A Letter from the VCMS Principal – October 2022

Seeking Women in STEM Day Speakers

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Day provides an opportunity for all students to see successful, culturally diverse women speak about their careers in STEM fields. This unique experience allows students to learn from women presenters who are focused on inspiring a new generation to explore careers or hobbies with STEM principles. 

Students will learn about various careers and make connections between their STEM curriculum and design process and real-world careers. In addition, we will have hands-on STEM activities created by teachers or brought in through OMSI or other local STEM organizations. 

The goal of Women in STEM Day is to open up a world of possibilities for the students.  Many students associate engineers, doctors, or researchers as the only fields that use STEM. This event exposes students to both traditionally recognized STEM careers and careers and hobbies where elements of STEM are used in unexpected ways. In doing so, we hope to inspire students to continue coursework in STEM throughout their educational journey.

Would you or someone you know be interested in sharing your experience with our students?  Please let us know – we would love to host you in person or via Zoom. Contact Mrs. Melissa Iserson at [email protected] or Dr. Jennifer Gfroerer at [email protected].  

The Women in STEM Day is made possible through the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation STEM grant.


At this busy time of year, we ask for prayers for all those struggling with illness and the care of those who are sick whether it is something as mild as a common cold or as extreme as a life-changing medical condition. This is one of the hallmarks of our Valley Catholic community, to walk with each other in our struggles and to remember one another in our prayers. 

You are invited to send a prayer/reflection for the faculty morning prayer time.  

Every morning the staff gathers to begin our day in prayer. This is a special time for our staff, since it is the only time we are together as a full group.

The morning prayer includes a wide range of spiritual reflections and focuses on bringing Christ’s spirit into each day. The prayer might be a traditional prayer, a poem, short story, song, or image that is intended to bring us to a place of prayer/reflection.  

I would like to invite you to share a prayer/reflection that you feel will help set the tone for the day. The prayer/reflection may or may not be considered religious at first glance. However, if it helps YOU center or moves your soul/spirit, please share this with us. It can be anything you find inspirational. If it moves you, then it is a prayer. 

Consider this an open-invitation to share a prayer/reflection that moves you spiritually/ emotionally.  

If you have something you would like to share, send it to me via email, [email protected], and I will use it at the next school day. You are encouraged to submit as many times as you want. I will use your contributions in the order in which I receive them.

As a final thought, I wanted to share one of my favorite prayer reflections. Last year, I shared a song and, though it is not considered a religious song, it makes me think about God using the singer’s voice to convey the message to those who listen (Whenever You’re In Trouble by Donny Osmond).  

This year I would like to share two of my favorite Christian songs: Here I Am by Downhere and Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Danny Gokey. I hope you enjoy them: 

Here I Am 

by Downhere 


Tell Your Heart to Beat Again 

by Danny Gokey


Whenever You’re In Trouble 

by Donny Osmond 


Dr. Jennifer Gfroerer