Driver Education Update – June 17, 2020

Dear Student,

We realize that you have been anxious to hear from us but we have been waiting for the Governor to direct two agencies that DIRECTLY have jurisdiction over all NYS Driver Education Programs before we could answer your concerns.

Since our program is a SCHOOL-BASED program we must abide by their directives. I personally have contacted the NYS Department of Education seeking permission to at least have the in-classroom aspect of the course continue REMOTELY ON-LINE. Their response was that unless we have already completed 75% of the SPRING course when lessons were halted, we CANNOT. There is no way that any School-based Driver Education Program that starts each semester would qualify. Our SPRING course started the week of February 3 and we had to stop the program after March 14th.

Taking into consideration the winter recess (we had NO driver ed during that week)…..students enrolled in the course received 5 weeks of the 16 weeks of lectures and in-the-car.

At this point in time, we are forced to make some tentative plans, keeping in mind that we still await directives from those 2 agencies….First of all, any student who enrolled in the SPRING Driver Education Program has two options:

OPTION 1: REQUEST and Receive a pro-rated refund of $478 (11 weeks @ $43.4375); NON-CROSS student who enrolled in the Spring Driver Education Program. A CROSS student to request & receive a pro-rated refund of $465 (11 weeks @42.1875).

OPTION 2: Continue the course in the FALL or earlier relative to the directives, restrictions and time-table of the above-mentioned NY State agencies. TO BE DETERMINED

TO ALL those students who registered for the 2020 SUMMER DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE. Two options: Request & Receive a full refund OR enroll in the FALL or earlier relative to the directives, restrictions and time-table of the above-mentioned NY State agencies. TO BE DETERMINED

Please contact us via email at drivered@holycrosshs.org to request Spring 2020 pro-rated refunds or Summer 2020 Summer refunds.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for the time it took for the above-stated response.
Regards,
Mr. Michael S, Genovese
Driver Education Administrator

Class of 2020

Saturday, June 6 was the scheduled commencement ceremony for the members of Holy Cross High School’s Class of 2020. While we were not able to gather together as we had intended, the administration, faculty, and staff were determined to celebrate and honor all of our graduates’ hard work and accomplishments.

Our principal, Edward Burns ’84, and his leadership team orchestrated a personal graduation ceremony for each individual senior and family. Over the span of several days, teachers and staff visited students throughout Queens, Brooklyn, and Nassau County to conduct a private ceremony for each graduate.

When speaking with Mr. Burns, he shared that “We wanted a way to celebrate each of our graduates in a meaningful way, allowing their families to be a part of this milestone. It was about giving each student the individual attention they deserved and to be celebrated.”

“Each one of our graduates was visited at his home, many of which were decorated with signs and special awards,” said Michael Truesdell, president of Holy Cross. “Lots of tears were shed … it was very heartwarming.” Education is so individualized. We need to reach out to each student and make sure we are fulfilling his potential … We did this because we care for them as an individual person.”

While the school still hopes to be able to come together as a community in the near future to celebrate, our students and families know the gratitude we at Holy Cross all feel in being able to be a part of their lives over the last four years.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! ​Go Knights!

A Message from our President and Principal

On behalf of the Holy Cross Community, we pray for the families of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breona Taylor in Kentucky, Steven Taylor in California, Dreasjon Reed in Indianapolis, Tony McDade in Florida, and Adrian Medearis in Houston as they continue to grapple with their tragic and horrible loss. Current events signify that there is still much needed to be done for our nation to come together and unite in the face of racism, and embody the values of justice and equality.

One of the many values steeped in the charism of the Congregation of Holy Cross, founded by Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau, C.S.C. nearly 200 years ago, stems from our Catholic faith and the firm belief in the sanctity of human life. At this time of unrest following the unfathomable death of George Floyd and so many others, we stand united with all those who peacefully protest and demand change. As a community, we condemn the looting and acts of violence performed by a select few which detracts from the call of justice and equality for all. We also gratefully acknowledge the sacrifice made by those dedicated law enforcement members, and their families, who commit themselves to serve our communities while placing themselves in harm’s way.

We all can learn something of great significance from Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity. Mr. Jon Meacham in his recent book, ​The Hope of Glory​, explains how the outstretched arms of Christ on the Cross represent an embrace of all humanity. We remain dedicated to the Mission of educating the hearts and minds of young men and women, regardless of race or creed. It is oftentimes the most difficult conversations are the most necessary to have, and our school’s leadership is committed to continuing the conversation with our students, and urging our families to do the same at home.

Black lives matter, and we stand with all the schools sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross around the world in prayer and support for the needed changes in our society to respect and care for all people.

Ave Crux, Spes Unica

 

 

Michael R. Truesdell
President
mtruesdell@holycrosshs.org
718-886-7250 ext 516

 

 

 

Edward P. Burns ’84
Principal
eburns@holycrosshs.org
718-886-7250 ext 526

September 2020

The world we live in today looks drastically different than the one we knew just a few weeks ago.

This transition has not been easy, and some members of our community have been more impacted than others. First responders find themselves on the frontline every day and communities realize which workers are truly essential. Graduates at all levels are deprived of the ceremonies their academic achievements deserve, while other families find themselves confronted with unexpected loss.
These challenges can make it difficult to remain hopeful, but it is more important than ever that we look to the future!

Holy Cross High School intends to open our campus in September to the members of the Class of 2024, and welcome back the current students that we have all missed so much. Our school has prepared several strategic plans to provide in-person instruction as we anticipate what health challenges our community may face next year. Through sound leadership and guidance, our administration remains prepared for the future.

The benefits of a Holy Cross education extend beyond the brick and mortar of our building. Our talented faculty, through exceptional pedagogical practices and technological mastery, was instrumental in our successful and smooth transition to distance learning this spring. If a brief and temporary pivot to remote learning is required in the future, Holy Cross is committed to providing asynchronous lessons supported with live instruction for all students. The quality of a Holy Cross education remains as sound and exceptional as it has since we opened our doors over 70 years ago.
While we must follow the guidance issued by New York State, we remain confident that the qualities that make Holy Cross so special, from our personalized approach to learning and our intimate class sizes, place us in an exclusive position to continue the mission of educating the hearts and minds of young men and women regardless of what the future holds.

Ave Crux, Spes Unica


Michael R. Truesdell
President


Edward Burns
Principal

Celebration of the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker

On Friday, May 1, 2020 members of Holy Cross High School participated in a live stream Mass from St. Augustine Church in Ossining, NY to celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. Special thanks to Rev. Jean Pierre A. Seon ’98 who was our celebrant. A recording of this event is available for all who were unable to participate Friday morning.

Ave Crux, Spes Unica.

Please feel free to skip past the first 6 minutes of the video as that was the period the WiFi / Internet connection was tested.