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Campus is Closed, but Our Cadets Carry On...

St Joseph High School School's campus closed on Friday, March 13, 2020, and we have transitioned to remote learning on Monday, March 16. Our campus will remain closed until further notice.  Although the times are challenging, we are committed to providing you with the same rigorous education that you can expect from a college preparatory high school. Our community is strong and together, we will continue to persevere through this challenge.

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A Message from the Head of School

Together, for others…

Friday, 27 March 2020

Dear Parents,

I am in the building, realizing more than ever that it’s just that, a building. It is when students shout out, “Hi, Dr Fitz,” or Dr Valois’, “Mornin’, Boss,” or Mrs DiBuono’s daily, “You’re not going to believe this one…,” that the place comes alive. Which is happening, just not here, but online. The extraordinary work with which our faculty and counselors are currently engaged with students is very encouraging and reveals a deep understanding of mission. It is reassuring, this St Joes – this together for others.

While our faculty are committed, more than ever, to providing the best programs in teaching and learning, Distance Learning requires all hands-on deck. Our department heads, technology technicians, and administrative staff are putting in countless hours to ensure our students have an optimal learning environment at home. Teaching and learning continue; Catholic education remains our “essential business.”

We stay in communication with the diocese, the town, the state, as well as our colleagues in Connecticut’s independent schools. We are all facing the same calendar challenges. April 20th is the next benchmark, but we all heard the Governor say it will probably be to the end of the year. We are working to maintain the continuity and quality of instruction for the duration, and we are planning meaningful contingencies for all the celebratory traditions of the St Joes community.

Fiscally, the Board of Directors have positioned St Joes well. We are sound. And we are diligent in equitably exercising our responsibility to all parents who pay tuition for their child’s education. We set that tuition to ensure that we maintain excellence in Catholic college preparatory education. We also work to keep the cost within reach of our families. I trust the value of your investment is shining through in these uncertain days.

And if any family find themselves in extreme financial difficulty due to the corona virus impact, please contact the finance office to restructure your current payment plan, see Mrs Batten: LBatten@sjcadets.org. And if you find you could contribute tuition assistance to our family relief fund, Angel Aid, contact Mrs Marcella: amarcella@sjcadets.org or go to sjcadets.org/angelaid.

While we are each threatened now, remember that Catholic schooling is something we do together. Character and conscience are bred in community. We are partners in the mission. As I routinely ask of the students, let’s keep an eye out for each other, to see we all get through together.

St Joseph, our patron, pray for us.

Sincerely,

William Fitzgerald, Head of School 


 

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