Rise up in splendor,
Jerusalem! Your light has come. Isaiah 60:1-6
At St. Mary's High School,
we believe that a high school education should do
more than just prepare students for college. We
believe that a high school education should
empower a student for life.
With this goal in mind, we
have announced the implementation of iPads into
our curriculum for the 2015-16 school year, we
have begun our strategic planning process, and the
opening of the "Athletic Performance Center" will
soon take place.
I am also pleased to announce
other innovative aspects for our school this year.
The first new addition this
year is that our annual Thanksgiving Liturgy will
be a school-wide Mass dedicated to those in our
community whose profession is so noble and so
enduring. We will have a "Blue Mass" held on
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, to
thank those who serve in our community. This Mass
will include the police department, fire
department, sheriff's department, FBI and highway
patrol. We pray for and thank them for their
awesome responsibility to protect and to give of
themselves in public service. The most Reverend
Stephen Blaire will be the main celebrant.
Preparing students for the
future is one of our main responsibilities. This
year we are increasing our testing program to
better prepare our students for the SAT and ACT.
Every student has taken the PSAT (practice
scholastic aptitude test) to help them and our
teachers set curriculum. In addition, the 9th and
10th grade students are taking the ASPIRE test
which is the practice ACT, and 11th grade students
are taking a full practice ACT exam.
third is our President's Club. The proceeds from
this club have annually been the means to upgrade
our technology needs on campus. Over the years the
President's Club has been responsible for
purchasing computers that are used in the library
and in both computer labs along with many faculty,
staff and administrators' laptop computers. With
the advent of iPads next year, we needed to
upgrade our campus network, and through this event
we are able to upgrade the Wi-Fi capacity
throughout the school.
This year, RUDY
Ruettiger will be the main speaker at our
annual President's Club dinner on November 2,
2014. With the success of
that evening we hope to announce
another new addition to our school curriculum.
Hasn't everyone seen the movie
"Rudy"? If you're a Notre Dame fan or not, this is
a great heartwarming story. It has one of
the classic and cherished story lines involving a
person of humble beginnings who ends up being the
hero. No one expects much from this character, at
first. He is too small, too poor, and too far from
the circles of power to have much influence. But
as the story evolves, we come to see that
determination and fate rests on this seemingly
irrelevant individual whose dream is to play for
Notre Dame football for the Fighting Irish team.
This leads me to a question,
"What is a hero?" The dictionary defines a hero as
a man or woman noted for courageous acts or
nobility of purpose. I think teachers, counselors,
administrators and those at St. Mary's that work
to help students "to be who you are and be that
well" are genuine heroes. The teachers, staff,
coaches, counselors, administrators, and
maintenance are the day-to day champions. We thank
them, and we pray that God will continue to bless
our heroes at St. Mary's.
Through prayer we continue to
"be who you are and be that well" and ask God to
watch over all these heroes as we ask blessings
for our school community from Mary, Queen of
Angels, St. Francis de Sales, and St.