May 28, 2019
Dear Parents and Students:
In my penultimate weekly letter to the SJND parent and student community, I hope that parents enjoyed some time for relaxation over the Memorial Day weekend. For students, today begins the first of three days of Final Exams. I know that studying for exams this time of year has many distractions but stay focused on the plan ahead: graduation!
And speaking of graduation, this is a very special week at SJND for our seniors - soon-to-be 110 graduates of the Class of 2019 - with the Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kelly Gym followed by the Graduation for the Class of 2019 on Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the Kelly Gym.
The Baccalaureate Mass often takes a secondary role to the pageantry of Graduation, but the Baccalaureate Mass is a constituent part of the celebrations of this week. The Mass points to Mission: in fact, if we as a faculty and staff have truly done our job as educators in a Catholic college preparatory high school, we should be able to see the Mission Statement of SJND firmly inscribed on the students' backs as they recess out of the Kelly Gym at the end of the Mass.
What is that mission? Parents, I hope that in collaboration with you as educators of your children, that these 110 beautiful young women and men have truly become “confident, open-minded and and effective leaders who are ready to live joyful lives of faith, scholarship, and service.” If you recognize these mission virtues in your son or daughter, we have done our job - we have fulfilled and lived the Mission!
As always, thank you for all that you do! Go Pilots! Go Class of 2019!