St. Joe Swim Team 2015
BEARS CAN SWIM
PARENT and SWIMMER INFORMATIONAL MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 28
ST. JOE FINE ARTS CENTER
We will try on suits, get our meet schedule, order spirit wear, discuss practice schedule, discuss breakfast and carpool sign up and have questions answered. Bring check to write for swim fees.
The St. Joe swim team is open to all students, grades 7-12.
It is a competitive team, and the season runs from the start
of school until Halloween. Last year the girls finished as the
runner-up 2A school and the boys were third. Losing only
3 seniors, the team should finish in the top again this fall.
Lauri Stamm Collins, the Director of Advancement for St. Joe,
coaches the team. Lauri has over 30 years experience coaching and was recently named Coach of the Year for boys swimming in Mississippi. Mr. Kevin Hankins and Mr. Andrew Harris also help coach the team.
The Courthouse Racquet Club and the Jackson Yacht Club graciously allow the team to practice free of charge at their facilities. While the weather stays warm, morning practice is at the Northeast Courthouse outdoor pool, and afternoon practices are at the Yacht Club. Once the weather gets too cool, usually around October 1, we swim at the Lakeland Courthouse in the mornings only.
The majority of our practices are held at 5:30 a.m. before school. Though it sounds terrible to be up that early, our swimmers really like it. Many play another sport after school, some like having afternoons free to study or cheer on the volleyball or middle school football team. The camaraderie is strong at practice, and all look forward to breakfast together after practice.
Swimmers will be required to have a team suit, team t-shirt, team cap and warm-ups. Goggles will also be needed. Parents will be asked to contribute to team breakfasts and help with carpool to school if needed.
According to MHSAA, practice may not start until August 3.
Exact days and times of practice will be given at the meeting Tuesday.
If you have not sent the following to me, please do so.
EVERYONE WHO SWAM LAST YEAR AND THOSE INTERESTED
IN THE TEAM FOR FALL NEED TO RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL:
INFO FOR NEW SWIMMERS
TO RETURN TO
Swimming Experience: ___________________________________
Home Address: __________________________________________
Parents’ Name: __________________________________________
Best email contact: _______________________________________
Best cell contact: _________________________________________
Extra info coach might need to know:__________________________
ALL WHO WANT TO SWIM WILL BE ON THE TEAM UNLESS WE HAVE TOO MANY FOR THE POOL TO HOLD. IF THAT IS THE CASE, WE WILL GO TO PLAN B. Plan B will remain a secret until necessary to disclose.
Any questions, please reply to this email.
My life with St. Joseph Catholic School has come full-circle. My first year out of Millsaps College, St. Joe gave me my first teaching job. I taught English to 9-12 graders and Spanish my last year. After 3 years I left to take a job raising money for Millsaps. I fell in love with the development field. I enjoy meeting new people and connecting them with others with similar likes and needs. I returned to the classroom to get my master's degree in Institutional Advancement at Vanderbilt University.
With my degree I started a development program for All Saints Episcopal Boarding School in Vicksburg. My marriage to Riley Collins brought me back to Jackson, where I took a job at Jackson Academy to launch its advancement program.
When my own children reached St. Joe age, I felt as if I had returned home. I have coached the swim team for the Bruins since then, and when my third child hit 7th grade, I came to work full-time in the development office. My goal is to have each and every St. Joe alumni to give back to the school in some way or another, and to let all those who did not go here, understand why this school is a wonderful place for young men and women to flourish.
My older son, Riley, graduated in 2012 and is studying computer science and deaf studies at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where is on the swim team, the comp sci team and in the school orchestra.
My daughter, MariMac, was the valedictorian of the class of 2013 at St. Joe. She attends Washington University in St. Louis, where she is in pre-med, on the swim team and a student advisor.
My youngest, Jack, is now a senior at St. Joe. He is also a swimmer who loves math and Latin. He was chosen as one of the 25 seniors who will change the world by Portico Magazine, and he was elected the Lt. Governor at American Legion Boys State. And just recently, won the Wendy's Heisman for St. Joe.