Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of Kelly,
My hope and prayer is that this newsletter finds you and your family safe and healthy. While these are anything but normal times, we will try to continue at least some things normally, such as this newsletter.
As you know, Kelly High School is continuing to provide educational experience via on-line schooling. I would like to remind everyone that this is new for all of us. The teachers only had a couple of days to learn how to provide on-line instruction and to reexamine their curriculum plans for the 4th quarter. They are trying to provide regular instruction while dealing with their own family situations-possibly children who are experiencing on-line schooling, other family members and their individual situation in the midst of the Stay-at-Home orders, and their employment situation and requirements. If you are having difficulty with a class, please communicate with the teacher and others who may be appropriate. We are all learning as we go.
I’ve also told teachers that they need to be cognizant of the fact that students are likewise dealing with the stresses and difficulties of the current situation. They may have difficulties with technical problems, family responsibilities, emotions of missing friends, etc. Again, if you are having difficulty with a class, please communicate with the teacher.
Graduation, Prom, Project Graduation, etc. – Many, seniors and their families in particular, are wondering about the typical end-of-year activities and ceremonies. Unfortunately, like so many things in life right now, those things are controlled by the various rules and regulations in place to combat the spread of the CORONA virus. Last week, Governor Abbott during his news conference announcing plans to begin opening the state of Texas, stated that the TEA and Education Commissioner Mike Morath would be releasing guidelines for graduation ceremonies. As yet, I’ve not seen those guidelines and so plans cannot be made. Please know that I am awaiting those guidelines and, as soon as possible, will be making decisions about what we are able to do.
Re-enrollment/Registration for 2020-2021 – The process of re-enrolling/registering for next school year continues. As of this past Monday, we currently have 328 students who have completed the process. I know some families have been significantly affected financially by the COVID-19 situation and may be delaying a decision about next year. Please know that I am aware that assistance may be necessary, and I would hate for a temporary financial dilemma to cause a family to choose to not return or enter Kelly High School. We will do what we can to assist everyone during this unusual time.
Letter to yourself? – Students, in an earlier e-mail, I made the suggestion that you record your experiences, feelings, challenges, etc. during this situation. It truly is a historical period of time; one which will be taught about in history classes to future generations. If you haven’t, you might want to write yourself a letter, keep a journal or diary whether written or digitally, to remember this period. I bet you would find it tremendously interesting in your future.
Just a reminder about the re-enrollment process for next year:
- You should have already received an e-mail with a link to your enrollment information. Open that link, revise any information necessary, and then submit. If you’ve lost or need this e-mail please contact the Counseling office at ext. 110.
- Submit your requested financial information for 2019 to FACTS. This information will be used to assign tuition categories and is the primary tuition assistance offered by KHS. Once your tuition category has been confirmed, a confirmation will be sent to you and the 2020-2021 tuition will begin being drawn in July 2020. You MUST set up your FACTS tuition payment plan before your tuition amount can be entered.
- Instructions were sent yesterday for those needing to be considered for additional tuition assistance.
Please continue to pray for everyone affected negatively, whether that is financially, health-wise, emotionally, or in any other way, during this challenging time. During this Easter season I pray that we each recognize and more fully understand the true miracle of the resurrection of our Savior and allow His presence more deeply into our lives.
Roger S. Bemis, Principal