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Students adjusting to hybrid schedule

            An anxiousness over working remotely was felt by many in March as students and teachers abruptly engaged with each other full-time from their respective homes. How to deliver and process course content, interact with one another, exchange assignments and feedback and simulate other aspects of the classroom experience competed for quick answers.

            But August came quickly and students were generally happy to be returning to campus. A new experience awaited them, however, that of balancing the challenges of remote learning with a return to in-person instruction.

            What is different about remote learning is that teachers and students are now operating on a bell schedule so that students are expected to “show up for class” on time from home for the teacher to take attendance and begin the lesson. Also significant is that teachers are now educating from their classrooms.    

            “The greatest advantage of remote teaching from school is that it sends a clear message to my students that this is school,” said Joe Fedinec, religion teacher and campus minister. “It is a real class and we are learning.  I can also help my students quicker because the staff they may need help from are all nearby.”

            “Having tools at hand when needed is important,” added Tricia McGleam who, besides serving as vice-principal and director of admissions, also teaches honors algebra 2.     

            What is now different about in-person instruction is that entering the building is now preceded by having one’s temperature taken, sanitizing one’s hands, and donning a mask.

            Going through all of that is worth it.

            “It doesn’t feel like we’re back to our normal high school setting yet,” said McGleam, “but the minute you see students and have the ability to converse with them in person makes it seem like some normalcy is here.  It truly is the best feeling knowing the Chargers are back in our building.”

            “The best thing about returning to Chargerland is unquestionably being with students,” said Vic Zitzer, who is beginning his 31st year teaching at his alma mater.  “We educate. They inspire!”

            The school year began, as it usually does, praying for the Holy Spirit to bless the school community. At two separate prayer services – one for juniors and seniors and the other for freshmen and sophomores, Principal David Hotek spoke about the need, especially during these times, to calm ourselves and ask for support and guidance from the Spirit of God.

            After the prayer service, students then followed a special schedule to learn more about the school’s clubs and organizations as everything is being attempted to return to a healthy and traditional school year.

            (To read Mr. Hotek’s reflection from the prayer service, click here.)