"Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.” James 1.2-6
Students and Parents/Guardians,

The Incarnate Word High School community will persevere during this unprecedented time in history. This week, the faculty and staff have demonstrated perseverance by trying and creating new experiences, living in the present moment, maintaining optimism, and lifting each other up. I am so proud to be a part of this learning community! Next week, our students will have the same opportunity – an opportunity to show San Antonio and the world the perseverance present in our student body – the Shamrock nation.

Although we will not be present in the traditional class Monday morning, we will start with prayer and announcements via Zoom at 8:00 a.m. Daily prayer and announcements will be live, but also recorded and posted. The link for the Zoom meeting is https://uiw.zoom.us/j/376908627. One of our many goals during this transition is to create as much consistency and social interaction as possible.

IWHS is prepared for this unique opportunity. Attached to this email is the eLearning Plan. Please reference this plan in preparation of class on Monday, March 23. The plan gives our definition of eLearning, the benefits of eLearning and expectations for both faculty and students. Student expectations and points of contact and support are on page 4 of the plan. In addition to the plan, the this video link will help prepare students for eLearning.
Instructors will be conducting class in a variety of ways. Students need to check email and Blackboard daily for announcements and assignments. Many instructors have already sent an email to their students; if you have not received a communication from your instructor, you will soon. If there is a question about a certain class, your first point of contact should be the teacher. Our teachers are here to support your individual learning needs. Attendance for each class will also be determined by the individual teacher. Again, please read the eLearning Plan carefully as it provides specific details about the upcoming learning experiences and remember, we are all learners.
The good news of the week is that our students are prepared for this eLearning environment due to our use of Blackboard before COVID-19 and our modular schedule. IWHS is certain that learning will continue to occur at a high level over the upcoming weeks. We definitely want to see our students at home learning. Please share your pictures and tag #IWHSLEADS.

Additionally, it is of utmost importance in helping to “flatten the curve” that we continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease and Prevention. The Incarnate Word High School policy for faculty and staff is as follows: If you or a member in your household comes into contact with someone who tests positive for the Coronavirus, you must self-quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to come back to school. As of today, IWHS is not closed. There will be administrative staff and other employees working both remotely and at the school. Do not hesitate to contact any of us. We are here for you!

This continues to be a fluid situation and I want to thank you for persevering. Working together, IWHS will continue to empower and challenge our young women with our faith-based approach to learning.
Praised Be the Incarnate Word!

Dr. Anna Downey