From the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to have students return to school!  Understandably, there are some questions and concerns in these unprecedented times.  The protocols sent out last week outline our careful planning for each aspect of the school day and are in line with CDC, Diocese of Salt Lake, and local health department recommendations.

Wednesday’s schedule will follow the same schedule as the high school with Wednesday being a remote learning/flex day.  As SJBMS and JDCHS share teachers, students, and facilities, being as synchronous as possible allows for continued opportunities with the sharing of resources.

Recognize that this schedule provides some great benefits.  We will always start a regular week on an “A” day.  It also allows for more time to clean the building and reduce the viral load mid-week.  In addition, it fits very well into our model of moving towards blending online learning while allowing students to attend face to face 80% of the time.  I am very confident that our middle school students will take on this challenge and be very successful with this remote learning day.

During the summer, we invested heavily in software and hardware to provide a better, more enriching, online experience for our students.  We had been moving toward a blended online learning platform prior to Covid-19, and will continue moving in that direction to enhance the educational experience of our students.   Online products such as Canvas, Playposit, Membean, Aleks, and Newsela will be used and require students to have a device (not a phone) to execute the curriculum.  Additionally, we will have cameras for the teachers to broadcast lessons via Canvas.

Families who feel a remote learning environment is the best fit for their specific circumstances must contact Mr. Reeder via email to set up a meeting.  In order for a student to participate online, they must be responsible, independent, and accountable.

Orientations are an important part of students returning to campus. Students must bring their device to orientation for set up and use.  Orientations will be held at the following times:

  • Wednesday, August 12 ~ 8th Grade 9:30-12:00 
    • Any 8th grader with a class taught by JDCHS(SJA Academy) will have an additional portion of the orientation from 12:00-1:00 (snack provided)
  • Thursday, August 13 ~ 6th Grade 9:30-12:00
  • Friday, August 14 ~7th Grade 9:30-12:00 
    • Any 7th grader assigned Enriched Algebra Honors(SJA Academy) will have an additional portion of the orientation from 12:00-1:00  (snack provided)

Students must wear a mask to orientation and report to the west doors of the middle school only for entrance procedure instruction. Students will receive their schedules at orientation, no schedules will be given prior to orientation day.  Consider sending your student with a water bottle as drinking fountains are not available for use.  If a student is unable to attend orientation information will be posted on the school’s website.

Making the choice for your student is difficult.  Nonetheless, parents as the primary educator must decide what is best for their children.   I understand, I am a parent of a senior and an eighth grader, and have put three previous children through Catholic schools.  Like you, I want what is best for my children.  I have always believed in Catholic education, not necessarily for the academics (which have been exceptional), but for the compassion, integrity, and moral instruction of my children.  If you have questions some of them may be answered on our FAQ page found on our website.  As partners in education we are here to work together, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Faithfully yours,

Mr. Patrick Reeder