From the Principal
It is good to see the number of students who are fully engaged this week in learning this week. I think just knowing how we will finish instead of wondering what’s next is helpful for all of us. The HT team is busy now working on ways to safely celebrate our year together and recognize everyone’s accomplishments, especially our seniors.
Individual senior meetings began with their counselor on Monday to help review college options, financial aid offers, and decisions about next steps. Senior parents are welcome to join these meetings. Thursday afternoon we will be meeting with the junior class. Among other things, we will discuss virtual college visits, ACT prep and testing, and how to approach the college application process in our current environment. You will receive details on all of these as soon as we have some definitive answers.
Next Thursday, April 29, we have scheduled a virtual Parent Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for some live connecting. If you have any specific questions you would like us to address, please send them to me. We will be happy just to see you, and enable you to check in on each other!
We continue to offer prayers for those members of our HT family who are struggling during this time, whether from illness, financial hardships, or other difficulties. I offer a prayer in song to share this week: Whom Shall I Fear (The God of Angel Armies).
Be safe and well,
Navigate College Fair
Parents/guardians and students are invited to the NAVIGATE 2020 Virtual Conference and College Fair, May 4-6, 2020. This free, three-day event will live-stream expert presentations for students and families and offer a concurrent virtual college fair with fully interactive booths. Students can chat live with college admissions representatives, helping to find their best fit.
Learn more and register at virtual.gotocollegefairs.com.
An Update from the IHSA
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their April meeting via a video conference call on Tuesday, April 21, where the Board of Directors announced its decision to cancel all IHSA spring state tournaments. The decision to cancel the spring state tournaments comes in conjunction with Friday’s (April 17) announcement by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education that all Illinois high schools will complete the 2019-20 school term from home via e-learning.
The Board also determined that summer contact days are suspended for this year unless state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe. At that time, the Board indicated a willingness to reconsider how summer contact might be conducted and whether opportunities for schools to conduct some kind of spring athletic events might occur.
Our thoughts right now are with all the impacted students, coaches, and communities, especially the seniors. By participating in high school sports and activities, they were exposed to life lessons in teamwork, leadership, and overcoming adversity that are difficult to replicate elsewhere. The latter is applicable now more than ever. We hope that we can band together and refocus all our efforts on supporting the doctors, nurses, first responders, and all the other essential personnel who are putting their health and safety on the line each day to keep us safe.
The IHSA will continue to communicate with and monitor briefings from state officials, and based on those timelines, provide updates to its member schools as it relates to potential spring participation and summer contact days.