The past two weeks have reminded me of the value of our mission as a Christian school. Our mission at Parkview Baptist School is to seek first the Kingdom of God and work to grow students in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man. This mission has never been more important. I would like to share with you a few things that reflect my heart.
First, Jim Denison of the Denison Forum writes, “God hates racism. He hates prejudice. He hates it when we discriminate against each other. His word demands that we see each other as he sees us: children of the same Father (Genesis 1:28), members of the same human race (Genesis 3:20; Acts 17:26), each of us equally valuable in the eyes of our Lord (Galatians 3:28).
Second, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention issued this statement concerning matters of justice and human dignity that can be found in its entirety here.
This statement reflects our Biblical values, Christian responsibility, and a call to prayer that I hope our entire community will heed.
Our desire as a community is that all people would be respected, treated justly, and that we would see each other through the eyes of our Lord Jesus as one body of Christ. I am always so proud of the love, generosity, and deep care that is reflected in our Parkview staff, parents, and students. As we join with local churches and other Christian schools across our nation, may our faith and actions reflect the unity and strength of Christ.
Dr. Don Mayes
The end of a school year is always a mixture of emotions. Last Friday’s graduation was different, but no less of a celebration of our seniors accomplishments, dreams, and families. It felt so good to be together; physically distanced, but united in love and admiration of the strong, resilient, and wonderful Class of 2020.
Gratitude is a constant in my life at this moment. I hope you are not tired of hearing me say it, but I need to say it one more time. I am so grateful to our faculty, administrators, parents, grandparents, and students for the way you have persevered through difficulties, supported each other, and given your best from March 17 until today. THANK YOU!
May also begins a season of rest and renewal. I think each and every one of us feels a sense of accomplishment and relief. I hope this summer is full of bike rides, fishing trips, family movie nights, and the many other big and small things that make childhood and parenthood joyful.
With a full school year completed, May is also a time of great hope. That is even greater this year. We are hoping to return, cautiously and carefully, but as to normal as possible to our campus in August. With the construction of the cafeteria underway, we are hopeful that the Parkview community will honor our leap of faith to complete this project at a time when we would not interrupt student schedules or normal school operations. Please see our Blessing Campaign announcement below and consider making a donation if you are in a position to do so.
To encourage our families to take a rest from the stress of the last few months, we are not going to send out our summer work email until next week.
Have a great weekend, Parkview family!
Dr. Don Mayes
Did you hear the good news? In case you missed the BIG announcement or would like to learn more about The Blessing Capital Campaign, please check out www.parkviewbaptist.com/theblessing.
The Governor’s announcement that we will move into Phase 1 on Friday, May 15 will allow us to restart some important campus activities. Here are our plans:
A socially distant graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be held on Friday, May 22 at Istrouma Baptist Church. Thank you to Parkview dad and Istrouma pastor, Mike Holmes, for making this ceremony possible. I am grateful to Mrs. Anderson and her team for all they have done to make graduation come together as quickly as possible before the Phase 1 order expires on June 5 in case our state has to re-issue a stay-at-home order.
Eagle Experience Camp will begin on May 26 as scheduled. If your family has registered for day camp, you will receive more information from Camp Director, BJ Wilson, soon.
The LHSAA will allow sports teams to begin socially distant workouts on June 8. As we get closer to that date, coaches will contact their teams.
The cast of Beauty and The Beast will resume rehearsals. Cast members will hear more from Mrs. Kaiser.
Good-bye parades, Zoom award ceremonies, drive-thru drop-offs and pick-ups continue as we work to close out this extraordinary school year.
Our Parkview COVID-19 task force has met at length to review the Governor’s orders, State Fire Marshal recommendations, and CDC guidelines. Our operations staff is making arrangements to meet these recommendation and guidelines for the health and safety of students, staff, and visitors to our campus. These include extra cleaning services to take place during the day and every evening, temperature checks, masks for staff indoors, and social distancing.
Thank you for your continued patience, support, and understanding as we navigate the new normal of this season!
Dr. Don Mayes
Matthew McKey Named National Merit Finalist
Congratulations to Class of 2020 Senior, Matthew McKey! Matthew received the distinct honor of being named a National Merit Finalist. He is one of only 60 students in the Capital Region to achieve this honor this year. Matthew was just notified that he also received the National Merit Distinguished Freshman Scholarship.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, close to 2 million students compete each year, with approximately 15,000 making it to the final round. Finalists are top scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT test in their state. Commended students are recognized for their outstanding academic promise.
We are so proud of Matthew, his hard work, and his accomplishments! We look forward to all that he will achieve at LSU and in the future.
Matthew is the son of Bobby and Sheri McKey. He will graduate from the Parkview Flex program next week.
Spring Senior Athlete Recognition Video
It wasn’t the spring season that any of our seniors, students, parents or fans envisioned. We missed the camaraderie just as much as you did! Although nothing can replace the sound of your name being called and a cheering student section, we hope this video reminds you of the wonderful memories made as a Parkview student athlete. Go Eagles!
I am pleased to announce that Daniel McCulloch will be assuming the responsibility of Lower School (1st through 8th) Division Head. Karen Spencer will serve as Assistant Lower School Principal.
Mr. McCulloch has proven to be a very balanced and thoughtful leader and has built trust with elementary staff and parents. He previously served as a head of school with responsibility for multiple campuses. I have great confidence that he will build a strong team keeping the identity of our middle and elementary schools unique, while also assuring that we have seamless transitions between grades and into high school. Karen Spencer will continue to add daily stability, support, and administrative capacity for our faculty, families, and students.
Joana Dietrich can never be replaced, but the health and strength of the division she built allows us this opportunity to join elementary and middle school and take a more global approach to leadership.
I continue to be reminded of how strong our Parkview family is each time I interact with staff. I appreciate everything they have done through these times. I am so grateful to our parents and grandparents for the grace and support they have given our staff. This current circumstance has brought out the best in our entire community.
Together, we make Parkview a place that truly changes lives. I have shared a few stories that highlight the achievements and accomplishments of our school and students below.