Principals kickstart school year

Western Washington Catholic school principals gathered at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades on Aug. 15-16 to prepare for the upcoming school year. Photo: Vireak Ath Western Washington Catholic school principals gathered at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades on Aug. 15-16 to prepare for the upcoming school year. Photo: Vireak Ath

Western Washington Catholic school principals prepared for the new school year with a two-day conference at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades Aug. 15-16. The Archdiocese of Seattle's Office for Catholic Schools hosts the annual "Kickstart" event.

There school leaders attend Mass, get updates and information from the Catholic schools office and other archdiocesan departments, and learn about new school year initiatives, said Tim Hunt, the schools office's enrollment management, marketing and financial services director.

Perhaps most importantly, principals have the chance to give testimonials about their work and "talk about why they do what they do," he said. "It's a place for them to get support and also to receive key information for the year."

There are 74 Catholic schools in the archdiocese with over 22,000 students.