October 2020 – Principal’s Newsletter

At St. Michael High School, our faculty, staff, and students continue to be vigilant when it comes to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. We greatly appreciate parents who have kept their children home when their child was not feeling well. Parents are urged to continue this practice for the protection of everyone in our community. I am happy to report that our highest weekly infection rate was less than ½ of 1%. We have had several weeks since school started with no new infections. Of the few students who have tested positive, almost all have contracted the virus outside of school. We quarantine those students who have come in close contact with the person who tested positive. The steps we are taking at school are working to keep our students and faculty safe and healthy.
We are all weary of social distancing, mask wearing and frequent hand washing, but we can’t let our guard down now. We recognize that all these safety measures and the sanitizing program at school are essential in the fight against COVID-19. Our goal is to keep our students and faculty safe while remaining on campus with in-person learning. Please continue to help your child understand the importance of all safety measures.
Your child’s health and safety are always a top priority. Vaping continues to be a threat to the health of all young people. The students at St. Michael are not immune. As we work to educate them at school, please join us and speak to your child about the often permanent and harmful effects of vaping. The acceptance of vaping among many young people is a threat to your child. There is some useful information on the CDC website to help you talk to your teenager about vaping. Go to the website www.cdc.gov and type ”children and vaping” in the search bar. Working together we can help our young people make good choices.
We are getting ready to complete the first quarter grading period which ends on Thursday, October 8 and grades will be posted by the end of the day on Monday, October 12. Official grades that are on the transcript come from the semester average. There are still plenty of opportunities to bring up unsatisfactory grades. We have a second nine weeks and midterm exams that will be calculated with the first nine weeks grades to get a semester average. Our dedicated teachers are here to help all our students. Please encourage your student to see their teacher for help if he/she is struggling. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers.
We look forward to helping the 8th graders in our community find out what being a Warrior is all about at our annual Open House. Our Open House on Sunday, November 8, gives us an opportunity to let perspective students and their parents know about the wonderful things that are happening here. Please encourage any 8th grader that you know to attend our Open House from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. so that they can see the outstanding opportunities that await them at St. Michael. As parents of our students, we rely on your assistance in spreading the good news that is St. Michael High School.
Thank you for all that you do to support our mission of forming young people as committed disciples of Christ, especially during these challenging times. We count on your continued prayers.
God Bless,
Ellen B. Lee, Principal

October 2020 Newsletter