PRINCIPAL’S NEWSLETTER

 

March 22, 2017

 

AMDG

 

Dear Parents and Friends:

 

When I first arrived at Scranton Prep in August of 2000, I met a woman in a white lab coat.  We exchanged pleasantries as she welcomed me to Prep and wished me luck in my new job as Alumni Director.  As she walked away at a hurried pace, I can remember thinking this woman means business!

In the months that followed, I began meeting alumni at gatherings both at Prep and in other areas of the country.  I listened to countless graduates tell me about the impact Jane Nagurney had on their life at Prep and beyond.  I did not realize that, sixteen years later, I would also be able to share how much Jane has influenced my own personal and professional life. 

As many of you may already be aware, after 35 years at Scranton Prep, Jane has decided to retire and will do so effective August 1, 2017.  As principal, I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for all the ways she has transformed the school community that we all know and love.  For her, it has not been just a job, but a vocation in service of the Prep Family which has thrived because of her myriad contributions and leadership.  I look forward to the opportunities over the coming weeks and months to express our thanks, and acknowledge our appreciation for a "first ballot Hall of Famer" of Jesuit secondary education.

As for the future, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Kristin Cupillari as the next Assistant Principal of Scranton Preparatory School.  A 1987 graduate of Scranton Prep, Kris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from College of the Holy Cross in 1991.  She then went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1993, and her Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Columbia University in 1999.  Kris also completed the Seminars in Ignatian Leadership, sponsored by the Jesuit Schools Network, in 2005.

Kris began her career in Jesuit education at Loyola School in New York City as a teacher of mathematics from 1993 to 2001.  In 2001, she joined the faculty at Regis High School, where she taught Calculus, Precalculus, Algebra II, and Geometry/Trigonometry.  She also taught Dance/Dance History and was the moderator/producer of the annual "Regis Repertory".

Currently, Kris is in her tenth year as Dean of Students at Loyola School in New York City, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Regis High School.  During her years as both a classroom teacher and an administrator, Kris has worked extensively to further the efforts of the New York Province/USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus.  She has served on numerous steering and planning committees for national conferences, sponsorship reviews, and JSN Colloquia.  In 2013, she was the co-keynote speaker at the JSN Colloquium: Cura Personalis as a Dean of Students. She has co-facilitated numerous student service programs for students in New York, Appalachia, Camden, and Belize, and also participated in the Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Italy in 2009.

Kris returns to Scranton Prep with great enthusiasm to serve Prep in her new role.  She will officially begin her work as assistant principal on July 1, 2017.  Please join me in welcoming back Kris to Prep, and expressing our gratitude to Jane for her years of dedication and service to Scranton Prep. 



Gratefully, 

 

Matt Bernard

Principal

 

 

 

August, 2016

 

AMDG

Dear Parents,

At graduation, the seniors come to see that the path they choose and the direction of their future in college and beyond lies with them.  As prescribed in the document The Graduate at Graduation, the students embrace the importance of being open to growth.  While we expect that our young people arrive at this openness, and as we explore our own possibilities for the future, it is imperative that we proceed in the same spirit as we discern the path of Scranton Prep in the twenty-first century.

In the past four years, Scranton Prep has seen significant growth. Academically, we added courses such as AP Psychology, AP Calculus BC, and Object-Oriented Programming to our already robust curriculum, and we will also offer AP Physics C this coming year. In addition, we will offer a dynamic Robotics Program for students. Our efforts with the Department of Homeland Security afforded us the opportunity to open our doors to qualified students from across the globe, and we’ve also expanded and improved our efforts to better serve our students with learning needs through the hiring of a Student Support Specialist. Apostolically, our new St. Joseph of Arimathea Funeral Ministry has transformed the hearts and minds of our students and faculty. We’ve established an after-school tutoring program that enables our students to reach out to the talented and enthusiastic students of the Nativity Miguel School in Scranton, and this year we will offer a new series of Ignatian Days, providing our students the opportunity to pause and reflect on their Prep experience, and more importantly, their relationship with God. Finally, we launched a new website this past year and have established a strong social media presence which enables us to communicate via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These are just some of the many ways that Prep continues to be open to growth.

As we begin the year we will continue to reflect on who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going. Our efforts will be aided by our participation in a comprehensive self-study over the course of the next eighteen months, as we seek dual accreditation form the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.  

As I close this introductory letter, know that I offer you my prayers and support for a great school year. I pray that our partnership with you will allow for your son or daughter to always experience and contribute to the Greater Glory of God.

 

Sincerely,

 

Matthew R. Bernard

Principal

 


Society of Jesus Convenes the 36th General Congregation

The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus will convene in Rome in October with the purpose of electing a new Superior General and to discuss major issues of importance to the Society which include matters related to Jesuit secondary schools. Father Herbert B. Keller, SJ, Rector of the Scranton Jesuit Community and part-time Campus Minister at Prep, is among the 200 electors who have been chosen to represent the Society in this most historic event. Though there have been 35 Congregations since the founding of the Society over 450 years ago, this marks the first time in history that the Jesuits will gather for such a congregation while a Jesuit is Pope. On behalf of the Society and those of us who are lay companions in the mission and ministry of Jesuit education, I ask for your prayers of those in attendance, that the Holy Spirit guide and inspire them in their work; a work that will greatly impact the future of Jesuit education and of Scranton Prep.


Six Faculty Attend 2016 Colloquium on Jesuit Education

The Jesuit Schools Network held the 2016 Colloquium at Xavier University in June. Over 400 educators gathered to reflect on who we are, what we are doing and how best we might move into the future. The theme, Jesuit Education: Deepening Awareness; Calling for Action, invited participants throughout the week to consider how Jesuit schools “live wisely, think deeply, and love generously.” Mr. Bailey, Mr. Bernard, Mrs. Kotchick, Mrs. Barrett, Mr. Sykes, and Mr. Holzman represented Scranton Prep at this triennial meeting.

 

Performance Music Program Sees Growth

In 2009, Scranton Prep took its first step in developing a performance music program with the formation of the Scranton Prep Student Choir, now the Scranton Prep Cavalyrics. Under the direction of Mr. Daniel Marx, the Performance Music Program at Scranton Prep has flourished over the past 8 years. The Cavalyrics offer two concerts annually and are joined on stage by the Scranton Prep A Cappella Ensemble, Faculty Choir, and Men's Chorus. Both the Cavalyrics and the A Cappella Ensemble have received numerous invitations to perform for concerts, community events, and fundraisers throughout the Scranton area, helping to spread the word of the great music Prep is supporting. This year, the Performance Music Program will take another major step forward in establishing an Instrumental Music Program. Ms. Maggie Boga will be leading any interested student instrumentalists in developing an ensemble that will perform together for school concerts and functions. This ensemble will hopefully lay the groundwork for the eventual development of a string orchestra and a jazz band. Scranton Prep is very excited and proud to support and develop its Performance Music Program into the future!

 

Nativity Miguel School

Scranton Prep has begun to collaborate with the Nativity Miguel School in Scranton. Prep students volunteer as mentors, tutors, and facilitate after-school activities. Thanks to Prep’s 411 program we were also able to make a financial contribution in support of their efforts. In addition, Prep hosted a series of “field trips” for the students of Nativity Miguel. On three separate occasions, students came to Prep and participated in seminars on visual art, theater, robotics, and participated in a “field day” with our girls soccer team. Scranton Prep will continue its work with the young people of Nativity Miguel and are making efforts to expand student opportunities.  

 

Welcome Class of 2020!

On August 30, Prep will welcome the class of 2020! Orientation for Prep’s newest members will take place over three days. Mrs. Mary Grace Phillips, Mrs. Cathy Walsh, and Mr. Todd Bailey will direct the orientation with the help of over 200 student volunteers. The specific schedule for orientation is on the next page of this newsletter.

 

Student Schedules for the New School Year

Student schedules for the new school year will be mailed the week of August 15. If all accounts are not current or students have outstanding service hours, textbooks, etc., schedules cannot be released until those matters are settled. Please contact the treasurer’s office for matters pertaining to your accounts or Mrs. Nagurney for other matters pertaining to schedules. Please note that July 1, 2016 was the final date to make scheduling requests.

 

Ten Service Projects Serve Local and National Communities

All members of the Class of 2017 embraced Prep’s commitment of service to others through at least fifty hours of community service. During this past summer, members of the class took part in one of ten different service projects chaperoned by over 20 members of the Prep faculty.  Prep students served communities in Scranton, Reading, New Mexico, South Dakota, South Carolina, and New York City.

 

New Robotics Program

Mr. Don Walsh has introduced a new Robotics Program at Prep. The program allows students an opportunity to delve deeper into their interests, build camaraderie, gain leadership and practical skills, and network with professionals. More specifically, it will allow students to interact with emerging technologies that are becoming increasingly important to the world of tomorrow and will allow students to explore the field of robotic design using a variety of hands-on activities. Students will work in teams throughout the school year on projects involving various micro-controllers and computer-coded languages, in addition to the mechanical robotic hardware capable of moving through tele-operated interactions. Students will be introduced to CAD software as a tool to assist with their mechanical design and how 3D printing technology can bring their designs to life.  

 

Busing

Please contact the district in which you live to see if busing is available and where your bus will stop. For days when Scranton Prep has abbreviated schedules, students should check with the district or their bus driver for the time their buses will pick them up. Some districts have recently changed their policies concerning student pick up on abbreviated days. School bus service is not available for those who reside in Scranton.

 

Important Parent Sessions

Freshman parents are invited and encouraged to attend an information session on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. The evening of information for sophomore parents will be held on Wednesday, September 28, at 7 p.m. Parent evenings of information pertaining to juniors and seniors regarding their college plans are held later in the year. The guidance department will send letters informing parents of dates and times for these evenings. Also, our first parent/teacher conferences take place about half way through the first quarter. We have two evenings to accommodate the number of parents who usually attend. We set Thursday, October  6, at 7 p.m. for names beginning with A-K and Thursday, October 13, at 7 p.m. for names beginning with L-Z. I ask you to follow the above schedule. If it is not possible, however, for you to come on your assigned evening, you are certainly welcome on the alternate evening.  

 

Prep Call Alert System

Scranton Prep employs a call alert system that can broadcast a recorded message to your phone when we need to get important information to you quickly. The Call Alert System allows us to record a message and send it immediately to all the numbers we have on file. We use this system primarily for unexpected developments like a power outage or early dismissal due to snow or unexpected changes in schedules. Please make sure that we have your most current contact information.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: EARLY DISMISSAL OF STUDENTS

Parents are reminded to please honor our policy regarding students leaving early. In addition to a phone call from a parent between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the day he/she is to be excused, students must produce a note at the main lobby before homeroom. The note is of particular importance because we will not interrupt a class in session unless there is a major emergency. When a note is brought in upon arrival, we generate a slip that will allow for your child to leave class without any disruption to the learning environment. This continues to be a challenge for us so I respectfully ask for your cooperation.  Please understand that failure to produce a note upon arrival will result in JUG.  

 

Freshman Orientation Schedule

 

Tuesday, August 30               8:30 A.M. — Arrive at Prep (Bellarmine Theatre).

                                              2:35 P.M.   Dismissal.

                                              Students should dress in full uniform and bring a lunch.      

 

Wednesday, August 31          1:00 P.M.  —   Board buses for outing at Van Fleet’s Grove.

                                                                      Dinner will be provided at Van Fleet’s.

                                              7:30 P.M. —   Return to Scranton Prep.                                 

                                              Dress for the day is casual.  No uniforms. 

                                       

Thursday, September 1        8:30 A.M. — Arrive at Scranton Prep.

                                             Early Dismissal between 11:15 A.M.- 11:30 A.M. — Lunch will be provided.

                                             Dress for the day is the warm weather uniform. (Uniform skirt and blouse for girls; dress pants, shirt and tie for boys.) No sports coats or sweater vests needed.

 

Friday, September 2            No School

 

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Schedule for Upperclassmen for the First Week of School

 

Each class will have an orientation day during the first week of school. The day will consist of an assembly in the Bellarmine Theatre and a short schedule for the day. Students need to report only on their class day of orientation during the first week. The regular schedule of classes will start on Tuesday, September 6.

 

Sophomores - Wednesday, August 31    Report directly to the Bellarmine Theatre by 8:30 A.M. for an assembly.

                                                              Fifteen-minute classes follow the assembly with dismissal at 11:45 A.M.

 

Juniors - Thursday, September 1          Report directly to the Bellarmine Theatre by 8:30 A.M. for an assembly.

                                                              Fifteen-minute classes follow the assembly with dismissal at 11:45 A.M.

 

Seniors - Thursday, September 1          Report directly to the Bellarmine Theatre by 11:30 A.M. for an assembly.

                                                              Fifteen-minute classes follow the assembly with dismissal at 2:30 P.M.

 

 

No school on Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5. Regular classes begin Tuesday, September 6.

Summer Reading Test will be administered on Tuesday, September 6.

 

Early Dismissals for Faculty Meetings

Students will have early dismissal once each month (except September, December, and April) for faculty meetings. The time for dismissal will depend on the agenda for the month but usually dismissal will be at 12:50 P.M. Following is a list of dates for faculty meetings for the first semester.    

    

Tuesday, October 4   Tuesday, November 8*                  

 

*On November  8 the juniors will have their annual career day so they will be in session until  2:35 P.M.

 

No School Sponsored European Trips for 2016-17

Please note: Scranton Prep is not sponsoring or supporting any overseas trips for the 2016-2017 school year. 

 

Parent Email Addresses

In an effort to increase communication with parents via email, we ask that you go to Prep’s website at www.scrantonprep.com and click on the “Parent Email Form” button, which can be found on the homepage under “School Quick Links” This will allow for us to communicate with you efficiently regarding your children. Parents Club news and events can also be found on the website under the “Support Prep” header. 

 

MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR PARENTS

 

On Saturday, September 24th, Father Ryan Maher, S.J., Prep's President, will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit for all Prep Parents.  The Mass will be held at 5:00 PM in the Bellarmine Theatre.  Father's homily at the Mass is entitled, Voices from Beyond the Grave.

A reception with lite fare, will follow in the Xavier Center. Father Maher is looking forward to meeting as many of our current parents as possible as he enters the second year of his presidency at Scranton Prep.  This evening will also provide an excellent opportunity for parents to meet other parents with students in their children’s classes.  We encourage everyone to join Father Maher and the school’s administrators as we begin the new school year in prayer and fellowship. 

 

Please RSVP by September 16, 2016 at 570-941-7743 or Scopelliti@scrantonprep.com

 

                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                   


2016 SCRANTON PREP ALUMNI WEEKEND

 

Sunday, October 23

 Scranton Prep

 

Alumni Memorial Mass

10:00 AM

 

Rinfret Award Presentation & Brunch

 11:00 AM 

 

For information about class reunions please call Chris Boland

570-941-7737, ext. 113, or email at cboland@scrantonprep.com.