School spirit is strong as Cougars start distance learning
School spirit is strong as Cougars start distance learning

Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School students started the 2020-21 school year in style as they dressed up in their uniforms to mark the first day—even though they were at home.

Photos flooded in from families who wanted to show how excited their children were to start learning. School started on September 8, and everyone was raring to go.

Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School second grader holding up a first day of school sign with her dog

Maintaining our close-knit community is a top priority during distance learning, as it is when we're in person. From participating in scavenger hunts to showing off things they have in common, like stuffed animals and glasses, students spent the week getting to know their teachers and classmates. Some teachers sent home little cutouts of themselves as Bitmoji characters to let students know their teachers are always here for them, even if they can't be in the classroom right now. A few of these cutouts showed up in first-day photos.

One of our favorite ways to come together is in Friday morning assemblies. The first Primary (PreK-5) and Middle School assemblies were held as Zoom meetings so students could see all of their schoolmates' faces. Primary students could be heard saying "hi" to friends and teachers as they signed on, and they eagerly participated in rituals such as reciting the Cougar Creed.

It's going to be a great year!

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