Letter from School Leadership
“…God has so composed the Body…that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
(1 Cor. 12:25,26 ESV)
Our theme for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for the 2022-2023 year is “One Body in Christ.” As we begin school on August 29 and travel from summer into Fall, we keep in mind our accomplishments from last year: opening school in person full-time, effectively implementing CDC guidelines whilst educating our students, achieving STEM accreditation, winning the NASA Downlink contest, pulling together a huge project to reach the international space station within the first couple months of school, celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation and instituting a weekly Adoration day in the school chapel–need I go on?
After a couple of years of high-level stress through navigating covid-19, St. John Parish and School came out on top and go into this year still as One Body, and a stronger one at that. Our achievements have come by perseverance and skill, as well as flexibility and humility as we have been taught new lessons for these new times. Like St. John our patron, we look to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as our lead educator, to lead us on the path as only she knows. We thank God that we are in such good hands.
We start this year with a handful of new teachers the Lord has brought to us amidst a national teacher shortage, and we also start some new ventures in our data-driven instructional program as archdiocesan schools adopt MAP Growth (our new assessment tool, replacing ScanTron), as well as Fountas & Pinnell in addition to Brigance, QRIs, etc, here at St. John School. They are added to our toolbox as more instruments to assist our students in realizing their true potential as sons and daughters of God, and moreover so in the post-pandemic world. Our students are the world’s future leaders, and we aim to form them as best we can to effect virtue and the greater good.
Thank you for visiting our website, and especially thank you for joining our SJS community! The Archdiocesan theme verse for this year comes from the 133rd Psalm: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity” (Ps. 133:1 ESV). Since the “Christian faith, in fact, is born and grows inside a community” (The Catholic School #52), I also ask for your prayers this school year for our students, faculty (teachers in particular), pastors, parish employees, parishioners, families and other stakeholders, our board, community, and our leadership team at the Department of Catholic Schools–that as the Body of Christ, we build up one another, grow, and mature as Disciples Christ, both students, and adults, and are used by Our Lord for His Kingdom in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and state of Maryland.
Mr. Jesse Read