Pleasant Grove High School News

September 2021

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Dear PGHS Families,


The fall semester at PGHS is off to a great start! We are so happy to be back on campus despite the heat, smoky skies and COVID-19 cases. Students’ transition back to school has been positive as they have gotten accustomed to full days, wearing masks indoors, and increased social interaction.


As we welcome our students back to campus, the only bells that sound are those to signify the two minute warning bell. We are going to maintain this schedule for the entire first quarter and survey our students and staff at the end of the quarter.


Fall athletics are off to a positive start with fans filling the side-lines and athletes thrilled to be back competing.


Club Rush was held on September 9, with 48 clubs represented around the quad. Students enjoyed signing up for the clubs and activities which all help to connect our students to PGHS.


We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep everyone safe and healthy while we navigate COVID-19 guidelines. Please use the COVID-19 Symptom and Quarantine Decision Forest for K-12 Schools to check your child’s symptoms prior to sending them to school. Continue to call our Attendance Office should you have any questions or are in need of guidance with the Decision Forest.


We all realize the impact that COVID-19 quarantines are having on our students’ learning. Teachers are currently holding in-person tutoring sessions before school, during lunch and after school and we are hoping to offer Zoom tutoring sessions soon as well. HERE is the school-wide tutoring schedule-encourage your child to check-in with their teachers if their class is not listed on the schedule. Also, please remind your child to communicate with their teachers when they are absent in order to stay as current as possible with their assignments. Students who have excused absences will be given ample time to complete their assignments when they return to school.


Along with the excitement of being back together, students are still navigating the rules and boundaries of appropriate school behavior. We reached out to you on Friday asking for your assistance in talking with your child(ren) about a disturbing social media trend called Devious Lick as well as the vandalism occurring in our restrooms. In true PGHS spirit, families and students responded immediately with information to assist administration in our ongoing investigation of these disruptive and destructive activities-we appreciate your support! We encourage students, families and community members to report incidents that occur on the PGHS campus or during school-sponsored activities HERE and administration will immediately follow-up. Again, we appreciate your ongoing support and commitment as a community to improve student behavior and school safety.



  • The Administrative and Student Services Offices are open from 7:30-4:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8:15-4:00 on Thursday.
  • Check out our website, pghs.net, for current information, schedules and upcoming events.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions by calling the Attendance Office at (916)686-0230 or the Counseling and Career Center at (916)686-0233. We are here to help!



In Partnership,


Taigan Keplinger


Principal


Be Safe * Be Respectful *Be Responsible * Be Your Best

In This Issue:

  • Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month
  • PGHS Food and Beverage Deliveries
  • EGUSD Transportation Updates
  • EGUSD COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines
  • PGHS Student Activities
  • Join PTSO
  • School Site Council vote
  • EGUSD Food and Nutrition Services information
  • WASC information and minimum days
  • Athletic News
  • Student Wellness
  • Student Testing Score Reports
  • College and Career Updates
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Elk Grove Unified School District proudly recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2021). Our EGUSD family celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Similar to other states, in California alone, Latinos make up the largest ethnic group, so there are plenty of reasons and ways to celebrate.

Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month here: https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

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PGHS Food and Beverage Deliveries

Due to limited clerical staff in the Attendance Office and health and safety guidelines, food and beverage deliveries from unidentified individuals, friends, and family members not identified in Synergy, food delivery services (Uber Eats, Door Dash, etc.) and restaurants will not be accepted. Lunch deliveries from parents and guardians (no siblings) will only be accepted on an emergency basis only. We appreciate your support.

EGUSD Transportation Update


Here Comes The Bus App

Here Comes The Bus is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. With Here Comes the Bus you can:

  • View the real-time location of your child’s bus
  • Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Receive push notifications or email alerts
  • Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time, every time.

Registration information specific to EGUSD for Here Comes The Bus can be found at the EGUSD Bus Pass Application information page: http://blogs.egusd.net/transportation/about/bus-pass-application/


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If you need translation assistance, please send an email to egusd-translate@egusd.net in order to schedule a Zoom meeting or phone call with an interpreter. Please include your name and phone number.

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EGUSD Community Update - 9/10/21

  • Today’s update will cover more frequently asked questions from parents and staff as we continue to move forward with keeping schools open for in-person learning. All of the questions are excellent and demonstrate how much everyone cares about the safety, education and wellbeing of everyone in our TK-12 school settings.

    We also want to acknowledge that Saturday, September 11th, 2021 marks the 20 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Throughout Elk Grove Unified and in many homes around the country, we will pause to remember friends, family and loved ones who died in the 9/11 attacks.

    New School Safety Newsletter and Safety Reminders

    Are resources available for back to school safety reminders?

    Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 at School

    What can anyone 12+ do to help stop COVID-19 from spreading in our schools?

    • Anyone 12 years and older can get vaccinated to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Everyone can also follow our safety measures while at school and when in public settings. If a student or staff member has any one of the COVID-19 symptoms (not chronic), they should not come to school and instead report the illness to the school.

    If a child/staff has new COVID-19 like symptoms (not chronic), should they stay home?

    • Yes. Please contact the school and either contact a health care provider to receive an alternative diagnosis of symptoms or get tested for COVID-19.

    When can a child/staff return to school after experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms?

    • In consultation with the Sacramento County Health Officer, if students or staff are symptomatic and test negative with a rapid antigen test, it could be a false negative, therefore, SCPH states that they must follow up with a PCR test to confirm the negative rapid test results. Students and staff must then remain at home until they receive a negative PCR test result.

    Do symptomatic students/staff have an alternative different from testing for COVID-19?

    • Yes. They may receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider and may return to school if at least 24 hours have passed since fever and symptoms have improved significantly.

    Should parents go to the Emergency Room to get tested quickly?

    Are there community testing sites parents and students can go to instead of the school?

    Will quarantined student absences be excused?

    • Yes. Students who are in at-home quarantine or reported as ill will receive an excused absence.

    Is there a HOTLINE parents can call to ask COVID-19 related questions?

    • Yes. A statewide COVID-19 hotline is available at (833) 422-4255 for parents to call with questions about COVID-19. The call center is open 7 days a week (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. PST / Saturday - Sunday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST)

    If parents have questions about the EGUSD COVID Dashboard who can they ask?

    Where can parents and the community find COVID-19 vaccination clinics?

    Regular Services and Support for Parents

    Does EGUSD offer parents translation or interpretation services?

    Can Independent Study parents receive assistance on helping their child in this new format?

    • Yes. Parents who have chosen a learning strategy outside of the classroom and instead in a virtual environment may contact the Family and Community Engagement office at (916) 831-5530 for resources on how to help keep their child engaged in a virtual learning scenario and be successful.

    Ongoing Employment and Training Opportunities with EGUSD

    How can parents help get out the word to fill open jobs and reduce staff shortages?

    • Please share the following information:
    EGUSD needs to fill 100 paraeducator positions and is specifically recruiting for Special Education Paraeducators through new Hiring Days! We are also looking to bring on many Substitute Teachers. Interested candidates can register for our Paraeducator and Substitute Teacher Hiring Day on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The Hiring Day will be held at the Robert L. Trigg Center (9510 Elk Grove-Florin Rd.) in the Board Room. Register today via Eventbrite. For more information about employment opportunities with EGUSD,

Student Activities

We started school with Eagle Extravaganza on August 10 and 11 and the Senior Sunrise on the first day of school. We had 315 students come to the football field for a kickoff and a few giveaways (Yearbooks and Senior Ball tickets) Then in the second week we distributed Renaissance certificates to 10-12 grade students who earned over a 2.5 GPA and chose to sign up. Of the approximately 2,000 students who were eligible almost 1500 signed up for the recognition. On September 2 we hosted a Senior Parent Night on zoom where information about the Class of 2022’s senior year was explained. The biggest event so far was the Club Rush we hosted at lunch with over 55 clubs advertising their club and taking sign-ups on September 2. It was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Now we are on to September and October. We will hold powderpuff sign-ups on September 22 during both lunches. The cost is $30 and we cap the teams at 50. There are 4 teams and 2 games. Homecoming royalty nominations will start on September 23 in senior advocacy classes and the process will move forward from there. We will also be taking Academic Awards sign ups (3.67 GPA or higher) during the week of September 22 at lunches outside in the quad.

We have a few activities planned for October, but many of those are on hold at this time peding COVID-19 safety guidelines. Our first Unity Day is scheduled for October 14. Powderpuff practice starts on October 11 and runs through the 19th with the game on the 20th @ the stadium. We also have a rally, parade, and dance scheduled but those are also on hold.

Senior BBQ is also scheduled for October 29.

If you would like to stay current with the activities schedule, please refer to the activities calendar on PGHS.net.

It should be checked weekly in case dates and times are changed.


Thank you for your ongoing support of PGHS Student Activities!

PTSO news



PTSO is starting off the school year 15 members strong. Thank you to all parents who joined. Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm via Zoom with social gatherings every quarter. Our first meeting is September 7th at 6:30 pm on Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86065210868?pwd=c28vQS9RRm5sNVNlUFhsbGZKNjFHQT09&from=addon. Agenda items include introduction to board members and responsibilities, how PTSO supports the school, and volunteer opportunities. All members and non-members are invited to attend.


We welcome new members any time; please complete the membership form at https://sites.google.com/egusd.net/pghs-ptso/become-a-member and submit to PTSO4pghs@gmail.com.


Mark your calendars for our upcoming events. Details will be posted on the school’s website and via Synergy.

  • Sip and Snack gathering - rescheduled to October 5th (social distancing is advised).

  • Panda Express fundraiser - September 14th

  • Pizza Bell fundraiser (Grantline location) - October 20th


If you have any questions, suggestions or would like to help, please e-mail PTSO at: PTSO4pghs@gmail.com


Are you an Amazon shopper? Register at Amazon Smile to support the PTSO

(go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and search for: Pleasant Grove High School Parent Teacher Student Organization)

School Site Council Parent/Guardian Representative

The School Site Council (SSC) is the governing board for our school. Just as the school board reviews information and decisions for the whole school district, the Pleasant Grove SSC reviews and approves decisions for our school site. Specifically, they review and approve the site Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).We appreciate you selecting up to two of the candidates for PGHS School Site Council. Representation on SSC is a two year commitment.

Vote HERE


Thank you!

Food and Nutrition Services-Free Meals to all EGUSD Students

Elk Grove Unified School District Food & Nutrition Services is pleased to be able to provide meals, free of charge, to all enrolled students because of a waiver provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be provided free to all students without an application to the Free or Reduced Meal Program (FRMP). However, applications are still available for the Free or Reduced Meal Program(FRMP) and it may be in some families best interest to apply. If qualified, families can recieve other discounts (discounted utilities and wifi, free AP testing, free/reduced transportation costs, etc.). Paper applications will be available at PGHS soon. You may also apply on-line to receive eligibility notification soon. Click here for more information and to apply.

For more information, please click on the link below to view the Food & Nutrition Services Newsletter.

2021-2022 FNS INFO.pdf

WASC (Western Association for of Schools and Colleges)

What is WASC? Read HERE for more information.

PGHS faculty and staff met on September 8 during the afternoon of the minimum day to discuss data as part of the self-study for our upcoming WASC review. We will have two additional minimum days prior to our visit from the WASC committee for our faculty and staff to engage in collaborative self-reflection and analysis as we assess progress in achieving the PGHS mission, vision, and schoolwide learner outcomes. We will reach out to families soon with a parent survey to assist us with our goals.


Minimum Days:

October 6, 2021

October 8-end of Quarter 1

January 12, 2022


WASC Visting Committee:

March 7-9, 2022

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ATHLETICS OFF TO A FAST START


All sports have had an official contest. Girl’s volleyball is our only indoor sport; the others have been battling smoky air and having to adjust their schedules to get games in. Girl’s volleyball and girl’s golf have had a strong start and look to repeat as Delta League champions. Football is in the Sac Bee top 20 . Women's tennis has started the year with a win as well and cross country ran and competed well at the Sierra Invitational. All teams start play in the very competitive Delta league this month. Check out www.athletics.pghs.net for schedules and results.


SPECTATORS


Our student section has been out of events for over one year. We look forward to hosting our first football game this month and filling the stands with our student group “The Flock.”. Our scheduled game vs Christian Brothers was cancelled due to smoke/poor air quality. Next scheduled home football game is September 24th. The team is looking to fill their BYE week with a game on September10th but an opponent has not yet been found.

Be aware that all indoor events require that all spectators, athletes, and coaches wear a mask.


GOT SPORTS?


Find everything Eagles Athletics at www.athletics.pghs.net

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER - @PGEaglesSports

ON INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK - PGEaglesSports

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month


Suicide is a difficult topic for most people to talk about it, but doing so can save lives. The most common myth about suicide in our society is that talking about suicide or asking someone if they are thinking about suicide will give them the idea and they will do it. Turns out, the opposite is true; when asked if thinking about suicide, most people who are will say yes and get the help and support that they need. Please see the information below from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for warning signs and risk factors of suicide.


Warning Signs

Here are a few other warning signs of suicide:

  • Increased alcohol and drug use

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Withdrawal from friends, family and community

  • Dramatic mood swings

  • Impulsive or reckless behavior

Suicidal behaviors are a psychiatric emergency. If you or a loved one starts to take any of these steps, seek immediate help from a health care provider or call 911:

  • Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon

  • Giving away possessions

  • Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts

  • Saying goodbye to friends and family

If you are unsure, a licensed mental health professional can help assess.

Risk Factors

Research has found that 46% of people who die by suicide had a known mental health condition. Several other things may put a person at risk of suicide, including:

  • A family history of suicide

  • Substance use. Drugs can create mental highs and lows that worsen suicidal thoughts.

  • Intoxication. More than 1 in 3 people who die from suicide are under the influence of alcohol at the time of death.

  • Access to firearms

  • A serious or chronic medical illness

  • Gender. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide.

  • A history of trauma or abuse

  • Prolonged stress

  • A recent tragedy or loss


PGHS Health and Wellness webpage

EGUSD - Family Wellness Virtual Series

EGUSD’s Family Wellness Series is back! Please see the attached calendar for the first four workshops, as well as, an informational flyer on the first workshop focused on Suicide Prevention.



Student Score Reports for 2021 State Assessments

Student score reports are now available from the Spring 2021 administration of these state assessments:

  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

If your child(ren) participated in one or both of these state assessments, you may download their official score report via ParentVUE under “State Tests.” Please visit Accessing State Score Reports on ParentVUE for instructions and information.

Note that state score reports cannot be viewed in the ParentVUE app for iOS and Android, so please use the ParentVUE mobile site or a desktop/laptop.

If you do not yet have a ParentVUE account, we encourage you to contact your child’s school office in order to activate your account.

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College, Career Center, & Counseling Updates


Please make sure to check out our Counseling and Career Center Website!!! You will find Academic, Personal/Social, and College & Career information as well as a link to Senior Central and all Student Services forms.

https://sites.google.com/egusd.net/pghs-student-services/home


SENIORS: Counselors and Career Tech have been visiting senior English classes to present information on California Colleges, financial aid, Senior Central, and much more. (The presentation is posted in the Career Center Google Classroom: Code r76pkll and on our counseling website under College & Career>Tools & Resources> Presentations.)


COLLEGES:

Simpson University will be virtually visiting Pleasant Grove on September 16, during Period 3 (11:12 am). Please check the bulletin, Synergy mail, and the Counseling & Career Center Website for upcoming information. You may also come see Mrs. Melady in the Career Center to sign up in advance.

CSU Sacramento will be offering before school CSU application workshops, tentatively scheduled on late-start Thursdays, before school. Please check the bulletin, Synergy email, and the Counseling & Career Center Website for upcoming information.


FINANCIAL AID

PGHS Virtual Financial Aid Night will be held Tuesday, September 28th at 6:00 pm. Come get an overview of the financial aid process! Zoom meeting link: https://scoe.zoom.us/j/97230402711


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and California Dream Act applications will open on October 1, 2021. Please see Mrs. Melady in the Career Center for any questions.

All seniors should be filing the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) beginning in October. Students and parents must both file in order to be eligible for grants, free money, student/parent loans, work study, etc., while students are in college. Two years of community college aree FREE for ALL full-time students regardless of income, but parents and students must fill out the FAFSA. See the links below:

Apply for FAFSA (Application opens October 1, 2021.)

Apply for California Dream Act (Application opens October 1, 2021.)


SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Please go to PGHS.net for a listing of selected scholarships. Go to “Our School,” “Counseling and Career Center,” choose “College & Career” tab at top, and select “Scholarships” dropdown. Check out “PG Scholarships” for weekly updates. There are additional scholarship resources listed on this page as well. See link below:

Scholarships


TESTING 2021 (Testing dates are subject to change/cancellation due to county health ordinances related to COVID 19.) PLEASE NOTE: CSU HAS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED THE USE OF SAT/ACT SCORES IN ADMISSIONS DECISIONS: Test scores may be used to place you in math and English upon enrollment. UCs ARE NOT CONSIDERING SAT/ACT SCORES IN ADMISSIONS DECISIONS: They may be used for course placement after you enroll in a UC. Many private colleges are test-optional. Please go to FairTest.org for updated information on testing. If you are planning to take the SAT/ACT, it is recommended that students take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of their senior year.

Next SAT test date is October 2, 2021. Late registration deadline is September 21, 2021 (for online or phone registrations). To register and for additional test dates and deadlines, go to the College Board website at:

SAT Test Dates and Deadlines


Next ACT test date is October 23, 2021. Registration deadline is September 19, 2021. To register and for additional test dates and deadlines, go to ACT website at:

ACT Test Dates and Deadlines

WASC Minimum Day

Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 8am-12:30pm

9531 Bond Road

Elk Grove, CA

End of Quarter 1 Minimum Day

Friday, Oct. 8th, 8am-12:30pm

9531 Bond Road

Elk Grove, CA