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AT-HOME LEARNING

At-Home Learning has been extended through the end of the school year.

QUICK LINK: Class Meeting Information and Office Hours E-Learning Schedule
(Or, please review all drop down tabs)

 

Online Class Schedule

**YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AT YOUR COMPUTER AT THE BELOW TIMES.

Students may choose to view the posted content at their convenience, as long they do so in a way that allows them to keep up with assignments. Some teachers will post a week’s worth of material so students can work ahead.
A-block8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
B-block9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
C-block10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
D-block10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
E-block11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
F-block12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
G-block1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
H-block2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
CLASS INFORMATION
  • Classes ‘meet’ M,W,F.
    You may choose to view the posted content at your convenience (you do not have to be at your computer at the above times) as long you do so in a way that allows you to keep up with assignments. Some teachers will post a week’s worth of material so that you can work ahead.
  • No Need to Check for Work in PE, Weight Training, Study Halls (including Directed Study Hall, and TA).These classes are suspended for now.
  • Each class’s pre-recorded content and documents will be uploaded by the teacher or ready to go by class time each day. 
  • Check Moodle! It will be extremely difficult to be successful with e-learning without checking Moodle daily. Assignments or directions as to where to find assignments will be posted in the top-most section of Moodle. If teachers choose to post materials on a site such as OneNote or Teams, they will put a link on the Moodle page to direct you to that site. If you cannot find your assignments, email your teacher right away.

‘Essential Class Information for E-Learning’ document can be found on Moodle at the top of your class page. This is where the teacher clearly communicates in writing to you how the class will work. 

OFFICE HOURS SCHEDULE

Office Hours Schedule

Are you stuck? Reach out to your teacher or counselor/advisor right away. You can email your teacher and you can talk with them ‘live’ at the following times. Some teachers may prefer to set up a live chat through Microsoft Teams.

Department
Day(s)
Time
Wellness  Thursday 8-9 a.m.
Other  Tuesday 8-9 a.m.
Fine Art  Thursday 9-10 a.m.
Religion  Tuesday 9-10 a.m.
English Tuesday/Thursday 10-11 a.m.
Guidance  Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Math  Tuesday/Thursday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
World Languages Tuesday/Thursday 12-1 p.m.
Science  Tuesday/Thursday 1-2 p.m.
Social Studies  Tuesday/Thursday 2-3 p.m.

 

OFFICE HOURS PARAMETERS
  • Office Hours are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are optional for students. Exception: Guidance: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (If you have a crisis situation, contact your counselor or an administrator right away.) Teachers will be available for live help (video or chat) at the posted time as long as you have emailed them by the start of office hours that day that you need help.
  • If you have emailed and requested to meet during office hours, the teacher opens a video or chat session on Teams and invites students to join the call. You may log off whenever you want (e.g., if your questions are answered in first few minutes of session).
  • Etiquette/Behavior: Teachers will be recording the live sessions. It is important that you are properly clothed and participating from a location that is conducive to learning. These sessions are an extension of the formal classroom. Proper behavior is required for participation. Students who have difficulty with proper online behavior may be asked to leave the session.
  • Some of your questions may be easily answered by email rather than by live sessions.
  • Emailing Your Teachers: Teachers will tell you in writing about their unique policies to responding to email. For example, if you email a teacher at 9 p.m., they might not respond until the next day. This could be problematic if you are working on an assignment at the last minute.
TECH HELP
  • Students may request Technology Help (e.g., resetting passwords, help with logins, troubleshooting Microsoft issues, and other limited issues).
  • Some of your questions may be easily answered by email (M-F, 8-3). If you need live help (video or chat), consult the Technology Office Hours and email to be schedule for a live session by the start of office hours.

Technology Office Hours:
Mrs. Liberty Phillips, 8-10 a.m. M-F | Mrs. Dawn Harbin, 1-3 p.m. M-F

Tips:

  • Check Technology Resources for Students on Moodle for helpful how-to videos and tutorials.
  • Many technology questions can also be answered through Google, YouTube or other Internet resources.
  • Password reset requests can often be made through the application (Renweb, Moodle, etc.)
OTHER
  • It’s Real Class: Teachers have been instructed to give a graded assessment within the first 4-5 class days to emphasize the importance of staying up-to-date with work.
  • Materials Left at School: Did you leave something at school? The building will be open March 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow you time to visit the bookstore, pick up a copy, or retrieve a book.
  • Testing: Each individual teacher will explain how assessments will work in his classroom on the Essential Class Info for E-Learning document posted on the class Moodle page.
  • Worried? Stressed?: Guidance and The Learning Center Office Hours are Fridays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13

Date Changes and Cancellations

  • At-Home Learning: extended through the end of the school year.
  • Athletics: all athletic events and practices are canceled through the end of the school year.
  • Spring Musical: new dates to be determined
  • Graduation: TBD – tentative date is June 27, 2020 and is subject to change.
April 1 – Superintendent's Parent Letter

Dear Catholic School Communities:

Please be assured of my continued prayers for your health and general welfare. I am writing to you today to share that all the Catholic schools within our diocese will extend our school closures and at-home learning virtual practices through the end of April. It is our hope that teachers will be able to return to their schools on Friday, May 1, 2020 for in-service and that students will return on Monday, May 4, 2020. With this in mind, we will continue to act upon recommendations made by diocesan, health and government officials and will adjust schedules accordingly. During this extended period of at-home learning, the school leaders, faculty and I will continue to collaborate and work to ensure our learning expectations provide a sensible structure, focus on connection and community, and emphasize essential learning for student mastery. As a faithful community, I also would encourage you as a family to participate in the available streaming opportunities for Mass and prayerful devotions. I want to personally thank those of you who have reached out to me or to our school leaders to share your concerns or recommendations, as they have been very helpful. I hope that you will continue to maintain this open communication with us.

In closing, I would like to share a novena that you may pray with your family or just for yourself. This prayer is for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic; those who are at risk, those who are currently sick and suffering, for the medical professionals working to save lives, and others who are risking themselves in their jobs for the good of others, as well as those who are grieving for loss of any kind.

––––––––

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to you today with our fears and concerns — You know what’s in our hearts. We love You, trust You, we need You. We ask You to be with us. Stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow. We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. And so, we ask that you bring your loving and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now. Please comfort them. Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away. Please have mercy on those who have died, may they be with You in heaven. Please stand at the side of all medical professionals who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others. Lord, we are scared and we are sorrowful. Please heal us. Send us your peace and overwhelming presence.

(Mention your intentions here)

St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases, pray for us! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.

Amen.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

In Christ,
Dr. Sedonna J. Prater
Superintendent of Catholic Schools, sprater@dioknox.org,
865-223-0244 (cell)
865-584-3307 (work)

March 31 – President's Email

March 31, 2020

Dear KCHS families:

Greetings from Catholic High! I pray that you are healthy, taking care of yourselves, and finding time to reach out to friends and loved ones. Last night, my three siblings and I, along with our 7 nephews and 1 niece, had a Zoom call just to have some family time. And, while it was awesome to share some laughs and stories, it was a stark reminder that these are indeed anxious times. As the number of cases of coronavirus in Knox County grows, I pray that our efforts to practice social distancing are indeed working and that everyone in our community is taking this seriously.

We are one week into our at-home learning and the overall feedback has been very positive. I want to thank our teachers for their efforts to make this shift a reality. We know that it is not perfect, and we have much to learn. I also want to thank our students for their willingness to adapt to change. Moodle has struggled at times on account of the volume of users nationwide bogging the system down. We are communicating with them on a daily basis and currently it is running well.

With the latest news from our President that social distancing will continue through the end of April, I would like to share the news that as of now, we will continue at-home learning through Friday, May 1, with students returning to school on Monday, May 4. These plans are fluid and certainly subject to change.

I know there are many questions out there for folks like – what will graduation look like for our seniors?… will prom be rescheduled?…. what about finals? Please know that we are in discussion about many of these things and more, and we will keep our community informed of any changes, but here is what I will tell you as of today:

PROM
We are looking at a later date to reschedule prom. We know that our seniors especially are looking forward to this and we are going to do everything we possibly can to make it a reality. It won’t be in April, but we are committed to making it happen.

GRADUATION
Again, as I stated earlier, graduation will happen for our seniors. Will it happen on May 16? It is too early to say for sure, but please know we are committed here as well.

SERVICE HOURS
With respect to service hours, we will waive all service hour requirements for our students for this school year. Certainly, there are things that students and families can do, whether it is supporting initiatives with KARM, Catholic Charities or Second Harvest, just to name a few. For those who are interested, please contact our service coordinator, Ms. Danielle Sanok, who is aware of some opportunities that are safe.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
We will observe our current school holidays with no at-home learning on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday.

ATHLETICS
All athletic practices and games have been canceled until May 1, 2020. This date is fluid and subject to change.

SPRING PLAY
Little Women the Musical will be rescheduled with dates to yet be determined.

ONLINE MASSES
I wanted provide our community with some opportunities to virtually attend masses either daily or on Sundays since we are all in the throws of social distancing.

When we are unable to attend Mass, the Church encourages us to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with Him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Weekday Masses:
St. John Neumann with Fr. Joe Reed, live at 8 a.m. on the SJN Facebook page
Sacred Heart Cathedral with Fr. David, Fr. Martin or Fr. Arthur at 8 a.m. on YouTube
Bishop Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali live at 8 a.m. on DioKnox TV
Sunday Masses:
Saint Albert the Great Church with Fr. Chris Michelson
Latin Mass at Holy Ghost Church with Fr. Michael Hendershott
Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with Fr. David Boettner
St. John Neumann with Fr. Joe Reed
As Holy Week approaches next, please be assured of my prayers for you and your family!

God bless and Go Irish!

Dickie Sompayrac
President
Knoxville Catholic High School
9245 Fox Lonas Road
865-560-0518
dickie.sompayrac@knoxvillecatholic.com

March 21 – President's Update

Dear KCHS Community,

As we progress through spring break in anticipation for our shift to at-home learning, our plan is to communicate often with our community as each day seems to bring about more questions as we continue to deal with this unprecedented virus. 

Allow me to begin by saying that my heart goes out to all of our seniors. This year has been incredible in large part because of the leadership of our senior class. With the uncertainty of the remaining days of this school year, let me simply say, I am sorry; the Class of 2020 deserves better!

A few questions that have surfaced over these last few days – What will happen with AP exams, spring sports, the spring musical, the honors ceremony, school office hours during at-home learning, the senior retreat, prom and even graduation in midst of this pandemic?

Certainly, things can change and likely will, but here is what we know today:

  • At-home learning will begin on Wednesday, March 25.
  • Honors Ceremony – has been canceled , but students will still receive their honors along with a public acknowledgment of their award.
  • AP Exams  – The College Board has just confirmed that all AP students will have the opportunity to take shortened AP exams that cover material covered through early March, on-line from home.  More information on these details will be coming home soon.
  • Spring Musical – has been moved to the first weekend in May provided we are back in school by that time.
  • Senior Retreat – has been canceled.
  • Spring Sports – everything is still called off through April 13. No decision has been made beyond that point.
  • Prom – no official word on prom, however, there is a chance we could look at postponing to a later date in an effort to make it happen.
  • Graduation – one way or another this will happen. 
  • School Office Hours during At-Home Learning – while students can stop by on Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to pickup any necessary materials, the school will NOT have official office hours, as we adhere to the social distancing recommendations of the CDC. Please email or call the school with any questions or concerns. Speaking of phones –they are currently not working at Catholic High, but we hope to have this resolved shortly.

That’s it for now. For those of you who will be traveling home over these next couple of days, may your travels be safe!

God bless,

Dickie Sompayrac
President
Knoxville Catholic High School
9245 Fox Lonas Road
(865) 560-0518
Dickie.Sompayrac@knoxvillecatholic.com

March 23 – President's At-Home Learning Update

Dear KCHS Families,

Greetings from Knoxville Catholic! I hope that all our families are doing well and staying healthy as we continue to deal with the fallout from this terrible pandemic.

Today, we opened our doors for students to come by to pick up necessary materials as we prepare for the onset of at-home learning.  Even though we were all aware of social distancing, I must say it was good to see some students today.  Frankly, I was surprised to see so many and given the recent order from the Knox County Health Department to stay home unless there is an essential need, I realize it may be a while before we see students again at KCHS.

We will not be opening our school tomorrow as originally scheduled due to the recent order from the KCHD.  If students are in need of any materials, please let me know and we will do our best to accommodate.

Our guidance team would like to remind our students that they will be keeping office hours daily from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Monday through Friday.

School Counselors

Learning Center

Should parents or students have a need to contact the school, here is a list of appropriate emails

Lastly, Pope Francis has invited all Christians of the globe to unite on Wednesday, March 25 at noon to pray the Our Father together — so that as the entire world is suffering from the pandemic, so the Lord might hear all of Christendom united in prayer. (On that day, Catholics and many Christians are celebrating the Annunciation, the day Gabriel visited Our Lady and thus the feast of the Lord becoming flesh within the womb of the Virgin.)

https://aleteia.org/2020/03/22/pope-calls-all-christians-to-pray-our-father-together-march-25-at-noon/?fbclid=IwAR3HWti14RHkamLbVRWLDxMtrPOYari1IZf0zvSdNA8P2dQZattVYBHTm0w#.XnhFHUi8I1P.facebook

Pope calls all Christians to pray Our Father together, March 25 at noon

Pope Francis invited all Christians of the globe to unite on March 25 at noon to pray the Our Father together — so that as the entire world is suffering from the pandemic, so the Lord might h…

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I will keep you posted on any further developments. My prayers for the continued good health of our community.

God bless,

Dickie Sompayrac
President
Knoxville Catholic High School
9245 Fox Lonas Road
(865) 560-0518
Dickie.Sompayrac@knoxvillecatholic.com

March 16 – President's At-Home Learning Update

Dear KCHS Students and Parents,

As a follow up to the news of our school’s shift to an at-home learning environment, I wanted to share with you some information that hopefully will provide some clarity moving forward: 

  • We will officially begin at-home learning on Wednesday, March 25, .
  • Everything that we do will be channeled through Moodle.  Making sure that students have Moodle access is imperative.
  • The school will be open for students who need to come by to pick up any necessary materials on March 23-25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Students must check their school email for updates and information.
  • We will provide tech support from afar for students who are in need.
  • We have created a link to our school’s web site for Coronavirus updates for our community –https://www.knoxvillecatholic.com/coronavirus-updates/

On Wednesday night of this week, we will be sending out a document that will provide more guidance and structure to the at-home learning schedule. We know that these times are unprecedented for all of us as students, parents and educators, and we know that there will undoubtedly be some hiccups. Please bare with us and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Enjoy the rest of your spring break! 

God bless,

Dickie Sompayrac
President
Knoxville Catholic High School
9245 Fox Lonas Road
(865) 560-0518
Dickie.Sompayrac@knoxvillecatholic.com

 “How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!” – Pope Francis 

 Named Top 50 Catholic High School 

National School of Excellence 

Knoxville Catholic High School, in partnership with parents and supporting parishes, is dedicated to teaching the Gospel, igniting a love for learning, and nurturing individual growth in body, mind and spirit, as students are prepared to be Disciples of Christ who influence a constantly changing world.

PRAYER FOR THE SICK

Courtesy Bishop James Vann Johnston, Jr.
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph
KCHS Class of ’77