There’s so much is going on at our school, even when we aren’t actually in school.
We are still teaching and educating, asking students to work on new material each day, but always mindful that some students are finding at-home learning difficult. Each teacher and homeroom has an assigned Zoom classroom time and students and teachers are so happy to see each other. Many teachers have converted a part of their home into a temporary classroom. A common saying among our staff is “we’re all in this together.”
Flexibility is key at this time and everyone on our staff is adapting and adjusting as often as needed. It is very important to the administrative team to make sure that:
– the technology chosen is meeting teachers’ needs
– curriculum goals are assessed and reevaluated regularly
– teachers are comfortable with curriculum expectations and schedules
– everyone knows if any there are any new guidelines or mandates that have come from the Archdiocese or the State Board of Education
– any student who is struggling has a resource within the faculty.
We are very fortunate that we have a 1:1 student/iPad ratio in the middle school and also fortunate that we are able to have iPads available for students in the elementary building as well. Fifth – eighth grade students are using school-issued iPads at home now so that we can keep teaching and they can keep learning. Teachers use Google Classroom to assign schoolwork.
Additionally, for families who needed an extra device for their student, we were able to accommodate them with an iPad.
Teachers in younger grades are using apps such as Seesaw to communicate with parents and provide learning assignments. They also get together on Zoom and can show their work to their teacher through the computer screen, or they can listen to their teacher reading a book. These are variations of the work we do in the classrooms.
These technology resources are the direct result of a multi-year, focused fundraising effort by the Family School Association to bring modern resources into the school, specifically to offer a 1:1 iPad-student ratio in the middle school. Thank you to FSA and all the donors over the years that made it possible.
Technology plus the effort, creativity, and dedication of all of our teachers are helping us stay committed to our mission to “enrich the minds of our students.” Thank you to the school community for your support and prayers in the past and in the future.