CISL & Advanced Placement Update

April 2020

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Coordinator's Corner

I hope this update finds you all in good health and good spirits. I know this is a difficult time for everyone and you have many questions. While we do not have all of the answers and are closely following the guidance put forth by PWCS, I have included some important updates specific to CISL and Advanced Placement (AP) below.


I miss you all and look forward to when we can be together again. Until then, I hope that we can continue to work together to find ways to expand our global awareness and international learning! Take care of yourself and those you love.


~Mrs. Campagna

CISL SENIORS

Can I still earn CISL Recognition and the CISL Stole?


YES!


For those seniors who have met the coursework requirements for either major (WL or SPS) of the full CISL program, recognition certificates will be made available with diplomas (details of timeline and distribution TBD per PWCS guidelines). Requirements can be accessed and downloaded HERE


For those seniors who are stole candidates, the additional requirements beyond the coursework remain the same, but some modifications and flexibility have been added:


  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • EXIT INTERVIEW in primary WL (can be scheduled and completed remotely with a WL teacher of your choosing through a variety of platforms: flipgrid, facetime, google meet, zoom, etc.) Contact your teacher to discuss how you can complete with them. Rubric and general guidelines are available HERE
  • International RESEARCH PAPER - thank you to Ms. Terenchin for working so quickly to alter the CISL research paper requirements and rubric while maintaining the integrity of the assignment’s primary objective. Additional details available from your AP CoGo teacher or download the updated guidelines HERE
  • 100 CISL points - the due date for ALL 19-20 CISL points submissions has been extended to May 31 (including Senior CISL Stole and Scholarship applicants). 100 points is still required for seniors to earn the CISL stole, but individual exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Scholarships – CISL Scholarship application for graduating seniors who will be earning the CISL stole will be available soon and will be posted on the CISL webpage and announced on twitter @hyltonCISL The deadline to submit applications will be 5/31/20. Winners of scholarships will be selected by the CISL boosters scholarship committee and announced near the middle of June.

CISL Points

Can students still turn in points online?


Absolutely!


You should still use www.x2vol.com to submit points as normal, attaching artifacts for proof and writing reflections on your global learning. Contact Ms. Campagna by email in the event you have a hard copy artifact (ex: journal, scrapbooks from travel for details on how to share these artifacts for points.


What about clubs/other yearlong activities? You will still be able to claim FULL credit for these submissions, commensurate with your level of participation up until the schools closed. Please don’t forget to input your sponsors’ email address so they can verify the dates/times of your participation.


Will the due dates remain May 1 (seniors) and May 31 (underclassmen)? No, the due date for ALL 19-20 CISL points submissions is now May 31 (including Senior CISL Stole and Scholarship applicants). Points submitted after this deadline will not be processed until next fall.

How can I earn CISL points while practicing social distancing?

First, we encourage you to begin by submitting points submissions for approved activities that you have ALREADY participated in this year – list is available on the CISL webpage and on www.x2vol.com


Next, if you are looking for additional opportunities, follow us on twitter @hyltonCISL, we will post virtual global learning opportunities as they arise and again, we are prepared to be flexible and will consider virtual experiences provided that your REFLECTIONS do a good job of communicating the international learning that you gained as a result of participating in the opportunity! Get creative!


Document a virtual cooking lesson of an international recipe with a family member, take a virtual field trip to a foreign location, talk to your language teacher about where you can connect with a virtual pen pal to practice your language skills with a native speaker, the possibilities are endless!


The keys to remember: you must be able to provide PROOF of your participation in a given activity and you must be prepared to REFLECT on the international learning you gained as a result of the experience (be specific, give details and examples!) If you are in doubt about a particular activity’s suitability for earning CISL points, ask! Send an email to campagbg@pwcs.edu to share the idea and get feedback about how we can make it work!

Advanced Placement Updates

I am sure that you may have questions regarding AP exams and how they will be administered moving forward. The following information is being provided by College Board. Updates are happening daily, but exam dates and other specifics will be released on April 3. We will communicate the new information at that time.


One of the most important things to note is that the College Board is committed to continuing with testing this year. With that in mind, they are offering free online AP Exam reviews through the AP YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/advancedplacement. These reviews will cover skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course as outlined by the College Board and some supplementary materials for the final 25% of the course. For information on which units will be covered on the exam, please click the link below. Your teacher may have covered topics in an alternate order. The schedule for the course reviews is available HERE. If you miss a youtube session they will be archived.


Students will be given the choice of two dates to take their AP exams online. Test dates will be released on April 3. Because testing is electronic, we would like to know if you need assistance with technology in your home. Please complete this Google form, created by Hylton no later than Friday, April 3.


The College Board has indicated each test will be 45-minutes and will consist of free response questions. Colleges are supporting this format of testing and have indicated that AP Students will receive credit for qualifying scores.


On April 3, there will be additional information regarding testing for students with approved accommodations.


AP Art, AP Research and AP Seminar due dates have been extended to May 26. We have indicated to the College Board that students may have left their pieces or materials in the building and are unable to retrieve them. College Board said that they are committed to working with these students. We will communicate directly with the teachers of these subjects when we have more information.


Thank you for working with us during this uncertain time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will do the best we can to answer your questions.