Coronavirus [COVID-19]: April 7, 2020

Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon sent the following email to all Minuteman students, families, and staff on Tuesday, April 7, 2020:

Dear Minuteman High School Community,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to provide you updates as we progress through the fourth week of our school closure due to the coronavirus emergency.

First, we have a few timely announcements:

  • We have posted our Remote Learning Plan online, where you can find information in one location on all aspects of our plan during the school closure. Continue to check your email and minuteman.org/coronavirus for all updates from Minuteman. (Every letter we issue to our families will be posted to this website.)

  • We will not conduct remote learning on Good Friday nor during April vacation week. I am so proud of all your work, and I know this has been difficult. We will take some time off and connect to our friends and families in other ways. Good Friday is this Friday, April 10, and April vacation week is Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24. Teachers will not post lessons and will not hold online office hours on these dates.

  • Importantly, I would like to congratulate George Clement for being named Principal of Minuteman High School. George has been the Interim Principal since July and has done a tremendous job leading Minuteman through a pivotal moment in our history with the opening of a new building, and now, through the coronavirus emergency. George always does what’s right for kids and brings a valued skillset of teaching and administrative leadership to this role. George began working at Minuteman in 2009 as a reading instructor before becoming Assistant Principal/Director of Admissions. Please join me in congratulating George in this for all he has done to help every student succeed at Minuteman. I would also like to congratulate Katie Bouchard for being named Director of Career Technical Education (CTE) as of July 1, and Gene DiPaolo, for being named Assistant CTE Director.

Physical, mental, and emotional health is important as we continue to do our part by staying apart – practicing physical distancing and following Governor Baker’s recommendations during the ongoing emergency. At Minuteman, we are providing resources for all students to help.

  • We have launched a “Staying Active” section of our website with at-home exercise videos, Zumba playlists, and we will soon have Yoga videos. We plan to post additional videos of various at-home exercise and mindfulness activities in the coming days and weeks. All of the videos are also posted on Minuteman’s YouTube Channel. We welcome ideas for submission from students, parents, and staff, who can email ideas to Communications Director Dan O’Brien. The first two videos are at-home workout routines produced by Assistant Principal and Coach Brian Tildsley.

  • Show Your Gratitude: Students, during these challenging times, what are you grateful for? Maybe it’s that you can talk to a good friend or family member about how you feel. Maybe it’s that you are safe and healthy. Tell us what you are grateful for by using this form and we will share your responses on social media.

  • Minuteman will hold Virtual Spirit Week from April 13-17. Showing our school and community spirit is taking on a whole new meaning this year. Let’s lift up one another by showing our Minuteman spirit! For each day of Virtual Spirit Week, there will be a themed photo challenge. All you have to do is use the hashtag #MMSpiritWeek for each themed day and we will re-post many of the submissions on social media and in the Class of 2020 yearbook.

    • Monday, April 13: PJs All Day! Get your pajamas ready! We’re wearing them all day!

    • Tuesday, April 14: Furry Friends – It’s your pet’s day to shine! We want to see how your pets are helping you get through these crazy days!

    • Wednesday, April 15: A Day in the Life of a Quaran-teen – What are you doing to stay connected while social distancing? Have you Zoomed? Facetimed? Has Family Game Night taken over your Saturday nights? Share a day with us by posting while using the hashtag #MMSpiritWeek.

    • Thursday, April 16: Boston Sports Day – It’s Boston Sports Day! Our teams might not be playing YET but we can still show them some love by sporting our team’s favorite gear. This can be any sport, any where – including Minuteman! Show your spirit and get creative… what sport do you play?

    • Friday, April 17: Minuteman Day! Grab any sweatshirt, t-shirt, or uniform with the Minuteman High School logo on it and show your spirit using the #MMSpiritWeek hashtag!

Finally, please take a moment to read the recent news coverage of the volunteer efforts of our students to create face masks and work in a local hospital. (MetroWest Daily News, Lexington Patch, YourArlington.com.)

Thank you all for doing your part by staying apart, and for keeping our students engaged in learning. Please continue to check your email or minuteman.org/coronavirus for updates.

Sincerely,