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School UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 1
School UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 1
St. Mary's High School
Wednesday, September 02, 2020

St. Mary's Families,

 We're overdue for a LONG update e-mail.  There is a lot here, please read carefully.

 Prayer.
Everything we do at St. Mary's begins with prayer.  Please pray with us:

 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.

Updates.

- PARENT SURVEY.  In less than three days we had roughly a 75 percent response rate.  There are written feedback items we are still digesting.  Below are the quickly available statistical measures.  We have already shared this statistical data with the academic department heads, and some changes to the way we do things are already being worked on based in part on this parent feedback. 

   -- Overall:  82% satisfied for very satisfied

   -- Administration Communications:  93% satisfied or very satisfied

   -- Teacher Communications:  70% satisfied or very satisfied

   -- Health & Safety Considerations:  89% satisfied or very satisfied

   -- Quality of Instruction:  74% satisfied or very satisfied

   -- Student Engagement from Home:  66% satisfied or very satisfied

- SCHEDULE UPDATES.  We are going to make a handful of schedule changes that will go into effect TUESDAY, September 8 (not tomorrow as we originally planned).  Those changes are relatively modest.  There will be three visible impacts:  (1) We will need to move about five students to a different group (from A to B or from B to A); (2) We will be removing extra desks, tables, chairs, etc. from classrooms to create, more room to socially distance, and (3) we will need to have about 12 of our 220+ sections move to a different (larger) classroom.  The small number of students, teachers and parents who will be impacted by these changes will be notified tomorrow (Wednesday, September 2). 

- DAILY HEALTH SURVEY.  Starting TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, we need EVERYONE (students, teachers, staff, etc.) who wants access to the campus to complete an online health survey.  The survey takes about 30 seconds.

   -- The survey is the first item under the COVID-19 related plans and procedures link on the home page and can be found here: www.smpirates.org/o/smhs/page/online-health-survey

   -- The survey is also on our app and it is the very first link on the app's menu.

   -- The survey asks for name, status (student, teacher, etc.), date and has five yes/no questions.  The survey asks that you take your temperature before coming to the school, but WE WILL STILL CHECK temperatures on everyone requesting access to the campus. 

- A FAREWELL AND A WELCOME BACK.  After seven remarkable years, the director of our Academic Support Center, Mr. Dusty Campbell, is retiring.  Dusty's wife, Linda, retired last May, and they are going ahead with their long-time plans to relocate to Florida to be closer to family.  We are definitely going to miss Dusty's wisdom and presence.  The very good news is Dusty's replacement in the ASC is Ms. Meghan Harder, SMHS '13, daughter of Tom and Gretchen Harder.  Meghan started this week and she and Dusty have been working together to make the seamless transition.  Dusty, we will miss you!  Welcome home, Meghan!

What's Next?  
- FRIDAY COMMUNITY DAY.  At the Grace Center.  We'll start with outdoor (obviously) Mass at 8:00am followed by numerous socially distanced activities.  We expect to be complete by 11:00am(ish).  THERE WILL BE NO TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY.

How You Can Help.
- YOU ALREADY DID.  Thank you for the feedback on the parent survey!

 Parents, Students, how are you doing?    
- BIGGEST THREATS.  We are going to great lengths to ensure that COVID-19 does not impact our ability to bring students on campus because, as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Robert Redfield, said a few weeks ago, we need to get kids back in school.  As a reminder, Dr. Redfield stated the three biggest health threats to our teens are:  DRUG USE, SUICIDE, and the SEASONAL FLU.  It is critical that we keep the school safe and we get kids into the building as much as we can.

Accolades.
- GOLF.  Team Finish:  St. Mary's FIRST! (of 17 schools), Arapahoe 2nd, Cheyenne Mountain 3rd.  Individual Results:  Peter Stinar 5th (of 83 golfers), R.J. Davis 8th, Luke Calvin 15th, Daniel Stinar 53rd.  Way to go Pirates! 

COVID-19 coronavirus.  
- DATA.  Yesterday, August 31, saw the lowest number of new cases in the U.S. since June 22.  Also, it's just now starting to get some airtime in the media, but the CDC has been saying for a while that 94% of the COVID-19 related deaths had at least one other underlying health condition.  Wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and let's keep our schools open.

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  
https://covid19.colorado.gov/  
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/ 

Daily Mass readings and Saints of the Day
www.usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/index.cfm 
www.franciscanmedia.org/sod-calendar 

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