Notes from the Principal's Desk: January 16, 2019

It looks like the winter weather is not about to let up anytime soon. The latest weather predictions are calling for snow Thursday night and a wintery mix Friday morning. Because Friday is a scheduled half day, the school will either be opened or closed. Friday as a two-hour delay with dismissal at 11:45 would not be advantageous to student learning. It is important to remind your son or daughter to bring home all of their study materials, since exams begin Tuesday and we do not have school Monday.

This week the students have been preparing for exams. The following is the exam schedule.

Exam Schedule:
3rd grade - 8:20am to 9:20am
Tuesday - ELA
Wednesday - Math
4th grade - 8:20am to 9:20am
Tuesday - ELA
Wednesday - Math
Thursday - Science
5th through 8th grade - 8:20am to 9:50am, 10am to 11:30am
Tuesday - ELA and Religion (no religion exam for 5th grade)
Wednesday - Math and Modern Language (no Modern Language exam for 5th grade)
Thursday - Science and Social Studies

As I have mentioned previously, this year we are the process of developing the school's next strategic plan. Part of this process is gaining feedback from various stakeholders. In order to develop an actionable strategic plan, Cathedral has engaged with a consultant to help conduct focus groups, collect data, and, with the help of the School Board's strategic planning committee, draft the strategic plan. 

The past several weeks, Ann Quinn, our consultant, has conducted 1:1 interviews with Admissions Directors from various independent private schools and Catholic high schools. This week, focus groups have been conducted with groups of Cathedral parents fromvarious grade levels. In the coming weeks, focus group sessions will be conducted with recent alumni families. To ensure that all Cathedral families have an opportunity to provide input, we will be conducting a school-wide survey and ask everyone to participate.

On February 9th, the School Board will hold a retreat to review the data collected fromthe survey, 1:1 interviews, and focus groups. During this meeting, the School Board and strategic planning committee will work together to develop three or four goals for theschool to pursue over the next three years.

Finally, I want to give an update on where we stand with school-wide ALICE training. By the end of this week, all faculty and staff will have completed rally point walks. Additionally, all students will have completed rally point walks by the end of next week. The next step in the process is to practice school-wide evacuation procedures to therally points. After that step, each class will begin to practice enhanced lock-down procedures. A communication will be sent home to make parents aware of the different training elements and outcomes.

God Bless,
Michael Wright