As this school year comes to an end, and we joyfully send off the Class of 2018 to make their way in this world, I can’t help but reflect on the blessings, honors and accomplishments we have experienced this year, most notably we:
- Celebrated the completion of the new Our Lady of Memorial Chapel.
- Expanded Fr. John’s role at CMH to include three full time days each week, an office on campus and residency in the rectory.
- Announced the addition of a new Principal, Laura Anderson.
- Were named a School of Distinction for Engineering (Project Lead the Way) and STEM Education- only one of 133 high schools nationwide!
- Placed second in the state and number one in Waukesha County in the Wisconsin Math League Competition.
- Applauded our championship teams and a record number of Tommy Awards nominations for the spring musical.
- Announced community bussing service for students will return in the fall of 2018!
In addition, we added new technology with the move of our PLTW/STEM classes to their permanent home in the Innovation Wing, we Led With Our Faith as our students’ let their voices be heard about their right to feel safe in school, and we also supported numerous nonprofits by raising critical funds and lifting our hands through thousands of volunteer hours.
Very importantly, as we guide our future, the school community participated in a comprehensive brand study to help us clarify our message about the outcomes CMH is driving every day for the benefit of our students, as well as to provide guidance as we launch our next strategic plan. We know we must continue to build a school focused on the job market our students will enter. We recognize that CMH is known for many things: rigorous academics, strong theater and arts programming, competitive sports teams and much more. Yet it is our Catholic faith and supportive, welcoming environment that is the cornerstone of what elevates CMH above all other high school options.
“Train yourself spiritually. Physical exercises are useful enough, but the usefulness of spirituality is unlimited, since it holds out the reward of life here and now and for the life as well; that is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt it.” 1 Timothy V4
Being Catholic fuels both adults and students to think beyond ourselves and our school – and into the community. It is our collective beliefs that we share with the students each day, helping them to grow in their faith as they transform from “kids” into “adults.” These four years are so instrumental in their formation academically, socially and spiritually.
Thank you, parents, for your sacrifices to make Catholic school a reality for your children. Thank you, donors and volunteers, for your support and the tireless “yesses” that make so many things possible. Thank you, teachers, for lovingly guiding and encouraging students to achieve their fullest potential. Thank you, students, for your enthusiasm for learning and life. It is simply contagious. The way you lift each other up as you climb is not only honorable; it’s inspiring. And thank you to the countless others whose heart and soul help create the nurturing environment and steadfast community that is CMH.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! As the first graduating class since I joined CMH in this new role, they will forever hold a place in my heart. I feel so lucky to be part of the Crusader family. I hope you feel the same.