Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thinking of Tests, Trophies, and Tomorrows...

this message was sent yesterday, via Edline, to all CMH families --

Dear CMH Community:

I realize that we don’t normally send out a CMH Newsletter or message in the middle of the summer, but with the 4th of July just a few days away, I thought I might write a letter to update all of you on a few things.

First, on the subject of tests – I am sure that you have heard or read the coverage of the annual Newsweek list of “America’s Best High Schools.” While congratulations justifiably go out to all of the schools listed and the students who work so hard at those schools, it should be remembered that the listing intentionally omits all private schools. Following the formula used by the Newsweek editors, if they were willing to include us, CMH would rank higher than any of the eight public high schools listed from Waukesha County. This is an accomplishment which reflects well not only on our outstanding students, but also our faculty and staff who work so hard to ensure success for all their students.

Second, on the subject of Trophies – once again, congratulations to the Girls Soccer team for their State Championship. This year, Crusader athletics had many great accomplishments, as did our drama productions and fine arts shows. When it comes to extra-curriculars, CMH has successes disproportionate to our size and budgets. Instead, our success is directly proportionate to the dedication of our young people and the commitment of their coaches, mentors, and moderators.

Lastly, when considering our tomorrows – as some of you may already know, at the direction of the CMH Board of Directors, we have undertaken a strategic planning process for CMH. Known as Vision 2020, this effort is being spearheaded by the CMH administrative leadership team with the participation of faculty, staff, and board members. Delving into work on specific strategic issues expands the core team to include alumni, past and present parents, as well as community members and future stakeholders. The widest possible consultation of all stakeholder groups will be taking place through focus groups and surveys.

The early work of Vision 20202 formulated the strategic issues to be dealt with over the next ten years. Six issue teams are hard at work in these areas – academics, Catholic identity, students, employees, facilities, and financial stability. It is hoped that the Vision 2020 plan for the future will be presented to the community and approved by Archbishop Listecki by the end of the calendar year. Rest assured, this effort will not be performed only to have a binder sit on a shelf, it should exist to bind us in our path to even greater successes over the next ten years and beyond.

As noted above, in a few days our nation will celebrate the anniversary of its founding. But, for the last twenty years, July 4th has also been the Catholic Church’s feast day for the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Beatified in 1990 by Pope John Paul II, Blessed Pier Giorgio is considered one of the patrons of World Youth Days. In something pertinent to our mission at CMH, the Dominican priest who received the teenaged Giorgio into the Dominican Order wrote of him, “At an age in which passions bubble in the hearts of young people and threaten to break all bounds, Pier Giorgio concentrated his vital forces and kept them in balance. Day by day, in front of God and men, he learned to conquer himself and to master himself.” To study his biography is to know that the key to the success of Pier Giorgio’s devout faith life was not only held in his prayerful heart, but it was bolstered by his diligent studies (which we expect of our kids here at CMH) and further focused by his energetic participation in athletics and service to others (which we do very well here at CMH).

Whether it be the summer of 2010, or when our seventy-first freshman class arrives in the fall of 2020, all our successes at CMH will be premised upon our absolute unity in passing on devout faith, providing strong academics, and offering those extras which form the whole person into CMH graduates who can master themselves and go on to transform the world.

I pray that you will have a wonderful summer. I am very excited about the year, and the decade, to come for all of us in the CMH family.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann

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