April 22, 2020
Dear Friend of La Salle Academy,
Earlier this month, our art teacher, Ms. Mollie O’Mara, assigned her students the task of drawing what they see out the window of the room where they are meeting her remotely. (See Jose Gonzales ’20’s piece at right.) On April 16th, the New York Times ran a feature displaying professional artists addressing the same theme!
The Advanced Placement (AP) exams are adopting a different format and length this year. Ms. Stephanie Carlsen, teacher of our AP Calculus class, reports that she is using an AP Calc review program that will facilitate her efforts to focus her students’ practice on free response questions, the dominant format on this year’s exam.
There is a way to share a lab experiment in Earth Science as discovered by Mr. Mike Rosich. Employing a computer program that allowed him to embed a video with his “classroom” instruction, he demonstrated mineral identification to his 9th grade classes. (See photo at left.)
Ms. Pat Toney, English Department Chair, reported she participated in a webinar during our Easter break last week on the topic of Activity Learning in a time of distance teaching and learning. She now has a new technique to implement with her students that she will also be able to share with the other members of her department.
The four vignettes presented above are indicative of the genuine concern, extra effort, and increased creativity the teachers at La Salle Academy are bringing to their virtual classrooms. I am really proud of all my colleagues who are among those delivering “essential services” during this challenging time. Please give them a virtual shout out and join me in thanking God for their good work!
Stay healthy and be assured of my prayers for you and those special to you.
Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC
P.S. On April 9th, we kicked off a digital campaign to help our students’ families who are struggling to make their regular tuition payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have collected $1,600 towards our goal of $7,000 thus far. Text LASALLE to 41444 to learn how you can make a positive impact and share this information with 10 friends to help us spread the word! You could also contribute online or mail a check to respond to this appeal.