Despite not having any resident students physically on campus, we have been busy using this time to reflect, plan and innovate in a purposeful and focused manner, and update handbooks, practices and procedures. The overall mission and vision of the residential program is to grow our girls as individuals, and to grow our residential program into a true community.
Our students will be active community members of strong character who strive to be personally and socially responsible through service and leadership, and who aim for cultural competence and well-roundedness through faithful reflection.
Because we are safer apart than together, we have pivoted to being an online community of 40 new and returning resident students. The following highlights the initiatives we are currently working on, and our new way of being and belonging.
New for 2020-2021:
Complete rewrite of the Residential Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum following the CASEL framework:
The residential life curriculum will be delivered online for now on selected Monday evenings, and eventually in person when we reopen. The Director and Associate Director are attending online training in this area. Inclusion is a heavy focus this year, with mixed grade level halls and leaders to encourage inclusion.
International service options have been shared with our international students so that they can work on their Dominican Service hours requirement. One student is creating a project to help send girls in rural Chinese villages to high school.
Boarding Council Leadership Curriculum:
Following best practices, a new leadership curriculum centered on compassion and empowerment has been developed and will be delivered online on selected Monday evenings to grow the confidence and skills of the Boarding Council.
All residential life staff and classroom teachers are online in the evenings each week to provide academic support to residential and day students. A full time ELA teacher tracks student progress, provides language support, and lives on campus.
Residence Hall Upgrades:
We are adding a sophisticated splash of color in the residence halls with accent wall painting, in order to provide warmth and color to the halls. New desk chairs have been placed in all student rooms.
A more extensive residence hall upgrade plan is envisioned for this year and into next summer in order to upgrade electrical, install AC in the student rooms, provide new furnishings and paint, and make bathroom upgrades.
The residential leadership team is working closely with our school nurse to craft a safe reopening plan. It has been translated into Mandarin, and will be sent to all residential families. A move in day plan has also been drafted, and will be finalized closer to a reopening date.
As always, we welcome your interest in the Residential Life program at Flintridge Sacred Heart.