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Mr. Nowakowski – Week of 08/24-08/28

  • “It just got to be too hard.”
  • “It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great…”

You may remember this exchange between Dotty Hinson (Geena Davis) and Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) in the film, A League of Their Own.  While they were referring to the difficulties of baseball, I feel like this quote also applies to all of us who are involved in Catholic education.  As parents, you know very well the amount of sacrifice that is involved in providing your children with this opportunity.  Students may be realizing, especially during these warm summer days, how challenging and how disciplined they must be in order to make in-person learning safe and effective. We teachers and administrators remain committed to this vocation of servant-leadership while easier, but not necessarily better, positions are found elsewhere.  Like what was implied in the quote, Catholic education may not be for everybody because of all of the challenged associated with it.  However, it’s all of us pulling together for the good of the children that makes Catholic education, and specifically St. Cletus School so great.  

The first few days of in-person learning have been going well.  Most importantly, students have been following safety protocols for the most part.  I know this style of learning takes some getting used to, so we junior high teachers have been trying to be as accommodating as possible in regards to what would be considered normal expectations at this level, most notably involving technology.  

Both seventh and eighth grade have begun covering Unit 8 in their grammar textbooks which covers subjects, predicates, and sentences.  In addition to that, the eighth grade has been working on a written assignment about long term goals in their lives as they begin to consider what exactly God has planned for them.  As we celebrate the Feast of St. Augustine and his mother St. Monica later this week, students will learn about his miraculous conversion to the faith.  In the past, many students have responded favorably to his life story as they learn about God’s unconditional love for us even when we are not as good as we can be.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

God Bless,

Mr. Nowakowski

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