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Late arrival days serve larger purpose


I wanted to explain about the five remaining late arrival dates for the first semester:

  • Thursday, September 28
  • Monday, October 9
  • Monday, October 30
  • Monday, November 20
  • Monday, December 11

On these dates, doors open at 8:30 a.m., classes begin at 9:30, and school ends at 3:09 p.m. On October 9, Scecina Memorial High School has its annual Service and College visit day. The other four dates are for teacher professional development. I want to explain to you the reasons for these delayed starts.

On October 9, ninth-graders and sophomores (underclassmen) will do community service, and juniors and seniors (upperclassmen) will achieve academic formation by visiting colleges. Some of the underclassmen service opportunities include doing work for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and several East Deanery parishes.

Upperclassmen will experience academic formation when the seniors visit the college or university of their choices and juniors will take tours of Indiana, Marian, and Taylor universities.

Service and academic formation is, in the words of Pope Francis, part of the “integral formation of the human person, both given his own ultimate goal and for the good of society of which he is a member.” Both the service and academic formation is part teaching students how to use their knowledge for the good of society.

The other four dates (September 28, October 30, November 20, December 11) involve teacher professional development on how to use a Learning Management System (LMS). LMS software allows for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of educational courses or training programs.

Teachers are using a software called Canvas to support PowerSchool, our LMS system. Canvas is a software package that provides a way to simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. Teachers will learn how to use best technology practices, so they can personalize and customize what is happening in their subject areas to meet the individual needs of our students.

These five late arrival dates will help broaden the spiritual and intellectual horizons of our students. Also, they will provide our teachers with the professional development they need to use technology as accelerators to enhance student learning.

You remain in my thoughts and prayers!

Dr. Joe Brettnacher

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