The Year Is Launched …
A little like one of those days at Cape Canaveral, the year is well underway at John Bapst. Our well-rounded students are busy in fall sports; club meetings and community service opportunities like the recent Race for the Cure; and musical rehearsals for the bands, ensemble, singing groups, and the fall musical. Seniors are meeting with counselors and writing college essays. The hope is that the many obligations students have spur the development of good time management skills. If your student needs help balancing his or her many time commitments, or if your student isn’t finding something to get involved in, give the Counseling Office a call. Lisa Manter (last names from A-K) and Nick Umphrey (last names from L-Z) are here for you.
Parents’ Association Meetings Continue
We’re fresh from a successful first “Coffee with Mel” event on September 25. Head of School Mel MacKay provided background about the school, mentioning that this year’s opening enrollment of 516 is the highest ever. The school’s object is not to grow any larger. Our success in attracting more day students than in recent years is great, and the school is full. The balance between Maine students (88%) to international students (12%) is steady and will remain so next year. Interestingly, international parents also ask the number of international students – knowing that smaller numbers translate into a better language learning environment. This week’s meeting offered the chance to talk about qualities we look for in teachers (subject matter expertise, passion, rapport with kids, experience), effective communication, and a number of other things. Future meetings will continue to alternate between mornings and evenings to help as many parents participate as possible. The next date will be announced soon; bring your questions, thoughts, and suggestions.
Peace, Water, and Wisdom 5K
SEAC – the Student Environmental Action Committee – is hosting the fourth-annual Peace, Water, and Wisdom race on Sunday, October 19 at the Bangor Waterfront. Any Bapst student can join in this good cause; proceeds help improve water availability and quality in the African nation of Burkina Faso. Register at www.initiativeeau.org/bangor-maine.
Testing and Teacher Conference Days
Enclosed with this mailing is important information about diagnostic testing for grades 9, 10, and 11 on October 15. The tests are the ReadiStep (9th grade) and the PSAT (grades 10 and 11). Please read the details for your student’s test. Parent-Teacher Conferences take place on October 14-15. Follow the instructions to register online.
Senior College Focus
October 15-16 are two days designed for seniors to visit or interview at colleges without missing time in the classroom. Call colleges now for appointments. These days are also a good time for working on applications. Seniors can access applications online from most schools, write college essays, and complete the Student Data Sheets to help their counselors help them.
Ethics Training for All New Students
All parents of new students should read the enclosure about Ethics Training on October 14th. John Bapst’s association with the Institute for Global Ethics goes back nearly a decade. The goal is to equip our students with the interpersonal skills and ethical framework they’ll need to be successful now and in the future. We explicitly promote academic honesty and our goal of assuring that John Bapst is an emotionally safe, mutually supportive school, free of harassment and bullying.
Mark Your Calendar
- Don’t miss Homecoming – Friday, October 17 – Parade from School to Cameron Stadium at 5 p.m. – Football vs. Ellsworth at 7 p.m.
- First Grading Period Ends – October 31
- Winter Sports Informational Meeting – November 12
- Fall Musical Performance – Footloose – November 14, 15