Volume 18 Issue 21
Learn to work and think for life.
Week Four - Remote Learning
Greetings Wolfpack Students and Families,
Another week has gone by, and while it seems we've just gotten remote learning up and running, we now have to consider how to scale things back down as we prepare for the end of the school year. This week, we were provided the following guidance from the school district.
- High Schools will begin collecting Chromebooks and textbooks, starting with Seniors, the week of May 4, and for everyone else the week of May 11. Please look for information about the return schedule at each school. All checked out items, including textbooks, library books, Chromebooks, instruments and uniforms must be returned to the school by May 15.
Please be mindful of this timeline as students work with teachers on any assignments/activities to raise their grade from the third quarter. Additionally, teachers will work on providing other enrichment work families could access as we phase down our remote learning. We will work next week to determine a process/timeline for the returning of materials, starting with our seniors and ending with our students enrolled in eLearning classes. Please watch for more information on this process and thank you for those families that have already returned items.
SENIORS - at the end of the year, we typically do a senior clearance card to ensure you've returned all of your school items. Please keep an eye out for emails from your teachers, counselor, library, and the front office to ensure that you've returned items and textbooks and are cleared from the fees/fines list. In the graduation information below, I have have a few "to-do" items for you to complete for me.
GRADUATION UPDATE BELOW
Lastly, below is an update on our graduation plan for the Legendary Class of 2020. Through each stage of our school closure I know I have personally just felt so incredibly sad as the reality of ‘losing’ our days together as well as these important milestones and celebrations, which are truly some of my favorite moments as the principal of the Wolfpack.
I’m sure many of you have felt similar sadness and grief. Graduation is truly such a special moment for students and families and we want to provide as many opportunities as we are able to in order to properly celebrate this amazing and resilient group of students. These moments aren’t lost, they’re different, but these differences don’t change the overwhelming feelings of pride that I have in each and every one of our 178 graduates that make up the West Valley Class of 2020.
Seniors please note: While I may not be able to hug you while wearing a hazmat suit yet, you can be assured even in a pre-recorded ceremony I won’t be able to get through reading all of your names without crying. I am so proud of each and every one of you.
Thanks again and please take care.
Principal, West Valley High School
2020 Yearbook Update
Because of the COVID-19 phenomenon and school closure, WV Yearbook has had to make the following adjustments:
Yearbooks are still available for pre-order online until 5/15 www.yearbookforever.com
Books with namestamps can still be purchased until 4/30
Ad space is still available for purchase until 4/30 www.yearbookforever.com
Design online or upload your completed ad
Yearbooks for this year will be delivered to the school at the beginning of the fall semester
Students in attendance at West Valley will be invited to pick up their book
Seniors and others who aren’t attending West Valley but are still in Fairbanks will also be invited to come and pick up their books after the school day has ended
If a family has moved, or are otherwise unable to pick up their yearbook, they will call/email West Valley and we will figure out an individual plan to get them their book
YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR PICTURES AND STORIES!
(especially from Q4)
Students, families, and staff can submit them by filling out this Google form:
School Items Pick-up: Tues & Thus
All student lockers have had personal items bagged up to be picked up. We have not included textbooks in these bags and have simply checked them back in to the library.
We will have staff available for pick-ups and drop-offs on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7:30-2:30.
Call our front office at 479-4221 ext 0 to find a time to schedule a pick-up of school items. If your student has a PE locker, please look for an email from their PE teacher on process for collecting gym locker items.
Students: If you are interested in applying to the Certified Nursing Assistant program for the fall of next school year please contact Ms. Sawchuk (email@example.com) for more information and how to apply.
Applications will be due by April 27 with zoom or phone interviews taking place on April 29.
Families - We heard you, office hours were hard to navigate. This updated spreadsheet now has Department Office Hours so you can be sure to have an opportunity to contact teachers with questions.
Wolfpack Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration Plans
Dear Students and Families of the Class of 2020:
I know you have been waiting to hear about official plans for West Valley’s graduation and we’ve been working hard to put together the best graduation we can for you. Thank you for your patience and for sending me such wonderful and creative ideas.
At this time, due to current state mandates and direction from Superintendent Dr. Gaborik, we will be planning a pre-recorded graduation ceremony in collaboration with KXDF Channel 13. Unfortunately, we cannot plan an official ceremony that involves gathering in large groups, including people in vehicles.
West Valley's official graduation ceremony will be aired on KXDF Channel 13 at 7pm on May 12 - our original graduation date and time. Thank you students for identifying the most important parts of the ceremony - we will be focus our short time frame on allowing for you to hear from student speakers, hearing your individual name, and capturing each of you moving your tassels.
In the coming weeks, we will explore other options for students and families to celebrate this milestone that follow social-distancing guidelines for graduation ceremonies that were recently shared by the commissioner of education. We understand these in-person connections and good-byes are important and we will see what we can do to honor these moments.
Below I will highlight the elements we have been working on for our seniors as well as a few "To Do" items for seniors to complete.
My heart is truly with each of you, I miss all of you so much, and it was great to see and connect with those of you who stopped by on Tuesday for caps and gowns.
All of this information will also be on our Wolfpack Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration Website, which is linked below and here: https://www.k12northstar.org/WVClassof2020
West Valley High School - Graduation Ceremony
Tuesday, May 12th, 7-7:30pm
The comfort of your home.
Do you still need your cap and gown?
She also had some 2020 tassels for sale on Tuesday, more information can be found at: http://bit.ly/wvhHerffJones2020
What if I didn't order a cap and gown and want to borrow one for pictures?
-Great question, we have a handful of extra caps and gowns from previous graduations, please email Tina Henne in our counseling office or reply to this email and we can help try to find one that will work for you and can schedule a pick-up time.
TO DO: Sign-up for Zoom Tassel Moving Meeting
Moving your tassel was important to you, so Ms. Gillam will be hosting 20 seniors at a time on Zoom to "Move their Tassel" every 15 minutes between 12 and 3pm on Monday, April 27th.
This is will be recorded and included in our Graduation Ceremony. Please sign up for a time by clicking on the link below - then log on to the Zoom with your cap and tassel on.
TO DO: Senior Photo DropBox
There are some seniors that we don't have a yearbook photo for, if you need to upload a picture, you can do so here through DropBox. OR maybe you have a photo in your cap and gown, you'd like to share. You can do that here too.
Please rename your file "LastName_FirstName" before uploading it into the DropBox.
TO DO: Senior Survey for Senior Trading Cards on Social Media
FOR YOU: Class of 2020 Yard Signs
As soon as they are done, we will work on a distribution plan.
FOR YOU: Social Media & Radio Campaigns
In the month of May, we will use the information you share in the Senior Survey to do a social media campaign highlighting all of our amazing seniors. Please be sure to complete the Senior Survey so we can highlight you!
Also you can share your own photos on social media, use the hashtags #WVClassof2020 and #PackPrideAK
Additionally, iheartMedia will be doing a "Celebration fo Seniors" highlighting the class of 2020 between May 11-29 each night at 20:20 (or 8:20pm). More information to come when we know our students will be recognized. They will also have an online yearbook to highlight students.
FOR YOU: Yet to Come...
All of the above information is also on our website, and you can check back later for updates.