Dear Parents and Students,
Ten years ago, when I was lucky enough to get this job, many people advised me to constantly speak about the academic strengths of Star, to highlight our students’ great standardized test scores, to brag about our high school acceptance rates and to share the many extra curricular programs available through Star of the Sea School. I had to agree that they were right. But at the same time, I had to remind them that Star is first and foremost a loving Catholic School community. The foundation of all of our successes, individually and collectively is the sense that we are a family.
Through the preparations for our Centennial celebration it became very clear that Star is not the relatively small group of us who gather in the schoolyard every morning. Star is everyone who has ever been a pastor, principal, teacher, parent, student, or parishioner here at Star. I have often stated that though I love this old building, it is not Star of the Sea School. WE ARE STAR!
With all that being written, it is important to let you know that two weeks ago we had a team of architects on campus to complete the process of evaluating the seismic stability of our buildings as mandated by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Part One of their inspection showed no obvious problems, but nobody was able to find the original blueprints. Things sometimes disappear over the course of a century. At any rate, the official report should be delivered to the Archdiocese within the next two months and I promise to share it with you when we get it. In the meantime, let’s remember to teach justice, mercy and peace.
God bless you all.