Verbum Dei Community Newsletter

Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes.#ThisSchoolWorks

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A letter form Br. Martin (previous VDHS faculty member).....

GUYS!!!


Greetings from Boston College! I miss you guys terribly – that goes without saying! I miss watching you guys joke and jab with one another. I miss your humor and kindness in caring for one another. I especially miss seeing that persevering academic spirit typical of a Verb gentleman for others. I miss working among the best colleagues I have ever had; I’m not kidding.


I’ll be dead honest. It’s tough going back to school at 36. Yes, 36! —I could be your dad, for crying out loud! (I can hear Ruben going, “oh no.” Lol.)


The days here are packed. First week, I was given 200 pages of required reading in my theology program. I was assigned this 20-page article; after two hours I was still on page six. Two hours! In fact, I’ll tell you something I don’t share often: in high school I was reading four grades below my level in comprehension. I remember receiving that assessment and feeling so down on myself. Does this sound like someone who would graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA and get accepted into UC Irvine? Probably not, right? So how did I manage that?


I never consider myself the smartest person in the room, but what I will never forget were those late, and often sleepless, nights in high school when I began forging the habit of grit and perseverance. My disbelief that I had to put this much work into “mind-numbing” high school assignments was met and crushed over time through a habit of just putting in that work. I had discovered something far greater than any short-term complaint: a sense of trust in myself that when I start something I have the ability to finish strong no matter how hard I have to bang my head on the material, no matter how difficult life gets, no matter how long it takes. Age Quod Agis. What you are doing, do well.


When I got the chance to work at Verb two years ago, I immediate fell in love with you all and with a school that had so many advantages over other school systems. You guys are smart, and I’m not just saying that. This journey you are on at Verb is such a critical time; and it’s not just about good grades and understanding every subject you come across; it’s about learning how you learn, as Fr. Teodoro would put it.


There is a lot of noise out there—you guys know what all counts as noise.


Stay close to Christ. And stay focused. You will never regret the hard work you put in now.


Keep feeding your best self that is always evolving and pushing its way out of the metaphorical cocoon to become something beyond your expectations. I think of you guys often and I am praying for you, your teachers and the whole staff team. Seniors, good luck on those applications. If any of you get into BC in the next year or two, I’ll be seeing you! Their mascot is the Eagle, too! Crazy huh?!


With west coast love and prayers for Padre Mike,

Br. Martin


PS: Tell Mr. McGrath to pray for Holy Cross, his alma mater; our BC football team plays them this Saturday, home game. May the best Jesuit school win. Lol.

Verbum Dei Unveils New House System to Strengthen Community!

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In the Fall of 2018, Verbum Dei launched our new house system. Students, faculty, and staff were divided amongst five houses. Students will remain in their houses until they graduate.


Each house has a patron saint, motto, and a house date when the house is celebrated. Each house also has two appointed leaders, or House Masters, that help coordinate house activities and are members of the Principal's Council (see chart below).


The goal of the House System is to provide an opportunity for students and faculty to interact across grade level, create a more intimate supportive environment for students, and increase feelings of identity and belonging within the school community. In doing so, the school community will benefit from positive peer pressure, increased school spirit, and healthy competition.


We look forward to watching this program grow!


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Art Students- self portraits

"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence."- Jessica Guidobono
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Importance of Academic Clubs

Academic clubs offer students another way of being engaged outside of the regular classroom setting. Being involved in academic clubs can open doors for your future and give you some social networking time with friends. School subjects, career fields, technology, or a special interest topic can be the focus of an academic club.*


Listed below are the clubs offered at Verbum Dei during this 2018-2019 school year. Let's get involved!


If you have any questions regarding cubs please email Ms. Bowie, abowie@verbumdei.us.


*Information from schoalrprep.org

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SAVE THE DATE- More information to follow!!!

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Summer School Transcripts

All students completing a summer school course must turn in official transcripts to the main office no later than Friday, September 7. Please see Ms. Bowie if you have any questions. X6510

RenWeb

Have you signed up for RenWeb? RenWeb is the school management system that allows parents to view grades and assignments. If you are having trouble signing in please email Help Desk at helpdesk@verbumdei.us.
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Grad at Grad

The Grad at Grad is a list of six characteristics that all Jesuit, Cristo Rey schools hope their graduates will embody. For Verbum Dei, this list represents the overall goals of our academic, athletic, and spiritual programs.

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