Weekly Letter (Aug 20, ’18)

Dear Star of the Sea Families,

I am very excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Star of the Sea School. It is an honor to have been selected to succeed Mrs. Poon and lead an educational institution which is known throughout the City as a Catholic school dedicated to academic excellence, but more importantly, to the formation of virtue in children.

I will spend a lot of time with the students of Star of the Sea, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued as children of God and have a special place in our school community.

Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but I also look forward to the work we will do together. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at Star of the Sea. And of course, I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so that they learn as much as they can.

This has been my philosophy since I began my career teaching with the Castro Valley Unified School District twenty years ago. I worked in Castro Valley High School for three years where I taught Freshman English and American Literature. I then moved here to Star of the Sea where I was the sixth grade teacher for six years. I supervised Student Council and coached basketball. I then moved up to eighth grade where I was given the honor and privilege to support students as they prepared for the high school entrance process. I developed a High School Placement Test preparation class, started a summer school with Mrs. Poon and ran that for ten years, prepared students for Confirmation and graduation, and was appointed Vice Principal in Charge of Testing.

I will work to ensure that your children have the best possible experiences while at Star of the Sea. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me in my new role as principal. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. I have been working with our faculty, staff and parents this summer to ensure a smooth transition and opening on the first day of school, August 22. We will also be having an informal gathering that morning in the auditorium after classes begin. There will be light refreshments so  please stop by to say hello and have a cup of coffee. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Take Care and God Bless,

Mr. David Gallagher

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