Remote Learning Update for April 20, 2020

Dear Parents,

The circumstances in which we find ourselves today were truly unfathomable just a few weeks and months ago, as we prepared for 3rd quarter exams, began participating in our LHSAA and Club spring sports, and marched in Mardi Gras parades, among so many other events that serve as annual hallmarks of a Brother Martin school year. This pandemic has affected all of us in so many ways, and I pray that as you read this you and your family are doing as well as can be expected at this time.

Undoubtedly, the transition to Remote Learning signaled a significant disruption in your son’s - and your entire family’s - daily routine. Our faculty has tried to be creative and innovative in motivating your sons while providing the holistic approach to education that is part and parcel with Fr. Andre Coindre’s charism and the educational tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

As you would expect, one of our primary goals moving forward is to ensure that we provide opportunities for our students to achieve their academic excellence at Brother Martin High School. To that end, we have made one minor adjustment to our Remote Learning expectations now that we fully expect our campus to remain closed and our remote learning to continue through the end of this school year. Our faculty will now offer live or recorded conferences for instruction or ‘office hours’ for question and answer opportunities at least twice per week. Many of our faculty have offered this and more over these past five weeks, and we have now increased this requirement across the board. We heard feedback from you that you believe this would benefit your sons from a holistic approach, and our faculty agree. However, we have also heard from our faculty that their live remote sessions are poorly attended. Please, encourage your sons to engage in these live sessions, and I encourage you to reach out to your son’s teachers to find out what his or her live schedule might be in a given week.

Additionally, we will offer Parent/Teacher Conferences in an effort to continue to effectively communicate with our families about your son’s academic performance and overall well-being. We will offer virtual conferences for parents of 12th graders on Wednesday, April 22 and for parents of 8th-11th graders on Wednesday, April 29. A Google Form has already been sent to parents of 12th graders, and parents of underclassmen should click here to access the Google Form to sign up for the April 29 Parent/Teacher Conferences. This form will be closed at noon on Monday, April 27, so please complete it before that deadline. Each date that is designated as a Parent/Teacher Conference day will be a day of “No Instruction” for students and teachers with the same instructional guidelines as we had on Friday, April 3.

Lastly, please click on the link for information regarding Exams, 4th Quarter Grades, and Semester Grades. Our Administration and Academic Council worked in collaboration in order to create a strategy for exams and grading that is true to the mission of our school - one that is flexible and compassionate; that promotes Religious Values, Academic Excellence, Personal Attention, and Friendly Discipline. Our plans for exams and grades are unique given the circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment. We are confident that this plan will allow our teachers to give their students every opportunity to reach their individual academic excellence in a flexible manner. We believe this plan is true to our mission statement and meets the needs of our changing world.

Please join me as we continue to pray for everyone affected by this pandemic, especially those in our school community. If we can do anything for you or your family moving forward, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Your Partner in Mission,

Ryan Gallagher '00

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