APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER
I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed a restful Spring Break.
As we prepare to close out the third quarter of the school year, I reflect on the changes that occurred since last Spring. I am truly grateful for the grace, flexibility, and patience the Tuscarora family practiced as we navigate an ever changing situation. We are still far from "normal" but as we make progress toward our new "normal" I ask that we continue to practice grace, flexibility, and patience.
This April is School Library Month and we honor and celebrate our librarians Jenna Carroll and Mary Pellicano. I encourage members of our Tuscarora family to stop by our newly constructed school library, tour the new learning space, and celebrate the contributions of School Librarians Carroll and Pellicano to empowering each and every Tuscarora Husky.
April is also Autism Awareness/Acceptance month. Autism has affected many members of our Tuscarora family. As we exemplify our motto, RISE (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence), it is important that we understand and embrace the differences between and among our team. To learn more about Autism, please visit the Autism Society or Autism Speaks.
During the week of April 5-9 is National Assistant Principals Appreciation Week. I would like to take this opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation for the contributions of the assistant principals to student success. Thank you, Assistant Principals Nekeya Ailsworth, Suyi Chuang, and Dr. Fredericka Harris.
April 22nd is Administrative Professionals Day and I am pleased to take this opportunity to honor, celebrate, and express gratitude to the entire Tuscarora office staff. Each day, this team is the first face you see when you visit the school and the first voice you hear when you call the building. This team continues to work hard to provide the best customer service to our entire Tuscarora family. Thank you, thank you!
This newsletter is packed with more recognitions and lots of great information to keep you connected with the events at Tuscarora HS. Please stay connected with us, let us know how you are doing, and what we can do to support you.
As always, please reach out to me or my staff for assistance.
And The Honors Go To....
...Alexis Freire: Congratulations to Alexis Freire who represented Tuscarora at this year's virtual Senior Honors Choir performance. Please enjoy this video. Alexis is featured @ 5.28 (bottom left corner) and @ 8.32.
...Jacob Schear: Congratulations to Jacob, who auditioned for the All-State Band and Orchestra on the French Horn and was accepted to the ensemble!
...Amelia Rose Sheppard: Congratulations to Amelia, who auditioned for the All-State Band and Orchestra on the Bassoon and was accepted to the ensemble!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Students of the Year
The inspiration at the center of this team's work is Larry Medley, also known as Dylan's "Pop Pop". On their fundraiser website, Dylan describes his "Pop pop" as a Chinook helicopter pilot and Vietnam War veteran who beat prostate cancer in 2016 and beat throat cancer earlier this year. Team Larry's Legends "hope to make a difference for people like Pop pop by raising money for cancer research".
Hispanic Post Secondary Conversation/Workshop Night: April 8
Tuscarora School Counseling Department will hold our first Hispanic “Post -Secondary” Conversation/Workshop Night on April 8th.
We are excited to offer this event in ALL SPANISH! We will have an all-Hispanic panel consisting of representatives from 2-year and 4-year colleges, apprenticeship programs, technical schools, and the military. In addition, our panel will feature Tuscarora alumni who have excelled in obtaining a STEM degree from an IVY league school and one who took the journey into entrepreneurship.
This evening is devoted to helping Hispanic students and parents learn of the options and planning associated with post-secondary success. More information visit the Tuscarora School Counseling Newsletter website.
Important Dates to Note!
- April 9 - Last day of Quarter 3. Students, please complete any missing assignments, credit recovery assignments, and reassessments before this date.
- April 12 - Student Holiday - Teacher Planning/Records/Conference Day
- April 16 - Asynchronous Learning Day for Students
- April 20 - Hybrid Students begin 4-days of "in-person" instruction, Tuesday - Friday
- April 20 - 21- Financial Aid Book Camp. This two-day virtual financial aid boot camp will feature day and evening sessions, ideal for students and parents.
From Your School Librarians!
We are pleased to announce that the school library media center is now open for business! We were so happy to see students back into the building and to welcome them into their new learning environment. All students, both hybrid and those continuing with Distance Learning, got a “virtual tour” of our new space last month in Advisory. The new library features lots of natural light, a separate classroom and maker room, learning and gaming areas as well as plenty of space for collaborative work. Students may now check out books and use the library for studying and schoolwork.
Students who are continuing in Distance Learning may also check out books. To request a book, please fill out this form. After you submit the form, we will email you to let you know if it is available. If it is, we will check it out to you and you can pick it up on Mondays when book distribution takes place.
April is Poetry Month! To celebrate, we will feature a Poem a Day in Advisory, as well as have an interactive poetry display in the library. Students can also participate in Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites young people to write letters in response to poems written and read by award-winning poets, or Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 29. On this day, students are encouraged to print out one of the Poem in Your Pocket selections and draw an image inspired by that piece of poetry. Carry it in your pocket and share with others on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem!
As we head into the fourth quarter, families and students may be looking for new learning resources to increase motivation and reduce the end-of-year “slump.” Common Sense Media is a great website to find up-to-date, curated educational resources for both online and asynchronous instruction. Check out their Wide Open School section to access fun, interactive student activities for everything from reading, math and science to wellness, digital citizenship to life skills.
Need research help? Looking for book suggestions? You can now visit the virtual library during your study hall block. Mrs. Pellicano and Mrs. Carroll are available in the library google meet (nickname: thslibrary) to help you Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 until 4. You can also email your librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information or help on a specific topic.
Join the THS Library Schoology Group, where you will find resources, ideas and activities that support the curriculum and promote literacy. Look under “Resources” for everything from Makerspace activities to Book Club discussions to Research Help! We are constantly updating and adding material. Join with access code J692-33CW-DJPZ7
LAST CALL: 2021 Yearbook Orders
The LAST day to order a copy of your 2021 yearbook is April 17th. We cannot guarantee you a yearbook after that date. The yearbook students have been working hard to tell the story of this year with great photos. Despite not being in the building, the book has been beautifully filled and is almost complete. The beautiful photo you see here is the cover of our book. So don’t miss out on reserving a copy of this historical book!Please visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter our school code 13699 to order. If you have any questions please contact our yearbook adviser, Toni Kelley, and firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST CALL: Seal of Biliteracy
From the Testing Office
LCPS has decided to use Administration 2 for AP Testing. You can find specific dates for Administration 2 here.
The Virginia Department of Education reports student pass rates from SOL tests to the United States Department of Education to meet federal requirements; therefore, Virginia school divisions must offer students the opportunity to participate in the SOL tests. Diploma requirements also have not changed. Students were sent information about SOL testing on 3/21/21. LCPS recognizes that this has been a challenging year for students, and they may not feel prepared to take the SOL test or be comfortable with the in-person testing requirement. If you have concerns please reach out to your school testing coordinator, email@example.com.
It’s Spring Huskies!
Here is the most current information regarding Spring Sports tryouts. Tryouts will be held at the school at a time set by the coach. LCPS is currently not having out of season practices and awaiting the most current guidance for both VDH, Governor’s office and the VHSL to best inform our next season. As of right now the first date for students participating in Spring Sports is April 12.
Click here to view a chart related to the Championships +1 model released from the VHSL
Having a current VHSL sports physical and completing the online registration is required before participation may occur. Please follow the following link to access the physical form and the “Registration” tab: https://huskyathletics.info/main/filesLinks/ . On that page you will also find contact information for our head coaches if you would like to reach out and get information regarding sports in which you may be interested.
Our social media sites are @TuscaroraHusky on twitter and TuscaroraHusky on Instagram. We encourage you to follow those to receive immediate updates when they occur.
If you have other questions please email Athletic Director Tony Tallent; firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Athletic Director William Moses; email@example.com
Device support for Distance Learning students remains the same at this time. Contact the LCPS Support Center by either calling the Support Center, making an appointment, or troubleshooting functionality, all of which can be found on this page http://bit.ly/LCPSStudentDeviceToolkit.
Hybrid students may visit the THS Device Support Center, located in the library, on their "in-person" learning days by obtaining an eHallPass from their teacher. Only 2 students are permitted at a time, which is why an eHallPass is required. Study Hall time is a great time to do this, unless the device is broken and non-functional. Students needing support on days they are not "in-person" at school should use the link above to receive remote support.