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Academic Life, VP Letters


June 4, 2020


Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,

It almost goes without saying that this semester was a challenge. Still, I want to communicate that your sons not only met the challenge of this semester, but also exceeded all of our expectations. We have witnessed our students’ resilience, humor, academic engagement, creativity, and adaptability. We miss them deeply, and we are so impressed by what they have accomplished.

As you know, we have planned an alternate Baccalaureate Liturgy and Graduation for August 1st and 2nd, and we had a delightful and moving Senior Send-Off Parade on Saturday, May 23rd. You can take a look at pictures here.

As President DeMarco’s letter underscores, we are actively planning with Carondelet for multiple instructional scenarios pending what we will be allowed to do in August. Please know that we will start school on the same day as planned, and both schools’ planning and preparation absolutely focus on our students’ return to campus. (If you have a daughter at CHS, you will have read the same in Mr. Cushing’s End-of-Year Enews). Our planning includes not only academic life but also how we can deliver a rich and meaningful co-curricular experience, no matter what Bell Schedule we adopt given local and state mandates.

We have expanded our resources for summer Faculty Innovation Grants, which fund faculty to “think outside the box” in order to help students better achieve academic and social-emotional outcomes. Our faculty learned so much, and did so much, during our Flexible Learning Plan, and we want to encourage them to continue to innovate. We have every faith and have already witnessed that our teachers provide a high quality, Catholic education no matter what the scenario God puts in front of us. Over the summer, our communications team will be updating our community’s responses to our Flexible Learning Plan, so feel free to return and take a look. And take a look immediately at this creative video by our very own Religious Studies teacher Joe Grantham about teaching during the Coronavirus.

In addition, our Librarians have been busy expanding our digital offerings. They just added Accessible Archives, which is a collection of digitized primary source historical documents. The Archives contain multiple primary sources, including: early African American publications; Fredrick Douglass’s Newspaper; American County Histories; WWI and WWII newspapers such as ones from Camp Bragg, Camp Pendelton, and other military posts; papers from the Civil War - North and South; the 19th Amendment Victory Newspaper; Godey's Ladies Book; and Women's Suffrage publications. In addition, the Library now offers Classroom Video on Demand, which is a streaming video database with over 29,000 full-length films and over 226,000 film segments that are easily integrated into Schoology for use by both teachers and students. Both platforms support curriculum and learning in the classroom and remotely.

We are delighted to welcome to the 2020-2021 De La Salle community our new hires: Kristin Leete (ASL), Chris Miller (Religious Studies), Danielle Skipper (History), Lisa Sciacca (Co-Director of College Counseling).

Finally, in case you missed the message from the De La Salle President’s Cabinet on June 02 that included the letter from Brother Visitor Donald Johanson, please take a look at it here. To reiterate: we are deeply saddened by the recent events in the United States, and we pray that we will see better days ahead. Our Lasallian Catholic values will guide, ground, and sustain us, and we hold ourselves to the obligation to be servant leaders and to inculcate the same in our students.

We hope that you and your family enjoy a restful, safe, and restorative summer.

As always, thank you for your partnership.

Sincerely,

Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life


 

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