Greetings Sacred Heart Families,
As we begin September and another school year together, let us pause and thank God for this exciting moment in our lives. Indeed, it can be hard to let go of summer. The warm weather, time off, and relaxed pace often seem deeply appealing and are hard to let go of. Yet, let us remember that God called each of us to Sacred Heart this year. This call is a tangible thing; we believe that God sought out each of your children and asked them to be a part of our community. He did the same with our teachers, our staff, and all of you.
This gives us great purpose, and gives us a great responsibility as a school to you. Be assured that we take this responsibility extremely seriously, and we respond to it with our mission: academic excellence, faith formation, and service to others… giving witness to the message of Jesus Christ. We believe that this mission is the way to live out a life of deep and lasting fulfillment, of encountering real and purposeful love in our lives. We are living this mission out together in many ways already, especially through daily prayer, our school masses, classroom prayers from visiting priests and deacons in our parish, and through our commitment to the highest quality instruction possible.
Though I have been here for two months now, much of what we do is still very new to me. I am so excited to tell you that having been in our classrooms for just five days, I have seen some incredible things from our faculty and children. Our teachers have used dynamic call and responses, focused formative assessment to make sure each child is mastering objectives, and energizing games and class questioning to bring active participation in a tangible way. Our students have responded with eager participation, enthusiastic joy about their learning and games, and real excitement for the good things happening to them. One of the great gifts in my life right now is that our students have responded with authentic joy at seeing me in the halls and in their rooms. This is a rare thing for a principal to receive, and I am so blessed by it. I can’t help but see God in these many wonderful moments.
As you read the letter from Mr. Wayne Coffey, president of our School Board, know that the joy I am so blessed to share when I am with our faculty, staff, and children is exactly what he means by waking our sleeping giant. This is a place where good things are happening every day, important things are happening every day, and God’s kingdom is alive. I thank you all, most sincerely, for making this reality possible. Let us together continue the work of our excellent mission.
God bless you all,
Zachary S. Coyle
At Sacred Heart School, we recognize each person as a living expression of God’s love. We accept each person as intrinsically good and deserving of unconditional respect. We believe each person is unique, having special talents, abilities and needs. We believe that each child is a multi-dimensional child of God. We accept responsibility for fostering not only a child’s intellectual growth, but also for fostering a child’s spiritual, emotional, social, and physical development.
The message of Christ is central to all that we do at Sacred Heart School. As a faith community, we are striving to build God’s kingdom on earth. In the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero, “ This is what we are about: We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.”
So, welcome to our Catholic school! We invite you to join us in our mission to cultivate in our students the knowledge, attitudes, skills and virtues that will enable them to be serving members of our world in a manner reflective of Judeo-Christian values. May Jesus Christ, the model of all teachers, be our encouragement in this important ministry of Catholic education. Surely, He, who said, “Suffer the children to come unto me” will bless our efforts in His name.
Accreditation: Sacred Heart School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement by having met the requirements established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and Board of Trustees.