Welcome from the Head of School
Dear Immaculate Conception High School Community,
It is with great pleasure and honor that I welcome you to Immaculate Conception High School, home of the Mighty Lions. Located in the beautiful and vibrant community of Montclair we are blessed to be surrounded by a community that truly takes pride in its history and diversity. Immaculate, like our home community, is a school that takes pride in its nearly 100 year history and pride in our community and its members. As we near our centennial celebration in 2025 our community continues to grow with friends, families, alumni, and all those who value a Catholic education. We have much to be thankful for as we enter into a new beginning here at Immaculate and I look forward to sharing all of the wonderful things our students continue to do.
As the new Head of School I want to begin by saying it is the honor and privilege of my career to embark on this journey with you. I am blessed to be a part of a wonderful administrative team comprised of Mr. Charles Syby Principal, Mr. CJ Flaherty Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs, Mrs. Lisa Listo Director of Guidance, Counseling, and Testing, Mr. Jim Risoli Athletic Director, Ms. Nora Bishop Director of Alumni Relations, and Mr. Patrick Dyer Director of Alumni Engagement. Our educational community is equally blessed to be served by a devoted faculty and staff who are committed to high expectations and a faith-based educational setting. Our faculty and staff prides itself on accessibility, forward thinking, and collaboration between home and school. Truly they exemplify what it means to be a Catholic school educator. Finally, Immaculate continues to be blessed with a dedicated and determined Board of Trustees who give freely of their time, talents, energy, and resources to ensure the continued success of our beloved school.
As I begin my tenure as the Head of School I have many lofty goals, but those begin with a Listen-Learn-Lead campaign that I will be embarking on in the coming weeks and months as I seek to understand the community’s needs and the input of all stakeholders. The past few months at Immaculate have seen many changes, as a new model was implemented for our leadership to continue Immaculate’s progress and we look forward, strategically, to our objectives and accomplishments. Change is an excellent time for assessment, reflection, and affirmation and we are doing just that this year, evaluating what works and re-imagining what needs to be in order to best meet the needs of all students. I am thankful to have such an imaginative community and team to work with on these changes.
In the coming months Immaculate will begin two major projects. First, we will begin the process of re-accreditation through the Middle States Commission for Secondary Schools, a process that evaluates our programming and ultimately leads to recommendations from a visiting team. Second, we will begin the process of strategic planning, with meetings, discussions, and other engagement opportunities to learn more about our school and stakeholders. We welcome this opportunity for introspection and look forward to what we will learn.
I want to thank all of our community members who have continued to support our school, our mission, and our students in their pursuit of a Catholic education.
Dr. Michael Seeback, Ed.D
Head of School