Welcome to our information page about online instruction at Bishop Montgomery High School. The COVID-19 global pandemic has created an unprecedented time in education and, as we navigate the 2020-21 school year, and primarily our Fall 2020 semester, we remain grateful for the support of our BMHS families, faculty and alumni. We also remain committed to providing an exceptional education rooted in spiritual formation, academic excellence, and social development for all of our students. Whether on campus or online, supporting and nurturing our students' growth, development and well-being is at the core of everything we do.
At right, you will find information that has been shared with our school community from both our administration and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Below you will find information about Bishop Montgomery's mission and goals for online learning from our principal, Dr. Jim Garza, as well as details about our distance learning model and school operations. We will continue to post updates and information as it becomes available.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Bishop Community,
The last few months have marked an unprecedented time in my years as an educator. The flexibility and adaptability that COVID-19 has asked of our teachers, our administrators, our parents and, especially, our students is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Despite all of the unexpected changes and challenges, one thing has left a lasting impression--the commitment, generosity, and resilience of Bishop Montgomery High School. In this extraordinary era, I have witnessed an extraordinary community.
On July 17, 2020, we sent an email to our current families informing them of Governor Newsom and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ directive that all schools in Los Angeles County begin the school year online. While each of us at Bishop Montgomery recognizes the value of in-person education and eagerly awaits the safe return to campus, we cannot jeopardize the health and well-being of our school community given the pandemic’s current trajectory. Prior to the governor and archdiocese's mandate, we had shared details of our Hybrid Learning Model which offered our students the opportunity to combine in-person instruction with online instruction from home. Our primary goal, once Los Angeles County is removed from the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list, is to implement this model and welcome students back on campus as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, our students will begin the school year with 100% online instruction. They will continue to engage in daily instruction and our teachers will continue to provide synchronous learning, in real time, via Zoom. We look forward to introducing new tools and resources acquired this summer to complement Bishop’s existing online instruction delivery models, as well as provide even more support for the daily interactions between teachers and students. Attached, you will find our updated weekly schedule with 6-period days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This schedule is very similar to the one we utilized this past spring; however, it includes our new Wednesday Community Day (an integral part of our Hybrid Learning Model). Based on teacher, parent, student, and professional input, we believe it is important to incorporate this day as soon as school resumes on August 17. We are committed to making each Wednesday a day of community, of activity, and, most importantly, of individual and group support for our students.
Going forward, I know that the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh heavily on all of us. At Bishop Montgomery, we remain especially mindful of its impact on our students, our faculty, and our families. As we look to the new school year, our Catholic community will continue to work together, learn together, and embrace the valuable lessons from these past months to reinforce our commitment to the Gospel values, to academic excellence, and, most importantly, to each other.
Peace be with you,
Jim Garza, Ed. D Principal
FALL 2020 LEARNING
CURRENT 100% REMOTE INSTRUCTION: School resumed on Monday, August 17, 2020 with 100% online instruction that included both synchronous and asynchronous learning. We will move to our hybrid model of instruction, which will bring students to campus for classes, as soon as the state/county mandate is lifted.
Our classes meet virtually via Zoom with teachers delivering instruction in real-time for six periods each day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Teachers provide course materials and resources, as well as collect student work, through Canvas and/or Google Classroom. All students are expected to attend classes virtually and complete assigned work for each course throughout the day.
Online instruction and group meetings are treated as a regular classroom environment. Students are expected to behave and conduct themselves above-and-beyond the normal physical classroom expectations.
PLANNED HYBRID INSTRUCTION: Bishop Montgomery will move to a hybrid model of instruction, which will bring students to campus for classes, once California, LA County, and Archdiocesan guidelines allow. All students will have the option to participate in the hybrid model, or continue with 100% remote instruction.
Students will be divided into two cohorts-- Black and Gold. Students in the Black Cohort will come to campus on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00am-12:45pm for on-campus instruction, while the Gold Cohort will receive instruction virtually, in real-time, via Zoom. On Thursday and Friday, the cohorts will switch. Students in the Gold Cohort will come to campus for instruction and the Black Cohort will learn remotely from home.
Wednesday will remain our campus-wide Community Day, but, during hybrid learning, will offer the opportunity for 1/4 of our student body to come to campus for in-person activities. This fraction of students will rotate each week so that all of our students can come to campus at least once a month for in-person community building, social development, and fun. The remaining student body will continue to have a variety of activities, club meetings, workshops, and events that they can participate in virtually throughout the day. All students will have a synchronous (independent) work on Wednesdays, as well.
Wednesday Community Days will also provide our maintenance staff the opportunity to deep clean the campus between cohorts, in addition to the regular cleaning they will do each day after the students go home. BMHS is committed to maintaining a sanitized and safe campus for our faculty and staff.
In addition to deep cleaning, Bishop Montgomery will have safety protocols in place for students, faculty and staff. These proactive measures include front-of-school temperature checks and COVID questionnaires, mandatory face mask for all visitors, hand-sanitizing stations across campus, visible 6-foot social-distance floor markers and signs in common areas, plexiglass partitions in classrooms and offices, and a reduced number of students in each classroom.
When hybrid learning begins, Bishop Montgomery administration and faculty will remain critically aware of the need for fluidity in thought and action during the shift in our instructional platform, as well as the importance of flexibility should emerging circumstances require change. As a community, we are both prepared for, and committed to, both.
ACADEMIC COUNSELING: During online learning, 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 (see email addresses below). Counselors will also utilize our Wednesday Community Days to provide academic support, focus on grade-level outreach (e.g., college application readiness, PSAT prep, etc.), and meet virtually with students who need direct intervention.
|Ms. Casey Dunnfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr. Doug Mitchell (A-F)||email@example.com|
|Ms. Celeste Adams (P-Z)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms. Jennifer Sabol (G-O)||email@example.com|
|Ms. Allie Pazmino (International and Learning Specialist)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
ATTENDANCE: Teachers keep 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.
CAMPUS: Our campus is currently closed to everyone except essential personnel. We continue to deep clean all of our buildings, including classrooms. We are also preparing the campus to meet the guidelines for social-distancing and safety protocol, so that we will be ready to welcome our students safely back to campus.
COLLEGE BOARD: The College Board will inform us of all upcoming test dates, including SAT, ACT, and PSAT exams. These dates are determined at the College Board level, not by the individual school. We will inform you of these dates, as well as contingency plans, as we receive information.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: Students should use this online learning opportunity to practice their e-etiquette and are expected to use positive, respectful language at all times. While students are learning remotely, the virtual school dress code is "appropriate casual" in accord with our student handbook. We also asked students to consider, if possible, 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.
EVENTS: All on-campus events for the 2020-21 school year will be determined by LA County and the Department of Public Health mandates. Current students and families will be notified of calendar events as they are decided. Until on-campus events are allowed, we will offer our students virtual opportunities for faith, fellowship and fun, especially on our Wednesday Community Days that are part of both our 100% Online and Hybrid Models of instruction.
INTERNET ACCESS: It is our expectation that every student will be diligent in accessing WiFi and cellular service. If a student has difficulty accessing the Internet or is having technical issues, please email Mr. Brian Adams (email@example.com) or Mr. John Hong (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would like to stress that flexibility and patience are of the utmost importance to us.
SOCIAL MEDIA: All community members are encouraged to follow us on our social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Follow us on all platforms @bmhsknights.
CHOICES PERSONAL COUNSELING: BMHS' Choices personal counseling office is committed to supporting our students on this unique journey and are available by phone every school day at (310) 540-2021 x 263. Students and parents are welcome to call and one of our LMFT's will respond. If the line is busy, feel free to leave a message with your cell phone number and your call will be returned call as soon as possible.