Dear Members of the Archbishop Mitty Community,
On June 12, we sent out a communication in response to the conversation started on social media by Black alumni and alumni of color who described their high school experience as marred by instances of discrimination. Today we would like to extend that response.
This matter is a priority for Archbishop Mitty High School, and we commit to addressing our areas of blindness that have led to feelings of sadness, disappointment, anger, and separation for some of our students and their families. We are deeply sorry for any harm we, or members of the larger community have caused, unwittingly or otherwise. We ask for you forgiveness and also your support in our efforts to make our campus an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory institution that affirms and supports all of its students.
We are grateful to the brave alumni, students, and parents of color who have come forth to share their own painful experiences of implicit bias, cultural insensitivity, and racial discrimination on our campus. Their experiences have opened our eyes; however, we fully understand that being aware of the problem is only the first step in addressing it.
We are committed to taking concrete actions to address racism and other forms of discrimination at Archbishop Mitty High School. We write to share with you today the work that has been done and that we will continue to do to ensure meaningful, sustainable change at AMHS.
The areas of focus listed below have been grouped as either short-range (achievable by the start of school in August) or long-range (to be undertaken during the 2020-2021 school year and beyond). This categorization does not indicate a degree of importance for the initiative, simply an understanding of the time required to address the area of focus.
Short-Range Areas of Focus:
Long Range Initiatives (to be included in the strategic plan created by the Outreach Committee and shared with the AMHS community):
While not a comprehensive list, the information provided here is intended to be a starting point for a more comprehensive strategic plan that will be created in the coming weeks by our Outreach Committee. We will continue to communicate our progress and provide quarterly updates, including the completed strategic plan once it is finalized. We will communicate through our parent, student, and alumni email distribution databases. Alumni who wish to update their email addresses can do so by clicking here.
We are heartfelt in our desire to create and maintain an institution that is steeped in our Catholic values and committed to equity and belonging in order to ensure continuous growth.
Director of Student Activities
Congratulations to junior Riley Kong, who won fifth place in the team category of the Math League national high school competition this month. Riley’s accomplishment is particularly impressive because he did this as a team of one competing against teams with up to six students. Congratulations, Riley!
Congratulations to senior Nick Yorke! Nick was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the first round this week. Read more in The Mercury News.
Sophomore Owen Leather and junior Anish Agrawal have put their knowledge of 3D printing, learned as part of the robotics team, to practical use during the shelter-in-place orders. To date, they have manufactured more 1,400 printed parts for face shields needed to ensure the safety of doctors and nurses helping COVID-19 patients.
Juniors Rayan Garg and Ishir Vaidyanath helped create Elevate the Future, a nonprofit that is pairing students with small business owners to help them develop an online presence, so they can stay afloat during the pandemic.
Members of the speech and debate team continue to use their voices to inspire change. Congratulations to the 16 students who qualified to compete in the virtual National Tournament in June. Best of luck at the competition!
Congratulations to senior Kritika Yerrapotu, who recently won the San Jose Lions Club Student Speaker Contest and will advance to the next level of competition. This year, the speech topic was “Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?” Congratulations, and best of luck in the next round of competition.
Congratulations to sophomore Riley Kong who was selected from a pool of 475 students to play piano at the Junior Bach Festival this month. Riley is being recognized for showing incredible musical maturity and skill.
Congratulations to the eight excellent mathematics students who took the national AMC Exam in February and qualified for the next round of competition, a three-hour test with 15 questions called the American Invitational Mathematics Exam which will be held later this month. Freshman Stewart Kwok, sophomores Karthik Iyer and Archish Ray, juniors Rachel Ryu, Issac Li, and Richard Wu, and seniors Shravan Parigi and Annika Sy qualified for the next exam. A special congratulations to Richard and Karthik, who scored among the top 1 percent of test takers in the first round of competition.
Congratulations to the Archbishop Mitty Speech and Debate Team for qualifying 45 Monarchs — the highest number of students in program history at this point in the competition season — to the State Championship in April. Good luck the rest of the way!