Weekly Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Parents,

Today is the first day for our new Distance Learning protocol and we are very excited about launching this new model that will offer our students an exceptional distance learning experience.

The new Monday through Thursday class schedule seems different from the schedule we followed in school, our new model fulfills the standards of distance learning excellence and provides us the ability to cover the planned curriculum for this school year. The combination of online instruction and built-in time to apply what was learned and complete homework provides a meaningful and engaging learning program. In fact, the total learning time per week in the distance model is 210 minutes/ week/class which is nearly the same as what was provided in school with 215 minutes of learning time/school week.
 
We feel confident that when students use both the direct learning time and independent learning time following the class, the curriculum will be fulfilled by year end.
 
As a reminder, this Friday (Good Friday) is a holiday and we will not have school.  Next Monday, April 13, was originally a day off from school but we will have school that day and host online classes.  All students should plan on having a regular school day on Monday, April 13.   

I also wanted to let everyone know that we will be taking off the days originally planned for Spring Break, April 20 - 24. Based upon the responses from students, parents and faculty, there was strong support to continue with the original school schedule. I did speak with other school heads in the area and in our network everyone that I contacted was taking a break as well. Most cited the need for faculty and students to have time to recharge, rest and prepare for the remainder of the school year. I support this rationale and we will move ahead with spring break. Thank you to all of you who provided feedback.

Thank you for your prayers and support,
 
John K. Thornburg
Headmaster
Distance Learning
Thank you for taking the time to the join our Headmaster, Ms. Cenca and Brother Puccio for the webinar series last week. We had very strong attendance and received many great questions, all of which we have answered in the Distance Learning documents below.

Zoom Accounts- Sign up with your MC email address: If you have not already set up your Zoom account, please do so with your Malden Catholic email address. We will send out another invitation to sign up for Zoom with your school email this afternoon. If anyone has any trouble accessing your Zoom classes, please contact Mr. Ray Barry. barryr@maldencatholic.org.





Please keep checking out Distance Learning website page for updated information and documents.
What's New?
STEM Update from Dr. Perito
Chair, STEM Department
As we are all faced with the challenges of adjusting to the new normal of social distancing and remote learning. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to be working with such a great group of STEM educators. With merely a day’s notice, our teachers have created unique and meaningful learning experiences for our students. Through the use of Google Classroom and ZOOM interactive lessons, the learning continues. Science teachers are utilizing Flinn “At-Home-Science” experiences, PhET Interactive Simulations from the University of Colorado, and virtual dissections, to provide students with the opportunity to explore and discover scientific concepts in line with our curriculum.
  
Malden Catholic High School had four students qualify at the Regional Fair to move forward to the 71 st Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair at MIT that was scheduled for May.  This year, in lieu of an in-person event, students are asked to submit videos of their projects. Judges will review the videos and student participants will be eligible for awards and prizes. Gavin Sadler ’20, Samuel Sanzone ’22, Daniel Rodriguez ’22, and Sarah Cirame ’22, are preparing their videos for the April 17 deadline. I look forward to seeing these videos and hearing about their results!

Stay safe and well,

Dr. Diane Perito
Holy Week
Palm Sunday Mass
A huge thanks to Deacon Rumley at St. Raphael's Church for sharing this beautiful Palm Sunday Mass with us.
As we begin Holy Week, we have a variety of opportunities for you to pray and connect with our community. We have attached the new daily prayer for this week provided by Campus Ministry and we will begin the Moms in Prayer Group tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7. We will also host a Virtual Rosary service at 2 PM this Wednesday. Please note that this is a new time for the Virtual Rosary.

In addition, we will be offering a Holy Thursday Prayer Service led by our Campus Ministry team. More information regarding the events for the remainder of Holy Week will be in the Weekly Update on Wednesday.
Moms in Prayer Group
Campus Ministers will be holding the Moms in Prayer Group on Tuesday, April 7 at 5 PM.

Meeting ID: 445 835 731
Password: 009802
Virtual Rosary - Wednesday at 2 PM

Please join Campus Ministry for a Virtual Rosary on Wednesday at 4 PM.

Meeting ID: 922 150 896
Password: 328671

Hunger for Justice Virtual Retreat
Campus Ministry invite students to the Hunger for Justice Virtual Retreat starting on Friday, April 10 at 5 PM and continues until Saturday, April 11 at 10 PM.

If you are interested in attending, please email Ms. Foley or Dr. Baccari at campusministry@maldencatholic.org.
Information for All
Representative Katherine Clark's List of Resources for Families
On Friday, March 27, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan CARES Act, its third and most comprehensive COVID-19 emergency relief package yet to help safeguard the health, safety, and economic security of every American. This package provides urgent assistance for workers, families and the health care system in response to COVID-19. Please click the link to see the resources available to assist families in need.  

Check out this article that Nurse Paquette shared with us regarding the ways to safeguard you and your family from Coronavirus that may be present on fabric.