“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." – Aristotle
When translated from Latin to English our school motto, Non Excidet, means “he will not fail.” This is the mantra that we live each day and one that we instill upon the young men we are entrusted to educate in the likeness of our patron St. Francis de Sales. This fundamental belief and drive to succeed is why our Salesian Gentlemen leave 3301 Solly Avenue prepared and ready to make an impact on the world. Also, our administration and faculty embraced our Non Excidet motto during the Spring of 2020 when the pandemic forced us to rally to ensure our students received an uninterrupted, virtual Father Judge education.
A school without students is just a building and I am very excited to bring the life blood of our school community back to campus. I am also excited to share that while our students were learning remotely, we focused on several major projects. For example, we began a $1 million renovation of the Father Brisson Center for Academic Excellence in June. The Brisson Center, established nearly two decades ago, provides access to a Catholic Education to students of all ability levels. It currently provides a supportive environment with a focus on co-taught enrichment classes, study skills, after school and coaching sessions. The Brisson Center renovation is just one of several strategic initiatives that we will be undertaking over the next few years that will allow us to expand our educational offerings, create additional career pathway opportunities and increase the number of dual-enrollment college credit classes.
I am confident in and proud of the work we have done to prepare a clean, safe and CDC compliant campus for our students, faculty and staff. Our complete Health & Safety Plan and FAQ document can be found at www.fatherjudge.com/reopening. While the stress and upheaval of the pandemic lingers, please be assured that I intend to make Father Judge a safe and encouraging home away from home where our boys can be boys – interact with their classmates, use their God-given talents and be who they are and be that well.
With Salesian Spirit & Crusader Pride,
Brian Patrick King ‘97 M.Ed.
PS: I am always happy to hear from our parents and guardians. I can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.