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2021 Year in Review


Dear SJCP Friends and Family,

My hope is that this letter finds you and your family well as we come to the end of another calendar year.  In many ways, 2021 has brought us back some normalcy to our daily lives.  The same holds true for life here at Saint John’s Catholic Prep, as there is a newfound joy and appreciation to be back to our Viking ways!

As the new Head of School, I am delighted to share with you some of the many recent highlights and blessings of this past year.

  • Father Mike McDermott joined us as our new school chaplain, offering morning mass and weekly confession to our students, faculty, and staff.  Father John Williamson, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor, joined our Board of Trustees this fall.
  • In late July, a groundbreaking ceremony took place to celebrate the new turf field being built behind our school.  Warner Field will officially open for the upcoming lacrosse season, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for this spring.
  • Our fall sports teams competed in their first full season of competition since 2019.  Our girls’ soccer and volleyball teams won their respective conference championships.  Our football program, in its 20th season, played its final game at McCurdy Field.
  • Our fine arts program has flourished in our new Bettie Delaplaine Fine Arts wing.  New course offerings such as advanced audio production have been added to the course catalog, and planning efforts are underway to purchase a kiln and several pottery wheels so ceramics can be offered as well.
  • Community service remains central to the Saint John’s education and was most recently witnessed through the Box of Joy service project where students packed and personalized almost 80 boxes of Christmas toys and other gifts for children in need all over the country.  In addition, our Environmental Club recently adopted a nearby road and has spent several afternoons doing litter cleanup.

As we look to continue this post-pandemic momentum into 2022, I ask that you please consider making a year-end gift to our school.  Your support of Saint John’s continues to make it possible for us to advance our school’s mission and to provide our students with the Catholic, college preparatory high school experience that sets our school apart from other schools in our area.

Please continue to keep our entire school community in your prayers, with the assurance that you and your loved ones are in mine.  Saint John’s remains most grateful for your support.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas season,

Will Knotek                                                                           


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