Principal's Remarks for the End of the '17- '18 School Year

Principal Chantelle Luarca
Words cannot express how grateful I am to serve Our Lady of Good Counsel School. Students, faculty, parents, and parishioners amazed me with positive attitudes, a constant eagerness to improve, and enthusiasm for the ideals of our mission. It is a wonderful feeling to observe the children's remarkable growth as both students and individuals as a result of their own efforts and determination and their teachers' and parents' commitment. This year, I was able to witness how our students, faculty, and parents share the common goal of success and growth through learning, teamwork, and diligence. 

Our community values faith building and stewardship. Teachers integrate faith through the entire school day, allowing the students to experience and serve God in genuine moments beyond the textbooks. We celebrate this joy of service and goodwill by recalling the many service projects that were completed this year- Hurricane Harvey fundraiser, Northern California clothing drive, Box of Joy Christmas project, Sweep, Scrape, and Shine days, Jump Rope for Heart, letters to prisoners from our middle-schoolers, Operation Rice Bowl Lenten project, Church clean-up days, and fellowship breakfast. Our community treasures relationships and comradery. The faculty and staff and Parents As Partners Group organized various social events in which all members were able to experience fun and friendship! We are fortunate to have strengthened partnerships between parents, students, teachers, and parishioners through events like the Food Truck nights, Art Show, School-sponsored Mass on the third Saturdays, and Ice Cream Socials. Our community strives for academic excellence. The faculty and staff and the school board are dedicated to assuring our students are receiving a quality education by applying a challenging curriculum with twenty-first-century learning strategies. The growth of each student's knowledge is measured often and carefully. Plans for improvement are made when necessary. We are proud to announce our students' academic abilities reflected in standardized tests, a district Science Fair, writing contests, and daily assessments. The teachers are thrilled to take part in professional development opportunities and collaborative meetings. 

It's hard to believe how quickly the school year has passed. I sincerely thank our entire ohana for their faith, trust, and commitment to our mission. It is the collective belief in the Catholic education values that help us to maintain the pride of our community. I am inspired by the sacrifices our families make to send their child(ren) to Our Lady of Good Counsel School, and the staff will continue to put children first in everything we do! 2017-2018 was a very eventful year and they, as partners in education, played a great role!