May 3

Results of Brebeuf Jesuit Student Survey and Ideas for Next Steps

Below is a message that Principal VanSlambrook sent to all families on May 3, 2016. 

As Brebeuf Jesuit continues to study ways to help students manage stress in their lives, I write to invite you to an evening presentation on this topic, which I think will be powerful. Dr. Suniya Luthar will present the results of the survey that all Brebeuf Jesuit students took last month, and will lead a discussion of ways that parents, faculty, and staff can help. Presentation details are:

Results of Brebeuf Jesuit Student Survey, and Ideas for Next Steps
Dr. Suniya Luthar Presenting to Brebeuf Jesuit Parents
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00-8:30pm
Brebeuf Jesuit Auditorium
No RSVP necessary – All Brebeuf Jesuit Parents are welcome!

As a reminder: Prior to Spring Break, all parents received a message from me about a survey that your children would be taking in class.  This survey covered areas such as personal values, empathy and kindness, depression and anxiety, substance use, social media, and relationships with family and friends. The goal of the study is to better understand the concerns of children growing up in our community and, accordingly, to learn how best to continue promoting positive development among our students.

The survey is an extension of Dr. Suniya Luthar’s efforts to study and promote positive youth development. Dr. Luthar is currently a professor at Arizona State University and has previously been a senior professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and also a research scientist at Yale University. You can learn more about Dr. Luthar and her research by clicking here

Brebeuf Jesuit recently had the opportunity to hear Dr. Luthar give a presentation to our faculty and staff, about what she sees as trends among students who attend academically rigorous high schools, many of whom come from affluent homes. The faculty felt that her research is very relevant to Brebeuf Jesuit students, and that it could help to guide us to more ways that we can help. On the day after the May 17 parent presentation, Dr. Luthar will present and discuss the survey results with Brebeuf Jesuit faculty and staff during the two-hour, 10:15 a.m. delayed opening on May 18.

I hope that many of you will attend this May 17 evening presentation, and that it can launch a productive discussion of ways that parents, faculty, and staff can partner together to help our kids!


Greg VanSlambrook