FPHS Parent and Student Memo
April 20, 2020
Dear Parents and Students,
Please, take the time to read through this memo carefully as we are trying to provide as much information each week as we can via this memo.
Based on new guidelines from OSPI, we will be moving forward into a new phase of Continuous Learning starting Monday, 4/20/20.
In this next phase, we will move forward with new instruction for all students. Our intent is to deliver instruction on the standards that are critical to earning credit in each particular course and prepare students for success in their courses moving forward.
Some things to consider:
- State guidelines recommend that high school students should be spending a maximum of 3 hours per day (or 30 min per class per day) on continuous learning.
- Students will begin "attending classes" remotely through Canvas starting Monday. See the schedule below. Remember 4/24 is a non-school day, so classes will not meet.
- We will continue providing Special Education and English Learner services as much as possible as we move forward.
- Our Homework Center is open daily from 11am to 12pm for live, remote tutoring from our Academic Support Team. See the link in the Resources section below.
- Communication is key: please reach out to your teachers, advisors, and counselors to address any needs regarding academics, resources, or technology.
FALL REGISTRATION for 2020-2021 courses begins next week! See below.
#BeTheLight: Light up the stadium, Friday, 4/17 at 8:20pm. See below.
As always, stay tuned for more information. We wish you all the very best. Stay safe and be well! We're all in this together!
New schedule for students beginning Monday:
Fall Registration is NEXT WEEK (April 27 - May 1)
Due to COVID-19 school closures, all students will be required to register online for your classes next year. You can do this! And your counselors will be available to help you. Counselors will be available for questions via Zoom during Registration Week from 11am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 3pm daily.
In next week's memo, you will see a video tutorial to walk you through your online registration.
All registrations must be completed by May 1st. Once the registration window opens, it will be available 24/7 throughout the week. Note: If you do not register for your classes by May 1st, your counselor will register your classes for you.
For this week (April 20 - 24):
- Check your school email daily. Be sure to respond immediately to the email from your Advisory Teacher. Email your teachers with questions.
- Check Teacher Ease for missing assignments and get those assignments turned in to your teacher. You must be passing your classes in order to earn credit.
- Make up any missing or late assignments for Advisory (portfolios).
- Check Canvas for class materials and resources.
- Work on the assignments provided by your teachers in Canvas.
- (NEW) Begin attending your Canvas classes according to the schedule above.
Priorities for Parents:
- Check your email daily. Email teachers or staff with questions.
- Monitor your child's grade and progress via Teacher Ease.
- Designate specific blocks of time each day for your child to work on missing work and assignments.
- Your child should spend additional time reading for at least 30 minutes daily.
- Your child should be getting some exercise and physical activity each day.
- Your child's "screen time" should be limited each day. The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 2 hours per day.
- Your child should still be getting about 9 hours of sleep per night in order to perform at his or her best.
- Your child should be learning new things each day: new cooking recipes, chess, backgammon, how to balance a checkbook, follow the stock market, listen to a podcast on real estate investment, learn how to change the oil in a car, learn the history of [fill in the blank], take a virtual museum tour, write a letter to a local legislator, research your family tree, plan a vacation, etc. The list is only limited by your imagination and your child's interests.
- (NEW) Make sure your child is attending his or her online classes according to the schedule above.
- District Website: https://www.fpschools.org/
- IT Help Desk for Students and Parents: 253-298-4647, 7:30AM to 4PM
- TED Talks: a great place to learn from some of the world's brightest minds on a variety of subjects: https://www.ted.com/talks. Listen to a new one every day!
- Free library card with access to audiobooks: https://www.piercecountylibrary.org/services/library-card/library-card.htm
- FPS Breakfast and Lunch Program: www.fpschools.org/meals
- FPS Education Resources: https://www.fpschools.org/exended-closure-resources-and-information/closure-educational-resources
- FPHS Homework Center: Mon - Fri, 11am to 12pm. Connect with our Academic Support Team for assistance in any class. Join Here: HW CENTER. Password = cardinals
- AP Testing, SAT, ACT info HERE.
- Resources for Continuous Learning.
- Want to add Canvas to your phone? Android or iOS. Once you download the app, search "fpschools" to find our district.
COVID- 19 Resources:
- District Website: https://www.fpschools.org/
- Gov. Inslee's COVID-19 updates web page: https://www.governor.wa.gov/tags/covid-19-coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- District resources and partners: https://www.fpschools.org/departments/family-engagement-office/community-resources
- Check with your phone and internet provider: many providers are offering free and/or unlimited data, internet etc. during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
- Financial Resources: https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus/financial-resources
Seniors--Class of 2020 Resources:
We are committed to supporting you through one of the most significant disruptions in the history of public education in America. We recognize that in the midst of a global health crisis, you will miss out on opportunities to fully experience your senior year of high school. The questions found at www.fpschools.org/classof2020 represent some of the questions that we have heard over the past two weeks. While the responses represent our current thinking, it is likely that some of the answers will change in the weeks and months ahead. Please know that we will do our best to keep you updated of these changes so that you can plan accordingly.
Friday Night Lights aka #BeTheLight!
Letter of Gratitude
Think of the most influential person in your life. What did this person do for you to earn this special title?
Write them an "old school" letter (you know: pen, paper, envelope, address, stamp, snail mail) thanking them for all of the big and small sacrifices they have made for you. Let them know what their influence has done in your life and why you are better because of your relationship with them.
Remember, reflecting on things you are grateful for will increase your happiness.
Even though we're apart, we can still set the tone for ourselves and our school culture.