Table of Contents
May 27, 2020, 8:15 p.m. – Campus Reopening Update with Father Bill Verbryke, S.J. and Greg VanSlambrook
May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – Summer Session One – Community Service
May 19, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Graduation Update
May 18, 2020, 4:00 p.m. – Campus Reopening Update
May 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – Class of 2020 Graduation Update
May 12, 2020, 2:30 p.m. – Building Access for Students
May 8, 2020, 3:30 p.m. – Brebeuf Jesuit Athletics Update
May 4, 2020, 2:30 p.m. – AP Resources and Exam Updates
April 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. – Additional E-Learning Information
April 17, 2020, 12:30 p.m. – Continuous Learning Plan
April 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m. – AP Exams Update from Brebeuf Jesuit
April 3, 2020, 4:30 p.m. – Brave Together – Update on Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year
March 27, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – New Brebeuf Jesuit E-Learning Schedule for April
March 26, 2020, 4:30 p.m. – AP Exams Update
March 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – Brebeuf Jesuit Operations Update
March 19, 2020, 3:30 p.m. – Brebeuf Jesuit Campus Operations Update
March 18, 2020, 4:00 p.m. – E-Learning and the Importance of Social Distancing
March 14, 2020, 3:00 p.m. – Important E-Learning Details
March 13, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – SAT on March 14 Has Been Cancelled
March 13, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – Boys Basketball Tournament Postponed
March 12, 2020, 6.45 p.m. – COVID-19 Update – Brebeuf Jesuit Closed, In-Person Classes Cancelled
Campus Reopening Update with Father Bill Verbryke, S.J. and Greg VanSlambrook
Thursday, May 28
The goal of this update is to both provide as much information as possible regarding the process of reopening our campus, as well as provide a venue for community questions. Many unknowns remain, and some questions cannot be answered at this time, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to remaining as transparent and engaged with our community as possible.
All questions may be submitted in advance by clicking here.
To view the update, please click here.
Summer Session One – Community Service
First and foremost, thank you for your patience and understanding with the timeframe for making this decision. Our ability to offer Community Service during the first summer session was always going to be dependent on the safety and availability of volunteer placements with our partner agencies. After a number of weeks collaborating with our partner agencies, there are fewer volunteer placements than there are students in the class, and so we will be limiting the first summer session to just seniors.
Please follow this link to the form below to indicate your preference for when you would like to enroll in a future section of the class.
Please note that Community Service for summer session two is already full to capacity.
If you have any questions, please contact Nick Klingler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Class of 2020 Students and Families,
We hope that you enjoyed the diploma deliveries on Sunday – our faculty and staff certainly enjoyed the experience!
After my last message to you about our July 19 graduation event, several of you reached out asking for reconsideration of the stated plan to forgo the graduation gowns. In our original plan, we made a presumption of what you would prefer based on the weather and comfort, which turned about to be incorrect. After inviting further input from the class, the majority of you indicated that you would prefer to wear the gowns. We are happy to support your preference on this matter, for your class to be in the graduation gowns for the July 19 event.
So, here will be the procedure for getting them prior to graduation: Each of you are asked to stop by the Principal’s Office during the week before graduation, during the following time windows: Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 9:00-11:00 a.m. This will give you the opportunity to try them on, make sure they are ironed, and take photos with them at home. The gowns are sized and marked with your name on the packages. You already have the caps, tassels, and honor cords which were delivered last Sunday.
For any gowns that are not picked up during July 13-16, we will have them available at graduation prior to the procession of graduates onto the football field. All gowns must be returned prior to leaving campus on July 19, and we will direct a procedure after the ceremony which allows that to happen.
Please direct questions on gown pick-up or other logistics to Shani Simonson at email@example.com. You can still expect a future communication about further details and reminders about graduation, as we approach July 19. Thank you!
Campus Reopening Update
Class of 2020 Graduation Update
Dear Class of 2020 Seniors and Families,
I write today with an update on our plans for your July 19 graduation event. As I write this, today was your last day of classes, and at Brebeuf Jesuit, we are assembling the packages that will be delivered to your homes on Sunday afternoon, with your diplomas and your graduation caps & tassels. Our faculty and staff are looking forward to fun celebrations with you on Sunday, as we make those deliveries around the city!
As you know, back in March when we realized we would need to postpone graduation, we rescheduled it for July 19 at Clowes Memorial Hall. However, last week, we learned from Clowes Memorial Hall that while they plan to have their facility open at that time, they will have a maximum capacity of 400 people. Clowes Memorial Hall has been a great partner with us, in years past and throughout this situation, and we plan to return our graduation there in the future. But, obviously, we cannot hold our graduation at the usual location this year.
However, it is still vital to us that we have an in-person graduation for the Class of 2020, with the opportunity for the entire class to be together one more time. So, we are now planning our graduation to be held on Sunday, July 19, on the Brebeuf Jesuit football field on campus, at 7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass will be held online on the morning of July 19 as well.
Here is what we have planned at this time for this event. You can expect for more details to come as the date draws closer.
Graduates, faculty/staff, and guests will be seated on the football field, in chairs that are appropriately spaced for the social distancing guidelines which we still expect will be in effect in July.
Graduates will be seated together as a group. Guests and faculty/staff will be seated around them.
Due to space limitations in our facility, guests will be limited to two per graduate. You will receive guest tickets in the mail, which must be produced for entry to campus. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate additional guests with the space we have.
The graduation will be livestreamed and recorded, so that additional family and friends who cannot be there in person can view it live.
Parking will be available for everyone on campus. We encourage graduates and their two guests to come together in one car.
Due to the typical temperature in July, we will forgo the usual graduation gowns for everyone’s comfort. Graduates should dress up for the occasion and should wear their graduation caps which you’ll receive this Sunday, along with other graduation regalia which you will receive before the event. We do plan to have a small number of graduation gowns available on-site to borrow, if you would like to take photos with your family in the full traditional attire.
The alternate rain date in case of bad weather will be Monday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.
The graduation ceremony will be able to include the elements of our traditional graduation, including the procession of graduates, walking across the stage when your name is called, and our student speaker and awards. The speaker audition and awards process is already underway based on your nomination forms from last week.
Again, you can expect more information about specific logistics to be sent to you and your families via email, as we draw closer to July 19. Like so much about this spring, this will be a different event for Brebeuf Jesuit and for the Class of 2020, the first of its kind. Personally I am very glad that we will have the opportunity to have the entire class together in person to celebrate your graduation, the people you are, and your impact on Brebeuf Jesuit over the past four years. If you have questions about the event at this time, I’m happy to receive them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Access for Students
MAY 18 – SENIORS AND JUNIORS
MAY 20 – SOPHOMORES AND FRESHMEN
We realize many students did not have a chance to take home all of their possessions or clean out their lockers, drop off team jerseys or retrieve instruments prior to the school’s closure due to COVID-19.
There will be two opportunities for students to access the school for these items:
- Juniors and Seniors: Monday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Freshmen and Sophomores: Wednesday, May 20 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Please note the following for school access:
- The number of students allowed in the building at one time will be limited.
- Students will not be allowed in the building without wearing a mask that covers both the mouth and nose.
- Parents will not be allowed to come in the building. Please park in the main parking lot and wait for your students to exit.
- Cars will not be allowed to park in the main drive or in the fire lane.
Student Locker Clean-out:
- Students may only visit their lockers. Other areas of the building will be off-limits.
- The line to enter for locker access will form at the Main Lobby Entrance. The line should form along the sidewalk in front of the west end of the building (in the direction of the Jesuit residence).
- Students will be expected to follow social distancing guidelines while waiting in line to enter the building.
Athletic Locker Clean-out and Jersey Drop-off:
- Student-athletes may clean out locker room lockers by going to door 7. Students cannot go through the school to access the Wellness Center. They must exit the school and re-enter at door 7.
- A member of the Athletic Department will be available at door 7 to retrieve your team jersey(s). Please have all jerseys in a plastic bag, labeled with your name and team.
Band & Orchestra Instrument Drop-off:
- Students may pick-up instruments at door 13.
Library Book Return:
- A box will be available in the main lobby for any checked-out library books (from the Brebeuf library or from any IndyPL branch).
- Students with outstanding Brebeuf library books were notified via email on May 11.
Please contact Dean Adams with any questions at email@example.com.
Brebeuf Jesuit Athletics Update
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Students and Families,
I write to you today with an update regarding summer athletics. Due to the recent directive from the IHSAA, Brebeuf Jesuit has canceled all in-person June practices and activities. Even though our campus remains closed, our coaches, athletes, and teams continue to train, prepare, and support each other virtually. The Brebeuf Jesuit Athletic Department remains committed to serving our student-athletes during this time.
To read the complete May 6, 2020, IHSAA News Release, click here.
Team Schedules and Calendars
To adhere to the IHSAA’s guidance, student-athletes may resume team activities beginning on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. We continue to plan carefully for our campus return, to ensure the safest environment for all school activities, based on the guidelines recommended by state and local government and medical officials. Due to the limitations that student-athletes have already experienced, the IHSAA has decided to waive the typical moratorium week for the summer of 2020, which would have been June 28, 2020-July 3, 2020.
Coaches are in the process of revising their team calendars, and they will communicate those schedule updates and changes here. Student-athletes and families can expect more information to come about the procedures we will have in place to safely resume activity.
For incoming student-athletes, our coaches and teams are in the process of welcoming and including the Class of 2024 into their team meetings, and coaches will provide more opportunities in the future to join virtual team meetings. Please refer to the Head Coach Directory in order to connect with our coaches.
Wellness Center Orientation
For all incoming freshmen and transfer students who plan on playing a sport during the 2020-2021 school year, the new dates for our Wellness Center Orientation will be July 1, 2020 – July 3, 2020. We are currently determining how to effectively run the orientation while adhering to social-distancing guidelines as it relates to gyms, fitness centers, and similar facilities. The purpose of the orientation is to teach student-athletes how to safely use the equipment in the Wellness Center so that they are prepared for team strength and conditioning workouts. Student-athletes who have not completed the Wellness Center Orientation will not be allowed to participate in the strength and conditioning workouts with their team(s) until they have done so. Please mark these dates on your calendar and expect more specifics on timing and procedures to come. For questions about Wellness Center Orientation, please contact trainer Joel Clem at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athletic Registration and Participation Documents
All incoming and current student-athletes should complete the 2020-2021 Athletic Registration and submit the Athletic Participation Documents prior to the first organized team workout or Wellness Center Orientation, whichever occurs first. Student-athletes only have to register once each year, so there is no need to complete the form for each season. Additionally, please disregard any part of the registration process that shows an amount due or asks for payment. Please email or mail the completed athletic participation documents to Todd Howard at email@example.com or 2801 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
St. Vincent Physical Night
We do not have an update about the St. Vincent Physical Night that was originally scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2020 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. We hope to schedule an alternate date for this event, and we will communicate the new date as soon as we have that information to share.
Athletes are still athletes even during the campus closure, and we continue to train and prepare now for when we can practice, train, and compete on campus. Our students and coaches have revealed just how resilient, creative, and caring they truly are. Those are lessons for a lifetime, and I am beyond impressed by you all.
AP Resources and Exam Updates
Dear AP Students,
We are one week away from kicking off this year’s 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Administration! Please find important information below to help guide you through the AP Exam day!
Part 1: NEW RESOURCES
1) AP Exam Day Checklist: review prior to exam day!
2) AP 2020 Exam Walkthrough: must watch!
3) AP Exam Demo: released TODAY, Monday, May 4!
4) 2020 AP Testing Guide – review 5 steps to take prior to exam day!
1) AP Prep Week is officially underway! These online AP Classes and Review Sessions will focus on the exam day experience and cover sample exam questions. I encourage you to checkout Open Book/Open Note Tips for additional guidance as you prepare for exam day.
2) Portfolio Submissions for AP Seminar and AP Drawing are due by May 26.
3) AP Spanish Language exam… IMPORTANT UPDATE! This exam will be administered using a new dedicated app—the AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA). Students taking this exam must use this app on smartphones or tablets, not on laptops or desktop computers. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. Learn more here.
4) Two days before exams you’ll receive an email with your exam e-ticket. If you are having difficulty receiving College Board emails, please follow these steps. The e-ticket will also be posted in your “My AP Account” up until the day of the exam.
5) Do NOT use Internet Explorer for testing!
6) If you have any issue on exam day that prevents you from testing successfully, you can request a makeup exam by going to – Request a Makeup Exam – where you can describe what happened and request an e-ticket for a June makeup exam. You must have your original e-ticket with you when filling out the form and you must submit your request within 48 hours!
As always, please reach out to your AP teacher(s) and/or myself, Mrs. Davis, with any questions you may have.
Best of luck!
Mrs. Lindsay Davis
College Counselor & AP Coordinator
Additional E-Learning Information
Dear Students and Families,
I hope that you have been having a good week. As you receive this on the Wednesday “Prep Day” in our academic schedule, our faculty are engaged in an online professional development session, led by an IUPUI faculty member who specializes in online instructional design. We are certainly learning through experience along with our students, and working to increase our knowledge so that whatever happens in the summer and fall, we will be ready.
I’m grateful for all of you who took the time to respond to our survey last week about e-learning. This message is to follow up with you about what we learned from your feedback, and the steps we’re taking to further refine Brebeuf Jesuit’s e-learning experience for both students and faculty.
We heard from a very nice sample of our students and parents, across all four grade levels. The great majority of you, 84%, indicated that the changes to the online learning schedule since spring break were improvements. About 70% of you indicated that we had moved the workload to be about the right amount (20% responded that it still felt like too much, and 10% responded that it was not enough). The most common response (46%) about the frequency of online meetings was that they were just frequent enough. All of these trends are helpful to see, and will allow us to fine-tune moving forward.
In the open-ended comments, we could identify a few themes of common suggestions and concerns. Here is a list of those key themes and how we are responding to each:
- There was a need for more consistent and clear communication on schedules for online meetings, assignments and deadlines. Therefore, going forward, students should expect to receive every Friday, agendas for the coming week from each of their teachers, which include the specific schedule of when that class meets live online, as well as upcoming activities and deadlines.
- In the survey responses, we heard an appreciation for thorough communication and a reminder of how necessary it is in a time of uncertainty and change. To that end, we’ve created a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page on the Brebeuf Jesuit website, which compiles information and links about a large number of questions that we know are on many of your minds, and will be updated moving forward.
- We heard a desire for school-wide approaches for how student grades would be handled and finalized for this semester. Cura personalis is the center of our approach during this time, and we also know that we need to continue to assign grades for students’ work. So, we have developed these academic guidelines for the remainder of this semester, which we hope will clarify expectations and ease anxieties:
- We will maintain our practice of providing online Progress Reports on Portals halfway through the quarter (April 21), as a communication checkpoint. Students and parents are encouraged to email their teachers with any questions about these grade updates.
- Students will continue to receive letter grades for all courses, rather than pass/fail grades. This is in keeping with Indiana Department of Education guidance, and we believe is ultimately in the best interest of all students.
- Courses will not give final exams (with the exception of some dual-credit college courses which have their own requirements). Each class will be creating meaningful ways to wrap up as we move towards the last days of school.
- Final semester grades, as usual, represent the work that students have done throughout the entire semester. Teachers maintain the expectation that the learning continues, that students continue to be accountable for their work, and that students attend online class meetings. However, teachers also recognize that students are facing particular challenges during this online learning time, and they will show grace and care accordingly, including in the following ways:
- Students who are late on assignments or who perform poorly on assessments during this time will have opportunities to demonstrate improvement, and have that improvement factored into the grade calculation. The specifics of this will vary by the nature of the assignment and the coursework, but the basic concept is that students will have opportunities to improve.
- We will follow a school-wide policy for these semester grades, that all final averages will be rounded to the nearest percent (i.e., if the final average is an 89.6%, it would be rounded up to a 90%).
- Our teachers are working with the intention that students who are putting forth a good faith effort, attending their online classes and completing their assignments, will not find their grades penalized due to the challenges of this situation. If students or parents have concerns about current grades or final grades, our teachers will welcome the chance to speak directly with them about those concerns.
- If a student or parent feels that a final grade is not consistent with the policies and statements above, we will be open to hearing those concerns and working individually with you. The process for recourse in that situation is: 1) communicate directly with the teacher to bring your concerns or case for reconsideration to them; 2) if the resolution from this conversation is not satisfactory, forward your concerns to the Department Chair of that academic department; 3) if it is still unresolved, forward your concern to the Principal.
- We’ve also heard a number of questions about how we are upholding academic integrity in the online learning environment. Academic integrity is a matter of partnership and trust among teachers and students, and it involves commitments from both. Page 16 of Brebeuf Jesuit’s student handbook already includes a description of what constitutes academic honesty from students and what violates it, and those descriptions remain valid. Thinking of it in the larger picture, we developed this list of assurances for online learning for both teachers and students:
Brebeuf Jesuit Teachers pledge to:
- Communicate schedules in advance to help students organize and attain predictability
- Explain and remind students of expectations around academic integrity
- Provide feedback and assessment methods which help students learn and demonstrate growth
We ask that our Students pledge to:
- Engage and appropriately participate in online class meetings
- Complete their assignments with their best efforts, with academic honesty and integrity
- Support and respect one another in the online course environment
- Finally, we heard a theme of concern for our students’ mental health and overall wellness during this time. I don’t think it’s presumptuous to say that this applies to our adult community of parents, faculty and staff as well. We’ll say again, that at Brebeuf Jesuit, we are here for each other, even from a distance. On our new FAQs page you’ll find helpful links to School Social Worker Libby Pollak’s message from a few weeks ago, as well as our “Braves Together” community assistance form. Please continue to reach out so that we can help with anything that you’re going through.
Thank you all again for your responses, and for who you are as a part of the Brebeuf Jesuit community at this time.
Continuous Learning Plan
Pursuant to Executive Order 20-16, issued on Thursday, April 2, all public school districts, charter schools, and eligible K-12 schools as defined in I.C. 20-51-1p-47, shall submit a Continuous Learning Plan to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).
District or Charter School Name – Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
Please click here for more.
AP Exams Update from Brebeuf Jesuit
We now have nearly complete information as it pertains to AP testing during this unique time. Please click here for a complete exam schedule and links to information regarding exam content, scoring, college credit, testing accommodations, and exam security.
Brave Together – Update on Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Families,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this update to you. In adhering to the orders set forth by the Governor, Brebeuf Jesuit will not be returning to campus to finish the 2019-2020 academic year. In spite of this and the challenging time we are facing, I want to encourage us all to be BRAVE TOGETHER! We want to join together as we support our students in the E-Learning environment, as well as lift up our faculty as they have worked tirelessly to create lesson plans, meaningful curriculum, and powerful “virtual” connections.
The Class of 2020 is on my mind daily. Our seniors have been exceptional leaders in our community of Braves. When I think of these students who were born during 9/11 and now graduating during a pandemic…well, there just aren’t words to describe the strength and impact these young people are going to make on the world. Through the difficulties they’ve faced, they have learned how to navigate challenges and rise above adversity—all while being stronger together. I encourage you all to lift up the 184 members of our senior class in prayer. Please pray for their future, pray their hearts are filled with joy, and pray they carry with them our mission of serving as men and women for others. It is important to our community that we celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors, and we remain hopeful that we will be able to gather for a special ceremony to do just that. Therefore, we have reserved Clowes Memorial Hall for Sunday, July 19 to celebrate the graduation of the Brebeuf Jesuit Class of 2020. We will continue to keep you updated on any details and future plans as they come together.
In an effort to remain BRAVE TOGETHER, it is important to note that we are here for you. We want to remain connected as we work remotely to address your needs, cares, and concerns. A form has been created and is linked here for you to complete, should you have any concerns arise during this time. Whether they be academic, financial or emotional, we are here to help every step of the way. Once you have submitted the form, we will ensure that someone from Brebeuf reaches out and connects with you.
Finally, I want to invite you to join us this Thursday for a Holy Thursday Prayer Service at 4:30 p.m. Details regarding this prayer service will be posted to brebeuf.org and communicated to families early next week. What a powerful connection to come together in prayer! Father Chris, the Campus Ministry Team, and I are looking forward to joining together with hopes to lift our spirits, exercise the power of prayer, and remain BRAVE TOGETHER.
Father Bill Verbryke, S.J.
New Brebeuf Jesuit E-Learning Schedule for April
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Students and Families,
As we near our spring break, our faculty and staff are looking forward to a much-needed break after two weeks of hard work to transition to E-Learning. But foremost on our mind are you, our students, who have also had two weeks of hard work, change, and dispiriting news. We’re glad for a time of rest for you too, though we are feeling compassion for the disappointment of your spring break being less fun than you had anticipated. Please do take a well-deserved rest, and find new ways with your time to stay healthy, active and connected to one another.
I’m grateful for all those who took the time to send feedback through our survey about E-Learning. As I mentioned in my previous message, we could already tell by the end of last week that we would need to plan differently for April, to make this a sustainable pace for everyone. Your survey feedback helped us to stay focused on the optimal experience for our students as we make this quick transition to online schooling, and we are certainly learning a great deal.
We have created a brand new E-Learning schedule for the month of April (and that would be able to extend to the month of May, if necessary). Monday, April 6, will not be an E-Learning day for students; it will be a Prep Day for teachers. Then, beginning Tuesday, April 7, we will begin a new rotation of E-Learning days, as shown on the calendar below:
On Maroon Class Days, classes that meet during periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 will post activities and/or assignments. They may have live online class meetings at their designated times, as shown on the calendar above. Teachers will post a schedule of virtual office hours where they are available for responses to questions.
On Gold Class Days, the same framework repeats, just for classes that meet during periods 2, 4, 6, and 8.
Prep Days are teacher and student workdays. No new assignments will be posted, no deadlines will fall on these days, and no classes will meet, except for sophomore seminar with their college counselors. The purpose of these days is for students to work on assignments they have received over the previous days, to allow them to catch up or work ahead, and to ask questions of their teachers. The teachers will spend those days working on planning and grading, as well as responding to student questions during virtual office hours.
Assignments for Maroon Day classes will have deadlines on later Maroon Days. Assignments for Gold Day classes will have deadlines on later Gold Days. There will no longer be the “universal deadline” time of 4:00 p.m., so you will see different deadline times, but none will be later than 5:00 p.m., or on weekends or Prep Days.
The main goal of this schedule is to stagger the workload for students, to make it more manageable for everyone, while still keeping students engaged daily and moving the learning forward. We also heard that so many of you appreciated the virtual face-to-face opportunities with your teachers and classmates, so this schedule facilitates that, but allows them to happen on different days rather than all on the same day.
We sincerely hope and expect that this new schedule will make for a better student experience for an online school environment over an extended period of time. Again, we are learning as we go, we appreciate your patience and feedback, and we’ll be ready again to adapt as needed, as we manage this journey together.
May God bless each of you and your time as families together over spring break.
AP Exams Update
March 26, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Community,
As you may already know, the College Board announced that it would be moving all AP testing online. Students will be taking AP exams from home in May. The format will be a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered. [seen under: Course Specific Exam Info]. We are proud to have over 418 students at Brebeuf Jesuit taking over 841 exams, so this also means there is a lot to consider.
The College Board’s announcement has raised many questions. For example: When exactly will the tests be taken? What should we do for students with accommodations? How will these exams be scored, and credit awarded? We expect this information to be forthcoming from the College Board, but we don’t have it yet.
Here is what we know so far:
- The College Board will make a final announcement about testing by April 3.
- The College Board has released [seen under: Free AP Review Classes] live, online review classes.
- With the exception of AP Drawing, each exam will have a 45-minute, ‘Free Response’ exam.
- The exams will focus on curriculum from earlier in the school year, curriculum it is likely the teachers were able to cover before our extended e-learning period began.
- Tests can be completed by computer, tablet, phone, or on paper and submitted by photos.
- Universities are generally on board with the changes made to this year’s examinations.
- The College Board would like to help with technology access. Because of this, it would be good for us to know which students need technology support for testing.
- AP insists that the exams will be secure; they have anti-cheating measures in place.
There are still many questions unanswered. We will let you know as soon as decisions are reached about the process and procedures. If you have questions or concerns, reach out to your AP teacher with content related questions and to Brebeuf Jesuit AP Exam Coordinator, Mrs. Davis for AP examination process questions after April 3. We are here to support you through these unprecedented changes.
Brebeuf Jesuit Operations Update – March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Students and Families,
We hope you all had a restful weekend, and a good start today to our second week of E-Learning. I am writing today with a short update on E-Learning, and to invite your feedback as we look ahead to April.
I want to again thank and commend the efforts of all of our students and teachers last week. The work you did to adapt to a new structure, along with all of the challenges happening around us, was truly impressive. As our faculty leaders debriefed at the end of the week, our consensus was that the pace and demands of the week were greater than will be sustainable by our students and teachers. We’ve also heard that feedback directly from students and parents, and we are listening.
So, the first thing we did as a faculty was to aim to dial back the student workload in this second week. That will take a variety of different forms depending on the class, but I hope you can feel the difference.
Next, we are working on a plan to structure our E-Learning classes and assignments differently, once we return from spring break on April 6. We don’t know what that will look like quite yet, but we expect to have a plan to be able to communicate to you by the end of this week. We’re working on this plan by gathering input and ideas from our teachers, and we also want to hear from students and parents as well. I invite you to please click this link to complete a short feedback survey, which should take no more than a couple of minutes. The submission window will close at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
Lastly, Fr. Bill Verbryke, S.J. will be online tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to share a message with our community via Facebook Live. Visit the Brebeuf Jesuit Facebook page here to view. If you are unable to view it live, it will be archived and accessible to all following the broadcast.
Brebeuf Jesuit Campus Operations Update
March 19, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Students and Families,
Good afternoon. It was good to see so many faces online today during the class meetings.
In keeping with Governor Holcomb’s statewide directive today to all schools, we are moving back our expected date of return to in-person classes at Brebeuf Jesuit to May 1, 2020.
The Governor has also announced that all remaining state education tests are cancelled for this school year. For Brebeuf Jesuit, this means ISTEP.
Other Changes Due to May 1 Directive
- This also means that Prom will need to be postponed from its current scheduled date of April 18. Our hope at this time is to be able to reschedule Prom for a later date.
- The Spring Musical, which had tentatively been rescheduled to April 23-25, will not be able to take place on those dates. Like Prom, we will be working to reschedule the Spring Musical.
- AP exams, which are scheduled to begin on May 4, are at the discretion of the College Board. As of now, the College Board has not yet made any announcements about this year’s AP testing. We will let you know as soon as we hear anything.
- We have been in contact with Clowes Hall about the Class of 2020 Graduation ceremony, and we have received confirmation that Graduation is still on their calendar as scheduled at this time, for Sunday, May 17.
We continue to pray for all of you, and we will keep in touch.
Brebeuf Jesuit – E-Learning and the Importance of Social Distancing
March 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Students and Families,
I hope you are doing well this Wednesday evening. These past few days since you heard from me last, have been a lot to take in, with all of the uncertainties and adjustments in daily life. We also just concluded our third day of E-Learning, and I know we are all adjusting to that too.
All of the initial signs appear to us that e-learning is off to the best start we could have hoped for. I want to thank our students for your diligence in your schoolwork, for continuing to care so much about your learning, and for your resilience. I expected this is what we would see from all of you, but I still don’t take it for granted. I want to thank our teachers for all of their work and care to organize learning while we’re all apart. As I’ve been looking through our teachers’ communication on their pages, I’ve frequently heard them say or write to their students, “we miss you,” “we’re here to help you,” and “we’ll be okay.”
At Brebeuf Jesuit, we have closed the building to all but essential needs, as we realize that our duty right now in terms of taking care of our broader community, is to be at home. Students, we ask you to please stay at home as well. Saying “no” to getting together with a few friends or having a friend over to the house, feels extreme – but that is exactly what needs to happen right now if we want to see many lives saved. Staying home is a worthy sacrifice, and is the most selfless thing you can do at this moment for others. It also gives us the best chance of being able to get back together, as friends and as a school community, sooner rather than later.
I’m young and don’t have any risk factors. Can I continue to socialize?
Please don’t. There is no question that older people and those with underlying health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, but young people are by no means immune.
And there is a greater public health imperative. Even people who show only mild symptoms may pass the virus to many, many others — particularly in the early course of the infection, before they even realize they are sick. So you might keep the chain of infection going right to your own older or high-risk relatives. You may also contribute to the number of people infected, causing the pandemic to grow rapidly and overwhelm the health care system.
If you ignore the guidance on social distancing, you will essentially put yourself and everyone else at much higher risk.
Finally, here are a few good resources for families on dealing with the stressors of young people and parents alike during this time:
- Article – 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus
- Article – Helping Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Anxiety
- Webpage – Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Coronavirus Resources: Responding in Prayer, Reflection, and Solidarity
I’ll say again along with our teachers – we miss you, we’re here to help you, and we’ll be okay. You can expect regular updates and resources during this time, so I’ll talk with you again soon.
Important E-Learning Details
March 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Students and Families,
I hope you are well during this weekend, as we all adapt to a challenging time. As I write this morning, I am grateful for all of you, and I am hopeful that the measures we all are taking will make a positive contribution toward arresting the spread of COVID-19, for the Brebeuf Jesuit community and for the entire Indianapolis community. Thank you all for what we are doing together to make this happen.
On Monday, March 16, we will begin E-Learning Days. This past Friday, our faculty and staff spent the day preparing to conduct classes online for this extended period, and to care for our students and their whole-person development, even from a distance. This message is meant to outline the general instructions for e-learning for students, to help you know what to expect and how to plan.
E-Learning Days are school days, and students should expect to spend good portions of each day engaged in learning while at home. The academic goals of E-Learning Days include maintaining and consolidating learning which has already taken place, in addition to moving forward with the content and advancing the learning. All of us recognize that in this new territory, we will all need to be flexible with each other. Our goal is not to plow through the academic content at the same pace no matter what. But, students, please also know that these are not days off like snow days—these are school days, and like school days, you’ll have daily responsibilities and regular deadlines.
Each morning, students should check each of their class pages on Portals, where they will find instructions and links to their assignments for the day, as well as teacher contact information. Some classes will have a live meeting online, with instructions for students on how to access it and when. Some classes will have an assignment and a deadline, without a live meeting that day. All teachers will post “virtual office hours” of when they will be available “live” to respond to student questions, along with instructions on how to contact them during those office hours.
As we have done with previous E-Learning Days, we will continue to follow our already-planned Day 1-5 schedule of classes. The Days 1-5 schedule can be found on the Brebeuf app, and on the school calendar which is posted on the Brebeuf Jesuit website, www.brebeuf.org. For example, Monday, March 16, is a Day 3. So, any classes that would have met on a Day 3, will have an assignment posted for that day, while period 4 and 6 classes will not.
On each Day 1, ALL classes will have live online meetings, at the time the class would have regularly met on Day 1. The Day 1’s during our period of school closure are every Thursday (except during Spring Break): March 19, March 26, and April 9. On these days, each teacher will post instructions for how to access the class’s online meeting. This may take several formats as appropriate to the course, including teacher-led instruction, open Q&A, or others. The purpose of the Day 1 online meetings is so that at least once per week, every class has a live meeting opportunity for check-in and instruction.
We have made a decision as the entire faculty, that all assignment deadlines will be at 4:00 p.m. for submission for students. Some short assignments may be given in the morning with a 4:00 p.m. same-day deadline, while many other assignments will be given a next-day 4:00 p.m. deadline or several days in advance. For assignments that stretch over multiple days, teachers will give students guidelines for how to split up the work so that they work on pieces of it daily, culminating on the due date.
In addition to consistency and simplicity for students, the purpose of a 4:00 p.m. deadline is to encourage you to establish a healthy daily routine. We recommend students organize their academic work during school hours, complete it before dinner time, and spend dinner and evening time as family time. Parents, I recommend this clip featuring Denise Pope of Stanford University for an introduction to her acronym of “PDF” – Playtime, Downtime, and Family Time each day in balance with your school work. These are as important for high school students (not to mention adults) as they are for younger kids.
I want everyone to know that our student support staff, which includes our Academic Counseling, College Counseling, Learning Center, School Social Worker, and others, will be available to our students via email and/or phone on every school day. Those staff will be proactively reaching out to students, as groups and individually as necessary, for academic support, social-emotional support, for continuing support on the college placement process, and any other needs with which we can help. This is one example of how we hope to live our Jesuit values of the education of the whole person and cura personalis (care of the person) during this time.
We have also made provisions to support students and families who need assistance during this time with a number of things such as meals, home internet access, and other IT support. We will be reaching out proactively with such assistance, and we also welcome anyone with a need to contact Dean Brenda Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org, School Social Worker Libby Pollak at email@example.com, or any of your student’s teachers or counselors.
You can expect regular communication from us in the coming days and weeks. In addition to our faculty, all of our Brebeuf Jesuit staff are working throughout this time to maintain school operations and to be available to you over email or phone. You will have plenty of caring people and resources available to you for any questions or needs. We will also continue to pray for all of our families and for our entire community, and we ask for your prayers as well. We will look forward to being together virtually though not physically, at our first E-Learning Day on Monday.
SAT on March 14 Has Been Cancelled
March 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
All families that were registered for the March 14 SAT at Brebeuf Jesuit should have received an email from the College Board, that this test administration has been cancelled. That email also included instructions for rescheduling and/or refunding.
The College Board website has not yet been updated to list Brebeuf Jesuit as a site closure. We are sending this message to make sure that our families knew that the SAT would not be taking place tomorrow at Brebeuf Jesuit.
Boys Basketball Tournament Postponed
March 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
The IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament has now been postponed. More information can be found here.
COVID-19 Update – Brebeuf Jesuit Closed, In-Person Classes Cancelled
The message below was sent to the Brebeuf Jesuit community on Thursday, March 12.
Dear Brebeuf Jesuit Community,
We write to notify our Brebeuf families that, effective immediately, Brebeuf Jesuit will cease in-person classes, with an expected return date of Tuesday, April 14. School will not be held on Friday, March 13 and it is not necessary for students to come to school. Should students need to retrieve belongings from school, the building will be open for them to drop in before campus is closed. Beginning at the end of the day on Friday, campus will be closed until April 14. E-Learning Days will begin on Monday, March 16.
Please note that we currently have no known cases of COVID-19 within the Brebeuf community, nor are we aware of any members of our community who are under medical investigation for COVID-19. However, we recognize the spread of COVID-19 within the Indianapolis community is inevitable. Additionally, it is known that proactive closures have proven to be one of the most impactful interventions communities can enact when facing major health pandemics. Given this information, and after careful discernment and discussions with local health authorities, we have made the difficult decision that campus closure is the best contribution we can make to protect our community.
As indicated in previous emails, all school-sponsored trips have been cancelled. Additionally, all school-sponsored activities, including athletics and co-curriculars, originally scheduled between March 13-April 14, are suspended and all school events during that time are cancelled. If an event is rescheduled to a later date, we will notify families with
that information. Please note: at this time, the Boys Basketball Regional on Saturday will continue as scheduled, but with very limited spectators, as specified yesterday by the ISHAA. Boys basketball provisions can be found here.
As it currently stands, we aim to return to normal school operations on Tuesday, April 14. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, and we will be in touch with all future
developments, including during the time of campus closure.
This coming Monday, March 16, begins our first day of E-Learning Days for all students and faculty. Class schedules, assignments, virtual meetings, and teacher virtual office hours will be posted to Portals. These are school days, and learning activities will continue. The week of March 30-April 3 will continue to be observed as spring break, with no online classes conducted or work assigned during that time. You can expect more information to come from the Principal’s Office and from faculty members to students and parents, about the protocols for E-Learning Days.
Families are again encouraged to review travel warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Should you and your family still choose to travel to high-risk areas, please know that health officials will likely direct you to self-quarantine upon your return. Brebeuf Jesuit will also ask that your family follow all health protocols in such a situation. Should any members of your family need to self-quarantine or test positive for COVID-19, please contact Dean Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we know this is a difficult and disruptive situation, we thank you for your flexibility and understanding. Additionally, we encourage everyone to exercise caution during this
closure in an effort to stay healthy and safe.
Let us pray for the Brebeuf Jesuit community all those impacted during this challenging time.
Fr. Bill Verbryke, S.J. and Greg VanSlambrook