Tuition Information for the 2016-2017 School Year Available Here


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2016-2017 Tuition Assistance Program now online

The tuition assistance application for the 2016-2017 school year is now available on the Diocese of Gary website. Click the Tuition Assistance Application tab and you will be directed to the application. Parishes DO NOT have paper copies this year. If you require a paper copy, you must contact the Diocese of Gary Office of Catholic Schools and request a copy be mailed to you.

Catholic families who belong to a Diocese of Gary parish and have their children enrolled in any diocesan school, Kindergarten through Grade 12, may apply. Pre-school students are not eligible. A $30.00 nonrefundable processing fee must accompany the application and will be paid via credit card, debit card, or checking account online. Approximately $500,000 is distributed on the basis of need to assist Catholic parents in providing Catholic faith formation, strong academic programs, and safety for their children in our Catholic schools.

The filing deadline is Monday, February 22, 2016. This is the date that completed applications must be submitted online. PSAS will not accept any applications mailed directly to the company. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Parents will be notified of the results in writing by May, 2016.

From Our Principal

As the new Principal of St. Thomas More School, it is a honor to become a member of this faith based learning community. I am looking forward to upcoming opportunities for interactions with parents, faculty, and students. I have had the good fortune of forming wonderful relationships with Father Mike and Mrs. Bickel. From our conversations, it is clear there is a collegial partnership between all stakeholders to provide the best possible religious and academic experience for our students. I look forward to nurturing these relationships and working with the administration and faculty providing a strong religious foundation and a world-class education for each St. Thomas More child.

As for myself, I received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Secondary Administration/Supervision from Ball State University. I began my teaching career at Gavit Jr/Sr High School in Hammond. After 17 years as a classroom teacher I assumed the position of middle school principal and later the high school principal serving the School City of Whiting for the past 20 years.

I believe that collaboration between school and home is the key to our childrens' success. I look forward to becoming acquainted with the St. Thomas More family. As the school year begins I will spend time visiting classrooms and getting to know the students. Additionally, I would like to spend time with our student's parents/guardians. I will be hosting a “Meet the Principal”event before the beginning of school. This will be an opportunity for me to formally introduce myself and address questions or concerns you may have.

It is my prayer that together, we continue to work together to provide challenging learning opportunities and engaging experiences to inspire greatness within each child. I am confident, that together, we can continue to make St. Thomas More School a great place for our students to learn and grow.

We can do all things through Christ,

Jay L. Harker

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