The end of the school year was quite different from what we expected, but in true Ursuline fashion, we did not miss a beat. Ursuline did not miss one second of instructional time. Teachers and students left on a Friday, prepared to begin online classes first thing Monday morning. This seamless transition has proven successful for students ranging from Toddler 1 to 12th grade.
Online instruction with younger students consisted of pre-recorded videos, assignments, and other resources posted to Google Classroom. Show and tells were conducted allowing students the chance to engage. Guest videos from teachers, administration, and staff provided additional learning opportunities such as story time, virtual field trips, and more.
Lower through high school students received video instruction through Google Hangouts as one of their many learning tools. Through distance learning, students were able to receive feedback on classwork and art projects, view instructional videos, break into small groups, and check-in with teachers during office hours for additional support. In addition, school counselors reached out to students and families with support tips. And in high school, students were able to virtually meet with the campus minister and dean of students to address any issues and answer questions. Daily announcements, prayer, and a growth mindset curriculum for high school offered a sense of community while supporting the individual student.
In addition to the solidity of instruction were student council executive board meetings, a Google Hangouts rosary with students and staff, private piano lessons, administrative meetings, and board meetings just to name a few. While Ursuline's historic State Street campus sat empty, its mission carried on across the 50+ zip codes that it serves. What's said about Academy foundress, St. Angela Merici, could not be more true when describing this time of world pandemic - when given two choices, Angela chose a third. Ursuline students and teachers have gone over and above to face the challenges given to them. They pushed on through daily instruction and interaction and made the very best out of these uncertain times - taking learning to the next level.