Posts Tagged ‘Tom Waszak’

Dear parents,

As I watch the kindergarten students enter school in the morning I can see their self-confidence growing daily.  Knowledge, experience and feedback are building blocks for confidence. The more time I spend at St. Francis the more confident I am in our ability to build on the many positives and successfully address the issues confronting our school. With a change in school leadership we have an opportunity to take a serious look at the issues that I presented at the September parent meeting: enrollment, finances, profile at the tri-parishes, school board, parent involvement and communications. The time to take action is now.  Along with the many wonderful things happening in and out of the classroom, there are areas which require immediate attention. This brings me to the reason why I am contacting you.  I need your help to address key issues. I am writing to inform you about two meetings that I hope you will make every effort to attend.

The first meeting is on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm in the St. Clare Center. At this meeting I will lay out plans for the 2011/2012 School Board. In particular, I will explain the structure and function of the board and how parents can get involved by volunteering to serve on one of the seven standing committees: Finance, Development, Marketing, Recruitment, Mission Effectiveness, Catholic Identity, and Technology.

The second meeting is on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 pm in the St. Clare Center. The focus will be on school finances. At this meeting the Finance Committee Chair and I will provide a detailed description of the school’s financial status and discuss plans to address budget challenges.

Thank you for your strong show of support at the September parent meeting. I suspect that attendance at September’s meeting was driven in part by curiosity, parents wanted to find out more about me. I hope that parents will be motivated to attend the upcoming meetings to become informed and to get involved.  We need to work together to make the school more effective. Based on my experience at successful Catholic schools, the bedrock of a strong Catholic school community is parent involvement. Involvement comes in many forms. You can join, help, lead, sponsor, support, participate, supervise and act as an ambassador. In whatever way you are able to contribute, your efforts are greatly appreciated. I have witnessed many examples of positive parent involvement at St. Francis so I know there is a strong base of support among our parents.

I hope you are able to attend these meetings so that we can focus on solutions for future growth. Together we can build on the outstanding base created over the last 13 years and propel the school on a path of continued success.

Tom Waszak

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Dear parents,

On behalf of the St. Francis administration, faculty, and staff, welcome to the 2011-2012 school year.  I hope that your summer was wonderful, relaxing, and filled with great memories of good times with family and friends.

The school year begins with many changes, not the least of which is new leadership at the helm.  It is an honor to serve the families of our tri-parish communities as your principal.  My priority this summer was to become familiar with the school culture.  I did so by meeting the people who make up the community.   I met with most of the faculty and staff, spoke from the pulpit at each of the three parishes, and attended mixers at homes of St. Francis School families.  I wish to express my gratitude for the warm and generous welcome I received from everyone I met.  I am very excited about the opportunity to be part of the St. Francis community.  My initial impression is that we have the ingredients of a great school including gifted and dedicated teachers and staff, talented students, and supportive parents.

My goals are lofty but appropriate for a high quality Catholic school such as St. Francis of Assisi:  pursue excellence in all we do; educate for competence, conscience, and compassion; and form young people to live in imitation of Christ.  My immediate priorities are to grow the student population from each of the three parishes, to ensure that every student learns in an atmosphere that promotes the Catholic culture of our school, and to reinforce the bonds between school and parish communities.  Although relatively young, St. Francis of Assisi has established an outstanding tradition of success.  St. Francis graduates exhibit the confidence, competence, passion, and character to be successful at the finest Catholic high schools in Orange County.

As the school enters its 14th year it is important to remember that St. Francis of Assisi School is a perpetual institution.  Each year is built on the work of the previous school year.  It is our responsibility to ensure not only a steadfast commitment to the school’s mission, but also to create an institution that grows stronger with each passing year.  St. Francis of Assisi School is blessed with a talented and dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to providing each student with an educational experience that will allow each student to reach their full potential.  I look forward to working in partnership with St. Francis parents and the tri-parish communities to build a school that serves as the heart and center of a vibrant community and fosters a tradition of excellence.

Thank you for your continuing support of St. Francis of Assisi School.  The school’s future is indeed bright because we are blessed to know that we can count on your partnership.


Tom Waszak

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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Alumni Mathew Hunker and Daniel Latham have recently been awarded scouting’s highest honor, the level of Eagle Scout. Both Hunker and Latham attended St. Francis from preschool to eighth grade, for a total of 10 years each.

Matt Hunker

These Eagle Scouts have completed a large amount of community service during their time at St. Francis. Troop 99 of Yorba Linda has been involved with St. Francis over the years, and has dedicated its time in many ways. The most notable being Latham’s Eagle Scout project where he raised funds, designed, constructed and installed wooden shelving units for organization of student papers for eight 5th-8th grade classrooms. The shelving units were requested by the St. Francis faculty in June 2010 and the units were completed and installed by Latham and Troop 99 in February, 2011.

Equally as impressive, Hunker has earned 60 merit badges and has received many religious awards including: Pillars of Faith – Duty to God, Pope Pius XII, Ad Altare Dei, Parvuli Dei & Light of Christ.  For his Eagle project, Hunker planned, raised funds and executed the removal, replacement and upgrade of the floor covering classrooms three and four in the St. Martin de Porres Church Parish Hall.  This project took three days to complete. Luckily, he had the assistance of 22 volunteers, which dedicated a total of 206 hours to the project.

Daniel Latham

As part of their Boy Scout activities, Hunker and Latham have hiked hundreds of miles and camped overnight more than 90 nights.  Their most recent hike was to the top of a 12,500 mountain in New Mexico in July, 2011, at Philmont Scout Ranch.

“The St. Francis staff is very proud of these young men. As educators, it is our greatest pleasure to hear of the success of our alumni in their chosen paths,” said Tom Waszak, newly appointed St. Francis Principal.

Both students graduated from St. Francis in 2008 and are scheduled to graduate from Catholic high schools in 2012. Hunker is excelling at Servite by maintaining his status on the Principal’s High Honor Roll while competing on the track team. Latham started to play the saxophone at St. Francis’ Wind Ensemble, and has continued to play the saxophone at Mater Dei High School as part of the Honors Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band. He is also the captain of the MDHS volleyball team.

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Dear Faculty, Staff, and Community of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School,

Mr. Tom Waszak

During the month of May, under the direction of Father Sy Nugyen, Pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish, a search committee comprised of school staff, parents, Consultative School Board members, and diocesan staff was assembled to interview candidates for the position of Principal of Saint Francis of Assisi School. A number of excellent candidates were interviewed, and the committee worked hard to discern which candidate would be the best fit for this school at this point in its history. The committee’s recommendations were forwarded to the three pastors for a final decision.

I am happy to announce that at the conclusion of the process, Mr. Tom Waszak was selected for the position of Principal and even happier to announce that he has accepted this position.

To read more of this letter from Superintendent Dhuyvetter, click here.

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