March 2019 - Preparation: A Lenten Mindset

President's Perspective

During this Lenten  Season, I  hope that you and your families set aside some special time every day for spiritual reflection, prayer, and action. Lent is the time for us to prepare ourselves and grow in our understanding of how God is calling each of us to live our faith in service to each other. When I was a boy I simply thought of Lent as a time of denial, giving up some pleasure for God. Thankfully those simple acts have grown to a deeper understanding and appreciation of what God is asking me to do to live a more complete and rewarding life.

Principal's Corner

Lent is here, and as many of us prepare for the coming of Easter Sunday, we here at SJCP are also preparing for the coming school year. Hard to believe but planning for next year's school calendar is well underway, and course registration for the 2019-2020 year will occur later this month. Mrs. Seaman and I just finished meeting with all academic department chairs to review and improve our course bulletin to ensure that we are continuing to provide a high-quality academic experience for our students.

Advancement Insight

Growing up I never appreciated the season of Lent and commitment it took to grow my relationship with God. Lent was depressing. It typically occurred during the end of winter when it was cold and damp. The skies were dark, the grass was brown, and the trees were fighting new growth as the temperatures stayed low. Every Sunday morning church seemed sad. 

Less Than Ten Days "Aweigh"

We are officially less than ten days "aweigh" from Soiree! On March 23 our school campus will be completely transformed for our 38th Annual Soiree: Sequins & Sails. Doors open at 6 and I hope you will join us for some nautical nonsense all for a great cause… our students!!! 

Campus Ministry Snippets

If your Lenten practice is making you cranky, then you're doing Lent wrong.

Your Lenten practice ought to give you a tangible experience of God's transformative love. By "God's love," I do not refer to a trite kind of love, but to a tangible love that resonates deep within your heart, the center of who you are. 

Viking Sports Roundup

As we are now entrenched in Lent, I think about another 'entrenchment', that being the preparation coaches undertake getting ready for their respective seasons. Let's take our spring sports, for example.

A week before our first tennis practice of the year, our new Head Tennis Coach, Mr. Joe Martin, came to my office to talk about the first three practice plans he had drawn up for his first 3 days of practice.  

School Counseling

The SJCP Office of School Counseling is currently working diligently with our rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to assist in course selections for the upcoming academic year. Mrs. Anders and Mrs. Hoehn have already completed four-year planning meetings with current freshmen, as well as most sophomores. 

Alumni Spotlight

Donald Stevens, SJCP Class of 1987 and owner of Vanguard Light Gauge Steel Buildings of Winchester, VA, is helping rebuild a church in Haiti destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. The 2016 hurricane destroyed St. Joesph's Catholic Church of Carcasse, leaving about 9,000 people without a place of worship. 

News from Saint John's

Grandparents' Day - Friday, May 3, 2019

Each year for Grandparents' Day, we open our hearts and our doors to welcome the grandparents of our students for what has become a very special event here at Saint John's. We look forward to hosting another Grandparents' Day this year on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Last year more than 150 grandparents joined us for coffee & donuts, school tours, Mass, and lunch with their grandchildren. 

Professional Development Events

Saint John's Catholic Prep faculty and staff recently attended Archdiocese of Baltimore sponsored professional development events.

On March 2, members of the SJCP faculty and staff joined 400+ educators in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for a day of professional development and collaboration, through dynamic participant engaging presentations on focus areas like S.T.E.M Integration, Response to Interventions (RTI) Strategies, 21st Century Classroom Environment, Leadership Tools, and more.  

The Lenten Season

We are officially in the Lenten season! To usher in Wednesday's fasting, Campus Ministry hosted a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday with plenty of snacks to go around. On Ash Wednesday, the school gathered in prayer for a beautiful Mass. Our theme for the season of Lent is "metanoia," a Greek word that means "journey, change, and a turning of the heart towards God.

Accepted Students Night for the Class of 2023

Saint John's Catholic Prep welcomed the future members of our Class of 2023 for Accepted Students Night on February 28. Future Vikings and their families enjoyed the music provided by our Liturgy Band and meeting with members from our Campus Ministry, Athletics, and Advancement Departments in the Great Hall. There was even a photo op with our Saint John's Viking!  

AP Psychology Class Studies Developmental Psychology

Mrs. Thomas and her AP Psychology Class are currently focusing on Developmental Psychology. Students became parents this week and will be required to care for an "egg baby" around the clock. This project not only emphasizes child development through assignments, but also serves as a valuable lesson in the important role of parenthood, and the 24 hours a day responsibilities and challenges it can bring.

Coffee with the Counselors - PSAT/SAT/ACT

Parents enjoyed Coffee with the Counselors and learned about the difference between the PSAT, SAT, and ACT and the best ways to prepare for the tests. Thank you to our counseling department for hosting this informative event!


Be sure to attend the upcoming Coffee with the Counselors: 

Thursday, March 21, 8-9 am: Vaping/Juuling - What is this epidemic?

Thursday, May 2, 8-9 am: All about Naviance

Competition Cheer Takes 1st Place in Novice Varsity Division at Reach the Beach

The Competition Cheerleading Team competed at Reach the Beach Nationals: Rec and School in Ocean City, MD February 23 and 24. They placed 1st in the Novice Varsity Division and were awarded a full-paid Gold Bid to compete at the U.S. Finals. Congratulations!

French Class Celebrates La Chandeleur by Making Crêpes

Crêpes were flipping in Dr. Mambo's French class on February 2, to celebrate La Chandeleur or Candlemas Day, a Holy Day in the Catholic Church. Chandeleur celebrates the anniversary of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple 40 days after Christmas. This year the class made with not only the traditional crêpes recipe but gluten-free and lactose-free recipes.

Mr. Phill Mees Receives FOCE Teaching Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Mr. Phill Mees, who was honored as Saint John's Catholic Prep Teacher of the Year at the Friends of Catholic Education 21st Annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Senior Anna LeMaster Presented IAAM Character Coin

Following the Girls' Basketball game vs St. Vincent Pallotti on February 4th, the St. Vincent Pallotti Head Coach, Joe Mathews presented the IAAM character coin to SJCP senior point guard, Anna LeMaster. Coach Mathews said Anna, "showed great sportsmanship and fought hard to the end even helping his players from the floor in the 4th quarter as the teams went back and forth". Congratulations to Anna for demonstrating outstanding character and sportsmanship!

Haitian Sensation Club Helping Those in Need

The Haitian Sensation club would like to thank the SJCP community for donating toys in December. 58 dolls and 162 small cars were collected. A team from Saint Ignatius in Ijamsville is headed to Villard Haiti on February 14th where the toys will be personally delivered to needy children. The children in Villard do not have store bought toys and often make toys from the trash they find on the street. 

National Signing Day - 3 Sign Intent to Play Football

On February 6th, National Signing Day, the first day of the regular signing period for high school football players to make official their commitments to play Division I or Division II college football, Catholic Prep's Michael Haley, Aaron White, and Brandon Louis signed their National Letters of Intent. 

Academic Honors Assembly - 1st Semester 

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the SJCP community gathered for the bi-annual Academic Honors Assembly. This celebration recognizes the academic accomplishments of students from the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year. Katie Adams opened the assembly with a prayer, followed by a welcome from Principal Will Knotek.

Sports Medicine Class Visits EMS/Fire Station

Ms. Gray's Sports Medicine class went on a field trip to the local EMS/Fire station. This class is currently learning about emergency action with a focus on emergency situations that an athletic trainer might encounter. At the station, our students learned about the EMT/firefighter career field and what the job entails. They had the opportunity to spine board a student as an example of a handling a possible spinal injury of an athlete. It was a great experience for our students!

Catholic Schools Week at Catholic Prep

On Sunday of Catholic Schools Week, students participated in our local parishes' Catholic Schools Week Mass-- Lexi Stewart at St. John Evangelist, Emily MacLarty at St. Peter's, Christian Curlett at St. Peter's, Carly Danner at Holy Family, and Max Piraino  Saint Katharine Drexel. Students gave a testimonial during mass, shared our SJCP prayer card after mass, and spoke with families at our school table. We want to thank the parishes for supporting our school and continuing Catholic education!

Students and Teachers Attend March for Life

SJCP students and teachers braved the cold on January 18th, to be a voice of hope and healing at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. They started the day by attending the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Capital One Arena with high school and college students from around the country. Then they joined the group of 750,000 people who walked from the National Mall to the Capitol to pray and testify that all people have a right to life from conception until natural death. It was powerful to see the diversity of everyone who joined together to be a voice for the voiceless.

Twenty-five Seniors Begin English: American Horror Story at MSMU

Twenty-five SJCP seniors attended their first day of English: American Horror Story at Mount St. Mary's University on the Frederick Campus. This course, taught by Dr. Dudley, is a study of American horror fiction and film, with emphasis on central practitioners, Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stephen King, as well as the philosophical and cultural implications of their works. It will serve as the students' senior English course requirement for graduation.

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