DCC started the 2020-2021 in both full, in-person instruction and online remote instruction on August 24, five days a week. Now, approaching their one-month anniversary of school, DCC administrators, faculty and students, from preschool through senior high, have had a great experience thus far, even with the requirement of wearing masks and socially distancing.
“We are happy to have five days a week in school. Classes have improved with the new Canvas program and technology. No matter what happens going forward, there will be no delay in my children’s education.”, stated parent Maria Noemi Dinger. She went on to say “There are a number of classes my children are taking outdoors and they really enjoy being outside.”
Sophomore Abigail Boyles said, “It is a lot different than last year with our block schedule being used each day. It is nice to be back in school and seeing my friends.”
The entire student body and their families have adapted to and benefited from the school’s new Canvas System, considered the Cadillac in on-line learning. Students can participate in class no matter where they are located, in real time. Recently, a student in 8th grade Spanish, utilizing Oculus Virtual Reality Glasses, casted to the Library television what they were experiencing through the glasses. From that, a student remotely learning from home, through the Canvas program, joined her classmates on their virtual field trip to Machu Picchu, located in Peru.
DCC students enjoy one-to-one technology and will be really enjoy the new outdoor classrooms, due to be completed in October. One classroom will include a cistern system which will be helpful to the science department. An outdoor chessboard, with oversized chess pieces will be reinstalled for students to enjoy. The Makerspace Room, available to the entire student body, K-12, is close to completion to be used for various projects and video.
In reflecting on this year so far, Becky Dutra, Campus Minister said, ”This year has been a challenge, but our kids have met that challenge. Wearing masks and social distancing, they walk thru the halls and sit in classes, and get to eat their lunch and attend classes outside. It has been, in a sense, a little freeing for them. Making the best of a bad situation is the premise for this school year.”
DuBois Central Catholic provides a faith-based Catholic education to students of all faiths and from all walks of life. Part of the mission of DCC is to help students recognize and develop their individual talents in order to know God and serve him. Community service plays a big part in the DCC school experience. While at DCC, students, starting in middle school, will donate 100 or more hours of service each by the time they graduate high school.
A big event DCC students and faculty enjoy every year is their United Way Kick-Off which lasts for a week. This year students and faculty will continue the tradition and are working on ways to modify what has been done in the past.
Students have been very happy to be able to participate in fall sports such as golf, basketball, volleyball and soccer and simply being together.
DuBois Central Catholic enjoys continuous enrollment, offering small class sizes that provide a strong sense of family at the school. Visitors are welcome in person or virtually, at a time convenient for the visitor. Anyone interested in DCC should contact Debbie Kruise, Director of Admissions at 371-6689 or by email at email@example.com.