Academics

Spring 2020 Virtual Learning Resources

On Thursday, April 16, Headmaster Mr. Tom Every announced to parents and students that we will unfortunately not be able to return to Gonzaga's campus for the end of the 2020 spring semester.
While this decision is difficult for everyone in our community, we continue to be incredibly proud of the resilience, determination, and sense of shared mission we have witnessed from students, faculty, staff, and parents alike. For more information about our plans going forward—including information about the daily class schedule, AP exams, Charter Day, final assessments, and more—please expand the text boxes below.

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  • Letter from Mr. Every to All Parents and Students: April 16, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

    Easter is here, Christ is risen and as signs that new cases of COVID-19 are declining in our country continue, He is our reason to hope! Eventually, we will all be together again on Eye Street and we can get back to the business of being the school you have all come to know and love.

    Until then, however, and in light of the Mayor’s recent extension of the stay-at-home order, it has become clear that mitigation efforts will not be suspended in time for Gonzaga students to return to campus this academic year. Likewise, all in-person athletic, extracurricular activities, and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

    We mourn the loss of these crucial elements of Gonzaga life, and like all of you students, Gonzaga teachers, coaches, moderators and staff are eager to be with you all again. Know that we are committed to bringing students together in some fashion as soon as we can do so responsibly and safely.

    On that front, we are working on contingency plans for our graduation ceremony. As Father Planning mentioned at the end of his Easter Mass broadcast, Gonzaga is committed to making sure the Class of 2020 has a graduation ceremony and sits, once again, in the Great church of St. Aloysius — even if not on May 31st as originally planned. Seniors, you will be hearing directly from Father Planning early next week with an update regarding graduation.

    A few of our more local summer service trips have not been cancelled as of yet. While it is our sincere hope that some of these may be able to run this summer, again, we are not certain—and we are unfortunately not confident they can happen. Your trip chaperones and the Campus Ministry team will be in contact with you about these individual trips.

    Campus remains closed and locked down until further notice. Please respect that fact that campus houses a residence for the Jesuit community and so we cannot allow students and families to come and go at this time. If there is something critical that you have left on campus, please contact me at tevery@gonzaga.org and we can try to arrange a way to get it to you.

    Lastly, please see Gonzaga’s Spring 2020 Virtual Learning Resources page, for new information about the daily class schedule, AP exams, Charter Day, final assessments, and more.

    Stay Healthy. Be Safe. And, hopefully, we’ll see you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Thomas K. Every II
    Headmaster
  • Block Schedule and Daily Cycle Days: April 20 – May 22, 2020

     Distance Learning Block Schedule

    Day A
    Day B
    1st
    8:30
    5th
    8:30
    9:50
    9:50
    2nd
    10:00
    6th
    10:00
    11:20
    11:20
    Lunch Break
    11:20
    Lunch Break
    11:20
    12:00
    12:00
    3rd
    12:00
    7th
    12:00
    1:20
    1:20
    4th
    1:30
    8th
    1:30
    2:50
    2:50
     
    Daily Cycle Day Schedule

    Date
    Day
    Monday, April 20
    A
    Tuesday, April 21
    B
    Wednesday, April 22
    A
    Thursday, April 23
    B
    Friday, April 26
    Ignatian Heritage Day
    No Online Classes
    Monday April 27
    A
    Tuesday, April 28
    B
    Wednesday, April 29
    International Food Fair Day
    No Online Classes
    Thursday, April 30
    A
    Friday, May 1
    B
    Monday, May 4
    A
    Tuesday, May 5
    B
    Wednesday, May 6
    A
    Thursday, May 7
    B
    Friday, May 8
    Charter Day
    No Online Classes
    Monday, May 11
    A / AP Exams
    Tuesday, May 12
    B / AP Exams
    Wednesday, May 13
    A / AP Exams
    Thursday, May 14
    B / AP Exams
    Friday, May 15
    READING DAY
    No Online Classes
    Monday, May 18
    FINAL ASSESSMENTS/ AP Exams
    Tuesday, May 19
    FINAL ASSESSMENTS/ AP Exams
    Wednesday, May 20
    FINAL ASSESSMENTS/ AP Exams
    Thursday, May 21
    FINAL ASSESSMENTS/ AP Exams
    Friday, May 22
    AP Exams
     
     
  • Charter Day and International Food Fair Day

    International Food Fair Day – Arguably, one of the best days on Eye Street, it is sad for us to have to forgo this tradition this year. However, in the spirit of sharing our customs and cultures with each other, we encourage students and families to make food representative of their respective cultures and share either pictures or short videos with the Gonzaga community at @GonzagaGoodNews on Twitter or Instagram.

    Charter Day – Another fine Gonzaga tradition is to gather at the end of each year in an honors assembly, not only to recognize the great things that our students and faculty have accomplished this year, but also to celebrate the anniversary of the Charter which gave legal identity to our school. We fully intend to honor the students this year as their successes in and out of the classroom have continued despite current disruptions. Stay tuned for a “Virtual” Charter Day celebration coming your way!
  • Final Assessments, AP Exams, and Reading Day

    Reading Day – There will be no required online classes on Reading Day. However, teachers will be available to assist students in review and preparation for any final assessments or for help in completing end of quarter projects, papers, etc.

    For the AP Exam Schedule see the College Board Website here.

    The Final Assessment Schedule is as follows:

     
    Monday, May 18
    Tuesday, May 19
    Wednesday, May 20
    Thursday, May 21
    8:30am - 9:50am
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    9:50am -10:30am
    Extended Time
    Extended Time
    Extended Time
    Extended Time
    10:30am - 11:00am
    BREAK
    BREAK
    BREAK
    BREAK
    11:00am - 12:20pm
    Period 8
    Period 7
    Period 6
    Period 5
    12:20pm - 1:00pm
    Extended Time
    Extended Time
    Extended Time
    Extended Time
     
    Where Final Assessments and AP Exams conflict, students should make arrangements with individual teachers to make up their final assessment. They should take the AP exam as scheduled.

    Please be reminded that final assessments will take place within the context of each course and count for no more than 20% of the 4th quarter grade. Third and fourth quarter grades will be averaged to arrive at a student's grade for the semester. While it is the expectation that all teachers will assess students cumulatively for the semester, the assessments might not be test based and/or synchronous and so a student will not likely have an assessment to complete during every class period this week. Teachers may choose projects, papers, cumulative work packets, or other alternate assessments that will stand in place of a traditional final exam. While this is consistent with Gonzaga’s current practice, please realize that more faculty may opt for alternative assessments this year.
  • Homework

    While teachers may assign work to be completed outside of the 80 minute class, we have encouraged all teachers to keep that to a minimum and to make that work offline to the greatest extent possible, i.e. completing problems from a textbook on paper or reading in preparation for the next day.  
  • AP Courses and Exams

    An AP designation for a course on Gonzaga’s transcript signals to a college or university that college level work has been completed and that the full scope of material has been covered. We intend to maintain the validity of that designation, despite the College Board's decision to shorten exams. Each AP course will have a final class assessment, administered by its Gonzaga teacher as outlined for all courses above, and instruction will continue for the duration of the academic year.
     
    In terms of AP Exams, all options that the College Board makes available will be available to our students. However, Gonzaga will not require that students take these exams this year. That will be up to individual students and their families. The College Board has released the following guidance. Please check the College Board website for updates on AP Exam administration.
    • There will NOT be any face-to-face AP exams this year
    • Students will take AP exams at home
    • Exams will be 45 minutes
    • Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions
    • Exams will be administered online
    • Students will be able to take the exam on one of two separate dates to be announced by the College Board by April 3, 2020
    • Exams will be assessing a reduced scope of content, content that would “typically” have been covered before March
    • Students will have the option of canceling their exam(s), and CB will waive the $40.00/exam late fee they would have charged the school
    • College Board will be providing additional online resources, see https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes
  • Service Opportunities

    Over spring break, we encourage students to find a way to connect with someone in their neighborhood who may be feeling particularly isolated and lonely during this crisis, or find another way to make a positive contribution to their local community, while strictly maintaining spatial distance requirements.  Campus Ministry has created this document with ideas for how students can care for others in their neighborhood without running the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.  In addition, Campus Ministry invites students to share examples of how you are continuing to serve others by filling out this form. They will continue to add to the list of ideas as they hear from students.  We are confident the young men of Gonzaga can demonstrate what it means to be a Man for Others when it matters most.
     
  • Catholic and Jesuit Prayer and Faith Resources

  • Parent Resources

    Below, we will post resources for parents from Gonzaga's Counseling Office:
  • College Counseling

    The College Counseling Office is available via online video conference and by phone for appointments with students and parents during normal school hours. Please contact your college counselor directly to schedule a meeting (contact information is available here).
    • Click here for a document of Frequently Asked Questions during this time.
    • Click here for information about accessing online admissions information and tours (for juniors and their parents).
  • Online Office Hours

    The following offices will be available during normal school hours for video or phone conference; please reach out to them directly to schedule a time to meet.
    Counseling 
    Library 
    Campus Ministry 
  • Contacts

    For academic concerns, please email Headmaster Tom Every 
     
    For student technical issues, please email Educational Technologist John Kilroy or Assistant Educational Technologist Jonathan Spencer
     
    For questions about class schedules, please email Academic Dean Mike Howell 
     
    For questions related to admissions, financial aid, and enrollment, please email Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Andrew Battaile 
     
    For questions about student activities and clubs, please email Dean of Students Jim Kilroy 
     
    For questions about athletics, please email Athletic Director Joe Reyda 
     
    For health concerns, please email Health Services Coordinator Debbie Onufrychuk

    For questions regarding business matters, please contact the Business Office

    For all other general concerns, please email Executive Assistant to the Headmaster's Office Kathryn Vaughn
  • Travel

    All school-sponsored student travel for athletics, extracurricular activities, academics, or any other reason is cancelled from Friday, March 13 through the end of spring break on Monday, April 13.

    In addition, Gonzaga is asking that all families please report individual international or domestic travel plans over spring break by completing this form. All members of the school community are asked to monitor the evolving spread of the virus and to be vigilant regarding both international and domestic travel.
  • FAQs

    I am a parent and I do not know how to log into Canvas. What should I do?
    Gonzaga parents do not have individual log in capabilities on Canvas. Consistent with our pedagogical approach, your son is responsible for his learning both in the classroom and online. The best way to ensure that your son is completing his work is to sit down with him and have him log onto Canvas and walk you through each of his courses.

    Will this transition to online learning affect my son’s college acceptance and/or readiness?
    No. We are confident that learning will continue at a high level through our online platforms. Colleges across the country are making similar moves to distance learning protocols. This move is now widely considered best practice in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

    What about athletics? Will this affect my son’s recruitment for college sports?
    No. Colleges and universities, as well as major sporting leagues such as the NBA, are suspending operations as well. College coaches and recruiters are facing the same challenges that we are and will adjust as necessary to ensure that they have a talented crop of athletes for their future teams.

    My son is having trouble with the technology. Who should I contact?
    Contact our Educational Technologists during school hours. Their info can be found in the “Contacts” section above.

    What if wifi goes out or other technological glitches happen that prevent a student from engaging in his coursework during the proscribed time?
    We will all need to be flexible as we navigate the next few weeks. Notify your teacher immediately of the glitch and complete any coursework that was missed by the next class day. Communicating any issues to teachers as early as possible is best practice. 

    If my son is going to be absent, and therefore not engaged with his synchronous classes, how do I report this so he's not considered truant?
    Instead of calling the Office of Student Services, parents and guardians are asked to email attendance@gonzaga.org about absences. Emails should include your son's name, class year, the date or time period of your son's absence, and a simple explanation. These emails are expected before 9:00 am on the day of each absence. Example: My son, Joe Smith, class of 2022, will not be able to be online starting at 12:00 today because of an orthodontist appointment. 
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