Notes from the Principal's Desk: February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last week, the School Board met to continue work on the school's next strategic plan. It was a successful meeting with lots of good discussion and dialogue. In light of maintaining our academic rigor and achievement, three topics emerged from the discussions during the retreat, which we anticipate being areas of focus in the strategic plan. These topics are:
  • Defining and expressing our Catholic identity
  • Building an inclusive community
  • Differentiating the middle school experience

We look forward to our work on the strategic plan in order to continue driving the school towards academic excellence.

Next week, we will not have school Monday (2/18) in observance of the President’s Dayholiday. We wish our Middle Schoolers an awesome day on their ski trip! On Wednesday (2/20), there is a Student Council meeting from 3pm to 4pm. On Sunday (2/24), our second-grade students will attend the Rite of Enrollment Mass at 9:30am, in preparation to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

As part of our emergency response plan and preparations, next week we will conduct a school-wide evacuation drill. This drill includes all classes evacuating the school building and meeting at the designated rally points. For this first school-wide drill, teachers and administrators will accompany the students to the rally points.
 
On March 23rd, the Archdiocese is holding a Catholic Robotics League Expo. If your child is interested in learning more about robotics, this is a great opportunity to participate. Cathedral will be developing a Robotics Club after the Expo and plans to form a Robotics Team to take part in competitions for the 2019-2020 school year. Please email Mr. O’Hara at Patrick.OHara@cmoq.org if you would like to learn more information about attending the Robotics League Expo and joining the Robotics Club.

Finally, I’d like to share a VIDEO about executive functioning skills. We often talk about developing executive functioning skills in middle school, and I think this video about creating priority lists is a great example of one of the strategies that can be used to develop these skills.

Have a great rest of the week and “eat the frog!” If you want to know what that means, you’ll have to watch the video!
 
God Bless,
Michael Wright