Dear NCS Families,
God has indeed blessed Nativity Catholic School this year. While it has been a year like no other, we continue to persevere and make the best of it. As we excitedly anticipate Christmas, we would like to offer the current state of our school.
Our commitment to providing each student with an academically excellent and deeply rooted Catholic education in a happy and healthy environment remains paramount.
Educational leaders and researchers predicted that students would begin this school year with a 30% loss in reading and a 50% loss in math (https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2020/05/Collaborative- Brief_Covid19-Slide-APR20.pdf) due to the interruption in learning that occurred in the Spring during the response to the pandemic. As a result, we were prepared to assess students early using our tools within the NWEA MAP Growth Assessment Suite and see just where our students were when they began the school year.
We have so much to be proud of here at Nativity. Our Fall 2020 NWEA MAP data reflects that our students, in partnership with their families, were resilient during this time. NCS students have maintained their God-given potential and continued to learn because it is their vocation. Teaching and learning may have looked different, but as a school, we are grateful for the support of our community to promote the success of all students.
Collectively, every grade level at Nativity exceeded the National Norm RIT value (score) on the reading, math, and language usage assessments this Fall. This school year, Nativity has prioritized and protected time in the schedule schoolwide for daily intervention and enrichment. During this time, students will interact with their personalized learning paths through adaptive technology programs such as Edmentum and MAP Accelerator to help support meeting and exceeding their academic growth targets on the Winter and Spring NWEA MAP Growth Assessments. We are excited for the promise this school year brings and can't wait to see the growth our students have now that we have entered the Winter MAP Growth Assessment window.
It is important that we take a moment to pause and celebrate our teachers and their commitment to teaching by any means necessary through the adversity of this time. Simultaneous teaching to students learning in the school building and from their homes is no small task. They have challenged themselves to grow in their practice and engage in new learning for themselves each day. Teachers and students are using technology to teach, learn, communicate, and collaborate more than ever before. We are excited at the progress we have made and are working to grow and develop as educators to serve our students.
Below are a few examples of what we are doing to keep everyone safe.
- Daily Health Questionnaire
- Daily temperature checks of everyone entered our campus
- Keeping students in PODs (Cohort) – both during the school day and Extended Day
- Regular fogging of our campus
- NCS ONLY dedicated substitute teachers
- New dismissal system
- Caring for students that are sick in a separate space, away from healthy students
As we move into 2021, we remain committed to continuing transparent communication regarding any COVID-19 cases that have entered our campus. To date, we are aware of five positive cases. Our first case was directly following Halloween; the other four were directly following Thanksgiving vacation. Based on our contact tracing, none of these cases originated here on campus. We are confident that the safety measures we have put into place are having a positive impact on the health and safety of our wonderful Nativity community.
The CDC offers the following considerations for families as we enter the Christmas holiday season, https://tinyurl.com/ydxrfqu9. Please remember, families' choices over Christmas vacation will directly affect our ability to remain open and safe.
We appreciate your continued support during this time and value your partnership in educating your child. It is our sincerest wish that you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Ringley, Principal
Mr. Amrhein, Assistant Principal – Student Affairs
Mrs. Seebaran, Assistant Principal – Academic Affairs