“To be entrusted with the teaching of the young is a great gift and grace of God.”
St. John Baptiste de La Salle
Dear San Miguel Community,
Three years ago when I arrived at San Miguel to assume the role of President and CEO, one of my first realizations was that today’s reality of school and work required a shift to a 1-1 learning environment. When this important shift became a reality in 2017, I might never have imagined that we would be successfully implementing full scale remote learning and work as a result of the COVID-19 Virus. Because of generous benefactors who helped fund our 1-1 initiative, advanced planning, and a highly skilled and flexible faculty and student body already comfortable with using Google Classroom on a daily basis, the shift has been nearly seamless.
The initial groundwork and preparations for a potential campus closure began well in advance of the final decision to implement the transition to remote learning and work on Friday, March 13. Faculty and staff worked on the redevelopment of all lessons for online learning in full during two comprehensive professional development days on Monday March 16 & Tuesday March 17.
San Miguel will continue to offer a rigorous program of learning and assessment from Wednesday, March 18 – Tuesday, April 7. San Miguel High School student-workers are expected to use their Chromebooks or any other computer available at home to complete their daily academic and work-study related projects/tasks during their remote experience. San Miguel is providing Hotspots for those student-workers in need of internet access and will continue to provide ongoing technical support.
In our Lasallian tradition of caring for the whole student, teachers begin their daily posts and emails with a prayer and warm and friendly introduction, and are fully available to students online during scheduled office hours four hours each day. Daily assignments, projects, quizzes and tests are posted to Google Classroom on a daily basis as well as ongoing assessment and feedback on projects and exams. Teachers and staff are in regular communication with families and our counselors are available for scheduled appointments.
Corporate Work Study Expectations
Based on the needs and technological capabilities of employers, students are currently completing their CWSP requirements in one of two different CWSP remote learning routes for students, determined by the workplace and communicated with students by CWSP:
1. Working remotely for their assigned CWSP placement (requested by business)
2. Completing assigned CWSP classes/tasks on their workday
All student-workers must meet all expectations of the remote work-study experience like their office-based expectations. Coordinators and supervisors will determine long-term and short-term goals and will remain in frequent communication to discuss progress on work load and performance of the student-workers.
Perhaps most exciting, is our Virtual Campus, which will open on Monday, March 23rd. The San Miguel Virtual Campus will provide an inclusive community with all things familiar, from Campus Ministry, to virtual hangouts such as game rooms – stay tuned!
Our stakeholders have always celebrated the school’s welcoming environment, the individualized support provided to our students and the inspired success of our graduates, many of whom are now college graduates and members of the Tucson workforce. Building on our successes to date, stakeholders have issued a call for us to continue leveraging our strengths as an educational leader, increase our visibility and contribution to the Tucson community, and fulfill our mission as a Lasallian, Catholic, college-preparatory school that prepares our graduates for meaningful careers and a life framed in the Five Core Principles of Lasallian Education.
I thank you for visiting this page, and I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about San Miguel High School, the Corporate Work Study Program, and our inspiring students.
Live Jesus in our Hearts!
David L. Mason
President & CEO - San Miguel High School