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School UPDATE: Tuesday, May 12
School UPDATE: Tuesday, May 12
St. Mary's High School
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

St. Mary's Families,  

Saints Neureus, Achilleus, and Pancras, pray for us.
- More about these saints:
www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/sts-nereus-and-achilleus-st-pancras-458
- Daily Mass readings: www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051220.cfm     

Updates.
- MEET CODE for TOMORROW (Wednesday) Prayer, Pledge, Announcements:  
http://meet.google.com/cxe-qnqb-bem
- CONGRATULATIONS.  Three very special senior award recognitions recently announced to our student community:
   -- Valedictorian:  Katie Morales
   -- Co-Salutatorians:  Sarah Connors and Lauren Sauley  

COVID-19 coronavirus.  
- If you sum the data from the eight states that include Colorado and the seven states that border on Colorado, it is worth noting that Colorado is the worst with regard to number of cases (we have 31 percent of the COVID-19 cases in the eight-state area) and deaths (we have 42 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in the eight-state area).
- In a national conference today with an infectious disease expert who is working in the COVID-19 battle right now.  A couple of things he said that I found compelling:
   -- Modeling COVID-19 spread:  "All models are wrong, some are more wrong than others. The models will change from week to week."
   -- Social distancing.  There have been numerous major outbreaks in the US linked to "super spreaders."  Those are the people who have COVID-19, but don't have any symptoms.  Those people can feel comfortable going out in groups without realizing they are spreading the virus.  Fifty percent of people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms.
   -- Masks.  He is shocked that anyone would go out in public right now without some kind of a mask.  He made the case that wearing a mask has no impact on the economy, but it has a major impact on controlling the spread of the virus.
   -- Economy.  He does not advocate for the shutdown of the economy, and he understands there needs to be a balance between safety and liberty and economic activity, which is why he says wearing a mask is a really important behavior.
   -- Climate.  The flu goes down when the temperatures go up.  But we're seeing significant COVID-19 outbreaks in countries where the temperatures are already high.  The assumption is COVID-19 will taper off this summer, but the data may not support that.
   -- Schools.  It APPEARS that young people are at lower risk for extreme complications, so why shut down in-person learning?  The concern is a student picking up the virus and bringing it home to a more vulnerable family member (e.g., a parent or grandparent). 
   -- Vaccine.  The current medical speculation is a vaccine could be available (very optimistically) in six months to (more realistically) a year.  Interestingly, the vaccines that have not been approved yet but show promise are already being manufactured just in case they do get approved.
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  
covid19.colorado.gov/    

What's Next?  
- JUNIORS.  It's time to lead.  As our seniors move on to the next phase of their lives, you are now the rising seniors, which means you are now the leaders of the student community.  Embrace that role, and do so with humility, attentiveness and gratitude.
   -- Stay humble:  None of us are perfect, none of us have all the answers.
   -- Be attentive:  Listen to those you lead, listen to those who lead you.
   -- Be grateful:  Two of the most powerful words leaders use are "thank you."  

How You Can Help.
- BALLOT INITIATIVE.  From Mary Simmons, St. Mary's parent and Students for Life club adviser:  Some of you had the opportunity a few months ago to sign the "Due Date Too Late" Ballot Initiative 120 petition which would put a statute change on this November's Colorado ballot to ban abortion in our state after 22 weeks of gestation, the point of viability of the baby outside of the womb. Colorado is one of only seven states in the country that sadly still allows abortion for any reason up until birth with no restrictions. This initiative would allow Colorado to say "NO" to late term abortion and would be a good first step in saving precious lives. We needed 124,632 valid signatures statewide to get this initiative on the ballot and came up about 10,000 short during the first signing period so we are now entering a 15-day "cure" period from May 15-29 during which we have the opportunity to collect the additional needed signatures. If you are at least 18 and a registered voter, and if you DID NOT SIGN THE PETITION THE FIRST TIME AROUND and would like to, I would be happy to don my mask and grab my hand sanitizer and bring a petition to you to sign! For more info or to coordinate a time to meet, please call/text me at 719.233.1558 or email me at Simmonsmjm@aol.com. Thank you! For LIFE  

How You DID Help. (Just in case you didn't see it yesterday...)
- RAFFLE TICKETS.  Good job students.  You sold more than 4,400 tickets.  Our top selling class:  SENIORS.  We're working on your ice cream party.  
Individual top sellers:
   -- TOP SELLER OVERALL:  Larissa Rodriguez (Class of '22)
   -- TOP SENIOR:  Monica Cichon
   -- TOP JUNIOR:  Megan Clavenna
   -- TOP SOPHOMORE:  Megan Uhl
   -- TOP FRESHMAN:  Emerald Cordova
Again, thank you to everyone who sold Raffle Tickets, you made a difference here and we are grateful!  

Prayer.  Please continue to pray with us and pray with our community:  

THE MEMORARE
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.
Amen.  

Respectfully,
Rob Rysavy
President
St. Mary's High School