Behind the Shield President's Blog: A Year Unlike Any Other Comes to an End
I find myself profoundly and genuinely grateful as this most unusual school year draws to a close and I reflect on the extraordinary things we were able to accomplish.
Thanks to a strong partnership with our families, the ingenuity and dedication of our faculty and staff, and the outstanding resolve of our Red Knights, 2020-21 was an incredible year here at BSM, full of many impressive highlights:
- Despite the innumerable challenges of the pandemic, students benefited from in-person instruction throughout the year, thereby receiving a holistic education that bolstered their spiritual, academic and social growth.
- Red Knights were able to flourish spiritually with regular prayer and opportunities to celebrate mass.
- Co-curricular participation led to multiple national and state awards in activities and athletics.
- We held the inaugural RED (Research, Entrepreneurship, and Design) Expo, which gave students an opportunity to display their innovative, leading-edge projects in robotics, medical research, original poetry, computer programming, and more.
- We completed a multi-year fundraising campaign to transform our facility, enhance curriculum, and build tuition assistance resources.
- We opened a new, cutting-edge learning facility and collaboration hub, the Cube.
- More supporters than ever made our annual Day of Giving the most successful in school history.
- Unique school events such as prom, field trips, the Baccalaureate Mass, Homecoming, and parent and student events, carried on in new, creative forms.
And what’s more, strong enrollment trends indicate that families continue to see the value of a holistic, Catholic, BSM education. The future is bright!
I hope it goes without saying that these achievements were only possible because so many utilized their gifts to address the challenges of the year. While parents were not on campus in the same way as years past, their partnership, support, and prayers were critical.
As we look forward to next year, we will continue to focus on shepherding students in their faith, achieving academic excellence, and pushing students to find their place in the world. Our values – living in God’s presence, excellence, balance, community, and respect for others – will continue to guide everything we do. Masks will no longer be a necessary school supply. Helpful lessons learned from the past year will be carried forward to improve the educational experience here at BSM.
I am truly grateful for the partnership and support from our community throughout this past year, and I want you to know that I have never been prouder to be part of the BSM family.
I pray all of you enjoy a summer filled with family, friends, and the joy of life.
Adam Ehrmantraut, Ed.D.