As I begin my third year as Head of School at Bishop Ireton, I am so proud of all that has been accomplished in such unique times. Our students returned to campus this fall with amazing new and renovated facilities completed, updates in technology, new areas for wellness and social engagement, and countless health and sanitation features and equipment in place to ensure a safe environment for academic learning and engagement in extracurricular activities, athletics and fine arts.
In the classroom, our faculty continues to provide our students with a holistic, rigorous, Catholic education for full-time, in-person instruction, while also remaining flexible to meet curricular needs in a synchronous virtual instruction environment. Our administration and staff are supporting the academic, socio-emotional, spiritual and diverse needs of our students. Ongoing professional development for our faculty and staff has been essential as we remain committed to the well-being of all school community members, while providing an outstanding curricular program that promotes progress and academic excellence for our students.
Bishop Ireton High School relies on tuition and the generous philanthropic support of the community to balance the annual operating budget, fund capital and special projects, and bolster tuition assistance to those with financial need. The Annual Fund is the school’s primary source of money beyond tuition and fees, and it provides a direct avenue to impactful giving, as these funds are used to help students and staff throughout the current school year. The generosity of our community is more important than ever as we continue to navigate current protocols and requirements, provide support for our faculty and staff, and assist families in need.
This year, I ask that you consider supporting our Annual Fund through the Head of School Circle, which recognizes generous donors at the $5,000 level and above. As a member of the Head of School Circle, you will be recognized through our Advancement publications and will receive invitations to special events during the year. I look forward to providing you with insight and updates through a quarterly Head of School newsletter from my office. Please know that your decision to be a major donor makes a huge difference in the lives of our students as we continue our mission to Advance Always and Live Jesus.
I am most grateful for your participation in our efforts, as I see daily the goodness that comes from each day at Bishop Ireton. Our Cardinals are the ultimate beneficiaries of your generosity and philanthropic leadership, and I know that I speak for them in sharing gratitude for all that you do to help keep Bishop Ireton High School vibrant and thriving.
Kathleen McNutt, M.Ed (SMA '87, BI P'14, '16, '18, '19, '22)
Head of School