Easter Break: April 9-13
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 Parents,

By now you have heard the news that Governor DeWine has extended our time out of school through May 1. While we would all rather be back to our normal daily routine, we understand this decision is another step in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 spread in Ohio so that and less people are infected and our healthcare systems are not overwhelmed. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. It is inspiring to see how inventive and adaptive people, corporations and our country can be during a time of crisis. Even while we keep a positive attitude about our situation, our staff misses being at school with your children every day.

Looking ahead to four more weeks of online education, our faculty is committed to making your child’s experience rich with learning. With that in mind, our faculty is using a variety of tools such as recorded lessons, online assignment turn in, Flip Grid, Aleks, Khan Academy and live office hours through Google Meets, which are then saved for other students to view as needed.

Please continue to pray for a swift end to the pandemic and encourage your children to pray. Our traditional morning prayers for each school day are posted on our website at the link below, along with patron saints, apps and other spiritual opportunities. In addition, we are sharing a variety of articles that may be of interest to you in this Watterson Wednesday News.

Deacon Chris Campbell
Principal
 3 rd  Quarter Report Cards Posted Online
 
Report cards for the 3 rd  quarter are now posted online through your PowerSchool Unified Classroom parent account.  Report cards will not be mailed.
 
To access your student’s report card:
1)     Log into your account and click on  Quick Links  on the left side.
2)    Click  Portal Login Page .
3)    Click on  Report Cards   on the left side of the screen to view archived report cards.
 
The video below will walk you through the process. It can also be found by clicking on the Powerschool button at the top of our website.
 
Report Cards should be considered a snapshot in time, taken after final grades are received each quarter. Any changes to those grades will not be reflected until the next quarter’s report cards are available.
 
If you are having trouble accessing your student’s report card or have any additional questions, feel free to contact Jay Forker at  mr.forker@bwhs.org .
Honor Roll

We have posted our third quarter honor roll on our website since we cannot go through the usual process of mailing letters. Congratulations to the students who made honor roll with a 3.70 or higher GPA for the third quarter!
Click on the button below for the list.
Online Learning

Staying Current: Students are required to check PowerSchool and bwhs.org email accounts throughout each school day.

Easter Break: there will be no instruction
April 9-13.

Class Inquiries: If your child has questions about class work, the first point of contact for students is the teacher of the class. Students are expecte to take the lead in any communication. Rather than communicating for them, parents can assist students by guiding them in email etiquette (proper salutation, punctuation, grammar, etc.) which we expect. Teachers are checking email.
Click here for our faculty and staff email list.

Technology Questions: Questions about school-assigned laptops and PowerSchool login issues can be emailed to Mr. Forker, mr.forker@bwhs.org or Mr. McManamon, mr.mcmanamon@bwhs.org .
School Closing Reminders

Facilities: Bishop Watterson campus is officially closed to students, teams, groups, etc.

Events: All BWHS events are postponed until at least May 1. Some have been cancelled. Everything past May 1 is considered on until a decision is made otherwise.

Mass Attendance: The bishops of Ohio have cancelled all public Masses
through Easter, April 12. Please check your parish website for online Mass times. Other sites offering online Masses for viewing or listening are CatholicTV , St. Gabriel Catholic Radio , and EWTN Global Catholic Network .

ACT/SAT: The April 4 ACT and May 2 SAT have been cancelled nationwide. The next ACT test date is June 13 with the next SAT date set at June 6.
Guidance News

The counselors have created a "Counseling Office" class page on Unified Classroom. The page provides updates for grade levels along with social and emotional, academic, and college and career resources. As school remains closed the counselors are available through email and by appointment through google hangouts meet.
 
All students have been added to the class automatically. You may have received a previous email with a join code, but the page has been updated so that you don't need the join code anymore.
 
 
Students are welcome to reach out to counselors if they need anything at this time.
Mental Health During Crisis

During the daily changes of COVID-19, it can be hard to find balance or peace. Everyone is grieving losses big and small and it's important to acknowledge that this is no different for your student. With all of this uncertainty, your student may experience increased symptoms of anxiety and depression. This can be a helpful time to start a conversation with your student about how they are feeling and navigating this pandemic. While we all are feeling unsettled, creating a calm, safe environment to express honest feelings can help your student feel grounded. It is important to take time and validate the feelings shared but also focus the small good that is happening each day. However, some feelings of depression, isolation, and suicidal thoughts (such as "Life is hopeless," "This is helpless," or "What's the point?") may arise for your student during this unprecedented time. Research shows that asking or talking about depression or suicidal thoughts does not make someone suicidal or increase their suicidal thoughts. It actually can be the first step in allowing your student to get the help they need.
The model we follow at the school is to ACT: acknowledge, care, tell a trained adult.
  • First, acknowledge there is a problem and that the feelings are not ok but getting help is.
  • Then let your student know you care about them and care about them getting help.
  • Lastly, reach out to a trained adult (school counselor, therapist, or physician) to share your concerns and observations.
There is also the national suicide prevention hot line (800-273-8255) or your student can text "4hope" to 741-741 where they can talk with a trained counselor 24/7/365.

It is important to shed light on what your student may be feeling or experiencing. We are all living through this unprecedented time together and it is now more important than ever to make space to discuss what your student may be experiencing. If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to your school counselor or the mental health counselors.
Virtual Retreats

For Families
Fr. Steve Ryan, a Salesian priest who has presented at our freshmen retreats twice in the past several years, is offering a family-friendly virtual retreat in April 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00 p.m. on the DMACT Ministries Facebook page.

“As we continue our journey through Lent, and in anticipation of the glory of Easter, let us prepare ourselves for Holy Week and for that time when we are able to receive our Lord in the Eucharist again and praise Him with renewed hearts and minds,” said Fr. Steve in an email. “I will keep it simple, joyful and straightforward. The best thing is that kids will be attentive, too.”

Catholic Conferences
Catholic Conferences for men and women will be held online and free April 3-5. The conferences are hosted by FOCUS Fellowship of Catholic University Students, Covenant Eyes, Hallow and The Catholic Woodworker. Presenters will include recent BWHS guest speaker Jason Evert, Fr. Mike Schmitz and many others. Click here for more information.
Musical Cancelled

Due to the timing of the school closure, The Little Mermaid performances scheduled for April 17-25 have been cancelled. Our theatre staff is working on a possible online presentation of the creative work our students have done since they began preparing in January. We will share in Wednesday News and on social media if/when that happens.
The Clintonville Spotlight visited a run through on
40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life has cancelled vigils for this spring.
 Jazz Night Cancelled

The BWHS Band Boosters have cancelled Jazz Night which was scheduled for May 1.
 EdChoice Update

Over the past couple of months, you may have heard about a state scholarship program called EdChoice and its proposed expanded eligibility. We have communicated directly with potentially impacted families. However, this week legislation was passed that eliminated the expanded eligibility. We will continue to keep families up to date when these types of opportunities are available.  
Worth Repeating
Athletics
Cheer Tryouts
Information about cheerleading tryouts is now available.
Click here for the packet.

Fall Sports Tryouts
Information on our fall sports for 2020 will be available this spring.
Summer Activities
ACT-SAT-PSAT Prep
Classes scheduled through May 1 are cancelled. Questions? Contact Mrs. Gallo at KarenSATtutor@columbus.rr.com.
Check our website ( Student Life-Forms & Flyers ) for registration forms and the complete list of upcoming classes.
August 17: Freshman Orientation 
August 20: First Day of School
September 7: No School/Labor Day
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
December 14-18: Semester Exam week
December 19-January 3: Christmas Break
January 18: No School/Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 15: No School/Presidents’ Day
March 15: No School
April 1-11: Easter Break
May 20: Baccalaureate
May 22: Graduation
May 24-27: Grades 9-11 Finals
May 27: Last Day of School
Calamity make-up days if needed: 2/5, 3/15, 5/28, 6/1
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