Principal News and Notes

April 2020

Principal Lucas

Hello again Cavalier family! Happy Spring!

This is the strangest newsletter I have had to write as the Principal of CHS partly because I have yet to physically see our students this spring. Unfortunately, the threat of the Corona Virus has caused us to shut our school’s doors temporarily and rethink how we deliver instruction. Despite this pandemic, our teachers, support professionals, and students have been amazing and have picked up where they left off March 13, 2020 by way of digital learning. We have been interacting with our students on line and have even had the chance to speak with many of you by video conference and voice. This is truly a time to try and make lemonade out of lemons and our whole community has been great in responding to this crisis.

I wish to extend a few well-deserved thank you’s to some of our staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty the past month. First, our building service workers came in every day to clean and sanitize our building top to bottom, and our child nutrition staff continues to provide meals to students every day. The front office staff and administrative team also continued to keep the building running until a stay-at-home order was issued causing us all to work remotely alongside our students and teachers. And speaking of our teachers! They have been amazing, preparing content and giving feedback without one bit of hesitation. I have to commend them on the job they are doing and the commitment they are displaying. Congratulations.

I also want to send a special thank you to those of you getting up every day and putting yourselves at risk by going to work. Whether your providing retail services, health care, law enforcement, child care, or any of the critical support services which keep this community running while the rest of us respect social distancing I truly thank you and respect what you are doing for us.

Finally, thanks to you parents who are working alongside your children, helping them with their studies, and sharing your computer resources while balancing your own work from home, child-care, and other responsibilities. As a dad to a fifth grader, I am learning first-hand that this is no easy task. I am also re-learning fractions at the same time, but that’s another story.

In closing I will just ask us all to look at this crisis both as a challenge and an opportunity. The challenges of this pandemic are too numerous to list, but let’s make the list of opportunities just as long. For many of us we have this unprecedented opportunity to spend more time with our families, more time to read, reflect, pray, exercise, and create. Time for puzzles, models, board and card games. Time to research things we have wondered about, and time to call friends with whom we’ve lost touch. Take this time to make up for lost time. I wish you well and look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

Sincerely,

Steven Lucas, Ed. D.
Principal

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