St. John Vianney High School

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By Ian Mulligan

Principal, St. John Vianney High School




I continue to feel humbled and fortunate to join the St. John Vianney High School community. My world continues to feel smaller, as it seems each day I get a message or meet someone who is connected to Vianney. Those conversations consistently convey the same message from each person – excitement that I’ll have a chance to experience and be a part of this wonderful family.

Since I was first introduced and welcomed into this community, I have spent time learning about Vianney. By attending many school events, such as the Marianist Awards Assembly and Graduation, among others, I’ve had a chance to connect with some of our students and learn about their impressive accomplishments and their next steps in life. I have also started to learn about members of our dedicated faculty and staff as I’ve met with them to hear about their experiences and what it means to teach in a Catholic, Marianist tradition.

As the academic leader, I’d first like to thank you for entrusting your sons to us. I know there are many sacrifices you make to give your sons this opportunity. I plan to nurture a consistent, productive dialogue with each group of our stakeholders. For the parents, this may include various meet and greets over coffee or lunch, paired with the digital communications that keep you up to date on your sons’ education.

Please know that I am open and available to listen and learn about you and your son’s experience here at Vianney. There are many things that appealed to me about the principal role here, including the great work that is already taking place. Having said that, we are constantly trying to improve the faith formation and academic growth of our young men. I welcome your comments, suggestions and insights as we walk this journey together. My primary goal is to make Vianney better than it was the day before as we continually work together to improve upon our successes.

Thank you to each and every one of you for not just your positive comments, but for your emotional investment in our students and our entire school community. I’d like to think that “Together We Soar” is much more than a marketing slogan, it is what we do!

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