THE JAYHAWK BLAST
JHS Bulletin - Volume II, Issue 4, 10/30/2020
A Message From The Co-Principals
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,
This week we hosted our first ever WellNest Wednesday. Students had a chance to connect with their counselors, their teachers, to engage in various wellness activities and to have some much needed time away from their screens. We surveyed the students and received over 1,000 responses. 98% of the students want more WellNest Days. 89% of the students felt the day was effective in providing a break from their screen time. 55% of students felt the best part of the day was participating in the wellness activities. Overall, it was a successful day and led many more smiles on Thursday and Friday than has been typical this year.
We followed up a great WellNest day by hosting Halloween Parades on Thursday and Friday. We encouraged all students, both those in school as well as our remote learners at home to dress in costume and take part in the festivities. Below we have many exciting pictures spanning the two parades.
In this issue of the Jayhawk Blast you can learn more about the NEST Program, access the Extra Help schedule and Club list, learn about upcoming virtual College Rep visits and review the deadlines for student schedule changes.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and a safe Halloween filled with ghoulish fun!!
Mr. David Cohen and Dr. Joe Prisinzano
- 11/6 - 1st Marking Period Ends (Parent Portal Closed)
- 11/17 - First Quarter Grades Posted Online (Parent Portal Open)
- 11/17 HS PTSA MTG - 7PM (Zoom Link will be shared via email)
We are excited to be slowly rolling out student clubs for the 2020-21 school year. We have started with clubs such as our Student Council, our competition groups and our honor societies. Please follow the link below for a schedule of meeting times for these clubs.
JHS teachers are now offering extra help in all subjects. The extra help schedule is posted on the school website and can be accessed at the link below:
- Nov 3rd - Election Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
- Nov 11th - SCHOOL CLOSED
- Nov 19th - BOE Meeting - 7:15PM
As you know, student wellness has been such an important topic for us at JHS. Over the past year we have been planning to roll out a program aimed at supporting students and the stress many of you face. We are excited for the start of the NEST program. The vision statement is "The Nest Period is a safe and supportive space for students to feel a deep connection with the members of our community and share voices for making positive change. "
In September we kicked off the program in core English classes for students in the hybrid model and with support staff (a counselor, psychologist or social worker) for students in the fully remote model. We held our second NEST session last week. The feedback has been incredibly positive with students welcoming and appreciating a space to engage in discussion where they could discuss their experiences.
The program will run approximately once a month throughout the year with the next session taking place in mid November. Students in the hybrid model will learn more from their English teachers and our fully remote students will be receiving an email in their jerichoapps email account at least a week before the next meeting.
Making connections throughout the entire JHS community is one important step towards ensuring a healthy and supportive school community. We look forward to working with all of our students to make the NEST a place where each of your voices count.
PTSA CONNECTIONS CORNER
Welcome to the PTSA Connections Corner! Here you will find the latest PTSA news and information about upcoming events and happenings that the HS PTSA sponsors and/or supports. We are always available to answer any questions and look forward to a wonderful school year. We thank you in advance for your support.
Your PTSA Co-Presidents
Please support our PTSA by sending in your membership dues today. Membership is $10 per person. Membership is mandatory for 4 years of HS in order to be eligible to receive a PTSA Scholarship as a senior.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
The students in National Honor Society hosted a virtual Light the Night walk. Watch the slideshow below to see their amazing efforts.
Visit Jericho High School’s award-winning online newspaper: The JerEcho!
For over 50 years, The JerEcho has reported on school, local, and national issues.
Currently, we report the news through a variety of articles, videos, and podcasts. We’re comprised of a dedicated coalition of editors, reporters, and photographers.
We hope you enjoy exploring our site.
-The JerEcho Team
The Counseling Center Newsletter includes important information including PSAT registration, Common Application tips, and ACT and SAT testing.
Virtual College Visits:
Dear Students in the Class of 2021 & 2022:
Please see below for the overview of colleges and universities that will be hosting virtual presentations for JHS 11th and 12th graders during these next two weeks.
Virtual meeting guidelines:
1) These meetings are intended for Jericho students only. Although parents understandably may have questions, we kindly ask that you adhere to this protocol.
2) Students are representing our student body, and are expected to be courteous and polite.
3) Since these representatives are often the first individuals to review our students’ applications, it is essential that participants remain engaged throughout the session.
4) Similar to our in-school class guidelines, students are expected to remain on-camera at all times.
Students must register through Naviance for these visits and to access the Zoom registration links.
Following is a listing of our upcoming sessions:
*SUNY Old Westbury
St. John's University
Nassau Community College
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Pennsylvania State University
* Students should register in advance
Please note the deadline schedule below.
Drops will not be considered after these deadlines except under extreme extenuating circumstances.
Full year and 1st semester courses
October 9 - Deadline to drop or change levels in course without penalty.
Full year and 1st semester courses
December 4 - Deadline to drop or change levels in course. Withdrawal-Passing (WP) or Withdrawal-Failing (WF) entered on permanent transcript.
2nd semester courses only
March 12 - Deadline to drop or change levels in course without penalty.
2nd semester courses only
April 30 - Deadline to drop or change levels in course. Withdrawal-Passing (WP) or Withdrawal-Failing (WF) entered on permanent transcript.
Please see below for a free resource from Newsday…
Newsday’s 11th annual College Admissions & STEAM Guide is now online at newsday.com/collegeguide.
This free guide is packed with resources such as a downloadable financial aid toolkit, worksheets and planning timeline. Read about attending virtual college fairs and taking virtual tours, how to write a great essay, hot careers, STEAM, cybersecurity and much more.
Method Test Prep
Jericho High School is delighted to provide your child with free access to Method Test Prep (MTP), an online SAT/ACT test prep program that helps students build their math, reading, and writing skills. Students can listen to tutorials, watch instructional videos, and take quizzes to test for mastery. The program is highly adaptive and keeps track of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Students have access to a large pool of practice questions and receive instant feedback upon completion of each question.
Students in grades 9-12 can access Method Test Prep through their Canvas accounts. The link to Method Test Prep is listed on your child’s Canvas account below the link for Naviance. Please have your child see their counselor if they require any assistance in accessing this free resource.
Method Test Prep is interactive, time efficient, and designed to be used independently or as a supplement to other SAT or ACT prep. We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable resource. To view a brief instructional video that highlights the features of Method Test Prep’s online tool visit: