I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that you are enjoying time spent with your loved ones!
Christmas is always a special time. At Independence Mission Schools, our students spent Advent preparing their hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Through their preparations and celebrations, they gave witness to the fruits of love, joy, and peace as they learned the true meaning of the season – the one gift they will always have.
As we prepare to welcome a New Year, I am filled with hope and excitement for the future of IMS. Looking back on the past seven years, IMS has come a long way from a time when our 15 schools were in danger of closing, to becoming a strong independent and centrally-supported network of Catholic schools.
Over the past several months, our leadership team has been working on a strategic plan that will ensure the long-term success of our network. Our five-year vision is that IMS will be a sustainable network of high-quality elementary schools that provide our students with a transformational education rooted in Catholic values that prepares them for success in high-caliber high schools, in college, and in life.
To make this vision a reality, we believe it will be important to make investments that will allow us to enhance and expand our academic program, create better incentives to retain our best teachers and school leaders, build a robust and strategic development capacity and upgrade our facilities to ensure safe, welcoming, and productive learning environments.
Whether you are an employee, a parent, a student or a supporter, I believe that there is no better time to be part of the IMS family and I hope you will join in my excitement for our future!
I want to express my gratitude for each and every one of you, because without you – each employee who gives 110 percent each day, each parent who entrusts their child to our care, each student who comes to school ready to learn and become the best version of themselves, and each supporter who invests their time, talent and treasure in our mission – none of this great work would be possible. THANK YOU!
I am looking forward to a great New Year!
President & CEO