Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! While the beginning of every academic year brings a sense of excitement at the prospect of welcoming our students to campus, nothing compares to the sheer joy that comes with this particular school year. After having endured the challenges and adjustments associated with pandemic-induced remote/hybrid learning, this school year provides blessings of new beginnings, new enthusiasm, and renewed gratitude for the hard work and perseverance of our students, parents, faculty and staff.
With this post-campus closure edition of Lancer Life, I do encourage all parents and students to re-familiarize themselves with the policies, procedures and expectations inherent to a Bishop Amat High School education. While we are grateful to have our students back on campus, being together again requires that we recommit ourselves to the standards of academic focus, behavior, dress/grooming, Christian service and kindness that define the Bishop Amat tradition. Taking the time to review the contents included in the pages that follow will contribute to making the 2021-2022 school year a positive and productive experience for all.
To all Bishop Amat moms and dads – THANK YOU for making the decision and commitment to partner with us in educating our sons and daughters in the Catholic faith tradition – one from which all other aspects of our school programs emanate. This partnership is what enables us to provide our Lancers with the best experiences in academics, athletics, performing arts and faith-centered activities. Our school is built literally on the support of generations of parents over the past sixty-four years. Nothing we do here on campus would be possible without your trust in our efforts and, for that, we are most blessed and grateful.
As a testament to the support Lancer parents have provided, the 2021-2022 school year brings to our campus the long-awaited completion of our Performing Arts Center. This project has been years in the making and represents a fulfillment of our long held desire to provide our students with an appropriate venue for theatrical, choral, dance, and musical productions; additionally we look forward to utilizing this grand facility for collaboration and congregation among the members of our school family and the greater community.
With continued prayers for all in our Bishop Amat High School family, may God bless us with a safe, healthy and productive year!
Richard P. Beck
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are extremely excited to fully welcome our students back to campus, enabling them to experience all that Bishop Amat Memorial High School offers. Although we are proud of the learning and accomplishments that our school community achieved during remote education, we all know that the heartbeat of Catholic education happens in person, when we gather in communion with one another. We are especially pleased to welcome the Class of 2025 and more than thirty transfer students into these “hallowed halls.” I will be journeying with all of you as a freshman of sorts, as I begin my role as Amat’s tenth principal.
Lancer Life is an essential tool for students and parents. We update this resource annually to provide you with an understanding of the expectations and protocols that we follow at Bishop Amat. In it you will find detailed information regarding our Christian Service program, our academic programs, our athletic teams, and extracurricular programs. Additionally it serves as a wealth of information describing our dress and grooming policies, behavioral and attendance expectations, and school procedures. We ask that you familiarize yourself with this document as the year progresses and to consult it when you have a question or need.
Even though we are overjoyed to initiate a school year in person, we must acknowledge the continued threat that the Covid-19 pandemic poses to our community. With that in mind, we look forward to partnering with you to ensure that we create a safe and effective environment for all students that attend Amat. Throughout the year we will continue to be guided by the mandates and recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We anticipate that the indoor mask mandate for schools will be in effect for the foreseeable future. Additionally, we are committed to sanitizing classrooms multiple times a day and leaving doors and windows open to increase ventilation and air flow. We feel confident that with your support and with student participation, we can move through the year successfully and safely.
Finally, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to the parents of Bishop Amat Memorial High School for your continued faith in Catholic education. The past few years have not been easy and we recognize the many sacrifices that you made to enable your sons and daughters to remain enrolled at Amat. You have been “Steadfast, Loyal, and True,” and the entire Bishop Amat Family will honor that commitment with hard work, prayer, and our continued faith that all children at Amat can and will learn, and will graduate prepared for college, life, and Heaven.