Somehow, we’re rocketing through the second quarter of the 2020-21 school year! Normally, being in late October means a full slew of extracurricular activities on the docket for our High School students. While so much is abnormal about this year, the extracurriculars are indeed happening in full force! I wanted to share this with our parents so that you know what is being offered and can help your student find some fun ways to connect, if that push is needed. An important note is that these activities are accessible to both in-person and concurrent-remote learners.

The fall drama production will be underway as of next week! The December performances will feature a format similar to the Middle School production livestreaming tonight (more information on that in this week’s newsletter), with students opting for monologues, short plays, and other works. While rehearsals will occur in person (with normal school protocols), remote learners may choose to attend these or may rehearse and perform remotely.  

Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), the annual mock-legislative experience in which students write and attempt to pass bills, is fully virtual this year, and our students are hard at work drafting their legislation. They will meet online with other Kentucky high school students over two days in late November. As for other virtual academic teams, Math Madness is underway and the Governor’s Cup JV Challenge is upcoming. And on the arts side, Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble meet on alternating Thursdays, online after school.  

Our DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) student groups have been meeting since August and continue to do so. The Black Students Association (BSA) and its affinity group, AFRO; the Gender Rights and Equity Initiative (GRE); the Multicultural Students Association (MSA); and the Queer Students Association (QSA) and its affinity group, Q-Club are all meeting online biweekly or so. The Sacred Space Committee has also met.nAll these groups are fully open to new members, so students are encouraged to join any or all.

The School Committee (our student council) met yesterday and came up with some additional ideas for student fun and interaction, like “Among Us” games with students chatting along the way on Google Meet, Netflix watch parties, and an upcoming in-person bonfire/movie night that we hope to pull off at the Goshen Campus in November. Stay tuned for more information about that, and feel free to reach out to me anytime for more information on an extracurricular activity – I’ll be glad to connect you with the right faculty moderator!