Spring 2020 Online Learning

DSHA Student Connection & Online Instruction Information

List of 7 items.

  • 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   
    • Return-to-school update (as of April16) | On Thursday, April 16, per a press release announcement from Governor Evers’ office, the Safer at Home Order will remain in place until Tuesday, May 26, and in-person private and public K-12 schools, and all in-person co-curricular programs, will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Thus, DSHA will continue with virtual learning through the remainder of the school year.
  • 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.
    ______________
     
    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 Counseling

    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 Counseling
     
    Seniors | Director of College Counseling 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

List of 16 items.

  • COVID-19 Update | June 10, 2020 | Message from the President

    Wednesday, June 10, 2020 

    Dear DSHA families,

    We are experiencing so much as a country right now. While we would typically be enjoying the start of summer, we are collectively facing some challenging times – individually and as a community at large. But as a DSHA community, we know that growth comes from struggle; hope comes from sorrow when it is met with prayer; and we are rooted in a strong Salvatorian mission to guide us along the way.

    We know this school year did not end in the way we hoped it would. I would like to share some important information about events in the coming weeks along with planning for the 2020-2021 school year—including tuition and financial aid assistance.

    Dasher Dialogue on Racial Injustice | June 9

    On Monday, June 1, we sent a response to the current events of racial injustice that our country is experiencing. Last night over Zoom, June 9, we held a Dasher Dialogue to serve as a safe space for students to discuss reactions, feelings, and questions regarding racial injustice in America. This was organized and led by the Student Diversity & Inclusion Council. We will continue to have ongoing dialogues of this nature; students should stay tuned to their emails for information and links.

    DSHA Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation | August 1

    The entire school community is very proud of the young women in this class. They have risen to the challenge and finished the school year with determination and perseverance; they will forever remember how they have handled the challenges of this spring. As a TSC, we are looking forward to celebrating this very special class at the Baccalaureate Mass on July 31 at DSHA, and at their graduation on August 1 at Miller Park.

    Online Learning Year-End Surveys

    Thank you to all of the parents, students, and faculty that completed these surveys. They are providing insight into the online learning experience and will help inform our planning for this coming school year. 

    2020-2021 School Year | Re-Open Plans in Progress

    Working with experts | DSHA is collaborating with MUHS and a team of medical professionals in the Milwaukee area to best inform us on how to open our school buildings to our faculty and staff this summer, and eventually our students at the start of the fall semester. We are developing safety procedures and policies to keep our school community safe. We will continue to refer to this team, the Center for Disease Control, the Wisconsin Health Department, and the Medical College of Wisconsin to inform our plans.  
     
    Building re-open to staff on July 6 | We have new procedures and policies in place to increase the sanitation and safety for all. Face coverings will be required for any person that enters the building throughout the summer. Additional sanitation and cleaning protocols will be in place as well.

    In-person instruction in August | We are building plans to be back to school in person with safety protocols and procedures in place.* Some of these plans include optimizing the full space within our building; adding technology measures that will allow flexibility for a student to stay home and engage with her classroom learning if she has a cold, etc.; and moving to an extended instruction schedule to minimize movement within in the building and optimize in-person student/faculty time together.Our academic administration and teaching faculty are hard at work putting these plans in place over the summer. We plan to communicate with you on an ongoing basis throughout this summer so you are fully prepared for the fall.

    *Should our state require schools to open with social distancing in place, or require schools to close, we are preparing two alternative plans: 1.) a hybrid plan with a staggered schedule to reduce the number of students in the building at one time while prioritizing regular in-person instruction; and 2.) a virtual learning plan should we be required to close school. 

    2020-2021 School Year | Tuition Assistance and Financial Aid Adjustments

    Due to the wide-spread effects of COVID-19, we understand that this is a financially difficult time for many. COVID-19 has created increased and unprecedented financial need for many of our families. If you are dealing with changing financial circumstances, we are here to help.

    The DSHA Financial Aid Committee has created a form that will help families explain any change to financial circumstances due to COVID-19 that may not be accurately reflected on their most recent tax documentation. In addition, the questions will help the committee understand a family’s full picture in order to make necessary adjustments to financial aid applications and awards when possible.

    If you have already applied for financial aid this spring, received an award amount, and are now interested in more aid due to COVID-19:

    If you have not previously applied for, or have not needed financial aid before COVID-19, but you would like to apply at this time:

    Of note, DSHA has its own procedures to follow when awarding financial aid. We own the responsibility to be good stewards of the money given to DSHA from various sources for the financial aid of our students. Although we have limited resources, we will do our best to meet your family’s needs so your daughter can continue to receive all of the many benefits a DSHA education offers.

    That being said, if you have any financial concerns due to the unique circumstances of this time, we want to hear them. Please contact Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Ann Duffy, DSHA ’10, to express your concers. If you have any other questions that we can help with, please reach out to Principal Dan Quesnell or me.

    We will continue to keep you informed throughout the summer. I am praying for all of you, that you remain safe and healthy during this time.

       
    God Bless,
    Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92
    President  

  • COVID-19 Update | May 18, 2020

    COVID-19 Update | Monday, May 18 

    Dear DSHA Community,

    The DSHA mission calls us to focus on developing the whole person. Each young woman at DSHA is made in the image and likeness of God. She is talented, unique, and perfectly imperfect. Under normal operations as well as during this time of online learning, our faculty strives to challenge each girl appropriately and build her critical thinking and learning skills in preparation for college. As a Catholic institution, we bring students into closer relationship with God through the various retreat, worship, and service experiences. From a social and emotional perspective, we deliver on co-curricular activities, wellness activities, and student social emotional support. The totality of this Catholic, college-preparatory school experience for girls is why parents send daughters to DSHA; it is why girls embrace their high school years; and why faculty come back year after year to DSHA.

    On short notice we implemented the move to online learning this spring with a distinct focus on our mission with continued attention given to developing the whole person of each Dasher. Throughout this time, I have remained proud of this community. Our faculty has given great effort to find effective teaching and learning strategies. Our students have engaged in the lessons and the myriad of faith, wellness, and student life offerings. Our parents have continued to support our effort. I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful community – a community I continue to hold in prayer.

    Fall Semester 2020 | Planning and Preparation

    Our primary goal, and the foundation of our planning, is to have students and staff back in the building, delivering on the mission of DSHA in-person to start next school year with face-to-face classroom instruction, programming, and activities. We also note that all plans to re-open will be done in a thoughtful and systematic manner to keep the health and safety of students, employees, and the larger community as our highest priority.

    As the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 evolve, we will plan according to the most current public health guidelines and mandates. In all planning we remain committed to delivering on our mission to educate young women of faith, heart, and intellect.

    Second, in an effort to guide our decision-making in the months ahead, Divine Savior Holy Angels and Marquette University High School have joined together to assemble a task force of medical health experts. Of course, we will continue to turn to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Milwaukee Health Department, and the Medical College of Wisconsin to implement best practices, policies, and protocols for re-opening our school.

    Finally, last week Friday, May 15, students, parents, and faculty received a survey to gather information for our evaluation of the last eight weeks. These surveys were sent independently so as to not confuse the different links. This information will inform our planning for any potential scenario requiring a component of online learning. Additionally, our faculty will engage in collaborative evaluation and planning throughout the week of May 26 focused on both the positive and constructive feedback; the opportunities for learning; and curricular considerations. Your feedback on our related survey is important. We value the voices of each constituent and we strongly encourage your participation.

    Updates for the week are as follows:

    Cancelled events | Click here for an updated list of cancelled events.   

    myDSHA resources | This continues to be the hub for all student resources. Upon login, student and parent resources are available via myDSHA accounts. See department updates below for relevant resources by area of support.

    2020 Online Learning page | All communication, along with additional general resources, can be found here.  

    Aladdin Meal Card Balance | Graduating seniors with a meal card balance with our food service provider Aladdin can expect a full refund on the balance. The DSHA business office is still working with Aladdin on the process and timing of the refund. Returning students can expect that the balance will remain on cards for the 2020-2021 school year.  

    Student Locker Clean Out
    • Click here for the full schedule and procedure for locker clean out for all grade levels. Please note, this document has been updated; changes are highlighted in yellow.
    • IMPORTANT Safety Precaution | Only one person is allowed in the building per locker. Parents, siblings, and friends cannot accompany a student into the building to assist with the locker. Students should bring a bag or tote large enough to carry all of their items in one trip. If needed, a parent can clean out the student's locker if the student is not available.  
    • IMPORTANT Safety Precaution | All students will be expected to wear a protective mask inside the building. Staff managing the process will be in masks as well.  
    • Locker Numbers | Students can find their locker numbers by logging into myDSHA and clicking on "Profile" and then the "Contact Tab." Click here to find instructions on how to find your locker number.  
    • Parking | Seniors are to park in the front lot. Students whose locker number begins with an "A" should park in the back lot. All other students should park in the front lot. 
    • Mailboxes | Contents of student mailboxes will be placed in the student's locker. Students will not need to go to their mailboxes. In an envelope, students will find their Pre-ACT results as well as Honors Night awards.
    • Book Return | There will be a library book cart at check-in and on each floor. Students who were issued textbooks by the school will receive an email from Mrs. LaGuardia with instructions.  
    • Final Food Collection | The final food collection days will be during locker cleanout. Please bring canned food items on your assigned locker cleanout day and drop them in the bins near the south gym entrance as you enter the building. Canned food donations will be donated to La Causa, a non-profit that provides bilingual services and education in the Milwaukee community. Our food will be given to the nursery families so please be generous! 
    Dasher Resale
    The Dasher Resale is organized by parent volunteers. This year the resale of books and uniforms will be done virtually through a Facebook Buy/Sell site.The sale will begin July 1. More information on how to access the buy/sell site is still to come. Book lists for the 2020-2021 school year will be mailed home the week of June 15. 

    Questions? Contact 
    Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock, DSHA '92.

    Academic Updates | Academic Calendar for the week of May 18-22 
    All work must be submitted this week. | Students and parents, please note that we are coming to the end of our semester, and thus, teachers are grading all work. Students, please submit any and all assignments so your grade can reflect all of your work! Teachers have the deadline to submit all grades by 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 27.   
    Last assessment/assignment/projects due, following our old exam schedule:
    • All deadlines are 11:59 p.m.
    • Monday, May 18 | Math and Social Studies (both year-long and semester-long) 
    • Tuesday, May 19 | Science and Theology
    • Wednesday, May 20 | Fine Arts; Anatomy & Physiology; World Languages  
    • Thursday, May 21 | English; Specialized Studies; Health  
    2020 DSHA Summer Read: Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
    Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores will be reading the edition adapted for young adults. Please see the specific ISBN numbers below:
    • Freshmen & Sophomores | Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults, by Bryan Stevenson. ISBN: 978-0-525-58006-5
    • Juniors & Seniors | Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. ISBN: 978-0-8129-8496-5
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    Pastoral Care & Campus Ministry Update
    • Final Food Collection | The final food collection days will be during locker cleanout. Please bring canned food items on your assigned locker cleanout day and drop them in the bins near the south gym entracne as you enter the building. Canned food donations will be donated to La Causa, a non-profit that provides bilingual services and education in the Milwaukee community. Our food will be given to the nursery families so please be generous!
    • Campus Ministry Recap Video, "Love Binds All" — Click here to view |This recap video was complied by our fabulous communications offers Soraya Keiser, DSHA '20; Olivia Larson, DSHA '20; and Lucy Radocha, DSHA '20. A special thanks to all seniors who ministered this year and to all of our campus ministry officers. You are in our prayers and we hold you in our hearts.  
    • Prayer Intentions | Students, please add any of your prayer intentions for the school year to the Prayer Board. We will continue to have this as a resource throughout the summer and beyond.  
    • Final Faith Friday | On Friday, May 15, we celebrated the End of Year Mass as a virtual school community.Click here to view Fr. Patric's homily from Friday along with past Faith Friday messages.  
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Cullen Ritter, DSHA '05.

    Student Services Update

    School Counseling
    • Student Pre-ACT |All students who participated in the Pre-ACT exam in March will be able to pick up their testing booklet and results in the envelope in their lockers during their assigned locker clean-out day. For any questions related to the Pre-ACT or ACT, please contactCollege Center Assistant Donna LaGuardia.  
    • Student Support | School counselors will be finalizing student requests and continuing to offer student support as needed. Our school counselors will be available through Friday, May 29.
              Last names beginning with A-Di:Ron Weiss 
              Last names beginning with Do-Hi:Jennifer O'Brien
              Last names beginning with Ho-M:Dave Lynch
              Last names beginning with N-So:Jacky Krawczyk
              Last names beginning with Sp-Z:Sister Mary Lee Grady         
    • Student and Family Assistance Program | Divine Savior Holy Angels High School is pleased to offer the Aurora Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP), which provides valuable services to help address some of the challenges students and families experience. These services are free and confidential to all DSHA students and their immediate families. Click here for additional details about the program.To access SFAP services, call 800-236-3231.  
    College Counseling
    • Attention All Seniors | If you have not contacted College Center Assistant Donna LaGuardiaabout your final college decisions, please do so ASAP. DSHA needs this information to send final trascripts to your schools.
    • Letters of Recommendation for Juniors | Our counselors have been reviewing information packets that juniors filled out in March. They have been connecting with juniors to discuss their skills, expertise, interests, backgrounds, and accomplishments.
                        - As of Friday, May 15, almost all of the letters have been written.
                        - Not all letters will be written strictly by caseload. The counselor writing each letter should have already reached out to students for information as needed.

     Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    Applied Wellness Update
    • COVID-19 Student Online Learning Survey | This week students will be asked to complete their version of the online learning survey; this can be found in their Applied Wellness assignments. As we are look toward the fall semester as a learning institution, we are committed to evaluating our approach to online, whole-person education during COVID-19. Our goal through this evaluation is to gather information from parents, students, and faculty in order to build on our successes and make improvements and innovations for the future. Therefore, student feedback is imperative and we have sweetened the pot by adding some prizes for completion. Students who complete the survey this week will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of four- $50 Amazon gift cards! 
    • Applied Wellness Live Groups | We offered the Applied Wellness Live Groups over the course of virtual learning as an opportunity for students to take breaks and find some connection with others. We gained new insight to our students through this new way of learning. Whether we continue virtually, in person, or engage in a hybrid of both, we will continue to develop programming that best meets the needs and interests of our girls. Our final week of live groups has a mix of student-led and facilitator-led experiences. Click here to see all of the upcoming Live Group offerings for the week.  
    • State of the Students | This team has met weekly and will engage in an end of the semester discussion about ways it can be sustained and improved as we move into the fall 2020 semester.
    • COVID-19 Teen Tool Box from stressedteens.com |Click here to access resources for teens to help them to increase their self-care and mindfulness skills.
    • Follow Applied Wellness on Instagram | For the latest live group updates and wellness information, follow@dshappliedwellness on Instagram.
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Department Chair Joanna McQuide or Applied Wellness Coordinator Rachel Uihlein.

    Athletics Update
    WIAA Extends Physicals for Fall of 2020 | If you are having trouble getting a physical scheduled for your athlete and have a physical on file at DSHA, you can file for an extension if you meet certain criteria. Our first choice would be to try and get a physical for your daughter before her fall sport begins in August. We are also looking into partnering with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin to have athletic physicals avaiable prior to fall sports. More information will be provided as soon as we have it. If neither option works prior to the beginning of fall sports, the WIAA is providing a waiver which must be completed and on file prior to the first day of fall sports.

    WIAA Membership rules require a physical examination prior to participation in interscholastic athletics and every two years thereafter. The board’s action allows a one-time extension of the two-year period for student athletes with physical exams forms already on file. For fall sports in 2020, student athletes that have had a physical within the past two years may receive an extension into the third year until they are able to get a physical with their primary care physician.

    Parents of participants are required to complete the newly created physical examination extension form and submit the document to the Athletic Administrative Assistant at DSHA. If answers to any of the questions on the form raises medical concerns since the physical form on file, or if a student athlete has not had a sports physical in the past two years, one will be required before the student athlete will be allowed to participate in practice or competition.

    Questions or need a form? Contact Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun or Athletic Administrative Assistant Maureen Stowell.  

    Good News | The 2020 Campus Ministry End of the Year video displays all the emotions, highlights, and accomplishments of Campus Ministry, including messages from the Campus Ministry student officers. God's love binds all even in this unsusal year. Click here to view the video.

    May God bless each and every member of the DSHA community. Enjoy your families and have a safe summer.

     God of wisdom,
    We thank you for all the gifts you have given us throughout this school year. We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ, and for choosing us to be your people. As we come to the end of this school year, we voice our gratitude for the good things you have done in us, and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of this school. We ask you to bless them in your love and give them refreshment and peace. We praise you, God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. Holy Mary, Mother of Our Savior, Pray for Us.
    - Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers/Revised Edition. USCCB
     
    Principal
  • COVID-19 Parent Survey | May 15, 2020

    COVID-19 Parent Survey | Friday, May 15

    Dear DSHA Parents,

    As a learning institution, we are committed to evaluating our approach to online, whole-person education during COVID-19. Our goal through this evaluation is to gather information from parents, students, and faculty, in order to build on our successes and make improvements and innovations for the future.

    Your voice matters! Will you please help us gather as complete of a picture as possible, and fill out the COVID-19 Parent Survey by Friday, May 22?

    Click here to complete the DSHA 2020 Online Learning COVID-19 Parent Survey. 

    Click here for full communications regarding DSHA online learning. 
  • COVID-19 Update | May 11, 2020

    COVID-19 Update | Monday, May 11 

    Dear DSHA Community,

    As we move into our seventh and final week of online learning, prior to end of virtual term assessments, I would like to take us back in time.

    At the onset of navigating virtual learning, schools across America chose one of two types of formats: synchronous or asynchronous learning. DSHA chose asynchronous learning as the best fit for our school community. We also made a deliberate decision to stay true to our Catholic, college-preparatory mission that emphasizes the development of the entire girl. We committed to filtering all of our decisions through the lens of our priority: Student Connection, Engagement and Support.

    In addition to building in daily Dasher Time opportunities for students to connect with teachers and other students, we have offered opportunities for faith formation, applied wellness groups, and school counseling resources to meet students in their particular need. We have surveyed our students weekly through the Applied Wellness Department, conducted a weekly State-of-the-Students (student support team) meeting to review the survey results, and identified both individual and large group student needs. This student survey data has revealed that students have consistently felt connected to peers and faculty throughout this pandemic.

    In many ways seven weeks seems long. Our human desire is to connect — and not in the virtual sense but through real face-to-face contact. We have had traditional experiences that have shaped our mindset for how we close a class, a school year, or a high school career. In other ways seven weeks is a small sample size. Although our patience may be wearing thin, perhaps the timing of COVID-19 within the school year was the most ideal. These seven weeks have given us a chance to learn things that will help us shape the fall under the myriad of considerations and recommendations that the Center for Disease Control, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Department of Health Services, Governor’s office, or other policy makers may have in place for the fall. Plunging into this experience as a student, administrator, faculty member, or student support team member has challenged our flexibility, creativity, and planning skills. It has also shown us that we can do this well.

    In last week’s communication we indicated that we would be surveying students, parents, and staff regarding our online learning 2020 experience. Those surveys will be forthcoming next week. We value all of your feedback and insights as we look to prepare for the fall. We highly encourage full participation.

    Updates for the week are as follows:

    SDS Salvatorian Senior Awards Night & Underclasswomen Honors | Click here this Wednesday night, May 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. for a virtual version of the annual SDS Salvatorian Senior Awards Night & Underclasswomen Honors. Tune in to celebrate the amazing honors and achievement of our students!

    Cancelled events |Click here for an updated list of cancelled events.   

    myDSHA resources | This continues to be the hub for all student resources. Upon login, student and parent resources are available via myDSHA accounts. See department updates below for relevant resources by area of support.

    2020 Online Learning page | All communication, along with additional general resources, can be found here.  

    Student Locker Clean Out
    • Click here for the full schedule and procedure for locker clean out for all grade levels. Please note, this document has been updated since last week; changes are highlighted in yellow.
    • IMPORTANT Safety Precaution | Only one person is allowed in the building per locker. Parents, siblings, and friends cannot accompany a student into the building to assist with the locker. Students should bring a bag or tote large enough to carry all of their items in one trip. If needed, a parent can clean out the student's locker if the student is not available.  
    • IMPORTANT Safety Precaution | All students will be expected to wear a protective mask inside the building. Staff managing the process will be in masks as well.  
    • Locker Numbers | Students can find their locker numbers by logging into myDSHA and clicking on "Profile" and then the "Contact Tab." 
    • Parking | Seniors are to park in the front lot. Students whose locker number begins with an "A" should park in the back lot. All other students should park in the front lot. 
    • Mailboxes | Contents of student mailboxes will be placed in the student's locker. Students will not need to go to their mailboxes.  
    • Book Return | There will be a library book cart at check-in and on each floor. Students who were issued textbooks by the school will receive an email from Mrs. LaGuardia with instructions.  
    • Final Food Collection | The final food collection days will be during locker cleanout. Please bring canned food items on your assigned locker cleanout day and drop them in the bins near the south gym entrance as you enter the building. Canned food donations will be donated to La Causa, a non-profit that provides bilingual services and education in the Milwaukee community. Our food will be given to the nursery families so please be generous! 
    Dasher Resale
    The Dasher Resale is organized by parent volunteers. This year the resale of books and uniforms will be done virtually through a Facebook Buy/Sell site.The sale will begin July 1. More information on how to access the buy/sell site is still to come. Book lists for the 2020-2021 school year will be mailed home the week of June 15. 

    Questions? Contact
    Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock, DSHA '92.

    Academic Updates
    • AP Exam Resources | Students, in case you missed it, please check out the following AP exam resources in preparation for your upcoming online AP exams:
              Exam Day Checklist 
    • Analysis of DSHA's Response to COVID-19 Online Learning |We are in the process of creating surveys for our students, parents, and faculty in order to gather feedback about our approach to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please look for survey links to be released on Monday, May 18.  
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    Pastoral Care & Campus Ministry Update
    • Student Support | Campus ministers continue to offer spiritual support/pastoral care both indiviudally and in groups for our students.
    • This week we say "thanks!" to our Campus Ministry Officers | We will see their end of the year slideshow of Campus Ministry highlights this Thursday via email.
    • Applied Wellness Spiritual Offering | The Final Divine Mercy Chaplet Group will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. on Zoom; all are welcome to join.
    • Faith Friday | Fr. Patric will share our end of the year Mass homily and reflection on Friday for Faith Friday.Click here to view on Friday along with past Faith Friday messages.  
    • Baccalaureate Mass Planning | This meeting will take place on Zoom next Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m.; all seniors are welcome to attend.
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Cullen Ritter, DSHA '05. 

    Student Services Update

    School Counseling
    • Student Support | School counselors will continue making connections with students who may need extra support in finalizing assignments during this last week of instruction. Our goal is to help all of our Dashers feel supported and encouraged to finish this semester in a very successful manner. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your daughter, please feel encouraged to reach out to her counselor for support. Our school counselors will be available through Friday, May 29.
              Last names beginning with A-Di:Ron Weiss 
              Last names beginning with Do-Hi:Jennifer O'Brien
              Last names beginning with Ho-M:Dave Lynch
              Last names beginning with N-So:Jacky Krawczyk
              Last names beginning with Sp-Z:Sister Mary Lee Grady         
    • Student and Family Assistance Program | Divine Savior Holy Angels High School is pleased to offer the Aurora Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP), which provides valuable services to help address some of the challenges students and families experience. These services are free and confidential to all DSHA students and their immediate families. Click here for additional details about the program.To access SFAP services, call 800-236-3231.  
    College Counseling
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    Applied Wellness Update
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Department Chair Joanna McQuide or Applied Wellness Coordinator Rachel Uihlein.

    Athletics Update

    The June 8 and August 3 mandatory athletic meetings have been cancelled and will move into an online format to register for participation in athletics during the 2020-2021 school year.

    A few notes for the meeting:
    • Please hang on to your WIAA green physical card or cream WIAA alternate year card as you will need to upload these during the online registration process.
    • Once the online registration process is complete, we ask that you mail in or drop off your WIAA green physical card or WIAA cream alternate card so we have a physical copy on file at school. 
    • You will receive an email in June letting you know that the registration process is open. You and your daughter will need to watch the video meeting, read all material, and complete all of the forms at least one week prior to tryouts or the beginning of your season. 
    Athletic Training Services | May 1 - June 30
    Due to the Safer At Home order, as well as the continued school closure, our athletic training service provider, Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin, has made the difficult decision to put their high school outreach athletic trainers on low census beginning Friday, May 1 and extending through June 30. During this time period, our current athletic trainer will not be working. Supervisor of Athletic Training Services Joe Hoff will be our contact for any questions or athletic training needs. He can be reached at the following: 414-805-7117 (office); 414-699-2521 (mobile); or joseph.hoff@froedtert.com.

    Good News | Last week was teacher and staff appreciation week. Eileen DeGuire, DSHA '20, put together a video of messages of gratitude from the senior class to the faculty and staff. This class will most certainly be missed! Click here to view the video.

    As we have ventured through the past seven weeks I have prayed the prayer below from St. Francis de Sales several times. It is a prayer for unfailing strength and is found in the DSHA prayer book. Every twist and turn has required a form of strength. There have been aspects of this experience that have brought a ray of sunlight, and aspects of this experience that leave us feeling weak for me personally. I suspect this is true for many but remembering that we have strength in God’s love for us brings peace.
     
    Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.

    The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.

    Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

    Be at peace, then.

    Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually:

    "The Lord is my strength and my shield.

    My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped.

    He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him."

    - St. Francis de Sales
    Principal 
  • COVID-19 Update | May 7, 2020 | Class of 2020 Graduation Announcement

    Dear DSHA Community,

    We are writing to share our upcoming plan for the Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation. The rescheduled dates are outlined below.

    We understand that the state is continually re-evaluating recommendations regarding in-person public events like graduation ceremonies, as those recommendations are based upon seeing a sustained downward trajectory in COVID-19. With this in mind, we are prepared to implement alternative plans if need be. 

    DSHA Graduation Weekend Schedule:
    • Baccalaureate Mass | Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. 
                        Location: DSHA with accommodations for social distancing  

    • Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony | Saturday, August 1 at 1:30 p.m 
                         Location: Miller Park, Milwaukee 

    As a Catholic community, opportunities to come together in celebration and prayer that honors significant life milestones is deeply important to us. Honoring the achievements of our girls matters. Because of this, we have been committed to finding a way to celebrate the DSHA Class of 2020 in the way we expected to be able to do at the beginning of the year. (This desire was reinforced by the responses from the senior student and parent surveys regarding graduation preferences.) We feel that Miller Park gives us the best option to do so — with room to account for the unknown social distancing expectations at this time, as well as offering a venue to allow for weather control via the stadium's roof. This is possible because DSHA is partnering with Marquette University High School to rent the space for the day; MUHS will hold their graduation at 9:30 a.m. on the same Saturday.

    We thank you for your patience as we have been sourcing options. Further details are forthcoming.

    God Bless,

    Dan Quesnell
    Principal

    Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92
    President
  • COVID-19 Update | May 4, 2020

    COVID-19 Update | Monday, May 4 

    Dear DSHA Community,

    Last week Friday, more than 30 members of the DSHA faculty and staff participated in a special delivery to the Class of 2020. Our seniors received a commemorative yard sign, a red and gold rose (they traditionally receive these at graduation), their graduation tassel, the Vocare pin they would have received at the welcome back prayer service, a "class ring" (think ring pop!) and some other sweet treats. This was also symbolic as May 1 is traditionally decision day for colleges. In fact, many of our seniors were wearing thier college t-shirts at the time of delivery.

    As May is traditionally a time to celebrate our seniors, we are working to establish a new date for graduation that will be communicated as soon as possible. In addition, this communication includes information regarding"The Last Day of School"for seniors (see below).

    Nationally, this is teacher appreciation week and I would like to take this moment to publicly recognize our faculty and staff as I am grateful to each and every one of my colleagues at DSHA. In normal circumstances our faculty and staff is deeply committed to breathing life into our mission on behalf of the amazing young women who walk our halls. COVID-19 has challenged every member of our community to rethink how we do things – and we’ve done this with the girls at the forefront of our minds. In this time of great uncertainty, we did our best to provide stability and structure to all of our students. We’ve done our best to care for each student through our counseling and spiritual and applied wellness programs. We’ve learned new technologies, thought creatively about lessons, and wrestled with assessments. We’ve considered what it means to teach and learn in a new environment. Our faculty has taken risks, tried new things, and evolved along the way. As we venture through this week I would invite our students and parents to keep our faculty and staff in prayer.

    Updates for the week are as follows:

    Summer Cool Camps & Classes – COVID-19 UpdateAs a Catholic school, all of our programming falls under the direction of Archbishop Listecki that no in-person school-sponsored events of any kind are to be held by Catholic schools until at least July 1. For high school level academic courses for rising sophomores – seniors, we hope to either reschedule or move to an online format. For camps for rising grades 1-9, click here for more information.

    PFAA Awards Night | Click here this Wednesday night, May 6, beginning at 7 p.m. for a virtual version of the annual PFAA Awards night. You will also be able to find a link on the DSHA PFAA web page beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Tune in to see all the wonderful things our fine arts students have accomplished this year!

    Cancelled events | Click here for an updated list of cancelled events.

    myDSHA resources | This continues to be the hub for all student resources. Upon login, student and parent resources are available via myDSHA accounts. See department updates below for relevant resources by area of support.

    2020 Online Learning page | All communication, along with additional general resources, can be found here.  

    Student Locker Clean Out
    • Click here for the full schedule and procedure for locker clean out for all grade levels.
    • IMPORTANT: Only one person is allowed in the building per locker. Parents, siblings, and friends cannot accompany a student into the building to assist with the locker. Students should bring a bag or tote large enough to carry all of their items in one trip. If needed, a parent can clean out the student’s locker if the student is not available.
    • Class of 2020 "Last Day of School" | On May 22, seniors will clean out their lockers on what would have been their graduation day. Our goal is to give them their own day to come to school to clean out their lockers, and have their picture taken by VIP while wearing their uniform one last time. 
    Dasher Resale
    Dasher Resale will move to a virtual format this year. We are still working through details, but this is something parents will want to know as the girls are cleaning out their lockers. More information is still to come on the details of the sale.

    Questions? Contact Dean of Student Affairs Ruby Brock, DSHA '92.

    Academic Updates
    • AP Exam Resources | Students, in case you missed it, please check out the following AP exam resources in preparation for your upcoming online AP exams:
              Exam Day Checklist
    • Analysis of DSHA's Response to COVID-19 Online Learning | We are in the process of creating surveys for our students, parents, and faculty in order to gather feedback about our approach to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please look for survey links to be released on Monday, May 18.   
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    Pastoral Care & Campus Ministry Update
    • Availability | Campus ministers are still available to chat or call on Microsoft teams. They will also be offering spiritual Zoom groups for the rest of the school year.
    • Applied Wellness Spiritual Offerings | There are many ways you can continue to nurture your faith virtually through Applied Wellness spiritual groups offered this week: Mercy Monday, Cor Jesu Adoration, 10 p.m. Mass at Marquette University’s Joan of Arc Chapel and more!
    • Prayer Intention Board | Add a prayer intention for our seniors to the Community Prayer Board. Take a look at the DSHA Class of 2020 Instagram (made by senior Mary Kaupp) to see what decisions seniors have made. 
    • Collection Days |These are restarting on Tuesday, May 5. Give $1 (or more!) on Collection Day via Venmo (Account: Mary-stern-5). Donations will benefit Riverwest Food Pantry and Bread of Healing Food Pantry. Drop off canned goods at Catholic Charities Adult Day Center at 1919 N. 60th St., Milwaukee. Click here for needed items. Empress Crown points will be automatically awarded for monetary donations. If you are donating canned goods, take a picture of the cans and post them on the Student Council Teams page. We will update you throughout the day.  
    • Nurse Appreciation Week |The final Notes of Love campaign started yesterday and will be for our nurse heroes. Create a card with a personal message from DSHA (ex. Thank you nurses! Love, DSHA student). Watch a tutorial on how to make a card here.  Mail or drop them off at Medical Workers Notes of Support c/o Sam Thurner, 11032 West Ruby Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53222. Deadline is May 8.
    • Faith Friday | Virtual Faith Friday will continue each week. Click here to view the Friday, May 1 Faith Friday message.
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Cullen Ritter, DSHA '05.

    Student Services Update

    School Counseling
    • Student Support | Student Services continues our ongoing collaboration with Campus Ministry and Applied Wellness to utilize Wellness survey data to inform our Dasher outreach efforts. In addition, we will be making purposeful connections with students who may need more academic planning support based on the most recent progress report information provided to us this past week. Our goal is to help all of our Dashers feel supported and encouraged to finish this semester in a very successful manner. These connections may occur via audio or video conferences, Microsoft chats, or email. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your daughter, please feel encouraged to reach out to her counselor for support.
               Last names beginning with: A-Di |Ron Weiss
               Last names beginning with: Do-Hi |Jennifer O’Brien
               Last names beginning with: Ho-M |Dave Lynch
               Last names beginning with: N-So |Jacky Krawczyk
               Last names beginning with: Sp-Z |Sister Mary Lee Grady
    • Student and Family Assistance Program | Divine Savior Holy Angels High School is pleased to offer the Aurora Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP), which provides valuable services to help address some of the challenges students and families experience. These services are free and confidential to all DSHA students and their immediate families. Click here for additional details about the program. To access SFAP services, call 800-236-3231.  
    College Counseling
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    Applied Wellness Update
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Department Chair Joanna McQuide or Applied Wellness Coordinator Rachel Uihlein.

    Athletics Update
    The June 8 and August 3 mandatory athletic meetings have been cancelled and will move into an online format to register for participation in athletics during the 2020-2021 school year.
    A few notes for the meeting:
    • Please hang on to your WIAA green physical card or cream WIAA alternate year card as you will need to upload these during the online registration process.
    • Once the online registration process is complete, we ask that you mail in or drop off your WIAA green physical card or WIAA cream alternate card so we have a physical copy on file at school. 
    • You will receive an email in June letting you know that the registration process is open. You and your daughter will need to watch the video meeting, read all material, and complete all of the forms at least one week prior to tryouts or the beginning of your season. 
    Athletic Training Services | May 1 - June 30
    Due to the Safer At Home order, as well as the continued school closure, our athletic training service provider, Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin, has made the difficult decision to put their high school outreach athletic trainers on low census beginning Friday, May 1 and extending through June 30. During this time period, our current athletic trainer will not be working. Supervisor of Athletic Training Services Joe Hoff will be our contact for any questions or athletic training needs. He can be reached at the following: 414-805-7117 (office); 414-699-2521 (mobile); or joseph.hoff@froedtert.com.

    Questions? Contact Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun.

    Good News |The Class of 2020 is celebrating college decisions and looking forward to the future in a virtual way during this time. As National Decision Day for our seniors was May 1, Mary Kaupp, DSHA '20, created a DSHA Class of 2020 Instagram page featuring each senior's picture, college, and major. We can't wait to see the great things each young woman will accomplish as she takes the next step in her journey!

    This is our seventh week of online learning and the calendar has turned to May. We begin to anticipate the end of the school year and a time to begin seeing friends. Archbishop Listecki announced plans for how we can return to Mass and the Safer at Home order is set to expire soon. And yet we remain socially distanced and that is hard.

    One of the favorite songs sung at all-school liturgies is "We Are One Body." As the refrain goes, we are one body, and we do not stand alone. DSHA stands together.

    May God continue to bless each and every member of our community,

    Principal 
  • COVID-19 Update | April 27, 2020

    COVID-19 Update | Monday, April 27 

    Dear DSHA Community,

    Our scriptural theme this year is this:

    “Above all, clothe yourself with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
    ~ Colossians 3:14

    Praying over this scripture passage has been helpful. Hopefully for many, spending extra time clothed in the love of our family has been a blessing. And yet this situation can challenge our own abilities to stay positive and hopeful. We remained clothed in God’s love too.

    One of the challenges of our world today, exasperated by the virtual environment, is the ability to keep up with each new video, photo, link, story, etc. It can be draining. I recently watched Alicia Keyes’ song Good Job, produced about the COVID-19 scenario. In the chorus she says, “you are doing a good job, don’t get too down, the world needs you now, know that you matter.” And so we are also reminded to clothe ourselves in love of ourselves during this time.

    I am impressed by our community. Our faculty and staff have done a good job taking teaching into an online environment. Our students have done a good job adjusting to learning in an online format without having the chance to interact in person with teachers and friends. Our parents are doing a good job supporting their daughters. Let us be reminded that we are all doing a good job and that clothing ourselves in love will bind everything together in perfect harmony.

    The end of this week finds us in May and our attention turns to the end of the school year. This year is no exception.
    • Communication from the Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee | Through a recent meeting with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the administrations of Catholic schools in the area, Archbishop Listecki has offered some clarity as to what Governor Evers’ school closure directive will mean for Catholic schools. It has been communicated that no in-person school sponsored events of any kind are to be held by Catholic schools until at least July 1. We continue to work hard to address questions as they arise in this fluid situation, and we commit to communicating with you as soon as decisions have been made.
    • Awards’ Nights | The Parent Fine Arts Association Awards night will be recorded and released on May 6, 2020. The Sisters of the Divine Savior Salvatorian Senior & Underclasswomen Awards Night will be recorded and released on May 13, 2020.
    • End-of-Term Virtual Assessment | This May, our students will not be taking the usual cumulative, traditional final exam, but instead will be engaged in an end-of-virtual-term assessment that will help bring closure to their virtual learning experience and will be focused on the time they have spent in online education. The faculty are working with their respective departments to collaborate and create the end-of-virtual-term assessments; the assessments may be things like final chapter tests, papers, projects, a Power Point, a short video presentation, or some other type of assessment.
    • Baccalaureate Mass & Graduation | Class of 2020 student and parent survey responses were due today. Alternate plans will be identified and communicated in the days to come.
    • Student Locker Clean-Out | Schools are starting to announce plans for students to clean out regular lockers as well as athletic lockers. DSHA is working on our own plan that we hope will also include drop off of used books and uniforms for an eventual Dasher Resale.
    • Faculty Classroom Clean-Out | Plans will also be made for faculty to get back into classrooms to clean out and organize for the summer.
    • 2020-2021 Academic Year Calendar | Normally we have finalized our full calendar by now. We had published the major dates in the eNews several weeks ago and they are republished here.
    Check-in Day: August 20, 2020
    Freshmen Orientation: August 21, 2020
    First Traditional Day of School: August 24, 2020 
    Semester Exams: December 15-18, 2020
    Christmas Vacation: December 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021
    Winter Break: February 4-7, 2021 Note: Feb. 4 is Mother Mary Mission Day for TSC
    Easter Vacation: April 1 – 11, 2021
    Semester Exams: May 25-28, 2021
    Graduation: May 28, 2021

    We hope to finalize the full calendar in the next couple weeks.

    Cancelled events | Click here for an updated list of cancelled events.

    myDSHA resources | This continues to be the hub for all student resources. Upon login, student and parent resources are available via myDSHA accounts. See department updates below for relevant resources by area of support.

    2020 Online Learning page | All communication, along with additional general resources, can be found here.  


    Academic Updates | Important end-of-term notes for students:
    • No final exams means no 10% or 20% weighting for a final exam. Because we are moving to an end-of-virtual-term assessment, there will not be a 10% or 20% final exam placeholder in your semester grade for each class.  
    • Any missing or late work must be completed and submitted for all classes by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 15. If you have any late/missing work, please note that all work must be turned in for each class by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 15. If your work is not submitted, the consequence would be a zero for that assignment; depending on how much work is missing, a student could potentially earn a very low grade or even failing grade for a class. Students — don't let this happen to you! Turn in all work.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    Pastoral Care & Campus Ministry Update
    • Availability | Campus ministers are still available to chat or call on Microsoft teams. They will also be offering spiritual Zoom groups for the rest of the school year.
    • Applied Wellness Spiritual Offerings | There are more Applied Wellness spiritual groups offered this week. Take a look at Centering Prayer & Presence or Gratitude Journaling. Other prayer offerings are also available; these are great opportunities to get more connected and care for yourself and your community.
    • Faith Friday | Virtual Faith Friday will continue each week.Click here to view the Friday, April 24 Faith Friday message.
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Cullen Ritter, DSHA ‘05.

    Student Services Update

    School Counseling
    • Student Support | Student Services continues our ongoing collaboration with Campus Ministry and Applied Wellness to utilize Wellness survey data to inform our Dasher outreach efforts. In addition, we will be making purposeful connections with students who may need more academic planning support based on the most recent progress report information provided to us this past week. Our goal is to help all of our Dashers feel supported and encouraged to finish this semester in a very successful manner. These connections may occur via audio or video conferences, Microsoft chats, or email. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your daughter, please feel encouraged to reach out to her counselor for support.
               Last names beginning with: A-Di | Ron Weiss
               Last names beginning with: Do-Hi | Jennifer O’Brien
               Last names beginning with: Ho-M | Dave Lynch
               Last names beginning with: N-So | Jacky Krawczyk
               Last names beginning with: Sp-Z | Sister Mary Lee Grady
    • School Counselor Survey | As we search for a school counselor to fill our needs for 2020-2021, we want to find out what you value most in a school counselor. We will ensure that each candidate has the appropriate training and background, but we also want to know from our community what specific traits or characteristics would be the best for our DSHA student population. Students, parents, and TSC, click here to take the survey.
    College Counseling
    Questions? Contact Director of College Counseling Brian Hendricks.

    Applied Wellness Update
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Department Chair Joanna McQuide or Applied Wellness Coordinator Rachel Uihlein.

    Once again, we remain committed to keeping you in the loop as changes occur and decisions are made in the coming weeks. And we continue to pray for each of you and your families as you navigate the end of the school year.

    While we collectively face the challenges of our current situation, we recognize that each family is in a unique situation right now. Please let us know if you have special prayer intentions or needs that we can help you with. And let us remember that together as a Catholic community, we are clothed in the love of God and one another.  

    God Bless,
    Principal 
  • COVID-19 Update | April 20, 2020

    COVID-19 Update | Monday, April 20

    Dear DSHA Community,

    I hope that you have each had a restful and unplugged spring break, and that you and your families were able to celebrate the beauty of the Easter season and the Risen Christ in new ways this year.

    That said, there is a sense of mourning and loss that we are all feeling right now. On Thursday, April 16, per a press release announcement from Governor Evers’ Office, the Safer at Home Order will remain in place until Tuesday, May 26, and in-person private and public K-12 schools, and all in-person co-curricular programs, will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Thus, DSHA will continue with virtual learning through the remainder of the school year.

    The events of this unprecedented time are beyond our control, and as a faculty and staff we are heartbroken first and foremost for our students — especially the Class of 2020 and the milestone moments that go along with closing out this phase of each girl’s academic career. We are also grieving our own loss – that we are unable to be with our girls in person this spring. We acknowledge the disappointments that each student and family is facing. The cancellation of major events come with a certain sting — theatre performances, sports seasons, art shows, prom and graduate dinner dance, end of year projects and celebrations – the list is endless. And this is difficult for all. Today, we are meeting with a group of seniors to discuss graduation options with the goal of providing the best possible celebratory option for the Class of 2020 and their families given the current circumstances.

    But in these challenges I’d like to call attention to two things. Our doors may be closed, but our DSHA school community is certainly wide open:
    1. I have the utmost confidence in our faculty and staff as they continue to connect with students and deliver the highest quality Catholic, college-prep education to our girls. We are committed to finishing this semester strong, and it has been a joy to see our TSC go above and beyond to meet the needs of our students – in all facets of their whole person. We will continue to do this each and every day for the rest of the school year.
    2. I have the utmost confidence in our girls to continue receiving the outreach and instruction that our TSC is providing. I am so proud of the way our students have handled these unprecedented events with strength and maturity – answering the call at hand to study remotely, working hard while doing so, and letting us know what they need along the way.
    Below you will find updates from the various areas within our school.

    Cancelled events | Click here for an updated list of cancelled events.

    myDSHA resources | This continues to be the hub for all student resources. Upon login, student and parent resources are available via myDSHA accounts. See department updates below for relevant resources by area of support.

    2020 Online Learning page | All communication, along with additional general resources, can be found here.  

    Academic Updates
    • End-of-Virtual-Term Assessments | This May, our students will not be taking the usual cumulative, traditional final exam, but instead will be engaged in an end-of-virtual-term assessment that will help bring closure to their virtual learning experience and will be focused on the time they have spent in online education. The faculty are working with their respective departments to collaborate and create the end-of-virtual-term assessments; the assessments may be things like papers, projects, a Power Point, a short video presentation, or some other type of assessment.  
    • AP Exam Schedule| College Board released their online, synchronous AP testing schedule, May 11-22. Please click here for the tests, dates and times relevant to DSHA. Please note: ALL faculty are aware of and are planning their end-of-virtual-term assessments keeping in mind that some of their students may be engaged in one or more AP exams. 
    • Progress Reports | Teachers will be emailing parents by Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. if their daughter is earning below a 73% (C). Information about missing work, low assessment scores, or anything else contributing to the grade will be provided. We do encourage parents to email their daughter's teachers with any specific questions.
    • Traditional Grading | DSHA will maintain its traditional grading and grade reporting. We are adding a notation on each DSHA transcript* indicating "2019-20 Semester 2: COVID-19 Pandemic Disruption" to reflect historical record. *The transcript is the document that shows final semester grades each year; e.g. the official student academic record.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    Pastoral Care & Campus Ministry Update
    • Availability | Campus ministers are still available to chat or call on Microsoft teams. They will also be offering spiritual Zoom groups for the rest of the school year.
    • Applied Wellness Spiritual Offerings | There are more Applied Wellness spiritual groups offered this week. Take a look at the Service on the Frontlines or Gratitude Journaling. Other prayer offerings are also available; these are great opportunities to get more connected and care for yourself and your community.
    • Campus Ministry Coordinator Application Deadline | If you are planning to apply for a Campus Ministry Coordinator position, applications are due April 21 at 3 p.m. All of the applications were emailed electronically.
    • Faith Friday | Virtual Faith Friday will continue each week.
    Questions? Contact Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Cullen Ritter, DSHA ‘05.

    Student Services Update

    School Counseling
    • Student Support | Student Services continues to have proactive interaction with the Dashers. In collaboration with Applied Wellness and Campus Ministry, we are utilizing data gleaned from the girls’ most recent Wellness surveys to inform our individual outreach and our new Zoom video group programming. This collaboration allows us to attend to the physical, social/emotional, and spiritual parts of your daughters. As always, we are connected with faculty to attend to successes and areas of need academically.
    • School Counselor Survey | As we search for a school counselor to fill our needs for 2020-2021, we want to find out what you value most in a school counselor. We will ensure that each candidate has the appropriate training and background, but we also want to know from our community what specific traits or characteristics would be the best for our DSHA student population.Students, parents, and TSC, click here to take the survey.

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

    Applied Wellness Update
    • Applied Wellness Live Groups | These live groups were held over break and will continue this week. Some new offerings include: Faith on the Frontlines: Discussions with the Ronald McDonald House and Riverwest Food Pantry, Live Bootcamp, Check in & Chat and Let's talk about College for the seniors. Click here for a full listing of live groups for the week of April 20-24.
    • Survey Data | We are happy to report the survey data has revealed that students continue to report high levels of connection with their DSHA classmates and faculty. The State of the Students group will continue to meet weekly to discuss and address the needs of the students.
    • Mental Health Tips During a Quarantine | Click here for some ways to support your daughter (and yourself!) during this challenging time.
    • Follow and win an Amazon gift card! | Follow @dshappliedwellness on Instagram for Applied Wellness information, updates and more! Students that follow our page by April 24 will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win TWO-$50 Amazon gift cards! 
    Questions? Contact Applied Wellness Department Chair Joanna McQuide or Applied Wellness Coordinator Rachel Uihlein.

    We are committed to keeping you informed of how we are doing and changes that arise in the coming weeks.

    In the meantime, let us remember that as a Catholic community, we are a community of prayer and service. We are praying daily for the health and safety of our students and their families. We are praying for those in our community who are serving on the frontlines; we are praying for those who have family and friends who have fallen ill. Being a true, faith-based community is what we do best at DSHA. If you have special intentions or needs that we can help you and your family with at this time, please let us know. And we will get through this together.

    God Bless,
    Principal 








  • COVID- 19 update | April 6, 2020

    COVID-19 Update | Monday, April 6

    Dear DSHA Community,

    We are nearing Easter break. And during this year more than ever, I am reminded of why we choose to take this pause over Easter as a Catholic school community. As we enter into Holy Week this year, I hope that we can finish strong, but that we also allow ourselves to take some time to unplug, to connect with our families, and experience Holy Week in a new way. My prayer is that we feel both the mourning and joy of this season a little deeper this year.

    I would like to give special recognition to a resource guide that our Campus Ministry staff has put together for this week. For full details, please see the Campus Ministry update below. Our prayer is that this guide would be a blessing for your daughter — and truly to your entire family, allowing you to connect more fully this Easter. You will find this linked on the homepage of our website and on the 2020 Online Learning page along with additional Lenten resources.

    Click here to view the full DSHA Holy Week resource guide. 

    Message from the President | Click here to read a message from President Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92, about how she has seen beauty, goodness, and truth rise from the challenging situation we face together.

    Cancelled events | Click here for an updated list of cancelled events.

    myDSHA resources | This continues to be the hub for all student resources. Upon login, student and parent resources are available via myDSHA accounts. See department updates below for relevant resources by area of support.

    2020 Online Learning page | All communication, along with additional general resources, can be found here.  

    Academic Updates
    • Easter Break: April 9-19 | Easter Break will be a real break for students and faculty; everyone will need to step away from the long hours and days of virtual learning, the focus of always being plugged in and connected to technology. Please use this time to unplug and step away (even if it's just for a few days) from screens, pings, alerts, and posts. AP classes may be the one exception to this rule for students see AP testing info below.
    • AP Updates | College Board, the AP organization, just published its guidelines, test dates, and all information at their site: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students. If your daughter is in an AP course, please check out the website for the testing process under COVID-19. The teacher of her AP course is also available for questions.
    Questions? Contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.

    Pastoral Care & Campus Ministry Update
    Campus Ministry efforts this week will be focused on Holy Week. A resource guide has been compiled to help your daughter and your family honor and celebrate Holy Week in the midst of the unique circumstances we face together. Resources include:
    • Links to Holy Week homilies from the DSHA Chaplains for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.
    • Links to Holy Week small groups with the DSHA Campus Ministers.
    • A guide on how to attend Mass online with links to online Mass options.
    • Links to Holy Week online prayers services including Coronavirus Stations of the Cross, Magnificat daily prayer, Holy Week in the Domestic Church from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and more.
    • Ideas for celebrating Holy Week at home including a recipe for unleavened bread, movie options, and how to spend Easter Vigil as a family.
    Questions? ContactDirector of Campus Ministry Kathleen Cullen Ritter, DSHA ‘05.

    Student Services Update

    School Counseling
    • Student Services continues to have active interaction with the Dashers.
    • In collaboration with Applied Wellness and Campus Ministry, we are utilizing data gleaned from the girls’ most recent Wellness surveys to inform our individual outreach and our new Zoom video group programming. This collaboration allows us to attend to the physical, social/emotional, and spiritual parts of your daughters.
    • As always, we are connected with faculty to attend to successes and areas of need academically.
    • We are enjoying the new ways in which we are facilitating the girls attending and caring for their whole person in this new remote context.
    Questions? Contact Principal Dan Quesnell or your daughter's counselor.

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

    Applied Wellness Update
    • We held our first week of Applied Wellness Group Chats with success! Some new offerings this week include LIVE fitness classes, Serving without Service Sites, and How to Deal with Boredom. Click here to see the variety of offerings available this week. Note, the live chat weekly schedule is emailed to students and available on the myDSHA Applied Wellness page.
    • Applied Wellness will continue to post supportive and helpful 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 encourage weekly goal setting/sharing so girls can check in on each other.
    • The "State of the Students" team continues to meet weekly to discuss data and DSHA's response to student needs.
    • Click here to view the Applied Wellness student survey results from last 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 or Applied Wellness Coordinator Rachel Uihlein.

    Good news of the week  → STEM Scholars | At the close of the application deadline for the inaugural STEM scholars program this week, we are thrilled to share that we had 23 students apply, ranging from freshmen – juniors. This program will kick off next year and is designed for motivated students who are curious about, and willing to be highly engaged, in learning and applying science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Students in the STEM Scholars program will show a commitment to STEM-related academic and career options; thus, the program will emphasize specific coursework, hands-on research, and projects that extend beyond classroom learning.

    God Bless,
    Dan Quesnell
    Principal 





  • 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
    -Technology | Platforms + Tech Support
    -Academic Coursework
    -Campus Ministry & Pastoral Care
    -Student Services | Counseling + College Advising
    -Applied Wellness

    2020 COVID-19 | Parent Communications

    Lenten Prayer & Liturgy Resources

    COVID-19 Resources
     
    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.

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Sponsored by the Sisters of the Divine Savior
© 2017 Divine Savior Holy Angels High School. All Rights Reserved