And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1: 46-47
I thought it prudent to follow the lead set forth by Fr. Michael, who in his homily at our opening Mass for the school year reminded students and teachers of three simple things to keep in mind: love God, love neighbor, and love self.
Simplicity seems to be something so elusive in our society, and lest we let that enter our school community, I suggest at the start of a new school year, we look at three defining elements of our mission:
1. Parents: Parents are primary educators...Read More
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1
The summer of 2021 hasn’t felt very summer-ish at all. July was the wettest on record with over 10 inches of rain! But even though the warm, sunny days have been few and far between, it has clearly been summer. The school buildings are quiet, the classrooms are emptied of furniture, and the woodchucks have been the only inhabitants on the playground. A relaxed, peaceful summer vibe has pervaded the campus. Mostly.
Despite the relaxed atmosphere, a lot of hard work has been happening. Ms. Figu...Read More
Welcome Address, Anna Yost Class of 2021
Good morning students, parents, faculty, friends, and graduates. I would like to welcome you all to the graduation of the class of 2021 from Mount Royal Academy.
Some of us have attended this school for nearly our whole lives up until this point, while others have arrived later in life from other backgrounds and places. No matter when or from where we came, we can all agree that Mount Royal Academy has left a lasting impact on our lives. The most notable characteristic of this school is, of course, that it is a catholic liberal arts school. It has nour...Read More
What were our goals going into this school year?
Increase individual student support mechanisms by adding faculty members and expanding our repertoire of creative and effective ways to inclusively support all learners in our classrooms via the Barton program, NHS tutors, targeted curricular implements, and more.
Implement the recently board adopted graduation requirements that align with mission-driven goals and increase course rigor. This includes requiring an additional credit of humanities-based electives.
Finalize our revision and realizatio...
“Lord, it is good for us to be here..” - Matthew 17:4
If my memory serves me correctly, I ended my first newsletter message of the year, way back in September, with this quote, “Lord it is good for us to be here..” Now, eight months later, I can enthusiastically agree with my earlier assertion. It has been so good for us to be here, in school, in person for the entire school year. God has been gracious, indeed.
Real learning has happened here. Minds have expanded, thought processes have been refined, skills have been strengthened, knowledge has been gained. More importantly, ...Read More
“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…
Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true,
for I know where I have come from and where I am going…” - John 8:12-13
We made it to May! Sometimes I honestly find it challenging to consider how much do I disclose and how much do I not disclose.
Ever since the questions were shoved in front of us last spring, questions that seemed so bizarre because our humanity was jeopardized, I struggled mightily inside myself. I thought, “How are we going to pull this ...Read More
“When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy,
we are paying a debt of justice.” - Pope St. Gregory the Great
One concept I found myself repeatedly explaining to my children over the years, and later to my students, was the idea of justice. Every parent of more than one child has heard the cry, “It’s not fair!” Children are very sensitive to the concept of justice, or maybe it is injustice they are so attuned to. It seemed to come as a shock to them when I informed them that fairness, or justice does not mean e...Read More
I often think to myself when considering the gravity and circumstances of a particular issue or decision, the truth that makes the most sense often requires the least amount of convincing. This corroborates with the nature of truth - the knowledge that does not require human ascent because it stands on its own. We don’t have to believe it, but that doesn’t make it any less untrue. It is true independent of what we perceive, feel, or conjecture based on our own assumptions. The more one has to argue for a position, the more likely it may not be based on common sense.
I also think that we all ...Read More