love by upholding Catholic doctrine and shaping the spiritual and moral development of students' lives with Gospel values throughout the day. However, true faith formation is not limited to teaching formal doctrine in a religion class. The Social Responsibility Ministry at MBS is based on the Corporal Works of Mercy. Each grade level serves a designated ministry site and participates in a project that will educate the students to become aware of the purpose and goals of the ministry site and empower them to become agents of change in the world. Some of the ministry sites assigned to the grades are Cristo Sana Los Ninos Children's Mission in Nicaragua, Bishop Ott Homeless Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul Store, Baton Rouge Food Bank, and St. Anthony House for AIDS victims.
MBS seeks to teach as Jesus did, in both word and example, nurturing the unique gifts of members of our school community as members of the Body of Christ, living sacraments to the world. Unity of students, faculty, and parents as a faith community, in order to deepen the appreciation of our Catholic faith, is valued. A yearly theme guides our school community toward this goal. The theme guides faculty and student retreats, daily assembly prayer, and weekly mass celebrations attended by our school community. Spirit shirts are worn by the school community promoting our theme to others.
MBS provides for peer activities among the students. Each kindergarten student is paired with an eighth grade "buddy" for special activities. Additionally, MBS is blessed with an active Home and School Association, which provides the opportunity for parents to be involved in their children's educational experiences. This association provides strong support for the school mission by showing appreciation of the school faculty and by funding technology equipment and educational materials for classrooms.