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Message from our Principal

Mr. Steve Henderson Principal

Welcome to Junipero Serra School, where the legacy of Catholic education is celebrated by a tradition of faith, academic excellence, and service to others.

At the heart of the ministry of Catholic education, is the belief that when experienced fully, Catholic education is a celebration of body, mind, and spirit. To be totally immersed in thought, creativity, and physical exercise, allows the human spirit to understand the wonder and beauty of God. Pope Francis writes, “Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus.”

As a community of Catholic educators, we will always strive to integrate and infuse the teaching of specific subjects, such as math, literature, science, or social studies with our faith so that we can more fully proclaim the Gospel. Therefore, understanding and implementing God’s will becomes the core of our teaching and is the true beauty of Catholic education. When we choose to experience and enjoy a renewed esteem for beauty it can be as Pope Francis articulates, “a means of touching the human heart and enabling the truth and goodness of the Risen Christ to radiate within it.”

To feel the joy and exuberance of all students as they study, learn, and play, whether it is here on the JSS Campus or in the spectacular beauty of nature that surrounds the school, is evidence of the goodness of the Risen Christ radiating from within. As the principal leader of JSS, it is my mission to inspire and to facilitate academic excellence through our faith, and to experience the beauty of God through the belief that the face of Jesus can be seen in each and every student.

Additionally, it is my mission to motivate and inspire each and every member of our school community to participate fully in the life of the school and the parish. The potential of the JSS Community to far exceed academic expectations, and most importantly, to create faith-filled leaders whose contributions during their academic careers and their future professions, must be realized. Indeed, JSS graduates will provide significant and profound good in our society through their love of learning and through the Gospel as faith-filled leaders.

It is my objective to create and nurture a collaborative environment that enables all parents to have an active and positive voice in their child’s education. By working together, we can and will, maintain the legacy of faith, academic excellence, integrity, respect, and service to others that has always defined Junipero Serra School.

On behalf of the JSS faculty and staff, we look forward to a school year filled with the joy of learning and the celebration of our faith. Thanks again for the privilege of serving you

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