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Academic Life, VP Letters

June 3, 2021

Dr. Heather Alumbaugh HeadshotDear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,

Yesterday I received a beautiful message from Mr. Mike Daniels, who is the Lasallian District of San Francisco New Orleans Office of Education Director. In it, he called our attention to this recent Lasallian Reflection:

“Our shared miracle stories remind us that ours is a living tradition that continues to call us into a courageous and creative future.”

As we celebrate the end of the 2020-2021 school year, I cannot help but think of the communal miracle of courage, persistence, and creativity our students have shared. Thank you for joining us on this incredible and daunting journey. We are so grateful for the ways that our Lasallian mission and our faith have sustained us in this moment.

The end of this school year ushered in much to make us grateful as a school community. 

  • On Friday, May 14, De La Salle High School was announced as the Ambassador School for Students in Action for the San Francisco Bay Area. De La Salle graduating senior JT Baird ‘21, who is a member of the school’s Service Leadership class, joined an Instagram Live broadcast to represent the school as the regional winner of this award was announced. The De La Salle Students In Action Club started 13 years ago with the mission to help De La Salle students and the surrounding community get involved in community service. De La Salle students have completed more than 500,000 volunteer service hours, impacting more than 50,000 people, and have raised more than $150,000 since the program began. Please join me in celebrating both the students and their faculty mentors, Dr. Elizabeth and Mr. Andrew Berkes, for their amazing contributions to our community.
  • We celebrated our  Baccalaureate Liturgy on May 21st as well as the full graduation of the Class of 2021 on May 23rd, which can both be found in their entirety on our graduation webpage. Our SENIOR AWARDS, which for the first time were all given at graduation, can be found here
  • On May 26, 2021, De La Salle held its annual Academic Awards night in the Quad to celebrate the classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 for their hard work and dedication. 
  • On Friday, May 28, our first cohort of teachers who finished their individual training with our Educational Technology partner Knowing Technologies offered a wonderful share-out, so we could all learn from the best practices they adopted during the pandemic. In addition, we had a beautiful prayer lunch to honor our retiring Lallians, men and women who together have dedicated their lives, compassion, and wisdom to De La Salle for over a century. Once again, we will miss deeply Mrs. Sherry Bedford, Mr. Matt Castello, Mr. Mark DeMarco, Mr. Bob Ladouceur, and Mr. Bob Zorad.
  • Even as we say goodbye, we are delighted to welcome to the 2021-2022 De La Salle community our new faculty hires: Mrs. Kristin Lamble (Social Studies), Mr. Roberto Martinez (Bishop John S. Cummins Student Support Coordinator), Mr. Carter Powers (Religious Studies), and Mr. DJ Vierra (HPER). Additionally, Mr. David Holquin, our incoming President, starts in July, and Mrs. Bonnie Seck will be starting this summer as our new Receptionist.

Important Information for Next Academic Year
We want to make sure you read the April 29th message from the President’s Cabinet announcing jointly with Carondelet that we plan on being back in school full time, five days a week for all students. There will be no virtual class options for next year, as students will be expected to be on campus every day.

To that end, we released next year’s De La Salle/Carondelet joint BELL SCHEDULE on Wednesday on Schoology for our students to see. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Return to five days a week of academic instruction.
  • Mondays are Periods 0-7 with Tuesday through Friday being alternating 80-minute blocks called A Day: Periods 0-1-2-3-7 & B Day: Periods 0-4-5-6, similar to this year.
  • Flex Wednesdays go away, but on some Wednesdays (approx. twice a month), we will have integrated Community Time connected to either 5th or 6th periods.
    • During Community Time, we will have check-ins, discussions, and chances for students to connect with one another on a variety of topics.
    • Some Community Time will be dedicated to Liturgies/prayer services or assemblies and rallies (there’s special schedules connected to those days)
  • We will also have some Wednesdays designated as Late Start days with school starting at 9:30am (4th period).
  • On Fridays, following 6th period will be X-Block. X-Block will be dedicated to academic and co-curricular time where students may meet with teachers/counselors, do makeup testing, meet with a club/organization, work on a project or homework. For some students, the school may mandate academic support during X-Block.
  • Short, four-day weeks (holidays, professional development days) will only have A/B-Days, no 0-7 days.
  • As we emerge from our collective Covid-19 experience, we continue to be grateful for the miracle of this community. We will continue to work closely with our partners at Carondelet to refine what next year looks like. And more than anything, we are so excited to see everyone back on campus in the fall.

As a final reminder, be on the lookout for the SUMMER CHECKLIST, which will go live at the beginning of July.

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


Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life


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