Stay Updated

Stay Updated

Stay Updated

This is the most updated message sent to parents on March 16, 2020:

Dear AHA Families,

On Sunday, Governor Tim Walz announced a state-wide closure of schools beginning Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, March 27th. In response, the Archdiocese has followed the Governor’s recommendation (see the official Archdiocese announcement HERE).

Today, our faculty and staff met to prepare for AHAOnline, our e-learning platform, and initiate a strategic operational plan for all employees. On Tuesday, March 17th, students will begin Online School through Friday, March 27th. We are fortunate that we have a well-tested and sound online instructional component, and we are ahead of the curve in that a minimal amount of learning time will be lost. While AHAOnline has never been implemented for such a long period of time, we are confident in our ability to provide an excellent education for your child(ren). We will no doubt see bumps along the way; and we ask for your continued flexibility, as we all maneuver through this ‘new normal.’

Information for Parents

  • Starting Tuesday, March 17th, your student will be assigned daily work in each of their courses by their teachers for AHAOnline. They must access myAHA to do this work. Be certain to communicate with your child about their responsibility to complete the daily online attendance ticket by 5:00 p.m.
  • Comcast has offered two months of free internet essentials for families. Should you need to use this service, please click HERE.
  • Tri II grades will be posted by the end of the week on myAHA.
  • Please stay tuned to Minnesota Department of Health, CDC, and the Governor's Office for COVID-19 updates and guidance.

Information for Students

  • MSHSL has cancelled all activities, practices, and games effective immediately.
  • We remind students to practice social distancing measures which means no group gatherings with friends.
  • Students will continue to receive the Daily Bulletin emails.

AHAOnline Details

  • Student assignments will be posted by 9:00 a.m. Teachers' online office hours are 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. daily.
  • Students will be required to turn in a daily attendance ticket for each class. The attendance ticket is due by 5:00 p.m. every day for each class.
  • Instructions: Go to the tabs for each class (Bulletin Board, Topics, Assignments). The Online School Topic for each class contains the instructions about the daily work and attendance ticket.
  • Technology Help: If students need tech help, email helpdesk@ahastars.org. Please be as specific as possible about your needs.
  • RTI/Learning Variations: Mr. Gunderson and Mr. Sutton will be monitoring grades daily and communicating with students and teachers as needed. We encourage students and parents to email Mr. Gunderson and/or Mr. Sutton with concerns or questions.
  • Counseling: Mrs. Taffe and Mr. O’Leary will be available by email to counsel students academically and personally every school day from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. If your student has questions about online school, scheduling, or anything else, please encourage them to contact their counselor by emailing Mrs. Taffe or Mr. O'Leary.

Communication Channels

  • We intend to return to our regular format of the weekly Stars Connection emails every Thursday. Should an urgent notice or a schedule change arise, we will communicate via website and email to notify you as soon as possible.
  • The campus is officially closed to students, parents, and faculty effective Tuesday, March 17th through Sunday, March 29th.
  • During the time the building is closed, email communication is best. Click HERE for staff directory. If you prefer to call, please call the main number (612-798-2600) and leave a voicemail. Your call will be redirected to the appropriate staff member.
  • If you or a family member test positive for COVID-19, please work with the Minnesota Department of Health and notify Janet Patience, RN, school nurse, at jpatience@ahastars.org immediately. 

It is our intention to keep you informed as this ever-changing environment continues, and we re-evaluate it daily. What we are going through is unprecedented and not all of our plans will be perfect. But as Governor Walz said yesterday, "We can't let perfect get in the way of doing good.” The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is the "good" and we will do whatever we can to ensure it.

Despite our physical distances, we continue to come together in prayer with a renewed and shared commitment to our Catholic faith, our students and families, and our entire community.

Sincerely,

Tom Shipley        Heidi Foley
President               Principal


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