7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Senior Parents Night
8:00 AM - 10:55 AM Half Day for Students
7:00 PM Mothers' Club Scholarship Night
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Class of 2020 Prom
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Senior Honors Night
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Class of 2020 - Commencement Rehearsal
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony
Dear South Students,
In the span of days, our lives have changed in unprecedented ways. As we look ahead to the next three weeks, many emotions are swirling. When we don’t have a clear picture of the next steps with everyday life we all feel anxiety. Additionally, with students missing highly anticipated athletics, performances and activities there is no doubt a level of frustration and sadness mixed in. Remember that we are figuratively and literally all in this together and figuring out the best way to normalize our lives as we go along. I hope this message will bring a bit of clarity to some of the unknowns and help families transition to E-learning through Schoology.
What to look for in your student in the weeks ahead:
Initially, students may anticipate this time as an extended vacation. It is challenging to get into a school mindset from home. Take a look at the “Study Tips for Online Learning” below to help support your student’s consistency with academic study and overall success. Students will be learning every day and assignments and assessments will continue online.
This is a critical moment for our world and our community so it is important that all people are keeping up the social distancing. Use the gifts of our digital universe to stay in touch. Text, video chat and call your friends and family. Although we live in a close community, students might also start feeling isolated from peers, from support, and from their normal routine. Each student has access to mental health support daily. Counselors are available via email and will have online office hours Monday through Friday from 3/16 - 4/3. Parents can also reach out to counselors during these times.
To access counselors during these times, students need to:
In our world of 24/7 news, it is sometimes easy to get pulled into the swarm of information and feel overwhelmed. While it is important to get good, clear information you do not want your student to be drowning in the news cycle as this may cause undue anxiety. Resources in supporting your family throughout COVID as it pertains to mental health, social/emotional and academic resources are available here. Also, a wonderful resource page for mental health from our School Psychologists and Social Workers here.
How do I help my student with online learning?
Study Tips for Online Learning
Sage advice fell in my inbox from Michigan Counselor Judy Lipson: Keep up with your student's education, but it might look different. Let's be aware that most of your children's teachers had minimal time or web experience to create two-plus weeks of lesson plans, and post them for your use. I recently saw a lovely blog in the form of a letter from a homeschooling mom to all the new temporary homeschoolers. She reminds us all that homeschooling doesn't include your child sitting at a desk for 6 hours working on books and worksheets. Be kind to each other, and take care of one another.
Seek acceptance of this situation. This doesn't mean that you are excited that you have to work from home and that school is closed (though some of your kids will feel just that way, at least initially!), it means to accept what is - equanimity. Be like the water that passes the rock in the middle of the stream without resistance. The water doesn't pound on the rock, screaming, the water moves to the side and continues, focusing on what and where it can. As we all navigate this together, I am here for you via video chat or phone to help support you or your child.
Thank you so much for your support as we navigate this transition together.
GPS Mental Health Team