Message from Mr. Morelli:
My last newsletter started
about the change particularly in Father Fallon's
position of becoming "President Emeritus."
Ironically, many years ago when taking
administration classes my thesis was about
"change." The title from one of my papers was:
"The Change-Agent Principal." Two sentences from
my paper said: As the master of change, the
principal of a school probably meets his/her
greatest challenge. Society is no longer content
with the administrator who is satisfied with
This brings me to St. Mary's. We are
not content with being content as we continue to
move forward. We want to offer a rigorous college
preparatory curriculum that prepares students to
succeed in a higher academic setting.
It's no secret that technology is an
integral part of our lives. We have immediate
access to breaking news and information. Business
and personal video conferencing is commonplace.
Social media allows us to share news and photos
with efficiency. In August 2013, St. Mary's
teachers were given a new teaching tool, the iPad.
Teachers are becoming acquainted with apps and
learning management systems. In addition, members
of each department have visited Christian Brothers
in Sacramento to witness first hand iPads in the
One goal in the use of the iPad is
to improve student achievement through the
development of technology skills in all curriculum
areas thereby enabling students to meet present
and future challenges.
During the 2014-15 school year we
will continue to provide our teachers with
in-service opportunities, time to develop
curriculum and investigate textbooks. Our plan is
that in the 2015-16 school year students will have
their own iPad for classroom.
In addition, other changes taking
place for the 2014-15 school year include:
- Each counselor will be assigned a student
alphabetically. This will allow each student to
have the same counselor for four years.
- Every student will take the PSAT (practice
SAT) in the fall. This will help students
prepare for the SAT.
- Next year we will offer Spanish 2 Honors.
Following Spanish 2 Honors the students will
progress into Spanish 3 Honors and then AP
- Follett Virtual Bookstore will be used to
either purchase or rent textbooks
- TADS will be the process used for all
tuition assistance and most scholarship
- Sports & Fitness Center will be
However, the biggest change will be
that I will be moving to the office of President
and St. Mary's High School will have a new
principal. I have gone from student, to
administrator (dean, principal) and now president
of St. Mary's. I am blessed with the opportunity
to see students develop (be who you are and be
that well) and to work with the great staff that
continues to dedicate their lives to students,
helping them shape their future.
I take comfort in the words of
St. Francis de Sales. "Having called you to
this life, God will strengthen you with grace to
do what is required for God's glory and for your
own welfare and happiness, provided you walk in
It's a wonderful and
encouraging thought remembering that the answer to
life's two basic questions, "Who am I?"
And "Where am I going?" is contained in the
phrase, "We are all children of God."
To God we all count. No one matters more
than anyone else. He created us to succeed and God
will do all He can to help us do just
I ask for your prayers in all
these new changes as we continue to ask Mary,
Queen of Angels, St. Dominic and St. Francis de
Sales, pray for
Morelli Appointed President
This morning Father Fallon formally made this announcement to
Two Sundays ago, you may have seen the article in the
some of the
The article indicated that I would be stepping down as
June of this
The St. Mary's High school Board of Directors at its most
it in June
The Diocese of Stockton is issuing a press release to that
of you to
know this at
We will keep you posted as events emerge.
I am very pleased to announce that the new President for St.
all who have
live in the
and be a
Peter Morelli, himself a graduate of St. Mary's High School,
I wish to
the NFL. I
In addition to being
principal of St. Mary's, Mr. Morelli is a
well-respected official with the National
Football League where he has served since 1997.
Morelli was the Super Bowl back
judge in 2002, when the Patriots beat the Rams
in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Mr. Morelli also represents the Tri City
League on the Board of Managers for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.
St. Mary's High School
5648 N. El Dorado St.
Stockton, CA 95207