This week marked the first week back for Gonzaga's faculty and students, with the opening faculty meeting on Monday, virtual student orientations on Tuesday and Wednesday, and classes beginning on Thursday.
During orientation, students heard welcome back messages from various school leaders including Father Planning and Mr. Every as well as Mr. Szolosi, Mr. Kilroy, Mr. Leary, and Mrs. Onufrychuk.
The messages acknowledged the disappointment students feel about beginning the year virtually, but encouraged everyone to stay positive and determined during these unprecedented times. "Gonzaga is an extraordinary place because it's comprised of extraordinary people," said Mr. Szolosi. "Our faculty, administration, and you students are exceptional gifts. Our gifts--when they are brought to the table and shared in common--become another way that Christ is present to us."
Although students started the school year virtually, our faculty and staff have been on campus, where they have been able to use new video technology that was installed over the summer in all of our classrooms. Mr. Every offered parents and students a demonstration of this new technology--which will be used in both our distance and hybrid learning protocols--during our Return to School Presentation on Monday, August 17. You can watch the full presentation here
(fast forward to minute 22 to hear Mr. Every talk about our remote and hybrid models, and watch the demo).
Here is an album with some great photos of the first few days back, including faculty and staffers showing off their new #GonzagaStrong Yeti cups, which were a gift from the GMC.
"Although this first week back felt different from any first week back we have ever had before," said Father Planning. "We are delighted to have our faculty and staff back on campus and to hear them teaching and interacting with students from their classrooms. Over the course of the past few months, the dedication and creativity of our faculty has been an impressive sight to see. We know this coming year will present challenges, but I am filled with hope and looking forward to a year on Eye Street that we will never forget."