Dr. Lowe's Virtual School Update

For the Week of 5/4/2020

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The End is in Sight...

Eagle Flock,

Happy Friday everyone! So, it's official - the last day of school for all students this year is Friday, May 15th. However, since we take classes Monday - Thursday, the final day for upper school students will be Thursday, May 14th. This date is inclusive for all students which does include our seniors. Please see the information below from Mr. Hahn that I want to share with you:

Last week of Virtual Learning will be May 11-15. I included the 15th for any child / teacher who may need to use Friday to fulfill learning / teaching responsibilities. Please share that we are seeking to determine the best and safest way to allow children and families, on a scheduled basis, to limit the number in the building at a given time the week of May 18-22, and May 28 and 29 as needed, for the purpose of collecting remaining items in lockers, art work, return curriculum, school equipment, provide some type of closure to the year.

As the end of the quarter approaches, our Board of Directors did approve the following policy changes for this semester only. Please see the following:

Policy Changes Approved:

Upper School

  • Freeze GPA calculations for Top 10% and Valedictorian and Salutatorian as of 3/6/2020 (end of Quarter 3).
  • Amend semester grading policy for Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 by removing final examinations and measuring semester GPA 50% for Q3 and 50% Q4.
  • Remove late penalties for formative and alternative grading assessments.
  • No final examinations for the current semester.

Since there are no final exams this semester, the cumulative semester grade will be amended on all upper school report cards. Should students have missing work, we are waiving late penalties at this time and will give an "Incomplete" should students not have work turned in by May 15th, and I will follow up with a date where homework will not be accepted for credit. I'm thankful for the Board's work and discussion about providing a "student-first" interim policy shift for this semester. My encouragement to parents and students is to not waste this incredible opportunity to finish strong. Reach out to teachers should you need to do so as soon as necessary.

Again, more information will follow with dates, times, and procedures for students coming to campus to clear lockers, return books, return uniforms, and the like. New policies and procedures need to be considered and implemented before we invite everyone back to campus.

My prayers are with you all each day, and I really hope in the next two weeks, as Texas "reopens," we get the chance to see each other more. Blessings on your weekend.

Eagle Strong,

Dr. Lowe

From Mrs. Weiss - Color Run

Join Student Council in celebrating our annual Color Run virtually this year! Please use the form below to sign up to participate. We will create a package for your family with instructions and individual color powder packets so you will be able to have your own “Color Throw” at home. Please be sure to only fill out this form once per family. Thank you!

Color Run 2020

From Mr. Lorenzen: Advanced Placement Information

Hello Advanced Placement students,

I hope this email finds you doing well. As AP exams approach, I wanted to send this email as an update and guide to the information that has been provided by the College Board. Key details are listed below. I will host a Zoom meeting to walk through these resources at 12:30pm on Tuesday, May 5th. Please join using https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87599241981?pwd=eGQxbWVON3gvMlFySzBFWnE1MEpPUT09 Meeting ID: 875 9924 1981 Password: apexam

If you can specific course exam questions, please reach out to your teacher. If you have general AP Exam testing information, please contact me. I have confidence that with appropriate preparation all will go smoothly on test day.

Mr. Lorenzen

Upper School Dean of Academics.

Helpful things to complete:

  1. Check/update your email with College Board
    1. This is extremely important. Please complete by Saturday, May 2nd.
    2. Students should verify their College Board account at myap.collegeboard.org by clicking on their profile at the top right-hand corner of the page, and going to Account Settings. Students should scroll down to verify their information and confirm that their email address is the one to which they'd like to receive the e-ticket to take their AP Exams. If it's not the correct email, they can update it to an email they check regularly by clicking Update.
    3. https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/getting-ready-for-exam-day/confirm-your-email-address?SFMC_cid=EM305178-&rid=47576418
  2. Complete the AP Exam Demo (available May 4th)
    1. This is also extremely important. Please complete by Thursday, May 7th.
    2. AP students should use the clickable exam demo to practice the different ways to submit their exam responses. The demo will help students confirm that their testing device will be able to access and run the online exam. Please let me know if they cannot access the demo or if they encounter problems while completing the demo. The sample content in the demo will be the same for all users and isn't a practice exam. College board will send students an email to remind them when the demo is available.Please complete this important preparation step.
  3. Read/complete the 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist
    1. This checklist is a useful guide create by College Board. There are a lot of good reminders located here. College Board suggests complete one of these for each examine to be taken.
    2. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-student-exam-day-checklist.pdf?SFMC_cid=EM305178-&rid=47576418
  4. Watch videos in the About the AP 2020 Exams playlist
    1. Here is the entire playlist:
  5. If there is one video out of the playlist that I highly recommend watching it is this one as it walk through the Exam format:https://youtu.be/qHZ2zpqlZNE

What to know about testing

  1. You need an E-Ticket to test
    1. You’ll receive your e-ticket by email TWO days before each test. On exam day, you’ll need this e-ticket to check in to your exam.
    2. Check in to your exam 30 minutes prior to the start of your exam (don’t be late!)
      • You’ll get a unique ticket for each exam you’re registered for.
      • You can also access your e-ticket in your student account on My AP (myap.collegeboard.org)
  2. Know the exam schedule
    1. All students are advised to take the May exam. The June exam dates are utilized for significant conflicts or technological issues that might arise during the May exam dates. There are no exams given beyond the June dates. The full AP exam schedule is found here. https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule
    2. If there is a conflict or there are technological issues that prohibit testing on the May date, please let me know.
  3. Testing with accommodations
    1. Students with approved accommodations don’t need to submit any further requests.
    2. Extended time will be provided through the online exam.

Five important things to do before test day

  1. Review contact information
  2. Check your technology
    1. Choose and prepare the device and documents you’ll use.
  3. Practice submitting your response
    1. Use the online AP Exam demo (available May 4th)
  4. Gather what you will need for each exam
    1. Consult cb.org/apexamdaydocs
    2. Also read, cb.org/apopenbooktips for advice on taking an open book exam.
  5. Receive your exam confirmation and e-ticket emails
    1. You’ll get emails with your AP ID and your exam e-ticket. This information is ALSO in your My AP account.
English Department Communication for the Week of 5/4

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History Department Communication for the Week of 5/4

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Math Department Communication for the Week of 5/4

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Science Department Communication for the Week of 5/4

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Fine Arts Department Communication for the Week of 5/4

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Theology Department Communication for the Week of 5/4

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Foreign Language Department for the Week of 5/4

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Yearbook Corner - Ms. Lawson

Good afternoon!

The yearbook team needs your help to capture this unique time of social distancing and virtual learning. Please send photos of any or all of following to photos@popcs.org:

  • Virtual learning from home
  • How you’re enjoying time with family at home
  • What does your “new school uniform” look like? If you’re learning in sweats or pjs, send us a pic!

When you send photos, make sure to send large/full quality images. Also, tell us who is in the photo and what they are doing!

Please fill out this survey for us: https://forms.gle/r44ZD8eY2psZ3vnx6

Thanks so much for your help in making the yearbook great!

Please join me in congratulating our 2019 Yearbook Staff for being featured in Balfour’s 34th edition of The Yearbook Yearbook. The 2020 Yearbook Yearbook showcases exceptional work in theme development, design and photography from publications across the U.S. and overseas. Look for POPCS on page 168!

Current students who worked on the 2019 yearbook include Carson Newby, Bella Loretto, Giovanna Cinello, Tiffany Li, Taylor Swanson, Grace Mensing and Ashley Adams. Giovanna, Tiffany, Taylor, Grace and Ashley are members of the 2020 Yearbook Team as well, and are still working hard on creating a beautiful 2020 yearbook for you. Please give these guys some encouragement if you know them!

Stay healthy,

Ms. Lawson

From the Ashcrafts - What's That Meme???

WTM Ep. 7

Counselor's Corner - Mrs. Dwyer and Mr. Prindiville

There are many challenges to virtual learning, and social distancing can make it feel like you are alone in the struggle. We want you to know you are not alone! If you need someone to talk to in this difficult time, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Dwyer and Mr. Prindiville. You can always email them at Michelle.Dwyer@popcs.org and Gary.Prindiville@popcs.org.

From Mrs. Dwyer:

Hi everyone! I hope Kitchen Table Talk: Self Worth about battling perfectionism and silencing a negative inner monologue sparks some good conversations around your own kitchen tables. Remember: You are enough. Romans 5:8. Please feel free to reach out to me if you need anything! ‌ Email: Michelle.Dwyer@popcs.org. Schedule a chat: calendly.com/mrsdwyer ‌

From Mr. Prindiville:

Hey Eagles! Mr. Prindiville here, and I pray you are all staying healthy, safe & active! In this week’s SURVIVING2THRIVING, we’ll be taking a look at the importance of HOPE. In Counseling, if someone is sad, or dealing with something very hard, it is important to talk about things that we look forward to, things that give us HOPE! I know it can be hard to miss things like school and friends, but we will be back together in the future, and there is a lot to look forward in the mean time! I hope this video encourages you, and if you have questions or would like to talk to me, please reach out! God’s blessings and peace on you and your family! And GO EAGLES!!!

Email: gary.prindiville@popcs.org

Schedule a chat with Mr. Prindiville: calendly.com/mrprindiville

Kitchen Table Talks: Self Worth

Prince of Peace Christian School

Should you have any questions during this extended school closure, please send all email to highschool@popcs.org or call 972-598-1071 to leave a message. We will make every effort to return your message within 24 hours.