Pella High School Newsletter

October 2019

September was a busy month of activities with our fall sports and performing arts seasons well underway. We also hosted schools for the marching band’s Dutch Invitational. Plus, a spirit filled homecoming week. Our halls are filled with a positive buzz of school pride from both staff and students! Below are some photos from the week:

As we continue into the 2019-2020 school year, here are some dates to remember in October:


2 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal

7 - 6-Week Grade Check

9 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal

14 - Parent Teacher Conferences: Open Forum

15 - 2 hour dismissal

16 - Picture retakes

17 - 2 hour dismissal

18 - No School - P/T Comp. Day

23 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

25 - Midterm - End of first quarter

30 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

30 - PSAT Test


Thank you,

Adam Beckel, HS Principal

Derek Schulte, Assistant Principal

Picture Retakes - October 16

If students are having their picture retaken October 16, please be sure to have your student return their picture packet the day of retakes to the photographer. If you are not purchasing pictures students will still need to have them taken. Picture forms are are available in the office or you can order on line click here. Picture Day ID: BN109090Q1

Parent-Teacher Conferences: October 14 -- Open Forum

Parent-Teacher Conferences at the high school will be on Monday, October 14, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. This session will follow a traditional format. All teachers will be located in the Commons. Athletic coaches will be at the conferences by 5:30 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 18 -- Individual Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences at the high school will be on Monday, November 18, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. All teachers will be located in their classrooms. Athletic coaches will be at the conferences by 5:30 p.m.

Download the Infinite Campus Mobile App for Parents (Students have one too)!

Infinite Campus has two mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements, payments and more. If you are using the old Infinite Campus app, please download the new app. The old app will no longer be supported.

Have you moved? Do you have a new phone number or a new email address?

Through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal (ICPP), parents are able to update emails, phone numbers, addresses and emergency contacts through the Infinite Campus parent portal. See the steps below on how to make your updates on the ICPP:


  • Address update: under MORE > ADDRESS INFORMATION

  • Phone & Email update: under MORE > FAMILY INFORMATION

  • Emergency Contact update: under MORE > DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Password & Security Email: under PERSON ICON > SETTINGS

What have we spent on school fees and school lunch?

Through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal (ICPP), parents are able to see a journal on all fees paid to the Pella Schools for school fees and food service fees. See the steps below on how to see that fee journal on the ICPP:

  • Fee Journal: under TODAY > MY ACCOUNTS > PAYMENT HISTORY
  • Food Service: under FOOD SERVICE > CLICK ON CHILD’S NAME

Financial Aid

The planning for post-secondary education greatly hinges on financial aid for families, especially as educational costs continue to rise. The regulations within the financial aid world have changed, and families of seniors are allowed to apply for aid starting October 1st. Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website to begin.

For a free resource in Iowa, you may visit the ICAN website for any assistance about the online filing process and policies.

http://www.icansucceed.org/en/studentsparents/high_school/pay_for_college/financial_aid_process/fafsa/


Senior Release

We are approaching our midterm of the school year and we want to thank both parents/guardians and our students for what is being accomplished in our classrooms. That being said, there will be students who are challenged by the content of our classes. Our senior release policy is any senior who has an F at midterm will lose senior release privileges and will be assigned to iStudy during free periods for the next three weeks to allow those students the opportunity to work on improving his or her grade. If during those three weeks a student provides his or her iStudy instructor with a grade report signed by the teacher showing a passing grade, senior release privileges will be restored. If you have questions about senior release, please contact Mr. Beckel.

Article of Interest

“How to talk to your kids about vaping”, The American Lung Association, Vape-conversation-guide.pdf.

Important Dates for Semester One

October

2 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal

7 - 6-Week Grade Check

9 - 90 Minute Early Dismissal

14 - Parent Teacher Conferences: Open Forum

15 - 2 hour dismissal

16 - Picture retakes

17 - 2 hour dismissal

18 - No School - P/T Comp. Day

23 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

25 - Midterm - End of first quarter

30 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

30 - PSAT Test


November

6 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

13 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

18 - Parent-Teacher Conferences: Individual Conferences

18 - Post 12 Week Grades

20 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

27 - 90 - Minute Early Dismissal - Thanksgiving Break

28 & 29 - No School -- Thanksgiving Break


December

4 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

9 - Post 15 Week Grades

11 - Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

20 - 90 - Minute Early Dismissal - Winter Break

22 - Jan 5 - No School


January

6 - School Reconvenes

16 & 17 - Semester Assessments

17 - End of Semester One

20 - No School - Teacher Work Day

20 - Post Final Grades

21 - Day One of Second Semester

21 - Semester One Grades Due at 9:00 a.m.



* Go to www.pella.k12.ia.us and click on the calendar tab to see all events/activities. You may also access the calendar by going to www.littlehawkeyeconference.com