We are excited and ready for the start of another school year at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, and we are glad that you have joined the SSM family. Over the course of the last several weeks, students have moved into their dorm rooms, registered for their classes, spent some time hanging out on the Parade Field (masked and physically distanced, of course), trained on the pitch, the ice, and the course, and completed orientation activities. It is incredibly nice to have students back on campus.
Last night, we officially kicked off the 2020-21 school year with our Opening Chapel, which included words of wisdom from Luke Buss ’21 as our student body president, and Bishop Loya, the new Bishop of Minnesota. Today is the first day of classes, and it is clear there is a buzz emanating from the student body.
There is little doubt that we will continue to have quarantines and that our campus restrictions may not lift soon enough for our liking, but we will continue to work through this together. We know that the skills learned through challenges helps us once we have made it through. Just yesterday, I read an article from the Harvard Business Review entitled, “Crucibles of Leadership.” Bennis and Thomas point out that “one of the most reliable indicators and predicators of true leadership is an individual’s ability to find meaning in negative events and to learn from even the most trying circumstances. Put another way, the skills required to conquer adversity and emerge stronger and more committed than ever are the same ones that make for extraordinary leaders.”
We look forward to producing some extraordinary leaders!
Stay healthy and safe,