COVID-19 UPDATE FOR SMHS COMMUNITY

A Special Thank You

A heartfelt message from Saint Mary's students, parents and alumni to the staff and faculty for all their efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic and their efforts to continue to educate.
 
 
 
SAINT MARY'S HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
End of Year Message
 
May 18, 2020

In the midst of the unexpected way this school year has gone, with the cancellations of
so many beloved Spring and Summer events and rites of passage, Bishop Cotta
reminds those in High School to trust in God - be sure to keep strong in prayer, focus on
Jesus in their life.
 
 
May 15, 2020

Dear Catholic School Community:

I pray that this message finds you and yours well. Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these extraordinary times.

As the 2019/20 academic year begins to wind down, I am certain that there are many questions surrounding the reopening of the schools in the Diocese of Stockton. I want to assure you that amidst the uncertainties of what the public health conditions will look like for schools in August, our priority remains to return to in-class instruction as originally scheduled, as long as it is deemed safe to do so.

Looking ahead, the principals and the Catholic Schools Office are making plans to re-open our campuses with various scenarios in mind.

Our preferred scenario is a full return to campus with enhanced precautions and hygiene protocols in place. We are confident that the work of teachers, principals and parents over the past eight weeks has been successful in sustaining ongoing learning. Yet, we know that our communal witness to the Gospel message of love of God and neighbors is the heart of our Catholic schools.

We recognize that it is highly likely that state requirements for safe distancing will necessitate the need to limit the number of students on campus at one time. If this is the case and our class sizes and/or school sizes do not meet these requirements, we may need to create a hybrid model of education as an alternative to campus closures. This could result in a blend of classroom instruction and distance learning. We feel confident that we can work within any given guidelines to determine a realistic plan for each school site.

As we work through this process, there are numerous variables to analyze at each site and we are being very thoughtful as we address each and every concern. While our goal is to have all of our teachers and students return to our campuses in August, we continue to be mindful of those members of our school communities who are considered high-risk and plan to develop alternative plans for them. We also acknowledge that we should anticipate the possibility of the Stay-at-Home order being reinstated. We will be prepared for this scenario as well, building upon the current model of instruction to create an even more robust learning program.

Planning is underway and will continue through this summer to ensure that all schools are ready to welcome our students and parents back to school. We ask that you keep this work in your prayers. As believers in the Risen Lord, we know that "With God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) I will continue to communicate with you as we move through our decision-making process and to keep you informed as our plans are finalized.

On behalf of the Catholic Schools Office, I pray that these last two weeks of the school year be blessed with good health and filled with hope as we carefully plan for the future of our Catholic schools.
 
In mission,
 
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools 
 
 
COPING WITH STRESS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Dr. Mario Starc, our mental health consultant, is offering online appointments to any interested students, parents, or staff on the following days:
 
Wednesday   2:00-4:00 PM
Thursday       2:00-4:00 PM
 
To schedule an appointment, and in order to assure privacy, please email him directly at mstarc@saintmaryshighschool.org
 
 
 
Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

Children and teens are among the people who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis. Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
• Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
• Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
• Worsening of chronic health problems.
• Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Here are some things you can do to support yourself:
• Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
• Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate.
• Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
• Call your health care provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

This information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
 
UPDATE TO SCHOOL STATUS - May 1, 2020
Diocese of Stockton, Catholic Schools Office
 
 
Dear Catholic School Community:  
 
I pray that this note finds you healthy and well as we continue our stay-at-home order. Whether we are gathered together in a virtual classroom or participating in a streaming Mass, the past seven weeks have proven that our Catholic schools and families continue to be committed to academic excellence, faith formation and community.  
 
A few days ago, Governor Newsom announced that the 2020-2021 school year may start as early as July to make up for learning lost this spring. As we have previously communicated, our Catholic schools were able to pivot quickly and adapt to distance learning almost overnight; thereby minimizing any potential loss. At this point in time, we are proceeding with the assumption that schools will return to their respective campuses in August, as originally scheduled.  
 
As we look to returning in August, there are still many uncertainties surrounding the transition back to campus, some of which may be dictated by the state. As members of the California Association of Private School Organizations, we have been reassured that no formal consideration of protocols for the reopening of campuses has been launched at the state level, and that the views and concerns of the private school community will definitely be sought. The health and safety of our students and teachers continue to guide our decision-making, and we are exercising both creativity and caution as we vision our return. Please know that we are discussing contingency plans with health agencies and principals as well as collaborating with other dioceses throughout California. Social distancing, disinfecting protocols, hand washing, and technology are at the heart of our conversations as we draft plans to bring our students back to their beloved schools. Rest assured we will keep you updated as plans unfold.  
 
Pope Francis tells us, "Hope opens new horizons, making us capable of dreaming what is not even imaginable." As people of faith, may we be filled with the hope of the Risen Lord as we carefully plan and courageously dream for the future of our Catholic schools.  
 
May you and yours be blessed,
 
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools
 
 
UPDATE - APRIL 20, 2020

We will continue remote learning through Friday, May 22. During our originally-planned finals week (May 18-22), teachers and students will be wrapping up their semester. We intend this week to be a time to catch up and wrap up, which we hope will help any students who may have fallen behind on assignments. It is imperative that students complete all assigned work. We are confident that your student will succeed in the fourth quarter if he/she completes all of his/her work.

Students should refer to their teachers' individual late work policies; it should be noted that while all of our faculty have adopted much more flexible late-work policies, the faculty themselves will decide the portion of credit for late work.

Just as we continue to improve our course content delivery and engage our students, we expect all students to continue to give their best efforts for the duration of our semester.
 
SEMESTER GRADES
Saint Mary's High School will assign letter grades for the Spring 2020 Semester.

We want you to know that we have given this decision careful consideration. We recognize and understand that many public schools have moved to Pass/Fail grading and that some of the elite universities are accepting Pass/Fail on high school transcripts for this semester; however, we do not believe that this method of grading would be the best option for the following reasons:

1) We record only semester grades on our students' transcripts; therefore, students already earned half of their semester grades during the third quarter, which ended on March 6. It should be noted that Pass/Fail grades do not calculate into a student's cumulative GPA, and we want to give our students every opportunity to receive full credit for the grades they have earned in their respective courses during the entire semester.

2) Saint Mary's faculty had the agility to transition their courses-in-progress to a remote learning mode for the remainder of the fourth quarter. We are proud of the fact that we had a plan in place and that there was no interruption in the delivery of courses during this semester. Our teachers, administrators and IT staff worked hard to keep our students moving forward. It is important to note that many of our peer institutions, who were similarly able to continue content delivery without interruptions and whose students had adequate access, are also assigning letter grades.

3) Assigning letter grades will enable our students and faculty to meet curriculum goals. Our faculty aims to provide our students with stability and community during this time of uncertainty and isolation through continued engagement with our students.
 
FINALS
Saint Mary's High School will not hold Spring 2020 Finals this year.

Because we have not found a viable solution for holding exams remotely in a way that would maintain the academic integrity of our exams, we have decided to cancel finals. Normally, our semester exams comprise 20% of the semester grade. This year, without a separate final exam grade, the Spring Semester grade calculation will be as follows: Spring Semester 2020 = Third Quarter (50%) + Fourth Quarter (50%). Note that teachers will communicate any changes to their gradebook categories directly on Schoology to their individual classes.

On Monday, April 20, we will open the Spring Semester PowerSchool Portal, so the grade you see on PowerSchool will include the average of your student's third quarter and fourth quarter grade to date. With this view, as grades are updated over the next few weeks, you will continue to have an accurate picture of your students' semester grades. Only this semester letter grade will be recorded on his/her transcript.
 

We realize that students' learning experiences have been challenging during this remote learning time. We also know that many of our students' family and personal circumstances have worsened during this time. If your student has experienced acute emotional or learning difficulty, we encourage you to contact his/her counselor or Mario Starc, our mental health consultant, at mstarc@saintmaryshighschool.org.

May the hope of the Resurrection bring you peace and joy in this Easter season!

In Mary's Grace,
Kathy Smith
Principal
Sheila Madary
Vice-Principal
Fourth quarter progress reports are finalized and may be viewed on PowerSchool. To view the Progress Report, click on "Teacher Comments" in your child's PowerSchool account. Please contact the teachers and/or counselor if you have questions about your child's academic progress.
 
 
If you have trouble logging in to PowerSchool,
please contact Greg Bahr, gbahr@saintmaryshighschool.org  
 
ACADEMICS
How is Saint Mary's supporting students who may be struggling to keep up academically?
Mrs. Howze is offering Math tutoring from 11:00 am-12:30 pm during each school day. Mrs. Gianna Stephens is providing daily English tutoring on weekday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Please check Schoology for details on how to sign up. If your student is struggling in a particular subject, please email his/her teacher directly and copy his/her counselor.
 
How can we best access our student's counselor during this time?
Counselors are available to check in with your students, discuss academic or emotional difficulties and offer college counseling.  They can be reached via email and have now posted "office hours" on Schoology.  During these sessions they will be available for one-on-one Zoom sessions. Please email your student's counselor if you would like to make a Zoom appointment during their specified office hours:
 
Mrs. Nisby  (last names: A-Go) 
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm
Mrs. Davenport  (last names: Gr-O)
Tuesdays,  9:30am to 11:30am
 
Mrs. Chapman  (last names P-Z)
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm
 
My student has difficulties with Schoology outages. How is Saint Mary's handling this and how can he/she submit homework or continue a quiz during an outage or due to poor internet connection at home?
Teachers and students have experienced many outages, especially during the second week of remote learning due to the 400% increase in traffic on this learning platform. Since then, Schoology has made adjustments and we have experienced far fewer problems. However, if your student still experiences outages and has difficulty submitting work, please contact his/her teacher directly through email (gmail account) and copy his/her counselor. For technical issues please email techsupport@saintmaryshighschool.org or call the Saint Mary's tech department at (209) 957-3340, Ext. 227.
 
Regarding Schoology, please note the following:
  • As of April 20, all teachers will post their weekly agenda on Schoology with dates and times for completion.
  • Students must visit each course in Schoology every day. They must look in the materials folder for each class and each folder, where appropriate.
  • Schoology Notifications are set by each individual. Neither Schoology, nor Saint Mary's, nor the teachers can dictate these settings.  Students should use this link to modify their notifications:
  • Once an EVENT expires, it does not appear in the feed.  Students must go to the calendar to access expired events. We recommend that students check their course calendars to stay up-to-date.
  • It is also very important that students check their school email each day.
 
How can I help my student adapt to remote learning?
Require your student to check each of his/her classes on Schoology every morning
(M-F). Teachers are posting all assignments through Schoology since it is our main communication platform. While teachers are using some new tools to implement their curriculum, these tools are linked through Schoology.
  • Encourage your student to plan ahead. Teachers are scheduling occasional quizzes and Zoom sessions during students’ regular class time as this is the only way we can avoid schedule conflicts. Teachers will give at least one day’s notice if students need to be “present” on Schoology at a particular time.
  • Encourage your student to track assignment due dates through the Schoology calendar and access assignments through the “Materials” and “Updates” on the Schoology menu. Although remote learning demands a higher level of organization and independent work, teachers are available for group and individual help during the school day.
  • Encourage your student to take regular breaks away from any screens. Getting fresh air, exercise and good nutrition are important elements for maintaining mental health.
  • Access your student’s counselor and communicate with teachers if your
    family is undergoing higher levels of stress during this time.
 
Will we be out for the rest of the year?
We expect our campus to remain closed through the remainder of the school year; however, Saint Mary's will return to campus earlier if public health officers deem it safe to do so. We will continue to work with public health authorities, and we will keep you updated as our country's response to COVID-19 evolves. 
 
Does Saint Mary's High School plan to make any changes to finals or second semester grade calculations?
We will announce our decision on these topics to our students and wider community immediately after Easter Break.
 
Will summer school be offered for students if the campus remains closed in June?
Summer school will still be offered regardless of whether stay-at-home orders are still in place. If our campus is still closed in June, we are prepared to offer two summer school sessions via remote instruction, from June 1 - June 19 and from June 22 - July 10, 2020. More specific information regarding which courses we will offer will be released at a later date.
 
What is the attendance policy if my student is sick during this remote learning phase?
If a student is sick or unable to attend any school day(s) during our remote learning phase, parents are required to email the SMHS Attendance office attendance@saintmaryshighschool.org within 24 hours of the student's absence. Students cannot excuse their own absence.
 
What is Zoom and why are teachers using Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing service, which allows our students and teachers to interface with each other in real time for more "face-to-face" connection. Some teachers may record these sessions so that they can be shared with students who may have missed the session or who wish to review certain sections again. These recordings will only be made available to students who are enrolled in the particular class and who have been given a link from their teacher to join the session.
Parents -by allowing your students attend these sessions, you are granting Saint Mary's permissions to record their image, comments and questions during the sessions.
 
GRADUATION
Click here to listen to Principal Kathy Smith's Message to Seniors. We are committed to having some type of a graduation ceremony. All options will be considered including a June or July ceremony at UOP if necessary. We continue to keep in communication with UOP.
 
STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Do you have any updates on the senior Disneyland Grad Nite?
The following is an excerpt from a letter that Mrs. Aguilar received from WorldStrides regarding the Disneyland trip:
By early May, we can make a final call on the Class of 2020 trip. If we have the good news, that all is safe and clear, we will move forward together, if not, together, we will begin refunds, optimizing the amount and time of the return to you. Thank you to those of you who have contacted us and are willing to continue the wait and see approach for 4 more weeks. For those of you, who are not comfortable waiting, we respect your decision and ask you to send us a written cancellation. Once received, we will begin the review of the cancellation and communicate the next steps. As we have paid our vendors, we will begin your request of cancellation with them and expect that to take (per our terms) a minimum of 30 days to finalize.
 
When will Class Elections begin? What will the process be?
Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors – 2020-2021 Class Elections will be conducted at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Applications will be available starting August 10th, the first day of class, and elections will occur on Tuesday, August 25th, during Reading Period.
 
Is Prom canceled?
At this time, Prom is still scheduled for May 2. However, in the event that it needs to be rescheduled, we are prepared to schedule prom for a later date.
 
Is Powder Puff and Rough & Tough canceled?
At this time, Powder Puff and Rough & Tough have been postponed until further notice. We hope to reschedule these events for a future date. 
 
ATHLETICS
What is the status of spring sports?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the California Interscholastic Federation officially ended spring high school sports across the state on Friday, April 3.
 
I applied for Athlete PE credit. Will I get Athlete PE credit this semester if there's no sport season?
If you have applied for and have been granted Athletic PE, you will receive credit even if the sport season has been suspended.
 
Can my students work out at SMHS facilities if they are alone?

Students are NOT allowed to work out alone or in the presence of a coach. The facilities at SMHS are closed the public.
 
When and where will our upcoming fall sports meeting be if campus is still closed?
8th grade parents will receive this information in the mail if we have not resumed classes on campus by May.
 
TUITION
Who do I contact for my questions/concerns regarding tuition?
Please email Joy Riley, Director of Business Operations.
 
 
DIOCESE OF STOCKTON AND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE
 
April 3, 2020 


Dear Catholic School Community:

As we head into Holy Week, it is without a doubt, this is a Lent we will never forget! Truly, this has been a challenging time for all of us. As we continue this journey, we need to remember that we are in this crisis together and Jesus is with us in the midst of it all. We need to believe this and we need to trust Him. 

We wanted to brief you on our campus closures. We expect campuses to remain closed through the remainder of the school year; however, schools will return to their campuses earlier if public health officers deem it safe for them to do so. We will continue to work with public health authorities, and we will keep you updated as our country's response to COVID-19 evolves.

Rest assured that as when we started this journey, our administrators, faculty and staff remain faithful to our Catholic identity, our academic standards, and our school communities, keeping our students engaged, learning, and connected. In the weeks to come, we will share details regarding reporting, instructional objectives, grading and assessments, summer opportunities, and plans for major events, including graduations and Baccalaureate Masses. In the meantime, we hope you take comfort in knowing the following:
  • Teachers will continue to deliver curriculum, with a focus on readiness for the next grade level.
  • Completion of student work will be required.
  • Student learning will be assessed and recorded.
  • Community connection will continue to be embedded into the lives of our students and families.
  • Catholic identity will continue to be central to our work together.
  • Directives from higher educational institutions are being monitored to create an alignment with diocesan remote learning plans.
We also understand that there have been some questions regarding tuition, and we want to take this opportunity to remind all families that although our campuses are closed, school is still in session and faculty and principals continue to work daily to ensure our students are receiving a quality, Catholic education. As a result, tuition will continue to be applied during this period. We would also like to remind all families that Catholic schools are critical to the evangelical mission of the Church in America. We must do everything we can to keep them strong for the next 200 years. Should you have any concerns regarding your tuition account, we ask that you contact your school administrator immediately.

We continue to keep you and yours in our prayers. We ask that you keep us in yours.


In the Peace of Christ,
 
Most Reverend Myron J. Cotta
Bishop of Stockton
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools
   
   
DIOCESE OF STOCKTON AND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE
 
March 27, 2020

Dear Catholic School Community:

We want to thank all of you for your partnership and commitment to Catholic education. The last few weeks have certainly been filled with unprecedented uncertainty from school campus closures, shelter-in-place order, loss of income to COVID 19 itself.  Click here to view the Thank You from Catholic Schools Office. 
 
It is clear that the impact of this crisis is far reaching and each and everyone of us is experiencing it at different levels. We pray that you can take solace in Deuteronomy 31:8  It is the LORD who goes before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed. 
 
As we head into week three of remote learning, we wanted to update you on the status of our campus closures. In consultation with our public health officials, we have been informed that a safe return to campus will most likely be determined in the first two weeks of April. If the shelter-in-place order has been successful in slowing down the spread of COVID 19, we may be able to return to campus as early as April 20th. If the shelter-in-place order has not been successful, we may need to extend the campus closure into May.  
 
Over the next few weeks, particularly over the Easter break, we ask that you check your emails and school communication tools to get the latest updates.  
 
Let us pray that soon we will be able to hear the chatter of children in our hallways and in our corridors. Please also continue to keep all who are affected by this illness in your prayers and remain prayerfully hopeful of the work done to alleviate and eradicate this virus.

In the Peace of Christ,
 
Most Reverend Myron J. Cotta
Bishop of Stockton
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools
   
   
ONLINE LEARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED
March 19, 2020
Based on the current information from health officials, the Diocese of Stockton and Catholic Schools Office have extended the closure of our campus. We will continue the use of remote learning to a date yet to be determined. Saint Mary's will observe their Easter break as scheduled
 
ONLINE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
March 17, 2020
  • Teachers will post a weekly agenda on Mondays on Schoology for students with due dates so students can plan their 7 classes for the week.
  • Teachers will communicate with students through Schoology. 
  • Teachers will share their office hours through Schoology. Students can chat, Zoom or email teachers with questions during office hours.
  • Students are expected to check in daily to each class through Schoology. Academic counselors and teachers will be monitoring Schoology check-ins and coursework deadlines.

 

SMHS MOVING TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION
MARCH 16, 2020
 
We are grateful that Saint Mary's is able to continue to provide instruction for our students - thank you for your patience as we make this transition to remote instruction.
 
Today, teachers met to share resources and obtain training on tools that will enhance this mode of instruction for our students. Instruction will take place primarily on Schoology, our Learning Management System, and incorporate software and apps that integrate with our existing infrastructure. Our goal is to continue to meet our instructional objectives and maintain the excellent level of instruction and support for our students that already exists at SM.  
 
Since we are able to maintain instruction during our campus closure and grant credit for courses in progress,
  • It is imperative that students check Schoology for each class every day as well as their student email (gmail) accounts.
  • Teachers will be posting instructional videos, class materials and assignments regularly on Schoology and communicate via email/Schoology.
  • All assignments will have due dates and students are expected to meet these deadlines.
  • Students will continue to adhere to their teachers' policies and expectations, which will be communicated to students when assignments are given.
Major assessments have been postponed for the next two weeks since we want to be able to ensure a high level of academic integrity. Homework, projects, written assignments and quizzes will still be given and we will adhere to our student academic honor code as outlined in our handbook (p. 31-32). Our expectation is that all submitted work must be completed by the student and contain his/her original work.

Teachers and Academic Counselors will be available to answer individual student questions during normal school hours (Monday - Friday).
  • The format of such individual access will be established by each teacher as they determine the best format for such communication (email/video conferencing, etc.)
  • The academic counseling department will continue to provide support for students. Students should not hesitate to reach out to their counselors during this time.

Registration for the 2020-21 school year:
  • If you have not registered for next year's classes, please login to PowerSchool to do so.  Watch the Video Guide on the Parent/Student Portal for assistance.
  • Email a photo or scan of your parent-signed course requests to your counselor. In order to schedule you for the 2020-21 school year, your parent must sign your course requests page and you must submit a photo or scan of this page to your counselor.
  • The Online Registration Portal will remain open until Monday, March 23 at 10:00 pm.
  • If you have questions regarding registration for the 2020-21 school year, please contact your academic counselor.
 
 
SAINT MARY'S WILL TRANSITION TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION
MESSAGE FROM BISHOP COTTA
MARCH 14, 2020
 
Dear Parents/Guardian,

As a follow up to previous communications, we want to reiterate that the public's health and safety are paramount to the Diocese of Stockton and our school community. While there have been no confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses within our school, we want to ensure that we are acting with prudence and diligence for the best interest of our students, teachers, and families.

We do understand the tremendous burden this may place on our families, and only after careful consideration and in light of the fluid nature of this pandemic, the Bishop has announced that all schools within the Diocese of Stockton, will suspend onsite instruction from March 16 - March 27, 2020. We plan to re-open school on March 30, 2020.

This closure includes any planned large gatherings that are not essential, including fundraisers, community events, and field trips. School buildings will not be open to children, parents, or community members during this time. However, if your student needs his/her books or materials s/he will be able to access his/her locker between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16. 

In preparation for this possibility, our teachers have developed remote learning plans to provide continuity in learning. The implementation of this remote learning model will alleviate additional school days being added to the end of the school year.

Yesterday, teachers asked students to take home their books and essential materials they may need. Teachers will be posting lessons and communicating with students and parents via Schoology and/or email. Over the course of the next two weeks, teachers will continue to deliver course content, monitor students' work and provide feedback via Schoology and other online tools. To stay updated on schoolwork, it is essential that your student have his/her iPad or have access to a laptop/PC.

On Monday, teachers will convene at Saint Mary's to prepare for this transition to remote learning. While we realize that in-person class time is optimal for students, we are fortunate to have Schoology already in place, which is a robust learning management system that teachers and students already know how to use. Recently, we have added some useful tools that integrate with Schoology and that will enhance teachers' interactions with students. Over the next few days, teachers will work on adapting their curricula for remote learning and acquiring more hands-on training on tools that will provide optimal interactions for their particular discipline. In the meantime, where possible, teachers will post relevant assignments via Schoology. Please have your student continue to check Schoology and school email for any new assignments and communications from their teachers. In addition, please continue to monitor your email as we continue to update you. As our teachers and students make this sudden transition, please know that we intend to offer the same level of curricula for our students.

We thank you for your patience and prayers.
 
In Mary's grace,
Kathy Smith 
Principal 
Jim Brusa 
President 
 
 
 
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR SMHS COMMUNITY
MARCH 12, 2020
 
Dear Saint Mary's Parents and Guardians:
 
In an effort to keep you informed, we would like for you to know what our plans are if we need to close the school due to infections related to the COVID-19 virus.
 
The following measures have been taken:
 
The COVID-19 outbreak is a an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Saint Mary's will share new information as it becomes available. In addition, we recommend families stay apprised of COVID-19 news and updated information through the following sources:
 
 
Our response to this public health crisis may require temporary school closure as we continue to help with practices already in place to further facilitate campus cleaning and mitigate the spread of the disease. This week, we met with the faculty to discuss available instructional tool options, including the posting of lessons on Schoology and extending due dates of class assignments. We will take into consideration those households who may not have a computer/tablet and internet access, but we also intend to offer online instruction in order to continue with lessons in the event of a closure.
 
We are encouraging students, staff, and parents to use standard preventative actions to stay healthy and prevent the spread of contagions.
 
Most importantly, we want you to know that the well-being of our Saint Mary's students, faculty and staff is our top priority.
 
In Mary's grace,
 
Kathy Smith 
Principal 
Jim Brusa 
President 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PREVENTING ILLNESS
Public health officials recommend the following steps people should take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections. These include:
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill. If you have reason to believe you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please inform Principal Kathy Smith immediately at ksmith@saintmaryshighschool.org
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
 
 
QUESTIONS?
If you have specific questions, please use our online directory, to reach out for assistance.
 
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this crisis. We continue to hold in our prayers all of those affected by COVID-19. Please remember that the best way to keep updated on Saint Mary's news and actions regarding COVID-19 is on this page.
 
 
YEARBOOK UPDATE 06/12/20
Students who did not get a chance to pick up their yearbook at our drive-thru events may go to the front office in Lagorio to pick up their 2020 Cauldron yearbook during normal business hours beginning Tuesday, June 16. If a student is unable to pick up their yearbook, they may send someone in their place to pick it up and sign for it.
 
 
CLASS OF 2024 REGISTRATION
During our transition to online instruction, we will be completing freshman registration through the mail. For all students who have taken the Placement Test and have been accepted into Saint Mary's, please check your mail for communication from Saint Mary's High School. Once you receive this mailing, we request that you submit the registration form and registration payment. Receipt of your student's registration form and fee will guarantee his/her enrollment  into the Class of 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Stephens at mstephens@saintmaryshighschool.org
 
 
ATHLETICS - UPDATE 6/29/20
Saint Mary's has successfully resumed on-campus athletic activities. As of June 16, student athletes began conditioning on the field, track, pool and sand courts. We are extremely excited to get back to work, but with this comes new guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of everyone.
 
Please know that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff are our top priorities. Saint Mary's High School is taking its direction and guidance from the Diocese of Stockton, CIF State office, and the San Joaquin County Health Department.
As such, this guidance is evolving and changing, and our policies and procedures will continue to be updated as new guidance is provided.
 
For the time being, many things will be different from the way things were conducted in the past, and your patience is appreciated as we all get used to this new way of life. Please visit our Athletics link for more information about Return to Play Policies and Procedures and coaches contact information.
 
 
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • June 22 - July 10, SMHS Summer School Session Two
 
 
RAM NEWS

Lockers (PE and Hall lockers) were cleaned out by SM staff. Locker items were scheduled to be retrieved by curbside pickup May 11th-May 21st. 

If you were not able to attend on your assigned day, please contact Mr. Zanini at azanini@saintmaryshighschool.org.