For the 2020-2021 school year, Dr. Junker provided weekly COVID-19 updates for TG families HERE.
As we all know, the pandemic turned school operations upside down this past March. To make things more challenging, many of our families faced economic hardship and personal issues. It’s been hard for a lot of people. Like other schools Totino-Grace developed a distance learning program with very little warning. Above all else, we understood that students needed their intellectual and social-emotional needs attended to. We weren’t going to mail it in and teach to the lowest common denominator. That’s not the TG way. Students need authentic learning, real engagement and that’s what we sought to accomplish.
We honor our seniors for the countless achievements we have witnessed over the last four years. We have enjoyed helping students learn, watching them compete, seeing them perform, assisting them as they navigate challenges, and laughing and praying with them each and every day. We are so proud of the class of 2020. May God bless you abundantly.
Evidence clearly shows that for students to really excel they need to have at least one “go to” teacher in the building who believes in that child and is willing to listen, challenge, and encourage. The enjoyment of learning and teaching comes down to relationships and how students feel about who they are and where they are going.
On behalf of our teachers, staff, and administration at Totino-Grace, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as we face the incredible challenges and impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The strength of a school is a direct reflection of the strength of its people -- in particular teachers and students. The schools shining now are the ones that are moving forward, focusing on their students. To be clear, I like what I see in our students and teachers at Totino-Grace.
My prayer is that we look for tenderness and love to always guide us, that we are a sign of strength and peace to others, and that we remember that God is love. After all, we are the love that God is. I hope you have a blessed Easter.