As the weather grows colder, and the leaves begin to turn, so too do we turn our attention toward this school year. I have been so grateful for the care, compassion, and commitment our entire community has shown each other these past few weeks - and I must particularly thank everyone for their diligence in complying with COVID-19 safety measures. As the the bright excitement of our first month settles into a sense of purpose for the year ahead, I look forward to all the things we will achieve together.
Already we have made great strides. With several weeks of class, both virtual and in-person, completed
, a successful virtual Back to School Night for parents, and even virtual Co-Curricular and College Fairs - we are thriving in our current context. BC High's role as a leader in education continues to be recognized in Boston and beyond. Recently, I was recommended to serve on the Valedictorian Project
by Mayor Walsh as one of just a few school leaders from around our city. I have also been appointed to the Board of Directors of America Media, "the leading provider of editorial content that leads the conversation about faith and culture by producing excellent, unique, relevant and accessible content across multiple platforms."
I am deeply honored to serve in these capacities, but moreover, I am proud of what they represent about BC High as the preeminent Jesuit, Catholic college preparatory school.
But amidst all our successes and adaptations, we cannot forget the lessons from this past summer: the deep need for community laid bare by COVID-19, and the systemic injustices exposed by the events around the country. At BC High we cannot, and will not, allow injustice to slip into our rear view. Even as this year moves on with all its blessings and challenges, we will remain steadfastly committed to our Ignatian values around dignity and respect and our anti-racist work that includes:
• National Anti-Racism Teach-in
• Cultural Assessment
• Race and Cultural Competence training for all faculty and staff
• Racial Equity Systemic Transformation Program: a 2 year Partnership with Courageous Conversations – specific programming that includes all constituencies: leadership, faculty, staff, parents, and students, geared toward creating a systemic culture for equity and inclusion in all areas of BC High.
• Year-long, thematic Peer Learning Group and Professional Development Speaker Focus on Mission-Driven approaches to Combatting Implicit Bias, Building Diversity and Equity, and Changing Culture
I thank you for your continued support of our school and our efforts to be a more just and inclusive community.