Solon High School

Monthly Update-March 2021

Just a couple more weeks!

Good morning SHS families,


With the sunny days and warmer temps I hope you have been able to enjoy some time outside! Spring for many of us means finding time to get back to some of the things we enjoy most, but for others it may mean something else. We are finishing a busy winter season here at SHS and are thankful for all of the support the last few months. We are only a couple weeks away from Spring Break and I am sure many of you are ready for a "break". Thank you for the continued support as we look to finish the year #SOLONstrong!

As always reach out with any questions or concerns. Enjoy the week, Zach


For ALL things Solon High School please remember to visit this page.

ISASP Testing

The statewide required testing will take place the week of March 29th this year. These tests will once again be for all 9th-11th graders. The schedule for that week can be found below in regards to the actual test times. The schedule for each day will be communicated once we get closer. Students who have elected to work from home via APEX will also be required to take these tests, but those will be done at an alternate location. Details for all of those families will be sent out separately.
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Dollars for Scholars

Solon Families: The link below has been emailed and shared with the entire Senior Class of 2021

Dollars for Scholars and Local Scholarships 2021


In the link above there is a pdf. document explaining the Dollars for Scholars process through Scholarship America. You will be able to find other scholarship opportunities through Scholarship America as well. Keep in mind that anyone who applies for Solon Dollars for Scholars receives a $600 scholarship! As you start the process, it is important that you use a personal email that you will use after high school. Many scholarships use the same recommendation form, so you could use the same form for several scholarships. It is important to remember when asking someone to write a letter of recommendation for you, that you provide them with an envelope and give ample amount of time to complete.


Mr. Munson and Mrs. Stahle are happy to help with any Dollars for Scholars questions.

5th Street Jazz Doing their thing. Click one the video below for a brief preview of the group!

Shout Outs!!

Congratulations to Madison Craig for winning the 2021 Solon Optimists Essay Contest! She has earned a $500 scholarship plus a chance to compete in the regional contest. Ellie Hollubar was the runner-up, and Jada Buffington was second runner-up. Way to go, ladies!


Congratulations to Grace Ivey and Kassandra Rummel on their rating of superior at IHSSA State speech. They did an improv about someone trying out for a game show . We continue to meet and develop our improv skills each week. Thank you for all your support! We are going to share the video of our performances later this year!

National Honor Society Update

NHS: Decisions on acceptance or nonacceptance into the National Honor Society will be mailed to students around spring break.

Silver Cord


Reminder to Seniors that if they want to complete their silver cord requirements, all paperwork needs to be turned in to Mrs. Sutton in the Media Center by May 1st. All students interested in silver cord can check out more information here. Questions? Students can contact Mrs. Sutton by email or schedule an appointment.

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Elf the Musical

Solon Drama presents Elf the Musical!

March 5th, 6th, & 7th, 2021


Public sales go live @ 10:30am THIS SATURDAY, February 20th.


**Due to COVID-19, we will be using safe, socially distanced seating and masks will be required to wear for audience members.


**We will also have a virtual ticket option for streaming the show from home, available next week for families and community members. If you would like to stream the show from home or have family/friends from far away, they can purchase from this option soon!


Please take time to follow Solon Drama on Facebook and help get the word out!!


FOR IN PERSON TICKET ORDERS, complete the following:

Tickets can be found at https://sc4a.ludus.com


Show times are:

Friday March 5th @ 7:00pm

Saturday March 6th @ 7:00pm

Sunday March 7th @ 2:00pm


Please direct any specific questions to the director, Sami McAtee smcatee@solon.k12.ia.us


Thanks so much!

State Wrestling was a success! Way to go Hayden and Gage

2nd Semester Schedule WITH the updated dates!

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2020-2021 Yearbook

Please use the following link to upload any school candid photos:

plicbooks.com/go/aDpiW

*Please note: It allows for a nice variety of picture choices in your yearbook when used. This is a great way to get the most pictures possible for our book this school year and a good way to include our e-learning students too!

We encourage adding a tag to the photo uploads before uploading, so that pictures get categorized correctly in your yearbook. (Examples: Musical, 2nd block Algebra, lunch outside)

Hey Senior families!

We need middle names and a senior picture. Please send those to Michaela Sanderson in the main office. msanderson@solon.k12.ia.us. We need them for the yearbook and the Solon Economist.


SAVE THE DATE!

Wednesday, May 19th @ 6:30 we will be hosting our awards night in the Center for the Arts.

This will be held on-site, but will be live-streamed as well.

Sunday, May 23rd @ 2:00PM we will be hosting graduation on site. Details for this event have yet to be finalized.

Dates to ADD to your calendar

We all know how calendars can get filled, so please add the following dates to your to school calendar!


March 2nd: 8th Grade/Class of 2025 Parent Info night @ 6:30 via ZOOM


March 4th: Regular 3:15 Dismissal and P/T conferences for 2nd and 4th blocks


March 10th: PowerSchool course request portal closes


March 11th and 25th are 1:45 Dismissals


March 12th-21st: Spring Break (NO school)


March 30th-April 2nd: ISASP testing

From the Counseling Office

From Mike Thompson, Solon HS Counselor

Contact Information:

Phone: (319) 624-3401 extension 1117

Email: mithompson@solon.k12.ia.us

Website: https://sites.google.com/solon.k12.ia.us/solon-hs-counseling/home


Class of 2021: Check out the Last Dollar Scholarship

We want to make families aware of a great scholarship opportunity for high school seniors. The Last Dollar Scholarship is a state-funded program that pays tuition and mandatory fees for hundreds of programs offered through Iowa’s community colleges. All students will need to do is complete a FAFSA by July 1, 2021, and enroll as a full-time student in the fall. (2021-2022 School Year Deadline to be determined.) For more information, visit www.iowacollegeaid.gov/LastDollar.

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Updated information on scholarships can be found on the Scholarship Information page on Mr. Thompson's website.


For Juniors and Parents of Juniors:


1)Parents of Hometown Hawkeyes

The University of Iowa is hosting an event called Parents of Hometown Hawkeyes on Tuesday, March 2nd at 7PM via Zoom. This is an event for the parents of admitted high school seniors from Johnson and Linn Counties. UI will have speakers from admissions, financial aid, housing and dining, and orientation to go in-depth into students’ next steps should they choose to become a Hawkeye. You do need to register for this event. Use the link (below) to register. Registration closes March 1!

https://admissions.uiowa.edu/parents-hometown-hawkeyes


2) Class of 2022 - College Admissions Process Zoom Meetings

On Wednesday, March 3, (@ 1:00 p.m.) all juniors will be invited to participate in a Zoom meeting that focuses on the college admissions process. Admission representatives from our three regent universities (ISU, UI and UNI) will share information and also lead a question and answer session.

On March 4th, the Regents will host another Zoom Meeting for parents and juniors starting @ 6:00 p.m. (March 4th Zoom link https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/99831393446)


3) Will Iowa college and universities and require standardized assessments for admission for fall 2022?

One piece of the college admissions process is to submit a standardized test score (usually an ACT Score or an SAT Score). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many schools made the application process “test optional”. What this means is that students can submit a standardized test score but it is not required. For our current senior entering college in fall 2021, the Regent universities and many of the private colleges made the admissions process test optional.


At this time, neither the Regent Universities or the Iowa Private Colleges have officially made a statement about current juniors planning to enter college in fall 2022. I suggest juniors reach out to the schools they are interested in attending to find out about the college’s plans for standardized assessment.


Spring can be a good time for juniors to take a standardized assessment. There is an ACT coming up on April 17 (The first registration deadline is March 12) and then one on June 12, which is shortly after we end quarter 4.


Looking for test prep?

  • ZAPS ACT Prep - Doorway to College Foundation is a local organization that offers ACT Test Prep Seminars. For more information check out this link ZAPS ACT Webinar.


There are also some Test Prep Resources on the Assessment Information Page on the website.


College Credit Registration for KCC (2021 - 2022)

At SHS our students are in the process of selecting courses for 2021- 2022. This process includes both exploring college credit options and selecting college credit courses. Hailey Hebl, Student and Academic Support Specialist @ The Johnson County Regional Center. Here is an email message from Hailey about registering for college credit courses.

Email message from Hailey Hebl


PSAT 10 offered at Solon HS

Solon HS is offering the PSAT 10 to interested sophomores. The date of this testing is Wednesday, March 24. Testing will take place @ Solon HS. Cost for the exam is $17.00. To reserve your test, please contact Mr. Thompson.

Reasons to Take the PSAT 10

If your child is in 10th grade, they can benefit from taking the PSAT 10 in several ways.

  • It identifies their academic strengths and weaknesses early in high school, when there's plenty of time to improve before college.

  • It lets them know which Advanced Placement (AP) courses they're most likely to do well in.

  • It's a great way to practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade, which qualifies them for the National Merit Scholarship Program and a chance to win recognition and money for college.

  • When they take the PSAT 10, your child can opt in to Student Search Service and connect to over $300 million in scholarships. Learn more about scholarships.

  • It's a great way to practice for the SAT, a test that's an important part of college applications.

  • Your child can use their PSAT 10 score to get a free, personalized SAT practice plan through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®.

For more information or to sign-up your sophomore to take this exam, please contact Mr. Thompson.

Activities Schedules

For all things activity related, please use this link to find schedules, locations, dates and times. The live streaming link for all of our events can be found HERE. Any questions can be directed to Casey Hack, district Activities Director. chack@solon.k12.ia.us


Thanks!