Education is Essential

COVID-19 has presented a tremendous challenge for Saint Ignatius High School to balance our mission of providing an academically rigorous, Catholic, Jesuit education along with the health and safety recommendations of leading healthcare experts. On Monday, March 15, students returned to full-day, in-person learning.

Saint Ignatius High School

Week in Review: May 4 - May 8, 2020

Construction continues on The Welsh Academy. Students showcase their hard work and talent. WCPN features Mamma Mia cast member Anthony Chalhoub ’20. Giving Tuesday garners support for current students and families. Read all this and more in this week's wrap-up.
We celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Week by posing an open-ended question on Instagram. Who is a Saint Ignatius teacher that has made an impact on your life and why? The messages and memories that we recieved were filled with gratitude. Check out our Instagram highlights to read through them all. Our teachers are the beating heart of our school. Thank you to all who responded to the prompt to share your appreciation.

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This week the steeple on The Welsh Academy school building was reinstalled
in an amazing feat of engineering and craftsmanship. Check out our Facebook album that documents the construction process and like the Welsh Academy's page for the most recent updates.


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In more news from The Welsh Academy, Principal Mary Ann Vogel and her team of faculty and staff, along with President Rev. Raymond Guiao, S.J. '82, hosted a Virtual Campus Visit this week for prospective families. Because of COVID-19, we were not able to host families on campus during our Open House event, but we welcomed families on Zoom to guide them through our campus virtual tour and learn more about the academy. Thank you to all who joined. In case you missed it, you can watch this recording of the Virtual Campus Visit. The Welsh Academy is accepting applications for prospective sixth graders. LEARN MORE

English teacher Cindy Hruby had an idea for a class project in 2013 that continues to flourish through what is known as the Social Action(!) Awards. Through this project, Hruby’s students learn about the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching and choose a non-profit organization that fits one of the themes. Students then compete with each other to create short films that showcase the work and mission of their selected agencies.

Each year, the student productions are shown in front of a panel of judges. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Social Action(!) Awards could not take place this year. Although we do not have a winning team to announce, we are very proud of the work of Hruby’s students. We encourage you to learn more and take a look at the completed Social Action(!) films.

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There’s no doubt that among the K-12 students impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, high school seniors were dealt the hardest emotional hit. Prom, graduation and spring musicals are among the many events high school seniors look forward to as they reach the pinnacle of their high school careers.

Listen to 90.3 WCPN ideastream's interview with our Mamma Mia cast members Anthony Chalhoub ’20 and Strongsville High School senior Kelsey Burdorff as they express how they’re holding out hope to join their castmates on stage this summer.

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Our students continue to work hard in all aspects of their education. More than 50 students were chosen this week as members of the National Honor Society for the 2020-2021 school year. Here are the names of the students who were selected. Congratulations, men!

We are happy to report that nearly 5,000 viewers have tuned in to the SIBN over the last two months to watch our live broadcasts. As a reminder, our Jesuit community will celebrate Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. and have a Worship Aid available for you to download and pray at home. We also invite you to join us for a Taizé Prayer Service broadcast live from St. Mary's Chapel on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. This powerful hour of prayer has become a popular form of worship for the Saint Ignatius community.

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These last eight weeks have been challenging. They have brought uncertainty, loss, confusion and forced transitions. Tuesday was declared #GivingTuesdayNowa global day of giving in response to COVID-19. We thank those who contributed to the Annual Fund during that 24-hour period in support of our families. 

Among the priorities for many of our families is assessing family finances in light of the economic events that have occurred. Many people have experienced a direct economic impact resulting from COVID-19. That impact may be reduced hours, furlough, layoff, job loss due to business closure or having your own business closed for a period of time. While we are all optimistic and hopeful that the economic impacts are temporary, we know that for many, they have had a profound impact on family finances.
 
In order to assist our families who are experiencing an economic hardship resulting from the pandemic, we have established the 2020-2021 Saint Ignatius High School Family Tuition Relief Program. The program will provide tuition reduction grants for the 2020-2021 school year to families who are experiencing a direct economic hardship due to the pandemic. This program is in addition to our normal annual financial aid investment and is available to all families. We are working to ensure that a Saint Ignatius education remains accessible to all and that our families are supported. Stay tuned for more updates on how you can help contribute to the Family Tuition Relief Fund to provide immediate assistance to our families who need it most.