Dear Parents and Students,
Brother Martin High School’s remote learning platform will begin Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 was originally scheduled as a standardized testing day, but that day will now be a day of Remote Learning.
The leadership, faculty, and staff of Brother Martin High School has spent a considerable amount of time creating a remote learning plan that ensures our students will receive instruction that is meaningful, rigorous, consistent, ongoing, and intentional. We understand that this is uncharted territory for all of us; however, please be assured that we will be creative and flexible, and we will work with each of you and your son(s) given this unique situation. If you or your son(s) has any questions about specific course expectations, please contact the appropriate individual teacher through email and/or Schoology. Many of our teachers will be interfacing with students throughout each school day through various Schoology applications.
We have already made one adjustment to our plan based on recent communication from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. At a teleconference of high school presidents and principals in the Archdiocese Monday afternoon, Sr. Mary Ellen Wheelahan of the Office of Catholic Schools communicated that live video instruction should be avoided out of an abundance of caution in regards to safe environment protocols. Therefore, all video instruction by Brother Martin faculty will be recorded and uploaded through the “Schoology Conferences” application or as a regular video posted in the Schoology course. Teachers know that their students will have questions and struggle to understand certain concepts, and they will communicate through discussion threads on Schoology after the conference is posted to answer those questions as best they can. Students can also message a teacher directly through Schoology with specific questions.
Required course expectations and attendance procedures for each of your son’s classes have been communicated via Schoology by each of your son’s individual teachers. As we navigate this ever-changing situation, communication among our school community is critical. It is imperative that students check their Brother Martin school email and Schoology account for communication on a daily basis moving forward. Students are reminded to download the free Schoology app if they have a personal cell phone as an additional access point. I will continue to communicate through this global email application and through Schoology. Any communication that is sent through the global email application will also be posted to the school’s website.
The Administration and all non-teaching faculty, including Student Formation personnel, Campus Ministers, Guidance counselors, and the like are available in a remote capacity throughout the duration of this situation. Our Guidance office and Student Formation office will provide resources through Schoology to assist our students during this time.
I want to assure both parents and students that this remote learning plan is one that all students will be able to manage successfully. We will encounter obstacles along the way that force us to think on our feet and make adjustments. Our teachers will work with all students to ensure their success and maintain the personal attention and availability that students experience on campus while working towards their individual academic excellence. While students will be held accountable for instruction and assessments, everyone at Brother Martin understands that this new platform will require adjustments and flexibility on everyone’s part. Nevertheless, I firmly believe it will be successful.
I appreciate the cooperation and willingness on the part of our entire school community to work together to navigate through this unsettling time. I know that there are many students and parents who are anxious about all of this change, as well as the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus. Please know that Brother Martin High School will do everything possible to ensure that our students are cared for and nurtured just as if they were on our campus. Students and parents are encouraged to contact our administration or guidance counselors for concerns.
As partners in Mission, I am confident that with courage and trust we will make the best of these circumstances just as we have in the past.
Your Partner in Mission,
Ryan Gallagher '00