President’s Greetings & Messages

September 2018
“O Lord, how worthless this knowledge would be,
if it were not for the enlightening of my mind for thy service,
or for making me more useful to my fellow men.”
                                                                                St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
                                                                                     Patron of Catholic Schools
Peace and Greetings:
They’re back … and we’re absolutely thrilled! It’s a very special moment to watch smiling teenage faces walk through the doors and hear the abundance of youthful excitement fill the halls bringing our school back to life from summer recess in just a few short minutes. Actually, it’s priceless! On behalf of all of us blessed to be part of the ministry of this school, thank you for choosing St. Paul and the trust you place in us as your educational partner. It’s going to be a truly great year!
We are pleased to “welcome home” 113 students into the Class of 2022 as well as eight new transfer students. Opening day enrollment remains consistent with recent years at 456 students.
A few housekeeping items that need your immediate attention: (1) It is imperative, if you haven’t already, that your Emergency Information Card and SPCHS Information Form (Emergency Parent Reach) be returned no later than Monday, September 10. We will be conducting our emergency lockdown procedures and testing our parent notification system soon. (2) You are expected to read and discuss with your child the 2018-19 Student Handbook, located on our website before printing, signing and returning the Agreement for Students and Parents (found under the Student Life tab).
An important Athletic Parent Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium for all parents/guardians whose child plans to participate on a St. Paul athletic team (varsity or sub-varsity) this school year. Our annual
Parent Back-to-School Night will follow the Athletic Parent Meeting from 6:15 – 8:45 p.m. Following a brief welcome, you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers. A parent/guardian from every family is encouraged to attend.
Our first “Open House” for prospective students for the Class of 2023 or interested transfer students will be Saturday, September 22 at 10:00 am. You are our best ambassadors and we are truly grateful for your encouraging testimonials to prospective families and friends in your local community.
As you know, this year our school theme is #lovethyneighbor. You may have heard from your child that we have introduced a new “neighborhood” initiative to act on this theme. Our SP neighborhood consists of six houses with 75+ students each. The house names are taken from St. Paul’s letters in the New Testament: Corinthians, Ephesians, Galatians, Philippians, Romans and Thessalonians. Each house is further divided into 5-6 advisory groups of 12-15 students with members from each grade and a faculty advisor. Student leaders have been selected to help faculty members facilitate/coordinate house and advisory activities. (CLICK HERE for a visual)
The goal of the SP “neighborhood” is to enhance our culture by intentionally living Jesus’ second greatest commandment, “thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:33). This initiative is intended to increase student engagement and expand personal relationships, encourage positive peer role models and mentors, focus on character development and random acts of kindness, offer extended leadership opportunities, increase school spirit, foster peer tutoring and more. (CLICK HERE for a visual)
This may seem a little confusing or vague to the students at this time because we have only planted the concept seed and thus are hoping to utilize in their houses/advisory groups their voices, ideas, skills, interests, and passion along this year’s journey to create a more consistent culture where we take better care of each other … where we act on love thy neighbor. In this initiative, we are not necessarily looking forward to a defined end point or destination but instead trusting and engaging ourselves in the “neighborhood” process so that later in the year we can look back and reflect upon what we have collectively created. So, welcome to our neighborhood!
Lastly, the gymnasium renovations are in the final stages as the floor is currently being stained and lines painted. We are probably another week away until the major work is completed with final touches coming soon after. It’s going to be worth the wait … it’s absolutely beautiful! Blessing of the new gymnasium, named in memory of Rev. Brian W. Monnerat, will be on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm. You are invited to join the Monnerat family on this special occasion. A more formal public dedication and donor acknowledgement is scheduled for Thursday, December 20, 2018 between the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games when several of our college alumni are home for the holidays.
In spite of the summer heat and shortened days, academic classes are in full swing. The welcome back student dance is tomorrow night. Fall athletic teams begin interscholastic competition tomorrow afternoon. Fall play auditions have begun. Feels like we never left!
Happy New Year!
In the Spirit of St. Paul,
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Cary M. Dupont ’72
President/Chief Administrator