In the fall of 1969, entering my sophomore year at JFK, I noticed a slightly older teacher wandering the halls. Thirty-nine was 'slightly old' to a 16-year old.
Monthly Reflections from President Mike Prato
This monthly Reflection Series is intended to provide readers with reflections on the Gospels that are relevant to our school events and activities and are spiritually up-lifting.
When I was young, 'give up' were the words my cousin and I used when we wrestled at my grandparent's house and one of us got the upper hand. Later, they were words directed to us by our parents when it was Lent. "What are you giving up for Lent?" (not so much a question, more of a suggestion)
As the president of Kennedy Catholic High School, I am super lucky to have a schedule that allows me to occasionally work within city government, to have lunches with prospective partners and to even meet with State lobbyists in Olympia, advocating for support of Catholic education. Sometimes, my schedule includes traveling internationally in search of the perfect Lancer families.
It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do will it. Be made clean." And the leprosy left him immediately. Luke 5: 12-14
In August of 2004, I presented our faculty and staff with a summary of our accreditation goals and, with their support, laid the foundation for a work plan that would guide Kennedy Catholic High School for the next six years. This established the common practice of generating an annual school improvement plan to anchor us to the ethic and practice of continual improvement. In 2011, the 2020 Vision was born; the strategic plan which has guided us to Verso L'Alto! Verso L'Alto! is our patron, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati's favorite saying (meaning To the Heights), and will be the title of the next strategic plan through 2025.