CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of gratitude. This week, with hearts of gratitude our school community gives thanks especially for the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with our students. In a year where isolation has been experienced by so many, having school everyday has provided all of our students, faculty and staff the blessing of presence and community – gifts craved by so many who are unable to engage with school in-person daily. We are also exceptionally grateful for parents, benefactors and educators whose choices and commitments to support Catholic education have made possible our experience together on the Ledge! We are mindful that there are many regions of our Nation and State without access to quality Catholic education. For us here at the Springs, generations of parents, benefactors and teachers have imposed their strong wills and goodwill to imagine and execute the Ledger Way of SMSA.
Our students are the most recent in a long line of proud Ledgers to experience high quality and rigorous Catholic education which consistently sees 97% of graduates engage with post-secondary learning. Alumni Ledgers, dedicated to lifelong learning, continue to report their gratitude for Catholic schooling. So many have seen their experience on the Ledge as the springboard to a meaningful life, and to opening pathways of placing their personal talents and interests at the service of others in a wide variety of careers.
There is no better way for our current Ledgers to honor our alumni, benefactors, parents and teachers than to put forth their highest and best efforts in classes, do the right thing, tell the truth, act with kindness, and take care of one another. This week, we are grateful for the chance to engage each theme day with enthusiasm…celebrate our 100th Day of school…and celebrate our Catholic school heritage and Ledger pride.
2021-22 REGISTRATION: SCHEDULE REQUEST WORKSHEETS
By the end of this week juniors, sophomores and freshmen will all have received Counseling Office presentations around course selection for the 2021-22 school year. Schedule Request Worksheets have been distributed and students will be sharing these forms with parents to be signed. The School Counseling Office has established a Google Classrooms site specific each grade level in which all resources for course registration have been posted.
At this time, parents should engage with their teens in discussions around course offerings, academic goals, and graduation requirements. For your reference and convenience, the 2021-22 Curriculum Guide has been posted on the Website, found under Family Resources. Please review the 2021-22 Curriculum Guide course offerings and academic policies. https://www.smsacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/A2021-22-CURRICULUM-GUIDE-012521.pdf
Finally, parents are encouraged to reach out directly to our high school counselor Mr. Tallen Mahaffey with any questions about the forms or course selection process. Finally, please make sure students are following deadlines for submitting their Schedule Request Worksheets. This is a critical first step and essential aspect of preparing for next school year.
Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us!
Be well, God bless.
Eamonn O’Keeffe, Principal Grades 9-12