COVID-19 UPDATE NEWS FOR ST. ANTHONY HIGH SCHOOL

10/16/20 - UPDATE:

We are ending the 1st quarter on a high note and with some exciting athletic news to share! This news has been a dream for St. Anthony High School and it is now a reality! For more information on this exciting news please click HERE!

Here are this weeks updates:

Looking Ahead

Next Week's Schedule:

·  Monday          Flex Day

·  Tuesday         Blocks 3, 4, 5, & 6 with 2:30pm dismissal

·  Wednesday    Blocks 7, 1, 2, & 3 with 2:30pm dismissal

·  Thursday        Blocks 4, 5, 6, & 7 with 2:30pm dismissal

·  Friday             Blocks 1, 2, 3, & 4 with 2:30pm dismissal  

School Reopening Update:

No New Update.

St. Anthony High School has remained in close communication with the Department of Catholic Schools and the health department. As of now, we will continue with Remote Learning. As new information is made available, we will surely share with our community.

Academics

The 1st quarter is in the BOOKS! We have had a successful 1st quarter and we are anticipating “more of the same” for the 2nd quarter. Please continue to partner with your child’s teachers for compliments, questions and/or concerns. We are all here to help!

Activities  

Attention Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores: Applications are now available for the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and National Honor Society (NHS). The deadline for both is October 31, 2020.

·  California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

o Students interested in applying for CSF must complete the attached application to see if they qualify.

o Membership is based on the grades in the courses taken last semester. Applicants with any D’s or F’s are disqualified.

o A photocopy of an applicant’s last semester (June 2020) report card is needed to verify grades. (See counselor if needed.) Copies of report cards should be emailed to Mr. Spicer at Richard.Spicer@LongBeachSaints.org by no later than October 31, 2020.

o If applicants qualify for membership in CSF, $10.00 membership dues will be charged to their FACTS accounts.

o Students who need help completing the application can see Mr. Spicer during his office hours before or after school.  

·  National Honor Society (NHS)

o Students who are interested in NHS must complete the digital application and show excellence in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

o The digital application is found HERE and must be submitted by October 31, 2020.

o Scholarship is determined by applicants’ unweighted GPA.  Applicants with any D’s or F’s are disqualified. A photocopy of an applicant’s last semester (June 2020) report card is needed to verify grades. (See counselor if needed.) Copies of report cards should be emailed to Mr. Spicer at Richard.Spicer@LongBeachSaints.org by no later than October 31, 2020.

o Service is determined by applicants’ current Christian service hours and other forms of community service.

o Leadership is based on the activities applicants have participated in and the positions of leadership they have held.

o Character is based on teacher and community recommendations.

o If applicants qualify, $10.00 membership dues will be charged to their FACTS accounts.

o Digital recommendations from two SAHS teachers and one community member (not family of current teachers) are also due October 31, 2020.  The links to the digital recommendations are found on the application.

o Students who need help completing the application can see Mr. Spicer during his office hours before or after school.

School Events/Calendar: 

For all upcoming school events please visit the SAHS school calendar: Click https://www.longbeachsaints.org/apps/events/

 

10/9/20 - UPDATE: 

We have had an extremely successful 1st quarter and we are looking ahead to an even more successful 2nd quarter.

Here are this week’s announcements:

School Reopening Update:

No New Update.

St. Anthony High School has remained in close communication with the Department of Catholic Schools and the health department. As of now, we will continue with Remote Learning. As new information is made available, we will surely share with our community.

Looking Ahead:

Academics:

As we approach the end of the 1st quarter, I would like to thank our students for persevering and I would especially like to thank our teachers, who are the unsung heroes in our successful Remote Learning.  Please feel free to reach out to your student’s teachers that are doing an exceptional job, I am sure they would love to hear from you!

The First Quarter ends next Thursday, October 15, 2020.  Please be sure to communicate with your student to make sure they are caught up with their assignments!

Next Week's Schedule:

·  Monday          Blocks 3, 4, 5 & 6 with 2:30pm dismissal

·  Tuesday         Blocks 7, 1, 2 & 3 with 2:30pm dismissal

·  Wednesday    Blocks 4, 5, 6 & 7 with 2:30pm dismissal

·  Thursday        Blocks 1 & 2 with 11:05 am early dismissal--End of First Quarter

·  Friday             Quarter Break--No School

Activities  

The last opportunity for make-up ID pictures and Senior portraits will be next week, Thursday afterschool, October 15, beginning at 1:30 pm in the Gym.  Senior Portrait make-ups will take place at 1:30 pm and ID picture make-ups at 2:00 pm.

Athletics:

Stay safe with your own #SAHS Saints mask! Support SAHS Athletics. Masks are on sale for $7.00 at the front office located in the A building. Get your purple and white face covering now and show off your Saints spirit!

Softball tryouts take place October 12, 13, 14 and 15. Tryouts will be by appointment, will be held in groups of 4 players and will last about an hour. Contact Coach Younger at Joe.Younger@LongBeachSaints.org to schedule an appointment. There will be two time slots 3:00pm- 4:00pm and 4:15- 5:15. You will need to bring a water bottle, glove and bat, if you don’t have these things you need to let me know ahead of time. Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced. 
 

School Events/Calendar:

For all upcoming school events please visit the SAHS school calendar: Click https://www.longbeachsaints.org/apps/events/

 

9/25/20 - UPDATE: 

We have now entered the fall season with great optimism and hope for our school community.  As the seasons change, it reminds us that growth and renewal, whether personal or spiritual, is always possible.  It is this sense of renewal that reenergizes us to move forward with faith and confidence.

Once again, we are grateful for your continued support of Catholic education and for entrusting St. Anthony High School with your child’s education. 

Here are this week’s announcements:

Looking Ahead

Academics:

We have just finished up our 6th week of remote learning. The days are definitely flying by! This also means that we are a few weeks away from the end of the first quarter and progress reports will be emailed shortly thereafter. Please take a moment or two to check-in with your student to see how things are going in class and if there’s anything that we as teachers can do to better support their needs. Lastly, our freshman and sophomores are taking STAR Math and Reading assessments during their math and history classes, respectively. These assessments help our teachers identify a student's areas of strength as well as needs for improvement. For students, the best way to prepare is to have a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. As parents, we ask that you reiterate the importance of these assessments while affirming the best way to prepare is to relax and have a good night’s sleep. They will be taking  STAR Reading between 10/1-10/2. If they are absent or miss the assessment for any reason, we will reschedule them for a make-up test on October 5th (a Flex Day schedule). 

Activities  

The last opportunity for make-up ID pictures and Senior portraits will be Thursday afterschool, October 15, beginning at 1:30 pm in the Gym.  Senior Portrait make-ups will take place at 1:30 pm and ID picture make-ups at 2:00 pm.

Athletics

Stay safe with your own #SAHS Saints mask! Support SAHS Athletics. Masks are on sale for $7.00 at the front office located in the A building. Get your purple and white face covering now and show off your Saints spirit!

Anyone that is interested in playing Boys Volleyball this year, please join us at our informational zoom meeting next MONDAY, 9/28, at 12:30 PM (lunch)! Here is the link to our meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95551834517?pwd=Q1FJNU1qNmRQU09KS2N4a0VrMTNTUT09

Track and Field will begin conditioning October 6. Practices will be Tuesdays (Discovery Well Park), Wednesdays (Chittick), and Thursdays (Beach at Junipero and Ocean) from 3:15-4:30pm.  Please have proper clothing and hydration and all your paperwork completed.

If you have any athletic questions please contact Mr. Morrison at Chris.Morrison@longbeachsaints.org.


School Events/Calendar:

For all upcoming school events please visit the SAHS school calendar: Click https://www.longbeachsaints.org/apps/events/

Thank you for your continued support! We will continue to update you weekly with all pertinent school information. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions.Thank you for making our school a community of faith, family and fellowship. 

9/4/20 - UPDATE: 

This is a reminder of our upcoming Back to School Nights (virtual) on September 9th and 10th from 6-8pm. Back to School Night gives parents the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and experience a typical day in the life of their St. Anthony student. In years past, parents would walk the campus, check out the classrooms, meet other parents, and participate in an immersive experience of what it means to be a student. That is still our goal this year, albeit virtually through live-streams. 

This year, teachers will be posting their live-stream links in each class’s Schoology page. During each class session your student's teacher will introduce themselves and give an overview of their class structure. Each class you “visit” will be 25 minutes long which will include time for Q&A’s.  Parents may also request an individual conference for a later date by emailing the teacher directly.  

Schedule: 

Wednesday, September 9

6:00 - 6:25     Admin Introductions and PEP Meeting

Zoom Link:  https://la-archdiocese.zoom.us/j/91057272466

6:30 - 6:55    Period 1 (Link on class Schoology page)

7:00 - 7:25    Period 2 (Link on class Schoology page)

7:30 - 8:00    Period 3 (Link on class Schoology page)

 

Thursday, September 10

6:00 - 6:25     Period 4 (Link on class Schoology page)

6:30 - 6:55    Period 5 (Link on class Schoology page)

7:00 - 7:25    Period 6 (Link on class Schoology page)

7:30 - 8:00    Period 7 (Link on class Schoology page)

 

8/31/20 - UPDATE: 

In this time of uncertainty, as we navigate a global pandemic and foster learning remotely, we are aware of the emotional and mental strain our students are under. Their emotional well-being is as important as their spiritual and educational development. We recognize the additional stress that online learning, quarantine, and health issues with family and peers can cause. Being a teenager is hard enough without this added element of uncertainty. As parents, we often need a little extra help supporting our children.

In an effort to be sensitive to all that is going on in their lives, St. Anthony High School is partnering withCounseling Partners of Los Angeles (CPLA) to add additional support for our studentsCPLA provides on-campus personal counseling and support services to help students grow toward their full potential emotionally, intellectually, morally, and socially.  There is no charge for your child to receive counseling services.  The services are free and the records are private and kept separate from the school/academic records. We have secured the services of two counselors who will be available five days a week, on campus and virtually, during school hours.

Students can be seen by a CPLA counselor at the request of school personnel in one of three ways: 

  1. a direct request from teachers or administrators
  2. parents requesting services through school personnel
  3. the students themselves with assistance from a teacher  

In order for your child to receive counseling on a regular basis, an important form is required which must be signed and returned by the parents/caregivers. Counselors may not see students without your prior consent. You can sign the form through the link attached, or a hard copy will be made available through your child’s Religion class.

We ask that you sign and return the CPLA consent form so your consent is on file. This does not mean that your child will be contacted for counseling, nor is it a specific request for counseling, but should the need arise, we can provide this form to a counselor without delay. Once signed, the consent form will be valid through their graduation from St. Anthony High School. 

We are committed to you and your children, and St Anthony is ready to help support their emotional needs. Thank you for entrusting your children to us.

Should you have any additional questions about CPLA and their services, please let me know.


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8/30/20 - UPDATE:

As we begin our third week of remote instruction, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to have the technology and teaching staff to make online learning a valuable tool during these difficult times. I am also thankful for all St. Anthony has been able to do for my own family in helping my own daughter achieve her goals and enable her to enroll at her dream university. I am confident of the same result for my son in this senior year.

We are a school committed to helping our students prepare for college, with an emphasis on nurturing their faith development and offering them not just a school, but a second home. We are aware that not all schools may be in the same situation as they navigate the challenges of large class sizes and technology issues. 

If you know of a high school student who is looking for a college prep school that is ready to go back to campus at a moment’s notice, we are still accepting applications.  Our 1-to1 iPad program has been instrumental in the seamless transition to remote learning. We have been blessed with a larger Freshman class than originally predicted, but we will always make room for students looking for a college prep education coupled with all of the extras that the large schools provide.

We are offering a $300 tuition credit to any current St. Anthony family that recommends a new student to our school that ultimately fully registers. There is limited space available, but we are happy to keep our doors open as families make the difficult decisions of navigating the education options for their children.

Simply have them mention your family by name upon registering and your tuition will be credited.

As always, your family will be in our daily prayers. Join us in praying for healing during this difficult time.

 

8/12/20 - UPDATE:

Dear SAINTS Family,

Welcome to the SAINTS COMMUNITY! The start of the 2020-2021 school year is upon us!

Thank you for partnering with St. Anthony High School and for choosing a Catholic education for your child. We have been planning for the arrival of our new families and students (even if it is only virtual).

Here are a few reminders about important upcoming events!

New Parent Orientation

We are not going to let the pandemic get in the way of our community building! On Thursday, August 13th, we will be hosting a virtual New Parent Orientation via Zoom. This is a great opportunity for our new families to meet the school administration and learn about our parent organization (PEP). We want to make your family’s transition as easy and welcoming as possible.

Below you will find the agenda items and Zoom information:

Agenda

  • Principal’s Welcome
     
  • Student Life (ASB)
     
  • Academics and Technology
     
  • Athletics
     
  • Student Affairs
     
  • Academic and College Counseling
     
  • Faith formation
     
  • PEP President (Stephanie Marquez)
     
  • Q&A

Zoom Meeting Information:

When:

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

6-7:30pm

How:
Zoom Meeting Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85828183227?pwd=a1hJUE5uUEhtMGVha3ljUnEyeTVOUT09

Meeting ID: 858 2818 3227

Passcode: 418572


Freshman/Transfer  - ID pictures and iPad pick-up 

Friday, August 14th alphabetically by time slot.

-       Uniform polo shirts must be worn for ID Pictures.

-       Hair for both males and females must be properly groomed, clean, and neat in appearance, and must be a natural hair color.

-       Males must be clean shaven


Time slots (Alphabetical by Last Name):

8:00-8:30              A

8:30-9:00              B

9:00-9:30              C

9:30-10:00           D-F

10:00-10:30         G

10:30-11:00         H-K

11:00-11:30         L-Ma

11:30-12:00         Mc-Mu

1:00-1:30              N-Pe

1:30-200               Pi-R

2:00-2:30              S

2:30-3:00              T-Z


Freshmen/Transfer Student Orientation

We are excited to welcome our incoming freshman and transfer students to orientation, taking place virtually via Zoom next Monday and Tuesday, August 17th & 18th. These two days serve as an introduction to life at St. Anthony HS and the different people that make our community whole - classmates, student body leaders, teachers, and staff. Monday features our Associated Student Body officers leading a presentation while school administrators introduce themselves and talk a little bit more about policies, procedures, and expectations. Tuesday brings a mini-schedule of sorts wherein incoming freshman attend classes to meet their future teachers and classmates. Incoming transfers will meet separately with administrators to talk about student life, academics, and becoming part of the St. Anthony HS community. Each day starts promptly at 9am and ends at 11am.
Students will be receiving an email with the zoom links after they pick up their iPads.

We realize you might have some specific questions prior to the start of the year. In addition to the faculty directory on our website, here are the emails of faculty/staff followed by a brief list of their respective roles or departments. Feel free to contact them with questions you might have. 

o Academics 

o Ministry, Admissions

o Student Life, Discipline

o Athletics 

o Technology, iPads, PowerSchool and Schoology 

 

7/20/20 - UPDATE:

As we prepare for the launch of the 2020-2021 school year, we are grateful to you for your patience, understanding and support during this time of uncertainty and adaptation. After months of research, listening and planning, we are excited to share our school opening plan with you today.

As a community of SAINTS and responsible members of the greater Long Beach community, we all have a shared responsibility to protect each other and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this together, and together we can make a difference.

On Friday, July 17th, Governor Newsom announced that all counties on the COVID-19 watch list must begin the school year with remote learning. Unfortunately, Los Angeles County is on that list and may remain there for some time. We also received guidance from Superintendent of Schools, Paul Escala, (please see attached) outlining how Governor Newsom’s announcement affects Catholic Schools in our area. Undoubtedly, this coming school year will be different than any other year in the history of St. Anthony or for that matter, any other school throughout the world. However, we are confident that St. Anthony High School is ready for any and all challenges that may arise.

We remain committed in our mission to provide all students with an academic program designed to prepare them for the rigors of college, career and life. Although remote learning was not the goal for the 2020-2021 school year, we are fully prepared to begin the year remotely. In preparation, the administration along with teachers, parents and students have been working together to demo several live streaming devices to enhance our remote online learning program. Through this research and feedback, we are confident that St. Anthony High School will once again be a leader in remote learning. We are, however, looking forward to a return to the classroom when it is safe to do so.

St. Anthony High School promises to stay closely attuned to local health orders and adjust protocols accordingly, should the need arise. If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it is that whatever is believed to be true today may not be true tomorrow. Learning continues as we adapt daily to new information and new requirements.

We are excited about welcoming our students back remotely to start another great year of learning, as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary and begin our second century of continuous service to families who value a Catholic college preparatory education in the greater Long Beach community.  

 

7/20/20 - UPDATE: 

Please see the Superintendent of Catholic Schools - Paul Escala's letter in the attached files below.  

 

7/8/20 - UPDATE: 

All summer workouts are suspended at this time until further notice based on the advisement from our local health department. Athletes are not to show up on campus or Clark Field for workouts until we receive word from our local health department that we can resume.

 

5/12/20 - UPDATE: 

On Friday, all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles received communication from Mr. Paul Escala, Superintendent of Schools, which solidifies the need for continued remote online learning for the remainder of the school year. Below you will find his letter which outlines this need and rationale.  As you can imagine, the halls and grounds of St. Anthony High School are  not the same without the laughter and joy of our students and families. But, we understand the need of making sure we all stay safe and healthy.   

We ask that you join us in praying for a return to normalcy soon, in a safe and healthy way, to ease the suffering of the sick and those negatively affected by this pandemic.
 

4/16/20 - UPDATE: 

At this time, St. Anthony High School will continue Remote Online Learning until further notice. SAHS is remaining in compliance with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as well as local and state health departments.  We will continue to remain in contact with you as new developments arrive.

Thank you for your partnership and support. We continue to pray for our students, families and community during this health crisis. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at Marcelo.Eureste@longbeachsaints.org

 

4/16/20 - UPDATE:

I pray you and your family had a peaceful Easter Sunday. Over the past few days our office has received several inquiries about the resumption of in-person instruction. On April 3rd, you received the attached letter regarding the extension of distance learning. A public announcement from the ADLA office of communications followed and was posted on the Archdiocese website. Since this letter was issued, our status has not changed – we will return to in-person instruction when public health officials determine it is safe to do so. As a result, distance learning will continue and we must prepare to maintain this through the end of the school year. It’s possible that Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties could lift Safer at Home orders at varying times; this may impact our schools differently. We are in communication with public health officials in all three counties and will continue to inform you of developments.

Given the unprecedented times we are facing, we are determined on Ending the School Year Strong. Next week, the elementary and high school leadership councils will be engaged in a discussion on the conclusion of the school year, which will focus on guidance for consideration by school communities around critical milestones on subjects like graduation, baccalaureate mass, Pre-K/K and 8th grade promotion, and campus closeout and cleaning protocols. The goal is to have draft guidance from the respective councils by May 1st

In addition, I will be forming a joint taskforce of elementary and high school leaders to discuss how we will Start the School Year Smart. This conversation will involve pastors, principals and presidents from around the Archdiocese to discuss what a return to campus looks like. There has been much said in the media lately about how schools will return to in-person instruction in the fall and many are asking critical questions about how our schools will respond. It’s vital our community comes together to weigh the faith, social and emotional, and educational needs of our students with the health and safety requirements we will likely face in the fall. I will be reaching out to school and parish leaders to invite them to this conversation with the goal of producing a draft report by June 1st.

 

3/25/20 - UPDATE:

Follow the link to the LA Catholics website that has been providing up to date news from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, including prayers and resources, as well as current news. https://lacatholics.org/emergency/ 

 

3/24/20 - UPDATE:

We hope and pray that this communication finds you safe and healthy! St. Anthony High School received an update on school closures from Superintendent of Schools, Paul Escala. This update has EXTENDED  remote online learning until April 19th. Due to the fluidity of the current Coronavirus situation, this extension could change. Attached you will find the official announcement from Superintendent, Paul Escala.

Thank you for your support and prayers during this uncertain time. We will continue to communicate all pertinent updates as we receive them.

 

3/19/20 - UPDATE:

Click here to see Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia's update. 

 

3/16/20 - UPDATE:

Click here to visit the Center for Disease Control websites and learn more about COVID-19.

St. Anthony High School Administration, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, continues to actively monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and update our response based on guidance received from the Archdiocese and state and local Public Health agencies. Today, Mr. Paul Escala, Superintendent of Schools, announced that all Catholic schools will be closed until at least March 31st and that it is possible that it may be extended. During this time of closure, all school-sponsored activities will be suspended. We will take this opportunity to give our campus a deep cleaning and be ready to resume school when safe.

At this time, SAHS will be transitioning into Remote/Online Learning. St. Anthony High School takes pride as a leader in providing a rigorous learning environment through the use of exceptional teaching methods enhanced by industry leading educational technologies. This is evidenced by our long established iPad program (2011) and online learning and management platforms such as Schoology, PowerSchool, and apps in Google Suite for Education. In response to the Archdiocesan wide campus closures due to COVID-19, we are confident in our ability to continue teaching and learning as we transition to online classrooms, or what we call Remote Learning.