JCHS 2020 Spring Newsletter

Need to Knows for All JCHS Students and Parents

Thank you

We, the staff at JCHS, are very proud of our students and parents. 2020 did not begin in the way any of us would have predicted or wanted. We were all given 24 hours notice to take lessons and learning virtual. Students and parents have been great to work with. There has been grace shown as we developed procedures as we go. We are missing our students, but know for everyone's safety, distance learning is best. Thank you for all of the work you are doing from home, and know that we appreciate you. We look forward to the months to come and can not wait til we can all see each other in person again.

Please continue to engage with your teachers and classmates online. Your learning is in your hands. Communication between students and teachers is vital to the distance learning model.

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information to students and parents for the months ahead of us. Thank you for reading through the newsletter.

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To the Class of 2020

Co-Hort Class Google Classroom Codes:

Throughout the school year there is a need to provide students information and have a one spot location to put the information virtually. Each cohort year has its own Google Classroom. Students have been encouraged to join these classrooms, but if you (students) or your student needs to still join, here are the Google Classroom codes.

These Google Classrooms are for students only, but it is important for parents to know where to guide your student to look for items such as announcements, enrollment, college visits, and signing up for Summer School.

Class of 2020: bbb9do

Class of 2021: tw3c7qh

Class of 2022: hdqes4y

Class of 2023: z75tqn6

Preservation of the Marcullus Court and Mr. JC Contest

In an effort to continue some of our traditions during this school closure, JCHS Student Council is going to hold virtual voting for Marcullus Court and a virtual Mr. JC contest.

Marcullus (Prom) court is a different experience than Homecoming and Winter Sports courts, because it has not always been connected to a dance. The history of the Marcullus court goes back further than JCHS Homecoming and Winter Sports courts.

For those that do not know, Marcullus is the name of our beloved yearbook at JCHS. Historically, Marcullus Queen was the senior girl that was chosen to be honored in the yearbook at the end of the school year. Our Marcullus court consists of just five girls voted in by the student body. The queen is decided by a panel of former Marcullus court members through an interview process.

This year, we will nominate senior girls on Wednesday, April 29th and vote from the top 10 to the top 5 on Friday, May 1st. All nominations and voting will be held via Google Form sent to students’ school email. The interviews of the top 5 will be held through a video conference and the Queen will be announced next week on JCHS Student Council Twitter and Instagram accounts: @JeffCityStuCo.

Another tradition that we are going to host virtually on social media is the Mr. JC Competition. Mr. JC is a pageant for the boys of JCHS to show off their talents. We will contact coaches and activity/club sponsors to let them know how to have their candidates participate in this highly entertaining tradition. If you are a member of a club or sport and are interested in participating, please contact your coach! Stay tuned for more details on that.

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Summer School

Summer School will happen this summer, but it will be virtual.

Our current model for providing virtual instruction is not a viable option for summer school, and we are not confident that summer school can be conducted in person while maintaining the strict social distancing that would be required.

As an alternative to in-seat summer school, JC Schools will be partnering with Launch, a virtual school program, for our 2020 summer school. Launch was established eight years ago and has a rigorous curriculum that is aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards. The platform is currently used by 270 districts across the State of Missouri and is staffed by certified educators who live and work in partner districts.

Our district has an obligation to protect the health and safety of our staff and our students, and we feel this plan is the best way for us to do that, while also providing a solution for learning to continue.

TECHNOLOGY DEVICES: Because Launch is a virtual platform, we will not be collecting JC schools devices from our students at this time. We hope you will use the devices to access summer school and continue working on other skills over the summer.

MEALS: JC Schools will continue our Mission Nutrition program throughout the month of June, including Grab ‘N Go meals at eight schools and meal delivery to bus stops across the district.

SUMMER CAMPS: The registration information that has been shared is the current plan. We are awaiting further guidelines from health experts relating to summer camps and will keep all registrants updated on any changes should they occur.

ENROLLMENT: We are in the process of finalizing our course catalog for our virtual summer school, which will be available for all JC Schools students in grades 1-12 (students enroll in summer school based on the grade they will enter in for fall of 2020).

If your student was previously enrolled for summer school with JC Schools they will still need to be enrolled separately in the Launch program. We recognize there will be many questions about the virtual summer school program, and we will be in touch with much more information before the end of this week, including how to enroll your student in Launch.

These circumstances can be challenging for both students and parents, and we want to continue to encourage you to make mental health and self-care a priority. We have provided a list of resources at the bottom of this message that we hope will be helpful to you.

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Online Registration: Register for the 2020-2021 School Year Now

It's that time of year! Our online registration system is now open for you to register your student for school in the fall.

To begin, log in to your parent portal account here and click on ‘More’ from the menu options on the left side of the screen. From there, select ‘Online Registration’. For parent portal account assistance or trouble-shooting, please email portalhelp@jcschools.us or call the Office of Student Information at 659-3043. Online registration does not always work well on cell phones therefore we recommend using a computer or tablet.

Please see the section(s) of information below that pertain to your family to read more about the perks of registering online.

1st-8th Graders (for the 2020-2021 school year)
Again this year, families who complete online registration DO NOT have to come to the registration events in your elementary/middle school buildings in August. Plus, if the student’s fines/fees are paid and we have compliant immunizations on file for the student, you will also get his/her teacher assignment (elementary students) or team name (middle school students) before the end of June.

Jefferson City High School and Jefferson City Academic Center students
If you complete online registration, you will still need to attend registration in August, but will experience a faster on-site registration process.

Submissions for the Senior Video

Please submit pictures & short videos from the 2019-2020 school year to senior2020@jcshools.us Examples: events, games, clubs & fun with friends FROM your senior year or the summer before (No baby pics). Direct all questions to senior2020@jcshools.us

Decision Day:

Seniors at JCHS traditional have a week where we celebrate their decisions for post graduation. This year we will do this virtually. Please use the graphic found here and post on social media. A picture in college, military, or technical school shirt or banner is typical.

Grades: Need to Knows

One of the processes that took the most time to make decisions on was how to navigate grading during distance learning. Because we had to go outside of the normal grading practices, the decisions below were shared throughout the district and began as of April 13.

  • You/Your student’s term grade will be, at a minimum, the same as the 3rd term grade.

  • You may improve the 3rd term grade by 10 percentage points by staying engaged in your learning 4th term, completing the work, and demonstrating learning.

  • Grades will be a combination of 30 points- 10 points participation, 10 points work completion, and 10 points successful mastery.

  • Each week 1 grade out of 30 will be awarded (or 3 if the teacher decides to count them separately) based on the categories above.

  • If a student earned a grade below 50% in term 3, they still have an opportunity to pass. Teachers will have discretion to award a 60% maximum grade if students have demonstrated minimum mastery.

  • Grades will be awarded numerically; NOT pass/fail.

  • Project Lead the Way, Nichols Career Center, Advance Placement and Dual Credit courses are subject to outside demands that preclude them from being subject to the grading process above; accordingly, those courses will continue to move forward as previously defined. All assignments/grades will adhere to traditional standards as well.

  • If hard copy assignments are preferred or necessary, they will continue to be sent.

  • If students are working on hard copies they will need to take a picture of completed work and email it back to their teacher. There will not be a drop off process to collect work.

  • Students that reported NOT having access to wifi: we will be reaching out to offer a loaner hot spot in the next few work days.

  • Calculations for GPA and class rank will end at the end of Semester 2.
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Get Your Yearbook While They Last

There are only 125 left to purchase. Get yours before they are all gone.

If you want to ensure you get a yearbook, you must order by the end of April.

Go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com. Search for JCHS or enter school code 3065. You can use a credit or debit card to purchase for $60

Book should be in the first part of June. More communications will be out when they are ready to pick up.

For further questions, email amy.wittman@jcschools.us

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Are You Needing Tech Help?

During the extended closure the JCHS Tech Desk is closed, but you are in luck... The Jefferson City School District IT department is here to save the day.

If your Chromebook is acting up, or you are having issues with any technology needed for instruction you can call or fill out the Tech Support Form.

The phone number is 573-659-3121

You can also complete this survey and someone from the IT staff will reach out to you. They are quick and responsive in your needs.


Things That Are Still In the Works

We appreciate our students, parents, and staff in these unprecedented times. Jay Nation is showing why it is great to be a Jaybird!

We are aware that there are many questions in regards to how to get your items out of the building, how we will return Chromebooks, library books, and textbooks.

There will be more news to come over the next few weeks. Please continue to check your email for updates.

We also recognize that there are traditional events that would typically take place in the spring such as Prom, award ceremonies, etc. We will continue to work with our District leadership team to find ways to honor our traditions while also making a few new ones.

Again, please stay tuned to your email for more information to come.

Until then, keep working hard and being AWESOME! That is what being a JAYBIRD means.