As March comes in like a lion, I keep reminding myself that in a matter of weeks, the tulips will be in bloom, the days will be longer and spring will be upon us. So, even as we await the change of seasons, we also know that before we know it this busy school year will be over. So I thought this would be a wonderful place to report on the important progress that has been made this year.
The eight months since I began as St. Edmund’s new principal have been a time of active listening and learning, along with a steady pace of collaborative planning, new initiatives, and strategic improvements. Our upgraded sound system, our 1:1 Chromebook initiative
, renovations of the computer lab and seminar room, with new computers, modular furniture, and SmartTV, and a new strategic partnership with Mouse
, an organization that provides high schools with problem-solving technology tools, are just a few of the many changes that have happened since September.
With the help of our tremendous Parent Volunteer Committee, we held a very successful fundraising Card Party – the first one held in nearly a decade! – and have set May 12th for our inaugural Eagle Run 5K, the proceeds from which will be used for further technology and instructional tools.
As important as these developments have been, our plans looking forward are just as significant and exciting. Bold Learning, Uncommon Leaders is a phrase we are using to convey our promise of high-level learning and success for every student. As we live out this promise, we are making curriculum innovations for next year in courses such as Intro to Engineering, Intro to Political Science, and Advanced Programming Principles. Our faculty will gain essential professional development in areas of technology integration, differentiated learning, and assessments. And, we are continuing new classroom redesigns to ensure that our learning environment and resources facilitate the creativity, collaboration, and bold learning that unfolds there.
Our commitment to continuous improvement and innovation also drives our planning beyond next year. We are actively seeking grant funding for a new hydroponic lab, new cafeteria tables and air conditioning, new energy efficient windows, and additional new learning technologies.
These and so many other small and large changes are the direct result of the remarkable dedication and skill of our faculty and staff and the support from parents, alumni and friends. Proudly, we share a single, essential goal: to ensure that St. Edmund Prep students continue to receive a premier, Catholic high school education. An education that enriches their mind, body, character and spirit, and readies them to become active lifelong learners and leaders, eager to serve others and make their mark on our world.
On behalf of our entire St. Edmund community, I thank you for chance to partner with you in the critical formation of your teenage sons and daughters. As you can see, we have many new and exciting plans for the year ahead, and if you have any questions or ideas that would benefit St. Edmund Prep and our students, I invite you to share them with me.
God bless you and your family,
Mrs. Allison McGinnis