Dr. Marinis Monthly Memo - September 2020
It’s the whole experience that counts.
We are excited to have our Calvert Senecas back in the buildings, in socially distanced classrooms, wearing facemasks, and abiding by COVID restrictions. Learning must go on face to face, the proven most effective method of academic excellence. Children need “the whole experience,” of education through relationship building, daily routines, class presence for maximized learning. We are especially blessed to be leaders in education for our community during these current and unusual circumstances.
As our enrollment continues to increase, we know more families are seeking an education for their children that involves building a foundation on Christian values. Masses will be celebrated with high school and academy students gathering together in the gym, while elementary students will gather in St. Joseph church. Adoration will be each First Friday of the month. With spirituality as one of the four main pillars of our mission, service continues to be weaved through our entire school system, with a plan in process for an important and helpful community service project in the spring.
The blessing and advantage of Catholic education is that we can pass on the message to our future generations of how to live a meaningful life that contributes to the success of the individual, the family, the community, and the world. This is what actualizes the formation of our students towards becoming responsible adults.
We are building a robust program of College Credit Plus classes that will allow college professors presence in our building. By offering these classes, we are helping our students plan for their future and be able to transfer class credits to the college of their choice. The Academy (6-7-8th grades) is partnering with Tiffin University on a Badging Program that involves the introduction and development of life-skills, such as time management, study skills, communication, conflict-resolution, completed with a certification award. This is a three-year educational formation for our students to better prepare them as disciples of Christ and leaders for the future.
On August 27th, we were able to celebrate, in person, our National Honor Society inductees, providing more normalcy for our students. We congratulate our 11 new members of NHS. Advisor Elizabeth Wasson inducted Caitlyn Borer, Ashley Felter, AJ Hemminger, Taylor Krzyzak, Kate Laney, Mara Mangiola, Kate Rombach, Ethan Sauber, Jackson Seislove, Frannie Webb, and Emma White. On August 29th we were able to celebrate our senior athletes and band members at our first home football game. This week we have many school-wide activities going on for the students as we celebrate our 2020 Homecoming. Some of those activities include spirit dress days, pep rally at the East Green, senior girls assembly, mass, and the crowning of our king and queen at the Saturday night football game at 6:00 p.m.
The elementary continues to include a world-wide approach to education by expanding language and culture studies. In our fifth grade classes, we are co-teaching in the “Grow Your Mind” classroom, which maximizes student learning opportunities and allows for expanding teachers’ talents.
For us to continue our mission, we plan and organize many different opportunities for others to assist us. October 20th will be CCS Day of Giving to replace our former fall Calvert Patron Drive. This is a day for our community members to celebrate giving and to support what they love. I invite you to go online to take advantage of this special opportunity and appreciate our re-directed effort to protect our students during the COVID restrictions.
Every day we are together is a blessing. Our staff is available for scheduling appointments to visit the facilities, ask questions, and learn more about Calvert Catholic Schools. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available, and enrollment can be done online at our website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.