Dear Salpointe Lancers,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.
Salpointe is proud to be a Carmelite school and we celebrate this tradition by giving honor to the people and programs that breathe life into our sacred mission. We would not be the school we are today without the vibrancy and energy of our Lancer students; the dedication of our faculty and staff; the commitment of our boards and committees; the confidence of parents who entrust Salpointe with the education of their children; and the generosity of our donors. As we build the next chapter of Salpointe’s story, we recognize that buildings alone are empty promises until our Lancers come together as one community to celebrate our inclusivity, our unity and our faith.
I invite each of you to walk with us as we continue to embrace this cross-generational mission that is the essence of Salpointe. Let me review the key elements of this mission: We are a Catholic, Carmelite school focusing on the virtues of prayer, service and community. We work with you to prepare your student for college and career, for this life as well as for eternal life. We serve Tucson’s economically, academically and culturally diverse population. We offer a holistic education that fosters faith, encourages the pursuit of excellence, develops servant leaders, affirms the dignity of every individual, and promotes global social justice. As a mission-driven institution, all policies and decisions are guided by these values.
Our faculty and staff are 140 strong and I salute each and every one of them. We know that the most rewarding, most powerful aspects of a Salpointe education happen in the classroom … and on the field or court or stage under the guidance of our teachers and coaches. I salute our faculty and staff; for most of them, working at Salpointe is not a job, it is their life, their purpose and their ministry.
What a challenge we have experienced since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic: the move to distance learning; the extraordinary efforts of teachers to teach and the extraordinary efforts of students to learn, despite myriad challenges; the self-isolation which limits our ability to pray together, build a sense of community and serve our brothers and sisters. As we move forward, our hope and prayer is for the health and safety of our entire Salpointe community of 17,000+ alums, 1270 Lancers, 140 faculty and staff … and all of their families. This, too, will pass. And we Lancers will be faith-filled survivors, together.
Unfortunately, Salpointe had to postpone many of our signature events typically held in the fall. Check the website for calendar information. In most cases, events are not cancelled, just rescheduled.
My gratitude is forever to so many of you who supported our $10M Aspire: Arts Academics Athletics campaign over the past two years. We are wrapping up both the fundraising and the construction and we plan to dedicate the transformational Stearns Center for the Arts later in the year when we can host a real party! Your loyal and generous support matters so much here.
Salpointe is once again committed to the tenets of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, which means “Be Praised.” Our annual overarching theme is “Time for Action: Care for our Common Home.” We will examine how our lifestyle, our culture and our personal decision-making impact not only our Earthly home, but all of the precious life forms it sustains. I invite families to get involved. As in all learning, our Lancers look to us adults to determine how they should incorporate such values into their lives.
I mentioned diversity as part of Salpointe’s mission. About half of our Lancer families qualify for financial aid. Without the Arizona tax credit, many of these students could not attend Salpointe. Please participate in the individual tax credit by directing a portion of your state tax liability to CTSO. If you are a principal in a C or S corporation, you can direct a portion of your corporate tax liability to help our families who live at 185% or less than the federal poverty level. Give me a call if you would like to learn more. To those of you who are already participating in the individual or corporate tax credit, thank you.
We at Salpointe pray for you and we appreciate your prayers for our community and our world. Take care and be safe until we can be together again!
Published September 2020