Dear Parents and Students,
Merry Christmas and welcome back to school! I hope you had a great vacation and that the joy of Christmas will remain in your hearts all year.
The years go by so quickly and sometimes I need to remind myself to slow down and take a good look at my little world today. The babies who came to Star a short eight and a half years ago, are now The Class of 2015! Soon they will be taking their HSPT (High School Placement Test), which the Catholic high schools use in conjunction with transcripts and teacher recommendations in order to determine which students are accepted to which high schools. Star students have a very good track record getting into some incredible high schools, and I expect lots of good news from the high schools in March. In the meantime, I’d encourage the Class of 2015 to take my advice. Slow down, take a look at your little world and commit to making these last six months the best ever. Get those high grades, hang out with those friends (especially the ones who will be heading off to different high schools). Finish this race with the same enthusiasm with which you started it. You will be amazed at how quickly four years of high school flies by.
I wish you all a happy and fun new year!
PS: The “Grinchier” side of Terry has to come out once in a while. Though I enjoy Christmas music, there is one song that really bothers me. “Snoopy’s Christmas” by The Royal Guardsmen tells the story of two World War I combatants who do not fight on December 25 simply because it is Christmas. But they know that they will fight another day. Let’s do all we can to keep the Christmas spirit of God’s great love for all of us alive every day of the year. Be at peace and share God’s love.