A Weekly Newsletter for Warrior Families and Students
April 24, 2020
Hi Warrior Nation,
I’m not sure how you are feeling, but each week of virtual learning and social distancing that we grind through feels like a huge success. Remember, with each day that passes, we are one day closer to a brighter tomorrow, improved community health, and a return to normalcy. Stay strong, stay positive, WE GOT THIS! We are WARRIORS and we are MUSKEGO STRONG!
We fully understand that the transition to virtual learning has presented many unique challenges for our students, families, and our staff. The strength of our school system is built on a foundation of continuous improvement and you can rest assured that we will take the same approach with these unique times. Next week our families and students will receive a brief survey that will help guide our next steps in improving our virtual learning process. This feedback will be combined with the reflections of our staff to create specific action steps to improve the remaining weeks we have together in this school year. Thank you in advance for your partnership to ensure we finish our 2019-20 school year as successfully as possible.
Additionally, we would like to express our gratitude for your patience and support as we work to create our plans to wrap up the school year. Information and recommendations from local, state, and national organizations continue to change rapidly. We will communicate our decisions and finalize plans as we are able to. Stay tuned.
As much uncertainty and angst as there continues to be in our world, it is important to make sure to take some time to reflect on what is good and all there is to celebrate in our school community. If you are in need of some positives, check out the celebrations below. You will see that our schools are filled with amazing students. We have a staff that truly cares and creates outstanding programming and opportunities. We have families who are highly supportive and a community second to none. The end result, a high school that has once again been recognized as one of the top high schools in the state!
As always, thank you for your support and partnership.
Take care and stay healthy.
Academic Plans and Grading Update
The daily schedule of classes.
Our grading scale will remain intact from a structural standpoint. We are all very aware that these unique circumstances have created many challenges and barriers for our students. Our staff truly cares about our students and will be exercising grace and flexibility in scoring as we wrap up this semester. Please continue to encourage your student(s) to do their best and reach out to our teachers if they are struggling or stressed about their grades. Everyone is learning a lot during this time and we are confident that at the end of the semester, our students who engaged in these opportunities will have course grades that are reflective of the type of student they have always been.
Got time to Read?
The MHS library is happy to offer a pickup option for library books! Your student will need to put a book on hold through Destiny, our library system on Mondays by 8:00 AM. Books will be pulled and on a cart for pick up by the main office on Wednesdays. This will be a weekly event until the end of the school year. Books can be returned on a marked cart. Full details are on this Google Doc! And don't forget, the MHS Library is available 24/7 for eBooks and Audiobooks through Sora (full details are here!).
Class of 2020 Speaker Competition
Hey Seniors! Do you have a great message that you would like to share with your classmates at our graduation ceremony? If so, consider joining the Class of 2020 Class Address speaker competition. Any interested student will need to submit a video of their 3-5 minute speech to Mr. Irvine by noon on May 22nd. These video’s will be scored by a panel of MHS staff and the winner will deliver their speech as part of our commencement ceremony. If you have any questions please email Mr. Irvine.
Senior 2020 Slideshow Picture Request
We want to celebrate the awesome seniors with a slideshow featuring them and their plans for next year! This slideshow will celebrate the Class of 2020 and will be posted to social media. Please complete this form for your senior BY APRIL 29. All senior photos submitted to the yearbook will automatically be included on the student’s slide. This form asks for their future plans, any recognition/awards they received, and to upload a baby/youth photo if you’d like to share one. Thank you in advance for your help with this! Please also help us spread the word to other senior parents/guardians!
We are excited to offer Class of 2020 Apparel at the Warriors Warehouse. "Senior" orders will be available at Cap & Gown Pick Up on May 5th!
Orders Due Sunday, April 26
The NCAA has made adjustments to initial-eligibility requirements for high school students intending to play Division I or II athletics whose final semesters of their senior year have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please use this Link to review the adjustments and further information.
UW HELP provides guidance to students as they prepare for college in the UW System. UW HELP has decided to directly send the 2020 Summer Workbook to as many juniors as possible. Important topics covered in the workbook are Essay Guidance, Admission Requirements, and Steps to Apply to the UW System. Students should receive the workbook by mid-June. Juniors can use this publication request form to request a workbook by May 1st. Prior to receiving the workbook, students will be sent an email that includes an intro video notifying them to keep a lookout for the workbook along with a letter from UW HELP. Both the video and the 2020 Summer Workbook will help prepare current juniors who are applying to any of the UW campuses when the application opens August 1, 2020.
Brain Behavior Research Club
We are testing the effects of time limits on students while testing taking. We are currently in the process of gathering participants to partake in our online test. Our research requires lots of students from the high school to get an accurate representation of students’ scores.
“Participants will take a short 10-20 minute quiz on patterns. The quiz will take place from May 4th - May 10th and can be done on your own time. As a reward, 10 RANDOM PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A $5 GIFT CARD. SIGN UP HERE.” This link will bring students directly to the participation form if they want to be a part of our research. We will leave a link to the ad for you also.
Thank you so much for your time.
Christina Pan and Lauren Maher
French Program Awarded Prestigious Award!
Refunds and Fees
Our district’s business office is currently working on the details on how to process all refunds.
Communication will come from the district office once the plan is finalized.