COVOID-19
UPDATES

Please be advised that there are no in-person meetings being held at our school. Any previously meetings have either been cancelled or are being done remotely through technology such as Zoom. In particular, there is no Safe Environment Training at Neumann Goretti on 4/1 - that has been cancelled.

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AOP Coronavirus Taskforce Newsletter - 5/14/2020

Weekly Preview - 5/11/2020

AOP Coronavirus Taskforce Newsletter - 5/7/2020

Weekly Preview - 5/4/2020

AOP Coronavirus Taskforce Newsletter - 4/30/2020

Universal Graduation Letter - 4/27/2020

Weekly Preview - 4/27/2020

Weekly Preview - 4/20/2020

Faith in the Future School Highlights - 4/17/2020

AOP Coronavirus Taskforce Newsletter - 4/7/2020

Weekly Preview - 4/13/2020

Letter from Principal - 4/12/2020

Dear Saints John Neumann & Maria Goretti Catholic High School Community,

 

Greetings to you and your family on this Holy Saturday. You have received many communications, sometimes multiple per day from school over the last month, so I hope you find this to be a short but meaningful Easter message.

 

What has been front of mind for me during this Holy Week, is the experience at Neumann Goretti with “being prepared”. As we ventured through Holy Week, recalling the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection, we were witness to a variety of examples of the level of preparedness of those who encountered Him during this time.

 

As high school parents, teachers, and staff members, you often revisit the decisions you have made. In those moments, we take into consideration if the decision is truly preparing a student for the real world of college, career, and adult life. Finding the balance between teaching teenagers about compassion and also preparing them for the realities of the world is intertwined with all they are learning in their subjects, in all areas of school life, and at home. As with any balancing act, sometimes we are right, sometimes we are wrong, but most of the time we land somewhere near the middle, making the best decision possible with the information available accompanied by a healthy dose of prayer.

 

As we grapple with the concept that the remainder of the school year will be much different than any of us has ever experienced in our lifetimes, I encourage you to find hope in Jesus’ Holy Week journey.  I do not know anyone who can claim to have been fully prepared for the current pandemic and its ongoing impact on our school, home lives and our world. But we must recognize with compassion that everyone we encounter during this time is dealing with our new reality in their own way and in their own time. I’m very proud of and encouraged and inspired by all those in our school community who strive to live this way each day.

 

I can’t help but wonder if what our students are learning now about themselves and the world will ultimately be a blessing to them. I see evidence every day that the students are navigating this journey, sometimes better than us, the adults, with compassion, courage, and commitment. They are our hope for the future, and to know that they will come out of this as stronger, more resilient young adults who will be making decisions about our world gives me some peace during this turbulent time. May we all continue to stand by their side and guide them to the best of our abilities. In a special way, let’s all continue to rally behind our Class of 2020 over the next two months as we work to insure their steady passage to college and career and recognize their achievements at Neumann Goretti.

 

May you continue to find faith and hope in the Risen Christ, not only on Easter Sunday, but as a source of strength going forward. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Hugh

Governor Wolf Announcement - 4/9/2020

AOP Coronavirus Taskforce Newsletter - 4/16/2020

Letter from Principal - 4/7/2020

Click here to view this letter in other languages.

Dear SNG Parents & Guardians:

Easter schedule update.

Mon., 4/6 - online classes

Tues., 4/7 - Holy Week spiritual activities will be posted in Google Homerooms; completion of the activities will be required to earn attendance for this school day; teachers will not have office hours

Wed., 4/8 - Mon., 4/13 Easter break - no classes; teachers will not have office hours

  • Wednesday of Holy Week
  • Holy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday

School Building Closure Update

Online classes will resume on Tuesday, 4/14. The Archdiocese is following the directive of the Governor of PA that school buildings are closed indefinitely.

May you find a meaningful way to experience Palm Sunday this weekend with your parish community and families. Thank you for your ongoing support at home with remote instruction. Please know of our continued prayers for you and your family during this time.

Sincerely,

Mr. Quigley, Principal

Holy Week Mass Info - 4/6/2020

Weekly Preview - 4/6/2020

Letter from the Principal - 4/4/2020

Dear Senior Parent & Guardians:

I am writing to follow up with you regarding the most recent announcement from the Governor of Pennsylvania that our school building will be closed indefinitely along with the directives from the Federal government that the current social distancing guidelines will be in place until at least April 30th.

Given this information that is subject to change, the best decision we can make at this time is to officially postpone the Senior Prom. Although we may have all anticipated, this announcement, I still find it challenging to communicate to you especially during this time when everyone is trying their best to maintain and hold on to a sense of community.

I want to assure you that although there is much uncertainty about what lies ahead this school year, we have been in communication with our current venue and have been brainstorming a variety of options so that we are prepared to make the best decision possible regarding the Senior Prom as we continue to follow the evolving recommendations of the CDC, government, and Archdiocese.

Thank you for reviewing this information at home with your Senior. I will be communicating this information with them directly as well before Easter break either in writing or a short video.

Thank you again for all of your support at home as we continue to educate remotely. Please know of my continued prayers for you and your family during this time, especially as we enter Holy Week.

Sincerely,

Mr. Quigley, Principal

Weekly Preview - 3/30/2020

Letter from the Principal - 3/28/2020

Dear Senior Parents & Guardians,

I am writing to follow up with you regarding the latest announcement from the Archdiocese that our school buildings will remain closed until at least April 13th, which is subject to change. I know this announcement creates more uncertainty and anxiety about the traditions that we all treasure as part of the end of Senior year experience at Neumann Goretti. Although we are not alone in this uncertainty, as high school and college Seniors across the country and world are wondering what is next, it is yet still a lonely feeling that is so personal to our community of high school Seniors, their families, and their educators.

Although the future remains uncertain, please know of our commitment to do our very best to make these traditions come alive for your children. We are exploring all of our options for Senior events and brainstorming daily as we adapt to the ever-changing regulations and recommendations from our state and local government and the CDC, which will ultimately guide all decisions that are made.

It has been a pleasure an honor to work with you as a partner in your child's education. When your children joined Neumann Goretti as a freshmen (or even of they joined along the way at a later year), I  myself was a "freshman" of sorts - not new to Neumann Goretti - but new to the Principal position - so please know how much it means to me that they are the first class that I have had the privilege to serve as their Principal for their entire high school experience.

Thank you again for all of your support at home as we continue to educate remotely, now entering the 4th quarter. It is extremely important the Seniors remain actively engaged daily with their course work to earn their academic credit in all of their classes. Please know of my continued prayers for you and your family during this time.

I will be posting a short video to the 12th grade Google Classroom today to touch base with the Seniors "in-person".

Sincerely,

Mr. Quigley, Principal

Letter from the Principal - 3/28/2020

Dear Junior Parent & Guardians:

I am writing to follow up with you regarding the latest announcement from the Archdiocese that our school buildings will remain closed until at least April 13th. Given this latest timetable that is subject to change, the best decision we can make at this time is to officially postpone the Junior Prom. Although we may have all anticipated, this announcement, I still find if difficult to write and find the most appropriate words for the students, especially during this time when maintaining a sense of community is challenging to say the least. I find some comfort in the fact that one of their last moments together as a class before the school building closure was their retreat at St. Rita's on which I received an excellent report on how they engaged and conducted themselves as a class. The Juniors truly carry the Neumann Goretti spirit.

I want to assure you that although there is much uncertainty about what lies ahead this school year, we have been in communication with our current venue and have been brainstorming a variety of options so that we are prepared to make the best decision possible regarding this event as we continue to follow the evolving recommendations of the CDC, government, and Archdiocese.

Thank you again for all of your support at home as we continue to educate remotely. Please know of my continued prayers for you and your family during this time.

I will be posting a short video to the 11th grade Google Classroom today to inform the students. I thought this would be the most personal way to tell them directly.

Sincerely,

Mr. Quigley, Principal

AOP Coronavirus Taskforce Newsletter - 3/24/2020

Letter from the Sr. Maureen McDermott - 3/27/2020

Dear Friends,

 

On behalf of Archbishop Pérez, I am sharing an announcement that he has launched, “The Power of Faith in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat.” This six-day online retreat program is part of the ongoing pastoral and temporal response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the COVID-19 pandemic and offers a means for the faithful to prepare spiritually for the approach of Holy Week.

 

Archbishop Pérez recently recorded videos introducing this initiative and released them on social media. To watch the video in English, please click here. To watch the video in Spanish, please click here.   A message from the Archbishop is below followed by additional details. Please share this information as broadly as possible.

 

A Message from Archbishop Pérez Announcing the Launch of “The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat

 

“Our Lenten journey has taken an unexpected turn with the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to impede the spread of the virus and to protect those most vulnerable among us, all of us have changed the way that we live. Life as we understand it has temporarily changed, but this too shall pass. We are people whose hearts are grounded in our faith and in our hope, that is the strength that helps us during this time of uncertainty.

 

Though we are living out concepts such as isolation, quarantine, and social distancing – as believers and followers of Christ we know we are never truly alone and that He is always by our side.  It has been a painful, confusing, trying time for all of us, but in Christ and His triumph over the cross there is hope.  Until we can safely be together again physically, we can pray together in spirit.

 

I am overjoyed to announce a new Lenten initiative, “The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat.” Beginning Monday, March 30th I will share a video each night at 7:00 p.m. via my Facebook page. The series will extend to Palm Sunday and will include dynamic presenters from across our Archdiocese who will bring Catholic Families closer to Christ through scripture, reflection, and prayer. Six of the videos will be in English and American Sign Language and one will be in Spanish.

 

Please consider participating in this upcoming Lenten Video Retreat. Give this gift of hope to yourself.  Christ is hope and through Him we’re a people of hope.  I’m praying for you during this time of uncertainty.”

 

+Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop of Philadelphia

 

Additional Information Regarding “The Power of Faith and Hope in a Time of Uncertainty: A Virtual Lenten Retreat”  

 

This initiative commences on Monday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. That evening, and on each of the following evenings leading up to Palm Sunday, a video will be posted to Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page. At that same time each night, installments will be posted to his Instagram page as well as the Archdiocesan Vimeo Channel, the Archdiocesan website, and CatholicPhilly.com, the official digital news agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

 

The presenters include

 

  • Reverend Matthew W. Guckin, Director of Catholic Mission and Identity for the Office for Catechetical Formation and Parochial Administrator Pro Tem, Saint Francis de Sales Parish;
  • Deacon Anthony Willoughby, Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish and Campus Minister at Saint Francis Home for Children and Saint Gabriel's Hall;
  • Mrs. Megan Mohan, Associate Director of Outreach for ANTHEM;
  • Reverend Eric Banecker, Parochial Vicar, Saint Pius X Parish;
  • Sister Maeve Nativitas, Sisters of Life, Saint Malachy Convent;
  • Mr. Eustace Mita, Co-Founder and Chairman of Man-Up Philly; and
  • Reverend Matthew Biedrzycki, Parochial Vicar, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

 

American Sign Language interpretation was provided by Reverend Seán A. Loomis, Chaplain of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Deaf Apostolate and Parochial Vicar, Annunciation B.V.M. Parish.

 

For comprehensive information about the pastoral and temporal response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit http://archphila.org/covid19/.

AOP Coronavirus Taskforce Newsletter - 3/24/2020

Letter from the Principal - 3/23/2020

Dear SNG Parents & Guardians:

The Governor of PA has announced that all PA schools which were closed until March 27th will now be closed through at least April 6th. All Archdiocesan schools, and therefore Neumann Goretti will continue to remain open "virtually" during that time and support our students through our Flexible Instruction model. Thank you again for all you all of your support at home.

The latest PIAA release is attached. Press Release - Governor extends school shutdown

Have a great Tuesday.

Celebrating FIDs!

Sisters Mary Anne, Eileen and Anne Brigid joined with religious communities around the world on Sunday, 3/22 for a day of worldwide solidarity and prayer.  In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel in the IHM convent on our campus where they reside, they had an extended time praying for the global community.  Their Alphonsian heritage and their lived experience call them to be "first responders" at the prayer level.

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Mr. Hugh Quigley, '96, M.S.Ed.
Principal
Phone. 215.465.8437 x.225

PIAA Letter - 3/23/2020

Letter to Students from Principal - 3/23/2020

Dear Students,

I hope this email finds you and your family well. Please know of my continued prayers for you and your family during this time.
I'm very proud of all your work so far during this transition to online work. May God bless and support your work this week.
The third quarter ends this Friday, 3/27. I expect you to respect and meet all of your teachers' deadlines.
As your Principal, it is my duty to advise you regarding social distancing. A few years ago we developed a graduate profile. In that profile we stated that we strive for all Neumann Goretti students to be developed into "world citizens....who respect others, themselves, and God's creation". Please be sure you are doing your part during this time to be a good citizen of not only the Neumann Goretti community but of your family, neighborhood, city, country, and world. That means educating yourself on the latest recommendations of the experts and then doing your part to follow them. Those recommendations are attached to this email.
Also be sure you are educated on and following the latest orders of our city which can be found here https://www.phila.gov/media/20200322130746/Order-2-Business-And-Congregation-Prohibition-Stay-At-Home.pdf . You should pay particular attention to sections 5 and 6.

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Mr. Hugh Quigley, '96, M.S.Ed.
Principal
Phone. 215.465.8437 x.225

Weekly Preview - 3/23/2020

Letter from the Principal - 3/21/2020

Dear SNG Parents & Guardians:

With your support and patience, we've accomplished what seemed to be the impossible - transitioning to online learning over a weekend and completing a week of instruction! Please know of my gratitude to you, our teachers, staff, and Administration for the overwhelming commitment to the success of this transition.

Daily attendance for week 1 has averaged 96%!

We are in the process of gathering information from your child's teachers of students of who they are concerned are falling behind after the first week. We will then have guidance counselors, Administrators, and staff personally reaching out with phone calls to parents and guardians to review those concerns and offer guidance.

Please know of our continued prayers for you and your family during this time.

Here's a pic collage of some of our teachers and staff working from home to brighten your day.

Letter to Students from President - 3/19/2020

Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you are doing well in these crazy times. I must say I am very impressed over the course of the past 3 days with your commitment to your learning. It is a reflection not only on you but on your teachers as well. It shows that you respect their efforts in continuing to educate you during this time away from the school. It has been a crazy few days, but we will get through and we will get back to a normal routine as soon as we can. Make certain that you check-in before 9a each morning so that we can make certain you are present and ready to tackle the day. In this environment it is easy to become complacent and procrastinate – don’t; remain structured and get into a strict routine as your day will be much more productive all around. Understand that Mr. Quigley, Ms. Torres, Sr. Anne, Mr. Townsend, Fr. Dalton and myself are working hard behind the scenes doing whatever we can to make certain your education continues in the tradition of excellence you are accustomed to at SNG. Work hard. Stay focused. Ask questions if you do not understand. Keep smiling and remember to wash your hands. We are here if you need us. We’ll chat soon.

Joseph M McColgan, President SNG

Letter from the President - 3/19/2020

Dear SNG Parents & Guardians,

A Message from the School President

As the father of two girls still in school, I understand the feelings of uncertainness in these crazy times. But rest assured that having two daughters only pushes me harder to make certain we do everything in our power to see to it that your child’s education continues in the manner in which they, and you, are accustomed. Trust me when I say our educators are committed and hard at work making certain your child is successful. Be patient - as this is new to you, it is new to us as well. Two things I want to bring to your attention. First the facility. We were ahead of the game!! In October, 8 automatic hand sanitizers were installed around the building, two on each floor, and as word of the virus began to surface we noticed the students were actually using the sanitizer more and more each day. In late January, trying to get ahead of the NORMAL flu season, we had our custodial team take an entire weekend and spray a disinfectant throughout the entire building – classrooms, offices, hallways, restrooms, door knobs, etc. Every classroom was provided Lysol wipes and a large can of commercial Lysol spray to be used each day. To top things off, while the students are away continuing their education from home the custodial team is once again in the building disinfecting everything they possibly can, preparing for the students return. My point being, your child’s health and welfare are important to the entire SNG community and we are doing our part to make certain your child remains safe upon their return. I would expect that for my children, and we will deliver for yours. The second item is tuition. I would ask that you continue to make your tuition payments as agreed and if by chance you are behind, please bring the account up to date by 31 March 2020. If current events have left you in a bind financially because you lost a job, please reach out to Mrs. Arrigale in our tuition office immediately so that we can better understand your challenge, and find a solution acceptable to all. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at jmccolgan@neumanngorettihs.org

Be safe. Be well.

Joseph M. McColgan. President SNG

Letter to Students from Principal - 3/18/2020

Dear Students,

Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day and Happy St. Joseph's Day (3/19)!

I hope this update finds you and your family well. Please know of my continued prayers during this time.

Pastoral Messages from Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez in the Wake of the Coronavirus  (COVID-19) Pandemic

Below are three areas of your performance that I encourage you to personally reflect upon before you begin your work on Thursday morning. I all these areas are going well for you - keep up the good work. If not that is ok too - please know that I am very proud of each and every one of you. I don't expect perfection - I just expect you to try to be your best everyday and work to do better and grow the next day. As we continue with these online days, I'll continue to bring to your attention anything that I think you should be aware of so that you are set up for success.

Attendance

Overall, I arm very impressed with students logging their attendance. It's very important for your health and motivation that you establish a maintain a healthy routine during this time. Remember, a student must log their attendance before 9am on the Google attendance form that is posted in their Google Classrooom Homeroom each FID. If not, they will be marked absent for the day.

Academic Integrity

I expect nothing but the best from you at all times. I know this time of transition is challenging. I thought I worked a lot of hours before but this last couple of days have been overwhelming at times and I'm sure that is the case for you and your family as well.

Please know my position that when it comes to any form of cheating, plagiarism, academic dishonesty (whatever you want to call it), I fully trust the judgement of your teachers and support their decisions and will not entertain debates or negotiations of their findings and neither should they. You and your teachers are working so hard to get this transition to online learning right. I am asking you to have not only respect for the work that your teacher is putting into your course but more importantly respect for yourself. Your work is a reflection of you and your character - the challenge is to always have your work represent your best self even when there may seem to be a short-cut. Most importantly, you can do your own work! - believe in yourself - this is your education and ultimately it will be what you make of it - we can only be your guide. Thank you again for your commitment to excellence. We are preparing you for life and from experience, I can tell you that there are no shortcuts that are worth it in your professional or personal life. Let us help you learn that now before we send you off into the world.

Professionalism

Please keep it professional when writing emails, posts on Google Classroom, etc. You should not be casual, sarcastic, use emoji's, make unnecessary comments, etc. Never write from emotion - take a break and then go back. Ask someone at home to look at what you are about to send. I do this all the time at work. Once you put something in writing it is there forever and leaves an impression. Choose your words wisely and again always make an effort to put your best self forward. Let us guide you to learn this lesson now so you are prepared for your future education and workplace.

Sincerely,

Mr. Quigley, Principal

Letter from the Principal - 3/18/2020

Dear SNG Parents & Guardians,

I hope this update finds you and your family well. Please know of our continued prayers during this time.

Pastoral Messages from Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez in the Wake of the Coronavirus  (COVID-19) Pandemic

New Resource: Archdiocese of Philadelphia COVID-19 Website: https://aopcatholicschools.org/covid-19-information/

Attendance

Thank you again for your support. Overall we are very impressed with student’s logging their attendance. Let’s continue to work together to establish healthy routines for your teenager during this new endeavor. A student must log their attendance before 9am on the Google attendance form that is posted in their Google Classrooom Homeroom each FID. If not, they will be marked absent for the day.

Academic Integrity

We need your support at home so that students understand the importance of maintaining the academic integrity for all of their work during the FIDs. Please know my position that I fully trust the judgement of my Faculty and support their decisions and will not entertain debates or negotiations of their findings. Thank you again for your commitment to excellence.

Professionalism

Please speak with your child about the importance of constructing professional emails and posts on all platforms being used for school work during FID’s, especially when communicating with school staff. I know that sometimes with high school work it is challenging to determine when and how to support your child, but this is an area where you can be more confident reviewing your child’s written communication style with her/him. I have advised the Faculty to correct once and if a lack of professionalism becomes a pattern to reach out to you. Thank you for being a partner in working with us working on this important life skill.

Sincerely,

Mr. Quigley, Principal

The pastoral and temporal response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve as this public health matter develops. Recently, you have experienced sudden changes to your work life and our mode of operations. During these uncertain and anxious times, all of us remain committed to fulfilling the mission of the Church through her various ministries.

 

Pastoral Messages from Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez in the Wake of the Coronavirus  (COVID-19) Pandemic

As Archbishop Pérez said, “We will navigate the difficult waters of this challenge as a united human family, for after all is said and done, we are people of Hope!”

Letter from the Principal - 3/17/2020

Dear SNG Parents & Guardians:

Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day! Congratulations on completing Day 1 of Flexible Instruction - we appreciate the support!!

Working from a School Device: If students use a personal computer and use their school account to do school work, the filters from school will still apply and their activity will still be tracked, so if you deviate from school work into unsanctioned activities or sites, they are still in violation of the technology policy. Use of your school-issued device while not mandatory and not enforceable at home is the expectation and will offer more security and boundaries than using a personal device. In these times it is important to be diligent about logging in and out of accounts. Please be sure you are reviewing the Responsible Use Policy for Technology regularly at home beginning on page 37 of the student handbook http://neumanngorettihs.org/studentlife/student-handbook/ .

This video link might me be helpful info to you as an intro to the overall concept of Google Classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iowi-gmbys .

Biology 1 Assignments will begin to be posted and graded for 3/18.

Please know of our continued prayers for you and your family during this time.

Sincerely,

Mr. Quigley, Principal

Letter from the Principal - 3/14/2020

Dear SNG Parents & Guardians,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, I’m writing to provide you with what information I can as you begin to plan with your families to transition to a temporary but nevertheless new lifestyle.

As of now the transition to online learning for our school is anticipated to begin on Tuesday, 3/17. I plan to provide detailed information for you by Monday so that your Tuesday can be as productive and meaningful as possible. As you may have anticipated our platform will be Google Classroom.  Please re-familiarize yourself with the Archdiocesan Responsible Use of Technology policy located here beginning on page 37 of the student handbook 

http://neumanngorettihs.org/studentlife/student-handbook/. 

We are awaiting further instructions as to whether the building can be opened briefly for teachers / staff / students to pick up any items.

As we are all well aware, for students a full day of school is not only the hours spent engaged with a class but just as important is the time spent outside of the classroom (in-person or virtual) completing assignments, reading, reviewing notes, studying, etc. Therefore all students should plan to spend up to 7-9 hours on school work per day just as they would if they had school and homework under normal circumstances. This must be the mindset of all student and their parents/guardians in our school community during this period of remote learning. I am certain that our families will meet this challenge as they have all other challenges we have faced with compassion, courage, and commitment. 

I respectfully request the time to finalize the initial version of our detailed online learning plan with the school Administration and Faculty. Please do not reply to this email as the detailed information that will be released may answer many questions you may still have at this time.

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend. I will be in touch again no later than Monday evening. 

Sincerely,

Mr. Quigley, Principal