Coronavirus Response

Full-Time Reentry March 2021
 
March 20, 2021
 
Dear Parents and Students,
 
Recently the Public Education Department (PED) announced that all schools are expected to open 100% by April 5, 2021. The PED has taken the private schools out of the business category and allowed private schools to be schools instead of business for the purpose of student attendance. This is the greenlight St. Pius X High School has been waiting for. On that note, St. Pius X High School will fully open on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 for 100% students attendance.
 
Parents, we want ALL students to be in attendance. Teaching in a hybrid environment is difficult at best and almost impossible in some classrooms. Splitting time between in person students and online students is as frustrating for teachers as it is for some of the students. The teachers have done a miraculous job this year juggling in person and online teaching, making sure all students receive a rigorous education. We expect ALL students to return to campus to finish the semester strong: to decrease any learning that has been lost with online learning, assess students abilities in a normal classroom environment for appropriate class placement next year, decrease any student mental health issues related to being isolated at home during the past year and return to normalcy to the greatest extent possible, especially for the Senior Class of 2021.
 
In addition, 100% of the Advanced Placement tests will be given at school in a paper and pencil format per College Board during the first two full weeks of May. Teachers require time to continue to prep their students for these important exams. If a test cannot be completed on the date given due to extreme extenuating circumstances, please call Mr. Cornelius in the Counseling Office (831-8429).
 
Please Note the following:
  • Classes will begin on April 6, 2021 at 8:00am five days per week, Monday through Friday.
  • Classes will be extended to 40 minutes each class and continue with the 5 minute passing . Dismissal will be at 2:00PM.to allow teachers the time to tutor and connect with any remaining online students.
  • Students who are involved in sports or any extracurricular activity must be in attendance at school.
  • All safety and health practices will remain: masks required, one way halls, bathroom use during class time only, sanitizer will be used in the classroom after each class, sanitizing wipes will be provided, air filters will remain on 24 hours, Monday through Friday.
  • Social distancing in the classroom will be to the best possible extent, as stated by the PED.
  • Parents, your help is needed to instill in your student to follow the mandated social distancing guidelines at all times. Especially during the lunch periods and changing of classes. Students are to remain at a 6 foot distance in the cafeteria line while waiting for their food AND eating outside at picnic tables (4 per table) and sitting on the grass (6 feet apart).
  • Please remember, backless shoes and ripped jeans are not acceptable dress at school.
  • Infractions: Students not adhering to the established procedures will be disciplined which may result in being sent home or loss of attending school for the remainder of the school year. The student body has not had any positive COVID cases since we have returned to school 50/50. Remember, if the school has four reported positive cases in a two week period, the school will be closed by the Department of Health and the Environmental Department. Your support for the school, teachers and administration is imperative for the success in finishing the school year.
 
The only exceptions to full time attendance will be a student or an adult who lives in the immediate household with the student who has a documented health concern from a medical person of authority.
 
We want students to learn how to go to school again in a normal environment, especially our freshmen. Moving back to a brick-and mortar school beyond academics will help gain the social, emotional, and health benefits from being in school with teachers and peers.

Below, please find the new time schedule for 40 minute classes. Note: “G” hour will move back to its original time, after the lunch hours.

Schedule of Classes
 
1st hour - Period A 8:00 8:45 (first 5 minutes is for prayer, pledge and announcements)
2nd hour - Period B 8:50 - 9:30
3rd hour - Period C 9:35 - 10:15
4th hour - Period D 10:20 - 11:00
5th hour - Period E 11:05 - 11:45
6th hour - Period F 11:50 - 12:30
7th hour - Period G 12:35 - 1:15
8th hour - Period H 1:20 - 2:00
 
We wish you all a restful and safe Spring Break! Let us prepare for the risen Lord--Easter will be here very soon.
 
Dr. Barbara Rothweiler
Interim Principal
Fr. John Trambley
President
Mrs. Barbara Ducaj
Ass’t Principal
Mr. Orlando Rodriguez
Ass’t Principal
FAQ Feb 2021
 
Feb. 23, 2021
 
Frequently Asked Questions have been prepared to assist students and parents in
preparation for the return to school in a hybrid setting at St. Pius X High School.
 
If a student chooses to go in person but finds conditions for masking and social distancing are not being followed and not comfortable being in the location, can their decision to be at school vs. online be revisited?
  • You have the 2 week window to assess and if you feel there are issues you need to contact the school.
 
Will social distancing and wearing of masks be strictly enforced?
  • Yes, it will be strictly enforced and if non-compliance they will be sent home and remain in remote learning.
 
PLEASE NOTE: The parking lot will be off-limits to all students during the school day!
  • Students will not be allowed to go to the parking lot.
 
What is the dress code for returning to school on February 24, 2021?
  • Underclassmen may wear the uniform black or white polo or spirit shirt.
  • Freshmen may wear a plain solid black, plain solid white polo with a non SPX insignia no more than 3” or SPX spirit wear.
  • All students may wear uniform shorts, solid black jeans or solid blue jeans. Girls may wear the designated SPX skirt.
  • Students may wear gray or black sweats.
  • Athletes who are in a season sport may wear their in-season sweats.
 
How will assessments/tests be conducted?
  • Testing options will be provided to students by their individual teachers.
 
What type of masks are allowed?
  • Per the PED's COVID-19 Response Toolkit allowable face masks include:
    1. face masks made of two or more layers of cloth.
    2. face masks with a clear plastic window
      1. (a clean fabric mask should be used each day)
    3. medical, surgical, procedural, or KN95 masks are acceptable
      1. (a new mask should be used each day)
    4. Masks with exhalation valves or vents, bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters, and face shields (used without a mask) are not substitutes for a face mask.
 
What are the expectations for safety protocols for cleaning between classes?
  • Students will be provided with wipes, cleaners, etc. to wipe their desks and materials prior to leaving the classroom.
 
How will one way traffic and bathroom use be conducted?
  • All students will abide with the hallway directions for moving from one class to another.
  • Students will not be permitted to use the bathroom facilities during the passing periods.
  • Students will obtain passes and sign out from the class to use the bathroom during class.
  • Students do not need to observe the hallway directions when going to the bathroom during a class period.
  • Students will need to knock on the bathroom door before entering and may not enter if there are two people in the bathroom.
  • Bathroom use during a class period should only be for "urgent needs" Each bathroom will have the capacity posted on the door (2 for most of the bathrooms around campus).
 
What kind of outerwear can be worn?
  • Students may wear hoodies and keep them on in the classroom.
  • The hoodie top may not be worn over the student’s head.
  • Jackets may also be worn in the classroom as needed.
 
What will students do for lunch?
  • Students may bring their lunch or purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Lunch will be available in the cafeteria but students are encouraged to eat outside in groups of no more than 10 with social distancing.
  • The cafeteria is a restaurant and is under the same restrictions as any other restaurant. Only one serving line will be open and all food will be served to the student by their request. Students may eat in the senior area of the cafeteria or in the Sandia Room adjacent to the senior area. The eating area in the cafeteria has been arranged to comply with the restaurant guidelines.
  • Parents will not be allowed to drop off lunch to their students due to the limited number of visitors that will be allowed on campus.
 
What is the teacher schedule for hybrid?
  • The school schedule for the hybrid model will remain at 33 minute classes with a 5 minute passing period. The formal school day will run from 8:00 am until 1:04 pm. Teachers will be on campus at 7:30-3:30 daily, Monday through Friday.
  • Students will be allowed in the building at 7:30 am and can go to their first period class
  • Any student arriving prior to 7:30 am will have their temperature taken at the guard shack and must report to the aux gym. Students will be dismissed from the aux gym at 7:3-am to report to their first hour class.
 
What are the procedures for after School?
  • Students who will be remaining on campus for activities between 1:04 and 3:00 pm must report to stage 2 in the fine arts building for study hall or remain outside along the north end of the parking lot if the weather allows.
  • Students may not congregate in the parking lot or any other area on campus.
  • Students must have established appointments with teachers to enter the building.
  • Students being picked up at the end of the school day should be picked up at the front of the school in the main parking lot.
  • Only 12 students will be allowed in the library after school and students must have signed up via the link on the Library Google Classroom page (code to join: 3uhvq62).
  • Students who will be staying after classes to attend sports and training will take their equipment to the locker room which will be locked at 8:00 am.
  • The locker room will open at 1:04 to pick up equipment. Students may not change in the locker room.
  • Students should wear their athletic attire needed for practice all day long under their sweats.
 
If I take my student out of town, do they need to quarantine before they return to
in-person learning?
  • According to the health mandates, at this time, the quarantine is not required. It is the decision of the family to determine whether or not the student should quarantine before returning to in-person learning.
  • Please call Nurse McNew at 831-8445 for guidance on quarantines.
 
Will graduation be held as scheduled?
  • Graduation for seniors is scheduled for May 19th. Additional information and details will follow from Mr. Turcotte.
 
Will spring break remain as scheduled?
  • Spring break will be on March 22-26.
 
What Holidays will be observed with No School?
  • Good Friday - April 2
  • Easter Monday - April 5
 
Will bus services for students resume?
  • Bus services will not be available until further notice.
 
What about ID’S?
  • Students will not be required to wear Id’s until further notice. Students on campus will be identified using the various check-in requirements.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Here is a link for students and parents to view for arrival at SPX and how to enter and exit buildings on the SPX campus.
Dear Students and Parents,
 
We hope you enjoyed a white Valentine’s Day and the continued snow this week. We will all
think back to this time when it is close to 100 degrees this summer!
 
Students, in a week, the entire faculty and staff will be welcoming you back to the campus. We
are looking forward to seeing you. In this communication we want to share with you instructions
for your arrival on campus, and what you will need to do once you have been cleared to be on
campus. In order to ensure the continued safety of you, your classmates, and the teachers,
please understand that school will be different from what you have experienced in the past.
 
BEFORE ARRIVING ON CAMPUS
 
Before coming to campus, all students must download the “Dr. Owl” app from the App Store on
your mobile phone. You will need to create a profile. Sign up under “St.Pius X HIgh School
Athletics”. Before you arrive at school, click on the Dr. Owl app, click check-in and answer the
questions. Keep the app open. When you arrive at school, your temperature will be taken.
Enter your temperature and click on check-in. You will then need to proceed to your A hour
class.
 
If you have a temperature at 100.4 degrees or above, you will be sent home.
 
If you do not have a mobile phone, you will need to answer the COVID health questions on
paper and have your temperature taken. If your temperature is normal, you may proceed to
your A hour class.
 
ARRIVING ON CAMPUS
 
STUDENTS DRIVING THEMSELVES
Students, if you are driving yourself to school:
  • You will need to access the parking lot using the west entrance (not the guard shack
    entrance).
  • Have your Dr. Owl app open with the questions answered.
  • You may not congregate in the parking lot.
  • You will need to walk to the far west entrance of St. Francis Hall by the nurse’s office.
  • Please have your Dr. Owl app open with the questions answered. Upon entering the
    building, you will have your temperature taken and you will need to enter your
    temperature in the Dr. Owl app.
  • Once you show the administrator the green check mark in the app, you may proceed to
    your first hour classroom. If your temperature is at or above 100.4, you will be sent
    home.
  • Call Nurse McNew at 831-8445 when you arrive home to receive instructions regarding
    when you may return to school.
 
Remember, while you are waiting to get your temperature taken, please remain socially
distanced at six feet from your classmates.
 
ALL STUDENTS - If you arrive on campus after 8:05 you will need to enter the campus at
the guard shack where your temperature will be taken
 
IF YOU ARE BEING DROPPED OFF AT SCHOOL
If you are being dropped off at school:
  • Your driver should enter the campus at the north end of the fields (on Miller Road).
  • Please have your Dr. Owl app open with questions answered and a faculty or staff
    member will take your temperature while you are in your car.
  • If your temperature is at or above 100.4, you will need to remain in your car and return
    home.
  • Call Nurse McNew, at 831-8445 when you return home to receive instructions regarding
    when you may return to school.
  • For the students whose temperature is normal, when you are cleared you may enter the
    school and proceed directly to your first classroom.
 
END OF THE DAY DISMISSAL
  • Students will need to exit the campus at the end of the school day unless arrangements
    have been made to meet with a teacher or activity that will have adult supervision
  • You may not congregate in the parking lot or anywhere on the SPX campus
  • Students who will be picked up must wait at the front of the school and maintain 6’ social
    distancing
 
As mentioned earlier in the letter, the school environment will be different than it was
prior to Covid. These differences are detailed below:
  • Parents, please screen your student(s) using the Dr. Owl app questions.
  • If your student is sick or feverish, he/she must stay home.
  • All students are required to wear a mask; face shields may be worn with a mask.
  • All students must adhere to the six (6) foot social distancing regulations.
  • Hallways will be one way.
  • Only two students will be allowed in the bathroom at a time.
  • Lunch will be available in the cafeteria. Tables and chairs are set up in the senior eating
    area and in the Sandia Room. The chairs are not to be moved. Only two students can
    sit at each table, one on each end. Students are encouraged to eat outside as weather
    permits.
  • Classroom desks will be socially distanced.
  • Each classroom will have hand sanitizer, sanitizer wipes, a large shield between the
    teacher and students and air quality filters.
  • Each classroom will be sanitized each night.
  • Students may not use lockers.
  • Students should have a refillable water bottle to fill at the touch free water bottle fill
    stations. These are for student and faculty use.
  • Students may not share books, school supplies or personal items,
  • If students are not compliant with these regulations, they will be sent home--no
    discussion.
    • Students will not be given the opportunity to make up the work missed due to
      non-compliance with these regulations, especially mask wearing and social
      distancing guidelines.
 
CLASSROOMS
The majority of classrooms will hold up to 12 students. In the case of a room exceeding 50% of
its capacity, the class will be moved to another room that will accommodate the appropriate
number of students.
Each classroom has been equipped with an air purifier that exceeds CDC recommendations.
The CDC recommends air filters to be at least MERK 13 and our classroom filters are MERK 17.
 
LIBRARY
The Library will be open by appointment only before school and during the school day.
Students who need to check out materials from the Library can notify Mrs. HIllsey at
jhillsey@spxabq.org and/or Ms. Sanchez at ssanchez@spxabq.org to arrange for pick up of
these items. The Library will be open between 1:04 pm and 3:00 pm for quiet, individual study
on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for a limited number of students. Because seating is
limited, students will sign up for afternoon study via the link provided on the SPX Library Google
Classroom page. The code to join is 3uhvq62. .
 
BATHROOMS
Only two students at a time may enter the bathrooms. Students should not use the bathrooms
during passing periods but should check in with the teacher of their next class. The teacher will
determine when to release the student to use the bathroom. Students should knock on the
bathroom door to determine the number of students in the bathroom. If necessary, the student
should wait until someone exits the bathroom before the student enters.
 
St. Pius X High School will continue to implement state guidelines for the health and safety of
our students and faculty. Parents, you are the school’s partner as we navigate through COVID
19! Please be judicious about your student’s health as we return to school to keep everyone as
safe as possible. Students can continue to receive virtual instruction until they are allowed to
return to school after a possible exposure or sickness. Carpooling is discouraged except if the
students are from the same household.
 
HYBRID GROUPS
Mrs. Ducaj sent you and your student an email detailing whether your student is assigned to
Group A or Group B for the hybrid learning. Group A will return to campus on Wednesday,
February 24 for 8:00am class. Group B will return to campus on Thursday, February 25 for
8:00am class. Those students not on campus must report to class online as directed by their
teachers. Classes will remain at 33 minutes with a 5 minute passing period. Students under
the hybrid model have until Saturday, March 6, to inform Mrs. Ducaj if they choose to opt out of
the hybrid model.
 
If you have opted to have your student remain online for the year, Mrs. Ducaj will be sending
you an email to verify that this is what you have chosen for your student.
 
MINOR CHANGE IN SEQUENCE OF CLASSES
Due to the timing of the lunches on our current schedule and due to scheduling needs of the
cafeteria, we have a minor change in the sequencing of classes for the hybrid schedule. We will
be moving the G period class to occur during the fourth period of the day. This means that we
will follow the following sequence of classes each day: A, B, C, G, D, E, F, H.
 
DRESS CODE UPDATE
  • Underclassmen may wear the uniform black or white polo or spirit shirt.
  • Freshmen may wear a plain solid black, plain solid white polo with a non SPX insignia no
    more than 3” or SPX spirit wear.
  • All students may wear uniform shorts with the hem no shorter than 2 inches above the
    knee, solid black jeans or solid blue jeans
  • Students may wear gray or black sweats
  • Athletes who are in a season sport may wear their in-season sweats
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Graduation for seniors is scheduled for May 19th. Additional information and details will
    follow from Mr. Turcotte
  • Spring break will be on March 22-26
  • Bus services will not be available
  • Seniors will not be allowed to leave campus for lunch. If/when this can happen safely, we
    will allow it.
  • Student Support: We offer a variety of supports for your success. Please contact your
    assigned school counselor for assistance.
  • Technology Assistance: If you have issues with the technology, contact St. Pius X IT
    Department at jsamora@spxabq.org
  • SPX SCHOOL NURSE: kmcnew@spxabq.org phone-505-8445
 
NOTE:
PARENTS, IT IS IMPERATIVE TO KEEP THE STUDENT BODY AND FACULTY SAFE AND
HEALTHY. YOU MUST REPORT ANY STUDENT POSITIVE COVID CASE TO THE
SCHOOL NURSE. THE SCHOOL NURSE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION FOR
WHEN THE STUDENT MAY RETURN TO SCHOOL.
FAILURE TO REPORT ANY STUDENT POSITIVE CASE WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT
LOSING ACCESS TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND ANY CAMPUS ACTIVITY FOR THE
REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
School Reopen 50/50 Feb 2021
 

Dear Parents and Students,


We hope that everyone is healthy and continuing to practice COVID safe guidelines.  We are excited to share with you the following news.  


By now you have heard that Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham has opened all schools in a hybrid model starting in February 2021.  St. Pius X High School will open on Monday, February 22, 2021 on a hybrid 50/50 model.  We will begin slowly.   Re-integration slowly into the regular school routine will help students and teachers alike adjust to the regular school schedule a little at a time and make the transition easier on all.

 

February 22, 2021 was chosen for two specific reasons:

  • It is based on the number of teachers and staff who will have had the opportunity to receive two COVID 19 vaccinations. The second vaccination is reported to result in increased reactions.  Teachers will need a couple of days to recuperate before welcoming their students to the classroom.
  • In addition, regarding the athletic department and team sports competitions, by order of the Governor, NMPED and NMAA, we must return to a hybrid model by Monday, February 22, 2021 in order for our teams to enter competition.
 

Additional information:

  • Students will be grouped into two sections--Group A and Group B.
  • Group A and Group B will be determined alphabetically by class.  Siblings will be placed in the same group.  If you have more than one student attending SPX, please make sure that you email Mrs. Ducaj by Saturday, February 6th to notify her of this to ensure that they will be scheduled for the same day.  Please include the names of your students and their grade level.
  • Upon arrival at school, all students will be screened for health and temperature.
  • Students must go directly to their first period classroom--lockers will not be available and students may not congregate in the hallways.
  • Class will begin at 8:00am Monday through Thursday.
  • Classes will continue on the 33 minute schedule to allow teachers to tend to the online group after the teaching day has ended.  
  • Friday will remain the same at this time.  Teachers may give tests, conduct science labs, provide extra tutoring to all students. 
  • Teachers will be in their classrooms five days per week.
 

Schedule for the week of February 22, 2021:

  • Monday, Feb 22:  All students will be remote virtual.
  • Tuesday, Feb 23:  All students will be remote virtual.
  • Wednesday, Feb 24:  Group A students will report to in person classes; Group B online.
  • Thursday, Feb 25:  Group B students will report to in person classes; Group A online.
  • Friday, Feb 26:  Virtual or in person tutoring, tests, science labs, etc.
 

Schedule for the week of March 1, 2021:

  • Monday, March 1:  Group A reports for in person classes; Group B online.
  • Tuesday, March 2: Group B reports for in person classes; Group A online.
  • Wednesday, March 3: Group A reports for in person classes; Group B online.
  • Thursday, March 4:  Group B reports for in person classes; Group A online.
  • Friday, March 5:  Virtual or in person tutoring, tests, science labs, etc.
 

Schedule for the week of March 8, 2021:

  • Monday, March 8, :  Group A reports for in person classes; Group B online.
  • Tuesday, March 9:  Group B reports for in person classes;  Group A online.
  • Wednesday, March 10:  Group A reports for in person classes; Group B online.
  • Thursday, March 11: Group B reports for in person classes; Group A online.  
  • Friday, March 12:  Virtual or in person tutoring, tests, science labs, etc.
 

If students choose to stay on campus after the teaching day is complete for sports practice or waiting for a ride, they may:

  • Visit with a teacher for extra help.
  • Go to the gym for a quiet study hall.
  • Leave the campus to return later in the afternoon for sports practice, workouts, etc.
 

If the Governor decides the schools can open further, this schedule will be revised.


  • Students will be required to wear masks, observe six foot social distancing in the classroom, hallways and outside, hallways will be one way.  Bathrooms will be limited to two persons at a time.  Uniforms will be relaxed for this year only.  Students may wear blue or black jeans, no holes or faux holes, rips, frays, decorative stitching or any other distracting characteristics.  Students may wear solid color polo shirts or spirit shirts.  Seniors retain their privilege to choose solid colored polo shirts.  
  • Lunch will be served in the cafeteria with social distancing seating.  Students may eat outside while sitting six feet apart.  The aux gym will be available during inclement weather.
 

ANY PARENTS WHO DESIRE TO HAVE THEIR STUDENT REMAIN IN THE ONLINE MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, ENDING MAY 2021, MUST CONTACT MRS. DUCAJ IMMEDIATELY.  HER EMAIL IS bducaj@spxabq.org.  Students will not be allowed to move back and forth from in person to online and vice versa.  The decision you make for your student will remain for the rest of the school year.  If the Governor opens schools 100%, this decision will be reviewed at that time.  It is important that we know your decision to remain online, so that we can make arrangements for 50% capacity in each classroom.  However, we will give students a trial period so that they may decide if they want to remain in person or choose to remain online for the remainder of the school year.  The deadline for this decision will be on Friday, March 5th.  


We hope you see this as great news and are as excited as we are to have students back on campus.  Please continue to pray for St. Pius X High School, the teachers, staff and students for a successful return to school.  Please watch your email for further opening details and instructions.


St. Pius X, pray for us! Holy Angels, watch over us! Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us!

 

Dr. Barbara Rothweiler
Interim Principal
 
Fr. John Trambley
President
 
Mrs. Barbara Ducaj
Assistant Principal
Mr. Orlando Rodriguez
Assistant Principal
PSAT/NMSQT January 2021
 
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
 
Happy New Year! I hope this letter finds you well. At this time, we are planning to administer the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26, 2021 to all juniors at St. Pius X. Please be assured that the health and safety of students and testing staff is our top priority. We are working closely with the College Board and monitoring guidance from CDC, state government and local public health guidelines. Given the importance of the PSAT/NMSQT for juniors and the need to minimize the health risks for such a large group of students, each student and his/her family should try to limit exposure to others as much as possible from January 11 until the test day (January 26). Some things to consider:
 
  • Don't travel out of state.
  • Stay at home except for school and medical care. Ask yourself: "Is this trip worth the risk?"
  • Don't meet with people outside of your household and don't allow them to come into your house.
  • If someone in the household is sick, take extra precautions: everyone should wear a mask when in the same room as another person; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, remote controllers, phones, faucets, etc.); frequently wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer; remind each other to avoid touching his or her eyes, nose or mouth; use disposable plates and utensils; have one person serve food to others rather than having each person serve themselves from food containers.
 
On the day of the test, everyone (students and teachers) will have his/her temperature taken. Everyone must wear a mask covering his/her mouth and nose while on campus. Everyone should help maintain 6ft between individuals as much as possible. Everyone must fill out a test day health questionnaire with the following questions prior to entering. This questionnaire will eventually be emailed to students to complete.
 
  1. Have you traveled outside of New Mexico since January 11, 2020?
  2. Have you been within 6ft for more than 3 minutes of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 since January 11, 2020?
  3. In the past 2 weeks, have you had, or do you currently have, any of these symptoms:
    • fever (more than 100.4)
    • chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • difficulty breathing
    • headache
    • body or muscle aches
    • fatigue
    • runny nose or congestion
    • new loss of taste or smell
    • nausea or vomiting
    • diarrhea
In the testing space, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available. All proctors will be wearing gloves when passing out or picking up materials. Seats will be spaced at least 6ft apart. Extra ventilation will be provided by air sanitizing fans. Students should dress in layers and come prepared for a cool (cold) testing space as windows and doors may be opened to increase ventilation. Thank you for your support in this matter. Stay safe and healthy!
 
Mr. Orlando Rodriguez
Assistant Principal
 
Mr. Matthew Cornelius
Test Coordinator
November 2020
 
Dear Parents and Students,
 
As this update reaches you, we hope everyone is staying safe. We continue to pray each day for our students, faculty members and families who have suffered with COVID 19 or have been exposed to this global virus. The news of a number of vaccines on the way gives hope that we may begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and a return to some of the normalcy we are used to.
 
Our students always amaze us. As announced in the last communication, a number of our music students qualified for All State Orchestra and All State Symphony Among them was senior Benicio Gutierrez. Benicio has earned a second accolade. Benicio has been named to the All State Jazz 1 Band as the 3rd trumpet. This is the highest honor for a jazz band and only five members are named to this band. Congratulations, Benicio!
 
Our seniors are beginning to receive offers to join athletic teams from the colleges to which they have applied. As more information becomes available, we will keep you updated on the spring signing event at St. Pius X.
 
St. Pius X family, the students in Yearbook class are waiting to hear from you!!! They need photos and stories of how your family is handling the health orders. What is your family doing differently to get through this period of time? What did you do for Halloween? What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Yearbook is an integral part of the St Pius X tradition and culture. Even though we are not able to celebrate on campus, it does not mean we are not a united family. Our culture this year needs to be passed on through your stories and pictures. Help out the Yearbook editors and students by sending your stories and pictures to https://images.jostens.com/416023970. If you are asked for a user ID, it is 416023970. Questions?? Email Ms. Eiler at aeiler@spxabq.org.
 
We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the Go Fund Me page for Barrett House, the shelter for women and children of domestic violence. As you know, we were not able to have the Thanksgiving Mass and food collection this year. However, especially in this difficult time, we cannot forget the importance of our service to those less fortunate. Everyone must have food. We ask those who have not done so to contribute to the SPX Go Fund Me effort. The Go Fund Me collection has reached $4,286.00 at this writing. Can we make it to $5,000.00 or more?
 
As we enter the holiday season, we also anticipate the end of the first semester. Our year has been one of challenges and changes. After many discussions with teachers, the traditional scheduling of final exams will not take place. Due to the rising Covid numbers, it is not prudent or safe to administer final exams on campus. If we go to an online final exam, the integrity of our final exams can easily be compromised. Because of these issues, there will not be a final exam component calculated into the end of the semester grade. However, many teachers have elected to give a department assessment or project for the quarter assessment. This will be a culminating activity to complete the semester and will be calculated into the second quarter grade. Attached is the schedule of activities to complete the semester. Teachers will be providing additional information to students for the end of quarter assessments or projects. Activities will continue through Thursday, December 17, 2020.
 
The administrators, faculty and staff wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. And, although we may not be with our extended family members as usual, we hope all will make that sacrifice this year so that you have many more Thanksgivings in the future to spend with your loved ones. Thanksgiving Is a time to reflect on all the good things God has bestowed upon us in life--this year especially. Please continue to pray for health, safety and the end of the pandemic. I have added a prayer for protection from the Knights of Columbus.
 
Dr. Barbara Rothweiler
Interim Principal
 
Fr. John Trambley
President
 
Mrs. Barbara Ducaj
Assistant Principal
Mr. Orlando Rodriguez
Assistant Principal
 
A Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic
(Knights of Columbus)
 
O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Diving Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
 
Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin, Amen.
(Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis)
School Reopening
 
Dear Parents and Students,
 
We hope everyone is well and you have found safe, creative adventurous ways to spend your summer during the current pandemic. The information in this letter will address concerns the administrators have received from parents. It will also clarify the fall schedule and details about several items regarding the opening of school.
 
The administrators and teachers have been discussing the opening of school for months. This is no small task. We all want the students back in the classroom but we must accomplish this with caution and safety for all students, teachers and support staff. We also must pay attention to the science of COVID-19 and the restrictions Governor Lujan-Grisham and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe have communicated. With all this in mind, St. Pius X cannot follow the same path
as the Catholic K-8 schools.
 
The plan for the start of school for the 2020-2021 school year is as follows: St. Pius will start the school year on August 12th with 100% virtual/online learning. We will use this online model until after the Labor Day holiday. As conditions dictate, we will monitor and evaluate the situation to implement the hybrid model as soon as possible. After implementing the hybrid model, we will continue to assess in order to incorporate more teaching time within the hybrid model and eventually move to 100% on-campus learning.
 
New Update ---- Below are answers to questions that were presented to us. St. Pius High School will move forward and implement remote/virtual online learning. We will follow the class time schedule as indicated on the hybrid model schedule. When the hybrid model schedule was developed, it was with the intent that the schedule would be used for full online learning, hybrid and full entry.
 
HYBRID SCHEDULES: We want to clarify that the hybrid schedule (when implemented) that was presented in the last letter emphasizes that students are expected to be in class at least two days per week with an option for a third day. The other days will be supplemented with online teaching in which students can take advantage of their classes which will be uploaded to Google Classroom. Teachers will upload their classes each day so the students who are home can get four days of teaching per week. This is a much improved situation over the fourth quarter of last school year.
 
TEACHING TIME IN CLASSROOMS: Teachers and administrators will work diligently to increase daily teaching time and on campus teaching days as the coronavirus pandemic allows us. The decisions to open school in the hybrid format is a difficult decision. As administrators, we must keep in mind that a large majority of our teaching faculty and support staff are over the age of 30. There are over 100 people in the teaching and support areas. We must provide for their safety and health as well as the safety and health of their family members.
 
Because our students will be online for a portion of the week when we implement the hybrid program, does not mean they are getting a lesser education. Teaching online is more difficult for teachers than teaching in the classroom. When the hybrid schedule is implemented, we are asking our teacher to do both, classroom and monitor online also. The 33 minute classes allow for teachers to plan accordingly, deliver the lesson, assign homework. The teachers need time during the day to do both. This explains the 33 minute classes. Many of our teachers are taking advantage of professional development in online teaching and Google Classroom techniques this summer. There will be increased communication between teachers, students and parents in the fall.
 
TUITION: As for tuition, St. Pius is continuing to offer all classes, both core classes and elective classes, under both the online model and the hybrid model. Under both models, teachers are expected to be available to provide additional assistance by appointment to students who need it after the school day ends at 12:50 pm until 3:00 pm. When the hybrid schedule is implemented, students who opt to return to school will be required to be at school, face to face with their teachers two to three days per week. The buildings will be open, lights on, AC/heating on, and added cleaning will occur. Salaries must be paid and the school facilities and grounds maintained. Like many schools and school districts across the country, added costs of deep cleaning, disinfecting, sanitizing materials, PPE, plexiglass shields, to name a few, have all added to our budget costs without increasing tuition. Please remember St. Pius X High School tuition has not been raised in three years. We cut positions and costs to maintain a balanced budget.
 
SCHEDULES AND COHORT GROUPING: When the students are able to return to school under the hybrid model, the students will be grouped in two cohorts alphabetically by last name and by class. Siblings will be scheduled in the same cohort.
 
TEMPERATURE CHECKS: When students return to school and when they arrive on campus each day, they will have their temperature checked at the security shack. If a temperature registers 101.4, the student will be sent home. All faculty will have their temperature checked daily before classes begin.
 
LUNCH SERVICE: When students return to school, lunch will be served in the cafeteria in the fall. Disposable plates and utensils will be provided by the cafeteria staff. As many restaurants are doing, the menu will be reduced and students will not be able serve themselves but must ask the cafeteria staff for the item they want to purchase for lunch. All items will be behind a plexiglass shield. No one will eat in the cafeteria. All students will eat outside in groups of less than six students. If there is inclement weather, students will be directed to an indoors place to eat. Students may continue to bring their own lunch.
 
BUS SERVICE: Bus service from the Belen/Los Lunas area is discontinued until further notice.
 
Lockers will not be provided until we have been advised that we can resume usage of lockers. Students will need to have all necessary items for classes in their backpacks. Students must have hand sanitizer, masks and their personal water bottles and should not share personal items with others i.e., pencils, calculators, textbooks, etc.
 
ORIENTATION:
  • Freshman orientation is scheduled for August 10, this is tentative.
    • Changes for orientation date and schedule will be communicated through
      PlusPortals
    • Freshman students who did not pick up their Chromebooks in July will receive
      them at the orientation day
  • Sophomore, Junior and Senior orientation will not be held.
    • Schedules and additional information will be sent to both students and parents via PlusPortals
 
DISMISSAL AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY (under hybrid model): The end of the school day is scheduled for 12:50. When students return to campus, they must be picked up at that time or report to study hall or tutoring to a teacher appointment that has been arranged prior to dismissal. As soon as the tutoring session is finished, the student must report to the Library or Gym or leave the campus.
 
AFTER SCHOOL STUDY AND TUTORING: Students who cannot be picked up at the end of the school day must report to the Library or Gym for supervised, quiet study. Students may make tutoring arrangements with individual teachers during this time also. The after school study session concludes at 3:00pm. The student must leave the campus at 3:00pm or as soon as the student may be picked up or the tutoring session is over.
 
St. Pius will offer a full time online option when the Blended/Hybrid model is implemented. Any parent(s) wishing to have their student(s) on full time online must contact Mrs. Ducaj at 831-8443.
 
During this online time period, know that communication with teachers is the most important step in successful online learning. Please reach out to them.
 
Please know that administrators and teachers want the students on campus for in person learning full time. However, we are bound by the Governor’s health orders which have been confirmed by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. St. Pius X High School will implement the hybrid schedule as soon as possible and continue to work toward full in person learning when we can. We all want to be back to normal routines.
 
We pray that you and your families remain safe and healthy through these difficult times.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Barbara Rothweiler, Fr. John Trambley, Mr. Orlando Rodriguez, Mrs. Barbara Ducaj
Letter to Parents Week 8 Covid-19
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
We are sending this email to provide information for textbook/materials return and
student locker items retrieval. Please remember to follow the social distancing etiquette,
drive slowly in the parking lot, and wear a mask. This day is designated solely for pickup
and return of materials. Faculty and staff members will not be available for meetings.
Limited staff members will be present to assist in obtaining and collecting
items/materials.
 
Please see additions or changes which are BOLDED AND UNDERLINED.
 
  • Fine arts equipment and instruments
    • The fine arts department will be present in the front of St. Cecilia hall to
      collect instruments and other required items for their department. Fine art
      students and parents have been contacted and provided with the
      procedure.
  • Locker items and personal belongings
    • Students’ belongings have been placed in a bag with their name on it.
      Inside that bag students will find another bag to place their textbooks in.
      Students will pick up their belongings according to the following schedule
      based on the locker number assigned to them:
    • Siblings can pick up their belongings on either day
      • Monday, May 18: 8:00am - 11:00am Locker numbers
        1000-2163
      • Tuesday, May 19: 8:00am - 11:00am Locker numbers
        3000-4167
      • Seniors - Palancas for those who did not attend the retreat will
        be placed in a bag with your locker items.
    • NHS stoles/chevrons and tassels will be distributed at this time too.
  • Textbooks to be returned
    • Inside the belongings bag, students will find another bag to place
      their textbooks in.
    • After placing textbooks in the bag, students will need to drive to the
      west end of the parking lot to return the textbooks to the designated
      staff members.
 
Please see additions or changes which are BOLDED AND UNDERLINED.
 
  • Library Books: A table will be designated outside for library book return.
  • Chromebooks - Students DO NOT need to return their Chromebooks for the
    summer
    • Chromebooks that were loaned out from the library or Mr. Samora
      need to be returned and checked in at the library return table.
    • Students not returning to SPX for the 2020-2021 school year need to
      return their Chromebook at the library return table to Ms. Hillsey/Mr.
      Samora
    • Seniors - If you are not going to keep your Chromebook you will
      need to check it in at the library book return table.
  • Athletic Uniforms to be returned and P.E. locker items to be picked up will
    be on a different day to be determined.
  • Distribution of Yearbooks - Yearbooks are scheduled to be delivered to SPX in mid-June. Josten’s is delayed due to COVID-19 and this date may be pushed
    back. As soon as they arrive, we will let you know how and when they will be
    distributed.
  • Week of May 18th --Baccalaureate Mass and Senior Recognition Video will be
    released.
  • Graduation ceremony --The SPX Administration has set the following target
    dates for a live, in-person graduation ceremony provided the restrictions for large gatherings are lifted: Saturday, June 20, 2020 or Saturday, July 25, 2020. 
  • Release of transcripts to colleges--transcripts for the graduating seniors will be
    released to the college(s) of their choice when all grades have been submitted
    and verified provided the student has met all financial and academic obligations.
    Seniors who have not already done so must complete the transcript request form
    that was sent to them by Mrs. Keiser in order for the transcript(s) to be sent.
  • ACT Exam dates will be held on June 13 and July 18 on the SPX campus. For additional information go to act.org
  • Summer School: At this time, we have determined that the classes listed below will be offered online for the summer. With the exception of second semester credit recovery classes in Math and Biology, all summer school classes will begin on Monday, June 1st. 2nd semester Math and Biology classes will start on Monday, June 22nd. The format of each of these classes will change from previous years, due to the fact that the classes are being taught online.
  • Summer School 2020 classes and teachers:
    • Incoming 9th grade English and Math: English--Ms. Prugar, Math--Ms.
      Torres
    • Credit Recovery: English--Mrs. Hillsey, Math--Ms. Dieterichs, Biology--Ms.
      Maestas. Students in credit recovery will need to sign an agreement form.
    • Geometry--Mr. Peralta (Students must be pre-approved)
    • Chemistry--Mr. Ball. Students must be pre-approved and will need to sign
      a summer agreement form.
    • Honors Chemistry--Mr. Ball. Students must be pre-approved and will
      need to sign a summer agreement form.
    • NM History--Mr. Hillsey and Ms. Machtinger
    • PE--Ms. Campbell (Enrollment is closed)
    • Information Technology--Mr. Hudetz (Enrollment is closed)
  • Summer School - if you need to register or pay please contact Mrs. Ducaj at bducaj@spxabq.org
  • Chromebooks for incoming freshmen are being ordered to have for summer
    school and the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Graduation message: Archbishop John Wester will celebrate a graduation
    Mass for the seniors and present his graduation message to the seniors. The
    Mass will be taped and put on the website for viewing. At this time, we are
    looking for seniors who are willing to participate in the Mass from home for
    readings and songs. Email Mrs. Olguin (eolguin@spxabq.org) if you are
    interested in participating.
 
Advanced Placement (AP) testing begins on Monday, May 11, 2020 and runs
through Friday, May 22, 2020.
 
Blessing to all and stay safe and stay healthy,
 
Dr. Barbara Rothweiler, Mrs. Barbara Ducaj and Mr. Orlando Rodriguez
Letter to Parents Week 6 Covid-19
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
We are sending this email to provide information and a timeline of activities and events for the month of May and June:
  • Distribution of Yearbooks - Yearbooks are scheduled to be delivered to SPX in mid-June. Josten’s is delayed due to COVID-19 and this date may be pushed back. As soon as they arrive, we will let you know how and when they will be distributed.
  • Week of May 18th--Baccalaureate Mass and Senior Recognition Video will be released.
  • Graduation ceremony--The SPX Administration has set the following target dates for a live, in-person graduation ceremony provided the restrictions for large gatherings are lifted: Saturday, June 20, 2020 or Saturday, July 25, 2020.
  • Textbooks, instruments and other items to return and personal belongings: On May 18 and 19, 2020, students may come to pick up any personal belongings left in their lockers. Students’ belongings have been placed in a bag with their name on it. Inside that bag students will find another bag to place their textbooks in. Students will pick up their belongings according to the following schedule based on the locker number assigned to them:
    • Monday, May 18: 8:00am - 11:00am Locker numbers 1000-2163
    • Tuesday, May 19: 8:00am - 11:00am Locker numbers 3000-4167
    • Seniors - Palancas for those who did not attend the retreat will be placed in a bag with your locker items.
    • NHS stoles/chevrons and tassels will be distributed at this time too.
  • Athletic Uniforms to be returned and P.E. locker items to be picked up will be on a different day to be determined.
  • Release of transcripts to colleges--transcripts for the graduating seniors will be released to the college(s) of their choice when all grades have been submitted and verified provided the student has met all financial and academic obligations. Seniors must complete the transcript request form that will be sent to them by Mrs. Keiser by May 15, 2020 in order for the transcript(s) to be sent.
  • ACT Exam dates will be held on June 13 and July 18 on the SPX campus. Deadline to register for the June 13th exam is Friday, May 8, 2020.
  • Summer School: At this time, we have determined that the classes listed below will be offered online for the summer. With the exception of second semester credit recovery classes, all summer school classes will begin on Monday, June 1st. The format of each of these classes will change from previous years, due to the fact that the classes are being taught online. We will update you on the specifics of each class as that information is finalized. Thank you for your patience as we work on re-structuring the curriculum for an online format. Please note: There is no final decision regarding the summer Geometry class at this time. A decision will be made by next week.
  • Summer School 2020 classes and teachers:
    • Incoming 9th grade English and Math; English-Ms. Prugar, Math-Mr. Peralta
    • Credit Recovery - English/Mrs. Hillsey, Math-Ms. Dieterichs, Biology-Ms. Maestas--students in credit recovery will need to sign an agreement form
    • Chemistry-Mr. Ball--students will need to sign a summer agreement form
    • NM History-Mr. Hillsey and Ms. Machtinger
    • PE - Ms. Campbell
    • Information Technology-Mr. Hudetz
  • Summer School - if you need to register or pay please contact Mrs. Ducaj at
    bducaj@spxabq.org
  • Chromebooks for incoming freshmen are being ordered to have for summer school and the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Graduation message: Archbishop John Wester will celebrate a graduation Mass for the seniors and present his graduation message to the seniors. The Mass will be taped and put on the website for viewing. At this time, we are looking for seniors who are willing to participate in the Mass from home for readings and songs. Email Mrs. Olguin (eolguin@spxabq.org) if you are interested in participating.
 
The last day of instruction for students in grades 9, 10,and 11 is Friday, May 8, 2020. The last day to turn in assignments for the underclassmen is Friday, May 15, 2020. Advanced Placement (AP) testing begins on Monday, May 11, 2020 and runs through Friday, May 22, 2020. Students and teachers should be getting together to review and prep for the AP exams. We hope this information addresses the questions and concerns you have regarding graduation and other events. Please contact us with any questions that you still have.
 
Senior goodbye: On Friday, May 1, 2020 the faculty, staff, and coaches said goodbye to the senior class by hosting a student drive through the campus between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Teachers lined the campus from the Fine Arts Building around to the gate to the gym area. The event was such a success and will become a traditional event. We are so proud of our senior class and they will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
 
Blessing to all and stay safe and stay healthy,
 
Dr. Barbara Rothweiler, Mrs. Barbara Ducaj and Mr. Orlando Rodriguez
Letter to Parents Week 5 Covid-19
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
With the rising temperatures and the days becoming longer, it is a true sign that spring has arrived and summer is on the way. It is also an indication that the school year is coming to an end in another month.
 
It is imperative that students stay in touch with their teachers as we head into the final weeks of school. Many students have adapted very well to online learning. Others are having some struggles and some difficulty with the virtual online platform. Let the teachers help those students having difficulties through the last weeks. Google Meet is an excellent tool to conference with a teacher if a student needs extra instruction or clarification. Email the teacher to share your concerns if you are not able to participate in a Google Meet. We have to caution those students who have not turned in assignments. All course work is being evaluated on the traditional grading system. No course is pass/fail. Those students who have not turned in class assignments risk the chance of failing the class. If the class is needed for graduation, it will have to be made up. For seniors, they take the risk of not graduating.
 
For seniors, Friday, May 1, 2020 is the last day of instruction. Friday, May 8, 2020 is the last day to turn in assignments. For students in grades 9, 10 and 11. The last day of instruction is Friday, May 8, 2020. The last day to turn in assignments for the underclassmen is Friday, May 15, 2020. Advanced Placement (AP) testing begins on Monday, May 11, 2020 and runs through Friday, May 22, 2020. Students and teachers should be getting together to review and prep for the AP exams.
 
Senior goodbye: On Friday, May 1, 2020 the faculty, staff, and coaches would like to say goodbye to the senior class by hosting a student drive through the campus between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Teachers will line the campus from the Fine Arts Building around to the gate to the gym area, 6-10 feet apart, to wave goodbye, congratulate and cheer on the seniors to their next steps in life. Seniors simply drive through the campus parking lot perimeter by entering at St. Joseph’s Drive on the east side, waves to the teachers as they drive through and drive out the west gate of the parking lot. No one may get out of their vehicle. Seniors and their parents received notification of the event on Tuesday, April 28.
 
Textbook, uniforms, instruments and other items return and personal belongings: On May 18 and 19, 2020, students by locker number may come to pick up their personal
belongings left in their lockers. Students’ belongings have been placed in a bag with their name on it. Inside that bag students will find another bag to place their textbooks in. As students drive into the parking lot on the east side, they may pick up their bag of personal belongings and drop off textbooks on the west side of the parking lot. Please begin looking around at home for all textbooks, uniforms, instruments, etc. that belong to the school. Please note: the textbooks belong to the state of New Mexico and if they are not returned to the school, the student may be responsible for the cost of the books. Here is the schedule for pick up and return:
 
Monday, May 18: 8:00am - 11:00am Locker numbers 1000-2163
 
Tuesday, May 19: 8:00am - 11:00am Locker numbers 3000-4167
 
If you have more than one student attending St. Pius X, all siblings may return items to school at either one of the locker numbers listed so that families only have to make one trip to school.
Students will not be allowed to hang out on campus since the stay at home order is still in effect.
 
Graduation message: Archbishop John Wester will celebrate a graduation Mass for the seniors and present his graduation message to the seniors. The Mass will be taped and put on the website for viewing. At this time, we are looking for seniors who are willing to participate in the Mass from home for readings and songs. Email Mrs. Olguin eolguin@spxabq.org if you are interested in participating.
 
Senior Recognition: The administrators have talked and agonized over how to recognize our senior students. We do not want seniors or their parents to think we have forgotten them. As written in the above paragraph, Archbishop Wester will celebrate a Mass in their honor. We will put together a Senior Recognition page to honor all the seniors with their senior picture, name, college attending in the fall and any honors received throughout the year. We will post this recognition on the website at the end of May when all AP tests are completed.
 
Transcripts and Diplomas: Rumors cause chaos. There is a rumor about transcripts and diplomas that we want to squelch. As soon as the grades are complete, they will be posted to the transcripts. The transcripts will be sent out as soon as possible to the college/university of the student’s choice. Please contact Mrs. Keiser akeiser@spxabq.org to make your transcript request. Diplomas will be mailed as soon as we receive them. At present, Josten’s informs us that we should receive them about mid-June. The delay is due to COVID 19.
 
Summer School: At this time we are working on the plan for our summer school programs. We will give you an update in next week’s email. Thank you for your patience as we consider what options are best for our students and staff.
 
Blessing to all and stay safe and stay healthy,
 
Dr. Barbara Rothweiler, Mrs. Barbara Ducaj and Mr. Orlando Rodriguez
Letter to Parents Week 4 Covid-19
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
“And on the third day, He arose from the dead.” Happy Easter to everyone! Without being able to go to church, the days leading up to Easter and Easter Sunday seemed quite out of the ordinary. Easter is the most celebrated religious day in the Christian world. We all see churches packed with worshipers on Easter Sunday, more than on Christmas. Jesus’ teaching life, His passion, death and resurrection open the gates of heaven for us so that we may have eternal life. However, you celebrated Easter, this year in a different way, we hope it was a joyful event knowing that we have a place in God’s eternal home waiting for us.
 
We hope the last week off classes has allowed our students to catch up on any assignments not completed so that each student may finish the school year on a positive note. We hope this extra time off also gave those Advanced Placement (AP) students a bit more time to prepare for the online AP tests. Remember, that St. Pius X students are being graded in all classes. No class is pass/fail.
 
Just before Easter, you may remember that we lost our beloved Deacon Rene Greivel. Amanda Stone 2019 graduate, put together a tribute to Deacon Rene for us to remember him. Amanda is the singer and the pictures are pure Deacon Rene. You can find this tribute on Youtube, search for Count the Stars-a dedication to Deacon Rene or click on this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrO-eaPkPbE. It is a beautiful remembrance of a man dearly loved by many at St. Pius X High School. Thank you, Amanda.
 
We know many of you have not enrolled your returning student at this point in time. We understand your worry to pay the registration fee and tuition for next year. I urge you to enroll your student so that we have teachers to continue our excellent education. Please contact Carmen Cavnar, Business ccavnar@spxabq.org to defer payments of registration fees and tuition. Working together, your student’s education can continue at St. Pius X HIgh School.
 
At this time COVID 19 is still running our lives. It is encouraging to know that the stay at home proclamation is starting to mitigate the disease. However, we have to be realistic enough to understand that reopening America is not going to happen overnight, but slowly and gradually. Gathering in large numbers is not going to happen for quite a while. While the Bishop of Las Cruces is allowing Mass in cars in a parking lot, Archbishop Wester has sent a message to all in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to “stay the course.” With that said, here are the closing of school events and procedures.
 
Here is the update for April/May activities at this time:
 
  • Sartan Night Ice Cream Social will be postponed until a later time to be announced for new Freshmen. Under discussion is when to give out Class of 2024 t-shirts to new freshmen;
  • Coach Cook and Ms. Turcotte have spoken with the families of those students who are signing for college athletics and are putting together a virtual signing video;
  • We have not forgotten about our seniors and graduation. The Admin Team has met to discuss a virtual format for graduation. Several members will be asking seniors for feedback on a couple of ideas generated for a virtual graduation at this time;
  • Each act in Talent Show will video their presentation and Mr. Lopez will put a virtual Talent Show together for all to view. Voting will occur to announce winners;
  • The arrival of Yearbooks is tentatively set for June 6, 2020 but Josten’s is closed due to COVID 19 and this date may be pushed back. More to come;
  • The last day of instruction for seniors is May 1, 2020. The last day of instruction for underclassmen is May 8, 2020. All students will have until May 15th to submit their work to their teachers.
    • The week of May 4th for seniors and the week of May 11th for underclassmen is the time that teachers will follow up with students who have not submitted the work to allow them an opportunity to get it in.
    • AP teachers need to be available to help students who need help in preparation for AP exams.
  • You will receive information on how students can turn in textbooks and collect personal items from their lockers and athletics within the coming weeks. The plan will be compliant with the non-gathering, stay-at-home course of action as it exists at the end of May.
 
As more information from seniors is received regarding a virtual graduation format and as other virtual events are posted, we will keep you informed . We know that these are unusual times and we all have to make sacrifices. We understand that everyone would like a traditional graduation but we also want to stay safe and recognize our seniors to close the year. At a later date, when we can assemble as large groups the Advancement Office and Alumni Council can orchestrate with the Class of 2020 a more traditional event.
 
Stay tuned. More to come as we come to the close of the school year. Stay safe and stay healthy.
 
Dr. Rothweiler, Mrs. Ducaj and Mr. Rodriguez
Letter to Parents Week 3 Covid-19
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
We hope everyone is well and safe. We have completed three weeks of virtual online schooling, and we are receiving encouraging reports from parents that students are doing well. Please remember that if your student is having difficulties understanding the lesson or having technical difficulties, please contact the teacher. We have been giving guidance to teachers to address issues and reasonable solutions for your students. It’s a new learning environment for all of us.
 
Some of our teachers have reported that some students have done very little or have not done any of the work that has been assigned. Please check Portals regularly to review your student’s progress. If your child is one of these students, the teacher should have reached out to you to discuss your student’s performance. We want to remind you that assignments count toward the fourth quarter grade. Unlike the students in the public schools, our students are not being graded on a pass/fail basis; rather, they will receive a letter grade for the fourth quarter.
 
Second semester finals will not be scheduled this school year. The second semester grades will be an average of 3rd quarter grades and the 4th quarter grades earned through virtual learning. The second semester grade will be included in the cumulative GPA. To ensure that your student is prepared for the upcoming school year, it is imperative that they remain involved in their classes through the remainder of the school year.
 
As we celebrate Holy Week and Easter, we want to clarify that the additional days off are scheduled to give teachers time to catch-up on grading, assess the delivery of instruction through the virtual learning process, and allow them to plan for the remainder of the year. The Governor indicated that days missed will not affect the attendance requirement. However, we will continue to meet the requirements needed for our SPX students to receive credit.
 
The AP exams are scheduled for May 11-May 22. During the Easter break, AP students are encouraged to work on the material that has been provided to them in order to be ready for AP exams. In addition to any material that has been provided by the teachers, all AP students have access to College Board online resources to help them prepare for the exam. Please remember that any student enrolled in an AP class is required to take the AP exam--the exam is not optional.
 
The last day of instruction for seniors is May 1, 2020. The last day of instruction for underclassmen is May 8, 2020. All students will have until May 15th to submit their work to their teachers. Teachers will continue to give seniors guidance on preparation for AP exams or any work that needs to be caught up.

Many of you have inquired about how the students will collect their personal belongings that are still at school. Items that are in student lockers and P.E. lockers are being placed in individual bags labeled with each student’s name. We will establish a schedule for your students to pick up their belongings, and we will notify you when this will take place.
We are also working on establishing the logistics of the collection of textbooks, sports uniforms, music, library books, and musical instruments. A detailed schedule will be developed for the collection of these items during May 18-22. A form will be provided to each student to fill out for items that are being turned in to include items listed above.
 
At this time, summer school will continue as scheduled with a start date of June 1, 2020. However, this may change if gathering restrictions have not been lifted. We will keep you updated on any changes to the summer school program.
 
The administrators are working on plans for signing day, senior honors, Baccalaureate Mass, graduation and yearbook distribution. However, we all have to be cognizant of the fact that the coronavirus is determining the timeline and the kind of event we can host. We will continue to apprise you of how these events will take place. Unfortunately, prom is cancelled at this time.
 
Please remember that if the current shut down is affecting your job or income and you need to adjust tuition, email Dr. Rothweiler at brothweiler@spxabq.org or Mrs. Cavnar, Business Manager, at ccavnar@spxabq.org. We will do everything we can to help you through this period of time and keep students learning. If you are worried about tuition for next year, the same holds true. Email one of us. We do not want your worries to affect your student’s learning.
 
We value your students as you value the academic education and spiritual formation that St. Pius X provides. If you have not registered for the 2020-2021 school year, please do so. If you need to make adjustments for the registration fee or tuition payments, again, please let one of us know or email Carmen Cavnar, Business Manager, to help you.
 
This is a stressful time for students with a new learning situation and the fear of the coronavirus affecting them or their parents, grandparents or other relatives. In that light, the counselors would like you to know that they are available to talk with your student to help them through their stressful and anxious moments. You or students can reach out to them through email.
 
Dr. Rothweiler, Mrs. Ducaj and Mr. Rodriguez
Letter to Parents Week 2 Covid-19
MARCH 30, 2020
 
Dear Parents and Guardian,
 
Again, change is the operative word for this past week! As many of you know, the PED announced last week that schools will be closed through the end of the academic school year. Please remember, “school closing” does not mean the end of teaching and learning Because our facility is closed due to social distancing, teaching and learning will continue as a virtual online community. And, yesterday, President Trump announced social distancing will continue until April 30.
 
You should have received a letter from the Superintendent about the continued school closure. In that letter, it was mentioned that if you find yourself in a financial bind due to loss of hours or loss of a job during the COVID 19 crisis, please contact the principal. If you find yourself in this situation, please send an email to Dr. Rothweiler, brothweiler@spxabq.org. I will alert Mrs. Cavnar, the Business Manager, and we will work out a financial plan. We are all in this situation for one reason or another.
 
We have heard many positive comments from parents that students are adjusting to this new method of learning. Teacher feedback has been positive regarding the student response. However, there are a small number of students who are not participating in their learning. We have encouraged teachers to call parents to discuss this deficit before grades are damaged.beyond repair. Parents, please continue to check your student’s Google Classroom to ensure that all work is being completed. Online learning does take maturity and tenacity on the student’s part.
It is like adults working at home now. Distractions are the enemy of getting assignments done. A daily routine in your child’s life will help, much like the routine the student would have if at school. If it helps, help your child make a schedule for each day and post it in several places where you and the student can easily see it.

Our teachers also have families at home and are working extremely hard to keep up with their class workload and new instructional environment. The
Coronavirus pandemic is a mental and emotional drain on our students, parents and
teachers. It is important that we pace ourselves over the next couple of months. With this in mind, students and teachers will have Easter break beginning on Thursday, April 9 - April 19. No assignments or homework will be given after Wednesday, April 8 and virtual online learning will resume on Monday, April
20. Let’s keep Holy Week Holy and Easter Week Holy! Teachers, parents and students all need a break for their new routine. This will allow teachers to reflect on what has worked, what has not worked and the opportunity to implement instructional resources to continue in the delivery of instruction that has flourished at St. Pius X High School.
 
Parents, we appreciate all the feedback you have given us regarding how your student is working through assignments. We take your comments seriously and will continue to work on making the online program better for students and teachers. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there are problems and please keep in touch with your student’s teachers.
We are working on updating the school calendar for activities that were scheduled for later in the year, such as; college signing day, Sartan Night, senior transition night, prom, senior honors convocation, graduation and athletics, we will keep apprised of trends and the spread of the coronavirus. The Administrative Team will be working on possible graduation plans while the NMAA will dictate the athletic events. As Dr. Fauci has stated, we do not determine the timeline, COVID 19 determines the timeline of things to come. Your understanding and encouragement are greatly appreciated. Patience is the new watchword.
 
We are keeping everyone in prayer. Be safe, stay healthy.
 
Dr. Rothweiler
Mrs. Ducaj
Mr. Rodriguez
Letter to Parents Week 1 Covid-19

March 23, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

My dad used to tell me that there are two absolutes in life: death and taxes. After these last two weeks, I would like to add CHANGE! Lately, change seems to be the order of the day. For some, change is really hard but, for others, change is a challenge and an opportunity for growth. I hope we can all look at our recent changes as a growth opportunity, individually and as a school.

 

Over the last five years, Mrs. Ducaj, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Samora and I have been building our technology program so that we now have a Chromebook for each student. Teachers have had ongoing professional development toward the implementation of the Chromebooks, Google Suite, KAMI, and CANVAS, in addition to other technology tools. Teachers have been using many of these tools for online assignments, quizzes and papers for several years. It has been our intent to continue to make teaching and learning for the St. Pius X students similarly rigorous as if they were in the classroom and as seamless as possible.

 

On Monday, March 16, 2020, after school closure was announced, the faculty met briefly to organize their teaching and learning online. Several of the teachers posted announcements prior to March 16 in anticipation of schools closing. The administrators have been in contact with teachers over the last week so their challenge of teaching online full time is as easy as possible also. Our teachers are doing great things, using the tools provided. The administrators have encouraged teachers to be very clear in their objectives so that the students understand what they are to learn and be able to do with each lesson. We have encouraged teachers also to hone in on the most important goals and objectives of each course so that work assigned is meaningful.

 

Students are working hard. The parents I have spoken with tell me their students are engaging online with their teachers. I am hearing that students like doing their lessons in their PJs! Some wonder if they need to wear their uniforms when studying online! I am grateful for their sense of humor! We have great students! Parents, please encourage your students to keep in touch with their teachers for clarification on assignments and deadlines. Parents, check online with your students so that you know what is expected of each student in each class. Please contact teachers with any concerns.


There have been several questions that have come up. One question concerns community service requirements. It is a time of change and I know that some places of service have closed or are not allowing students in. Please encourage students to do what they can. Ms. Eiler will forward information to you in the next day to apprise you of community service opportunities.

 

There are many questions regarding Advanced Placement (AP) testing especially for our juniors and seniors. As information becomes available it will be forwarded to you. As a suggestion for seniors, keep in touch with your colleges regarding admissions, financial aid and registration for the Fall 2020 semester.

 

St. Pius X has applied to be a testing site for ACT in June to replace the April test. I have no doubt we will be accepted since we have been a testing site for years. I will keep you posted as soon as we know. The April ACT test is the first test the juniors students normally take. I know this may interfere with vacation plans, but it is the accommodation ACT is making.

 

As an online student in the past, teaching and learning online takes some extra effort. It takes internal tenacity, meaning the responsibility to success is greatly shifted to the student. I am hearing that our students are checking in with teachers each day and working their hardest. Mr. Rodriguez is continuing to reach out to teachers to make our present situation the best it can be for all teachers and all students. I am proud of them all!

 

We will keep in touch with you each and forward information to you as we receive it. Stay safe and stay healthy. From all of us, blessings to you and your family..

 

Barbara M. Rothweiler PhD
Principal

 

Fr. John Trambley
President

 

Barbara Ducaj
Asst. Principal-Academics

 

Orlando Rodriguez
Asst. Principal-Curriculum and Instruction

School Closures
Archbishop John C. Wester: The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is cancelling all church services and closing all schools effective immediately until further notice. The reason for the closures is to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading within our communities. We are particularly concerned about the safety and health of our elderly, children and our chronically ill population.
 
Students will be allowed to enter the building on March 16th, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM to retrieve textbooks, study materials and Chromebooks. The students should only be in Assumption, St. Francis and Basil because that is where the lockers are located. The library will be open during this two hours if students need anything from there. They may not dawdle or gather together but they are to leave the campus immediately, again to minimize social contact.
 
This is one of the precautions we are taking to prevent community spread of COVID-19. We are pro-life and we see it as a sanctity of life issue. The decision was made in consultation with Very Rev. Glennon Jones, ASF Vicar General and Monsignor Lambert Luna, ASF Episcopal Vicar. Archbishop Wester notified Bishop Wall of the Diocese of Gallup and Bishop Baldachinno of the Diocese of Las Cruces.
Preventive Measures - Proper Hygiene
Proper Hygiene per Center for Disease Control guidelines:
  1. Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20
    seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose,
    coughing, or sneezing.
  2. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least
    60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  3. A void touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  4. Cover coughs and sneezes. When a tissue is not readily available, covering of
    the mouth and nose with the bend of the arm when sneezing or coughing
  5. Frequent cleaning and sterilization of surfaces like desktops, keyboards, phone
    receivers, doorknobs etc.
  6. Stay home if you are sick.
Acknowledgement and adherence to recommendations of the Center for Disease Control
(CDC) of the U.S. Public Health Service
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
and the New Mexico Department of Health
http://cv.nmhealth.org/
specific to a viral or bacterial outbreak. If you suspect you have been exposed, call the New Mexico
Coronavirus Hotline: 1- 855-600-3453.
Suspension of Mass and other Services
The Second Vatican Council reiterated the Catholic Church's age-old understanding that the Eucharistic sacrifice-the Mass-as "source and summit of the Christian life." We also remember always that Jesus affirmed the two great commandments as loving God with all one's being, and one's neighbor as oneself. We look at the current coronavirus emergency with these principles in mind. But, looking toward the welfare of all, Catholic parishes are asked to immediately suspend public celebration of Masses and other services at this time due to the dangers inherent with the current situation. Catholics are dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass until this suspension is lifted. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe therefore asks that its parishes and other entities:
  • Suspend public celebrations of Mass. Churches may remain open for individual prayer.
  • Individual confessions and consultations need not be suspended.
  • Suspend/postpone all other non-essential meetings and group devotions such as communal penitential services, stations of the cross, CCD, youth and adult education, etc.
  • Postpone or cancel if possible other rites such as baptisms, quinceaneras, weddings, funerals, etc. If held due to extraordinary circumstances, limit attendance to 20-30 persons and perform the rite without Mass.
  • Eucharistic adoration may continue, but limit the number at any one time according to the size of the space utilized.
Mass Alternatives
All this being said, we urge all priests to continue celebrating the incomparable sacrifice and gift of the Mass at a pre-determined time each Sunday and even each day so that the souls in their care may join themselves spiritually to the Mass even in absentia. All are urged to read at least the Mass readings of the day and to meditate on them with their families and friends, praying for a quick end to our current situation and for the welfare of all. Other possible family and personal devotions include:
  • Praying the rosary, stations of the cross and other prayers.
  • Reviewing daily Mass readings (may be found on the USCCB website).
  • Additional scriptural, theological or catechetical reading.
  • Televised or streamed Mass.
 
During this time, it is helpful to remember that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe offers a televised Mass for the homebound every Sunday in English and in Spanish. The Mass in English can be found on Sundays at 6:30 AM on Fox New Mexico and the Mass in Spanish can be found on Sundays at 7:00 AM on My50TV (KASY). Also our Catholic Radio Network, Relevant Radio, 98.9 FM in Albuquerque, broadcasts daily Mass and Sunday Mass. Also, Archbishop's Hour on Catholic Radio will broadcast 12 noon Daily Mass from the Catholic Center and it will be live streamed on Youtube starting Monday, March 16th.
 
Granted, this is not the same as attending Mass in person, but it is an act of charity to keep others safe during this difficult time. Remember, you can also make a spiritual communion during the broadcasts of Mass. Say the following prayer:
 
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
News about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may create anxiety and other mental health concerns for people. The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line is here to support individuals and communities during this time.
 
As the State of New Mexico's professional mental health line, we maintain a solution focused approach built on validation, normalization, and access to resources. This model has prepared us to appropriately respond to not only to mental health concerns, but also the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
 
The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) has established business continuity plans to ensure that our services continue to operate as normal. Counselors are here to hear you 24/7 at 855-662-7474.
 
Coronavirus Anxiety
Food Delivery
In light of the COVID-19, and the closure of school for the next three weeks, Old Town Catering will offer food service (to include free delivery) to all students and their families of St. Pius X and staff of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. If this service could be of help to any of your loved ones, please feel free to pass it on. The menu at this time is limited, and depending on how popular it is, additional items made be added. However, at this time, we can not offer any customizing or substitution of menu items. We will begin taking orders immediately and the first day of delivery would be Monday, March 16th, 2020 after 4:00 pm.
 
To place an order, please email the following to OTCC@gmail.com
Requested Food Item(s)
Customer Name
Contact Telephone Number
Address for Delivery
 
Option #1: 5 Cheese and Beef Lasagna, Garlic Bread and Salad with Ranch Dressing - $50 / $40 (entrée alone)
*Vegetarian Option: Meatless Lasagna, Garlic Bread and Salad with Ranch Dressing - $45 / $35 (entrée alone)
Option #2: Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions and Carrots, Mashed Potatoes and Garden Salad with Ranch Dressing - $65 / $55 (entrée alone)
All Platters serve #6 to #8 individuals.
Soups: (1/2 Gallon)
Option #1: Baked Potato Soup and Baguette - $30
Option #2: Chicken Noodle Soup and Baguette - $35
Option #3: Broccoli Cheddar Soup and Baguette – $30
Option #4: Mac and Cheese - $25
Add a dozen Chocolate Chip Cookies - $5
 
Thank you and if we can be of any help to you during this challenging time, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Mike Tafoya
Old Town Catering Company
Cell - 505.550.4818
Message - 505.831.8164
Fax - 505.217.9043
OTCC@gmail.com
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