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Go the Distance Challenge Academy

Saint Philomena School inaugurates the Go the Distance Challenge Academy as our new incentivized PS-8 personalized learning program to engage students in setting and accomplishing long-term action goals in five different areas: visual arts, physical education, performing arts, literature and community service. 

Creatively capitalizing on this unique educational moment, our co-curricular teachers established grade level appropriate “menu” of challenges to engage our students during distance learning away from school. Students are also free to propose a personal challenge not listed by speaking with the appropriate co-curricular teacher for approval. We want our kids thinking out of the box and staying active!

These authentic and ongoing projects will help children develop the attitude of perseverance and create daily routines to work on long-term project goals outside of the scheduled day. Students can earn a “Go the Distance” Challenge Academy Pin for each discipline in which they complete a project.  With the opportunity for guided mentorship from our “Challenge Coaches” of co-curricular teachers and student life staff, students will have the opportunity to check in during Zoom classroom time to share progress, seek feedback, or recieve motivation to keep going the distance toward completing the project.  When completed, students will share with their challenge coach to earn a Challenge Pin. Collect all five pins (or more) in each of the five categories and a student will receive a certificate of graduation from the 2020 Go the Distance Challenge Academy at Saint Philomena School.  Now is the time to Go the Distance and utilize the time we have to stretch ourselves, try new things and accomplish personal goals. Let’s discover, develop and use our talents to transform the world for good!


Click on the buttons below to discover the challenges for each discipline






Challenge Coaches

Ms. Nadeau - Visual Arts

Ms. Legare - Physical Education

Mr. Spaner - Performing Arts

Mrs. Capuano - Literacy

Mrs. Byrne - Community Service

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