School Buildings Closed for In-School Learning

I thought I would start this important message with a prayer for strength.

Mighty God, thank you that you are my strength and my song, you fill my heart with joy. You have promised that those who hope in you will have their strength renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Strengthen me according to your word. Remind me that my strength is found in you and your mighty power. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, and power and strength, be unto you my God forever and ever. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen! 

St. John Paul II pray for us. Now and forever. 

Moments ago, many of us watched and listened to Governor Whitmer’s update on COVID-19 and the signing of an executive order that requires that all K-12 school buildings close for in-school learning for the remainder of the school year. She outlined a plan that would ensure the continuation of learning for public school students by setting guidelines for remote learning. 

To be honest, because we immediately started engaging MCC students in e-learning right out of the gate, we are in a very different position and better for it. Instead of dwelling on the plan outlined by Governor Whitmer for public schools, I am going to dive into the Muskegon Catholic Central plan to complete the 2019-2020 school year with gusto and Crusader pride. 

1. All of the e-learning work accomplished by MCC students will have a tremendous impact on our students’ ability to perform when the 2020-2021 school year begins on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. It will help our seniors as they prepare for the rigors of college. 

2. As I have stated numerous times, all of the instructional days and coursework accomplished does count. It is very important that our students continue to complete their school work with passion and determination. 

3. Sincere thanks and appreciation to our administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents who have helped us create and develop an educational learning platform that really is allowing our students to remain engaged in learning. A special thank you to our faculty for their persistence, our students for the fortitude, and our parents for their support. 

4. In anticipation of the Governor’s announcement, the Leadership Team met yesterday afternoon. Our discussion centered on the remainder of the school year. Some decisions were comfortably made, and there are a few additional decisions that the Leadership Team needs more time to collaborate before final decisions can be made, keeping the best interest of all in mind. 

5. Reminder - Spring Break begins tomorrow, Friday, April 3rd. I hope you can find some quality family time during the respite provided by Spring Break. Have fun and enjoy your free time! 

6. On Monday, April 13th, this day has been designated as a professional development day for our faculty, allowing them time to assess the e-learning platform and make necessary enhancements and improvements, in addition to planning additional coursework for their students. Therefore, there will be no e-learning on this day for all students. E-learning will resume on Tuesday, April 14th.

7. In addition to the April 13th professional development day for our faculty, we are providing them three additional non-teaching days as follows:  

  • Friday, April 24th  

  • Friday, May 8th  

  • Friday, May 22nd  

  • Therefore, there will be no e-learning for students on these days.

8. NWEA/MAP and ACRE assessment will not occur this spring. For information regarding the PSAT, the SAT, and AP assessments please contact Mrs. Morell at [email protected] or visit the College Board website

9. Performing arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities are suspended for the remainder of the school year as stipulated by the Governor in her executive order. 

10. Senior final exams will take place as scheduled on Tuesday, May 12th and Wednesday, May 13th. Seniors' last day is Wednesday, May 13th.

11. Grades will continue to be given by teachers using PowerSchool according to our curriculum standards. If you have questions about the grading process please contact your child’s teacher. If you have questions on how to access your child’s grade please contact Mrs. Morell at [email protected] 

12. At this time, final preparations have not been made pertaining to the Junior-Senior Prom, Senior Father-Daughter/Mother-Son Dance, Baccalaureate, High School Commencement, and the Sixth and Eighth Grade end-of-year celebrations. However much discussion is taking place concerning these very important Crusader events. We will keep you informed as plans progress and are finalized. These events are of utmost importance for our students and their families. 

13. Final exams for the 7th-11th grade students will take place on Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd . 

14. The last day of school is Tuesday, June 2nd. 

Certainly, one of our goals was to find a way to maintain the semblance of a normal school day when we knew that nothing about this was going to be normal. We will continue with that thought process as we close out the school year. We ALL have much to be proud of! We are in the throes of accomplishing something that we had no sense of before we started. As Crusaders, we came together and figured out how to learn effectively at home. The Crusader family has my utmost admiration and gratitude. 

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