Saturday, November 6, 2010
The sun actually felt hot this afternoon as I walked around campus. It doesn’t seem like November, and I would have gladly traded this day for the cold day in September when we had our Powwow.
The girl scouts were busy planting tulip bulbs in the flower beds outside Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel. We’ll appreciate the fruits of their labor next spring when they come up. Other groups of students were playing dodge ball, or making their way to the pool for some swim time.
Several groups were traveling. The football team wrapped up their year with a trip to see a college ballgame at SDSU in Brookings. They had field level seats right by the band, and got the taste of a college campus on game day. Besides a fun reward for a year of hard work on the gridiron, we hope that such trips also peak their interest in attending college themselves.
One of the houseparents, Mike, talked to me about some of the challenges our students face when they transition from St. Joseph to the public High School. Our students here are given more chances and time to correct homework assignments. In High School if they don’t get corrections back right away, those are counted as missing assignments, which quickly lower their grades. Besides teaching students to master content, we must also teach organization and discipline to meet those standards and expectations.