Hawk Talk

Phase 3: - Helping you SOAR through the internest -

We Miss Our Hawks!

This is a time of extraordinary challenges for the world community. The first priority of Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) is the well-being of students, faculty, staff members, and their families. That being said, April 20th marks the beginning of Phase 3 with Chesapeake's Continuity of Learning Plan. While your student(s) may not be at Hickory, they are always on our minds-we miss our Hawks! In order to successfully transition into Phase 3, teachers have been busy preparing for remote instruction and identifying the best ways to support their Hawks throughout the rest of this year.

AP Corner

  • AP 2020 Exam Updates: The updated pages detail the exam dates for the May 11-22 primary exam dates and June 1-5 makeup exam dates, as well as information for each exam’s question format, timing, and other details for the subject-specific AP exams. Click Here
  • Students should test on the main testing dates.
  • Makeup testing should only be used when the student is unable to test on one or more of the May dates or has a technical difficulty on exam day.
  • Students that wish to test on the makeup dates for reasons outside of schedule conflicts or a technical issue on exam day, should understand that if they encounter a problem on exam day, they won’t have additional opportunities to test.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Teacher of Year!

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NCAA Eligibility and COVID-19

"Given the unprecedented events during Spring/Summer 2020 due to COVID-19, the NCAA Eligibility Center has partnered with the NCAA membership to identify the following adjustments to the initial eligibility certification process. These changes may not capture all unique scenarios; however, NCAA Customer Service is available to assist with questions Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST at 877-262-1492."

To visit the FAQ's, please Click Here or on the picture.

National Honor Society

Students who were invited to apply for NHS should check their school GMAIL for information regarding applications which will be released by May 1.

To the Class of 2020...

We LOVE our seniors!! Graduation plans are in the works. Cap, Gowns. and other graduation regalia will be sold on May 11,2020 at HHS. More information to come.

National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 5, 2020 is National Teacher Appreciation Day.

The face of teaching has changed and teachers have met the challenge with grace. Let's take a moment to reach out and thank them for their hard work throughout the year.

How can I reach out?

  • Send a shout out to your teacher at @WeAreHickory!
  • E-mail your teacher
  • Send a remind message
  • Click here to send your teacher a video message: Password is WeAreHickory!

PTSA Updates


A Hawks Guide to Phase 3

Grading Guidelines

  • Marking Period 5 and 6

    • Marking Period 5 and Marking Period 6 use existing work and student performance through March 13, 2020

    • In an effort to allow students an opportunity to demonstrate mastery, students may request to resubmit major assignments from January 27-March 13 (case by case basis) until May 1, 2020. Please know, the intent and priority of this is to allow students the opportunity to earn credit for the course and a grade that reflects mastery.

  • Phase 3 – Through Phase 3 students will focus on extended learning of new essential skills.

    • Students will earn a “Complete” or “Incomplete” for demonstrating proficiency on Phase 3 essential skills.

    • Students can demonstrate learning through tasks, assignments, teacher-led discussions, or other methods of assessing content mastery as deemed appropriate by the teacher..

    • Information will be shared through Google Classroom. Students must log into Google Classroom daily for each course and complete posted activities and/or assignments.

  • Students must earn a “Complete” for Phase 3 essential skills to earn course credit

    • Parents must notify each teacher if they are choosing Pass/Incomplete, rather than the letter grade, by June 30, 2020 (Seniors) or by end of first semester 2020-21 SY (underclassmen).

  • Final Exams: There will be no final exam for credit-bearing classes this year.

  • Final Grades

    • The average of Marking Period 5 and Marking Period 6 will be posted in Synergy by May 8.

    • FInal grades for second semester courses will be determined by the average of Marking Period 5 and Marking Period 6 AND earning a “complete” in Phase 3.

    • Final grades in alternating day courses will be determined by the average of Marking Periods 2, 4, and 6, AND earning a “complete” in Phase 3.

    • Final grades in full year, 2 credit courses will be determined by the average of Marking Periods 1- 6, Exam 1 AND earning a “complete” in Phase 3.

  • CPS Grading Information & FAQs

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Student Expectations

  • Adhere to all Chesapeake Public Schools & HHS policies, regulations, and expectations during Phase 3

  • Check Google Classroom daily

    • Students are expected to log into Google Classrooms (GC) each day to view instructional activities, resources, and assignments. Due dates for assignments will be found here as well.

  • Participate in Google Meetings that have been established for YOUR classroom

    • Students may be invited to participate in Google Meetings through an official email from teachers, a link at the top of each GC, or a calendar invite.

    • Students may only attend Google Meetings for classes in which they are currently enrolled. Joining other classes is not permitted and may lead to disciplinary action.

    • All Google Meetings will be recorded. Students are expected to adhere to all school policies while attending all virtual meetings. Teachers may upload select Meetings to GC so any student who is unable to participate, may view the information presented at a later time.

  • Complete AND show mastery of all Phase 3 activities and assignments.

    • Students will earn a “Complete” or “Incomplete” for demonstrating proficiency on Phase 3 essential skills.

    • Students can demonstrate learning through tasks, assignments, teacher-led discussions, or other methods of assessing content mastery as deemed appropriate by the teacher..

    • Students must demonstrate mastery of essential skills introduced and assessed in Phase 3 in order to receive credit for the course, regardless of grades earned in Marking Period 05 and Marking Period 06.

    • The work in Phase 3 is required to show mastery. If it is not completed and there is no evidence that the essential skills for the course have been mastered, students will receive an incomplete. It is important to note that an incomplete may prevent seniors from graduating.

  • Synergy/StudentVue

    • Mastery of essential skills for each course will be documented through Synergy.

    • Students should check StudentVue daily to monitor progress.

  • Utilize Office Hours

    • Teachers are available to provide additional assistance each day during their office hours.

    • Students may email teachers to schedule an appointment unless otherwise noted on individual Google Classrooms.

    • We are here for YOU! If there are special circumstances that may prohibit you from completing assigned work, email your teacher and/or schedule an appointment to meet during office hours.

    • School counselors are available. Any student needing to reach out regarding course requirements or to discuss a specific concern should email the assigned counselor.

  • Student Hawk Hub

HHS Parent and Student Guide to Google Classroom

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A Special Message for Our Students...

Dear Students

Additional Information and Links

  • High School Transcripts: Only the final grade will be reflected on the student’s transcripts.
  • Weighted Courses: Additional weights will be added to a student’s transcript for earning a passing letter grade or “Pass” in applicable courses.
  • Online Courses: Students in Edgenuity and Virtual Virginia will continue to receive grades for the duration of the course.
  • TCC: DE students are encouraged to select the final letter grade option.
  • IEP Progress Reports: Reports for the sixth marking period sent to families on May 8, 2020.
  • Hawk Talk: to stay up-to-date with the most recent information for students and parents as well as our Hawk Highlights!
  • CPS Information & FAQs: Parents are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to check out this website to learn more about the CPS Continuity of Learning Plan, Online Learning Tools, Frequently Asked Questions from parents, and more!
  • Hickory High School
  • Chesapeake Coronavirus Information
  • AP College Board