St. Francis of Assisi Middle School is a Christ-centered learning environment whose members are called to Be Loving, Be Joyful, Be Humble and Be Forgiving. These four pillars are the foundation we build upon as our students transition throughout our school and venture into high school. We ask that students strive to…
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. - John 15:12
As Catholic Christians, we are called to be loving in our actions, in our thoughts and in our words. For our students, this can be demonstrated in how they treat and speak to one another in the hallways, in the classrooms and during recess. Students should first and foremost always love one another! Everything we do should be loving, just as God loves us unconditionally, we too should show our unconditional love to our community.
For the joy of the Lord is your strength. - 1 Nehemiah 8:10b
Be Joyful always, this is God’s will for us. As a person in Christ, we can choose to rejoice in all that He is for us, all that He has done for us and all that He still has planned for us. For our students, this comes from making choices that are pleasing to God and bring joy to others. We can experience joy through serving others, through prayer, listening to and reflecting on God’s word. When we choose to do what is right and move closer to God through our actions and words we start to experience Joy and spread Joy to others!
God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. - James 4:6
As Christians, we are not to outwardly show our pride in our actions and words we are to only seek to please God and no one else. Christ asks us to be of the mindset that our opinions and thoughts are no better than anyone else’s. We should not boast about our own accomplishments and abilities. We are to serve God and God alone. For students, this can be demonstrated by using our talents and capabilities to help others, to encourage each other and by appreciating diversity.
Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. - Ephesians 4:26
As Christians, we are called to be Forgiving people! It is only through God that forgiveness can be achieved. Forgiveness is not a feeling, it is a choice. It is choosing not to let hatred and resentment live in your heart and this can only happen by turning to God for help. For our students, this can be demonstrated through developing empathy and choosing to forgive the wrongdoings they may encounter on a day to day basis and leaving judgement to God and God alone.