THE WEEKLY WITNESS
29 August 2014 | St. Mary Magdalen School | San Antonio, TX
OUR MAVERICK MISSION: EMPOWERING WITH FAITH + ACADEMICS + SERVICE
OUR MAVERICK VALUES
Throughout this year, each month we will focus on a different value. Each of our character values are based on Catholic Social Teaching. They are: CURIOSITY, DIGNITY, JUSTICE, RESILIENCE, SELF-DISCIPLINE, ZEAL & STEWARDSHIP. You may have noticed our different posters in the school regarding these values.
You, and certainly the students, may ask: “Why all this emphasis on values? Especially with words that are long and not exactly commonly-used? Why not simply use what other schools do, like Respect and Responsibility?”
Well, we focus on these values because we believe they will help our kids accomplish our two goals for them: College and Heaven. In fact, in a study done by David Levin, research found that the best predictor of graduation from college was not IQ, not grades, not standardized test scores, and not income level. Instead, it was the possession of certain character traits. In Levin’s words: “They were the students [college graduates] who were able to recover from bad grades and resolve to do better next time; who could bounce back from unhappy breakups or fights with their parents; who could persuade their professors to give them extra help after class; who could resist the urge to go out to the movies instead of stay home and study.”
Indeed, academic research has consistently shown that character is the most accurate predictor of future success.
We chose our seven words mainly because they are vehicles for our two goals, and they connote Catholicism as well as explicitly relate to the seven tenets of Catholic Social Teaching.
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Mission Meeting: Wednesday, 9/10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library
The mission of St. Mary Magdalen School is to:1. empower our families to witness the Gospel through excellence in faith, academics and service in support of our Catholic identity.
2. empower our Catholic school community for a faith-filled journey of academic excellence and service.
3. empower the St. Mary Magdalen family to witness the Gospel and grow through faith, academics and service.
We'll meet on Wednesday, 9/10, to discuss and perhaps finalize our mission statement.