MARIAN PREPARES FOR AUGUST CLASSES
As we look toward the 20-21 school year, we are blessed to be able to draw on our spring Distance Learning experience and our end-of-year parent, student, and faculty survey feedback, as well as guidance from the state of Michigan and the Archdioceses of Detroit to help inform our academic, logistical, and safety planning. We strive to fill 20-21 with the hallmarks and traditions of the Marian experience – in what we hope will be an in-person, live, face to face format. We are working, though, to be ready for whatever August may bring.
Marian, much like schools across the country, is reviewing options for one of three formats for August programming: traditional face-to-face, a hybrid of face-to-face and distance learning, or a fully online, distance-learning format. As has been the case since March, we will make our decisions based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Michigan's government. While we may not know what to expect until later this summer, we feel it is important to be prepared for whichever of these three formats is necessary come August 17.
As such, Marian has formed two planning committees (one for health, safety, and building operations and the other for academics), and committee meetings began the week of June 1.
Marian’s faculty has already completed an in-house, week-long intensive training course in preparation for what will be called our plan for “Flexible Delivery of Curricula.” Faculty will continue to train through the summer, attending synchronous and asynchronous coaching sessions in researched, tried-and-true methods for flexible curriculum delivery – with adaptations for potential COVID-19 safety measures. This innovative perspective on content delivery and assessment will allow us to move quickly and seamlessly, if needed, between face to face, hybrid, and online scenarios. It will also provide quality support and instruction for individuals who are potentially home for extended absences. By modifying the delivery and assessment of our conventional Marian curriculum, we will be prepared in August to move forward and provide our academic programming in either a traditional OR a non-traditional format.
Marian is committed to providing the leadership and academic excellence that is called for by our mission. While we are hopeful to be able to return to “normal” on Lahser Road in August, we will be ready for our students and families in 2020-21, no matter what!
Look to the July 27 edition of the Marian Daily
for more information.
THE SHOW GOES ON!
The Marian Rice Players (MRP) have decided not to let quarantine get in the way of their spring production of Freaky Friday
. The cast and crew have started working on their “Show From Home” version of the musical. The cast; under the guidance of Mrs. Davis, MRP Director and Mrs. Blevins, MRP Vocal Director; have been meeting on Zoom each week to rehearse scenes and plan how they will record them from their homes. All of the recordings will then be edited together to create a full version of their “Show From Home." More information on how and where the show will be available to the public, on July 23
, will be announced later this summer. For now, we are very proud of all of our students for living the old adage “the show must go on!"
FRONT OFFICE SUMMER HOURS
Marian's Front Office will follow the following schedule during the 2020 summer vacation. During the days that the office is closed, voice messages will be accepted and phone called returned with the exception of the Front Office staff's vacation from June 29 - July 10.
While the Front Office welcomes visitors during many hours of the vacation, please remember to engage in social distancing and wear a face covering if you visit the campus. No more than one party should be in the Front Office at one time. We appreciate your cooperation in order to keep our families safe.
- June 29 - July 17: Closed
- July 20 - July 24: Morning hours only 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
- July 27: Resume regular hours
CONGRATULATIONS OFFICERS AND REPS
We are proud to announce the All-school Board (ASB) and grade-level officers and representatives for the 20-21 school year. Click here for a complete list. Congratulations to all of you who were elected to represent your peers!
Due to the closure of our publishing company as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our 19-20 edition of The Marian Way has been delayed. The yearbooks will be delivered during our summer vacation, and students rising to grade levels 10-12 will receive their copy when they return to school in August. Arrangements will be made for members of the class of 2020 to retrieve their yearbooks as soon as they are delivered.
- Marian’s campus, including the Front Office, is closed to visitors until further notice. As we perform a deep cleaning and thorough sanitation of the building, neither parents nor students may enter the building until further notice.
- Marian classes moved to a distance learning format on March 23, 2020 and continued through the end of the school year.
- All members of the Marian Community were invited to watch a video memo from Mr. Jeff Zajac, Assistant Head of School, and Mrs. Stacey Cushman, Academic Dean, addressing what we've learned from our first week of Distance Learning and how Marian is planning for the future. PLEASE CLICK HERE.
- Many of your general academic questions will be answered by our Guidance News. Click here to learn about grades, revised plans for testing, etc.
- All live co-curricular activities (athletics, clubs, teams, etc.) have been canceled. Other Marian events / meetings may have been cancelled, postponed, plans are yet to be determined, or have been rescheduled. Click here for all such event updates.
When appropriate, non-athletic, co-curricular organizations continued to convene electronically and pursue ministry projects.
- The Marian Faculty and Staff will respond to email messages in a timely manner for the duration of this building closure, and messages left with the Front Office will be forwarded to the appropriate recipient.
- All electronic resources (assignments, links, handouts, etc.) necessary for our distance learning format were be made available on Unified Classroom/PowerSchool Class Pages for each class in which our students are enrolled.
- Marian used a partially synchronous daily schedule for distance learning that provided opportunities for live, regular class meetings and teacher office hours.
- Our Daily Email serves as the primary correspondence piece between Marian and our families. Publication of the Weekly Bulletin and Marian Journal were suspended.
Marian students, faculty, and staff continued to connect through initiatives such as our Community Collage, weekly student check-ins, Guidance Department Zoom meetings, live meditation and prayer, campus ministry projects, and video memos from the faculty and staff.
END-OF-YEAR EVENTS RECAP
In addition to the dates that were shared earlier this month (see bulleted list below), please know that Marian held two end-of-year events for students in grades 9-11. Each class held a grade-level meeting on May 28, and celebrated the year's end with an all-school celebration on May 29. This event included a prayer service led by Father Dom, a celebration of Marian's outreach projects throughout the 19-20 school year, an acknowledgement of everyone celebrating summer birthdays, and, of course, the end-of-day announcements. All students, faculty, and staff were invited and encouraged to attend each event! .
These are the previously shared end-of-year events:
While we are still unable to make final decisions for our end-of-year events, we have chosen to set dates for as many of these events as possible. We hope you’ll mark your calendar and join us in whatever format restrictions allow.
- MRP’s Production of Freaky Friday: Thursday, July 23, 2020, 7 PM (audience attendance pending Governor’s orders)
- Prom: While unfortunate, cancelling Prom is a safety measure necessitated by social distancing protocols.
- Candlelight: Live-streamed Virtual Program was held on May 21, 2020, 7 PM
- Honors Convocation, Grades 9-11: Postponed to the Fall of 2020-2021
- Senior All-Night Party: Postponed pending Governor’s orders.
- Senior Parent Mass & Dinner: Canceled. Senior Honors will be included in our Graduation program.
- Graduation: Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 7 PM (in-person attendance pending Governor’s orders). Practice will be held on the same day at 9 AM in the case of an in-person event.
- Class of 2020 Alumnae Event: Marian plans to schedule an event when social distancing measures are lifted.
MARIAN'S FIRST VIRTUAL CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY
The families of the classes of 2020 and 2021 gathered online for Marian's first-ever, virtual Candlelight Ceremony. Like the ceremonies of past years, this one was beautifully conducted and powerfully emotional. Unlike past years, you can watch this one with a simple click right here. Huge thanks go out to the Candlelight Committee and speakers, Mrs. Shopinski, Ms. Copp, Ms. Howe, Ms. Denha, Ms. Geary, Mrs. Knipper '77, and Mr. Turner, graphic designer, Mrs. Riddell, mistresses of ceremony, Maya Harb '20 and Maura Mustion '20, class representatives, Emily Gombala '21 and Lauren McFarland '20, and performers, Marcella Zarouk '21, Tayla Jankowski '21, Kristen Rounds '20, Eleanore Sculati '20, and Claire Murphy '21. Each of these Mustangs and everyone who attended truly made this year's ceremony one to remember! Thank you!
VIRTUAL SHADOW VISITS
Click here to take a look at great work of Marian's Advancement department who has created a virtual tour of our campus, our academic programming, and our co-curricular offerings for prospective students.