FHS News

April 3, 2020

School is NOT over for the Year!

I am saddened by the news about the rest of the school year not being in person and in the building. Know that we are working hard to continue to provide an education, to provide support for social and emotional needs, and be a beacon of hope during this pandemic.

Class of 2020

FHS Class of 2020 keep your heads up! We know that this is not easy and we are sorry this has happened during your senior year. We are working on a plan for the rest of your Senior year. We will figure out a way to celebrate you and your accomplishments! Stay safe and healthy!

Extended Online Learning Opportunities (EOLO)

There will be no new assignments for the week of Spring Break. FHS Teachers will be updating EOLO for their students by Monday each week. Teacher's Office Hours will be posted on Blackboard. We have a link for parents and students for device and instructional support assistance: https://form.jotform.com/200764237743052.


Teachers are creating content that will align to current Competencies. Everything that is assigned has a purpose. Do not worry about grades now, teachers will provide feedback in regards to your learning. We are approaching the EOLO as the student work will count towards grades, credits and graduation.


Phase I: 3/16-4/3/2020; 4/13-4/17

Phase II: 4/20-End of the School Year (We will be developing our curriculum and instruction during the week of 4/13 to start Phase II on 4/20/2020)

Spring Break 2020: Stay Home, Stay Safe!

We know that this is not anyone's typical Spring Break!! Many families have had to cancel trips, and we are all staying home to stay safe.

Typically, Spring Break is a time for renewal and a chance to reconnect with friends and family.
This year, circumstances have given us the opportunity to pause and recalibrate. This Spring Break we all want to Stay Home; Stay Safe!

We know you have all been working hard on your Extended Online Learning Opportunities. This week is an opportunity to reflect and recharge. We encourage you to stay engaged and have some fun too!

We have created a week long series of daily events for families. We want you to have fun and enjoy some time with your family. These activities are completely optional. We encourage families and students to share out their Spring Break stories! This is another way for us to connect and hear from one another! Please use #

We want this to be a chance to explore, have fun, and hear from our Fraser Families as they take a Stay Home; Stay Safe; Spring Break.

MHSAA: Spring Sports

Dear Fraser Families,


By now, you have heard the Governor's Executive Order suspending in-person learning at all K-12 schools for the rest of the school year -- unless restrictions are lifted. We know this is difficult news to hear, and it will create additional stress for our families. These are unsettling times. It is important now, more than ever, that we continue to stand together and stay strong as a Fraser. With this announcement on Thursday, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), as of this Friday afternoon, also made the announcement that all spring sports have been cancelled for the remainder of this calendar school year.

This is an unfortunate situation, but in order to maintain the safety and health of all of our Fraser families and those families throughout the State of Michigan, this decision was necessary during this current pandemic. This is an unprecedented moment, and one that will impact many of our students from Middle School through the High School level this spring. As the Athletic Director, it is always my goal to see our seniors compete and graduate having had the opportunity to compete in a sport and represent their school throughout their entire 4 years, unfortunately that is not happening and I wish I could change that scenario for them. Seniors, I just want to say to each of you, thank you for everything that you have given to Fraser High School both academically and athletically. It has been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to see each of you develop and grow into young adults over the past 4 years. Each of you will be missed, and I wish that we were all able to write a different ending to our High School Athletic careers. The athletic department wish’s all of you the best as you move on to the next stage of your life.

As we move forward during this pandemic, the athletic department will continue to monitor the current situation and will keep families updated on upcoming summer activities and fall sports participation.

We ask that all of our families stay safe and the athletic department will plan on resuming normal activities once the State of Michigan, MHSAA and Fraser Public Schools declares that we can return back to our normal daily activities, free of the coronavirus.


Please see the press release below from the MHSAA:



Dear MHSAA Family:

Below you will find the media release announcing the MHSAA’s decision to cancel all 2019-20 winter and spring tournaments and sport seasons. This was based on protecting the health, safety and well-being of students, teachers, coaches, support staff, officials, media members, parents, fans and families. It follows the Governor’s order of April 2 and will allow member schools to put all attention, energy and resources into online learning experiences for the next two months. This is a public health crisis and the MHSAA, like many others, is putting public health first.

We wanted to alert you to this news before the public announcement. Thank you for all that you do for school sports in our state.

Mark Uyl
MHSAA Executive Director
mark@mhsaa.com
Phone: 517-332-5046
MHSAA.com

MHSAA Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Winter & Spring Seasons

EAST LANSING, Mich. – April 3 – The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter and Spring sports seasons, in compliance with the Thursday (April 2) “state of disaster” directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closing school buildings and moving education online for the remainder of the school year to help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

This will be the first school year to not see MHSAA Finals played in multiple sports since 1942-43, when World War II led to the elimination of Finals in most sports.

The MHSAA on March 12 suspended its girls and boys basketball, girls gymnastics, boys ice hockey and boys swimming & diving tournaments amid COVID-19 concerns. All activity in all sports was halted March 13. Spring sports to that point had begun practice, but not competition.

The MHSAA’s Representative Council approved during its Winter Meeting on March 27 a series of concepts for completing the Winter tournaments and an abbreviated Spring season, contingent on the lifting of a statewide quarantine. The closure of school buildings into June made those possibilities void.

The MHSAA’s Executive Committee, comprised of officers of the larger Council, affirmed the decision today (April 3) to cancel the remainder of this school year’s activities.

“We are heartbroken to not be able to provide these opportunities for Michigan’s student-athletes, and especially seniors. We continue to hear from dozens asking us to hold out hope. But safety always must come first, and Governor Whitmer is making courageous decisions to safeguard the people of our state,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We understand as much as anyone how much school sports mean to athletes and their communities. We had ideas and hopes for finishing Winter and Spring and helping bring some sort of normalcy after this long break. But this is the correct decision, and we will play our part in bringing schools and communities together again when the time is right.”

“For now, we cannot state strongly enough that all students, staffs and others follow the guidelines established to slow the spread of this virus – we all must do our part.”

Because the five Winter sports were not able to conclude with Finals, no champions will be awarded in those sports for 2019-20. However, championships won at earlier rounds of those tournaments (District or Regional) will continue to stand.

The MHSAA will in coming weeks provide guidelines and other information pertinent to this unusual offseason as attention is turned to preparing for Fall 2020.

EOLO FHS Teacher's Office Hours

Please see the link below for FHS teacher's office hours. Teachers will also be posting their office hours to their Blackboard pages. Please have your students check their Blackboard and Fraser email accounts.

Do's and Don'ts of Video Conferencing Etiquette

The 8 Do's of Video Conferencing Etiquette

Do be courteous to other participants
Do speak clearly
Do keep body movements minimal
Do move and gesture slowly and naturally
Do maintain eye contact by looking into the camera
Do dress appropriately
Do make the session animated
Do be yourself and have fun!

The 7 Don'ts of Video Conferencing Etiquette

Don't make distracting sounds
Don't shout
Don't make distracting movements
Don't interrupt other speakers
Don't carry on side conversations
Don't wear "noisy" jewelry
Don't cover the microphone

Macomb Family Services Adolescent Outreach Program

Fraser Families,


Raising a teenager can be stressful and exhausting. During a pandemic, and under our current circumstances, being a parent can be even more difficult. You are not only contending with your own thoughts, emotions, etc., but also the reality of the situation. Reaching out for help is never a bad idea.


If you think your child is experiencing emotional struggles, and are interested in getting some free help, please see the attached flyer.


Feel free to call the number on the flyer if you have questions about the program.


Dear Fraser Students,

Being a teenager can be tough. During a pandemic, when things are changing daily, it is tougher. There are changes taking place in your body and brain that can affect how you learn, think, and behave. If you are facing tough or stressful situations, it is normal to have emotional ups and downs.


If you have been overwhelmingly sad, nervous, scared, worried or experiencing new feelings which are causing you not to be able to concentrate or do the things you usually enjoy, you may want to talk to a trusted adult.


To speak confidentially with a licensed community therapist, please contact Jennifer Stone MA, LPC, NCC at Macomb Family Services. Jennifer is the therapist currently working with Fraser Schools, and can be reached at 586-226-3440 ext. 329. Let her know that you are a Fraser student, and she will be able to offer you six confidential sessions free of charge.


If you are 14 years old or over, parental permission is not needed. Your sessions will be offered via video chat or telephone.

AP Testing Update

Greetings ,

We understand the Coronavirus has caused significant adjustments to everyday life, including education. We know all the changes and the unknown are causing stress, confusion, frustration, and sometimes even anger.

Here is a quick update regarding the College Board’s plan regarding the 2020 AP Exam Administration. There are many details to come so we strongly recommend that students do not take any action until they have all the details to make an educated decision regarding the AP Exams.

On Friday, the College Board posted this preliminary update https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update.

Here are the highlights regarding the plan for the 2020 AP Exam Administration:

  • There will NOT be any face-to-face AP exams this year
  • Students will take AP exams at home
  • Exams will be 45 minutes
  • Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions
  • Exams will be administered online
  • Students will be able to take the exam on one of two separate dates to be announced by the College Board April 3, 2020
  • Exams will be assessing a reduced scope of content, content that would “typically” have been covered before March
  • Students will have the option of canceling their exam(s), and CB will waive the $40.00/exam late fee they would have charged the school

College Board will be providing additional online resources, see https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes.

Once additional details are provided by the College Board, we will contact you regarding how you will indicate whether you wish to take your exam on the first date, the second date, or if you wish to cancel. Thank you for your patience and for waiting for further instructions that will be forthcoming in April on how to proceed.

Fraser High School
Stacy Kalpin
stacy.kalpin@fraserk12.org