Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 1/13/17
January 13, 2017
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that the Christmas holidays offered each of you, as it did my own family, an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and get some much-needed rest from the ordinary business of our lives. Just before the holiday, I was fortunate to volunteer with a group of faculty and students at Father Bob Gettinger’s Christmas outreach program. We spent the day working alongside members of Father Bob’s community to prepare and distribute boxes of food and toys for families from neighboring North Saint Louis. Father Bob’s mission to serve those in need was a fitting reminder to each of us of our own calling to live out the Benedictine values of love of neighbor, community, and hospitality. Recognizing the presence of Christ most especially in those who are weak, poor and marginalized, we are committed to the continual development of our school’s service learning curriculum, which, I am pleased to report, now includes elements of the Form I and Form IV seminars and the Form V and Form VI service requirement. We strongly encourage participation from all members of our community in these particular endeavors, and I am thankful for the work that so many of you do in that regard.
I am pleased to share with you the 2017-2018 planning calendar. The calendar is rather straightforward and parallels for the most part the calendars from previous years. Per the Missouri State High School Activities Association, high school students participating in MSHSAA athletics are expected to begin practices on July 31. Rebel Round-Up and Form I Orientation will take place on Monday, August 21. The first day of classes for all students will be Thursday, August 24.
We hope our calendar is clear and can accommodate the needs you have as families. As always, we expect that you will use the many scheduled breaks in the class schedule to plan family trips and other obligations that would otherwise take students out of classes. At Priory, interactions between students, their classmates, and their teachers are essential. "Making up" the learning that takes place during a class discussion is impossible, and thus missed classes create gaps in the educational experience for students that are difficult if not impossible to fill. As a faculty, we have worked in recent years to improve our own scheduling of programs to reduce the number of conflicts we create with our class schedule, and we hope that you will support this effort in your own planning.
I hope you enjoy reading about the ongoing success and work of our students and faculty. Please do consider joining us on February 2 for a special 60th Anniversary School Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Carlson.
Dr. Jared Rashford