To the Students, Parents, Faculty, Parishioners, and Alumni of St. Joseph’s Parish and School,
I would like to begin by saying thank you to the entire St. Joseph’s School and Parish community for welcoming me. It is a great privilege and honor to serve as your new principal. In the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet extensively with Fr. Cumberland, Ms. Rosas and the Archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools. Together we have ensured that there will be a secure handoff during this transition in leadership. There has been great communication among all of us to ensure that the school will be able to continue to provide a safe Catholic learning environment with an ongoing commitment to faith, the tradition of the family spirit, and a commitment to academic excellence.
I would personally like to thank Mrs. Rosas, for her many years of service to the children and the families of St. Joseph’s. Her experience, working knowledge of the school and vibrant Christian spirit have been a personal blessing to me. She has set the bar high, which serves an inspiration to me to lead our school community and teach as Jesus did so that together we can cultivate a culture of continuous improvement. During the summer, I will also be working with all the faculty and staff so that we can be adequately prepared for the upcoming school year. We will be welcoming new and familiar faces to our faculty. We are all very grateful to Mr. Meza for being a great leader and role model for our students. As we know, he and Mrs. Meza are expecting a new baby, and for the sake of his family, he thought it best to get a teaching position closer to their home. We wish him and his family only the best in their future endeavors. Mr. Padilla will be moving from sixth-grade to be our new seventh-grade teacher. I am pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Ms. Galos as our new sixth-grade teacher. She is a product of Catholic education and brings much energy and enthusiasm to our faculty. She will be a great addition to our existing and returning faculty and staff.
Please rest assured that the traditions of our school and our faith will be honored and carried on with great pride. As your principal, it is my duty to meet every family where they are at, academically, financially and spiritually. I am here to reinforce the fact that Catholic education is for everyone. All are welcomed and all will be served with a high-quality education that aides in the formation of the whole person. My passion for Catholic education, calls me to serve in the holistic formation of youth to become high character, purpose-driven individuals that will serve their community. Part of the purpose of Catholic education is for Jesus Christ to be present not only in the daily lives of children but to also be present in the hearts of families. This is just one of the many gifts that your children will bring home from school every day. I encourage anyone that who would like to join our school or would like to meet me to please come to visit the school. Everyone is welcomed to call or email me directly.
I look forward to meeting all the children, parents, alumni and parishioners on August 10th for our registration day. I also encourage all families to please come to the school beforehand and say hello. I am always available to meet with anyone or schedule a tour. I am very excited and privileged to be working with Fr. Cumberland as well as the rest of the St. Joseph’s Community. As one family our faculty, student body, parish staff and school families, we will collaborate to maintain a culture of continuous improvement that is focused on student learning and formation in our beautiful Catholic Faith.
Please be sure to check the school’s social media account for announcements and updates. We will also be sending out text messages through the “remind” app. I will meet you all on the first day of school on Monday, August 20th at 7:45a.m., in the courtyard where we will have our first daily morning assembly of the school year. I am very excited to work with you in the development of your children, as they continue to strengthen their relationship with God, and continue to grow as strong lifelong learners!!!
Mr. Luis Hayes. M.CSA
Principal, St. Joseph’s School
July 30, 2018