On June 9th, the St. Edmund Prep family celebrated the moment when the Class of 2018 moved the tassel on their cap from the right to the left, signifying their transition from St. Edmund Prep student to St. Edmund Prep Alumni. This graduating class brought with it an altruistic spirit, a thirst for knowledge and a desire to create great change in the world. The Class of 2018 took the mission of St. Edmund Prep and brought it to life.
However, it wasn’t just the seniors who had an extraordinary year, culminating with 28 million dollars in college scholarships; the entire St. Edmund Prep community had an extraordinary year. Our freshman class kicked off the school year with brand new Chromebooks in hand. We launched our new in-house SAT prep course, we won a record number of awards in Model Congress competitions, American Legion Oratorical Contest scholarships were won and the IB Visual Arts Expo exceeded all possible expectations. We saw the first steps taken in the growth of an SEP Marching Band. We saw another successful spring musical with School House Rock.
Athletically, we had a record breaking year with City Championships in Girls’ Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Softball, Varsity Baseball, and JV Baseball, a St. Edmund Prep first! Our first ever (and now annual) 5K was a roaring success. Our student leaders certainly did not disappoint, with Hurricane Relief, Project Night Night, the swim team Swim-a-Thon, and our Dig Pink events; all raising money for those in need. Our 85th year brought with it an excitement that was infectious and memories to last a lifetime.
Our building also saw some long overdue maintenance. We upgraded our heating system with a new boiler and used the funds raised through the Walk-a -Thon to install a brand new state-of-the-art sound system in the gym. We installed a new security system, and reopened the renovated computer lab and new seminar room with modular furniture and state of the art SMART technology.
The 2018-2019 school year will bring with it new initiatives that will continue to ensure that our St. Edmund Prep students have access to the best educational resources. The two biggest initiatives are an infrastructure assessment and a technology assessment. Over the next few months we will undergo a wall to wall needs assessment of our building. It is our hope to announce plans for a major infrastructure improvement plan over the next few months.
In addition to planning upgrades to the physical building, we will also be improving upon those things that happen within these walls. We will be starting a 9th and 10th grade retreat program. The Introduction to Computer Science class has been revamped, and Introduction to Engineering and AP Computer Science are being offered. We will continue to see opportunities for bold learning inside the classroom as the English and Social Studies departments team up to create dynamic lessons for our incoming 9th graders. We will continue to give our teachers and students the tools they need to work collaboratively, to develop a deep understanding of knowledge and the ability to communicate that which they have learned.
St. Edmund Prep is a unique school; we are one of a kind and offer an education that is different and dynamic. We do not strive to be like any others, we only strive to be the very best us.
I hope you have a restful and enjoyable summer and I look forward to seeing you all in September.
Mrs. Allison McGinnis