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Principal's Corner - We Give Thanks 2018

Those who work in Catholic schools often wear many “hats”. Here at SJCP, it is no different. Take Sandy Splaine, for example. She is the service coordinator, senior class moderator, Red Cross club moderator… and in her spare time teaches six math classes (one more class than the average teacher course load!).

My colleagues and I often joke about the “all other duties as assigned” line in our contract. I am fortunate to work in a school where the faculty and staff don’t see the things they do as “duties”, nor do they wait for them to be “assigned”. The other day I found Mr. Wilson, our PE teacher and boys basketball coach, outside helping Mr. Ambush shovel the sidewalks from our recent snow. Last week our science department chair Dr. Smith, knowing that we would need a “special” bell schedule to accommodate our Seniors vs. Faculty volleyball game, came to me with a possible schedule that she took time to create on her own. And when Mrs. Keser is out? Amy Foss, Linda Petrie, Heather Heier, and Laurie Orlowski are ALWAYS willing to step up to cover the front office. Notice how I mentioned four names to replace one!

Every Thanksgiving I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for, and this year is no different. I feel truly grateful to be part of a community that not only shares a love for Catholic education but also has a sense of pride and commitment to our school. We are a team in the true sense of the word – willing to work together to get the job done. What better model for our students could we ask for?

Will Knotek