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Meet Steve Schmutz:

Steve Schmutz joined Archbishop Murphy High School in 2006. He received a B.S. degree in Marketing and History from Santa Clara University, a Master of Initial Teaching from Gonzaga University and a post masters Principal certification from Seattle University. Prior to his arrival at AMHS in 2006, Steve taught at South Whidbey High School, Gonzaga Preparatory High School, and the International School of Aruba. He also served as the Principal at Eastside Catholic High School. While at AMHS, Steve has served as a member of the Social Studies Department, as the Dean of Students, as Principal and as President.

Read Steve Schmutz's 2016-17 strategic plan

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Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 10:58:22 AM
Posted Monday, Sep 11, 2017 11:29:00 AM
"Courage is grace under pressure," Ernest Hemingway shared this sentiment as his definition of "guts" in a 1929 interview with The New Yorker. While the quote is far more eloquent, I find the term "guts" to be an appropriate word to describe Terry Ennis, who passed away ten years ago this week.
Posted Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 9:41:00 AM
In two days, we will send our seniors into the world, ready to take on the challenges of college and life away from home. For many, their time at AMHS will prepare them to be self-advocates, to think and speak freely and with conviction, and to reach beyond their potential. Some will struggle, but as they swim against the tide they will become stronger, more adaptable, and eventually break through to new heights. My hope for our graduates is two-fold: first, that they look for new and creative ways to positively impact others; second, they continue to love others and receive love selflessly and with humility. For my blog this month I thought I would focus on the merits of thinking outside the box and living a life of humility.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 11:29:00 AM
I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel, not merely for pleasure, but for professional growth. Over the past few years I visited schools and universities to study programs and bring best practices and innovative strategies back to AMHS. These experiences included visits to John Paul II High School (JPII) in Lacey, WA, the University of Portland, and Providence High School in Burbank, CA. As I transitioned into the office of president last summer I was blessed to network with various heads of school including Lorcan Barnes at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, CA, Pat Lee at St. Francis High School in Watsonville, CA, and Al Falkner at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. My exchanges of emails and phone calls with these school leaders provided me with helpful advice and ideas for our Faith and Future campaign. It was during this time, as I met with members of the board of trustees, I was invited to visit the city of Philadelphia and three Catholic high schools in and around the city.
Posted Monday, Jan 9, 2017 10:26:00 AM
"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."--Aristotle This Christmas season I thought I would reflect on how thankful I am and how blessed we are at AMHS to have angels in our lives. One of my holiday rituals is the viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life," and no matter how many times I have watched the film, the ending gets me every time. Thankfully, we have our own version of Clarence with us at AMHS, along with other angels who make our school a wonderful place. I was reminded of this recently not as school president but as the parent of a current student at AMHS. It all started with a visit to the health club and a podcast episode of Freakonomics.
Posted Monday, Nov 7, 2016 12:20:00 PM
Most of us can remember people in our lives who have mentored us or advised us along the way. Whether it be teachers, coaches, or members of our family, we can all point to people who have made a positive impact or inspired us to follow our dreams. At AMHS we have a tremendous community of leaders who strive to guide our students to become Christlike leaders. We are likewise blessed with amazing young men and women who often teach us life lessons. I'd like to share a story about one of our students.
Posted Monday, Oct 3, 2016 2:21:00 PM
Although I joined the faculty of Archbishop Murphy High School in August 2006 (having taught social studies beginning in 1997 at South Whidbey High School, followed by Gonzaga Prep, and the International School of Aruba), I still consider myself to be relatively new to this community. This is especially true compared to the many members of our faculty and staff, as well as community leaders, who have a history going back to Holy Cross High School in the late 1990s. As you likely know, Holy Cross High School was renamed Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School as the school moved its campus from the Our Lady of Perpetual Help facility in downtown Everett in 1999. What you may not realize was the significant role Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy played in the history of our school.
Posted Monday, Aug 22, 2016 5:20:00 PM
A recent study conducted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education reports that student community service is a major factor in the college application process. The report seeks to challenge college admissions offices to look for students who embark on projects which expose them to greater levels of diversity and awareness. The well-rounded student is not one who solely overloads on their academic schedule, but balances their courses with meaningful experiences, leadership opportunities, co-curricular involvement, and community outreach.
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