With great joy and gratitude, we will welcome everyone back to campus later this week. We are so pleased that we will be able to offer our students on-campus learning — properly socially distanced, of course.
I want to join Father Cuthbert in thanking the many people who have put forth Herculean efforts to get ready for the upcoming school year. Faculty engaged in professional development activities both online and in small groups led by our own staff. These learning modules provided them with tools specific to distance and online learning. In addition, our Technology Office, led by Mr. Gabe Santa Cruz assisted us in a myriad of ways, including outfitting the classrooms with videoconferencing equipment and providing a 1:1 laptop program for our Form I students, to mention a few. The campus has also been transformed as we have repurposed many spaces into classrooms. For instance, the Dining Hall, for the foreseeable future, will be a Form I classroom! I want to personally extend my thanks to the Food Service staff and our WFF Maintenance Staff/Cleaning Crew for their untiring work over the summer months.
Course Schedules and Syllabi
Students can access their schedules via MyPriory, and they will receive a paper copy on the first day of school. All students should receive an email and syllabus from their teachers by Wednesday afternoon.
All faculty have been asked to use either MyPriory or GoogleClassroom as their platforms for teaching and learning.
High School Students
On Thursday, all High School students should report to their Advisory rooms no later than 8 a.m. Signs will be posted throughout the school giving their locations. In Advisory, students will be given a copy of their schedules, and classes will begin at 9 a.m. High School students who plan to distance learn should expect to be ready to join their advisory group via Zoom and then their first class at 8 and 9 a.m., respectively.
Junior School Students
All 7th and 8th grade students should arrive at the Junior School building no later than 8 a.m. Faculty members will direct students to the appropriate homeroom. At 8 a.m., all 7th and 8th grade students will head to the Abbey Church for an orientation program. 7th Grade students will have orientation programming for the remainder of the day, and 8th Grade students will report to their first period class at 9 a.m.
We are hoping to teach in-person as much as possible in the Fall Term. We thought that it might be helpful to provide you with this visual aid that pairs the school dates with the rotation days (A-G).
If you plan to distance learn, and you have not already advised us, please do so now by following this link. Otherwise, we will see you bright and early on Thursday morning!
If you are joining us remotely, you can join your class by Zoom. Links for your Zoom meeting will be located in MyPriory. Click on the Resources tab and look for a post called Zoom Rooms. Click on that post and you will see a list of Zoom links for every class. Find the room where your class will be held, and click on the link. Your teacher will then admit you to your class on campus where we will have videoconferencing equipment in the classrooms, so the student’s face will appear on a screen in the back of the room as though he is sitting in the back row! He will, however, have to join each class separately.
The room assignments are listed with your classes.
In some classes, the instructor will be teaching remotely because of medical concerns of their own or those of their family members. They, too, will join the school and their classes at 8 a.m.
We are also pleased to welcome Dr. Stacy Arnett to our science faculty this fall. Stacy earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Kansas and most recently has been working as a bioanalytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. Stacy will be teaching Biology, Environmental Science, and Form II Physical Science this year. We are pleased to have her join the Priory community.
I am eager for the school year to begin and look forward to seeing everyone on campus again. In the meantime, however, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.
Peace to you,
Assistant Head of School for Intellectual Formation