Read the entire Summer 2017 Communique or scroll down for the opening message from AHA's president.
Dear Friends of Holy Angels,
I hope this summer edition of the Communiqué finds you enjoying all that this great time of year has to offer with outdoor activities and a chance to re-energize and spend time with family and friends. The summer seems to slip away so graciously. Just as we said goodbye to the fantastic graduating Class of 2017, we are preparing to accept the newest members of the Holy Angels community…the Class of 2021.
We can all be proud of the Class of 2017. Their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom are noteworthy. They will now move on as the newest members of our alumni family and, rest assured, will represent Holy Angels famously in the many great universities and colleges where they were accepted. To their credit, these graduates were offered over $11 million in scholarships and accepted nearly $5 million. As they sat at the front of the crowd of parents and friends at the June 4 graduation ceremonies, we sent them off with the following prayer:
“Finally Father, as these graduates march forward in your Kingdom
Let their feet go where you want them to go…
Let their hands accomplish your will…
Let their eyes recognize the divine spark that is in each of them
and, Let their hearts beat in time with yours.”
There has never been a better time to be a Star and to be involved with our great school. As I write this article, we are completing a major renovation to our 1931 building by updating the second floor classrooms/hallway and just starting the excavation of our grass field into a new artificial surface, state-of-the-art practice facility. Both of these projects have been made possible due to the generosity of donors who have taken an early lead in our vision to move our programs and facilities to new heights.
Additionally, we are expecting a sizeable freshman class that, with our stable international student enrollment, will help us reach nearly 650 students.
Those accomplishments in and of themselves are creating a “great buzz” around the school. But the 2016-17 school year provided Holy Angels with two additional outstanding recognitions for our school, faculty, staff and students.
In April the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) named Holy Angels as recipient of their annual Program Award which is given out annually to a school which distinguishes itself with an exemplary program of study or one that enhances culture. MISF recognized the AHA Way as one such program. The goal of the AHA Way is to create a safe and nurturing environment where everyone can enjoy working and learning together.
In June, the Star Tribune and Workplace Dynamics announced that the Academy of Holy Angels had been selected a 2017 Top 150 Workplace in Minnesota. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based upon employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 70,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations. Being named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota is an incredible award for Holy Angels! We are the first Catholic high school in the Twin Cities to receive this award. What makes this truly special is the fact that the recognition of our school’s high quality of work environment comes from one of our most precious assets…our employees.
In closing, it is with great joy and humility that each day I can walk these hallways and call Holy Angels home. It is an honor to represent this school, with its great traditions and current successes, as your president. Whether you are an alumnus, a past parent, grandparent, current student, or parent, always remember “Once a Star…Always a Star”! Come back to see us and visit your campus.
Tom Shipley, President