August 23, 2017
We are beginning our second school year with the Canvas learning management system. Certainly the goal with using this system is to improve communication among teachers, students, and parents with the goal of improving student learning.
Over the past year, the transition to this new system has certainly had its share of challenges and difficulties; so we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as our faculty members become familiar with this new learning management system. We are confident that as our teachers learn more about Canvas and learn to utilize all that the system has to offer, our students will benefit academically.
Journalist Sydney J. Harris once stated that “The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”
Obviously, a great deal of information is now going out to both students and parents – Information regarding assignments, evaluations, and ultimately the performance results (grades) on these various assignments and evaluations. Although this information is important, it is what we do with this information that is most important. As parents, we may be quick to contact a teacher at the first sight of a poor grade; however, it is our hope that this information will lead to improved communication between parents and their sons.
Ultimately we expect Jesuit High School students to play a more active role in their education as they become more independent, and this improvement in communication should help them become more aware of their own performance. Furthermore, students now have the information necessary to help them work harder and smarter and to know if they need to seek assistance from their teachers and/or other support systems here at Jesuit.
We are pleased to be able to make information more readily available and to improve communication through the use of Canvas, and we thank both teachers and parents for their support as we work with our students and apply new, effective tools and resources to help them become more intellectually competent.
Peter S. Kernion, M.Ed., ’90