PHS April Newsletter

2021

Dear Pella High School Families

This is a busy time of year for students with a new season of sports well underway and several activities in place for the spring. Prom is coming up on April 17 at Central College, the music department will feature their band, orchestra and vocal students in the Carnaby Club event on April 30 and May 1 (7:00 PM), with Tulip Time is shortly following the next week.


Students and staff at Pella High School have recently completed the ISASP testing. During the testing days, one our events was a packaging event with Meals for the Heartland. Our student leadership raised $15,000 dollars for the event. The students met their goal of packaging 80,000 meals! See images of the event below.


It’s hard to believe we are already into the Fourth Quarter and the end of the school year is quickly approaching. This year has progressed much better than we could have hoped for. We continue to appreciate your efforts and support. GO DUTCH!!!


Thank you,


Adam Beckel

Principal


Derek Schulte

Assistant Principal

Senior Service Day

Senior Service Day is Wednesday, April 21. Seniors must sign up to participate, and will have the opportunity this year to choose their preferred service location in April. Students will meet at the school to start the day then spend the morning working on projects throughout the community, and are dismissed for the day when their site supervisor lets them go. Please watch for an email with more information. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Thorson at corey.thorson@pellaschools.org.

Senior Awards Night - Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Senior Awards Night is scheduled for 7:00 p.m, in the Pella High School Auditorium. The Class of 2021 will be recognized and celebrated for scholarships and awards they have earned. Students who completed the application process for Dollars for Scholars will receive an email invite and should attend to receive their scholarship. Please dress appropriately; business casual is encouraged. There will be further information about any possible audience restrictions in the near future.

College Planning - 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 of senior school year. Visit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website to begin.


With the current Covid restrictions, we will not be hosting an in-person Financial Aid Night this spring. As junior families are exploring college options and financial planning, there are many unknowns about the process. The link below is a ‘Financial Aid Step by Step’ video:

https://www.icansucceed.org/about-ican/services/presentations/livestream-events/fafsa-step-by-step


The video is a great starting point as preparations are made for completing the FAFSA. Or if you have completed the FAFSA before and need a reminder on a few specifics.


The ICAN (www.icansucceed.org) organization is a fabulous resource for families.

It is a free resource in Iowa, for any assistance about the online filing process and policies, please contact them. Virtual appointments are available to assist with any questions or concerns in regards to your family's financial aid process. Junior families, the best time to schedule an appointment for assistance will be in the fall.

Senior Volunteer Hours

Any seniors collecting volunteer hours for our Distinguished Service Program should submit all the hours they have by Friday, April 30. If they are planning to accumulate hours during Tulip Time, they should still submit their other hours by the 30th, so we can try to complete the logging process before Senior Awards Night. Tulip Time hours will still be counted; just turn them in the Monday after. The final deadline for seniors’ hours will be Monday, May 10.

Conditions For Learning Survey - May 3rd in Homeroom

Pella High School is getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to students in grades 9 through 12. This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Our school will conduct the survey on May 3rd during Homeroom. All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Our work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.


We will ask your child to simply fill out a confidential Survey. The Survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety, to positive student relationships, to school rules and how they are enforced. A high rate of participation by students in completing the Conditions for Learning Survey is important for obtaining the most complete school climate data for our school. Support from you in communicating to your students that this is their chance to be heard and to be part of the effort to improve conditions for learning at their school is critical.


Thank you for partnering with Pella High School to improve conditions for learning in our schools throughout the state. Included is an overview of this opportunity, as well as:

  1. An information summary about the Survey

  2. A written refusal form if you do not want your child/children to participate in completing the Survey

Upcoming Calendar Dates

APRIL 14

Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

APRIL 17

Junior/Senior Prom

APRIL 21

Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal

APRIL 21

Senior Service Day

APRIL 27

15 Week Grades Due

APRIL 28

Professional Development: 90-Minute Early Dismissal



MAY 6 & 7

Tulip Time - 11:15 AM Dismissal

MAY 12

Senior Awards Night (Format Pending)

MAY 12-14

Senior Assessments, Laptop Return, & Check Out

MAY 14

Seniors’ Last Day

MAY 21

Graduation

MAY 25-27

Grades 9-11: Semester Assessments, Laptop Return, & Check Out

MAY 27

Last Day: 12:30 PM Dismissal

May 28

Final Grades Due