Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of Kelly,
We are “off and running” with a new school year!! Where did the summer go? Welcome to our freshmen and new students and their families! We have an enrollment of 450 students, the highest since 2010! Our freshmen class is 117 students, the largest class this year.
As many already know, we had a number of retirements last year. Our best wishes and congratulations go to Mrs. DeMayo, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Melo, and Sr. Emily on their retirements. We have a number of new staff members this year:
- Ms. Emily Mazzola Math
- Mrs. Torrance Forgas English
- Ms. Raquel Haddad English
- Mr. Johnny Simpson Latin (part-time)
- Mr. Guiseppe Mannella French (part-time)
- Ms. Madelyn Messina Development Director
- Mrs. Kim Stafford Business Manager
- Ms. Savanah Desmarais Girls’ Athletics & Special Needs
Also, Mr. Aaron Kelley and Mrs. Jerrilynn Miller have moved from their previous teaching assignments into the Social Studies Department. Mr. Kelley is now teaching US History, Mrs. Miller – World Geography.
Please attend Open House Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:00 pm in the Centennial Complex. We will begin with a short meeting and then allow parents an opportunity to visit classes and meet teachers.
Included in this newsletter is a copy of a recent article about “Helicopter Parenting”. There has been a fair amount of publicity about this phenomenon in recent years. I certainly do not mean to imply that you, as a parent, should not be an advocate for your child if you believe there is something unjust happening in his or her life. However high school, in part, is a time for teens to learn to stand on their own, to deal with both failure and success, and to struggle through difficulty so they are better prepared for adulthood.
Our first All-School Mass will be on Wed., Sept. 6 at 9:20 am in the Centennial Complex. This year, Mass is scheduled after 1st block rather than after lunch. All parents are invited to attend. There is a bell schedule located under the Current Parents section of this site for your reference.
On Sunday, Sept. 18 the Diocese of Beaumont celebrates its 50 year Anniversary! There will be a special Mass at Ford Park at 4:00 pm. All are invited to participate in this wonderful celebration. On Saturday, Sept. 17, The Office of Catholic Schools is sponsoring a 5K run beginning at 8:00 am in downtown Beaumont as part of the celebration. Please see the flyer in this newsletter.
Homecoming is the week of Sept. 26 – Oct. 1. We are in the midst of planning various events for the week. Look for more information in the next newsletter.
During this high school year, I encourage all parents to become involved in your children’s lives in some way. Although teens may complain, most look back on these years and appreciate it. It is very important to be aware of what your child is doing and with whom. When parents and students are involved in activities, the possibility of them getting involved in drinking, drugs and other potentially dangerous, possibly life-threatening, activities is reduced. If this is your 1st “high schooler”, you will find these four years fly by! Whether they are involved in school activities such as athletics, band, choir, drama, debate, etc., or their church youth group, or a community activity such as scouts, encourage them to be involved in something and be involved yourself!
May each of our students have a wonderful, successful school year. May we (parents, students, and staff) be God’s face in the world, and spread His love to all with whom we interact.
Roger S. Bemis