Scholars and DP Updates

March 22, 2016

Finishing Strong

I'll keep this short. Yes, we are down to the last quarter of the year. Yes, some of you are seniors. YOU CANNOT AFFORD A MAJOR CASE OF SENIORITIS! Universities will want to know your final grades. It is possible to have your acceptances revoked. Plus you still have IB and AP exams to do, and you'll want to be able to put in your best effort.


If you're not a senior, definitely no excuses! It's always going to be almost the end of something. Keep up on your deadlines; see me, your counselor or another teacher if you feel the stress building to an unhealthy level; and try to support each other. I believe you can do it, and I hope you do, too.

AP Test registration deadline Wednesday

As you've been hearing in the TelePAW and daily announcements, 3/23 is the registration deadline for AP tests. IB students may "double test" if they choose. Hopefully you've already taken care of registration if interested.


If you haven't, registration forms are available outside Mrs. Mathews' room, and no parent signature is required. Fill out the form and pay at least $20 per test (total will be $92 each) at the student store or to the bookkeeper.


If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you only pay $5 total per test, but you must already have the white eligibility packet signed by a parent/guardian, plus the notification form from the district.


Seniors, there are some test date conflicts. I'll send you a separate email with the full calendar and your options.

CAS meetings for 11th & 12th

There will be a mandatory CAS Seniors meeting during first lunch on Friday, March 25. Have you been working on your reflections in ManageBac?


There will be mandatory CAS Juniors meetings during both lunches and after school on Thursday, March 24. You may come to whichever meeting is convenient to your schedule. We will be discussing the CAS project.


Juniors in search of CAS ideas should take a look at the CTE Makeover Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. If you'd like to learn more about makerspaces, this is a great opportunity to do so. The challenge could be done by a group and would fulfill several CAS requirements. Your group might create such a great design that you win funding to bring it to life for Inderkum!

Personal Project updates for 10th

I gave the sophomores a PP update during physics on Monday. Parents, please check in with kids to make sure they're making progress with their exciting plans. Research and planning should be done. Hopefully the project portion will be completed (and well documented in ManageBac) by the end of Spring Break. That way, there will be plenty of time to finish the writing before the final due date, April 29. Meet with advisors this week and contact Ms. Quinby or me with any further questions.
Big image

Art exhibition

Please join Mr. Contreras and the DP Visual Art seniors for their exhibition in the atrium on Tuesday, April 5, 6-8 p.m. This show provides an opportunity for all to enjoy the fabulous creations of our talented artists.

Service learning for 9th & 10th

Remember that one of the requirements for full completion of MYP is service learning, and we ask that students do 20 hours (total) over ninth and tenth grades. Get your hours signed off on your papers. Sophomores, please follow the instructions I gave you and make one entry into ManageBac which you will use for reflection. Expect to get the reflection done by 4/29.


There are a multitude of ways to find service opportunities, but one of the best is to join YAC/PLAY through the city's District One office. Elena Quintero is a champion volunteer, and she is ready to put you to work. Find out more by following the link.

Summer Art Class

Watch for details and the sign-up form for Scholars Summer Art. The class will be held in June, and it's the only enrichment (not remediation) course we have during summer school. Students who have not taken music and who expect to go for a full IB Diploma should consider taking summer art as it fulfills a graduation requirement.

Summer opportunities

Summer is a time for relaxation, but you may want to fit in some learning, too. I linked several programs in a previous email, but here are a few more:


The Sac State College of Continuing Education added two new subjects to their Summer Academies for High School Students. Check out Farm to Fork (F2F) and Ecology of Water along with the many established academies.


Freshmen, don't forget this is your last summer of eligibility for Sac State's ATS program.


Education Unlimited offers a wide range of programs at a variety of prestigious campuses. These are on the pricier side, but you may qualify for financial assistance.

Scholarships--not just for seniors!

Most scholarships are for seniors, but it's never too soon to start looking! Local scholarships and computers are available through the Natomas Schools Foundation.


OCA Sacramento provides scholarships to students ages 5-22, in four divisions.


The only way to win scholarships is to apply, apply, apply... Search around and look for reliable scholarship matching sites, but you should never pay for scholarship opportunities. Check our our Career Center in A119 to find more information.

NHS at IHS

We've had a National Honor Society chapter for quite a while now, but I still get a little confused when I hear announcements about NHS and wonder why Natomas High might be meeting on our campus. If your GPA is at least 3.0 and you're committed to making Inderkum a great school, consider applying for NHS. Applications are due by Friday.

Future Tiger Tours

The last Future Tiger Tour of the year is on Thursday, 3/25. Thanks those who have helped us show off the Scholars classes to prospective new students. Hosts have done a great job of picking up their shadows and delivering them safely back to the library. All of you have been friendly to our visitors, and they tell us the tour days are extremely helpful as they make decisions about which school to pick.

If you have any questions...

just let me know!


Jessica Downing

IB Diploma Programme Coordinator

jdowning@natomas.k12.ca.us

Remind texts

Please consider signing up for Remind texts, especially if you don’t check your email regularly. I mainly use them to tell you when to look for a message from me. Be sure to sign up for the correct group! Everyone sends to the same number, 81010, but you enter different messages, including the @ signs.


Freshmen students sign up using @sch2019stu and freshmen parents use @sch2019par. Sophomore students use @sch2018stu and sophomore parents use @sch2018par. Junior students use @sch2017stu and junior parents use @sch2017par. Senior students use @sch2016stu and senior parents use @sch2016par.

Big image