A Jesuit sophomore is unique. He takes pride in his school. He searches for ways to contribute. His experiences, his friendships, and his eagerness make him a valuable asset to the Jesuit community. He will have a new confidence about him, but he will also have questions. The Jesuit website can be very informative. Students can use it as a one-stop-shop for important links like Moodle and the community service webpage. Parents can use the calendars and the online parent directory to gather information about school events. But do not hesitate to contact us (the sophomore counselors) when you have a specific question. We are excited to hear from you and we want to help.
We should remind parents and students that the beginning of the academic year can be a stressful time. Jesuit sophomores can sometimes be slow in making the transition back to an academically rigorous environment. In most cases these young men have matured and they have begun to accept the responsibilities that come with a driver's licence, a later curfew, or the title of upper classmen. But while sophomores are beginning to look like adults, they still need the guidance of their parents. Although it might be difficult, we encourage sophomore parents to make early and frequent inquiries about coursework. One good place to start is by asking them what materials they will need for their classes. Check Moodle with them during the first full week of classes and ask to see their planner (remember that not all teachers use Moodle for daily assignments). If they are not using a daily and weekly planner, expect a rocky start.
We are looking forward to a great start and a successful sophomore year!
Mr. Ornelas and Mr. Williams