I wanted to say to all of our parents and students “Great Job!” on the essays this week. I was pleasantly surprised by what a good foundation and base we already have for essay skills. That means parents did a great job with this at home and students have put in the good work to be where they are. There will ALWAYS be room for improvement, of course, and I am looking forward to helping each student take their writing to new levels, but I thought it worth mentioning just how pleased I was to hear students read their work in class yesterday!
I wanted to go ahead and put a change on the calendar. We will have a regular school day on Wednesday, November 4th, instead of Thursday, November 5th (Tuesday the 3rd will stay the same as a school day). The reason for this is that I am obligated (and desire) to attend our Diocesan Council on Thursday, November 5th. Please make any necessary arrangements for this change. I don’t foresee this happening very often, but certain big events may need to be occasionally accommodated in this way, and I appreciate everyone’s flexibility.
We had a smooth first full week of Atonement Academy! I can almost hear the learning taking place! We have an excellent group of students that I expect will challenge each other towards excellence.
I wanted to announce that all Atonement Academy students are invited to an extra discussion session online on Fridays from 1:15-2. We are offering our history course online as a pilot course. I will run the online section and in-person section as one group on Canvas, our learning management system. Every student should have received an invitation to Canvas. Please let me know if you have any trouble signing into Canvas and accessing the course. Assignments will be posted and often turned in through Canvas. The online discussion section is optional for the students, but would be a good chance to extend the conversation from Thursday and enjoy some additional fellowship opportunities.