6/10/20: Update from George Valadie, '71
6/2/20: Update from George Valadie, '71
I want to begin by thanking everyone who was able to complete the recent survey regarding a proposed calendar change being discussed at the Diocesan level. Attached is a letter from Bishop Stika as well as the details of the calendar we will be using for the coming school year. Just so you know, almost 200 of our families replied with results being about 50-50. Needless to say, one thing we've learned is that we often cannot be certain of the right thing to do. So we do the best we can. (You can soon find the planning document he references on our school website.)
This new calendar calls for school to begin three days earlier than originally planned; Fall Break as we have known it in past years has been eliminated and the first semester of on-campus learning will conclude earlier than normal ... much that is new to get used to - at your home and ours. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, we'll do the best we can.
A huge thank you to all who were able to drop off textbooks and borrowed laptops last week. If you were not able to get by, of course we still need to get those back ... and we might have some of your locker stuff too bagged up in the Main Office. Our summer office hours are each Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - noon. Thank you so much!
If you're in the Class of 2021 and were not able to get by to meet with the Balfour class ring representative, he has left information packets in the Main Office. You can also check out Balfour.com
It has come to our attention that quite a few of our students who had signed up for the June version of ACT received notice on Friday that Notre Dame High School was no longer available as a test site. I'd like to comment further.
First, you have our apologies for the confusion and frustration ... it matches ours.
For obvious reasons, we had to make a decision about being a test site about a month ago. It was during that window that we were still in a "shelter-in-place" scenario and our Diocese had closed our school. We notified ACT at that time (along with almost 100 other schools in Tennessee) that we would be unable to host the test.
Thankfully, I can only recall one other time in our history when we had to make such a decision. ACT then eliminates us as a possible site and notifies all who are impacted. Apparently though, that did not happen until this past Friday.
Again, we apologize for the frustration and stress that these cancellations are causing.
Just so you know, we have notified ACT and they have confirmed that we will be serving as a test site for the JULY 18th test.
We're all looking forward to getting back to what we know.
As we always do, we will again be having some Summer Reading for our students. Please check out the list below for those details.
We regret to inform everyone but as many have expected, our summer camp schedule has been cancelled for the month of June. This is always a great opportunity for the younger students to learn new skills, get out of the house and meet new friends. We're open to the idea of possibly re-scheduling in July but it's too early to tell. We just hate this!
The NDHS Irish Charms Dance team is having virtual tryouts this year from June 8th - 12th. For more information, email Mrs Gravitt at email@example.com
Back in March, just before all the teachers headed out of the building for the last time, I can recall reading them a quote I had read. Three months later I can recall the gist but maybe not the exact words.
A school superintendent from somewhere said something like, "the world will never know if we over-react. But it will be quite obvious if we under-react."
I've thought of that often through these days we just completed and as we plan for the ones that lie ahead. Trying to discern what is right, what is best, what makes good sense, what is overkill. Earlier today, though I hated to do it, I announced that we would be cancelling our traditional July school-hosted Alumni Weekend activities. In this letter, we cancelled Youth Camps for the month of June.
The calendar decision is much the same. Good people trying to figure out the best path that keeps kids and families safe. Over-react? Under-react? I don't have a clue. That's why I pray a lot. Thank you for doing the same.
Have a safe and restful summer!
6/2/20: Letter Concerning School Calendar from Bishop Stika
6/30/20: Update from George Valadie