Pandemic Promises Fulfilled

Pandemic Promises Fulfilled
Carrie Becher, Communications Manager

When we mailed home report cards in the spring of 2020—after a fourth quarter of remote learning—De Smet Jesuit promised to commit to the formation of our young men for the upcoming school year.

At the time, school doors were still closed around the world.

One year later, we are humbled and honored to look back with gratitude at what our students accomplished in the midst of a pandemic, thanks to the resilience and dedication of our entire community: teachers, staff, parents, alumni, and students.

May 2020 Promise: Your son will have live interaction with all of his teachers. 

2020-2021 Spartan Accomplishments: Students were able to meet safely in classrooms (and gyms and cafeterias and lobbies!) from August to May. Remote students connected via Teams.


May 2020 Promise: We will deliver a college prep curriculum, and students will earn letter grades for their work.

2020-2021 Spartan Accomplishments: Students adapted to quieter class interactions and stepped up to more demanding internal reflection. Quarterly report cards were delivered without interruption and on schedule. Upperclassmen took the ACT on campus. Seniors were offered more than $28.1 million in scholarships, and many also earned college credit. Learning persevered. 


May 2020 Promise: We will offer opportunities for recreation. 

2020-2021 Spartan Accomplishments: PE students enjoyed kickball and games on the turf in the fresh air; the weight room opened for all, and athletes competed in every sport and season. 


rows of students in maroon shirt with shield and cross, with priest in background hands raised in prayer

May 2020 Promise: We will offer spiritual formation experiences to further develop your son’s faith, service, and leadership.

2020-2021 Spartan Accomplishments: Students prayed daily with announcements, together as a school outside in September, and as classes throughout the year. Seniors could attend Kairos, and sophomores were offered a new AMDG retreat. Our young men served at food banks, volunteered outside in neighborhoods, and supported various Men4Others collections.


four boys play spike ball, green grass, blue skies

May 2020 Promise: We will offer opportunities to build brotherhood and community.

2020-2021 Spartan Accomplishments: Formation Fridays were created to offer non-academic development including fun activities and social justice conversations. Active clubs included robotics, Minecraft, and the Spanish Club. Students enjoyed Mission Week fun like Spikeball, Chicken Wraps for a Cause, and dress down days.


We will be forever grateful for the health and safety of our students during the 2020-2021 school year and the support from our parents and community that made it possible to keep our doors open and our campus safe.

De Smet Jesuit is a Catholic high school that specializes in the formation of well-rounded young men in St. Louis. To learn more about how we kept our students safe in school all year during a pandemic, visit our News Hub or connect with our Admissions team.

 

May 2020 Promise

2020-2021 Spartan Accomplishments 
Your son will have live interaction with all of his teachers.  Students were able to meet safely in classrooms (and gyms and cafeterias and lobbies!) from August to May. Remote students connected via Teams.
We will deliver a college prep curriculum, and students will earn letter grades for their work. Students adapted to quieter class interactions and stepped up to more demanding internal reflection. Quarterly report cards were delivered without interruption and on schedule. Upperclassmen took the ACT on campus. Seniors were offered more than $28.1 million in scholarships, and many also earned college credit. Learning persevered. 
We will offer opportunities for recreation.  PE students enjoyed kickball and games on the turf in the fresh air; the weight room opened for all, and athletes competed in every sport and season. 
We will offer spiritual formation experiences to further develop your son’s faith, service, and leadership. Students prayed daily with announcements, together as a school outside in September, and as classes throughout the year. Seniors could attend Kairos, and sophomores were offered a new AMDG retreat. Our young men served at food banks, volunteered outside in neighborhoods, and supported various Men4Others collections.
We will offer opportunities to build brotherhood and community. Formation Fridays were created to offer non-academic development including fun activities and social justice conversations. Active clubs included robotics, Minecraft, and the Spanish Club. Students enjoyed Mission Week fun like Spikeball, Chicken Wraps for a Cause, and dress down days.

 

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