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.
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
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.