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Mr. Eaton's Update

May 8, 2020

Feast of St. Peter of Tarantaise

Graduation 2020

There was a Zoom meeting with seniors and their parents last week. During that meeting, we discussed having an outdoor ceremony in June or July at Columbia Park, provided larger, outdoor groups were allowed by that time.

Since then, we’ve received a directive from Bishop Callahan saying there are to be no graduation activities in the month of June.

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued guidance on graduation ceremonies.  In this, DHS recommends no in-person graduation ceremonies “Until the state determines it is safe to do so.” Please click HERE to view the document.

We still hope to be able to hold a live, in-person graduation ceremony in late July, but we will need to be prepared for a virtual ceremony if a live ceremony does not become an option this summer.

Free and Reduced Lunch Families

The Department of Health Services announced some good news for those receiving free or reduced lunch. DHS will be mailing pre-paid cards to each family to be used at grocery stores. Please click HERE to view the press release from DHS.

Breakfast and Lunch Still Being Provided

From the Marshfield School District website: Free school meals to continue during the “Safer at Home” order on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Enough food will be provided for Tuesdays and Thursdays during these three distribution days. Sites are open to all area students. Families should still choose only one site on distribution days. Meals will include both breakfast and lunch and cannot be consumed onsite.

Pick up will continue to be from 11:00 am and 12:00 Noon in the circle drives at Marshfield High School (1401 E Becker Road), Lincoln Elementary School (17th Street), and Grant Elementary School (425 West Upham St.)

At this time Marshfield School District plans to run the meal distribution through June 30th but is working with DPI to extend this through the summer. Typically, there is meal distribution all summer at Marshfield High School on a more limited basis.

Please note, that these meals are available to any student under the age of 18. At the start of the distributions, it was noted that students receiving the meals should be in the car with the parent during the pick-up.

Why Go So Long?/Why End So Soon?

Both of these have been fairly common questions. On the one hand, students clearly have tired of doing schoolwork at home. More to the point, parents have tired of trying to get their kids to do schoolwork at home. Why couldn’t we just stop weeks ago?

The much-more-rare question is why cut back days of instruction and why stop classes in the middle of May?

We kept going, even after instructional hour requirements were waived, because kids forget. Every summer, a little, sometimes a lot, of the previous year is forgotten. To turn that three-month gap into a four-and-a-half month gap would only have made that worse. We are already thinking about how to reteach and catch up at the start of next year.

Then why cut back and stop early? This has been an extremely stressful time for some families. We needed to lighten the load and relieve some of that stress. We’re also leaving time for students to finish up work without receiving new assignments before the end of the year. High school students will receive more information about finals from Mr. Lambrecht, but all students should have time without new work so they can catch up. The teachers will then have time to complete grading on about our normal schedule.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

This has been our guide for a lot of activities this year. We hoped for a normal Galleon Dinner Auction this summer — but prepared for a virtual auction and senior presentation. We still hope for a late, but relatively normal graduation, but will also be preparing for a virtual one.  Senior awards will be virtual because, despite our hopes, we just don’t see being able to do that live at any point.

The thing we’re hoping for now is a normal start for next school year…but we have to be prepared. The experience our teachers, and students, received this spring will prove invaluable. At every level, we have a better understanding of producing instructional videos, using virtual classrooms, and providing live instruction via the internet. We hope not to need these skills in the fall, but our teachers will be ready if we do.

Summer Camps and Activities

Hopefully, our coaches will be able to have their camps at some point this summer. They’re currently scheduled for the beginning of July. That’s nearly two months from now, and hopefully, the state will be more open by then. Watch for email updates in June.

Let Us Know if You Need Help

Many of you are out-of-work right now and this has been going on a long time. If we can help in some way, please let us know. I can be reached at eaton.david@columbusdons.org and you can reach both Kris Nielsen and me at admissions@columbusons.org.

Open Hearts & Open Doors: Welcome a Global Outreach Catholic Exchange Student to CCHS

Hosting an exchange student is a blessed opportunity and an amazing experience for you, your family, and for the exchange student.  CCHS would like to welcome two Global Outreach (GO) Catholic Exchange Students for the 2020-2021 academic year.  This becomes a reality when a family opens the door to their heart and the door of their home and welcomes a young man or young lady into their family. Currently, the program is seeking host families for nine students who are trusting in God and patiently waiting for their "Good News! We have a Host Family for you!" letter.  The students are from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, and Poland. Please prayerfully discern this calling to share your home and your family with a CCHS Junior — Global Outreach Exchange Student. Click HERE for more information.

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