On May 26, 2018, we said farewell to the Class of 2018 at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. It was a wonderful event where families and friends celebrated the accomplishments of this terrific group of young men. We are now preparing to welcome the Class of 2022 in August. This is a special time to be a part of the Jesuit High School family in a community that continues to support our students as they come to understand what it means to be Men for Others.
The purpose of this month’s Principal’s Newsletter is to discuss two major topics. The first is a discussion on school safety at Jesuit High School and the second is the formal announcement of the new student dress code for the 2018-2019 school year.
Thank you for your continued support of and partnership with Jesuit High School.
I would like to use this month’s newsletter to make some announcements regarding changes and updates for next year. There are notable changes being made and I would like to give families plenty of notice out of respect for your future planning.
A major calendar change next year involves the scheduling of Easter Break. Easter Sunday is on April 21 in 2019, and this late date poses some academic challenges for the school. We had to consider the following:
We are back on campus after a restful Christmas break, ready to work. The faculty and staff returned from break for two days of professional development where we continued our institutional reflection in the area of equity and inclusion, followed by a prayerful retreat led by Fr. Tom O’Neill, S.J. During this time together, Fr. O’Neill invited us to see the many ways that we care for our students, for our colleagues, and for ourselves.
The first semester is coming to a close and our students continue to be busy–they achieved their goal of collecting 65,000 pounds of food for the Operation Cratchit Food Drive, they are performing in the last of our many Christmas concerts, and they are preparing for their final exams! I know that all concerned are looking forward to some well-deserved rest. I hope that you enjoy time with family and friends as you celebrate the Christmas season.
Thanksgiving is approaching and we are called to reflect and pray on the blessings in our lives. I believe this is a fitting year to recall the origins of this holiday. On October 3, 1863, in the third autumn of the Civil War, President Lincoln issued a proclamation:
Our beautiful campus at 1200 Jacob Lane is as active as ever! We just celebrated our Homecoming Weekend with a variety of events such as the Alumni Guys Night Out, the Alumni BBQ, a home football game, water polo tournament, student dance, and the Alumni Family Liturgy. During the Alumni Family Liturgy, Fr. Aaron Engebretson, S.J., preached on the meaning of Luke’s account of the cleansing of the ten lepers who were healed from a distance by Jesus (Luke 17:11-19). Fr. Aaron shared with us that we are all worthy of God’s healing love, regardless of where we are. Of the ten, one man returned, approaching Jesus to experience God’s love more intimately; he could touch his cloak, hear his words, see him up close–God in the flesh. In like manner, our alumni were invited to return to this community at Jesuit where they encountered the amazing power of God’s love. Fr. Aaron’s message has stuck with me and it echoes what we tell our students daily–that they are worthy of God’s unwavering and unconditional love.
The start of the school year was a whirlwind of exciting events that included the Frosh Orientation and Mass, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the Frosh Overnight Retreat, Back-to-School Night, Sprit Week, and the Holy Bowl. These events were designed to welcome our newest members to the Jesuit High School community and celebrate our rich tradition. We now turn to our planning for Open House as we enter into the next phase of the school year.
Final preparations and last-minute projects are wrapping up and we are ready to begin another school year at 1200 Jacob Lane! We already have teachers on campus getting ready for the always-busy academic year. We are rested and ready to do the important work of Jesuit High School and I know that our students will be surrounded by people who are “dedicated to forming competent young men into conscientious leaders in compassionate service to others for the greater glory of God.”