School Year Starts Early for Teachers

School Year Starts Early for Teachers
Posted on 08/25/2017
Teacher Retreat Mass

For teachers, the school year begins way before the first day of class. RSM teachers have been strengthening curriculum and assembling classrooms, all before the first teacher meetings even start.

New teachers were welcomed into the system on Friday, Aug. 18. The day began with a prayer service led by Spiritual Life Coordinator Kris Schiltz and Deacon Rick Roder. The theme of the school year, “Believe, With God All Things Are Possible,” was the focus of the prayer service. The first meeting included office staff introducing the inner workings and logistics of the school. Then the technology staff conducted the first training on the RSM student information system.

The all-staff retreat was held on Monday, Aug. 21, at Briar Cliff University. Joe Kessenich, husband of former St. Mary’s teacher Carol Kessenich, opened the retreat with a reflection on the school year theme. He shared why this scripture passage from Matthew 19:26 was so important to his wife, not only at the time of her death, but also throughout her life.

Singer/songwriter Jill Miller, from Sioux City, entertained and enlightened the staff with her music and reflections. She even wrote a song based on this year’s school theme, “With God All Things Are Possible.” Her music ministry has taken her across the country to share her passion of music and speaking. Visit her website at to learn more.

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, the entire RSM staff gathered for inservice at the high school/middle school building. Fr. McCarthy led everyone in prayer and Mr. Burkey conducted the meeting.


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