This summer has been like no other I have ever experienced. As a result of the impact of COVID-19 on our lives, we are wearing masks on the beach and sitting in front of computer screens for several hours at a time in virtual meetings. It has been nearly four months since Governor John Carney issued stay at home orders and Archmere Academy’s academic program and school operations pivoted overnight to a virtual model. We are also engaged in important conversations about systemic racism, equity, and justice in our country that have not been at the forefront of our national dialog since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. We are called to acknowledge that our words and actions, conscious or unconscious, have substance and the power to hurt, but also heal. To make meaningful, progressive, and permanent change so that all members of our community feel valued, heard, and understood, we recognize the resource we have in our engaged extended school community. Your willingness to connect with Archmere’s administration out of love and commitment to our Academy, is deeply valued and appreciated.
As this is the last week of classes for the school year, and the last school year with Mr. Jordan '80 as principal, I will wait to share with you my "weekly" update in our last monthly school newsletter of the year on Friday. Be well and be safe!
Over the break, Archmere junior Margaret Atkins has made it her mission to protect those helping people with COVID-19 by printing away the shortage of equipment. Margaret worked with a student from Strath Haven High School to help arm health workers in their fight against the virus. She spent her time over Easter break assembling and programming a 3D printer to print Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) components for face shields for health care workers in New York City.
Ms. Catherine Souza, Archmere's Associate Director of College Counseling & Coordinator of Career Programs, presented a webinar this week through their membership organization, the PA Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC). The online workshop, entitled COVID-19 Considerations From Both Sides of the Desk, was part of the PA Association for College Admission Counseling Connects series with Krista Evans, Director of Admissions at Kutztown University. They chatted with admissions reps and school counselors throughout Pennsylvania, offering a glimpse into what “the other side of the desk” may be facing on their campuses.
Gabriella Vasile '09, a Dermatology Resident at Larkin Community Hospital just outside of Miami, has created a clothing line to help support those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The line is fittingly titled [together.] as this crisis is a time that she feels everyone should come together to help support small businesses and frontline healthcare workers.
Dr. Mike Gioffre ’90 organized an effort by the Delaware Dental Foundation and Platinum Dining Group to deliver 80 meals from Capers and Lemons to the Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals. Along with the meals, he and Dr. Rob Penna ’85 delivered posters of support made by kids in the local community, along with masks and gloves donated from Dr. Gioffre's First State Dental office.
Gregory Jasani '10, a resident at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shares frontline details about what it has been like fighting the pandemic from a Maryland emergency room.
"I think the thing that the public doesn’t know or doesn’t appreciate is the sense of dread that we feel as a result of this. At least in Maryland, we’re slowly starting to see the uptick in patients,...
Bradley Bakst ’13, a current medical student at PCOM, is collecting donations for hospitals facing severe Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) shortages in Philadelphia. He and a large group of medical student volunteers have helped to raise over $37,000 and allocated over 7,000 N-95 masks to nearby hospitals.