Endings & New Beginnings


Dear St. Dominic parents and students -

Thank you.

Those two simple words are all that keep running through my head as I sit here thinking about the approaching end of the school year. If you had asked me a year ago where I thought I'd be at this point, I never would have guessed that my place would be in a Catholic school as a music teacher. But I am so glad it was.

Some of you, (mostly the parents, I'd guess) know the song "Closing Time" by Semisonic. One of the lines sums up this particular time in my life: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

This summer, my new beginning will come in July when my husband, Thomas, and I move back to Kearney, Nebraska. He will begin grad school at UNK, and I will (hopefully) find a job that fits my skills and personality. Our move means that the "new beginning" I had as the music teacher will be ending, and it is a bittersweet realization to have. The other teachers, the church community, and especially the students have made this school year some of the best months of my life thus far.

My job description was to help inspire the students to love music, to have a passion for music. While I had my fair share of challenging moments, I hope that somewhere in between I fulfilled that task. But I have a feeling that so much more happened this year, not just for the students, but for myself as well. We've shared laughs, stories about pets and birthdays, pieces of our personalities, and most importantly...music.

There is no greater feeling for a music teacher than to hear the pure, unfiltered joy that rings through every note a child sings during Mass or in the classroom. It's the same joy I found in music when I was that age, and it's a joy that I pray stays with the students for the rest of their lives. Music is the heartbeat of life - it expresses so much more than simple words can say and connects people on a nearly-transcendental level. And even though we'll be leaving Garden City in a couple of months, it's this connection through music that will keep St. Dominic in a special place in our hearts, no matter how many miles are between us.

So thank you. Thank you for welcoming us so warmly. Thank you for letting us share our God-given musical abilities with you. And thank you for everything that words cannot cover.


Mrs. Johnson



The Annual All-School TALENT SHOW is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Each class will have a group performance as a class, and students may participate in up to TWO other acts - one individual and one group. Students must sign up and audition (and be approved) BEFORE they will be added to the list of performers at the Talent Show. A sign-up sheet for auditions will be posted on my classroom door by Friday, April 27th. The final deadline to sign up and audition will be Wednesday, May 9th.

Acts/songs must be clean and selected with the mission of a Catholic school in mind. The following things are prohibited: swearing, drugs/alcohol, violence/guns, and innuendos. If students audition with music that breaks these rules, an instrumental-only version may be requested in order to use it during the Talent Show. The time limit for individual and group acts is 2-3 minutes. Lip-syncing is not allowed.  If you have further questions, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .