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

Easter Message 2020

“For we walk by faith, not by sight .”(2 Corinthians 5:7)

Dear Holy Cross Family,

The above inspirational message came from one of our student submissions for the Palm Sunday Service project and it caused me to pause and reflect on how powerful that message is in light of the crisis today. To walk by faith requires strong determination to follow God’s plan regardless of what life throws your way. During these uncertain times, I pray for the safety and good health of our students, families, faculty and staff. I am forever thankful for all the workers on the front line who risk their lives everyday for ours.

As we celebrate Easter Sunday may you remember God’s perfect love for all mankind, and may that love fill you with hope for the days to come.
Happy Easter!

Sincerely,
Edward Burns
Principal



April 9 through April 19, 2020 Easter Vacation

  • This is similar to a regular vacation period when a teacher may assign a longer term project.
  • Take time to participate in a School Service Project; look for emails and updates from Mr. Brolly, our Service Learning Coordinator.

On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Governor announced that all public school buildings in New York State will now remain closed until April 29. The State also announced that high school Regents exams have been canceled. All students will be granted a waiver for all exams they were scheduled to take in June. This waiver will treat these exams as passed for the purposes of meeting graduation requirements. If you have specific questions related to Regents exams, please reach out to academics@myhchs.org.

In this extended period of time, we will continue to engage in remote learning as we practice social distancing so that everyone in our school communities can remain safe.



Digital Spirit Week April 20-24, 2020

Monday, April 20, Distance Learning / Day 4
Family Fun Day
Directions:

  • Take a family picture while holding a sign #HCHSfamily
  • Submit by 2 PM on Monday, April 20th

Tuesday, April 21 Distance Learning / Day 5
Celebrate Your Pet Day
Directions:

  • Take a picture with your pet while holding a sign #HCHSinthistogether
  • Submit by 2 PM on Tuesday, April 21th

Wednesday, April 22 Distance Learning / Day 6
Earth Day
Directions:

  • Take a pic of yourself doing an Earth Day activity in which you either reuse or recycle while holding a sign that reads #HCHSEarthDay2020
  • Submit by 2 PM on Wednesday, April 22nd

Thursday, April 23 Distance Learning / Day 1
Crazy Hat Day
Directions:

  • Take a picture of yourself wearing your crazy hat (can be home-made, be creative) while holding a sign #HCHScrazyhat
  • Submit by 2 PM on Thursday, April 23rd

Friday, April 24 Distance Learning / Day 2
Recreate It Day
Directions:

All entries should be submitted to spiritweek@myhchs.org

COVID-19 Holy Week Update from the President

Dear Holy Cross Family,

As we move through the liturgical celebrations beginning with Palm Sunday, there is an appealing richness to the “literature” of the scriptures. Beginning with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, through the deal Judas struck with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus, continuing through the Triduum, we are coming to the climax of the liturgical year! 

If you stand to the north of Holy Cross High School, at the bus stop at 26th and Francis Lewis Blvd., you can see the banners on the north wall that represent the pillars of a Congregation of Holy Cross sponsored education.

As we near the end of Lent – 40 days of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and service – we are reminded of one of the pillars of a Holy Cross education. Unfortunately, for much of this Lent we have had to keep our distance from others to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Naturally, this has limited our ability to be of service, and has hampered the growth of our relationships with others.

Keeping our distance, though, is an act of wisdom – another pillar of a Holy Cross education. This year, however, we do continue to gather as a virtual community. Unfortunately, we’ll each have to observe the Triduum individually or with only the members of our immediate household. There will be no physical gathering of the community for liturgy, and no communal sacraments this Easter Vigil. Yet, in spite of difficulties, we are called to stay true. We see past the present, and look with faith to the future, remembering that Christ’s story does not end with death… but rather, with the Resurrection!

Think of how the disciples must have felt knowing Jesus was in a tomb. They found themselves at an incredibly low point with painful feelings of fear and disappointment… even abandonment. At that moment, it seemed like Jesus’s ministry had ended with tragedy and misery on the cross. Yet, in a way they never expected, God brought good out of the evil. So much good, in fact, that He conquered sin and death forever. It is only with faith, in the light of the resurrection, that the Holy Cross motto makes sense. With faith, we cry out, “Ave Crux, Spes Unica!” That is, “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope!”

We are each called to live in faith and know by faith that God can bring good out of this Coronavirus crisis as well. In faith, we will find rebirth and renewal coming out of even this situation. Even though we have so much to worry about and only an online community for support, we keep the faith and look ahead for the resurrection to come.

As members of the Holy Cross family, we challenge everyone to remember his or her call to live out the four pillars of a Holy Cross education – community, service, wisdom, and – above all – faith. We challenge you to Be HC for others this Triduum.

Stay safe, healthy, faithful, and hopeful this Triduum. Remember that it all ends with the Resurrection!

Ave Crux, Spes Unica,

Mike Truesdell

Letter from the President – March 26, 2020

Dear members of the Holy Cross family,

The unprecedented spread of COVID-19 has left each of us preoccupied and on edge. With so much uncertainty, it’s hard to predict what tomorrow will bring. Without a doubt, there are many variables we simply cannot control in the current situation.

Despite these obstacles, it is up to each of us to do what we can. Sensible precautions make it possible for us to neutralize many risk factors that are in our control. For instance, beginning this week, we have moved to distance learning at Holy Cross. Using their school-issued Chromebooks, students can study from the safety of their homes, where they do not risk contracting the disease or carrying it home to loved ones who may be less resilient. Without students in the building, there is plenty of space for our faculty members to practice safe social distancing as they teach their remote classes. This significantly lessens the risk of spreading the coronavirus amongst the Holy Cross family, and it enables instruction to continue even during these unsettled times. As much as possible, distance learning cultivates a sense of continuity and routine for the Knights. I encourage you to explore our distance learning webpage to see what we have been able to accomplish as an institution.

These simple safety measures would never have been possible without the generosity and foresight of alumni, parents, and friends, whose gifts allowed us to invest in Chromebooks several years ago. We knew that these powerful tools would offer us unprecedented flexibility and would revolutionize students’ experience in the sciences, math, and technology. What a blessing it is that we can now use these tools to keep the Holy Cross family safe while still carrying out our mission of providing excellent, financially accessible Catholic education! Truly, Holy Cross is living out the mandate set for us by the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau, who instructed thus: “How we educate the mind will change with the times: how we cultivate the heart is and will remain timeless.”

That is what the Cross Currents Campaign is all about – envisioning an even brighter future for the Knights and giving from the heart to make that vision a reality. This is a once-in-a-decade campaign for Holy Cross. It comes at a moment when our future has never looked brighter, but the need has never been greater. Did you know that Holy Cross’s incoming freshmen class has increased by an average of 22% each year for the past three years? Our school community is vibrant and spirited, with more sports teams, clubs, and hours of service in the community than ever before. Our shift to a STREAM-focused curriculum and our mission expansion to co-education have proven extremely successful, and it is clear that our school will continue to offer students a Holy Cross education of the mind and heart for years to come.

We would be unwise if we didn’t take precautions against the spread of COVID-19. But we would also be unwise if we allowed the circumstances of the present to totally block our view of the future. We are able to take the precautions of today because of the investments we made yesterday. During these challenging times, I urge you to remember that this too shall pass. As an institution, we would be remiss if we did not cast forward a strong vision and carry out the steps to get there. That is why the Cross Currents Campaign forges ahead – because its defining factor is not the anxiety of today, but our strength of purpose for tomorrow.

May God bless you and your loved ones during this chaotic period of our lives. Please know that the prayers of the Holy Cross family are with you today and always.

Ave Crux, Spes Unica,

Mike Truesdell, President