Notes from the Principal's Desk: Class lists, faculty updates, summer projects, and more

Dear Cathedral Families, 

It is hard to believe that summer break is almost over and that school will resume in a few short weeks. I hope this letter finds you and your family well and that summer has been a time of rest and relaxation. As we find ourselves in the middle of August, it is a good time to give some updates on a few summer projects and share some updates about faculty changes for the coming school year. Additionally, you will find links to the class lists and homeroom assignments for the 2019-2020 school year.

Summer Projects 
The classrooms have been cleaned and the gym floor has been treated in anticipation of the return of students. You also might notice we have repainted doors to the front of the school and the trim throughout the school!

We have been able to upgrade the internet bandwidth of the school and the parish to allow the implementation of the new modern phone system. In fact, as I write this communication, we are in the process of running lines for our new VOIP phone system. The increased bandwidth will also allow us to meet the needs of students using instructional technology and make future enhancements to the school's security system.

The cafeteria kitchen is also in the process of being renovated. After a slow start due to the ransomware attack on the city, we were finally able to get the correct permits to begin work in the kitchen. If all goes well, we should have the kitchen completed in time for the start of school. Lunchbox, the vendor the school has been using for families to order lunch for their children, will continue to provide services for the 2019-2020 school year. During the school year, CASPA and the school will work together to find an in-house lunch provider for the 2020-2021 school year. If by chance the kitchen is not yet ready for the start of this school year, Lunchbox will still serve lunches and food will be expedited from cafeteria foyer and students will eat in their classrooms for a short time while work is completed in the cafeteria.

Work has continued over the summer on the school’s strategic plan and I anticipate final board approval in September. After the approval, I will share a date for the community to come together to unveil the strategic plan.

Faculty Updates
The start of each school year brings many changes for parents, students, and schools themselves. This summer we had some additional staff changes, and I would like to share these changes with everyone now.

Mr. Foley accepted a position in Boston, Massachusetts as an Assistant Basketball Coach at Eastern Nazarene College. Mr. Bush will now be teaching P.E. for all students in grades K-8.

Mr. O’Hara accepted a position at The Sacred Heart School of Glyndon. We are excited to welcome Mr. Kevin Dachille to the middle school team. He will be a 7th-grade homeroom teacher.  Mr. Dachille taught at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and most recently served as a summer tutor at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore over the summer. Mr. Dachille had a career in finance before entering the teaching profession and is a Calvert Hall College High School alumnus.

Ms. Keeno has accepted a position at Roland Park Country School. Mrs. Strong and Mrs. Rodriguez will now be teaching the intermediate and primary modern language classes.

Finally, Mrs. Healy has accepted a position teaching high school math at Concordia Prep. Ms. Donis, who has years of experience teaching Pre-Algebra and Algebra, will now be teaching 7th and 8th grade math. Mrs. Lemon will take over as a 6th grade homeroom teacher, teach 6th grade math, and continue to serve as our Instructional Coach. Mr. Miller and Mrs. Schmitt will take over as the 8th grade homeroom teachers.

We are very grateful to Mr. Foley, Mr. O’Hara, Ms. Keeno and Mrs. Healy for their years of service and dedication to the Cathedral community, and we wish them the best of luck in the future.

Looking Ahead
Teacher In-Service week begins on Monday, August 26th and concludes with Sneak-a-Peek at your classroom on Friday, August 30th. Sneak-a-Peek, which runs from 8:30am to 11:30am, is a perfect opportunity to drop off your classroom supplies and meet your homeroom teacher. Afterward, CASPA is hosting a Popsicle Playdate for new families from 11:30am to 1pm on the big playground.

This year, our Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, September 4th from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone will meet first in the gym, and then parents/guardians will head off to classrooms. A high school information session will be held at 7:30pm in the gym, for those parents who wish to learn more about the high school application process.

Perhaps what many students are anticipating the most are the class lists. You can access the class lists here.

We are looking forward to having the students back in school soon and pray that everyone has a great rest of the summer. If you are available, we’d love to see you at the Parish’s Summer Splash event on Sunday, August 25th from 12:15pm to 3:15pm.

 See you soon and God Bless!
Michael Wright