Sophomore Conversations

Click here to access the online registration link for Sophomore Conversations.

Click here to access the online form for Sophomore Conversations. 

As sophomores become juniors a variety of things change in a young man’s life.  Not only do the challenges grow in academics, but in social, emotion and spiritual ways as well.  The Sophomore Grad-at-Grad Conversations at McQuaid Jesuit provide students an opportunity to step back and take a look at these changes with the help of their parents and the McQuaid Jesuit community.

Being a part of a Jesuit high school is coming to an understanding of what values and beliefs our students integrate into their personal lives. McQuaid Jesuit is committed to developing young men with the qualities articulated in the “Profile of a Jesuit High School at Graduation.” The Grad-at-Grad, as it’s known, is produced by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, and is divided into five sections: an Openness to Growth; Intellectual Competence; Religious; Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice. Those five areas are the core of our “Sophomore Conversation” program.

Participating in Sophomore Conversations is mandatory and a requirement to move onto junior year. Students must complete this form. We ask families select one 30 minute appointment on the dates listed below by clicking on this registration link.

  • Tuesday, April 13: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 14: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Review the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation by clicking on the text below:

The McQuaid Jesuit student at the time of graduation has matured as a person – emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, religiously – to a level that reflects some intentional responsibility for one’s own growth. The graduate is at least beginning to reach out in his development, seeking opportunities to stretch one’s mind, imagination, feelings, and religious consciousness.

Although still very much in the process of developing, the McQuaid Jesuit graduate:

  1. is beginning to take responsibility for growth as a person; desires integrity and excellence in multiple facets of one’s life
  2. is learning how to accept self, both talents and limitations, with a sense of humility and gratitude
  3. recognizes the need for leisure and recreation and budgets time for those activities.
  4. exercises regularly for physical fitness and health
  5. understands principles of good nutrition and practices healthy eating habits
  6. understands the dangers of and avoids the use of controlled substances
  7. is more conscious of his feelings and is freer and more authentic in expressing them and managing one’s impulsive drives
  8. is open to a variety of aesthetic experiences, and continues to develop a wide range of imaginative sensibilities
  9. is becoming more flexible and open to other points of view; recognizes how much one learns from a careful listening to peers and significant others; and recognizes one’s biases, limitations, and thinking patterns
  10. is developing a habit of reflection on experience which informs future actions
  11. is beginning to seek new experiences, even those that involve some risk or the possibility of failure
  12. is learning to view criticism and setbacks as interesting, challenging, and growth producing
  13. begins to practice leadership skills, including vision, relating well and collaborating with others, and acting with integrity
  14. sees leadership as an opportunity for service to others and the community
  15. is developing a healthy and appropriate sense of humor
  16. is exploring career and life-style choices within a framework of faith and values
  17. is becoming more aware of choices and consequences relating to adult issues
  18. understands the implications and hazards of technology-based activities, including issues of privacy, social isolation, access to pornography, and addictive use of technology itself
  19. views emerging technology as potentially supportive to personal and professional growth

By graduation the McQuaid Jesuit high school student will exhibit a mastery of those academic requirements for advanced forms of education. While these requirements are broken down into departmental subject matter areas, the student will have developed many intellectual skills and understandings that cut across and go beyond academic requirements for college entrance. The student is also developing habits of intellectual inquiry, as well as a disposition towards lifelong learning. The student is beginning to see the need for intellectual integrity in his or her personal quest for religious truth and in his or her response to issues of social justice.

By graduation the McQuaid Jesuit student already:

  1. has mastered those academic skills required for college (or for some other form of advanced education)
  2. is developing mastery of logic and critical thinking
  3. is developing precision and creativity in oral and written expression within and across disciplines
  4. is developing a curiosity to explore ideas and issues
  5. is developing the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new situations
  6. is developing problem solving skills
  7. is able to learn in a variety of settings and through a variety of pedagogical approaches
  8. is developing the ability to learn as an active member of a team
  9. uses technology resources to support collaborative work for learning, problem solving, and communication
  10. uses effectively a variety of media resources to acquire, create and process information
  11. assesses media and content critically, attending, for example, to issues such as credibility of sources, values expressed or promoted, and civility and respect for persons
  12. is developing an organized approach to learning tasks
  13. can present a convincing argument in written and oral form that evidences sound analytical reasoning and convincing rhetoric
  14. is taking pride and ownership in his school accomplishments and is beginning to enjoy intellectual and aesthetic pursuits
  15. has begun to develop a knowledge of central ideas and methodologies of a variety of academic disciplines
  16. has begun to relate current issues and perspectives to some of their historical antecedents
  17. is growing in knowledge and understanding of his cultural heritage and of cultural complexities in one’s local community and in a global society
  18. is beginning to understand the public policy implications of science and technology
  19. is beginning to understand the interdependence of global economic policies.

By graduation the McQuaid Jesuit high school student will have a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church. Having been introduced to Ignatian spirituality, the graduate will also have examined his or her own religious feelings and beliefs with a view to choosing a fundamental orientation toward God and establishing a relationship with a religious tradition and/or community. What is said here, respectful of the conscience and religious background of the individual, also applies to the non-Catholic graduate of a Jesuit high school. The level of theological understanding of the Jesuit high school graduate will naturally be limited by the student’s level of religious and human development.

By graduation the McQuaid Jesuit student already:

  1. has read the Gospels and encountered the person of Jesus Christ as He is presented in the New Testament
  2. has a basic understanding of the Church’s teaching about Jesus Christ and His redeeming mission, as well as the embodiment of that mission in and through the Church
  3. has an understanding of the variety of the world’s religious traditions
  4. is beginning to take more responsibility for exploring and affirming one’s own faith
  5. is increasingly willing to let religious faith influence one’s basic values, lifestyle, and vocational interests
  6. understands that being fully alive/human necessitates an active relationship with God
  7. is aware/appreciates that human life is fundamentally spiritual
  8. has experienced the presence of God (finding God in all things):
    • in private prayer
    • on a retreat
    • in liturgical prayer
    • in some other moments of grace
  9. is learning how to express self in various methods of prayer, especially those from the Spiritual Exercises
  10. is forming a Christian conscience, evaluates moral choices, and reasons through moral issues with increasing clarity
  11. appreciates the centrality of the Eucharist to a vibrant Christian community
  12. is learning through his own sinfulness of the need for healing by and reconciliation with friends, family, Church, and the Lord
  13. recognizes that any sin affects the entire human community
  14. understands the relationship between faith in Jesus and being a “man  for and with others”
  15. knows Church teachings on moral issues and social justice

By graduation, the McQuaid Jesuit high school student is continuing to form his own identity. He is moving beyond self-interest or self-centeredness in close relationships. The graduate is beginning to be able to risk some deeper levels of relationship in which one can disclose self and accept the mystery of another person and cherish that person. Nonetheless, the graduate’s attempt at loving, while clearly beyond childhood, may not yet reflect the confidence and freedom of an adult.

By graduation the McQuaid Jesuit student already:

  1. is learning to trust friends, family, and adults in the school and wider community
  2. has personally experienced God’s love
  3. is growing in self-acceptance and in recognizing that he is loved by God and others.
  4. assumes responsibility for maintaining good personal health
  5. is attentive to sources of stress and applies healthy strategies to maintain balance in one’s life
  6. is alert to the signs of emotional and mental distress in others and follows appropriate referral measures
  7. has begun to identify and work against personal prejudices and stereotypes; is open to and able to communicate with others, especially persons of another race, gender, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or sexual orientation
  8. has personally experienced support from members of the school community
  9. has made specific contributions to build school community
  10. is becoming increasingly comfortable and mature in relating with persons of a different gender
  11. is beginning to integrate sexuality into his personality
  12. has begun to appreciate deeper personal friendships, while also learning that not all relationships are profound and long lasting
  13. is beginning to appreciate the satisfaction of giving of oneself through service for and with others
  14. is increasingly empathetic
  15. takes into account and values the feelings of others when making decisions
  16. is sensitive to the beauty and fragility of the created universe and exercises stewardship
  17. cares deeply about preserving human life

The McQuaid Jesuit high school student at graduation has acquired considerable knowledge of the many needs of local, national, and global communities and is preparing for the day when he will take a place in these communities as a competent, concerned and responsible member. The graduate has been inspired to develop the awareness and skills necessary to live in a global society as a person for and with others. Although this commitment to doing justice will come to fruition in mature adulthood, some predispositions will have begun to manifest themselves earlier.

By graduation the McQuaid Jesuit student already:

  1. is growing in awareness of selfish attitudes and tendencies which lead one to treat others unjustly; consciously seeking to be more understanding, accepting, and generous with others
  2. is beginning to see that Christian faith implies a commitment to a just society
  3. is growing in awareness of the global nature of many social problems such as human rights, population displacement, resource distribution, war/terrorism, etc., and their impact on human communities
  4. practices a sustainable lifestyle based on awareness of social, economic and environmental consequences
  5. is working to be environmentally responsible by limiting the use of non-renewable resources and maximizing sustainable resources
  6. is beginning to engage in the public dialogue on environmental issues, practices, and solutions
  7. is beginning to understand the structural roots of injustice in social institutions, attitudes and customs
  8. is gaining, through experiences of and reflection on Christian service, an understanding of and solidarity with marginalized members of society
  9. is developing, from reflection on experiences with the marginalized, a sense of compassion and a growing understanding of those social changes which will assist all in attaining their basic human rights
  10. is becoming aware, through study and reflection, of alternatives in public policy that regulate services provided to segments of the community
  11. has begun to reflect on social justice implications of future careers
  12. is beginning to understand the justice implications inherent in Christ’s commandment to love one another
  13. is beginning to recognize the importance of public opinion and voter influence on public policy in local, regional, national and international arenas
  14. is beginning to understand the complexity of many social issues and the need for critical reading of diverse sources of information about them
  15. is beginning to confront some of the moral ambiguities embedded in values promoted by Western culture
  16. is beginning to make decisions, based on Gospel values, which sometimes conflict with the values of a materialistic society