March 25, 2020

Dear Northpoint Family:

Thank you for adjusting so quickly to remote learning. We are hearing good things as students and teachers continue to get more comfortable with our new “normal” during the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Wrigley shared the following with our high school faculty, on Tuesday, March 24. I think it is a good reminder for all of us.

Found on social media: “Hurricane Katrina taught the teachers on the Gulf Coast that an interrupted year is not the end of the world, It’s OK if you don’t get to cover all of the content. It’s OK if your grades are inflated because you can’t test as normal. It’s OK if your students are not able to complete the coursework as assigned. We worried that missing part of the year would have lasting effects, but it didn’t. Our Katrina Kids are doctors, lawyers, teachers, hairdressers, nurses, business owners, engineers, you name it-they are doing it, all over the world. Don’t sweat what is probably insignificant, but embrace the opportunity to stay connected with your students in order to build relationships and to reinforce a sense of normalcy for them. Developing skills for the next level of success takes many forms, so don’t worry, you’ve got this!”

Mr. Wrigley added the following words in his message to teachers: “It is OK because we serve a God who is more interested in the character of our students than in their GPA. Yes, it is more difficult teaching without seeing the student in person. But when this is over, and it will get over, the most important thing is that I did my best to communicate, serve, and pray! Please do not forget to PRAY for our families. They are under stress and also in uncharted territory.”

Northpoint Family, we will continue to lean on the CDC, Mississippi State Department of Health, local authorities, and trusted medical advisors to make wise decisions concerning the school year. At this time, we believe it obviously unwise to re-open school. We will continue with remote learning, and will remain closed next week, March 30th – April 3rd.

My plan is to make a decision each Wednesday, about the following week.

Thanks for all of your support as we continue to journey down this path. I am grateful for each of you. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the remote learning process or anything else. My email is jferguson@ncstrojans.com.

We are dealing with unprecedented events. But we also remain rooted in our faith, knowing our God is in complete control of what is occurring. Our trust and confidence remain in Him. Our peace, comfort, and strength come from Him. We are praying with and for YOU.

Sincerely,
Jim Ferguson- Head of School