Behind the Shield President’s Blog: Second Semester Off to a Great Start
Now that our second semester is officially underway, I want to take some time to provide a mid-year recap and reflect on the incredible things we’ve been able to accomplish despite the innumerable challenges of this unprecedented year.
Mitigation Strategies Foster Innovation
Unlike so many other students across the nation, Red Knights have been able to enjoy live instruction and in-person interaction alongside their peers since late August. Co-curricular activities, too, have safely carried on with participation rates mirroring normal years. The dedication our community has shown to our mitigation strategies, and the innovation exhibited by BSM staff and faculty members to make this possible, has been truly astonishing.
A Focus on Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Identifying new ways to bolster an equitable and inclusive culture has also been a major priority this year. Our Board of Directors established a new committee designed to ensure equity, inclusion, and belonging strategies are reflected in school planning and policies. Dialogue and research have helped us better understand our school community and identify areas of focus. Students, faculty, and school leaders are working together to ensure a continued emphasis on cultural competency.
New Student Leadership Opportunities
We’ve also introduced two new leadership groups designed to engage students directly with school leadership. The newly formed Principals’ Advisory Group in the Senior High, and a reimagined Student Counsel in the Junior High work collaboratively with school leaders to discuss and address some of our most challenging issues.
Five-Year Fundraising Campaign Comes to a Close
Just prior to Christmas, we crossed the finish line on a multi-year, comprehensive $8-million fundraising campaign that transformed elements of our school. Thanks to this campaign, the Atrium and new, modern science laboratories were created. Tuition assistance resources grew, and unique theology and science courses were born. To top it all off, a new collaborative learning facility – the Cube – was opened to students in early December.
Hundreds of friends that believe deeply in our Catholic educational mission brought these changes to life and I am grateful for their leadership and support.
While 2020 was a year like no other, BSM continued delivering on our mission -- to develop our students academically and spiritually -- while also planning for a successful future. We will continue this important work throughout the remainder of the school year, while working closely with the Class of 2021 to ensure their last few months at BSM are meaningful and memorable.
Your constant partnership, prayers, and encouragement are appreciated by all. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to embrace the joys and challenges of such a unique year.
Adam Ehrmantraut, Ed.D.