The Battlefield Bobcast

Your Weekly Update From the Land of #BOBCATPRIDE

Further Resources:

For more details, please visit our website at https://battlefieldhs.pwcs.edu


For more information on athletics events, please visit www.bobcatspride.org


For more information on our Specialty Program, CASIIT, please visit https://www.smore.com/d3uje-battlefield-casiit


In order to keep up with the latest and greatest news in counseling, please see this School Counseling Center information page: https://www.smore.com/p40zc

PSAT TESTING

PWCS plans to move forward with offering the PSAT for sophomores and juniors in October. Sophomores will test on Oct. 14, and juniors will test on Oct. 29. (Students will test in the building while adhering to social-distance guidelines.)

*The test will be optional. A sign-up link will be included in forthcoming communication.


Coming Soon: Textbook Pickup!

We will soon have curbside textbook pickups for students who need one. Teachers who require the use of a textbook for their course will let their students know, and students will be able to pick up a textbook at one of the dates and times indicated below. If a student is in a course that does not require the textbook, but they believe they would benefit by having one at home, there will be an opportunity to pick this up at a later date once the need has been assessed.


Please see the below information and if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Roadarmel, Assistant Principal, at RoadarMD@pwcs.edu.



What: Textbook distribution / Teachers of classes requiring textbooks have reached out to their students who require a textbook


Who and Why: Students who are in classes requiring textbooks


When: September 16th from 3-5pm and September 21st from 9-1pm


Where: Battlefield bus loop at door #26

Free Gift for 9th Grade students and all students who are new to Battlefield HS!

If you are a 9th grade student or a student in any grade who is new to Battlefield HS, please stop by at the Textbook Distribution dates/times listed above for a free gift of Battlefield sunglasses!
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Battlefield (ALL) Student Orientation Site!

Students can access our Orientation through their Canvas account!


We usually do a New Student Orientation every August. The reality is, in many ways, all of us are new students, first year teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff members.


We are happy to release our Battlefield Student Orientation site. Feel free to find everything you need to be ready for school HERE! This can also be found at the bottom of the main page on our website.


Right now, the main objective is to be able to connect to Canvas and, through Canvas, your Zoom page. If you are still unsure how to do this, please watch this video.


Schedules are expected to become live in ParentVue and StudentVue on September 4th by 3:00. Please also watch the welcome back to school message from Mr. Ferrera to be ready for what to expect on the first day of virtual school.

Parent Resource Page

Parents, please check out the Parent Resource Page on the Battlefield Website!


https://battlefieldhs.pwcs.edu/parents

Welcome Back to School! (Mr. Ferrera's "Back to School Night" Message)

There will be an On Demand Back to School Night this year, with teachers posting pre-recorded videos. More information to come, but that should be done by September 28th.


Principal videos are to be posted by September 8th, and mine is posted below. In it, I briefly share with students an overview of the schedule, and show them where to find videos where they can see a tutorial on accessing their Canvas and Zoom accounts for the first day of school. Students will receive schedules on September 4th.


--Mr. Ferrera

Mr Ferrera Welcome Back to School
BFHS Student Access Canvas and Zoom

Join Principal Ferrera for Office Hours

Thank you for sending questions. I look forward in connecting with families, staff, and students in a variety of ways as we make our way through this. As previously communicated, I am offering office hours to help us connect and work together to continuously improve the virtual learning environment.



I wish I could physically open our doors and get together. Until that is a possibility, I am announcing that I will hold weekly office hours via Zoom for families, students, and staff. I understand that during the work day is not always the most convenient, but I am trying to go with what I can personally do and still meet the needs of my own family at home. Here is the schedule and Zoom links:


All office hours will take place every Monday starting August 24th (other than holidays and other days PWCS is closed) at the following times:


Families-- 9 am-10 am Zoom Link


Students (Parents also welcome to join)--12:15 pm-1:15 pm Zoom Link


Staff--1:30 pm- 2:30 pm (have already been provided the Zoom link on the work week schedule)


I won't necessarily have an agenda for these--it is an open forum to meet and discuss topics on everyone's minds as we move ahead. I will be able to also bring in guests as needed to help solve any problems that are arising. Although this is all going to be a challenge, I believe we can do it.


As always, if the office hours don't work out for your schedule, I'm also free to talk any time. Just let me know and we will set up times to discuss any issues or a member of our team will be able to assist.


During virtual instruction, I will personally be in my office on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays and working from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When schools reopen to at least 50/50, I will be in my office daily.


Thanks for everything you all do for our community. I'm looking forward to taking on this challenge and serving you all in support of our students.


Thanks,



Ryan Ferrera

Principal

ferrerrs@pwcs.edu

PARENTVUE

Students and Parents: Preparing your accounts for online learning



Students:

Make sure you are ready for the virtual components of learning this school year by updating your network password and logging in to the core components of instruction for the first marking period: Office 365, Canvas, Zoom and StudentVUE. Instructions for completing this are shared in the document Students: Preparing your accounts for online learning.


Note that you will likely NOT see any class information in Canvas or StudentVUE until September 4 when:


  • scheduling has been completed in Synergy (the student administration system for PWCS), and
  • all of the connections have been made to transfer this data over to these programs, and
  • the classes have been readied for your use.


Parents:

Once your student has access to Canvas, ask them to provide you with their pairing code which will give you the ability sign up for a Canvas account as an Observer in all their classes.


  • This code can be generated in the web version of Canvas only, by clicking on Account/Settings and then Pair with Observer.
  • More information on creating your account with the activation code can be found in the documentation on the Canvas& Zoom page on the PWCS web site.

If you have not yet activated your ParentVUE account, information on doing this can be found on the PWCS ParentVUE web page in the Getting Started section.

Your activation code would have been sent to your email address on record at the school. If you cannot locate the activation code and need assistance, contact our Registrar, Tammy DeGrood (DegrooTR@pwcs.edu).


If you have a ParentVUE account and have forgotten the password, click on More Options/Forgot Password from the ParentVUE login page.

Meet the Battlefield HS Student Senator!

Greetings Parents, Students, and Faculty!

My name is Abdullah Usufzai and I am an 11th grade student at Battlefield High School. A few months back, I was selected by the PWCS School Board to serve as the Student Senator for Battlefield High School, along with its feeder elementary and middle schools.

As your Student Senator, it is my responsibility to channel diverse perspectives to the PWCS School Board and spearhead student-led change to better our quality of education. You can learn more about the PWCS Student Senate at pwcsstudentsenate.com.

The 2020-21 school year presents an unprecedented and unique learning environment. During this challenging time, I believe that we can make this a great year by working collaboratively.

To the same end, please share your thoughts on how the county can better provide you a world-class education. We are primarily looking for feedback on virtual learning, but please do not hesitate to share your thoughts on another issue that may concern you.


You can email me directly at UsufzaMA22@pwcs-edu.org.


Looking forward to a great year with you!

Respectfully,

Abdullah Usufzai

Student Senator 2020-21


Click here for Abdullah's Welcome Video!

PWCS Announces Later Start Times for High Schools During Virtual Learning

We will begin our days at 8:30 during virtual instruction.


You can find the HS Virtual Schedule Linked Here.

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Battlefield HS Grading and Assessment Policy

The purpose of this policy is to create some clarity and consistency regarding how teachers will implement PWCS Regulation 661-3. Over the last couple of years there has been some frustration from teachers, parents, and students on consistency and clear expectations across classes. Hopefully this creates a common baseline and common language that may take some time to get used to, but will help make us consistent and clear, especially in these virtual times. Thank you to our teachers, department chairs, administrators, and the Principal's Advisory Council on offering feedback for us to reach our final version. This will be reviewed each summer.


Policy linked here: Battlefield HS Grading and Assessment Policy

PWCS Nutrition Services Information (Battlefield will be a food pick-up site)

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Health Regulation Reminders from the School Nurse:

Life Saving Devices such as Inhalers, Epi Pens, Diabetic Supplies REQUIRE a current annual health treatment plan to be on file in the clinic.

If your child has Asthma and uses an inhaler – Take the Asthma Action Plan form to your child’s doctor to be completed and signed. Return to the school nurse in the clinic! This form must be updated yearly!

If your child has a food allergy or bee sting allergy and has been prescribed an Epinephrine (EpiPen or Auvi-Q) – Take the Allergy Treatment plan you your Child’s doctor to be completed and signed. Return to the school nurse in the clinic. This form must be updated yearly

If your child has Diabetes – Type I or Type II – A Diabetic Medical Management Plan must be complete by your child’s doctor, signed and returned to the school nurse annually.

All Medical forms can be found on the Battlefield Clinic Page https://battlefieldhs.pwcs.edu/cms/one.aspx?pageId=5250143

If you child received updated immunizations since last school year – Send in a Immunization copy for the school record to be UPDATED by the nurse.

Remember to update your student’s Emergency Card!

Wash your Hands, Wear a Face Mask, Social Distance – BE SAFE…STAY WELL!

Tina Fairbanks BSN, RN

STUDENT COUNCIL

For the beginning of this school year, the returning class officers will continue to serve in their positions until November. Until elections can be held, Jacque Suegay will serve as acting SCA president-the other positions will remain vacant.


We will accept members on a rolling basis all year. Members of the Freshmen Class (2024) wishing to serve on a class leadership council until elections may request to do so by filling out a delegate form AND sending an email to SCA advisor Mr. Schelzo at schelzje@pwcs.edu.


The first SCA meeting will be on September 14 at 3 pm on Zoom (the link will be posted at a later date). Elections for the 2020-21 year will be conducted in November, either in person if we move to the hybrid plan or virtual if we remain in that mode. Details will be made available when that decision is made by PWCS.

Check out and follow the SCA on Instagram and Twitter- @bhsstuco

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LIBRARY NEWS!!


Great news!! Bobcat Curbside Book Service will be starting September 16th! On Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., students who make arrangements can pick up and drop off books at the school. Students can check the Canvas BFHS: Battlefield Students page or visit our website for more details. Happy reading!!

https://battlefieldhs.pwcs.edu/our_school/library/curbside_book_service/

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BHS COLLEGE VISITS

All BHS students 9-12 are welcome to attend college visits! You can sign up for college visits that are “coming” to speak with BHS students. College representatives have been signing up in Naviance Student so share information about theri school. They will provide you with the link on the day of the webinar. Write down questions ahead of time and listen to detailed information abou their application process.

How to sign up:

Watch this video on how to sign up for college visits in Naviance Student:

https://youtu.be/OeHX180Umz4

How to log into Naviance Student: https://student.naviance.com/battlefield Click “log in Continue with Clever” to use your PWCS Office 365 log in

OR- log in via Naviance Student: PWCS Email address, password is whatever you created or reset by checking PWCS email.

I look forward to supporting you in this process!

Mrs. Bridges

RETURN TO LEARN PACKET - IMP FERPA INFO

Need help completeing the required "Return to Learn" packet which includes your FERPA needed for legal permission to send transcripts?

Here is a step guide on how to complete the Return to Learn packet: https://pwcs.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_340140/File/Return%20to%20Learn/Return%20to%20Learn_Parent%20Process.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0RqoubeyvpbKBCyjtMtMFCL0wod2_3b4CaQ73CFdQVdxrFwk5AI9uLnNI

Helpful Tips:

1. To access the Return to Learn Packet, please login to your ParentVUE account and go to “Online Registration” in the top right corner. Please do this on a computer as the app on a phone may have trouble.

2. For ease of use, a web browser on a computer is recommended. The forms can be completed using the ParentVUE App for Apple devices or on android devices using a browser.

3. FERPA -Be sure to “Grant Access” by checking the box on the FERPA if you wish to give PWCS permission to send transcripts.

4. Before it will let you submit you must “review all changes, check box at the bottom, then click submit”

I hope this information is helpful! More information will becoming from me regarding college application workshops later this week!

Stay tuned!

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KEYCLUB

Until further notice, all Key Club Officer and All-Member meetings will be held virtually. To register for Key Club, see our website, and click the Registration link on the side bar. Complete the form. Note that you will NOT be a fully certified member until dues payment is made. We also have a new link on the website to submit hours virtually. We will not be accepting hours on hard copy paper this year. We will be posting information on how to pay dues soon. Follow us on Instagram @battlefieldkeyclub, Twitter @battlefieldkc, and Facebook @Battlefield High School Key Club for the latest information.

MINI-THON

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. More than 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. You can make a difference in their lives by spreading awareness about pediatric cancer, participating in our Mini-THON, or by donating to our Donor Drive. All proceeds go directly to our Mini-THON families. We also have an upcoming fundraiser on September 29th, at the Chipotle at 5024 Wellington Rd in Gainesville. If you bring a picture of the flyer, you can find this on our Instagram account, a third of the proceeds will be donated to Mini-THON. You can stay up to date with what we’re doing to conquer childhood cancer by following our social media accounts down below. We encourage you to stand with us this September! FTK!


Thanks! And happy Friday all!

MODEL UN

"Anyone interested in participating in Model UN this year should reach out by emailing us at BHSMun18@gmail.com or by messaging us on Instagram @BattlefieldModelUN. You can also email our sponsor Mr. Orrell at orrellml@pwcs.edu. Thanks and we look forward to welcoming you!"

YEARBOOK


2021 Battlefield High School Yearbook

The 2021 Yearbook will be sold online ONLY & shipped to student homes around July 2021. Shipping is included in the price. Please be sure to include an accurate address on your order for delivery. Senior ads are available for online purchase until February 1st.


Link to order online at Balfour.com---https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=119909#remove


Any questions??? Email the BHS Yearbook Adviser, Ms. O'Connor, at OCONNOBM@pwcs.edu.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students enrolled in AP US History with either Mr. Fronckel or Mrs. Maiuri, should obtain a copy of the 2020 edition of the AMSCO AP US history review book. It can be purchased through the publisher https://www.perfectionlearning.com/social-studies/advanced-placement/united-states-history-ap-exam.html or Amazon.


AMSCO. World History: Modern

This class is with Mr. Coughlin and what you should have for his class this year.

https://www.perfectionlearning.com/social-studies/advanced-placement/world-history-ap-exam/amsco-advanced-placement-world-history-modern-1200-present-97591.html


Battlefield PTO

The Battlefield High School PTO would like to welcome you to a new school year! Two contests are in full swing ... see details below!

For those who are previous BHS PTO members, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support last year! For the past two years, we were able to donate more than $35,000 in funds to support the school’s educational and recreational needs; and showered our teachers, staff, and administrators with gifts of appreciation. Before the school year even started, we donated more than 300 social distancing floor decals and door safety signs for students and staff to remain safe and healthy in preparation for in-person learning. We ask for your continued support in this challenging year!

How Can I Help? You can help by joining PTO! Membership goes a long way towards a successful and fun school year! There are three levels of membership:

· ENTRY: PTO Membership or Teacher Sponsorship for $10;

· PREFERRED: PTO Membership, Head-Wrap/Neck Gaiter, Class Decal, and 1 Teacher Sponsorship for $35;

· VIP: PTO Membership, Head-Wrap/Neck Gaiter, Class Decal, No Touch Door Tool Key Chain, and 2 Teacher Sponsorships for $50.

How Can I Join? You may join online on our NEW website: https://www.battlefieldhighschoolpto.com/. From now until September 21 we have Membership Monday Madness! Each membership will be entered into a raffle to win a Quarantine Survival Basket valued at $100. Join, join, join!


We hope to continue to help students and staff by providing support for education and recreational needs; to promote open communication between administration, teachers, and parents/guardians; and to encourage BHS spirit and pride. To improve our communication, please like us on Facebook . Don't forget to post this week to enter the First Day Back 2 School Picture Contest! Four winners will win new BHS swag!


We are looking forward to an exciting school year!

BOBCATS ATHLETICS

Battlefield Athletics: Sports Physicals and Concussion Training Certificate Collection Dates

Hello Bobcats!

Sports Physicals and Concussion Training Certificates can be turned in to Ms. Christi Nelson, BHS Athletic Trainer, on August 26 and September 2. 1 pm - 5 pm. Table will be located on the curb in front of the school main entrance. Please pull your vehicle up to the table.
Please make sure all sports physicals are completely filled out. Signed by the Doctor, Parent, and Student.
Thank you.

BOBCATS BOOSTERS

Battlefield Athletic Boosters 2 Day Spirit Wear Sale!


Join us in the BHS parking lot on Friday, August 28 (12 pm - 8 pm) and Saturday, August 29 (8 am- 12 pm). We are selling a lot of Battlefield clothing and accessories at discounted prices.


Battlefield Masks will also be sold.


Also, below you will see the flier information for food and concession stand items that will be available both days as well!


*COVID safety measures & distancing guidelines will be followed.

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