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From the Principal: Reflecting on the 2022-2023 School Year

Dear Resurrection Community,

Thank you for another great school year at RCS. After finishing my second year as principal here at RCS, I am constantly reminded how blessed I am to be part of this community, and how blessed the community is to have this school in the heart of KCK.

This year was a tremendous one as we started to put three school years affected by the pandemic behind us. We designated St. John Baptist De La Salle, the patron saint of teachers, to be our saint of focus at the beginning of the year, and we ensured that before every prayer we reminded students “to remember that we are in the holy presence of God” and to “live Jesus in our hearts forever.” We believe as a community that St. John guided us in our choices and efforts and kept us safe during this 2022-2023 school year.

Throughout the school year, with the guidance of St. John Baptist De La Salle, we were able to continue to live out our five core values on a daily basis.

In terms of living shared faith, we were able to confirm 37 8th graders, and we had roughly 45 students receive their first reconciliation and communion. We also continued to offer weekly confession, mass, and rosary to our community, and this year, we were able to partner with Nativity Parish School in Leawood to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe through a joint mass at Nativity.

In terms of celebrating genuine service and answering the call to lead, we had 8th grade faith family leaders and 7th grade leaders lead our weekly morning assembly every Monday as well as participate in daily cafeteria service to help our young ones with lunch and build positive relationships throughout the building. In terms of embracing diverse tradition, we celebrated a cultural heritage day where students could share their culture via their traditional dress, and we were able to partner with Urban Hikes to KC for interactive field trips to help students learn more about the KCK communities in Strawberry Hill as well as the history of the Quindaro Ruins.

Lastly, in terms of inspiring individual achievement, we saw tremendous growth in our MAP scores and other assessment data throughout the year, and we were able to partner with Donnelly College for Project LOUD and Bishop Ward High School for a “Dissection Competition”. Both projects helped our students grow in their knowledge and excitement about reading and STREAM education.

There are many great things going on at RCS, and we look forward to welcoming nearly 336 students for the upcoming school year. All this growth in student knowledge and faith would not be possible without a great faith-filled staff and our supporters and our families who make sacrifices everyday to provide a Catholic education to our students.

As a community and staff at RCS, we are grateful for a wonderful year, and, in the words of Mother Xavier Ross of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, “look forward to the good that is yet to be” in 2023 and 2024!

Blessings to you and your family,

Kevin O’Brien

Principal of Resurrection Catholic School

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