By Nicole Miller
Holy Name Catholic School recently began its 51st year of service in education to the people of Ketchikan. In order to prepare for another great school year, many hours of hard work were lovingly dedicated to various areas throughout our school.
One of our largest endeavors was the kick-off of our first ever “World Traveler Summer Camp,” consisting of a four week, all day opportunity, for the children of Ketchikan to learn and grow about various cultures, all from the comfort of the small Southeast island we call home. This well-attended and positive event is sure to become a HNCS tradition.
In addition to our camp, many cosmetic updates were also completed on the school facility during the summer months. Our stairwell and lunchroom, known to the locals as “Brindle Hall,” was repainted and re-carpeted, thanks in part to a forty-gallon paint grant from Madison True Value. Outside the building, the incredible landscaping job that began on the church side, was lovingly continued to encompass the front of our school as well as the rectory across the street. Children have already been heard saying to their parents, “It is so beautiful and so much better now!”
Our students are even enjoying a “make over” of their own with the addition of polo shirt uniforms this year. The students look wonderful in their matching tops, and the teachers have already noticed a positive change in their behavior as well as the added benefit of a “level playing field” in the area of clothing, regardless of economic situation.
As many of our brothers and sisters in the diocese know, the 2015-2016 school year marked Holy Name’s inaugural implementation of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. The evidence of the impact of that endeavor on both our children as well as their families, has far exceeded our expectations. (Yet isn’t that the common utterance of a follower of such a marvelous God!) We are looking forward to opening our Level II atrium in a few weeks, which will officially make CGS our school-wide religious education program.
In the area of enrollment, we are pleased to report that registration is up from last year by fifteen students! It hasn’t taken long for all of our children, new and returning, to fill our hallways with love, joy, and a true sense of a close-knit school family.
As the sign in the school office says “Christ is the reason for this school…” It is our mission that any family who wishes for their child to receive a Catholic education will be able to do so. We work with our families, and seek to “meet them where they are at.” As a result, many of our students require some amount of scholarship in order to be with us. This is all done while also striving for a healthy and sustainable budget that allows us to maintain educational integrity and improve the quality of the services we offer. On behalf of all the students, families, faculty and staff of Holy Name Catholic School, we would like to thank our larger Catholic family throughout the Diocese of Juneau for their love, support, and generosity. You truly do help to make Catholic education a reality in Southeast Alaska.
Please continue to pray for us as we minister to the precious little ones that God has entrusted to our care, and be sure to stop by the school for a visit if you are ever in Ketchikan. Thank you again and may God’s blessings be abundant!