2020 Online Learning

DSHA Student Connection & Online Instruction Information

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  • Timeline (as of March 13, 2020)

    • Monday, March 16 – Tuesday, March 17 | Students will not report to school on these days. DSHA faculty and staff will report to prepare for moving to online instruction.
    • Wednesday, March 18 – Wednesday, April 8 | Online instruction will occur
    • Thursday April 9 – Friday, April 17 | Easter break
    • Monday, April 20 | In-school classroom instruction will resume (unless notified otherwise)
  • Attendance

    Our goal is to help your daughter remain engaged during this time of online learning. As part of that support, we will monitor attendance on a daily basis to encourage continued student connectedness as a learning community and to promote student accountability. Attendance will be taken under these guiding principles:
     
    Attendance policy and definition | DSHA will implement the following attendance policy that defines attendance in an online setting at the course level. In any given week, a student completing an assignment for a course is considered to have 100% attendance for that course for that week. If the student partially completes the assignment the student would have partial attendance for the week. Teachers may enter daily attendance for the student throughout the week, correcting any entries at the end of the week, depending on how many assignments were completed.

    Expectations via two-way communication |
    DSHA’s attendance expectation in an online setting is defined in terms of two-way communication per course. A student receiving and responding to communication from a teacher in a course is considered to be in attendance for that week, for that course. Students not responding in the defined time period would be marked absent for the week or day for that particular course.

    Illness | We ask, if your daughter is not feeling well or for any other reason is not able to attend to her classwork for the day, please call the attendance line at Instructional Attendance Secretary Jennifer Armbruster 414-721-2920 to report your daughter absent.

    Medical appointment | In the case that your daughter has a medical appointment during a time that would conflict with a class engagement activity, please call the attendance line to report this absence as well.

    For further information, contact:
  • Technology | Platforms + Tech Support

    DSHA will continue to provide education online via current resources that staff, students, and parents are already familiar with and using on a regular basis. DSHA’s Technology Department will be assisting our faculty in providing meaningful engagement as much as possible during this challenging time.
     
    Techonology Platforms | The primary means will be through MyDSHA and Microsoft Office365.
     
    myDSHA Accounts
    • Students have been using myDSHA throughout their careers at DSHA.
    • This will continue to be the communication hub and place where academic activities, instruction, and guidance will occur.
    • The types of activities they are used to engaging with will change, but their familiarity with myDSHA makes this the best option given the circumstances.
    • Click here for the Student Resource Board via myDSHA.
     
    Microsoft Office365
    • Email | Communication with teachers will continue to occur through students’ DSHA.info emails and Microsoft Outlook. Students will need to stay on top of proactively checking their email inbox. Important updates and technology training may be communicated via email. Teachers are also likely to email updates and individual messages through DSHA.info accounts.
    • Microsoft Teams | Students are less familiar with this than they are with Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, but training will be available and occur via email. Microsoft Teams will allow internal audio and video calls and provide staff the ability to conduct virtual office hours. Teachers may record lessons and post audio or video files via Teams. To connect to Microsoft Team via student email, click here. Students may also download the Microsoft Teams app onto their desktop or iPhone, and can find the app in the Microsoft Office suite.  

    Parent Platforms
    • Parents are encouraged to continue using their own myDSHA login to check grades, monitor work/progress, etc.,
    • Parents will not have a Microsoft Team login.
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    Technology & Login Support | Teachers will be available to assist students with questions as related to my DSHA. If further IT support is needed, contact:
     
  • Academic Coursework

    Academic coursework | We are committed to continuing and progressing with academic coursework during this time with a focus on learning outcomes and student/faculty engagement.
     
    Faculty commitment to student learning outcomes | This will be our focus as our primary goal for all areas of academic discipline.
    • Decisions will be made prioritizing intentional, focused-learning experiences.
    • These outcomes will drive all choices around content and materials (as we may not be able to cover everything that would have been covered.)
    • We understand that one size does not fit all: some classes are highly performance based and moving to myDSHA may not make as much sense for some classes as it does for other classes. 
    • Faculty will be intentional and choosy regarding learning content. The goal is not to inundate students with “stuff”, but to engage them in meaningful ways in direct alignment with the course outcomes, moving students closer to achieving these outcomes.
    • Faculty will be transparent about their learning outcomes for each of their courses and will communicate this on their myDSHA class pages for both students and parents to have an understanding of the big picture.
     
    Weekly Schedule | DSHA will follow an asynchronous weekly schedule. This schedule will begin on Thursday, March 19; faculty will use Wednesday as a day to touch base with all of their classes/students and communicate plans for the next several days. Students will connect/engage with each class in their schedule as indicated by the designated day (vs. the typically followed bell schedule) as follows:
    • Monday – Yellow Day
    • Tuesday – EI Even
    • Wednesday – EI Odd
    • Thursday – EI Even
    • Friday – EI Odd
     
    Classroom engagement  | To support student-to-student and student-faculty connectedness as a learning community, students will check in with each class as indicated by the designated scheduled days noted above. These check-in responses correspond to the attendance requirements for the class. Some examples are as follows:
    • Daily question/prompt with required response
    • Homework assignment
    • Discussion thread
    • Virtual discussion through Micrsoft Teams
     
    Classroom Communication Platforms | Every teacher will use myDSHA as the hub for their classroom and Microsoft Teams for supporting engagement.
    • On each teacher’s myDSHA class page, “Bulletin Board” will be the place for the week’s student learning objectives and news about upcoming assignments, assessments, etc. 
    • The “Topics” boards will go more in-depth with content and learning resources. 
    • Faculty will also be use Microsoft Teams for virtual Dasher Time and other face-to-face communications within a classroom, small group, or with individual students. 
     
    For questions, contact:
    • Your daughter’s teachers are available for answering questions about specific courses; you will find contact information via your daughter’s schedule in your myDSHA account.
    • Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield 
  • Campus Ministry + Pastoral Care

    Campus Ministry + Pastoral Care | DSHA will continue to provide pastoral support and resources to students during this time. Campus Ministry is available and ready to engage with students during this time, so stay present in forming creative connections in the coming weeks.

    Connect with Campus Ministers | Campus Ministers are available virtually every school day between 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. to talk or pray. They can be reached in the following ways: 


    Lenten prayer and liturgy resources | Students are encouraged to continue with daily prayer. Here are some resources: 
    Service requirements | The service requirement for the 19-20 academic year has been cancelled due to many agengies closing or holding visitor restrictions due to vulnerable populations. If we hear from agencies opening up over the next few weeks, service opportunities will be shared with students. 

    Programming updates | St. Anne’s Prom: canceled; Optional Junior Retreat: canceled; Lent Project and Student Auction: more information to come; Vocare Welcome Back Prayer Service: cancelled; video and learnings will be posted electronically

    Campus Ministry Applications for 20-21 |
     These will be available via email; more information will be forthcoming.
  • Student Services | Counseling + College Advising

    School Counselors
     
    Counseling sessions via Microsoft Teams | All DSHA school counselors are available to counsel students on academic, social, emotional, and mental health matters via video teleconference through Microsoft Teams. Students can email or message counselors through Teams to set an appointment.
     
    Parent questions | Parents wishing to speak to a counselor can email or call the school number. The voicemail will go to email and the counselor can call back. They will likely call back from a blocked phone number to maintain the confidentiality of their personal phones.
     
    Caseload | Breakdown by last names as follows:
    Important note re: distance counseling | Distance counseling is defined as counseling using electronic, telephone, or visual telecommunications. Its benefits include continuity of school counseling and convenience during this unique time. However, potential disadvantages include not being in the same room during counseling, the counselor’s unfamiliarity of the student’s surroundings, services being disrupted or distorted by unforeseen technical problems, being overheard by anyone nearby, or website security failing, potentially causing a breach of privacy. Traditional face-to-face meetings are the best alternative to the use of tele-counseling and are preferred whenever possible. However, considering the circumstances, our counselors will do their best but we wanted to acknowledge the challenge.
     
     
    College Advising
     
    Seniors | Director of College Advising Brian Hendricks and College Center Assistant Donna LaGuardia will continue to answer questions regarding college scholarships and admissions.
    • Mr. Hendricks is available for video conferencing via Microsoft Teams with students by appointment.
    • Mrs. LaGuardia will respond to requests via email.
     
    Juniors | Junior college resumes and Junior Information Packets (both on Naviance) are due on March 27.
    • This March 27 deadline remains as stated.
    • Counselors will begin reviewing the packets after March 27 and will then begin making appointments to discuss their skills, expertise, interests, backgrounds, and accomplishments.
    • College letters of recommendation from counselors will then be written following these appointments; not all letters will be written strictly by caseload. The counselor writing each letter will be communicated to students by March 27.
  • Applied Wellness

    As your daughter embarks on her new normal, which includes virtual learning and social distancing, we want to assure you that the DSHA community is here to support her. Student wellness is of the utmost importance to us; be rest assured that we will be here for your daughter. 
     
    Programming and mission | Student wellness programming consists of a collaboration  between Applied Wellness, Campus Ministry, Health and Fitness, and Student Services. In order to minimize the already stressful changes in front of your daughter, we are embedding our wellness communications within the Applied Wellness myDSHA page. The look of our applied wellness program might be different but the mission is intact. We will foster the continued understanding of the interconnectedness of the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual dimensions through our wellness programming.
     
    Engagement platforms | Online resources, referral to apps, online discussions, and opportunity to engage in live groups are some of the channels that will be utilized to meet student needs. Students will also have the option to virtually meet with a wellness mentor and group to foster community and connectedness.
     
    Student needs and assessment | The look of our applied wellness program might be different but the mission to meet student needs and guide them in the process has not changed. It remains to be a dynamic and customizable program, dependent on the needs of the individual student. Students will continue to assess their own wellness needs and have the opportunity to engage in variety of experiences (from curated online workouts and healthy recipes discussion posts to help in managing stress). We will continue to evolve our approaches based on the needs of the students. We will also continue to monitor student wellness data trends to provide pertinent and impactful resources to your student. 
     
    Applied Wellness requirements | 
    • The Applied Wellness requirement for the spring semester has been modified to fit our transition to online engagement.The previously stated 20 experience requirements will no longer be tracked; rather, we require students ​to access their myDSHA Applied Wellness page at the start of the week to ​learn about their Applied Wellness requirements.
    • Weekly requirements include: watching the video of the week and engaging in a discussion about it; setting weekly SMART goals and providing feedback support to others; and completing a weekly survey about their overall wellness so we can continue to offer resources that meet their needs.
    • There are a number of Wellness Topic boards students can access within MYDSHA as well. We encourage them to access these on a regular basis allowing them to access information they may need at a certain time. This engagement is in line with our mission for each girl to be aware of and responsive to her own wellness needs during this time with our support.

    For questions, contact: Applied Wellness Department Chair Joanna McQuide or Applied Wellness Coordinator Rachel Uihlein.

2020 COVID-19 | Parent Communications

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  • COVID-19 update | March 31, 2020 | Message from President Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92

    March 31, 2020 

    Dear Divine Savior Holy Angels Community,

    On behalf of our faculty and staff, I hope this finds you safe and healthy as we have all begun to navigate the uncharted waters of this season.

    Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, we transitioned our students to online learning, and our faculty and staff to working remotely. Thus, over the past couple of weeks, we have found ourselves asking questions and facing situations that are brand new to all of us – all with the care and concern of our community at the forefront:

    • How do we care for the whole-person well-being of our students when the world can feel scary and we cannot be with them?
    • How do we continue to engage our young women in the all-girls, college-prep curriculum while they must now tackle an entirely new method of learning?
    • How do we foster a faith formation that is rooted in community while remaining socially distant?

    As we began to dig into these questions – questions that would require swift and creative answers, rooted in community – the season of Lent was not lost on me. Each one of us was about to be giving up so much as we tried to find sense in a new way. Perhaps primarily for me, was the loss of fellowship that I have come to love so deeply with faculty, staff, and our girls. In the days spent planning the ways in which we would re-structure our same-but-new community, I found comfort and inspiration while reflecting on Jesus’ journey toward the Cross – a journey filled with time spent alone, challenges, and unknowns.

    Divine Savior Holy Angels High School is a remarkable place. And perhaps now more than ever – as many organizations are currently experiencing – we are coming together as our mission desires, and all in support of one another through a massive challenge. Though we are all missing much, it has been incredible to witness the beauty, goodness, and truth that has surfaced during this time.

    It is my pleasure and joy to share just a few examples:

    The Beauty in Collaboration | Our dedicated faculty and staff have moved quickly and collaboratively to craft plans in support of each other and our students. New technologies have been implemented, lessons revised, and creative solutions to complex problems were required. Our technology team of John White, Quinn Loucks, and Jeff Kmiecik are a fierce trio that typically work behind the scenes as experts in their fields. Over the past two weeks, I have found so much joy in watching our faculty and staff celebrate them in gratitude for their tireless and selfless work. This team has been on our front lines, meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff – they have been the definition of above and beyond. A favorite hymn of our girls at Mass is “We are One Body”. The beauty of seeing this come alive through our technology team has been such a joy – we are truly One Body in Christ. Each part matters. 

    The Goodness of Confident, Capable Young Women | It has been incredible to see our girls put their leadership skills into action, articulating what they need during this time. Last week, a group of students looking to maintain consistent connection with the DSHA sisterhood took the initiative to meet with Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock, DSHA ’92. They suggested we start up our daily prayer and announcements through video – with some fun “extras” on the side! Considering all that feels abnormal, we will now have a bit of familiarity to start each day. Click here to view the first couple of videos published this week – and make sure to watch until the end for some extra special fun courtesy of Principal Dan Quesnell!

    The Truth in Seeking the Lost | Circling back to the questions asked at the beginning of this letter, the answer has largely been found in our faculty and staff’s care and concern for not only our community at large, but for each and every individual girl at DSHA. The theme of how we have addressed our approach to online learning is summarized as follows: student connection, engagement, and support. It is happening at the community level through class connections, all-school prayer intentions, and Applied Wellness community groups. But there has been an extra special joy in watching the proactive pursuit of meeting the needs of individual students. Faculty have sought to ensure each student has access to internet; counselors are initiating outreach with specific students who might need extra social/emotional support; and teachers are spending their own lunchtime over video chat with students who need extra help with homework, or just want to talk. The parable of the lost sheep from Luke 15 comes to mind as I reflect on the passion, effort, and love that our faculty and staff are showing our girls. It is a near-Herculean task to ensure that each of our 695 students feel connected when they are in the building with us. When we are apart, this feels near impossible. Yet as a Catholic community, we will go after those girls who might feel lost – even when they may not know they are. And we will not simply be with the lost; we will proactively seek those in need of connection, just as the shepherd did for his sheep. Just as Jesus has done for us.

    As Catholics, it is our faith that we must lean into when we feel uneasy or when things feel uncertain. We must put our trust and faith in God. We are praying as a community, for our community – including you! And we invite you to join us in prayer for our students, faculty, and staff while we work together in brand new and creative ways, all as a connected community rooted in Christ.

    Although our building is currently closed, we do plan to communicate through email during the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for more updates – including the beauty, goodness, and truth we find along the way.

    If you are interested in more information about our online learning efforts, viewing our daily prayer and announcements, or accessing a variety of Lenten resources, please visit the 2020 Online Learning page on our website.

    Please take care. You and your family are in our prayers.

    God Bless,
    Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92
    President



  • COVID-19 update | March 30, 2020

    COVID-19 Update | Monday, March 30

    Dear DSHA Community,

    In our Faith Friday homily last week, Fr. Dennis Thiessen, SDS, shared with our community via YouTube, a reflection on a Gospel reading from John, chapter 7. Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles – a celebration of remembrance when the Jewish people honored where they came from. It was a time to remember the 40 years of wandering in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt, fully reliant on God and community for the basic necessities of life. Fr. Dennis relates this passage to our current situation sharing:

    All of our plans have been thrown up in the air. It hits home that we’re in this together and we have to rely on one another and ultimately on our dear, good God and His loving providence.”

    And this is what I am proud to have seen in our own community, as we haved pulled together to accomplish our first eight days of online instruction – with great effort, patience, and care for one another. I pray that we may all see God amidst these challenges and trust in Him to guide us in faith, hope, and love.

    Below you will find several important updates as it relates to how we are doing, including some updated plans as we move forward.

    Opportunity for feedback | After our first eight days of online instruction we have provided opportunities for students, parents, and staff to provide feedback on our initial efforts to create an online structure. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your daughter’s teacher or relevant faculty/staff member.

    School closure update | Governor Evers’ stay at home order has been stated to last through 8 a.m. on Friday, April 24. This order does not mean that we will reopen school on April 24. Assuming the order is not extended, it remains uncertain how DSHA and our community at large will return to normal activities. Therefore, we are planning for school to remain closed beyond the order and/or until further notice.

    Easter break, April 9 – 19 | As a point of clarification, Easter vacation will take place as scheduled from April 9 – 19. Although religious services are cancelled, it remains a time for prayer and reflection about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In addition, this time each year students, faculty, and staff are always ready for a break and that remains true this year.

    myDSHA resources | Upon login, student and parent resources are available via myDSHA accounts. See department updates below for relevant resources by area of support. For general updates, continue to visit the 2020 Online Learning page at dsha.info.

    School sanitization |I want to extend a special thank you to our entire maintenance team. Since we closed school, our entire building has been sanitized. In that regard we are prepared to begin using our facility when the time comes.

    Academic Updates
    • Assignment, paper, and project deadlines: A new, school-wide deadline for all assignment completions will be 11:59 p.m. This deadline will be implemented beginning Monday, March 30
    • This change is meant to alleviate confusion for students about various deadlines for different classes. 
    • Attendance: Faculty will be able to check student submissions each weekday morning, ensuring student attendance for the previous school day is marked by 10 a.m. the following school day. 
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    Pastoral Care & Campus Ministry Update
    • Pastoral resources are available via myDSHA login. Click on your daughter’s “Service” class, i.e., Freshman Service, Sophomore Service, Junior Service, or Vocare for Campus Ministry resources. (Please note: while these resources are housed under the “Service” class, the resources available are not only related to service.)
    • Faith Fridays are underway. Visit the DSHA Campus Ministry Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay up to date on Faith Friday Gospel readings with homily and other resources along the way.
    • Lenten resources – for high school age and adults – continue to be posted on the 2020 Online Learning web page in the upper right corner.
    • We are excited to start daily, all-school prayer today. Click here to view the daily prayer with announcements.
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Cullen Ritter, DSHA ‘05.

    Student Services Update

    School Counseling
    • Student Services continues to reach out to all students through video and email communications about their adjustment to remote learning. Counselors will continue to reach out to girls proactively and are available for any questions, concerns, and success stories.
    • Utilizing the data generated from the Wellness Departments’ student surveys, Student Services is providing targeted academic and social/emotional resources to those in need.
    • Plans are underway to provide optional groups to address any needs which come up during this unique time as well as to share healthy and effective practices that are working for the girls.
    • Our counselors normally convene in a Student Support Team meeting weekly during the school year. The purpose of the support team is to assure that all student needs are being met. This group will continue to meet virtually.
    • Students and parents should continue to see our school counselors as important resources during this time.
    • For our Spanish-speaking families, a complete library of coronavirus information is avaialble at cdc.gov/spanish or espanol.cdc.gov.
    Questions? Conatct Principal Dan Quesnell.

    College Advising
    Questions? Contact Director of College Advising Brian Hendricks.

    Applied Wellness Update
    • Applied Wellness will continue to post supportive and helpfull wellness information on the myDSHA platform to help students. Upon login, parents are able to view this content via your daughter's Applied Wellness class.
    • Topic boards will continue to have new posts each week. Check out the TSC "Hi Everyone" topic board and see brief video messages from our faculty and staff. We are adding new videos every few days.
    • We continue to enourage weekly goal setting/sharing so girls can check in on each other.
    • We are excited to begin adding Zoom group chats to our Applied Wellness offerings. Offerings this week will include: How to Make a Schedule, Grief & Loss, and Keeping Connected. We will be communicating more information to students via email this week about the Zoom chat process.
    • The "State of the Students" team continues to meet weekly to discuss data and DSHA's response to student needs.
    • We will share our next round of student survey data results next week.
    • We will continue to grow and evolve in how we meet the needs of students based on what is working and what is not.
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Department Chair Joanna McQuide orApplied Wellness Coordinator Rachel Uihlein.

    Good news of the week | Today we will begin to post video of daily morning prayers, announcements, and birthdays on our 2020 Online Learning web page. Students and staff have been collaborating to make this happen as a point of rhythm and connection that is familiar to our community. We hope this brings a prayerful centering (and some smiles) for all in our community. Today, stay tuned to the end for an extra special video – you do not want to miss this!
    Click here to view the daily morning prayer and announcements!

    We hope that everyone has a safe and healthy week.

    God Bless,

    Principal

    Academic Dean


  • COVID-19 update | March 26, 2020 re: Graduation & Baccalaureate Mass

    Dear Class of 2020: Parents, and Guardians,

    Our baccalaureate Mass and graduation are culminating events for our students and families. These events symbolize God’s presence in our lives, and mark the accomplishment of completing the transformative years of high school. Whoever would have imagined the possibility that the celebration of prayer and commencement would be compromised? We are writing today with our first statement on these important events.

    Monday afternoon, Marquette University announced they have postponed their commencement ceremonies. Shortly after this announcement, we were informed that their announcement includes our rental of the Al McGuire Center for our own graduation ceremony.

    At this time, while we have lost our venue, we want to clarify that we have not cancelled baccalaureate Mass or graduation. We also want to recognize that these events, like everything else, are uncertain. As such, in the days and weeks to come, we will begin to consider all options and alternatives as it pertains to these important, milestone events. We will provide an update as we learn more.

    Please know, it remains our goal to provide a meaningful conclusion to your DSHA experience.

    God bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
  • COVID-19 update | March 23, 2020

    COVID-19 Update | Monday, March 23

    An opening prayerful reflection by Theology Department Chair Lisa Metz:
    The words of St. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, can give us some direction during these uncertain times: “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." This has been our guiding scripture passage during the entire academic year, and it seems fitting that we continue to focus on these words in a time of crisis. Let us remember that we are truly bound together as a community. We know and believe that God loves us. And in turn, we love one another with the same abiding commitment. We continue to move through this unfolding saga under this belief and we ask that prayers for health and peace can live in each of our hearts.


    Dear DSHA Parents,

    We hope you had a restful weekend as we all begin to transition into a new normal for the coming weeks. Our regular bi-weekly parent eNews will transition to a weekly update from each area of student engagement. These updates will continue to be housed on the 2020 Online Learning page on our website.

    How is your daughter doing?
    As a reminder, we are focusing on student learning outcomes and the priority of student connection, engagement, and support in each of the following areas: Academics, Campus Ministry, Student Services, and Applied Wellness. With this in mind, we would love to know how you feel your daughter(s) is doing. Please click here to fill out this parent survey (one per each daughter). We will use this information to gauge both how we can better support our girls as individuals and as a community at large. 


     Academic Update
    • Teachers and students are making connections; faculty are ensuring that students see content, can use our platforms reliably (myDSHA, Microsoft Teams, and DSHA email), and feel they understand the flow of their classes.
    • Teachers are encouraging students to reach out to them directly (via Microsoft Teams or email) if they are feeling overwhelmed or confused. There is a lot of patience and support, and a strong desire to help each student navigate any issues.  
    • Teachers have an internal channel in Microsoft Teams called "Teachers Teaching Teachers" to share tweaks, help with troubleshooting, and provide input and feedback on lessons, assignments, and assessments.  
    • From the College Board on AP exams: Based on the number and length of school closures, it is clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools won’t be possible. Click here for the most up-to-date information on Advanced Placement exams administered by the College Board.
     
    Pastoral Care & Campus Ministry Update
    • We have been providing spiritual resources and prayers to students through myDSHA and our social media platforms. In addition to this, we have been chatting with individual students and ministry teams through Microsoft Teams.
    • Faith Fridays: We will continue to have Faith Fridays. This past Friday, March 20, we had our first virtual Faith Friday where chaplain Fr. Patric gave a 3-minute homily to the DSHA community. 
    • This week we plan to pilot an interactive prayer intentions page; we will also continue our Lent "Mercy Mondays" virtually where students/staff will have the option to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet together. 
     
    Student Services Update
    • School counselors continue to be available for virtual counseling to guide students through their social/emotional and mental health needs.
    • College advising will continue to take place as scheduled via virtual communication. 
     
    Applied Wellness Update
    • We continue to use the Applied Wellness myDSHA Platform to support and engage our students by:
      1. Shaing a variety of topic boards for students to access including: TSC video of the week; physical; nutrition/healthy cooking; social/emotional; spiritual; humor; streaming suggestions.
      2. Posting discussion questions to keep girls connected and chatting.
      3. Encouraging weekly goal setting/sharing.
      4. Sending weekly surveys for dissemination with the intention to use data to: reach out to students of concern, and to create groups that can live chat on the Microsoft Teams platform. Click here to view the first round of survey results.
      5. Looking to offer opportunity for drop-in group  chats in the Microsoft Teams platform.
    • We have created a “State of Students” team that will meet weekly to discuss data and DSHA’s response to student needs.
    • We will continue to grow and evolve how we meet the needs of students based on what is working and what is not.
     
    Cancellations | For an updated list of cancellations, visit the 2020 Online Learning page and click the cancelled events button at the top of the page.
     
    How can we help? | Many of us find ourselves asking, as a Catholic community, how can we love and serve others during this time of need, yet still practice safe social distancing? We have been informed of an extremely critical shortage of blood supply in the Milwaukee community. Donating blood is a practical way for us to lift one another up and meet a need in a very tangible way. From VersitiTM Blood Center of Wisconsin:
     
    Good News | Each week we will close with some good news from the community. Today, we share a Vocare reflection written by Kaitlin Schwarz, DSHA ’20, on her time spent serving at Northwest Catholic School. In their Catholic Social Teaching theology classes, seniors are further discussing and reflecting on their Vocare experiences.

    "Honestly, my time at Northwest Catholic was incredible. I learned so much about gratitude and the importance of love. There are two quotes that I absolutely love. The first is a quote by Dieter V. Uchtdorf and it reads, ‘As we love ourselves in the service to others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.’ The second one is by Thomas Merton and says, ‘Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.’ I believe I have tried to implement these quotes at my site this week. With each individual I encountered throughout my two weeks, I tried to learn their story, love them endlessly regardless of their actions or choices, and worked my best to instill these lessons of showing love, kindness, and respect to all people within them. I believe one of the key components of service is to serve without judgment, putting an emphasis on loving each person unconditionally. I learned that in serving others, those I tend to often serve me, and for this, I am forever grateful." – Kaitlin Schwarz, DSHA ‘20
     
    Blessings,

    Principal

    Academic Dean
  • COVID-19 update | March 17, 2020

    Dear DSHA Parents,

    We know this is an uncertain time for many reasons. If there is one thing you can be sure of, please know that we are doing everything we can to be present for your daughters in the coming weeks. Our first priority right now is this: Student Connection, Engagement, and Support. This is the filter through which all decisions have been made as we move into an online structure. Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to caring for and engaging with your daughter; we will be present via the same structures that she has been used to working within throughout the entire year: Academics, Campus Ministry, Student Services, and Applied Wellness.
     
    For more information on how this new mode of learning will work, along with resources, please visit our new 2020 Online Learning page at dsha.info.
     
    You will find the following information and resources to help guide you and your daughter through this time:

    DSHA Student Connection & Online Instruction Info:
    -Timeline
    -Attendance
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    We will be updating this page as our process evolves. If a significant change occurs, we will send an email communication to parents (in addition to communicating with students along the way.)
     
    We thank you for trusting us with your daughters’ education during this time. Our faculty and staff are already looking to find beauty rise from the ashes as our plans to be together in the traditional sense have been forced to change. Faculty and staff are actively seeking new ways to inspire creative thinking and leadership; to encourage growth in what feels uncomfortable; and to have faith and confidence that our students will rise to this unforeseen challenge. We look forward to sharing these stories with you as we go forth.
     
    Blessings on behalf of our entire faculty and staff,
     
    Academic Dean
     
    Principal
  • COVID-19 update | March 13, 2020

    March 13, 2020 | DSHA COVID-19 Update

    Dear DSHA Community,

    We are in full support of Gov. Evers’ statewide mandate to close schools for the coming weeks. We have been planning to do the same as we’ve continued to monitor the fluid and evolving developments as related to the COVID-19 outbreak. While we have no confirmed cases in the DSHA community, we are fully and proactively committed to the safety and health of our student body, faculty, and staff.

    We have been consulting resources from the CDC, WHO, DPI, Milwaukee metro area health departments, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. We have also been in considerable conversation with leadership at other area high schools – both Catholic and suburban public schools – and have been consulting with medical professionals on the Medical College of Wisconsin leadership team.

    As a Catholic community rooted in developing the whole person and making known the goodness and kindness of Jesus Christ in the world, we are also deeply committed to protecting our larger community. With students attending DSHA from all counties within the greater metro area, and due to the highly contagious nature of this virus, along with the threat that it poses to vulnerable populations, we will be closing DSHA with the intention of returning to in-classroom instruction on Monday, April 20, following Easter break. We will continue to monitor the situation and make any necessary adjustments along the way as needed for the safety of our community at large.

    The following plan is in place to move academic instruction online during this time, as well as to continue to provide the vital social/emotional/mental health resources to our students, and pastoral care.

    Timeline 
    • Monday, March 16 – Tuesday, March 17 |Students will not report to school on these days.DSHA faculty and staff will report to prepare for moving to online instruction.
    • Wednesday, March 18 – Wednesday, April 8 | Online instruction will occur
    • Thursday April 9 – Friday, April 17 | Easter break
    • Monday, April 20 | In-school classroom instruction will resume (unless notified otherwise)

    Academic coursework | 
    We are committed to continuing and progressing with academic coursework during this time as follows:
          Faculty commitment to student learning outcomes:
    • Faculty will focus on student learning outcomes as our primary goal for all areas of academic discipline.
    • Decisions will be made prioritizing intentional, focused-learning experiences.
    • These outcomes will drive all choices around content and materials (as we may not be able to cover everything that would have been covered.)
    • We understand that one size does not fit all: some classes are highly performance based and moving to myDSHA may not make as much sense for some classes as it does for other classes. 
    • Faculty will be intentional and choosy regarding learning content. The goal is not to inundate students with “stuff”, but to engage them in meaningful ways in direct alignment with the course outcomes, moving students closer to achieving these outcomes.
    • Faculty will be transparent about their learning outcomes for each of their courses and will communicate this on their myDSHA class pages for both students and parents to have an understanding of the big picture.
        How online learning and accountability to coursework will work:
    • DSHA will send a communication on behalf of Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield before end of day on Tuesday, March 17. This email will communicate how the online learning will occur following the plans put in place by each department early next week.
    • Faculty and students will continue use their myDSHA accounts to serve as the primary communication platform.  
    • We are currently taking an assessment to understand how many families do not have internet access at home. If you are in need of internet, please contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield. DSHA is willing to work with any family in need of internet to ensure all students have the resources needed to continue with academic coursework at this time.
    • DSHA is committed to working with students and families who may be dealing with illness during this time.
         Questions:
    • For general academic questions, contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.
    • When online classroom learning begins, please feel free to directly contact your daughter’s teacher.
      
    Student Services offerings | DSHA will continue to provide counseling and college advising during this time.
    • Counseling | Counselors will be available via video chats for academic, social, emotional, and mental health support.
    • College Advising | College Advisor Brian Hendricks will be available via video chats regarding college counseling.
     
    Pastoral care and faith formation | DSHA will continue to provide pastoral support and resources to students during this time.

    Books, binders, and other student materials |
    DSHA will be accessible during normal business hours on Monday for seniors and any other students who need to empty out lockers. The school office will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    Co-curricular and school sponsored events, including athletics |Gatherings of this nature, including sports practices, will be on hold until school re-opens for in-classroom learning.

    Travel plans and restrictions | With spring break on the tail-end of this timeline, please be aware of the following as you make spring break travel plans: As directed by CDC guidelines, you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days following the return from: 1.) a country with a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice; 2.) a state or community with community-wide spread of COVID-19 as indicated by the CDC website.

    Notification to DSHA if COVID-19 is confirmed | If someone in your household has a confirmed case of COVID-19, for the safety of our greater community, we request that you let us know by contacting Principal Dan Quesnell.

    With the safety of both the DSHA community and our greater community at large, and our commitment to the whole-person development of your daughters, we appreciate your patience and compliance as we navigate the weeks ahead. As an administration, we are committed to the ongoing monitoring of this evolving situation.

    Sincerely,

    Katie Konieczny, DSHA ‘92 
    President
    koniecznyk@dsha.info

    Dan Quesnell
    Principal
    quesnelld@dsha.info
  • COVID-19 update | March 9, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    DSHA continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and specifically, Wisconsin and the Milwaukee area. 

    This new type of virus spreads like other viruses do: through person-to-person contact. Symptoms can show up anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. Early on, they are a lot like the common cold. You might notice: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

    We are closely monitoring updates from numerous informed sources, and in particular, the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Additionally, DSHA obtains regular updates from the Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 

    Currently, the risk remains low for an outbreak in Wisconsin. If that changes, DSHA will follow all CDC and state guidelines and protocols. In the unlikely event that the spread of the disease affects our community, we will close school and plan for students to continue their education through online learning platforms. More information will be made available should that become necessary. 

    The safety of our students is always our main priority, and accordingly, will guide any decision-making and planning. Most importantly, please remember that all of us have responsibility in reducing the likelihood of an outbreak of the coronavirus or influenza in our school by abiding by the following: 
    • Avoid exposure to people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Stay home when you are ill, even if symptoms are mild.
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw it away.
    • Clean and disinfect household items regularly. DSHA diligently cleans all rooms in the building on a daily basis. Cleaning will include disinfecting desks and door handles. 
    • Effective hand-washing requires thorough scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. (See link below.)
    • DSHA has placed hand sanitizer in all classrooms and other common locations throughout the building.
    • DSHA will also follow guidelines directed from the Archdiocese as it pertains to Mass.
    While we monitor the spread of this disease, please be advised that all domestic and international travel programs of DSHA will continue as scheduled. Currently, per CDC guidelines, if your daughter is returning from countries with a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice, it recommends that you follow the self-quarantine and self-regulating protocols (see links below for the definitions of level 2, level 3, and these protocols). If your daughter is traveling to one of these countries, it is important that you contact either Mrs. Brock or myself prior to your daughter returning to school.

    We will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available. We suggest that you discuss openly with your daughters the facts regarding this virus strain and help them dispel any erroneous information they may have encountered on social media or elsewhere. 

    Thank you for your attention to this matter and for the trust you place in DSHA.  

    Sincerely,

    Principal
     
    Links:
     
Prayer of Pope Francis to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic
 
 
O Mary,
 
You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
 
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.
 
You, salvation of the people, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
 
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection.
 
Amen.
  
 
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of us who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger,

O glorious and blessed Virgin.  Amen.

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