While other people were taking advantage of end-of-summer activities during the week of August 28th through September 1st, Saint John’s was buzzing with the activity of orientation week. At different times throughout the week all the students, staff, and faculty were on campus to kick-off the new school year.
On Tuesday, August 29th ninety-three students gathered on campus to receive leadership training for their duties as Student Ambassadors for the upcoming school year. The goal was to identify what makes a good leader, with the focus this year on communication. The group went through instructional exercises and games to help recognize the needs and emotions of the incoming new students. A game called “How to Tie Your Shoes” required the ambassadors to write an instruction manual on how to tie a shoe, teaching them how to communicate with someone who doesn’t know the seemingly basic details of life at Saint John’s. They also did an exercise focusing on stereotypes and addressing how someone feels when “labeled” and how to avoid it.
On Wednesday, August 30th, the ambassadors put their training to use when the new Freshman class came to campus for their orientation and retreat. Sixty-eight members of the Class of 2021 arrived to start their high school career and were welcomed by the smiling faces of the ambassadors and faculty. Dr. Powell welcomed the students followed by Mr. Minsker, Mr. Hayes, the school counselors and Mrs. Petrie. The students then had the opportunity to run through an abbreviated version of their classes, took photos for their student ID, and had lunch. After lunch, the Campus Ministry staff took over, assisted by the Campus Ministry Team, and the students participated in icebreaker games, prayer groups, and dinner. Parents were welcome to join at the end of the evening for a special mass.
The week wrapped up with the upperclassman orientation on Friday, September 1st. The students were on campus in full uniform from 9:00 – 12:00. They were welcomed back by Dr. Powell and Mr. Minsker and then they ran through their schedule. Any new upperclassmen were assigned a student ambassador to help them along the way.
It wasn’t just the students who were being oriented, we also held a New Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 29th. Dr. Powell spoke to the parents, followed by Principal Marc Minsker who touched on the many aspects of the academic requirements and the student schedule. Maggie Ballantyne from the Advancement Office spoke about the upcoming fundraisers and the school's social media. The parents were then invited to visit with the departments that were represented that evening: Athletics, Campus Ministry, Technology, Counseling and the Main Office.
A new school year is always exciting and busy, and sometimes confusing. If you or your child has any questions about the school, feel free to call the school to get your questions answered by the appropriate person.
Photos of our Student Ambassadors.
Photos of our Campus Ministry Team.
Photos from Freshman Orientation.
Photos from Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Orientation.