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COVID-19 Information Hub

This page will serve as the primary location for information for the Mount community during state and national efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. During this time, this webpage will be updated with all announcements and communications. Please check this page regularly for the most current information.

Pertinent info, such as schedules, appear at the top of the page. The most recent updates and communications appear below that. Archived information is located below that, in drop-down menus organized by date. Click the arrow to the left of the title to read the full text.

Virtual Schedule



GUIDANCE UPDATES

Please click here for important announcements from Guidance. This information is regularly updated, so check frequently!



Spiritual & holistic resources

See our list (continually updated) of spiritual and holistic resources and links.

Update on Student Events

Textbook Information

The class of 2020 are to return their school-provided books when they come to pick up their graduation gowns and their yearbooks, The Sheaf and our literary publication, The Muse.


Books from classes 2021, 2022, 2023 will be collected in September 2020, with the exception of books provided to AP Students.


AP Books
All AP students who have school-supplied books must return them at the date and time assigned for yearbook pickup. The books are needed for summer assignments.

Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023
All students are asked to store their (non-AP) subject text books in their MSJA backpack, along with their lock for their locker. In September, students will return to their 4th Quarter classes, where they will return their books to their teachers. If these books are not returned, parents will be responsible for the financial replacement of any missing book. Please know it is imperative that any book that has been provided by the school must be returned.

Textbook Donations
If any student has purchased a textbook that she will no longer need, and would like to donate that book, she may submit it on the day of yearbook pick up. We thank you for your generosity.


Graduation Information

Please follow the link below to see the information shared with our seniors today via their school email.

Graduation 2020

Spring Concert

Mount singers and instrumentalists performed the annual spring concert from their homes. The concert features musical selections by the Sweet Madelines, junior and senior voice scholars, and junior and senior piano scholars. These students logged many hours preparing for the concert, and performing virtually is no easy task. They did a phenomenal job, and put on an inspiring performance. You are invited to watch the full concert here.

Thank you to our vocalists and musicians, and to Ms. Danielle Molan for her instruction and organizing the virtual performance.

Art Show

While we were unable to host an in-person Art Show this spring, we are happy to announce that the Art Department has put together a Virtual Art Show hosted on the Mount’s website! Please join us in congratulating all of our fabulous artists for the beautiful creations they have accomplished this year. You are invited to visit our Virtual Art Show here.

A special thank you to our senior artists, Mrs. Croke, Mrs. Hamilton, Miss Gryscavage and Mrs. Toth for encouraging our artists and posting their work.

Senior Events

The Class of 2020 will be inducted into the Mount Saint Joseph Alumnae Association on Wednesday, May 2020 at 9:30 am. The Alumnae Induction ceremony will take place virtually. At this time, we will welcome the Senior alumnae mothers to participate in the memorable event. Their participation will make this a very special event for our graduates.

The Senior Recognition Night will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join us as the event will be aired on the Mount’s webpage.

The Young College Alumnae Panel will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm. We are very excited to have 5 alums from the class of 2019 share their college experience with members of the class of 2020.

Graduation will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Our rain date is May 31. We are thrilled to invite the Class of 2020 to their live graduation! We will host graduation in the Mount parking lot. We have enlisted the services of Joe Bradley Digital and his associates to help us with staging, sound, and filming. Each Mountie will be limited to one car of guests. The parents of each Mountie, or two significant people, will be invited to participate in the ceremony. We will follow the directives for social distancing in our organization and seating arrangement.

JUNIOR EVENTS

Junior yearbooks

The Junior Honors Convocation will be on Monday, June 1 at 2pm. Junior yearbooks will be available for pickup at the front of school on Tuesday, June 2, from 3-5 pm.

Junior College Week: June 1- 4, 2020

Monday, June 1
Topic: The College Search
Presenter: Dr. Colleen Hanycz, President of La Salle University
Time: 9:00-10:00 am (Zoom link will be emailed at 8:45 am)

Tuesday, June 2
Topic: The College Essay
Presenter: Tyra Crosbie, Admissions Counselor, Gettysburg College
Time: 9:00-10:00 am (Zoom link will be emailed at 8:45 am)

Wednesday, June 3
Topic: The College Interview
Presenter: Abbey Morris, Associate Director of Admission, Saint Joseph’s University
Time: 9:00-10:00 am (Zoom link will be emailed at 8:45 am)

Thursday, June 4
Topic: Searching for a College During a Pandemic
Time: 9:00-10:00am (Zoom link will be emailed at 8:45am)
Panel:

  • Andrew Cox, Associate Dean of College Admission, The Catholic University of America
  • Brendan Corsones, Senior Assistant Director, The University of Notre Dame
  • Matthew Metzger, Director of First Year Admissions, Penn State - Abington (Mount University Park Liaison)
  • Julie Chapman, Admissions Counselor, Vanderbilt University

College Information Sessions (students sign up for at least one per day)

Monday, June 1:

  • 11:00 am - Boston College
  • 12:00 pm - Providence College
  • 1:00 pm - Xavier University

Tuesday, June 2:

  • 11:00 am - University of South Carolina
  • 12:00 pm - University of Tennessee
  • 1:00 pm - George Washington University

Wednesday, June 3:

  • 11:00 am - Penn State University
  • 12:00 pm - Temple University
  • 1:00 pm - University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, June 4:

  • 11:00 am - University of Michigan
  • 12:00 pm - Swarthmore College
  • 1:00 pm - Quinnipiac University

Sophomore Events

Sophomore yearbooks will be available for pickup at the front of school on Wednesday, June 3, from 3-5 pm.

The Sophomore Honors Convocation will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at 10:30 am. Following the distribution of awards, there will be a Spirit Activity for the Class of 2022.

Freshmen Events

Freshmen yearbooks will be available for pickup at the front of school on Thursday, June 4, from 3-5pm.

The Freshmen Honors Convocation will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 am. Following the distribution of awards, there will be a Spirit Activity for the Class of 2023.

Last Day of School

The last day of school for the 2019-2020 academic year will be June 4, 2020.

Book Collection

Information regarding the collection of books for the classes of 2021-2023 will be posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


Letter to parents

May 19, 2020

Last week, Mr. Holdren reminded the students in his daily update that it had been 8 weeks of virtual learning since Governor Wolf closed schools in March. Even as the Mount’s administration has concentrated on ensuring quality education and support for our students, and creating virtual replacements for as many activities and events as possible, we have also been focused on the future.

As recently as last week, Dr. Fauci and other medical experts have warned that openings and the lessening of restrictions should be done cautiously and with strict adherence to CDC guidelines. Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera announced that the state is working to open schools to students in the fall. All of these experts maintain their commitment to closely monitor data to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students and the staff.

Like so many other schools at every level, we have created a team to engage in “scenario planning.” Because things have been changing so rapidly, we are looking at a number of possible options for every area of school life from education, to health and safety, to facilities management. We are assessing a variety of options for instruction, from face to face, to virtual, to a hybrid of both. We are considering different schedules to determine what best supports the method of learning. We are measuring classrooms to assure adequate social distancing. We are investigating the additional procurement of standard precautionary materials like sanitizers, wipes and masks, even as we consider testing, screening and more protective accessories. And, we are committed to providing additional support for the wellness of all our young women who have been affected by this sustained quarantine.

As you know, we have established a “Dear Neighbor Fund” for Emergency Tuition Assistance so that those negatively impacted by COVID-19 will receive needed financial support. We are committed to ensuring that our young women will not have their Mount education disrupted.

We are grateful that many of you have already responded to this critical need.

A final step that is vital to our planning is to get your input. In the next week we will send a parent survey to get your best thinking on our response to this unusual time. Your participation will be critical for our planning for the future.

The bottom line is that we are committed to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, even as we attempt to return to some kind of normalcy at school. Thank you for your support, for your confidence and your patience.

Know that we hold you in prayer as the effects of this pandemic continue to affect us all.

Sister Mary Dacey, SSJ, President
Dr. Judith Caviston, Principal