Active learning and agile teaching are the essence of a St. George’s education. Opportunities abound for students to engage in active, hands-on instruction by nimble, agile teachers who can meet the individualized needs of each student. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and societal change, active learning means learning within our life circumstance and agile teaching means making necessary changes — using the best information we have available — in the best interest of our students and families. Regardless of rapidly changing external circumstances, St. George’s is prepared to honor our mission and deliver on our promise — now and always.
Read recent news coverage about Reopening SGIS in the Daily Memphian.
The physical, emotional, and academic health of the St. George's community is paramount – without this, we cannot expect our students, families and community to learn and grow. A safe return to school is the priority guiding our decision-making process.
St. George’s roots our work in agile instruction, which mandates constant data analysis – informed scientific and medical data as well as social-emotional information from our community – and adjusts our practices to move our community forward safely.
Our caring team of chaplains, counselors, learning services, and deans collaborate to ensure St. George’s is ready to support the social and emotional health of our community. We are dedicated to supporting our students, families, faculty, and staff as we navigate new protocols.
St. George’s will start school on Monday, August 17 with all students on campuses and no changes to the major dates calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. All divisions will be on campus every school day. Increased health and safety initiatives will be implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. In the event of an extended student absence or safer-at-home measures by government officials, hybrid learning will allow students to join classes remotely through live streaming or video sessions.
Enhanced safety procedures and changes to campus spaces to accommodate physical distancing is a great start to supporting a healthy campus environment. But keeping our school healthy is a collective effort, one we are asking every member of our community to support.
As outlined in Guarding our Gryphons, St. George’s has made significant investments in our health resources, including a new nursing team to help monitor the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff.
Desiree Morgan (Memphis Campus) has been an RN for 11 years, working in the emergency room, ICU, procedures and treatments, cardiology, travel nursing and as a college instructor. “I am excited to be a Gryphon because I love the culture at St. George's and want to bring my expertise in nursing to this wonderful school.” 901-261-3960
Dena Warth (Germantown Campus) has been a nurse for 28 years, as a hospital nurse, an Army nurse, and a nurse practitioner in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. “Since finding my perfect path to pediatrics, I have enjoyed the children so much. I am thankful for those entrusting their children to my care and I will work diligently to make this relationship one that is beneficial for the students, families and the school.” 901-261-2325
Celeste Waldrup (Collierville Campus) has been a school nurse for six years. “Helping students is my absolute passion. I am excited to be a Gryphon because I love the nurturing environment at St. George’s and I want to develop relationships with my students and help them navigate their health struggles.” 901-457-2112
St. George’s faculty are diligently working to support on-campus, in-person learning to the greatest extent possible, while also providing hybrid or remote learning for those students in PK-12 who are unable to be in the classroom. We have dedicated a tremendous amount of resources to deliver our mission in such a way that allows as much response to individualized needs as possible. We recognize the challenges placed on every member of our community and rely on the partnership with our families to make this a success. We will provide unparalleled remote learning experiences, when necessary, as we did last spring.
When disruptions to routines and schedules caused by campus closures this spring left many of us in need of social-emotional support, our unparalleled team of chaplains, counselors, student life, and learning services professionals provided us with the safety net we needed. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption and stress to our normal, daily lives, St. George’s is ready to support the social and emotional health of our students when school resumes this fall. Perhaps more so than ever before, the non-academic aspects of St. George's — student life, chapel, social and emotional learning — remain core aspects of our exceptional education.
As they lean into the strong support system this fall, students will benefit from having a routine start to their day as well as recreational and "brain breaks" throughout the day.
Strong Support Systems
Counselors, chaplains, deans, teachers, administrators and staff are poised to welcome your children back to school in August.
Routine Start to the Day
Strong relationships are the key to a St. George’s education. Students in each grade across all three campuses will benefit from morning connections with their teachers and classmates, in person or remotely. Lower School students will participate in morning meeting activities. Middle and Upper School students will begin their days with chapel and advisory initiatives. Scheduled times to share thoughts, feelings, worship and laughter will provide the needed support for our children to thrive, even during these unpredictable times.
St. George’s understands the upcoming school year will look different for students. To mitigate any undue stress, we will make room for recreational breaks to foster friendships and fun every day.
Teachers will have access to a “Brain Breaks Library” when students return. Brain breaks are planned learning activity shifts that mobilize different networks of the brain. Such shifts revitalize and restore a sense of calm and focus, which helps to foster optimal mood, attention, and memory.
The social and emotional well-being of our students continues to be our top priority. SGIS counselors are valuable resources for our families. Please reach out!
In times of crisis, communities rally to support each other. In order to support local businesses owned and operated by St. George’s parents and alumni, we created the directly below. We hope you will use this list as a resource and support these businesses, as you are able, during this trying time. Please email Christiana Leibovich if you would like to add your company to the list.
yardlovedesto - Eddie & De'Von Phillips P'20, '28, '34
Woodland Tree - Terran Arwood P‘28, ‘32
These teachers are simply amazing! Love this school!
Excited to be online learning! We love SGIS!
Online classes started today! It was so nice to hear my kids laughing and communicating with their classmates via Zoom. Thanks to SGIS for being well prepared in advance so my kids could continue their education from home.
First day of remote learning! So grateful for our school and our amazing teachers!
Remote learning for SGIS is a go! I’m proud to be a part of the school where teachers are innovative and dedicated to making the most of a less than ideal situation.
First day of distance learning. My son loved it and was so happy to see his friends. I’m thankful for the teachers at St. George’s, who worked to make this possible. So impressed and blessed. Thank you for giving us a new routine and for putting a smile on my son’s face today!
SGIS distance learning is underway! Thank you for pulling our kids back together and for making my junior smile this morning. Connecting and moving forward despite COVID-19.