Dear ICS Alum,
Twenty-five years ago I was standing on the roof of Immaculate Conception School, filming the tree-planting and time capsule placement in celebration of our 50
anniversary. Many things at ICS have changed since then, while others have stayed the same. One thing still the same is the Physical Education Instructor (Gym Teacher!) & Athletic Director, Mr. Couillard - that’s me. The hair is a little grayer and the waistline a little bigger, but I still bleed
Back on that day, I was filming with a camera that was about the size of a pillow; it weighed about twenty pounds and required a VHS tape. Since then, the VHS tape has gone the way of the typewriter. For those of you who don’t know what a typewriter is, you can Google it.
The changes at ICS are many. Back then, Sister Clarinda was the principal; today Mrs. Jane Bona runs the school. In 1990, the computer teacher was Mr. Vosen. We had about 25 Apple IIe computers, on which students mainly played Oregon Trail. Today we have 30 iMacs, 100 iPads, ten Smart Boards, and 35 PCs. We have two computer labs that are connected to the internet, plus many computers in the classrooms. Thank goodness this old dinosaur teaches P.E. and only needs limited computer skills!
One thing at ICS that has changed yet stayed the same is Mrs. Debbie Blake. 25 years ago she
taught second grade. Today, Mrs. Blake still teaches here, but now can be found in the Kindergarten room and the computer labs. Maybe there is still hope for me and computers.
Last spring Immaculate Conception celebrated its 75
anniversary as a school. At the all-school reunion alumni got to see many of their former classmates and reminisce about their school days. The school was open for tours so everyone could see both the old and the new. Especially exciting was the unveiling of the beautiful mural in the auditorium foyer, showing 75 years of ICS history..
While I’ve touched on a few of the ways we’ve changed here at ICS, I want to assure you that in this way we will always remain the same: the importance of Jesus in the lives of our students and school.
“Be it known to all who enter here, that Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students.”
This motto says it all about ICS and that will never change. ICS has turned out great students, and some pretty good athletes, but most importantly it has turned out good people.