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From our Superintendent of Catholic Schools


Dear Friends of Catholic Schools

Once again, the end of the school year has arrived. The time from the beginning of school to the end of the year seems to get shorter each year! I wonder if you are finding that same pace in your own lives? As I watch the students graduate from our schools each year I marvel at their youth, their energy, their commitment, and their accomplishments. Congratulations to each and every one, especially those graduating from our schools and moving out into different systems.

We hired eight new principals for the 2016-2017 year and they have been a source of energy and joy for us. These very talented and committed professionals have been attending the first year of a two-year program for administrative leadership with our partners at Santa Clara University. The topics have ranged from budgeting to data assessment and reporting to personnel issues and tools to evaluate teacher performance for success. They meet monthly from September to May. This cohort is delightful to teach and to collaborate with at our meetings. As we look forward to next year, we anticipate they will continue to grow in their own role as leader of their schools. I know you join me in congratulating them on a great first year!

Our Drexel School System is growing and the students are excelling in all areas of school. We welcome three new schools to the Drexel System in the 2017-18 school year: Saint Mary School in Gilroy, Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Los Gatos and Saint Elizabeth Seton in Palo Alto. We are looking forward to our expanding system of schools now numbering ten! Thank you to all of you for your prayers, donations and continued support as we grow this new model of Catholic education.

We are saying farewell to a few principals:

  • Bridgit McGarry, principal of Holy Family who will be a Vice Principal at Bellarmine College Preparatory.
  • Steve Rummell, principal of Saint Simon, who will work for the Robotics, Education and Competition Foundation

We are welcoming to new positions:

  • Maeve Hannon, principal of Holy Family
  • Marty Proccacio, principal of Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School
  • Matt Komar, who is transferring from Saint Nicholas to Saint Leo
  • Ryan Roth, principal of Saint Simon School in Los Altos
  • Jan Popolizio, principal of Saint Nicholas School in Los Altos Hills

Teachers make the difference in the life of every child who enters through their door each “first day of school.” This year we are saying farewell and THANK YOU to three teachers retiring from our Catholic schools. Stephanie Lynott has been teaching fourth grade at Saint Mary in Los Gatos for thirty-nine years. Sarah Peters Tapay has taught third grade at Saint Clare for thirty-two years. And Martha Young, who started out at Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale in September of 1992 at what was then Saint Cyprian. She plans on traveling with her husband, renewing old hobbies such as painting, gardening and sewing. And of course playing with her four preschool-aged grandchildren. These three outstanding Catholic women have taught more than 1,650 students each in that time frame. I am sure there are smiles all over this Diocese as adults now remember the time spent with these teachers. Join me in saying a prayer of thanksgiving for Stephanie, Sarah and Martha and the many other women and men serving in our schools. Share a favorite story about your teachers with your children and grandchildren. Great memories deserve to be repeated.

Our opening convocation is August 14, in the Mission Church. Then we start again! We are counting on your continued support for Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Jose! THANK YOU.