From the Principal

July 31, 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Saint John the Baptist Middle School. I am excited for my second year at SJMBS and I am looking forward to an excellent year as we finish our accreditation self-study and visit.

We have several new faculty members joining us this year, and I am pleased to introduce our new teachers.  Joining us in 6th grade we have Mr. Ben Voegele who will be teaching social studies, and Mrs. Lisa Morgan who will be teaching language arts. In 7th grade, Mrs. Mencia has moved to the Religion position and we are excited to have Ms. Azure Smith teaching social studies. Additionally, Mr. Eric Gregg will be teaching 7th grade science.  In 8th grade, Ms. Julia Swick will be teaching physics, and Ms. Molly Stewart will be teaching Spanish and taking a 8th grade HomeBase. Lastly, in the Fine Arts department, Mr. Cameron Brownell will be leading the choir and Denisse Vallecillos will be teaching orchestra.  Although we had several positions to fill, I am extremely happy with all of our new candidates.  Please make sure to welcome each of them to our SJBMS community.

The faculty, staff, and administration are currently finishing the accreditation self-study. The self-study encompasses a thorough examination of our community, Catholic identity, academics, finances, and facilities.  The Visiting Team will be arriving on October 8th and concluding their visit on October 11th.  Once we complete the self-study and have had our visit, I will make the document available to parents.

The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is “Anchored in God’s Love.”  Parents and friends of SJMBS can assist us in proclaiming God’s Love by attending school Masses. Our first Mass will be on August 16th at 9:00 am, and we will list the additional liturgies on the school calendar. Please consider joining us for these Eucharist celebrations.

Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, August 17 at 6:00. This is for all grades – 6th, 7th, and 8th.  We will have a different format, and parents will report to their students’ homebase to start the evening. We will not gather in the auditorium for an administration section. We are planning a separate evening to cover those items, and I will communicate the date shortly.

I look forward to seeing all of you at Back to School Night, and to another awesome year at SJBMS.

Faithfully yours,

Mr. Patrick Reeder

Principal