Dear FHS Families,
We are incredibly happy to have our FHS students back in the building this fall as we missed them terribly last spring. Despite the challenges with Covid-19 protocols and logistics, we have had a positive start to the school year. Our students have done a phenomenal job adjusting to the new routines and health and safety guidelines. There has been a real team effort amongst all of our FHS school community members to follow these guidelines and help keep our school safe and open for our students. Our teachers are working diligently to support our students’ learning in the hybrid model. Across the school, there are a myriad of examples of how teachers are using innovative ideas to enhance their lessons and student learning. Teachers are utilizing new pieces of technology that they’ve never used before, using online apps and resources that are new to their teaching and are constantly thinking of ways to support our students both at home and in the school building. Our staff is constantly thinking “outside of the box” in order to enhance our instructional methods in the hybrid model.
Clearly, there are some important elements of our school culture that cannot be replicated right now such as huge crowds in the stands or FPAC for our athletic and arts events or our traditional Homecoming events and school dance. But in the midst of losing some of these traditions, we are working to make new ones. Our athletic games are being live streamed which means family members and friends who live far away are able to cheer on our Falcon teams. Our drama students demonstrated an incredible amount of creative thinking to put on a production of Antigone Now outdoors and brought a wonderful show to our community. Our Falcon students and staff are persevering through challenging times to make our school experiences valuable and meaningful both in and out of the classroom.
As the weeks press on, we’ll continue to do all that we can to support the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of an FHS student, please do not hesitate to reach out to our guidance and social work team, our school nurse, to teachers and staff or to administrators. We want each student to feel connected to our school community, even when we aren’t physically together. Parents and families play an integral role in helping us know the needs of our individual students. While we can’t welcome parents into our school building at this time, we still want all families to know that they are an important part of our school community.
Although there is a great deal of uncertainty in the world around us right now, I am certain that we will do our best to help one another through these trying times and work to have a positive school year where students feel challenged, supported and valued.
With Falcon Pride,