Community System Vision Statement
The primary objective of the Community System at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School is to further enhance our mission by enriching our culture through building community with our students, parents, staff, and alumni. The Community System will provide a vehicle for strong bonds between all members of the school community, promote the development of relationships (both personal and collegiate), and enable a more proactive development of each student’s leadership skills.
Our vision is directly tied to the mission of the school. We exist to serve God and serve others. Through the Community system, we hope to ensure that the students in our communities and houses are ministered to as complex individuals with spiritual, physical, emotional, relational, and intellectual needs. Our house and community plans will take all of these aspects into account in order to best serve the needs of the students. Through the community system, we will provide space and time for students to build their relationship with Christ. This is the first and most important calling of our system. We will not only open and close each gathering in prayer, but we will also provide an opportunity for other types of prayer and expression of the spiritual realities we encounter on a daily basis. We desire to lead everyone to Christ through prayer and the sacraments, through experiencing the Holy Spirit alive in others, and through living a life of joy found in fellowship and beauty. Furthermore, time will be allotted to building relationships through fun activities, games, and competitions. This assists in developing the relational, emotional, and physical needs that not all students meet through other means at Bishop Carroll. Additionally, this will foster the development and manifestation of leadership skills. It will also provide opportunities for discipleship and mentoring. Through these various aspects, we hope to enrich the culture by forming the whole person, who will serve as a Disciple of Christ.
Goals of the Community System
To ensure individual care by providing each student with at least two adults - a Community Dean and a House Mentor - who will monitor and support the academic, social, and spiritual growth of each student
To enhance the mission provided to all our students by embracing our Catholic values and traditions
To strengthen the bonds of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, creating a family spirit among the students, as well as the whole school community.
To create opportunities for 64 students from each grade level (9th-12th) to be trained and to serve as student leaders.
To advance each student’s interpersonal relationship skills.
To promote open discourse between students and faculty.
To enhance the community strength beyond Bishop Carroll Catholic High School to the greater community of Wichita.
To plan, organize, and coordinate school activities, including dances, service, and spirit-related functions.
Faculty/Staff Leadership Team
Director of the Community System
The Director of the Community System's primary role is to serve the Deans and Coordinator of Student Activities. The Director works closely with the school administration, the Student Body President & Vice-President, and Community Coordinators to ensure that activities are consistent with the vision and goals of the system. The Director is responsible for overseeing schedules and holding deans accountable for the responsibilities of their community.
Coordinator of Student Activities
The Coordinator of Student Activities' primary role is to serve the Director of the Community System by coordinating all school activities. The Coordinator works with the Deans to ensure that the Community vision is being carried out. The Coordinator works closely with the Student Body President & Vice-President, Community Coordinators, and Deans to ensure that the day-to-day activities are consistent with the vision and goals of the system.
Deans work to serve the Director and Coordinator, ensuring that each Community’s vision is realized. They support the Mentor Teachers, Community Coordinators, and House Captains with the planning of house and community events. They also help maintain the consistent identity of their individual community as student leadership changes from year to year.
Other than House Captains, Mentor Teachers are the most important individuals in making the vision of the Community System a reality. On a practical level, they enforce the rules of House time. But House and Community times provide an opportunity to engage in non-academic pursuits with students rather than simply being an instructional leader and role model.