December and 2018 now comes to a close. As we prepare to depart for Christmas break so we can welcome the birth of Jesus and the New Year, I have begun to reflect on my time here as principal at St. Christopher Catholic School. The truth is, I think when a calendar year is coming to an end we all have a tendency to reflect on our past experiences so we know what the next step is for our future. I find myself reflecting a great deal lately with our impending accreditation visit. The thing I keep realizing is everything we have accomplished over the past two and half years, we have done together, and I thank you for desire to see improvements at St. Chris and for your willingness to take an active part in making those improvements happen.READ MORE
Gobble! Gobble! It is that Thanksgiving season when we take time to reflect on the blessings that we have in our lives. Our family, friends, and those we encounter on a daily basis and give us an opportunity to show kindness and have that goodness in our lives. For me, I am thankful for my wife and daughter, my family in New York, my home, my friends, and, without question, my St. Christopher Family!
The first trimester has been a bit of a whirl wind. First, I would like to congratulate our Varsity soccer team for their Championship! A great job by Coach Villegas and Coach Barnaby for working with this team over the past three years and building such an amazing program. Our Superintendent, Mrs. Thompson, attended the game and was just so happy for our team and coaches. I am so proud to have our school represented so well.
I would also like to announce a change in our counseling program. In September, I applied to Title I for extra counseling days. In October, the state allowed us to increase our counseling days from one to three with the two extra days to be paid for by Title I funds! What a great blessing for our kids! However, with the increase in days, we also had to have a change in our counselor. I am happy to introduce Mrs. Sarah Pecoraro to our St. Christopher family. Sarah is an alumnus of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop Gorman and UNLV. Welcome Mrs. Pecoraro!
As I mentioned in my last letter, this is a very big year for St. Christopher Catholic School. Our accreditation visit is only four months away at this point, so time is moving quickly. We have been hard at work completing our Self-Study so it can be turned in to the chairperson of our visiting team before we leave for Christmas break. At this time, we are working on the timeline for the completion of our goals and our long range plan. What we have completed at this point has been presented to Mrs. Thompson and the School Advisory Board. I will continue to keep you informed monthly.READ MORE
Welcome Back! I long to say those words to all of our St. Christopher students and families as soon as the previous school year ends. Every time we say good-bye for the summer, I am ready for the new year to start so we can continue on the road to success. This is going be such an exciting year for us and for our faith community.
Things started off a little rough this year with some last minute resignations, but I am excited because I believe we have a strong staff and I am truly enjoying what I have seen in the classrooms so far. Please join me in welcoming our new teachers for this school year – Ms. Athena Figueroa in third grade, Mr. William McLain in 4th and 5th grade English, Reading and Religion, Mrs. Ana Saenz our aide in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, and welcome back to Mrs. Mary Gorts, who is teaching Middle School Math and Science and Mr. Jason Casper who is teaching 4th and 5th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies. I would also like to welcome our twenty-two new families to St. Chris. I invite all of you to introduce yourselves, even if they are not a part of your child’s class, and welcome them to our St. Christopher Catholic School family.READ MORE