Hello Mac Parents,

I’m writing this evening (Sept. 24) as we are approaching the end of our third week of instruction. We have experienced successes along with some hiccups, and I continue to be impressed with all our teachers who are working very hard to create and implement the virtual learning experience.

Thank you to everyone who filled out the McCallum parent survey on the learning experience. I really appreciate you taking the time to provide your input. The data received will allow me to move forward as we strive to find a balance to this virtual reality. We are working to fix issues as they arise, including those surrounding workload and sporadic due dates. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to fine-tune these issues. As you know there is no blueprint for educating children during a pandemic. We are still working on finding the balance between challenging students to rise to the occasion and providing a soft landing when they don’t quite get there. We know these are challenging times for everyone, especially for our teenagers.

We will see changes to our on-campus learning access as we move through this fall.  I will continue to bring updates to you as you decide if and when your student will come to campus for learning.  I know how difficult those decisions will be. More to come soon.

I would like to share with you some of the upcoming events we have planned for our parents:

Back to School Knight(s)

We will be holding Back to School Knight on both Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 6:00 pm – please choose which date works better for you. This is not your typical Back to School Knight. As is appropriate for this time, we will have both a synchronous and asynchronous portion of the evening.  We’ll all meet on Zoom for a Welcome from the Principal at 6pm.  This will be followed by an asynchronous Meet the Teachers. We are very excited to try out this format. I hope you’ll be able to join us.

Here is the Zoom information for both Back to School Knights:

Link: sent by email
Meeting ID: sent by email
Passcode: sent by email
Dates: (Pick One): Sept. 30 and Oct. 1
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Coffee with the Principal

Mark your calendar for our monthly Coffee with the Principal. It’ll be a BYOC (Bring Your Own Coffee) Zoom gathering until we can safely meet again at McCallum. A recording of the coffee will be available upon request. Here is the Coffee with the Principal calendar:

  • Friday, October 9 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 6 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 8 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 5 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, March 5 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m.

I’ll send the Zoom Code and reminder to join us before each coffee.

I hope to see you at Back to School Knight!

Thank you,

Nicole Griffith
Interim Principal
McCallum High School

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