Dear St. Michael’s Parents and Families—
Hello to all of you. Please find below some reminders and notes of interest. Thank you.
Safety and Security
This past Tuesday, we practiced our second monthly emergency protocol, and it went very well (as it should in practice!). Each month, we have a scheduled campus-wide drill to enable all students and staff and faculty to know precisely what to do in the event of an actual emergency.
In partnership with Sergeant Alan Smith of the Tucson Police Department, we continue to work on refining our emergency lockdown procedures; and with the help of the Tucson Fire Department, which conducts an annual inspection of our campus and of our fire-emergency procedures, we continue to do the same.
Each week, and as needed, I and our designated Safety and Security administrative team meet to review and refine our safety and security procedures. As parents, your role is simply to make sure you are reporting any safety and security concerns to me, and to assure that when you enter our doors on campus, that those same doors are secured after you pass through (except in those instances—sporting events in particular—when doors are intentionally kept open to allow the flow of foot traffic to and from the school grounds). Thank you.
Parent Listening Sessions
To date, I have met with two groups of parents, with the next session scheduled for Thursday, September 27. Please consider joining us for one of these conversations this month, or in October or November. Here is the direct link to do so: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D48A4AD29A1F49-smsparentshead
High School Considerations
For those of you who attended our conversation with Mr. Jackson Marvel from the Hotchkiss School this past week, thank you. For those of you who may have an interest in exploring options outside of Tucson for your sons and daughters for high school, please let me know. With our alumni connections at Hotchkiss, we have a direct line for this wonderful boarding-school option in particular.
Faculty Work Day: Academic Review
We have scheduled today’s half-day dismissal to allow our teaching faculty, under the direction of Ms. Pam Stalkfleet and Mr. Alex Hawes (our Academic Review Committee coordinators), to meet and review—and to make revisions, as needed—our school wide curriculum, in all content areas and grades, and our standardized testing program. This important work will continue throughout the year to assure our academic content standards are comprehensive, challenging, and age-appropriate. I will report more throughout the year on the progress of this important work.
All good wishes,
Head of School