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School UPDATE: Thursday, May 14
School UPDATE: Thursday, May 14
St. Mary's High School
Thursday, May 14, 2020

St. Mary's Families,  

Another big update.  Please read CAREFULLY.  See which St. Mary's SENIOR got a special shout out in this message (and then go the school website to see why).  

Saint Matthias, pray for us.
- More about St. Matthias: www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-matthias/  
- Mass readings for the Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle: www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051420.cfm    

Updates.
- MEET CODE for TOMORROW (Friday) Prayer, Pledge, Announcements:  
http://meet.google.com/iyj-qnrg-tcd
***Last one for the year!  

COVID-19 coronavirus.  
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  
covid19.colorado.gov/    

What's Next?  
- FRESHMAN.  What did you learn in your first year of high school?  What did you do that helped you succeed?  Hold on to those good actions and behaviors.  What would you like to change to have a better sophomore year?  Make a plan for that now while it's still fresh in your mind.
- SUMMER SCHOOL.  No in-person summer school this year.  HOWEVER, we will have some offerings for self-paced online instruction.  We have a plan for geometry, which is one of our most popular summer school selections, and we're working on a couple more online offerings.  Details to follow soon.
- E-MAIL UPDATES.  We will shift to WEEKLY e-mail updates starting next week.
- THIS FALL.  What's school going to look like?  In-person?  Hopefully.  Distance Learning?  Could be.  A combination of the two?  Pretty good chance.   We are planning for all contingencies.  The core element of those plans is:  We will do WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS.
- STAFFING FOR THE FALL.  You've read or heard the announcements regarding the departure of a couple of remarkable St. Mary's family members over the last several weeks.  Even when the numbers of departures (five) are fairly typical as they are this year, it is still always difficult to say goodbye to good people.  But God has a plan (always).  Regardless of where I've been over the years, I am always disappointed by the retirement or departure of great people.  But I am then invariably uplifted (but not surprised) when more good people express a desire to come and join a great organization (like St. Mary's).  That is a common thread throughout my 14 years in the St. Mary's community.  During that 14 years, there have been numerous occasions when someone retired or moved to a new job or when a big group left (like the 7 or 8 that left a few years ago) and I thought, "We will never find another teacher or staff member of that quality and caliber..." And yet we always do.  That is happening now.  So although we will shed some tears when it's time to say goodbye, we are already uplifted by those new family members who have committed to joining us.  

Wednesday Fun!    
- TEACHERS LUNCH & SIGNS.  Speaking of teachers...  Yesterday our board of directors bought our teachers (and staff) sandwiches from Jimmy Johns and volunteers delivered the lunches to our teachers along with a "care package," a free pizza certificate, and a "We Love Our Teachers" yard sign.  See picture below of Profe Nader and a snapshot of the care package.  We received some very touching messages afterward from our teachers.  Thank you to our board for your kind gesture.  

Thursday News.
- PIRATE BASEBALL IN THE NEWS.  Our Pirate baseball team will be featured on Fox21 news TONIGHT at 5 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm.  Tune and and see yet another media piece on our Pirate student athletes.  Thanks to Coach Percy for the heads up!
- HEADS UP!  Look for a similar story on the tennis team next TUESDAY evening on KOAA channel 5.    

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  

Reminders.
- SENIORS.  (1) Check out the senior collages on the school website (smpirates.org) or app and look under LIVE FEED.  I hate to play favorites, but I think Anthony Depner gets my vote because of his extra yard sign...  If you don't see your face in the collages, it's because we don't have a yard sign photo from you! You can still submit those pictures. We would still love to feature you on social media. (2) While you're feeling GOOD after seeing all those great pictures, send a quick note to Amy Partain (apartain@smhscs.org) with your FAVORITE St. Mary's memory! We appreciate those who have already sent in memories.  

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