Welcome to BMHS Online Academy. As always, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone as we cope with the changing times. As is our mission, we will continue to provide as much as we can for our community, especially our students. Whether physically on campus or virtually, our students will always remain at the center of all that we do.
It is our goal to keep the Bishop community - students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni & friends - informed as BMHS Online takes shape and we adapt to the changing landscape due to COVID-19.
At right, you will find information from BMHS and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that was sent to faculty, students, and families in the days leading up to the mandates to close school to students and non-essential staff. We will continue to post updates on these pages.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Thank you to everyone in our community for their patience during these changing times. I want to thank our faculty for an outstanding job in making the transition to online classes as smooth as possible. Support staff has been critical in our efforts as well, answering questions and taking care of business while allowing us an opportunity to plan. Thank you, also, to our students, who have been working hard and doing their best to adapt.
It is critical that we continue to provide an outstanding education for our students now and in the future. On the morning of St. Patrick's Day, there was a beautiful rainbow over the ocean (it was captured on film by one of our staff members). For me, this was a sign from above that even in a time of crisis there is beauty in the world. Also, as people of faith it was symbolic of God’s love, grace and most importantly a symbol of hope. I firmly believe that as a faith community and as a community of educators, through our collective efforts, we will endure and continue with our mission. You are always in my prayers.
As always peace with you,
Jim Garza, Ed. D
Please note some important items regarding business operations:
BUILDINGS: School buildings are closed to everyone except essential personnel. We will be deep cleaning the buildings, including all classrooms.
EVENTS: All events originally scheduled at BMHS through April 30 have been postponed indefinitely. We will inform you of calendar events as they are decided.
COLLEGE BOARD: The College Board will inform us of all future test dates, including SAT and AP Exams. These dates are determined at the College Board level, not by the local school. We will inform you of dates and contingency plans as we learn of them.
EASTER BREAK: Our Easter break will be from April 9 - April 20. There will be no online classes during those days. Online classes will resume on Tuesday, April 21.
BMHS on SOCIAL MEDIA: All community members are encouraged to follow us on our social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. You can follow us on all platforms @bmhsknights.
BMHS ONLINE ACADEMY INSTRUCTION
Online instruction of our students will require flexibility and cooperation from all of our faculty and students. Classes will continue to deliver instruction on course content. Each course will meet virtually using Zoom online meetings. Each course will distribute and collect student work through Google Classroom. Students are expected to meet virtually and complete assigned work for each course throughout the day.
Students should be aware that the online instruction and group meetings will be treated as a regular classroom environment. Students are expected to behave and conduct themselves above-and-beyond the normal physical classroom expectations.
ACADEMIC COUNSELING: At BMHS Online School, our academic & college counselors are available each school day from 8:00am - 2:00pm. Please note that email is the best way to reach the counselors. They are checking their emails throughout each day.
|Ms. Casey Dunnemail@example.com|
|Mr. Doug Mitchell (A-F)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms. Celeste Adams (P-Z)||email@example.com|
|Ms. Jennifer Sabol (G-O)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms. Allie Pazmino (International and Learning Specialist)||email@example.com|
BMHS ONLINE ACADEMY CLASS SCHEDULE: In accordance with California State Board of Education requirements for instruction time, the #4 Friday class schedule (non-rotating classes) will be in effect until further notice:
INTERNET ACCESS: It is our assumption that every student will be diligent in accessing WiFi and cellular service. If a student has difficulty accessing the internet, or is having any technical issues, please email Mr. Brian Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. John Hong (email@example.com). We would like to stress that flexibility and patience are of the utmost importance to us.
ATTENDANCE: Teachers are keeping daily class period attendance via Aeries. Attendance will be reported daily to the Attendance Office. If a student is sick and cannot attend a day of online classes, a parent or guardian should call the attendance office at 310.540.2021 x233.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: Students should use this opportunity in online school to practice their e-etiquette and are expected to use positive, respectful language at all times. Students were also informed that virtual school dress code is appropriate casual in accord with our student handbook. We also asked students to consider identifying a dedicated space to have virtual school at home (e.g. a desk, a dining room table, etc). Please click here to see the BMHS Online Chat Room Guidelines.
CHOICES PERSONAL COUNSELING: In the Choices Counseling Office at BMHS, we are committed to being with you on this journey. We are available by phone every school day. Any student or parent is welcome to call and we will respond. Simply call (310) 540-2021 x 263. A counselor, LMFT, will be available every school day. If the line is busy, feel free to leave a message with your cell phone number and we will call as soon as possible.