March 16th - April 29th
Dear Martin De Porres Families and Staff,
We are all disappointed that we are not able to return to our beloved MDP for the remainder of the school year. I had hoped, as did we all, that we would have time together to put some closure to this year; to see each other again even if for a few weeks; to plan our summer programs; and to honor the accomplishments of our Elementary & Junior High School and High School graduates. Unfortunately, for the safety of our students and staff, we instead have to continue to adapt to these difficult and uncertain times.
Our shift to remote instruction has had some stutters and stops, but overall has been a success. Our teachers, social workers, and direct care staff have been working non-stop to stay engaged and continuously improve our virtual learning practices. Our administrative team quickly adapted to the conditions and facilitated the pivot to virtual learning. And as always, our students have risen to the occasion, showed their determination and resilience, and have continued to work for their education despite the obstacles and challenges they encounter daily. Our kids always make me proud.
We are finalizing the calendar for the remainder of the school year as well as the upcoming summer to meet the expectations of the New York State Education Department. There will be no instruction on Friday May 22nd and Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. We will share any further adjustments to the calendar once they are confirmed.
The Executive Orders issued by Governor Cuomo prohibit us from holding large group gatherings so graduation must look different this year. We have been organizing events and activities for our graduates that will celebrate their achievements but also keep our students and staff safe. Details and arrangements, specific to each program, will be sent to parents of graduates by your program administration.
The challenges of these last few months have at times seemed insurmountable. However, we continue to move forward because of the dedication and perseverance of our staff, the support of the families of our students, and of course, because of the hard work of our kids.
I keep you all in my deepest thoughts, and pray for you and your loved ones health and safety everyday.
Mr. Joseph Trainor
"I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders." - Seneca
LIFE CHANGING RESULTS...
Martin De Porres High School
Jamal came to MDP after experiencing ongoing school problems. Teachers described him as constantly angry and aggressive. Basically, acting-out behavior limited his learning. For Jamal, every day in school was a challenge. Simply put, Jamal needed a placement where he could be successful. The Martin De Porres High School became the answer...
*Please note: Children featured in this section are not actual MDP students. These stories are representative of the life experiences of our students.
Casa de La Salle Educational Residence
Jenny could not adjust to public school. She just could not pay attention and would get into trouble for not following directions. At MDP, she really took to the structure and schedule. But more so, she liked her teachers and made friends with her classmates. She liked the feeling of being a "part of the class". Jenny felt better about herself and her learning improved...
Tommy came to the "Casa" carrying a lot of anger and sadness. Life was not easy for him. Since living at the "CASA" he has found a supportive community of adults and peers. In this environment, he has blossomed...
Martin De Porres Elementary/Jr.