President’s Edition: The Summer Storm
In June of each year, final exams and graduation ceremonies mark the end of the academic program and co-curricular activities. The halls are less traveled but in reality, a flurry of activity still takes place in the weeks between the end and the new beginning. This summer has been even more active with the number of participants in summer programming along with a significant construction project.
Throughout June, BSM held several programs designed to pique the interests of students and promote learning. Fourth grade students, high school seniors, and every age group in between enjoyed engineering camps, sailing, basketball, writing workshops and a host of other opportunities. Educators from around the Twin Cities attended the annual SAIL learning sessions over the course of several weeks to continue growing in the profession. The school was a hub of learning, even when the official year concluded.
In the most recent edition of the Crown & Shield, the cover story unveiled our current capital campaign, Imagine. Innovate. Inspire., designed to significantly improve the experience for our students in the long-term. The groundbreaking for the first construction phase associated with the campaign occurred in June. Since then backhoes, cranes, concrete, steel, and construction hats have dominated the east side of BSM’s entrance. Sometime during the middle of the year our students will be using new science spaces with modernized labs, along with a tiered presentation and performance space. These impressive improvements have been made possible by the generosity of our donors; people that believe deeply in the BSM mission.
Also, as a part of our summer efforts, several current Red Knights along with a few staff members, worked carefully to choose a scripture theme that will guide our community for the 2018-19 academic year. The involved groups in particular paid close attention to Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. That inspiration led them to Matthew 5:14, 16 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” That message will find its way into our lives day after day.
Once again, we are ready for another year by gladly embracing the summer storm at Benilde-St. Margaret’s.