Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 11/4/16
It is hard to believe that the end of the fall trimester is already upon us. In the last few weeks, our community continued its tradition of welcoming six wonderful young men from France. One of our varsity cross country runners had a strong finish in the district championship and prepares to head to the state meet this weekend. A student leader from the senior class shared his profound and timely reflection on how the Rule of Saint Benedict can be applied to our understanding of authority and responsibility, a message I strongly encourage everyone to read as we prepare for next week’s important election. And our junior school has been gearing up for its annual food drive to benefit Cardinal Ritter Senior Services.
Most recently, our classrooms and gathering spaces have been filled with students and faculty planning for next week’s important final exams. While these periods in our academic calendar often place additional demands on all members of our educational community, they also provide an opportunity for our students to develop the requisite skills and confidence needed to successfully prepare for similar comprehensive assessments they will be expected to undertake in their post-secondary studies. As the parent of a member of the Class of 2016 shared with me just last week, and as many other parents have remarked time and again since I arrived here three years ago, the foundation provided by Priory’s academic program serves our boys remarkably well as they transition into higher education. I encourage all of our students to commit to a serious study of their subjects over the weekend, all the while setting aside the appropriate time for rest, recreation, and renewing their spirit in prayer.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has already volunteered to help with this year’s Open House on November 13. I can honestly say that this particular event ranks among my very favorite at Priory! As I move around with my respective tour group each year, I am always reminded of what a truly remarkable opportunity we provide to so many wonderful young men and their families. The myriad of clubs and departmental projects on display in the exposition portion of the program and the sampling of student groups positioned throughout the campus demonstrate our commitment to fostering active participation on the part of all our students in the life of the school. The outstanding presentations made by students, faculty and directors at the various stations throughout the tour exemplify how we realize our mission of providing a college preparatory education of the highest excellence. And the collaborative efforts of so many – our admissions team, faculty, staff, monks, students, parents, and alumni – in organizing and participating in this important event is yet one more example of the deep sense of community at Saint Louis Priory School. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to consider inviting families with a 3rd-6th grade boy to visit with us on this special day and learn more about our school.
Dr. Jared M. Rashford
Saint Louis Priory School