Pleasant Grove High School News

May

Dear PGHS Families,

As the last newsletter of the 2019-2020 school year, our focus is on celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, as well as providing you with important information regarding distance learning, summer school, college, career and counseling updates as well as wellness resources. Distance learning is a huge learning curve for all of us. We appreciate the daily support you provide to your children with their learning as you juggle new and different priorities in your life. Do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers should you have questions about their classes, as well as the administration, clerical staff and counselors for all other needs. Although we are temporarily “distanced”, the PGHS staff is here to support you and your child.


In closing, I want to express from all of us at PGHS, what a pleasure it has been to work with this remarkable group of seniors and their families. We realize that nationwide school closures due to a global pandemic is not what our seniors imagined for their final semester in high school. However, I am confident that this group of resilient young people will draw upon their education, personal experiences and lessons they have learned during this crisis to make the world a better place. The Class of 2020 has created a unique footprint on our campus for which we will be forever grateful. In the words of Bill and Melinda Gates, "Class of 2020, these are not easy times, but we will get through them. And with your leadership, the world will be stronger than before."


Thank you for your ongoing support of PGHS!


In partnership,


Taigan Keplinger


Principal

Be Safe Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Your Best

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2020 PGHS Virtual Graduation Ceremony on DVD or Blue-ray Orders

Pre-order your copy of the 2020 PGHS Virtual Graduation Ceremony on DVD or Blue-ray today.

If you are interested, please visit the link below:

www.egusdgrads.com

Orders can only be taken online. The Senior DVD and Blue-ray is not included in the Senior Payment Plan. DVDs and Blue-rays will be mailed to the address supplied at the time of the order.

Thank you,
EGUSD Graduations Video Team

2020 Golden State Seal Recipients

295 seniors qualified to Receive the Golden State Seal on their Diploma in Recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievements.


This recognition is issued each year by the California Department of Education to recognize public school graduates who have demonstrated mastery of the high school curriculum in at least six subject areas, four of which are English language arts, mathematics, science, and U.S. history, with the remaining two subject areas selected by the student.


Each of these outstanding seniors will have a gold-embossed insignia affixed to their diploma.

Click below to view the list of recipients.

2020 Athletic Scholarships

PGHS is proud to celebrate 17 seniors who were awarded athletic scholarships this school year! Your years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have paid off. Your PGHS fans look forward to cheering for you at the next level-CONGRATULATIONS!
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Update on returning school-issued materials and picking up yearbooks, PE clothes, art supplies, etc.

We are making plans for students to return textbooks, library books, uniforms, althletic equipment, and band instruments as well as picking up yearbooks, PE clothes, art supplies and other items. We will email the info to you as soon as we have a plan in place.
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Course Request Changes

Course request changes will be handled online for the 2020-2021 school year. If your child would like to request a new class for the fall semester, they need to complete the attached form by May 15: Course Change Request Form


The form is also located on the pghs.net website:

Class of 2020 Elk Grove Community Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Nicholas Albiani - Florin Road Bingo, $2,500

Cameron Black - Lillian & Warren Woodward Memorial, $1,000

Francis Bodine - Friends of Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge, 1,000

Caleigh Cookson - Bounty on the Boulevard, 1,000

Maxwell Gallegos - Elizabeth Pinkerton Family and History Happened Here, 1,000

Nicholas Grovhoug - O'Brien, Rath, Weaver Family, 2,500

Emma Harris - Souza Dairy, 1,000

Emma Heathcote - Walt Davis Memorial - Rotary, $2,625

Lauren Henkins - Melvin & Lena Oneto, $1,500

Blake Koerber - The Lucia Family Leadership, $4,025

Kieu Nguyen - Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise, $1,500

Minh Nguyen - George & Virginia Signorotti & Pepsi Cola, $1,000

Taylor O'Brien - Friends of the Foundation, $1,750

Elias Sabah - Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta Foundation, Inc., $2,000

Adeem Shafi - EGUSD 50th Anniversary, $1,250

Trinity Stuckey - Platt Family, $1,000

Hong Le Xuan Vo - Elizabeth Pinkerton Family and History Happened Here, $1,000

Noah Wagner - Faye Bundesen, $1,000

Joy Wong - Interwest Consulting Group, $2,000

Ivan Yan - Interwest Consulting Group, $2,000

Melody Yu - Elk Grove Lions Club/Paul Betschart, Gary Dapelo, Henry Kloss, Ted Schmidt Memorial, $1,500

Summer School 2020

Summer School will be offered at PGHS beginning on June 8-July 17, 2020 through the distance learning format. As in years past, students who require summer school courses for credit recovery will have first priority followed by students who need the courses to make room in their schedule due to specialized programs. An email will be sent to all parents and students within the next couple of days containing the summer school application. Additionally, the application will be posted on pghs.net.

Student Support Helpdesk


Technology Services has added a new Student Support Helpdesk to assist our students with technical issues they may experience while participating in distance learning. Students and their families can reach the Student Support Helpdesk by emailing stusupport@egusd.net or by phone at (916) 686-0245. Our student support technicians are available Mon. - Fri. between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM.


Our student support technicians are available to answer questions regarding:

  • EGUSD owned technology equipment hardware and software malfunctions
  • Connectivity issues with EGUSD Chromebooks and Hotspots
  • Lost EGUSD Chromebooks and Hotspots


When contacting our Student Support Helpdesk our technicians will need the following information:

  • Student First and Last Name
  • Student Identification Number
  • A callback phone number
  • A detailed description of the issue
  • If using an EGUSD Chromebook or Hotspot, the Technology Services sticker number

The ultimate parents’ guide to education and activity resources

We already know the bad news: Bored kids, harried parents, days when time slows to a standstill. Here’s the good news: Museums, libraries, arts organizations, private companies, celebrities and many others are stepping up and creating online content for kids or offering free access to existing resources.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/04/28/parents-guide-education-resources-coronavirus/?arc404=true
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Campus Culture & Climate

PG Digital Postcards!

The Campus Culture & Climate team is excited to announce digital PG Postcards we will be sending to your students! This is a way for teachers and staff to continue building relationships with students (even from afar!) and acknowledge students who truly show what it means to be a part of our PGHS community. Have your students keep an eye on their StudentVue inboxes this week!

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The 4 B's for Distance Learning:

As we shift into learning from home, it is important that students remember the 4 B's! Check-out the 4 B's for Distance learning below!

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Sample schedules for Distance Learning:

We know Distance Learning has come with a new set of challenges and acknowledge just how hard our families are working to help their students succeed! One strategy for promoting physical and mental well-being at home during distance learning is to set a routine each day.


Click HERE for a few sample schedules that may help structure your student's distance learning!

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PGHS Health & Wellness webpage


This may be a particularly stressful time for teens beyond the normal worries that may be associated with a time of crisis. Teens have a high need for peer social interaction which is not being met and a whole new school system in place. Here are some helpful tips:


STEP 1: Talk about what’s going on--stick to facts and focus on what you can control. It is okay for teens to mourn the loss of activities, such as graduation.


STEP 2: Keep kids connected to their networks--social media, FaceTime, etc.


STEP 3: Build a routine for your family--get up at the same time, get ready for school, include breaks, exercise, and time for things you enjoy


STEP 4: Keep to your routine--creates a sense of normalcy and helps teens self-regulate, re-evaluate and adjust as needed (source)

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STUDENTS: COUNSELORS WILL BE COMMUNICATING WITH YOU THROUGH SYNERGY EMAIL, SO PLEASE CHECK DAILY!!!


CAREER CENTER CCGI COLLEGE/CAREER UNITS:

All sophomores (April 23) – Please check Synergy email for 10th grade CCGI Post-Secondary Unit. All current 10th grade students will need to complete this unit. Due date is May 15, 2020.


A website has been created to guide graduating seniors on how to transfer content from their google drive and how to retain content from their CCGI account. Please visit the website for instructions on data transfer:

https://sites.google.com/egusd.net/takeoutandtransfer/home


CAREER CENTER EVENTS:

CRC Fall 2020 schedules will be available May 8, 2020; individual registration dates will be assigned May 14, 2020, and registration begins May 18, 2020. CRC will text students to invite them to register for a virtual orientation session. Please begin to explore CRC’s Career and Academic communities. Email general questions to crc-fye@crc.losrios.edu.

Advanced Education: If you are interested in enrolling in Advanced Ed courses at CRC, or any of the Los Rios campuses, applications are due to counselors by May 15th for summer courses and May 26th for fall courses. Please go to pghs.egusd.net and follow Counseling & Career Center tab for directions on how to apply.


UC/CSU UPDATES:

The University of California and CSU are suspending the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 for all students, including the most recently admitted students.

UC is also suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.

Transcripts: UC and CSU request that transcripts be sent to them by July 15, 2020. However, they will continue to accept transcripts through the beginning of the fall term. Please contact our registrar, Chris Wilson (EWilson@egusd.net or 916-686-0230 ext.43036), to order transcripts.


TESTING:

May and June SAT tests have been cancelled due to COVID-19. If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration on September 26 and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Please follow link for additional information.

https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates

The April 4th ACT has been rescheduled to June 13th. There is also a test scheduled on July 18th. Please follow link for additional information. http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html


SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Please go to PGHS.net for a listing of selected scholarships. Go to “Our School,” “Counseling and Career Center,” choose “Scholarships” tab at top, and click on “PGHS SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS” link. This is updated weekly with new scholarships. There are additional scholarship resources listed on the “Scholarships” page as well.


FAFSA and California Dream Act application are still open!

All seniors should file the FAFSA or California Dream Act ASAP. It’s not too late!! Students and parents must both file in order to be eligible for grants, free money, student/parent loans, work study, etc., while students are in college. Students planning to attend any of the Los Rios colleges must file a FAFSA/CA Dream Act, by September 8, in order to be eligible for the Los Rios Promise Program. This program provides two years of free tuition for students enrolled in at least 12 units each semester. See the links below:

www.fafsa.gov

www.caldreamact.org

If you have submitted your financial aid application, your financial aid offers will be posted by the colleges you have been accepted to. The award offers will be viewable in college portall under "financial matters." Students should follow instructions to "accept" or "decline" these offers once they have determined which college they will attend.

Students can also go to https://www.csac.ca.gov/webgrants-4-students to manage and view Cal Grants and other awards. This account does not replace the financial aid process at the student's specific college or the requirement to file the FAFSA; the goal of the CSAC Webgrant website and account is to provide students with the resources, information, and tools needed to assist with the college financial aid process. In this account, students can view updates, make school changes, make address changes, corrections, etc. CSAC Student Support phone number is: 1-888-224-7268


Please check your Synergy email and pghs.news frequently!!!

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Advocacy students should be checking into their Advocacy class each Thursday.


Each week our Link crew leaders and advisors publish an Advocacy newsletter which is sent out to students on Monday and posted on teacher's Advocacy Google classrooms. This newsletter contains fun information and links such as cooking tips, virtual field trips, and how to videos. Check it out


Advocacy News Issue #1

Advocacy News Issue #2

Advocacy Issue #3

Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, June 3rd, 7-9pm

This is an online event.

PGHS Summer School Distance Learning

Monday, June 8th, 8am to Friday, July 17th, 8am

This is an online event.