Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Coronavirus

Videoconferencing

Event Cancellations

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  • To Date

    Battle of the Bands (March 12) – Postponed
    Alumni Retreat (March 14) – Postponed
    Battle of the Sexes (March 18) – Postponed
    Senior-Faculty Basketball Game (March 19) – Postponed
    BEEP Exchange Day with Lourdes (March 20) – Postponed
    All Out-of-Season Team Workouts – Postponed
    Shark Tagging with UM (April 23 & 24) – Postponed
    Drama State Tournament – Postponed
    Columbus Connects Frank Azor (March 30) – Postponed

Tips for Success

Christopher Columbus High School’s C-Tech Team offers best practices for conducting successful videoconferences on topics including class (meeting) preparation, communicating effectively, and etiquette.

Class Preparation

  • C-Tech suggests that you arrive well before your videoconference starts to test the system and the interface
  • Try and minimize distracting glare and uneven lighting by pulling the shades on windows and doors and covering glass-framed wall hangings
  • Make sure the room you are in has adequate lighting. If it's too dark, the other people in your class won't be able to see you clearly
  • Make sure you have a back channel for communication - Remind (app), Instant Message (in video conference platform) or email. This allows for communication without interrupting the class session
  • Wear Columbus attire to class! Avoid plaids, stripes, polka dots, and very bright colors—they can cause distracting effects on screen

Communicate Effectively

  • Perform an audio check before the class begins to ensure that everyone can hear you
  • Talk directly into the microphone on your device. Do not turn your head from side to side while talking or your voice will fade in and out at the remote site
  • Speak in a normal voice, you shouldn't have to shout
  • When you start talking, JUST KEEP TALKING! Assume that everything is working fine. You will be interrupted if something is wrong
  • When possible, keep your microphone muted. Un-muted microphones can be the single most important problem communicating during a videoconference meeting
  • Limit excess movement to avoid looking jerky on screen


Etiquette

  • Platforms like Zoom allow you to load a virtual background. Some teachers may think this is fun, but most find it distracting and unprofessional
  • Look directly at the camera. This will give the teacher and fellow Explorers the impression that you are looking directly at them
  • When your microphone is on, be careful with side conversations and do not rustle papers or make tapping sounds near the microphone. Any sounds you make will be heard by the other sites and can be distractive
  • Do not cause echo. If you are causing echo, it will disrupt the videoconference
  • Be direct with your questions
  • Expect a few seconds of delay in getting an answer because of the technology and distance involved

SAT & ACT Updates

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  • March 24, 2020 - ACT/Pre-ACT @ Columbus (Cancelled)

    Currently, we are waiting for communication from ACT regarding the possibility of creating another late Spring administration of the ACT/Pre-ACT at Columbus. As additional information comes available, we will advise you accordingly.
  • April 4, 2020 - ACT (Cancelled)

    Students registered for the April 4th test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to either the June 13th or a future national test date.

    Phone: 866-763-3228
    Customer Service hours are 8 am –8 pm CT, Monday–Friday
  • May 2, 2020 - SAT (Cancelled)

    Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. Refunds will be processed within the next few weeks.
  • Future Testing Opportunities

    College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations.

    At this time, College Board has NOT cancelled the June 6, 2020 SAT.

    Currently, they are exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.

    College Board will continue to assess the situation, with the health and safety of students and educators as their top priority.

    If you have questions or concerns about your scheduled testing with College Board programs, please contact College Board directly as soon as possible.

    Email: 
    sat@info.collegeboard.org
    Phone: 866-756-7346
    Customer Service hours are 8 am – 9 pm ET, Monday–Friday

Questions or Concerns?

Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 call center: 866-779-6121 (open 24/7) or COVID-19@flhealth.gov
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by AdvancEd and a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.