• MAY 11, 2020

St. Augustine High School

Covid-19 update – 5/11/2020

 

From the Principal – Mr. James Horne

Saintsmen and families,

We have been taking calls and answering emails regarding the many items that we need to distribute to students as part of the normal end to a school year… and clearly, we are not living amidst the “normal”.

Seniors, your year end pick- up will happen on Tuesday, May 26th – this will also be a day we host a 60-minute Graduation practice (unless postponed).  We will employ appropriate social distancing, require masks and provide sanitizing stations.  Students will be distributed their belongings, rehearse the graduation and find their individual seats in our precautionary and spacious seating arrangement.  Students should arrive at 9:15am (with a mask) …. The graduation practice line up will begin on the football field promptly at 9:30am. 

Freshman, Sophomore and Juniors, your year end pick-up will happen on Tuesday, June 2nd and Wednesday, June 3rd.   The hours and location of the underclass year end pick up will follow in a future weekly update.

The 2020 Academic and Senior Senior Awards video is available today on the schools website, CANVAS and social media channels. SAINTSMEN, we celebrate you and your achievements!

 

From the Chaplain and Director of Service  – Fr. Max Villenueve and Bro. Bobby Baiocco

Service Hours – Students will NOT be held accountable to complete their service hours this year due to restrictions caused by the pandemic.  We are hopeful we will be able to return to a normal Christian Service commitment next school year. If you have previously completed hours which you would like placed in your file for future reference please email a copy to Bro. Bobby Baiocco at bbaiocco@sahs.org  Thank you!

 

From the Assistant Principal for Academics – Mr. Gregory Hecht

  1. NO FINAL EXAMS

Important reminder – Teachers will be basing final grades on the assignments and assessments given up to and including the final day of instruction.  Finish strong Saintsmen!!

The final day of instruction for seniors will be Friday, May 22.

NO INSTRUCTION ON MONDAY, MAY 25 – MEMORIAL DAY

The final day of instruction for all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be Friday, May 29.

  1. Follett Textbook Returns & Buyback
All 2019-2020 textbooks rented through Follett (the Saints online bookstore) do not have to be returned. This is a one-time deal. All Follett rented textbooks are now yours.

  • Any rented/purchased can be potentially sold back through valore.com (see below)
  • Should families have any books that were not able to be sold back and wish to donate them for the upcoming school year can contact Student Services and Mr. John O’Beirne to coordinate their donation.
 

St. Augustine High School

Buyback and Rental Check-In

Buyback: Please use VALORE BOOKS for your buyback needs.

This market-based service is extremely easy to use and provides free shipping labels. They offer very competitive rates.

https://www.valorebooks.com/sell-textbooks

 

      3. VIRTUAL PEER TUTORING NOW AVAILABLE

In an effort to provide additional support for our students, current National Honor Society (NHS) members have offered their time to provide tutoring for their fellow Saintsmen.  If your son is struggling in a class, please contact his counselor to be paired with a peer tutor.  Our NHS members will provide virtual tutoring in a variety of subject areas and they look forward to working with their Saints brothers.  We hope this additional layer of support will help your son finish the school year strong.  

      4. AP Exams   

If your student is enrolled in an AP class, Exams begin this week … please review this AP update: Click Here!

 

From the Assistant Principal for Auxiliary Services and the Athletic Director – Mr. Michael Haupt and Mr. Matthew Linville

Summer No-Contact Period

The CIFSDS has begun discussion with our governance groups regarding the mandatory 2-week summer no-contact period.  Potential modifications and/or a waiver of the no-contact period are being discussed.  We anticipate presenting a proposal for modification/cancellation of the no-contact period to be discussed and voted on at the May 20, 2020 Board of Managers meeting.

Fall Season of Sport

As we move through the progression of restrictions this spring, governance groups have begun to discuss the potential impacts on the 2020 fall season.  No one knows when restrictions may begin to be eased but we are discussing contingency plans should we have late starts, shortened seasons, etc.  The CIFSDS office is in close, regular communication with the state CIF, Superintendents, our Board of Managers and Conference Presidents.  We will keep you updated as we receive information.

Athletic Physicals

Athletic physicals scheduled for late May at Saints have been postponed until Saturday, July 25, 2020.  July 25 is the Saturday before Fall sports are planning to start this year; we understand that this may be a tentative date, as the recommendations for social distancing are fluid. 

 

From the Director of Counseling Services – Dr. Jerry Rey

The Graduation Survey in Naviance is a crucial piece to finishing the senior year.  (Please note that this is NOT the same as the Senior Exit Survey you are doing on Google Forms for your English class assignment.)  Whether you are attending a 4-year college or a 2-year college in the Fall, this survey is necessary for the following reasons:

  • We must know which college you will be attending next year so that we can send the final transcript in June.  If you have not yet decided on your college, please complete the other areas of the survey, and then enter the final college as soon as you know.
  • We need to know all the colleges you were admitted to, denied, and waitlisted so the information is available to future Saintsmen (anonymously).
  • We need to know the value of all the Scholarships and Grants that you will be using at the college you attend in the Fall.
  • We use this summary information in the Counseling Department Report to the Board of Directors so they can make informed policy decisions as Saints moves forward.

Directions for Graduating Seniors:  Please log into your Naviance account and go to About Me > My Surveys > Surveys Not Started > Graduation Survey.  Please be as thorough as possible with the requested information.

Naviance upgraded the password requirements several months ago, so if you have trouble logging in to your account please click on the “Forgot your password” button.  If that does not work, please immediately contact your counselor and ask him/her to check your email address and reset your password. 

Please complete this survey before Monday.  Dr. Rey must give a preliminary college report to the Board of Directors on Thursday, May 14!

Please note:  This survey is your formal request to have your final transcript sent in June.  If you need your transcript sent, please complete the survey!  (Again, if you don’t know the college yet, please let us know as soon as you make the final decision.)

**We understand that this has been a very difficult time since the end of classes on campus, and that the senior class must be feeling a great sense of loss for the activities you were looking forward to as your senior year progressed.  We thank you for your attention and cooperation on this year-end survey, and we want to honor your years of hard work and your achievements.  We wish you the very best as you move on to your next adventure.

 

Events Update

May 11 – Student Academic Awards Announcement VIDEO –

A celebration of the achievements of Saintsmen in 2019-20 click link here!

May 21 – Underclass Awards Ceremony-CANCELLED

May 22 – Senior Class Awards Ceremony -CANCELLED

May 22 – Senior Classes – Last Day of Instruction

May 25 – Memorial Day – No classes

May 29 – Baccalaureate and Graduation 9:30 am – Tentative

May 29 – Grades 9-11 – Last Day of Instruction

June 15 – Summer Session Begins

June 26 – Baccalaureate and Graduation 9:30 am – postponement option

 

Questions? – email us …. The Faculty and Staff email directory can be found here  https://www.sahs.org/faculty/

We will continue to be diligent in communicating facts and changes to school plans/activities and push notifications to the community using CANVAS, social media sites, and the website.

Thanks …  pray for us and know we are praying for you.

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