Coronavirus Response

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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