Happy New Year! We offer that wish as the world begins 2021 and we see the beginning of the end of the pandemic with the vaccine distribution. We will continue our vigilance of social distancing, mask wearing, and safe practices but we confess to hope and optimism as we begin the new calendar year.
January also marks the beginning of a new semester. This is an opportunity for students to begin new semester electives, take stalk in year-long classes, and begin anew. As we remind them, one does not have to be the best, but one should always do his or her best. So, this new beginning is an opportunity for students to continue to do their best or begin again with a resolve to work harder, to make every day count, to strive for excellence.
Winter athletic seasons are underway; seniors learn of college acceptances; plans for school year 2021-22 are in full force; spring sports are preparing for their seasons with enthusiasm, particularly since seasons were lost last school year.
Winter months always bring hope for snow days and spring to come. This year is typical in that regard.
We invite any 8th grade student who has not yet finalized plans for high school to consider Bishop Ready High School.
Our make-up placement exam date for incoming freshman is Jan. 23rd, the same date as for our current student scholarship exam. Please mark your calendars and contact Jennifer Gramlich (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
We are also beginning the process of planning for courses for next year. We are offering a host of new electives, which may help students to discern a future career by having a look at the field of study. More of this will be explained to students in February.
On another note, bi-polar ionization filters have been installed in the heating units throughout the building. This will improve ventilation and assist in reducing airborne COVID-19 particles. We wanted the extra protection as the winter months approached and we can no longer open windows to facilitate fresh air circulation.
The units, along with social distancing and masks, will reduce the chance of spread and allow us to continue with the hybrid model despite an increase in cases throughout the country.
And finally, a word about Catholic Schools Week which will be celebrated at the end of January/beginning of February throughout the country. Faith, Excellence, Service is the theme this year and those three words personify not a week at Bishop Ready High School, but a way of life practiced every day by students, faculty, staff, parents. So, please allow me to thank the countless individuals in our school family who serve and make the Catholic School experience the faith-filled labor of love that is the hallmark of a Ready education.
Celene A. Seamen
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