Alter High School principal shares what the school has learned during the past yearLourdes Lambert Any other school year, the month of September departs quietly amid preparations for cooler weather, tournament season in our favorite fall sports and the end of the first quarter. This year, there is a sense of celebration in the air as we complete the fifth full week of school as if we thought it could never happen—maybe because we didn’t know if we would make it this far. But we have, and we are not only surviving, but we are thriving at Alter High School.
We have learned many lessons as a result of the current world health crisis. The main lesson being that we continue to experience blessings in the burden. A few of my favorite quotes exemplify the school year thus far:
– “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Truer words have never been spoken for Alter High School. Our administration, faculty and staff worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure that we could open safely and stay open. Our parents have worked tirelessly to do their part in keeping everyone safe by filling out symptom checkers every morning and keeping kids home to be extra careful so we may remain face to face. We pray that our hard work continues to pay off!
– “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” From the board members and our parents showing our teachers appreciation, to the students going out of their way to thank their teachers at the end of classes, to the teachers reaching out to one another and praying for one another and working so hard for our students, to our coaches and moderators continuing to believe that we can have seasons and performances safely—the goodness never stops at our school, and in our community.
– “Stop being afraid of what can go wrong, and start being positive about what can go right.” If I have learned anything through this pandemic it’s that we can always find a way. It may not look like it always does, and it may be just a little different, however we can be creative and find a way. No large gatherings for graduation in May? No problem—we’ll just do three Masses and individual graduations. No student sections at games? No worries—we’ll have student sections in the parking lot and livestream the game. No dance for Homecoming? We will plan for a Winter formal, and still celebrate homecoming with a week filled with fun, spirit and, of course, dinner and a movie.
We will continue to work hard to keep all of our children safe and in school, and we recognize that we could not do so without your help and your support.
With a grateful heart,
Alter High School
Want to learn more about Alter High School? The high school will be hosting an open house for sixth-through-eighth grade students and their families Oct. 18, 1-3 p.m., by reservation only. Those who attend will be able to enjoy tours, visit classrooms and meet teachers and students. Learn more and register by visiting https://alterhs.org/thinkalter/.