May 25, 2017
There are not too many people walking the halls of Bishop Chatard right now thinking, “I wish this school year could have gone on forever!” Students, faculty, and staff are tired. We are ready to take a few steps back and breathe. That is certainly understandable.
Hopefully in our desire to “get outta here” we don’t lose sight of what has happened in this building between August and today. I hope we don’t forget about the lives that are changed in our building each year.
I am talking about the awkward freshmen that stepped cautiously into our building in August and will leave tomorrow at ease with who they are and what the future might hold for them. New friendships have been formed, some likely to continue for years to come. They accomplished so many things – some they knew they could accomplish, and more importantly, some they learned they could accomplish.
I am talking about the seniors who stepped foot into the school four years ago and left here transformed. They left with a confidence built by constantly being challenged, pushed, and prodded by teachers and guidance counselors who sincerely wanted the best for them. They left more mature and better formed in their faith. They left with the ability, and hopefully the desire, to make a difference in the world.
As much as we are all ready to put this school year to bed, it will not be long before we get antsy to get back at it. Our newest Trojans, the Class of 2021, wish they could start the new school year on June 1st! After two weeks or so of enjoying time with their children, parents will likely be ready to send them back to us. After five or six weeks, returning students will miss the routine, and their friends, and even the teachers. Not long after that, teachers will start lesson planning in their heads and begin to get excited about a fresh start and a new crop of students. And even the Class of 2017, after the excitement of college life has died down a bit, will reminisce about their time at Bishop Chatard and many will plan to visit the first time they get a chance.
This may not be the case at all schools, but it is just a natural part of the life cycle of a school community, a school family.
It has been my honor to serve in the dual role of both Principal and Vice President for Mission and Ministry. In 2017-18, I turn my total focus on the Mission and Ministry role and relinquish the Principal role to Mr. Joe Hansen. I am excited to take on this new challenge and welcome Joe to our community.
Thank you for a great school year – we appreciate your continued support. Have a safe and restful summer!
May God bless you!