October 2020 Edition
Spilling the Tea with Mr. D!
I hope all is going well with you and your Eisenhower Student.
Today's topic is grading and remote learning. The grading scale this year will be similar to the traditional scale that many of you were familiar with, before the Covid-19 closure. The scale is the following:
A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and NC.
The "NC" or "No Credit" replaces the Fail (F) grade in this scale. The NC is for any score that is 59% or below. Students that receive an NC will not receive credit for the class, and will have to take the class over again. The major difference between an "NC" and a "Fail" is that the NC does not impact the student's grade point average (GPA). However, the NC grade does place responsibility on students to attend classes on a regular basis. I recommend that all students attend all of their scheduled Google Meets and class office hours to assist them with their studies. Staff members are available by email and will respond to student emails within a 24 hour period.
Eisenhower is committed to keeping families informed about their student's progress. On Friday September 25th, we will be mailing mid-quarter grades home. Families can also download the Skyward Family Access App to monitor their student's grades and attendance. If you need more assistance on how to use the Skyward Family Access App, please contact the main office, at 573-2600.
Thank you, stay safe, and remember "We Are IKE!"
We miss having you here but we have some great opportunities for support that you need to know about! Please take the Survey from Mr. Stotz, so we can tailor our support to better serve your needs. SURVEY We want you to feel supported in this process. This is your future, so start today!
Virtural Collage Help Sessions started on September 23rd and will be available every Wednesday from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm through December. These sessions are for YOU! In order for you to join our Google Meet College Help Sessions, you must use your YSD G suite. Check your YSD 7 Gmail account for the meeting code. If you have any questions please reach out to Mr. Stotz through email. At these sessions staff will provide help with: *College Admission Applications *FAFSA/WASFA *Personal Statements *Scholarship Search/Applications *Essay Review and Editing *Registering for the SAT/ACT *Career Exploration *Applying tot eh Act Six Scholarship *General Questions
Yakima Valley Pathway to the Top - October 5-8, 2020 (Yakima Valley Virtual College Fair) This event will provide students throughout the Yakima Valley the opportunity to explore various colleges and universities, as well as a variety of in-demand careers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Look for the upcoming link in your email soon!
October 5, 2020 1:00-4:00 pm - Washington State Public Colleges and Universities
October 6, 2020 1:00-4:00 pm - Washington State Private Colleges and Universities
October 7, 2020 1:00-4:00 pm - Out of State Colleges and Universities
October 8, 2020 1:00-4:00 pm - Career and Military Opportunities
Yakima Valley College Financial Aid Information Nights. There will be two informational nights from 6-7 pm, on October 13th in English and on October 15th in Spanish. Look for the upcoming link in your email soon!
On October 19th-22 we will be hosting a PNACAC Fall Collage Fair. PNACAC is proud to be partnering with GoToCollegeFairs to host our virtual college fairs this fall. Online booths will be available to students and families at the event. *Attend live presentations to get the most out of your college search *Connect with over 100 Colleges from across the US and Beyond *Check out live workshops about the college search process, financial aid opportunities and more. Look for the upcoming link in your email soon!
Hope you take advantage of these great opportunities of support! –Mrs. Armijo
It’s been 5 quick weeks of school already. I know you’re tuning into advisory, turning it all in on “Turn it in,” and answering the great questions of the universe in “Canvas.” With all the on-line class time, you need to GET UP AND MOVE with even greater intentionality. At school, the bell rings and you automatically get a brain break and a stroll down the hallway. Even small amounts of movement make learning easier for your brain.
• Increases oxygen to your brain
• Changes nervous system structures
• Improves your memory
• Boosts concentration
• Creates a more positive life outlook
• Refocuses your attention (off task? stand up)
Doesn’t that list look appealing? Stand up. Reach for the ceiling. Walk around the room. Go climb your stairs. Hop forward. Hop back. Flip a water bottle. Do a few wall push ups. Jump in place, or try a pose from the diagram below. It doesn’t need to take long. It doesn’t need to be a work out. You can do some of these WHILE YOU’RE TUNED INTO class, or in the few minutes between classes.
Ready for a more substantial brain break? Check out the list below. Can you spell your name?
Let me remind you how missed you are at Eisenhower!
Congratulations on making it through the first four weeks. You should all be in midterms for periods 1, 3, 5, please take these seriously. I urge you all to take advantage of office hours. Your teachers have these times to help you and answer questions. Also, a reminder to check in with your teachers daily. You need to communicate and be on top of absences. During this time, you truly cannot communicate enough! Continue to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or supports that you need, many of you already do this and I love hearing from you. I am more than happy to help by phone or through email. Take care of yourselves and stay safe!
This is Ms. Bourgeois with a friendly Freshmen update, on the Flip-side!
By now, you should have received your Freshman Survival Guide in the mail (see picture, below). This booklet is a fantastic resource for you all! Inside you will find a few items of interest. The first that I'd like to draw your attention to is our DAILY SCHEDULE, located on page 7. The daily schedule is color coded for ease of use. Please follow along with this schedule...we'll be using it until January, except you will exchange 1st, 3rd, and 5th periods with 2nd, 4th, and 6th after October 29th (the end of the quarter). The next thing I want to have you notice is the staff list on page 6 where you will find the names and email addresses to all of your teachers. Please do not hesitate to contact your teacher if you missed a GM or Conference session. You can also contact them if you have questions about an assignment, before office hours. Lastly, check out pages 12 through 23! Inside these pages, you will find career pathways, and helpful study tips to help you stay on-track!
Currently, we have 36.1% of our Freshmen on-track for graduation. This means, 63.9% of you have at least one NC. That's not where we want to be, y'all!!! If you have received your mid-term grades, and have an NC, (see Mr. Diener's article above) you are not part of the 36.1%! Luckily, you have the other half of this term to get back on track! Go to office hours! Email your teachers! Use the resources you have to get where you need to be! You are also welcome to email me (email@example.com) if you need assistance. Those of you who are part of the 36.1%, keep an eye out for a fun bit of mail congratulating you on your efforts thus far. I know school is difficult like this, but I believe in you....all of you! You've got this!
I don't mean to sound like an alarmist, but there are 1,247 days (694 school days) until you graduate from high school! I know this seems far away, but on graduation day, you will wonder how the time passed so quickly!
This month saw one discipline referral; please make sure you are focused, on-on task, and not a distraction to others who are experiencing an already difficult situation in learning this way. Support your teachers by paying attention in class. Support your classmates by participating with on-topic comments, and asking appropriate questions. You are amazing humans, I know you can do it!
Well Freshmen...that's all for now! Catch ya' later, on the Flip-side!
Important Dates to Remember in October:
October 5th - 8th - Yakima Valley Pathway to the Top Virtual College Fair (See Mrs. Armijo's article for more information)October 9th - Educator Professional Development Day, No School for Students
October 13th - Parent & Family Engagement Night
October 13th - Financial Aid Information Night (English)
October 14th - IKE Open House, 6pm
October 15th - Financial Aid Information Night (Spanish)
October 19th - 22nd - IKE hosts the PNACAC Virtual College Fair (see Mrs. Armijo's article for more information)
October 29th - End of Academic Quarter