Integrity: Learn the significance of this year's theme

Integrity is the theme for the 2022-23 school year at Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School.

The school adopts a new theme each year that highlights an important value or virtue that speaks to Catalina’s mission. Head of Lower and Middle School Christy Pollacci announced this year’s theme at the Flag Raising Ceremony on September 5, where parents and students gathered together to celebrate the start of the school year.

She said, “To have integrity implies being accountable and responsible, compassionate and honest, reliable and true—and yet it is not simply about telling the truth. It is living the truth. To have integrity means to be whole, to be one inside and outside; one in what we say, and one in what we do; one in our intentions and one in our actions. And if each of us is one, is whole and complete as an individual, then we can't help but contribute to the wholeness of our community. And that is who we are. It is our Cougar family, a family where relationships live at the center of everything we do.”

Themes are reinforced all year through service projects, classroom activities, assemblies, and more. Through hands-on experiences of intangible ideas, students are able to make a deeper connection to the real-world meaning of each year's theme.

A large group of Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School students gathered in the amphitheatre. Flags wave overhead.

Head of Lower and Middle School Christy Pollacci announces the year's theme during the Flag Raising Ceremony. 

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