Polaris Express

September 25, 2020

High School Hybrid In-Person Learning to Begin October 19

At the beginning of the school year, District 303 communicated our phased-in approach to reopen schools that was designed to allow flexibility between three instructional models: fully in-person, hybrid/blended, and fully remote.


Bringing high school students back in person has a unique set of challenges. Staff members at both the district and high school levels have worked to create a plan to support high school students who wish to attend in person using a hybrid model. At the September 21 Learning and Teaching Committee meeting, members of our administrative team and members of our high school teacher committee outlined the plan for the School Board.


To help facilitate the transition to a hybrid model, we need additional information from you. Parents/guardians are being asked to complete the following mandatory questionnaire to indicate if your student will continue with full remote learning or come back to school in a hybrid learning model. Please follow the link below to complete the questionnaire. You will need to log in using your HAC credentials to access the questionnaire. To read the entire district communication, please see the attached document.


Parent Questionnaire

Calendars

Monday 9/28

  • Full-Day - Remote learning for learning periods 1-8


Tuesday 9/29

  • Odd Day - All students are remote and synchronous for periods 1,3,5,7


Wednesday 9/30

  • Even Day - All students are remote and synchronous for periods 2,4,6,8


Thursday 10/1

  • Odd Day - All students are remote and synchronous for periods 1,3,5,7


Friday 10/2

  • Even Day - All students are remote and synchronous for periods 2,4,6,8



High School Remote Learning Calendar September


High School Remote Learning Calendar October 1 - October 16


High School Remote Learning Calendar October 19 - October 31

SCN Athletic Booster Fundraiser


Dear Parents,


The St. Charles North Athletic Booster Club would like to offer the opportunity for an evening out of the kitchen. Starting today through October 6th you can place an order online for either a Pulled Pork or Chili dinner for 4. The attached flyer has all of the details as well as the link to place your order. If you can’t wait and want to order now just click this link ORDER DINNER and place your order. There is also the option to purchase your Booster Membership on this site.


The SCN Athletic Booster Board

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Parent-Teacher Conferences


Dear Parents and Guardians,


St. Charles North High School’s faculty and staff cordially invite you to participate in virtual Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 8, between 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. We encourage you to attend virtual conferences with your son/daughter to virtually meet with their teachers and other school personnel to discuss their academic performance.


To provide an opportunity for you to meet with all of your child’s teachers, you will need to sign up for 10-minute conferences by clicking this link https://pickatime.com/cusd/stcnorth2020 or through Home Access Center (HAC) under the “Parents” tab. Please select the “Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler,” where you will enter your email and choose a password. The window to sign up for conferences will open on Monday, September 21, at 7:00 am and close on Wednesday, October 7, at 11:59 pm. Should you require a conference lasting longer than 10 minutes, please schedule an alternate conference date with your child’s teacher(s). If you would like to make an appointment with your child’s counselor, student support personnel, or if you do not have access to Home Access Center, please contact Meagan Moreira or Beth Eckard at 331-228-4400 assistance.


Please follow the directions on the next page to sign up for your conferences. As you schedule your conferences, you are encouraged to print or email your schedule through the “Printable Schedule” page. This page contains the times and teachers for your conferences. You will receive access to the links for each of your virtual conferences before October 8.


We look forward to your virtual participation, and trust your conferences will provide you with a valuable link to your child’s education.


Finally, Friday, October 9, is a School Improvement Day for all high school staff members, and students are not in attendance.

Sincerely,


Audra Christenson

Principal

St. Charles North High School

PushCoin Fees

All Advanced Placement courses and many other courses have a fee issued to a student's registration. While these fees were not added to the PushCoin account during the Materials Pick Up, they were recently added to your child's PushCoin account. Please take a look at your child's PushCoin account, and should you have any questions, feel free to contact Renee Reynolds, Assistant Principal for Instructional Programs at renee.reynolds@d303.org.

SCN School Store

The SCN School Store will be hosting its FIRST Fall Tent Sale, weather permitting, on Tuesday, September 29, from 2:45 -5:00 PM. They will be located at the rear of the school, outside by the stadium. Get your North Star Gear and support our school! We only accept PushCoin, cash, or checks at this time. All customers must wear a mask. GO NORTH STARS!!!

The Student News Site of St. Charles North High School

The Stargazer is the official student-run newspaper of St. Charles North High School. New content is posted on Friday mornings. For more information, click on the link below and follow them on Twitter @SCNNewspaper.


Stargazer meetings are held every Monday after school. Students interested in joining the staff should email the Editor-in-Chief, Caroline Look, or one of the advisers, Alice Froemling or Jared Wyllys.


Welcome to the Stargazer site!

Which Database Should You Use?

Have you explored our LRC Databases yet? We have an extensive selection of Databases that cover every topic imaginable. You can find top peer-reviewed scholarly journals, CultureGrams, in-depth Health and Wellness information, Illinois history information, local newspaper and periodical editions, access to the Library of Congress, local libraries, and so much more.


Please contact us if you need assistance; we’re here to help!

LRC Book Recommendations

The challenges of this pandemic are many, and building resilience and adaptability in our students is vital. We have found some recommended novels that may help students develop positive ways to cope in a time of crisis and entertain them in the process. Here is one to try:


“Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college, they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation, and they never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. A tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend, Lorena, and her first love (first everything), Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?” - Epic Reads

Senior Portraits & Yearbook Pictures

The following dates have been added for senior portraits: October 26-29 and November 16-19.


Appointment Sign Up:

  • Go to rootseniors.com
  • Enter your Subject ID# (provided in the Root Studios brochure mailed to your home)
  • Enter your last name in all lowercase letters
  • If you are unable to sign in or have further questions, please contact customer service at Root Studios at 815-433-1766

Send Us Your Pictures!

North Stars - #SCNYearbook is looking for photos of students who are masked up and ready to follow the guidelines for being on campus for sports and clubs. Share a picture of yourself in your team mask or a mask with a neat design!


To submit your photos to the yearbook staff:

  • Download the Yearbook Snap mobile app from the App Store or Google Play, and enter the access code: SCNPolaris2020
  • Go to yearbookforever.com, enter our school name, click on Community Upload and enter the access code: SCNPolaris 2020

A Message from the PTO

The PTO is requesting your help to show support and encouragement for North teachers! As you have heard, D303 high schools will be moving to a new format on October 19. With this comes new technology, unique teaching and learning methods/skills, health and safety requirements, logistical challenges, and all of this within a short time frame. These changes affect all of those involved, including administration, staff, families, and of course, students. We hope all students are receiving additional support from home or outside resources as needed.


The PTO would like to provide encouragement and thank you messages to the North teaching staff as they work diligently to implement these continuous changes. We want to organize a wall display at North with emails or cards from parents and students.


Please send a thoughtful email or a card to be included to LauraRThomas@att.net or Laura Thomas, 5N083 Middlecreek Lane, St. Charles 60175, or drop in Laura’s mailbox by October 9. If you prefer, you can send an email directly to your student’s teachers.

Please help support local children through Big Hearts of Fox Valley!

Help support local D303 children affected by financial hardship by being a Christmas sponsor. You can shop for gifts for any number of children you choose, make a monetary donation, donate gift cards, or have your business or neighborhood become a sponsor. The organization needs sponsorship sign up by October 1. Due to the impact of the pandemic, Big Hearts anticipates the number of children in need to increase significantly. See the attached flyer or click on the provided link for additional information. You can email questions to PTO at LauraRThomas@att.net or to info@bigheartsfy.org.


Please consider helping out this worthy cause. You can make a difference for a child by becoming a sponsor; just click on this link to sign up by October 1!

It's Time to order your Letter Jacket and Class Jewelry!

Attention Students & Parents!

Herff Jones may not be on campus this fall, but they are ready to help you with your letter jacket or class jewelry order. All orders turned in by October 7 will receive FREE delivery before the holidays! Order online at Herff Jones or call them at 815-756-4743 to order over the phone or schedule an appointment to visit their showroom.

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