The Blue & Gold

Head of School Message

The Grad at Grad


I am happy to say that our school year is off to an excellent start in so many ways. Authentic learning takes place every day, students are growing in faith and knowledge of God, and lifetime relationships are forming. I hope that what you are experiencing meets our highest aspirations and best intentions.

Thank you to all who were able to attend “Meet the Faculty: Mini-Class Night” last week. Following this session, JPII and SFXP parents now have interim grades accessible indicating how their sons and daughters are progressing at the halfway point of the first quarter. Grades and teacher comments set the stage for meaningful consultation during Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, which will be held on October 5 from 3 until 7 PM.

The following day, Friday, October 6 is a Professional Day and therefore no classes will be held for students. On this day, all JPII & SFXP staff members, joined by student, parent, and Advisory Board representation, will engage in a visioning process to renew an important foundational document known as “The Graduate at Graduation.” This process and document will enable all stakeholders to reflect upon and articulate the 8th-grade outcomes of our SFXP program and the 12th-grade outcomes of our JPII program. I look forward to sharing the results of our deliberations with you.

Additionally, all educators of the Diocese will attend a professional day on Friday, November 3 (no classes will be held). The presentation regards Sherry A. Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus. Christian formation is our most essential task, and the insights that Sherry Weddell shares will help us become more effective in our evangelization. Read about her here:

While students are our primary focus, we hope also to provide you, our parents and friends, with meaningful learning opportunities. As such, adult members of our school community are invited to participate in two special sessions. First, Cape Classical Conversations, led by Prof. Marc LePain, invites parents and friends to learn more about the four Gospels in a relaxed, mini-course setting. Second, you are welcome to join students in grades 8-12 as Dr. Stacy Trasancos (  shares her perspective in Particles of Faith: How Science Led Me to Christ. Information on both of these events is included in this month’s Blue & Gold.

Thank you for all you do for St. John Paul II High School and St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School.

Christopher W. Keavy,

Head of School