Dear Sacred Heart community,
Welcome home to our 171st academic year at Sacred Heart Greenwich. This year, we return to reconnect our energies to educate as members of a vibrant, mission-centered community. As a school, we advocate for the values our students need to succeed in an era of rapid change: intellectual depth, service, community building, faith, and well-informed decision making.
Our School’s theme for 2019-2020 centers around the question and answer: “Are we future ready? Yes, we are!” Our goals this year specifically inform our academic program to:
- Provide a challenging curriculum that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.
- Develop aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination.
- Utilize a variety of teaching and learning strategies that recognize the individual needs of the students.
- Provide ongoing professional development for faculty and staff.
- Model and teach ethical and respectful use of technology.
- Develop and implement a curriculum based on the Goals and Criteria, educational research and ongoing evaluation.
As a community of educators, we inspire our students to approach the acquisition of knowledge not as an end point, but as the beginning of a deeper questioning that sparks the evolution of new ideas and captures creative ways to problem solve.
Beginning this year, I have added two new members to our Administrative Team: Linda Vasu for academics as Assistant Head of Academic Programs and Curriculum and Director of the Center for Research, Teaching and Learning; and Liz Dennison for athletics as our Director of Athletics. These two join a team comprised of myself; Tony Costa, Business Manager; Dave Olson, Assistant Head of School and Head of the Middle School; Jenn Bensen, Head of the Upper School; Christine D'Alessandro, Head of the Lower School; Melissa Canoni, Director of Advancement; and Katie Cullinane, Director of Admission. These important additions to the team will only create a stronger leadership model.
As we begin this year, let us remember that our work together is a sacred task. The values inherent in a Sacred Heart educational experience are more important than ever. I look forward to the privilege of working with each of you, as we build a community focused on cultivating a culture that serves the future needs of our students.
Pamela Juan Hayes '64
Head of School