From the Principal
Good day, HT Families,
At this time, we have not had any word of any members of our HT family taken ill or diagnosed with the coronavirus. In our current climate, no news is good news!
During our first week of e-learning, we found 100% of students had the ability to sign in and work. The rate of completion of all work for all classes was well over 90%. If your student fails to submit work for 3 or more classes, you will receive an attendance message, even if they signed in for the day in the morning. Today’s work is not marked as missing until tomorrow morning to allow for brief internet disruptions, the need to take a break away from the computer screen, and the different speeds at which students work. Attendance for today is therefore recorded tomorrow.
You can see a few samples of the creative lessons students have uploaded on our Instagram or Facebook page, and you can hear some examples from the WBEZ story below. Please know that teachers have been working diligently to adjust lessons to this new format. There is a wide array of strategies in use, including readings, lessons on new material, practice work, live classes and class discussions, online tutoring sessions, and office hours for students with questions. Each teacher is using a combination of strategies that work best for them and their material. A number of math and science teachers are adding devices that will allow them to share sample work with students, just as they would on their whiteboard in the classroom.
Your partnership is more essential than ever in helping your students continue to stay focused, on task, and healthy. You can access an article for parents on helping teens and young adults during this challenging time from the Child Mind Institute here: Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus
We will continue to post resources for you on our website under the COVID-19 UPDATES page https://holytrinity-hs.org/covid19/. You will find links there to things including financial assistance from the state, free and low-cost internet access, how to stay healthy, and free workout videos to help keep everyone active.
Watch for a special message concerning emergency financial assistance from Mr. Malloy and Mr. Swanson. We are here to help in any way we can.
You remain in our thoughts and prayers,
HT’s E-Learning Featured on WBEZ
We are incredibly proud of how hard our students and faculty are working, and we know our parents/guardians have played a big role in supporting our students as well! WBEZ 91.5 radio joined our virtual classrooms to see our e-learning best practices for themselves and talk with our teachers and students. Read and listen to WBEZ’s story.
Special Prayer Service from the Vatican
Friday, March 27 at 12 p.m. (noon) CDT. The Holy Father will preside at a prayer service on the sagrata of St. Peter’s Basilica, that is, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the church. While St. Peter’s Square will be empty, the Holy Father is inviting all to join him in prayer through various forms of communication.
The prayer service will be broadcast live on the Vatican website (vaticannews.va/en.html) and will include biblical readings, intercessory prayers, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, with the offer of a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live. The Urbi et Orbi blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.