Welcome to Aquinas Middle School. It is with great pride, pleasure and awareness of privilege that I serve the families and students of our school. Aquinas Middle School is a Catholic middle school housing seventh and eighth grade students. As an educator, I am very aware that these developmental years are certainly challenging for our students. As a school community with God as our focus, we are able to provide an education that unites our faith, our family and our youth. I invite you to visit Aquinas Middle School and personally experience the life of the school. It is truly a school that makes a difference!!!
Often I am asked, "Why Catholic schools?", "Why invest in a Catholic education?"
As you make decisions for your child, I Share with you my response and reflection in that regard.
In keeping with Robert Fulghum's "All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten", I would comment that "All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be", I learned through my Catholic education. When parents invest in a Catholic education for their child, they are working in partnership with the Catholic Church, pastors and teachers to help their child benefit from the best opportunities surrounding them. I believe that spiritual formation, human compassion, academic excellence, and character development are the focus of a Catholic school education. They exist in partnership with each other.
As a product of a K-12 Catholic school education, I learned that prayer can be a source of spiritual growth, support and guidance. I learned that others have a lot to offer to me if only I just listen. I learned how to say please and thank you. I learned that it's good to challenge myself to become better. I learned that it is better to give rather than to receive. I learned to start and end my day in thanksgiving to God for the blessings that He will give and has given to me. I learned that life is not predictable but unconditional love is. I learned that a lot of people care about me and want to see me succeed. I learned that there really are safe places in the world to be me - home, church and school. I learned to embrace life rather than watch it pass me by. I learned that hard work builds a sense of pride and confidence. I learned that it is OK to be challenged to become and do better. I learned that I can meet the challenges put forth to me. I learned that God is everywhere, in everyone and in everything - if only I look deeply and closely.
I am a Catholic school educator because I chose to pass these life lessons on to others. I am grateful, beyond reason, for the opportunities my parents provided me through a Catholic education and I strive to provide those same opportunities to the young people that are entrusted to my care today. Some say a Catholic education is not tangible therefore not worth the investment. I say that a Catholic education uses the intangible to develop the tangible and with it, guide strong faith leaders into adulthood.
Principal, Aquinas Middle School