While the phrase, "back to school," may denote the end of summer; here at Cardinal Gibbons it also announces the start of an exciting new academic year.
And those first days of the 2018-2019 school year were filled with lots of hugs, smiles, and high-fives, as well as familiar faces and new ones of students and educators alike. They were also filled with plenty of goals and expectations, as well as opportunities to engage in and live out the mission of our school.
"I feel incredibly blessed to work with parents and educators who share their expertise, their love for students, and their willingness to go above and beyond in order to make Cardinal Gibbons a dynamic and engaging community," said Spanish Educator Julie Weber, who joined the Gibbons faculty this year.
At the same time, however, those initial days held a different meaning for seniors experiencing their "last" first days at Cardinal Gibbons. While many described the days as bittersweet, they also said they were looking forward to leaving their legacy and creating even more opportunities for the students who follow them.
"When I got to my last class...Drama, which I have loved throughout my high school years, I felt myself tear up. It's been a wonderful journey," Leah Drake '19 (pictured left) said of her "last" first days at Cardinal Gibbons. "I am looking forward to doing as much as I possibly can, including theater, to make even more...great memories at Cardinal Gibbons; and to living out our school's mission by doing more with Franciscan Youth International to help and give back."
For Jack Dailey '19 the "last" first days of high school were, "happy and sad." Still, he said, he is looking forward "to making new friendships with students and educators, and to serving the community with my athletic teams and through service outreach."
After their first day jitters, new educators also were excited about the school year and looking forward to living out Gibbons' mission. Just ask Julie Weber who is teaching Spanish 1. Her two sons, Gibson '20 and Wyatt '22, attend Gibbons.
"My first days teaching at Cardinal Gibbons have been completely filled with joy," she said. "... I feel incredibly blessed to work with parents and educators who share their expertise, their love for students, and their willingness to go above and beyond in order to make Cardinal Gibbons a dynamic and engaging community. I look forward to the opportunities that will transform me and this community into a deeper life of mission."
Other new educators this school year are: J. Mike Blake, English; Genevieve Donahue, Math; Kaky Bowden, Theology; and Brent Nolan '05, Tech Skills & iCube (Innovative Crusaders Understanding Business & Entrepreneurship.)
Gibbons extends a warm welcome to all new and returning students and educators and wishes them an engaging school year.