PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE, KATHY SMITH
144 years and still shining bright!
On behalf of the administration, faculty and staff at Saint Mary's High School, I would like to welcome you to the 2019/20 school year!
WE DID IT.
ACCREDITATION: Last year we navigated our way through the WCEA/WASC E3 accreditation process and were granted a six-year clear accreditation. This is no small feat and a distinguishable measure of success. It is a tribute to who we are and what we stand for spiritually and academically, along with the commitment we have made to educate our students to thrive in an ever-changing global society.
SAFETY & SECURITY: It is with an abundance of thanks and much appreciation to all of our generous donors that we have completed and met the immediate needs as determined by Homeland Security for our school. We have installed a recommended locking system for classroom doors, fencing and gates along with an extensive security camera system. On behalf of our current students and generations of students to come, thank you once again for your help in completing the three phases of our security project.
Indeed, Saint Mary's is committed to fostering a Catholic teaching and learning environment. We are about much more than just earning a diploma. This is a time when our students will discover their talents, while pursuing their goals and discovering who they are. Our faculty will challenge the students academically and instill in them a strong work ethic, coupled with a desire to learn. By the time our students leave Saint Mary's, they will be well aware of our school theme, "Be Who You Are and Be That Well." St. Francis de Sales.
As educators, we should never be satisfied in doing the same things over and over, and simply expect different results. We must challenge ourselves if we are going to continue to move forward. We must always find ways to improve upon the calling that God has brought us to, which is to make a difference in the lives of our students. At the end of each day we need to find time to reflect, feel gratitude for all that we have, take in the big picture while reminding ourselves of our values and beliefs. To paraphrase the words of Pope Francis, we must live in the present, and revere tradition, but we need to take the initiative and create the future. We need to see today's opportunity fully, because it is the only opportunity we are certain of having. We cannot shrink from change in a fearful way, but we need to drive change with hope and optimism. We must run to the future, not from it.
Join me as we continue to grow in our faith and knowledge. I am delighted that you have chosen to be a part of the SM family. Welcome once again to the 2019/20 school year. GO RAMS!
In Mary's grace,