The Jesuit Approach to Virtual Learning
During the uncertain times created by the COVID-19, the Jesuit mantra of cura personalis is needed now more than ever.
Cura personalis, which translates as care of the whole person, suggests individualized attention to the needs of others, distinct respect for unique circumstances and concerns, and an appropriate appreciation for singular gifts and insights.
Our approach to virtual learning has been shaped with this in mind.
- Virtual instruction at MUHS began on March 18 with a complete and robust online learning class schedule, with eight distinct class periods from 9 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. each day. This will allow for the timely conclusion of the 2019-20 school year with minimal loss of instruction.
- In keeping with our rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum, student attendance and participation is monitored closely by every teacher.
- Every day of online learning starts with a recorded prayer video led by a teacher or student.
- All teachers keep virtual office hours from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. as an additional way for students to connect with teachers for help.
- Social/emotional support is offered to students through school counselors and advisors, and resources are shared with students.
- Check-in surveys were sent to parents and students to continually access the effectiveness of the Marquette High virtual learning program.
- The school made check-in phone calls to every family.
- Technology problems, Internet issues, and food concerns were addressed by the school on behalf of families.
- Fridays are designated spirit days to foster a sense of fun and togetherness- Hawaiian Day, Wisconsin Sports Day, etc.
- The school has continued to live its mission of service, participating in such projects as mask assembly, food drives, blood drives, and others.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Marquette University High School remains committed to the continued enhancement of our unique virtual learning program. We are prepared to offer high-quality Jesuit education in this format for however long the situation requires.
Prayer for a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
remember those who must choose
between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children
when their schools close
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
During this time
when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God
to our neighbors.