April 10, 2020
Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,
In addition to the governor’s recent executive order to close schools through Wednesday, April 29, he also made the decision to cancel Regents exams this year. This impacts graduation and course credit requirements, and our teachers and staff members are reaching out to students to discuss how this affects them specifically. In most cases, students who earn credit for a course are exempt from taking and passing the related Regents exam in order to graduate. Once more detail is available, I’ll share it with you, but for now you can read this FAQ from the state Education Department. If you or your child have additional questions, please reach out to your teachers.
I’ve been reflecting on hope lately, and where we can find it during these dark times. Our students and teachers continue to inspire me with their selflessness, determination and resilience during this time of unprecedented distance learning. And thinking back to my childhood, I remember early mornings that brightened my spirit and gave me hope.
I grew up in South Carolina, my hometown just a few miles from Myrtle Beach. We lived on a dirt road across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Though it was dark when I awoke for school, the sky would soon be illuminated by the first rays of sunshine bursting over the horizon. I can still imagine the radiating curvature of the Earth, just where the sky met the water. These moments never failed to inspire me and fill me with awe and hope.
So as you may find yourself tired or impatient or fearful or discouraged or lonely, I encourage you to focus on areas of celebration and gratitude and to share those experiences with others who may need a boost. Tell someone you care for them, that they are special to you, that you love them. More than ever, the Mohonasen Family is called to be there for one another. As stated in a poem by Alexander Pope, “Hope springs eternal.”
I want to acknowledge those of you who celebrate Passover, Good Friday or Easter. Perhaps not coincidentally these annual celebrations touch on hope and gratitude, both of which are in high demand during this crisis.