How Amazing! - 03242019

Friday night I walked down to the Nugent Auditorium after a fun night selling take-out orders for the Fish Fry to catch the first few minutes of Newsies. I walked into the auditorium and Mrs. Robinson asked me if I was up to welcoming the audience and beginning the show with a prayer. She handed me the mic and a set of notes and sent me down the aisle toward the stage. As I climbed the steps, the house lights went down. A spot light hit me as soon as I stepped onto the stage. Thank goodness for the round of applause. It gave me a second to collect myself and remind myself where I was and what I there to do. The whole time I was talking, down deep in my inner space, I was reflecting on the students who would follow me onto that stage with incredible energy, passion, and stage presence. To be able to stand there and ask our loving God to bless them and their performance was humbling and inspirational.

Over the past few months, I made sure that I made time each week to pop into the auditorium to catch a few minutes of play practice. The enthusiasm and work ethic being displayed by actors, stage hands, directors and all involved in preparing for the production was captivating and awe inspiring. Though there was great discipline being displayed, I was most impressed by the sense of enjoyment that was evident on the faces of all involved. They were having a blast! Staying longer than I planned, I always walked out of the auditorium with a spring in my step and a refreshed spirit. They validated for me that God continues to bless Muskegon Catholic Central and inspired me to step boldly forward in my work as servant leader and President.

Experiencing Newsies as a whole was just that - an experience. From the opening dialog and song by Jack and Crutchy, they had me. The fun they had in those many hours of practice, exploded on the stage. Though I expected a lot, I found myself in awe at the talent on display. Bravo! Amazing! Incredible! As the play came to end, all I could do was smile - a smile of pride. These students, these Crusaders nailed it! They captured every bit of the essence that was suppose to be Newsies the play and transformed it to a riveting story line. As it ended, you hoped there was sequel because you wanted to know the rest of the story. May God continue to shower His grace and peace upon all members of the Newsies cast and crew. 

We were able to open the Continuous Enrollment process on Friday afternoon. Personally, I am excited about this new style of registration. Most importantly is the statement that Continuous Enrollment makes about the partnership that exists between MCC and enrolling families. That partnership requires collaboration with all efforts focused on helping each student become the best version of themselves, adequately and appropriately prepared for the important next steps in their life and beyond.

There is also the practical side of Continuous Enrollment. We have worked intentionally to simplify the process. We looked comprehensively at how we collect information and found ways to utilize tools that already existed to help. The actual Continuous Enrollment Agreement is easier to complete and submit. Embedded in the form are links to SMART Tuition and PowerSchool, allowing you to take the important next steps of ensuring that your personal data is correct. I thank you in advance for sitting down this afternoon to complete the Continuous Enrollment Agreement. We are eager to welcome your students until they graduate.

With any effort to change a process as important as Registration, there will be bugs and glitches. We have been very purposeful in our effort to anticipate where those might be so that solutions could be implemented. I want to believe that we have ironed out all of the wrinkles. My suspicion is that we have not found all issues. If you encounter something as you complete the Continuous Enrollment Agreement or have questions, contact Carmen Mitchell at 231-291-3440 or cmitchell@muskegoncatholic.org. 

May your Sunday be filled with family fun and relaxation. My prayer at Mass a little later this morning with be a prayer of thanksgiving and appreciation for the blessing showered upon Muskegon Catholic Central by a loving and merciful God.

Have a great day and Go Crusaders!

Ken

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