Parent/Student Newsletter

September 13, 2022 - 3:00 pm

September 13, 2022

“We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice.”
John C. Maxwell

Peace & Greetings:

It’s been inspiring to have our students and faculty back on campus as we begin the 2022-2022 academic year. I’m pleased to report that our student body consists of 403 students including 112 incoming freshmen and 13 transfer students. Welcome Home!

Congratulations to Mrs. Silva on the birth of her son, Cristiano, over the Labor Day weekend! I’m please to share that Mrs. Greger will teach Mrs. Silva’s English classes until her return. Mrs. Greger taught at St. Paul before her retirement in June 2020 and we’re fortunate to be able to welcome her back.

We are definitely off and running with academic classes underway, interscholastic athletic contests started, auditions completed for the fall play and the club fair scheduled for next week. We held our first pep rally and Welcome Home dance under the tents/courtyard last Friday. Next Thursday, our Senior Class will be on retreat at Holy Family Retreat and Conference Center, West Hartford. While there are the typical hiccups with the start of a next year, overall we’ve been pleased with the energy and attitude of our student body.

#charactercounts

As you know, this year’s school theme focuses on one of our five core values – character. The choices we make matters … ultimately defining who we are! This Friday, we’re pleased to welcome Deacon Arthur Miller to St. Paul. Deacon in the Archdiocese of Hartford, author, radio host, retired businessman, Deacon Miller is nationally known and a powerful speaker who will share his life’s examples and perspective in defining one’s character. “If God were to give us an 11th commandment,” Deacon Miller proposes, “I believe it would read: Thou shall not be a bystander.” Following Deacon Miller’s presentation, students will discuss our summer reading book, “The Red Bandanna” in their house advisories and reflect on character as a personal core value.

Parent Back to School Night

A reminder that parents/guardians will be welcomed Back to School next Wednesday night, September 21st. There will be an Athletic Presentation for all new parents/guardians in the Auditorium at 5:30 pm followed by an Academic Program at 6:15 pm whereby you will follow your child’s schedule for the evening and briefly meet with their teachers. We encourage every family to be represented.

COVID-19 Update

The health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors on our campus is of primary importance. With the start of school, it’s inevitable that our school community has experienced some positive cases of COVID-19. Recent guidance from the Bristol-Burlington Health District (BBHD) may be helpful in making personal decisions contributing to everyone’s good health:

  • If you test POSITIVE for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms isolate at home for at least five full days. Day 1 is the day after the onset of symptoms or a positive test, whichever comes first. You can return to school on Day 6 although if still testing positive or experiencing mild symptoms you are required to wear a mask indoors until Day 10.
  • If you have mild symptoms, regardless of vaccination status with NO fever (> 100 F) and with NO household member or close contact with COVID-19, it is recommended that you test every day you are symptomatic. If you test negative, you can attend school although are encouraged to wear a mask.
  • If you have mild symptoms, regardless of vaccination status and had a close contact or live with someone COVID-19 positive, stay home until symptoms resolve. If you have a fever, you must be fever free for 24 hours (without use of fever reducing medication) before returning to school. Again, we recommend testing every day while symptomatic.
  • If you had a close contact or live with someone COVID-19 positive, regardless of vaccination status, with NO symptoms, you may attend school as long as not symptomatic. We recommend you separate from the positive person, test every day and wear a mask in school through five days after exposure.

COVID-19 testing kits are available for FREE in the health room. Any COVID-19 concerns or questions should be directed to Ann Marie Pahl, school health aide: apahl@spchs.com or my attention cdupont@spchs.com.

School Safety

The physical safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance. Our ALICE  (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training and practices were reviewed during faculty orientation before school started and will be reviewed with the students at next week’s Monday Morning Assembly. We are going to test our Voice Reach emergency response automated system next Friday morning, September 24th in conjunction with our planned active intruder drill. This is only a drill. You will receive a robo phone call from St. Paul that you can activate by answering “hello.” Please send in your SPCHS Information Form, if you haven’t already done so earlier this summer otherwise you will not be notified.

I think that’s it for now. It is our differences – personalities, interests, skills, passion – that contribute to our greatness as a school community. But it is our commonality – the choice that we make to call St. Paul home – that defines our strength. It is in coming together by respecting and nurturing each other that we become one unified body. Let’s contribute to and celebrate our moments of greatness, understanding that it doesn’t come without intentional effort –#charactercounts.

St. Paul, pray for us!

Cary M. Dupont ‘72
President/Chief Administrator

Parent/Student Newsletter – September 13, 2022

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August 16, 2022

God of wisdom and might,
We praise you for the wonder of our being
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our students as they begin a new school year.
Bless them and their teachers.
Give them strength and grace as their bodies grow;
Wisdom and knowledge to the mind as they search for understanding;
And peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

(Whitney Hetzel)

 

 

Peace and Greetings,

The summer is flying by and we’re suddenly in mid-August just weeks away from ushering in the annual ritual of a new school year. This week the campus is coming alive as we welcome many incoming freshmen to our annual Summer Academic Academy. Classrooms are awaiting their scholars, fall athletic teams are preparing to practice and drama rehearsals are just around the corner. Momentum is building! Currently, there are 113 students registered in the Class of 2026 and twelve new transfer students. Total student enrollment remains steady exceeding 400+. We’re eager to welcome you all home!

I’m writing to share some last-minute planning information as well as remind you of a few responsibilities:

 

School Theme – #charactercounts

This year’s school theme focuses on one of our five core values – character. We are all faced with so many choices in our lives. Understanding that the choices we make matters … ultimately defining who we are. “Your true character is revealed by the clarity of your convictions, the choices you make, and the promises you keep. Hold strong to your principles and refuse to follow the currents of convenience. What you say and do defines who you are, and who you are … you are forever.”

Students are reminded their summer reading entails the school-wide book, The Red Bandana, A life, A Choice, A legacy (adult version) by Tom Rinaldi. Please read the book, if you haven’t already, and reflect on the value of character in your life. Much more on this when you return.

Also, please remember to check the St. Paul website to make sure you’ve completed any other assigned work for the start of the new school year.     

 

New Student Drop-in Day

A new Student Drop-in is scheduled for Friday, August 26th from 9:00 am – noon. This informal event is an opportunity to meet student government classmates, follow your daily schedule and get any last-minute questions answered. Stop by any time that morning and stay as long as you like.

 

2022-2023 Opening Day Schedule

Class of 2026 and Transfer Students Orientation
Thursday, September 1, from 7:45 am – 2:12 pm
Assemble in the Auditorium (Day 1 Schedule)

A special orientation day is planned. Buses will be operating and the Dining Hall food service will provide lunch.

New Students Convocation
Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium
(Students should assemble in dress attire in the Dining Hall at 6:30 pm.)

All Freshmen, transfer students and their families are invited to attend as new students are formally inducted into the St. Paul community.

All Students Orientation
Friday, September 2 from 7:45 am – 2:12 pm dismissal
Assemble in the Auditorium (Day 1 Schedule)

Art Rich Photography will be at St. Paul on this day to take pictures for student ID cards. See the enclosed flyer if you are interested in purchasing a photo package.

 

New Faculty/Staff Announced

Rev. Joshua Wilbur has been appointed by Archbishop Blair to be the new chaplain at St. Paul Catholic High School. Fr. Josh is currently assigned as the parochial vicar at St. Patrick’s Church, Farmington and St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Prior to his ordination to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Hartford in 2018, he served as the music teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Hartford from 2007-2012. Fr. Josh received his Bachelor of Music from Hartt School, University of Hartford, Bachelor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary, Boston.

Ms. Claire Consonni ‘10 has been hired to teach full-time in our English department. She recently earned her Intermediate Administration Certificate from Sacred Heart University and received her Master of Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Joseph. Previously, Ms. Consonni has been involved with the St. Paul girls’ basketball and girls’ soccer teams.

 

Health Room Emergency Information Card & SPCHS Information Form

If you haven’t already sent your forms into the Main Office or Health Room (originally distributed in the July parent mailing and enclosed herein), please send them in ASAP. It is imperative that this information be updated annually and returned to the Main Office no later than the first day of school. Students will not be allowed to attend school after September 9th, if the information is not on file.

This is a reminder that according to Connecticut state law, as a requirement for entrance into Grade 11, students are required to have a physical examination in Grade 9 or 10. In addition, a student who is attending a school in the State of Connecticut for the first time (regardless of the grade) is required to have a health assessment/physical examination. Students who wish to participate in sports must have a sports physical done yearly and it is valid for 13 months. Reference is made to the Bristol-Burlington Health District website: www.bbhd.org for more information. In addition to the annual physical, Connecticut General Statutes require a signed Concussion Education Consent Form and Student Cardiac Arrest Education Consent Form to be completed per season for student-athletes (see website).

St. Paul requires a baseline concussion test for all new students and updated test for all students entering their junior year. The next testing sessions are being held next Monday, August 22nd, Tuesday, August 23rd and Wednesday, August 24th at 9:00 am or 11:00 am in the CAD lab.  If you have any questions contact Mr. Dennehy, ddennehy@spchs.com.

 

2022-2023 In-Person Only Learning Schedule

“In person learning and socialization are the best ways for students to thrive and be successful.” (CSDE) The Archdiocese of Hartford and St. Paul will return to an in-person only academic schedule. Remote learning will NOT be an option this year. Similar to pre-COVID, students absent for any reason are required to contact their teacher and school counselor to make-up missed work in a timely manner.

 

Regular Schedule
Homeroom 7:45-7:51
Period 1 7:55-8:35
Period 2 8:39-9:19
Period 3 9:23-10:03
Period 4 10:07-10:47
Period 5 10:51-11:31
Period 6 11:35-12:41
Period 7 12:45-1:25
Period 8 1:29-2:09
Prayer & Dismissal 2:09-2:12
(Lunch #1) 11:35-11:55
Lunch (Lunch #2) 11:58-12:18
(Lunch #3) 12:21-12:41

 

Day One Day Two Day Three Day Four Day Five Day Six
Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom
A D E F G H
B B B B B B
C C C C C C
D E F G H A
E F G H A D
F G H A D E
G H A D E F
H A D E F G

Doors open at 6:45 am with breakfast available in the Dining Hall beginning at 7:00 am on normal school days. The library hours are 7:15 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 2:30 pm on Friday. Faculty monitored study hall is provided in the Dining Hall after school until 4:00 pm daily.

 

COVID-19 Update

St. Paul will follow guidance from the Archdiocesan Center for Catholic Education & Formation, consistent with recent communication from the CDC, CSDH and CSDE, providing solely an in-person instructional model. Students or staff should not attend school if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, until tested, especially if feeling feverish (>100 F). An infected student or staff member must remain in isolation for (5) days. Day 1 is the day after the onset of symptoms or a positive test, which-ever comes first. They can return to school on Day 6 although if still testing positive or experiencing mild symptoms are required to wear a mask, when indoors, until Day 10. COVID-19 testing kits for students and staff are available for FREE in the Health Room.

Consistent with last spring, masks are optional and left to the discretion of each student/family. I ask that we respect each student’s personal decision that’s made in their family’s best interest/circumstances.

It should be emphasized that the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors while on our campus is of primary importance. Any COVID-19 concerns or questions should be directed to my attention: cdupont@spchs.com or to Ann Marie Pahl, school health aide: apahl@spchs.com.

 

School Security

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount. St. Paul faculty/staff have been trained by the Bristol Police Department in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) active shooter response preparedness. Our training and practices are reviewed annually at the beginning of each new school year. Student drills will be conducted each semester this year. Parents will be notified, in advance, testing our Voice Reach emergency response automated telephone system. Indoor security cameras are being installed this fall to augment our outdoor perimeter cameras.

 

Student Handbook Agreement

Parents and students are expected to read the updated Student Handbook available online: www.spchs.com beginning September 1st before printing, signing and returning a copy of the Student Handbook Agreement 2022-2023 form to the student’s homeroom teacher or the Main Office by September 9th.

 

Uniforms

Mr. Wallace: awallace@spchs.com and Mrs. Kendrick: nkendrick@spchs.com previously sent out correspondence regarding changes to the school uniform. Students should fully comply with the revised dress code and grooming codes, representing themselves and St. Paul in a proper manner. Everyone was encouraged to order early from Dennis Uniform or Land’s End. To insure compliance, uniform purchases should be made through the links on the SP website (spchs.com/student-life/uniforms/). These changes have been well received and all students are expected to be in full uniform on the first day of school.

 

Textbooks

Reference is made to the July mailing and the respective student course schedule. Books should be purchased using our website: (spchs.com/academics/textbooks) utilizing the corresponding course number. Any questions, please contact Mr. Cooper, Dean of Academic Life: jcooper@spchs.com.

 

Lockers

We will return to assigning two lockers per student. Students are reminded to keep their lockers clean and not leave any food or drinks in them at the end of the day.

 

Food Service

Paul Gregory’s will be operating our food service again this year. Stella Guzda will be returning to offer a full breakfast and lunch menu. Families interested in opening a prepaid account (any amount) should make check payable to Paul Gregory’s.

 

Busing

The out-of-town bus schedule will be finalized in the next few days. Bristol and out-of- town students should address any busing questions to Elizabeth Gunn: egunn@spchs.com. We thank you for your patience and appreciate your understanding knowing that St. Paul and First Student bus company are doing our very best in this constantly evolving and complicated process.

 

Parking Fee

It’s a privilege for students to park at St. Paul. For the safety of all, students who violate driving privileges as outlined in the Student Handbook will forfeit their driving privileges. All student vehicles must be registered with Mr. Wallace, Dean of Student Life, and all cars must display a numbered sticker  A parking registration fee of $50.00 for one semester or $75.00 per year is required.

 

Student Medication Drop Off

Our new school nurse, Erin Hamilton, from the Bristol-Burlington Health District (BBHD) will be stationed under the front portico area on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2 from 7:15 am – 7:45 am for any parent who needs to discuss/drop off student medication. Students cannot bring medication directly to the Health Room. Any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Hamilton: erinhamilton@bristolct.gov or our health aide, Ann Marie Pahl: apahl@spchs.com.

 

Main Office Hours

During normal business days, the main office is open from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Our receptionist, Mrs. Sue Fazzuoli, will assist you or transfer you to the appropriate person. Student absences should be directed to her at 860-584-0911 or sfazzuoli@spchs.com.

Feels like there’s so much more but that’s it for now. We will continue to do our best to keep you informed. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact any of us here at St. Paul if you have any questions or concerns.

There’s much expected excitement and maybe some nervous anticipation as we begin a new school year. No doubt though, we are all in this together. I ask for your continued prayers for all of us who call St. Paul home!

 

Yours in St. Paul,

Cary M. Dupont ‘72

President/Chief Administrator