For two days at the end of May, the Gayle & Tom Benson Arena becomes Jays Kids Camp, as kids from the ages of 5 to 7 improve their basketball skills and build their love of the game. The camp develops fundamentals, hosts team play and individual competition, and strengthens understanding of basketball through fun athletic activities. Pictured, campers post up right outside the newly renovated locker rooms with their Jesuit Basketball Camp t-shirts.
May 28, 2019
Summertime blues can be a good thing, especially when it means three different people are sporting three different shades of blue in one Jesuit classroom. On campus for the Class of 2021 interviews, rising junior Devin Knott and his mother, Nakisha Ervin-Knott (left), meet with social studies teacher Stephen Hayes (right) to draw up, or blueprint, a two-year plan. The summer between their sophomore and junior years, Blue Jays are asked to reflect on their time at Jesuit and to think forward about their goals for their final two years. Rising juniors and their parents participate in a guided interview designed to give each student the opportunity for reflection, and the opportunity to assess his progress toward fulfilling the “The Profile of a Jesuit Graduate at the Time of Graduation.”
May 21, 2019
Thank You, Ms. Roberts!
Ms. Mollie Roberts, pictured here with the guidance department at her retirement party, has competently and lovingly served Jesuit for 14 years as a member of the Guidance Department. She has served in several capacities – department head, overseer of the Peer Support Program, the Advanced Placement Program, College Night, and the Rising Junior Interview Program. While she has served mainly as a grade level counselor, she has also served as a College Placement Counselor. Ms. Roberts has been a member of the school’s Administrative Team, Academic Council, and Ignatian Identity Team and has directed the District Rally Program. A woman of prayer and deep faith, Ms. Roberts completed the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, has attended many Kairos retreats, and regularly participates in Friday adoration. In 2013, Jesuit presented her with its Profile of a Jesuit Teacher Award. Thank you, Ms. Roberts, for serving the students of Jesuit High School so lovingly for the past 14 years. All the best in your retirement.
May 16, 2019
More than 200 Blue Jays joined the new student council for their first event, “Gotcha & Churros,” during lunch in Traditions Courtyard. With goals set up on both sides of the courtyard, students came out to enjoy the tasty treats and to see if they had what it takes to be crowned the 2019 Gotcha champion. Some Blue Jays even wore their favorite jersey. The new student council spread the word with enticing announcements like this one: Can you prove to the Pelicans that they should draft you first over Zion? Show Alvin Gentry you’ve got what it takes during lunch in the courtyard.
May 10, 2019
Rising senior Seth Dardar checks out the information sheet for the St. Francis Borgia Leadership Institute, a student leadership development program sponsored by Jesuit High School. The retreat is designed with the threefold purpose of identifying student leaders, offering formation in the virtues of leadership, and fostering collaboration among the different organizations, clubs, and teams within the school community. The event is open to all current Jesuit 8th – 11th graders. There will be two workshops offered, one at the end of May (5/30-5/31) and one at the end of July (7/25-7/26), in order to accommodate as many student schedules as possible. Each workshop will last 2 days. Both will cover the same content. Students can register now by completing this Leadership Forum Registration.
May 6, 2019
On May 3, Pope Francis tweeted, “In many countries May is the month of Mary. May the Mother of God accompany us and protect Christians in fighting against the forces of evil. Let us entrust ourselves to her and pray for the Church and for peace in the world.” Crowning the statue of the Blessed Mother in the courtyard during Morning Assembly are pre-freshman Christian Courtade and junior Joe Lombardi.
May 2, 2019
“Can I Have Your Autograph?”
Ten minutes after the lunch bell rings on Thursday, Josef Ernst and DJ Ferrier start their Shirt Signing Senior Week event, a fairly young tradition at Jesuit even though it began about 12 years ago. It was an autograph free-for-all as the Class of 2019 hurriedly made their way to the back of campus to get the John Hancocks of their classmates and even some of their teachers. No special talent was required, not even legible hand-writing.
May 1, 2019
A Smile from the Spectators…
While many of their senior classmates were launching themselves down the Slip ‘n Slide at Wednesday’s Senior Week lunchtime event, Thomas Calogngne and Noah Varnado had a hearty laugh as classmates tried to out-do one another with creative sliding techniques. Lunchtime activities throughout the week give an opportunity for seniors to enjoy being together in their last week as Blue Jay students.