Notes from the Principal's Desk: December 6, 2017

This morning, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my fellow Archdiocesan School Principals and Presidents at the annual Superintendent's Breakfast. It is a great chance to hear from my peers about what their schools are doing in regards to instruction, best practices, and initiatives. Earlier this year, we had a visit from the leadership of the Archdiocese, including the Director of Technology, Director of Technology Integration, and Director of School Excellence. The feedback they provided to me was uplifting, as it confirmed the positive direction we are headed in as a school.

In particular, they were amazed at the way we use technology to support instruction. Best practices today dictate that there is not always a need for all students to be on a device working on the same activity.  On the contrary, what our guests observed when visiting our classrooms were students involved in different activities: some students were working on seatwork, some were working on iPads or Chromebooks, others were working in small groups, and other groups of students were working with their teacher. The visitors also had the opportunity to see our middle school students working with their prayer buddies on a reading activity. What was wonderful about these visits is that our faculty did not prepare special lessons for the visitors. Instead, what our guests observed was how we strive to instruct students every day: giving students opportunities for choice, allowing for differentiating instruction, and working directly with students to help them succeed. After these visits from the Archdiocese, we were asked to present a professional development segment to Principals at the next Principal meeting in January. It is quite an honor to be asked to share our practices with our fellow schools, but to be honest, I was surprised, because this is what we do every day. Our teachers focus on student engagement, because that's when students learn best. 

Finally, as we prepare for the Christmas season, I encourage everyone to take advantage of our admissions referral program. When you refer a family to Cathedral and they enroll, your family will receive a $500 tuition credit.  This program is a great way to share the amazing things we do with our community, as well as reduce your own financial commitment to the school. Learn more here, and start earning tuition credits today!

Have a great rest of the week!

Mr. Wright