COVID-19 Update

PREPAREDNESS FOR CORONAVIRUS

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and we are carefully assessing and pursuing the preparatory steps that are appropriate for our community.  We are committed to following the guidance and advice from the Diocese of Lafayette so that our policies and practices are informed by the strongest evidence available.

St. Thomas More Catholic High School is closed until Tuesday, April 14, 2020.


Most Recent Message from Mrs. Leger

Dear Parents,
I hope this communication finds you and your family well and safe. As we begin our first full week of 100% immersion in online learning, several of our faculty members have started to share their experiences. One teacher, after holding a Zoom session with her seniors and witnessing the work and preparation that they put into the assignment, stated: "My words cannot express how my heart is about to explode with love for this group - I am so, so proud of them!"  Your children are amazing! Online learning is just one more tool that they can add to their academic "toolbox" in preparation for college.

For your information, report cards will be emailed to your student today. Our student information system is not set up with the capability to send these directly to our parents. However, 3rd Quarter grades will be posted to Plus Portals.

In these times of uncertainty, financial concerns are at the forefront of everyone's minds. For 2020-2021 payment plans with a July start date, registration fees will be broken up and billed via FACTS in two payments. The first will be billed in April, followed by the second in May. If you need further assistance, please email our business manager, Mary Werther at mary.werther@stmcougars.net.

This week, our counseling staff shared a few helpful tips with our students as they navigate the world of online learning. I have taken their tips and have tailored them for you so that we can continue to work as a team in order to achieve success.

  • It's important that your student establish a routine by setting aside time each day to work on their classes. Online learning can be challenging for many! Please encourage your student to be proactive in completing work and not wait until Thursday night or Friday morning to get started for the week. Encourage them to create a daily calendar or to-do list.
  • Have your student check each teacher's Moodle page daily for assignments and times that their teachers are "live" and able to respond immediately.
  • Several teachers have due dates on specific graded assignments, especially those that are being used as a form of alternative testing. It is critical that our students pay close attention to these dates/times.
  • We ask your continued patience with our virtual plan. It's definitely not perfect. Our teachers are working hard and will be assessing each week to determine if adjustments to their classes need to be made. We all have the same goal: Continued education and student engagement.
  • There are several free online tutoring opportunities available. Please check the STM website under Academics for a list of these sites.

The following expectations were shared with your students in last week's student video. We felt that it was important to put these expectations in writing to remind our students that, while we may not be able to meet face-to-face, we are still "in school" and learning expectations will continue:

VIRTUAL LEARNING EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS:

Communication

  • Students are expected to check their STM email account minimally once each day. Email will be the main tool used for communication between you and your teacher, counselor, and school administration.
  • Students should email their teacher if they are having difficulty with course material assigned.
  • Students are responsible for contacting the Helpdesk IMMEDIATELY if they are experiencing a computer issue. Use of the STM Helpdesk Ticketing System is required to report issues. 

Class Work

  • Students are expected to turn in all assigned work on or before Friday @ 10:00 a.m. of the week they are assigned, unless otherwise specified by the classroom teacher.
  • Students should try to attend any live Zoom class lecture sessions that their classroom teacher may hold. If the student is not able to attend, they should email their teacher and be prepared to watch a recording of the session to make up the session absence.

Attendance

  • Attendance will be checked by assignment completion. Please note that failure to complete assignments will result in zeros being assigned for this work at the end of the quarter.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this journey together! Please don't hesitate to reach out to your student's teachers and counselors if they are experiencing academic or adjustment issues. We are here for you and your students. Remember, we are all in this together.

Take care and God Bless,

Kelley Leger

Principal


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