The beginning of the year has flown by. The tree in the courtyard seemed to turn bright orange overnight, and in the blink of an eye, the leaves have dropped and the chill in the air means winter is just around the corner.
I always love the beginning of the year which is marked by a stream of “firsts” – the first day of school, the first liturgy, the first game, the first test, the first dress down, the first fire drill and so many others. For our seniors, these same firsts can be very emotional. I’ve heard them commiserating about their last ‘first day’ of school and last Homecoming. They have begun the journey toward graduation celebrating Senior Nights in fall sports, getting measured for caps and gowns, and planning their senior activities. The year will fly…
Our August enrollment was the largest opening enrollment since 2009 and we continue to grow with the acceptance of several transfer students since the start to the year. We are celebrating as we approach a 10 percent gain since June of 2014. This is clear evidence that the tradition of a quality, Catholic education – the Brady Advantage – is alive and well.
Over the past two years we have increased our Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, and elective offerings, added additional sports and clubs, and expanded our Kairos program. We continue to work toward increased internship opportunities to promote real-world learning. An active Alumni Association has taken hold and coordinated a yearly Veteran’s Day Breakfast, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and a ’50 Days to Graduation” celebration for seniors. On November 10th, they will unveil our Veteran Recognition Wall.
This year we will be moving our Strategic Plan into action steps by first reviewing our mission and Catholic identity. We will assure that while adhering to the traditions of a rigorous, Catholic, college preparatory program, we also provide a program that reflects opportunities for students to blend courses from post-secondary institutions and online distance learning sources, design internships, or propose summer opportunities to supplement their studies. The Brady Advantage encourages students to build character, plan for their futures, and serve their communities. Faith, Learning, and Service. It’s hard to argue with a combined 87 years of quality. Bishop Brady High School is truly “a community that inspires”.
I continue to invite all of you to connect, reconnect, or continue connecting with the Brady community. If you haven’t been to Columbus Avenue in a while, stop in for a visit. Someone will always take the time to speak with you or show you around. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We love to hear from you and are grateful for your partnership.
Andrea Isaak Elliot