Dear Friends of Sacred Heart:
Over four decades ago when I was a member of the class of 1967, who would have ever envisioned, including our esteemed principal Father Blanchfield, that one day I would return to my alma mater as principal and help lead our school into the 21st century? Well, as fate would have it, I was afforded this exciting opportunity on July 1, 2010.
I returned to the Heart after a fulfilling thirty-five year career as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal in the Waterbury Public School System. As I began my reunion with Sacred Heart, I recognized that The Heart is a very special family and that there is this common bond of fraternity which unites all of us to make this wonderful school so unique. As you know, the hallmark of this great school has always been, and continues to be, that no matter how much time passes or how far away we might venture, we are inevitably all drawn back home to Sacred Heart.
Today, Sacred Heart continues to serve over three hundred fifty families from the Greater Waterbury community. Each student brings with them special attributes and qualities that embellish the diverse mosaic that is truly Sacred Heart. With a shared vision for continuing to make Sacred Heart the finest educational institution in the area, Mrs. Regan and I have been hard at work enhancing an already rich curriculum. We have realigned our math curriculum and increased our Advanced Placement offerings. We have also implemented a number of new initiatives including:
- An Accelerated Math Program – Freshmen Honor Students
- SAT Prep Courses – Freshmen Honor Students
- A Four Year Community Service Requirement for Graduation
- Opportunities for Cooperative Learning with area schools
- A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Program
This is only the beginning of many new offerings that we hope to incorporate into the Program of Studies over the next several years. The valuable lessons learned while I was a student at Sacred Heart are profound to say the least. It is now my opportunity to thank “The Heart” for all it has given me and to afford our students new vistas to make them moral, productive members of a global society.
Anthony R. Azzara ’67