Principal Letter for February 1, 2019
Catholic Schools Week: Learn, Save, Lead, Succeed
NCEA CSW Theme, 2018
Catholic Schools Week
This year we had a weather shortened Catholic Schools Week (CSW). Following a well-attended CSW Mass and Open House, students were able to enjoy two Spirit Days, the National Geographic Bee, an assembly by BMXer and inspirational speaker, Matt Wilhelm, a staff luncheon, and the ever popular penny wars. Thank you to the numerous parent volunteers who assisted in making this year’s CSW a wonderful experience for all.
I view CSW as a time of celebration for all Catholic school communities across the globe. Numerous studies have demonstrated the advantages Catholic elementary and high schools provide students as well as their families and greater communities. I recall reading Catholic Schools and the Common Good (Byrk, Lee, Holland, eds.: Harvard University Press. 1995) and wondering why the benefits of Catholic education, particularly in areas where students were ill-served by local public schools, were not more widely appreciated. A recent National Catholic Education Association newsletter noted that simply from a fiscal standpoint, based on the average public school for pupil cost of $11,454, Catholic schools provide $21 billion in savings each year for the nation. ’”A Senate Resolution marking CSW affirmed that Catholic schools, “‘are an affordable option for parents” especially when one notes the Catholic high school graduation rate is 99 percent and 86 percent of graduates attend four-year colleges.’”
Having recently received the test results for St. Joan of Arc applicants to local Catholic High Schools including Benet and St. Francis, 100% of the 30 students who sat for entrance exams were admitted. This year over 70 percent of this year’s graduates will be attending Catholic high schools, among the highest Catholic high school matriculation rates in the Diocese of Joliet.
Registration for 2019-2020
Registration is underway for the 2019-2020 school year. Please submit your registration forms as soon as possible. The registration fee is tentatively due February 15. If you wish to submit your registration fee after the deadline, please note this on your registration form, but please inform us of your plans for the 2019 -2020 school year as soon as possible. I am beginning the budgeting process for the next school year and staffing is largely dependent on having accurate enrollment figures.
Thank you for supporting Catholic education,
Michael Sweeney, Principal