Incoming Students and Their Parents Receive Big Blue Jay Welcome
As the 2017-2018 school year draws to a close, preparations for next school year are already under way! On Saturday, May 12, Welcome Day for New Blue Jays and Parents hosted the more than 300 incoming students and their parents for a special presentation and reception.
Formerly two events – one for the incoming students and another for their parents – the now combined event teemed with the excitement of starting new academic careers and making new friends. Big Brothers were also on hand to show the way to the newest Jays and to meet the parents of their Little Brothers for the first time.
Welcome Day, originally scheduled for April 14, had to be postponed due to severe weather. This time around, the sun was shining bright on the new faces that got to enjoy their new campus. Upon arrival, the program began in the Jesuit auditorium with words of welcome from admissions director Bret Hanemann ’85. Jesuit president Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J., then spoke about the history of the Society of Jesus, touching on hallmark features of Jesuit education. Students were then dismissed to the newly-renovated gym, while their parents remained in the auditorium.
Parents then heard about the history of the high school, presented by alumni director Mat Grau ’68. School principal Peter Kernion ’90 then spent time giving an overview of many programs of formation at Jesuit. After hearing about the features of the Jesuit website from communications director Jeremy Reuther ’01, new parents then were presented with opportunities to meaningfully connect with Jesuit by the director for institutional advancement Tom Bagwill.
Across Banks Street, incoming students and their Big Brothers heard from Mr. Hanemann, who introduced student council executive board members Dowen Fife and Joseph Ernst. After giving an overview of Jesuit history, Fife and Ernst turned the microphone over to Langston Goldenberg, who taught new students some of Blue Jays’ most beloved cheers. New students then had the opportunity to meet coaches and moderators of student organization so they can hit the ground running by getting involved when they arrive in August.
Welcome Day concluded with a reception for parents in the Student Commons and one for students in the Traditions Courtyard. Parents had a chance to mingle with other incoming parents and meet members of the school’s administration. In addition to being able to purchase Blue Jay clothing and spirit items from the Blue Jay shop, families were also given a complimentary copy of Gallant Fighting Sons, the book which chronicles the history of Jesuit, and three complimentary Blue Jay patches.
New Blue Jays will catch back up with their Big Brothers again in August for Book Day and New Student Orientation. The Big Brother program is just one way that new students learn Blue Jay traditions and receive the support they need for a successful transition to high school.