The health and safety of the entire Ursuline community is of utmost importance to us. As a result, in light of Governor DeWine’s order to cancel school and or cancel/postpone large, indoor gatherings in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Ursuline will be closed for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3. The Ursuline offices will remain open the week of March 16 from 8:00 until 3:00. Updates regarding schedules and other information will be posted using the Drund app, social media, and ursuline.com.

All Ursuline special events, including school field trips, elementary school events, and other special events listed below, have been cancelled through the end of the three week online school period. All athletic contests and practices have been suspended. At that time, we will be advised by The Office of Catholic Schools regarding April events. During this time, for the safety of our school community, we ask that nonessential visits to the school are limited.

3/13 – Out of This World Night
3/15 – Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
3/21 – Baseball Camp
3/22 – Football Camp
3/26 – PenPal Assembly
3/27 – 5th and 6th Grade Day
3/28 – Softball Camp Day 1
3/30 – Softball Camp Day 2
3/31 – Sophomore Field Trip to the Butler Institute of American Art

The following trips have been cancelled: Puerto Rico Mission Trip, Band Trip to New York City, Softball Trip to Myrtle Beach, and Football Trip to The University of Pitt.

Christian Service Class and all SOS service activities are cancelled.

Financial aid applications, both the Ursuline form and FACTS online application, are still due March 20.

Teachers are preparing online lessons and assignments for students to complete over the next three weeks, with the exception of art and physical education. Students should check Google Classroom and their student e-mail daily. Assignments will have a strict due date and students are expected to submit assignments according to the due date. Teachers remain available via Google Classroom and their diocese e-mail. The next three weeks is not an extended spring break. Students without home Internet access or a device should see an Ursuline administrator immediately. Ursuline is committed to helping support families who do not have internet connection at home.

3/15 Update –
Again, Ursuline is closed for three weeks with the exception of the Ursuline offices, which are open 8:00 until 3:00.

The Ursuline Food Pantry was made available to students on Friday. If a student was absent or missed the opportunity and needs food, they may stop in the Ursuline Main Office this week.

Students without a home computer or Internet access should contact the main office by Tuesday, March 17, 330-744-4563.

Many teachers have already sent out or passed out assignments. All teachers will have their first lesson and assignment posted via Google Classroom or e-mail by Tuesday afternoon, March 17. With the assignments, teachers will also post times when they will be available for immediate responses to student questions or concerns. Teachers will also be available in person for tutoring next week, a schedule will be send out Tuesday, March 17.

Sophomore Pen Pal books and senior research papers are due Monday, March 16 to the main office.

Thank you to the parents and students for their patience and cooperation during this difficult time. We are doing are best to continue to deliver instruction. Please call the school with any concerns.

We will continue to post updates through the Drund app, Facebook, and ursuline.com.

3/16 Update –
After further consultation with health officials and the Diocese of Youngstown, Ursuline will not offer in person tutoring at this time. Teachers remain available to students via Google Classroom and e-mail. Each teacher has established a specific time when the teacher will be available for immediate response to student questions and concerns. Every effort will be made to respond to questions at other times as quickly as possible. Students who need to make up exams should contact their teacher immediately.

The third quarter will end as planned on Friday, March 27. Assignments or assessments from this week and next week will be included in the third quarter grade, unless otherwise indicated by your teacher.

Seniors who need to submit scholarship applications or college admissions applications and supporting materials can drop off applications to the main office for Mrs. Kakavros this week from 8:00 to 3:00.

Ursuline’s Easter Break from April 10 through April 17 will continue as planned.

We will continue to post updates through the Drund app, Facebook, and ursuline.com. Please be safe and cautious during this difficult time. We pray for your continued good health and safety and the protection of St. Ursula and St. Angela.

3/18 Update
If a student is having issues contacting a teacher or receiving assignments or lessons from teachers, please contact the school. By now, each teacher should have communicated their expectations for the week.

We have requested and received extensions for portfolio/artifact submissions for AP Research, AP Studio Art, and AP Computer Science Principles. Your AP teacher will keep you posted. Testing dates may be changed, depending on the length of the school closure.

The financial aid deadline is this Friday, March 20.

The main office remains open through Friday from 8:00 until 3:00.

Seniors who need assistance with college applications or scholarships, can email Mrs. Kakavros at uhsguidance@youngstowndiocese.org. Forms for Mrs. Kakavros can also be dropped off to the main office.

We will continue to post updates through the Drund app, Facebook, and Ursuline.com.

We pray for your continued good health. Thank you for your cooperation.

3/19 Update
Beginning Monday, March 23 the Ursuline offices will be open from 9:00 until 2:00.

The Financial Aid Deadline for the Diocesan scholarship has been extended until April 24. The Ursuline Financial Aid Deadline has also been extended to April 24. The Ursuline application can be mailed to Ursuline- 750 Wick Ave, Youngstown, OH 44505 or dropped off to the main office. The FACTS online application should be completed online and the supporting documents submitted through the FACTS website. Links to the Ursuline and FACTS applications can be found at www.ursuline.com. Click on Admissions.

If a student is having any issues receiving assignments/lessons, please call the school.

Please call, 330-744-4563, with any questions or concerns.

3/22 Update
-Offices Last Day- Monday, March 23
Following the state’s order, Ursuline’s offices will close at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow until further notice. Please turn in tuition payments, sign Ed Choice checks, or drop off Ed Choice and financial aid paper work tomorrow between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

-Food Help
Food will be available for pick up at Ursuline Monday, March 23 from 9:00 until 2:00 for those in need.

-Schedule Requests for 2020-2021
Incoming freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors were mailed a copy of their schedule requests for the 2020-2021 school year. If there is a mistake or a change needs to be made, e-mail Mr. Sammartino, ursulinehigh@youngstowndiocese.org. Please be specific about the courses that need to be dropped and/or added.

-Senior Graduation Requirements
The governor has requested that the legislature suspend all required Ohio testing for the year. This change may not impact those seniors who are working on a Capstone Project. Please continue to work on your project in order to be eligible for graduation. The Capstone Project only applies to seniors who have not passed all sections of the Iowa Exams.

The senior research paper was due Monday, March 16. It remains a graduation requirement. If you did not turn in your binder, turn it in Monday or email Mrs. Scudier.

-Quarter 3
Friday is the last day of Quarter 3.

Teachers will continue to send assignments and videos through Google Classroom and email.

Administrators will continue to be available through email.
Matthew Sammartino- ursulinehigh@youngstowndiocese.org
Maggie Damore- mmatune@youngstowndiocese.org
Michelle Carosella- mcarosella@youngstowndiocese.org

3/24 Update
Statement to families from Superintendent Mary Fiala

3/27 Update
Don’t forget that the third quarter ends this Friday. Please check PowerSchool and email the teacher with late work or questions about missing quizzes/exams.

The Ursuline Food Pantry will reopen Monday, March 30 from 10 until 1:30. Food staples will be available to any Ursuline Family.

Thanks to Miss Matune for arranging our daily morning prayer on Facebook. If you would like to participate, please send your video to Mrs. Matune-Damore.

Families should have received in the mail a copy of the schedule requests for the 2020-2021 school year. The list of courses are the selections made by the student with the help of the student’s guidance counselor. Please review the requests and if there is an error, email ursulinehigh@youngstowndiocese.org. This is not the student’s schedule for 2020-2021.

Ed Choice Update- Earlier today the Ohio General Assembly changed eligibility for Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The changes, part of a larger legislative package designed to address the current COVID-19 crisis, freezes the list of eligible school buildings at the 2019-20 level of 517 schools.

EdChoice eligible students include:
– A student receiving a scholarship during 2019-20 school year can renew their scholarship.
– A sibling of a student that had a scholarship during 2019-20 (changes include a clarified definition of siblings includes foster, kinship care, guardianship) can now apply.
– A student who is enrolled in, or would be enrolled in, a school building that satisfied the conditions for eligibility for performance-based scholarships in the 2019-2020 school year, and was enrolled in a public or nonpublic school in any of grades K-12 or was homeschooled for the equivalent of those grades in the 2019-2020 school year.
– A student who was eligible for a scholarship for the 2019-20 school year, regardless of whether the student received a scholarship, remains eligible for the 2020-2021 school year.
The application window for the EdChoice Scholarship Program begins April 1. You can drop off your Ed Choice application or renewal application with a copy of a current utility bill with the same service and billing address that matches the address on your application and a copy of the student’s birth certificate to the main office Monday from 9:00 until 2:00. There will be a drop off box at the 10North entrance. Secretaries and administrators will not be available Monday, but you can call or email.

3/30 Update
Following Governor DeWine’s announcement, Ursuline will remain closed through Friday, May 1. Teachers will continue to deliver online instruction.

As a result of the continued school closure, we, unfortunately, have to postpone Prom and the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Notifications to NHS applicants will be mailed home before Easter Break. New dates for prom and the NHS Induction Ceremony will be selected when we know the date of our return to school. As of today, graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 have not changed.

Although the third quarter ended Friday, grades from teachers are not due until Thursday morning. Report cards should arrive at the end of next week.

A tentative school calendar for next school year is included in this message. A final calendar will be released at the end of the school closure.

Ursuline High School
2020 – 2021 Calendar

First Quarter: August 20 – October 23 (44 Instructional Days)
Freshman Orientation, August 19
1st Day of School, August 20
School will NOT be in session:
September 4, Teacher In-Service
September 7, Labor Day
October 12, Teacher In-Service

Second Quarter: October 26 – January 15 (46 Instructional Days)
School will NOT be in session:
November 25, Conference Comp. Day
November 26 and 27, Thanksgiving Break
November 30, Teacher In-Service
December 21 through January 1, Christmas Vacation
January 18, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Third Quarter: January 19 – March 26 (46 Instructional Days)
School will NOT be in session:
February 12, Conference Comp. Day
February 15, Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 12, Teacher In-Service Day (Possible Snow Day Make Up Day)

Fourth Quarter: March 29 – June 3 (42 Instructional Days)
Last Day of School, June 3
School will NOT be in session:
April 2 through April 9, Easter Break
May 31, Memorial Day

We continue to pray for the health and safety of your family. Thank you for your continued support.