Mission Statement

We are a Roman Catholic community that fosters the development of mind, body and spirit in a challenging academic environment. We guide students to realize their full potential in becoming productive and ethical people who will contribute to a more just and peaceful world.

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School Philosophy

At Saint Timothy Middle School, we educate the whole child. Our goals and objectives reflect a deep concern for the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social development of all students. As educators, the faculty of Saint Timothy Middle School has the special responsibility of encouraging each student to achieve his or her potential within the framework of Christian spiritual truths and values. Academic excellence through the light of faith is of the highest importance at our school.

Our school philosophy is built on a foundation of respect within our community. This respect is evident in the relationships between teachers, staff and students. Acknowledging that parents are the first educators of the child we strive to support families who want the Christian values that they instill at home to be fortified at school. Saint Timothy Middle School is a place where parents, teachers, students and parishioners form a community that works together in charity and service.

Brief School History

Saint Timothy School first opened its doors on September 7, 1960. The school was staffed under the guidance of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Mary of the Springs of Columbus, Ohio. Beginning with grades one through five, a grade was added each year to the school until 1963. The first eighth grade class graduated on June 14, 1964.

Under a planned restructuring of Catholic schools in West Hartford, the School of Saint Timothy became Saint Timothy Middle School in September 1989. The school now serves the needs of young adolescents in grades 6 through 8. Saint Timothy continues its link to the past with its dedication to excellence while always remaining true to the gospel teachings of Jesus Christ.

Accreditation

Saint Timothy Middle School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by the State of Connecticut Board of Education.

School Mascot

The Tiger has been selected as the mascot for Saint Timothy Middle School. While a symbol of tremendous strength, we would do well to place the Tiger in the context that all strength comes from God. with its beautiful coat of dark stripes, the Tiger blends well into its environment, reminding us of the need to blend in with the diverse community of others, while still maintaining the strength to stand as witnesses for Gospels truths. At Saint Timothy Middle School, our Tiger Spirit reflects our commitment to these truths.

Our Patron Saint

Scholars writing about Timothy comment that he is one of the most devoted Christians of the New Testament. He was the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. Timothy, whose name means “honoring God” or “honored by God,” was taught Old Testament scripture by his mother. He was converted to Christianity, along with his mother, around the year 47 A.D. during the Apostle Paul’s first missionary visit to Timothy’s hometown. On a second visit by Paul, Timothy was selected as a travel companion to the Apostle Paul. He became Paul’s closest co-worker, serving as an aide, proclaiming the Gospel, acting as Paul’s representative, and befriending Paul in prison. Upon his release from prison, Paul set about evangelizing in Western Europe. While away from Asia, Paul asked Timothy to preach there. Timothy was stationed at the capital of Ephesus. It was while Timothy was there that Paul wrote two letters to him that appear in the New Testament. Saint Timothy was loyal, faithful, conscientious, and devoted to God. He was deeply concerned with the foundations of strong Christian community and this spirit is evident throughout St. Paul’s instruction to him. After Paul’s death, Timothy is reported to have stayed in Ephesus as bishop until his own death. He suffered a martyr’s death by stoning and clubbing. January 26 is Saint Timothy’s feast day. His closest friend, the Apostle Paul, wrote that Timothy was a “man of God” (1 Tim 6:11). Saint Timothy is a wonderful role model for us all.

“Let no one disregard you because you are young, but be an example to all in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your teaching. You have in you a spiritual gift, which was given to you… let this be your care and your occupation, and everyone will be able to see your progress.”

~ 1 Timothy 4: 11-15

 

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