Welcome to St. Timothy Middle School...
To our students:
You have already discovered the changes in the faculty during your travels this week. Some of our favorites have returned: Mrs. Battaliga, Mr. Martin, Miss O’Donnell, and Mrs. Thomsen. This year they are joined by new staff members. In the office: Mrs. Kradas, Miss MacCloy, and Ms. Manos. They will be helpful to you throughout the year. Miss MacCloy has even volunteered to coach during the fall season. The other new staff members; Miss Duffy, Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Gemmell, and Mr. Markus have been working throughout the summer to create a great working and learning environment in each classroom. With your help these spaces will be productive and enjoyable.
You have probably had a lot of words come at you in the first few days of school. Starting from the St. Timothy Middle School office, there were emails letting you and your parents know about the plans for lunches, the place for drop-off, the supplies you needed to bring to school, and the schedule you needed to print to allow you to start the new year on a positive note.
On the first day of school, you probably noticed that the relaxed summer morning was gone and you were out of bed searching for uniform parts and the supplies that you were supposed to bring to school, all while your parents were behind you pushing you closer to the door to catch the bus or get in the car so you wouldn’t be late.
When you arrived at school, more words…directions from each classroom teacher, from your homeroom teacher, and over the loudspeaker. With the heat bearing down on you, the words probably started to melt together like Playdoh in the sun.
So with all of the those words milling about in your brain, I am now going to complicate this by adding a few more…compassion, kindness, patience, forgiveness, love, gratitude, hope, and courage. For some of you those words are not new. You may have already begun your class discussions about how you can live out those words in your daily life. As students at St. Timothy Middle School you will be challenged not just in your classwork, but in the management of your spirit as you translate the words I have shared with you. Compassion, kindness, patience, forgiveness, love, gratitude, hope, and courage.
For as St. Paul said to Timothy as he began his role a missionary,
Do not let anyone think less of your because you are young. Be an example to all believers in
what you say, in the way you live, in your love, faith, and your purity. No excuses accepted…
We also don’t want you to be selfish. We will be working with you this year to help up you share those words with others in service that will show that you can be a model for those around you. St. Teresa reminds us that
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
This promises to be an exciting year. From service projects to game night; from the school retreat to field trips; from musical productions with Father David to the Science and Geography Fair.
We pray God’s blessing on the coming school year; on our work, our dreams and our aspirations. May each of us be filled with a spirit of cooperation and may we share our gifts so that the very best may be achieved.