Blue Jay summer campers Jackson White and Thomas Cannatella take a break from the Water World action on Will Clark Field. Every Tuesday and Thursday, campers enjoy field play and activities before eating lunch. On Fridays, special events are scheduled on and off campus. The youngsters cannot wait for the next time they will have big, inflatable water slides on the back field, which is scheduled for Friday, July 12! Summer Day Camp activities include swimming, field play, sports, water play, movies, picnics, and all-day field trips. Jesuit offers its annual, fun-filled camp for boys ages 5-12.
June 18, 2019
Every summer since 1971, Operation Upgrade has brought together disadvantaged but academically talented middle school students from all over the city for an intensive, five-week academic program. Fifty-five students from area middle schools are currently enrolled in this summer’s program, aiming to earn their certificates of completion at the closing ceremony in July. Among those students are Morris Carey and Elijah Causey (far right), who are currently solving logic problems with Upgrade teacher Jason Giaccone and senior mentor Caden Swain (far left).
June 13, 2019
The Kickball Kids…
These summer campers and counselors pause the action of their intense kickball game and use their 10-minute break time to take a Wild Photo! Campers enjoyed kickball, flag football, and other activities on Will Clark Field before returning to the air-conditioned Student Commons for lunch. The campers are also looking forward to swimming after their lunch break, which happens every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the Summer Camp 2019 season.
June 5, 2019
Under the Radar…
When golf TV announcers say that a pro is “flying under the radar,” it means that a player who may not get a lot of camera time or fan support is doing something special without other people noticing. These five behind-the-scene members of the Golf Classic committee—maintenance/disc jockey D.J. Galiano (who is pictured DJing as he looks at his phone), photographer Brittany Donnes, head of volunteers Anne Barnes, event coordinator Krista Roeling, and committee member Logan Diano—definitely flew under the radar to run the annual development event as smoothly as possible. A deserving shout-out goes to Ms. Roeling, who reacted quickly and decisively in early April when the Golf Classic needed to be postponed due to inclement weather. Thank you all!
June 3, 2019
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.