As I sit down to write this blog, I know that it is Holy Saturday morning. I know that we are finishing Spring Break and ready to head back to schooling via our e-learning platform on Tuesday morning. What I did not know is the date. I glance at my watch and see that it is Saturday, April 11th. Wow! What a month this has been.
On Wednesday, March 11, I arrived at work feeling great about the Crusader Forum held the night before. I sat down at my desk and began to prepare for the day. After a few minutes, I opened up the computer and started working on the agenda for the Leadership Team meeting to be held that afternoon. One of the agenda topics was What if …. The tentacles of the coronavirus were already appearing and I wanted the Leadership Team to spend some time thinking about possible scenarios and how we might put ourselves in the best position to respond. One scenario we listed was a school closure. Wanting to keep students engaged in learning, our solution was to begin a discussion with our faculty about at home e-learning. Little did we know how important the follow-up conversations that Mrs. Aldrich and Mrs. Callow had with the faculty would be by on Friday as we frantically prepared to follow the school closure order given by Governor Whitmer the night before.
I will say it again - Wow! What a month! This virus has created in very short order a cataclysmic change in how we live our lives. Every part and facet has been impacted. I certainly pray every day that a way to kill this invasive and deadly virus is found. To be honest, it will only be then that anyone will feel safe and protected. It will only be then that we will be able to return to a sense of normalcy, though it will be a new normal.
Enough about the dark side. As I reflect back on the past month, it is obvious to me that God is with us. He continues to shower His blessings and grace on the Crusader family. We have much to be thankful for.
Based on the basic premise that we wanted to keep our students engaged in the learning process, we have innovated and implemented an e-learning platform that is allowing our students to do much more than remain engaged. They are learning, progressing, and growing. The process, not without hiccups and glitches, is ever-evolving. Due to a true partnership between teachers, students, and parents, we continually are finding ways to enhance the teaching and learning process. All have been forced out of their comfort zone and asked, actually required, to build a new normal. And thanks be to God, the Crusader family has responded in the only way they know how - with excellence, character, effort, and opportunity.
I am in awe of what has been accomplished. The Crusader spirit and tradition, in a sense, provided a template for our response. Crusaders step up and out. They are willing to quickly review and assess a situation and come to appropriate and effective solutions. Where they have really shined is when it comes time to enacting and implementing the solutions. Excellence occurs. We have a new chapter, though not yet completed, to add to the Crusader book of excellence.
I wrote in a message the other day that great people make great things happen, and we have great people. I am so thankful and appreciative for:
Our faculty for taking on a task that has been challenging, daunting and inspirational.
Our students for responding to a situation that they did not want or expect with passion, enthusiasm, and conviction.
Our parents for their willingness to involve themselves in and support a learning process that would take place in their homes
Our staff for their ability to adapt to a new work environment (home), continuing to ensure that “normal” in-school processes are maintained and sustained.
Please know that I am available to answer any questions or provide additional information about my musing and thoughts. Do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]. God is with us and He continues to shower His blessings on Muskegon Catholic Central and the Crusader family.
My prayer is that the peace and joy of the Resurrected Jesus fill your hearts and souls. Have a wonderful and Happy Easter.
Ken R. Rasp
President, Muskegon Catholic Central
Posted on Sat, April 11, 2020
by Ken Rasp