From the Principal
We hope you are well and enjoying Spring Break! It is very different as there is no travel involved or special activities outside of your home this year. However students still have a break from the daily routine of school, and this year, you have a break from helping monitor their work habits. If you have signed up with your parent login for Schoology you will notice that we have continued to send something out each day this week, even though we are not in session. We know that this has been difficult for our students and want to stay in touch and let them know we are thinking of them.
If you have not already signed up, or have lost your Schoology login, please contact Mr. Terrasi, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be reviewing the status of grades when we return. You can see them in Schoology. E-learning resumes on Monday, April 20. Tutoring resumes as well, with Ms. Nease available for extra help.
While this has been challenging in many ways, I am also very impressed by the quality, creativity and variety of work our students and teachers have been accomplishing. WBEZ visited Mr. Shively’s Physics class during our second week, the NFTE students presented their business plans and advanced to regional competition via video conference, and Drama Club and Theater classes have had professional writers and performers visit, just to name a few. Ms. Chew challenged her Spanish I classes to create Coronavirus Zumba videos to practice pronunciation, learn new vocabulary and have some fun. Take a look at some of the results. I especially like seeing the family involvement! Spanish class zumba videos. You can see more examples of some of these activities on the Holy Trinity High School Facebook page.
Unfortunately, the Governor and the Illinois Department of Health have still not made a decision about when schools may reopen, and neither has Mayor Lightfoot. The uncertainty is difficult for all of us. Until we hear that it is truly safe, assume we will continue as we are, teaching and learning at a distance–but very near in heart and mind.
If we can help in any way, please let us know. I still have access to meals for those who may need them. Please ask me! Mr. Malloy and Mr. Swanson have been expediting requests for emergency tuition assistance. If any student is having difficulty with their Chromebook or internet connection we have staff willing and able to help with some of these issues.
Stay strong and be well. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of you.