Cardinal Connection

December 2020


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Dear SPHS Family and Friends,


As we start the month of December, I want to begin the message by thanking you for your support and dedication to Sun Prairie High School. Our students have had an excellent start to the year despite the situation we find ourselves in, and that is in large part, due to the support you show them and our staff.


The second quarter is in full swing and we are only six weeks away from the end of the first semester. I am not sure where the time has gone, but the semester ends on January 21. As a reminder, we do not have final exams this year so students will meet in their regular zoom classrooms until January 21. With the holidays mixed in there, we will be at those dates in no time. As we get closer to the end of the semester, please use Infinite Campus to view your child’s grades and course work. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teachers. If you need any assistance logging into Infinite Campus, please call or email Andrea Omeja at 834-6717 or abomeja@sunprairieschools.org.


With the winter months and the long stretch that comes after the holidays, I want to remind our students and families about the importance of attendance. Even during distance learning, we have been working very hard this year to ensure our students are engaged and participating while not missing valuable learning experiences. Students are expected to participate in zoom classes each period and to notify the classroom teacher if they are unable. We would like to partner with our families to help us reinforce this positive behavior with all students.


Below are important upcoming dates and reminders for our families:

  • December 8 Family/Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 by invite only

  • December 23 Last Day before Winter Break

  • January 4 First Day back after Winter Break

  • January 12 Course Scheduling Expo (Virtual)

  • January 18 No School/ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • January 21 Last Day of Semester

  • January 22 No School

  • January 25 First day of Second Semester (A Day clases)

  • February 1 Students start scheduling for 2021-2022 classes

  • February 5 Scheduling for classes finalized and submitted by students


As always, thank you for your support and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


All my best,

Keith Nerby


Principal

Help with Chromebook Issues or Request for Devices


Please use the links below if you are in need of chromebook repair or a hot spot.


Student Technology Issues/Requests (Incident IQ)

Incident IQ: Technology Support Request Tutorial

Directions for Powerwashing Chromebooks

SPASD Technology Tutorials Website

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Greetings from the attendance desk!




ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING


TO REPORT AN ABSENCE : Call 608-834-6993 or email khreind@sunprairieschools.org


MEDICAL EXCUSES (doctor notes, dentist, ortho notes, etc., OR any excuse stating that your student needs to be away from school for one or two days) can be faxed to 608-834-4143 (Attn: Kelly Reindl) or emailed to khreind@sunprairieschools.org


IF YOUR STUDENT needs to be out for an extended period of time, please leave a detailed message and we will call you back to discuss how best we can serve them AND to let you know what information we will need from you.


MARKED IN ERROR? If you feel your student was marked absent and shouldn’t be, please have them email their teacher so they can discuss it.


FUTURE ABSENCES/APPOINTMENTS: Known absences and/or appointments should be reported ahead of time. When leaving for an extended period of time, please email all of your teachers and include me at khreind@sunprairieschools.org so we are aware of the absence and can mark Infinite Campus accordingly.

**watch for future updates in our newsletters, especially as students start returning to the building**


THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO REVIEW OUR UPDATED COVID ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES.


~Kelly Reindl, Attendance Secretary

Attention Junior Families

We wanted to provide you with an update on the Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The PSAT is an optional practice exam that we typically host each year for juniors. The PSAT also serves as an entry point for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). Due to COVID, we have cancelled this year’s administration of the PSAT as we are not able to host the exam in a manner that is both consistent with COVID mitigation regulations while also being in line with exam protocols.


Every year, approximately the top 1% of national PSAT scorers are invited to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. For current juniors who are interested in entering this competition, there is an alternative method of entry. The official rules for NMSC alternate entry can be found on National Merit’s website. Please review the requirements and deadlines thoroughly.


For students interested in standardized test practice, we highly encourage them to check out Method Test Prep, our free ACT prep program found in their Xello accounts.


Contact your counselor with any questions about NMSC alternate entry or ACT’s Method Test Prep.

This Year’s Unique Yearbook

Hello Sun Prairie High School Students and Families,


Your diligent Yearbook staff has been working tirelessly to create an unforgettable yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year. We want to make sure this year, maybe even more so than other year, is documented. We know that this is the year you will want to look back on, your kids will wonder about, and your grandkids will write a history report on.

We currently have a group of 35 students in the yearbook club, diligently working on this to create a unique book that reflects these unique times. This book, of all books, will be definitely unique. We redesigned it into a monthly organization, so we truly can document the year as it unfolds for our students. We have been polling students in many different surveys and collecting their stories of what school has been like, what they're doing with their time, how they're staying connected to each other, etc. We’ve also put off our normal publication date of March to June, which does mean that you won't get the book until the first week in August, but it will have more of the year in it than ever. We also hope to have a distribution event, where, if circumstances allow, we can be in-person and partake in traditional yearbook signing.

Below you will find answers to some of our commonly asked questions.

Sophomore and Junior Portraits:

We hope to have an in-person student portrait day at the end of January. More information will come, but know that we are thinking about portraits and will have a way to get student portraits in the yearbook. If you are unable to attend the in-person portrait day, we will work with you to develop an alternative plan for submitting your student portrait.

Submitting Senior Portraits:

Please use the following link to upload your student's senior portrait to the yearbook staff:

https://images.jostens.com/415464120

Please make sure your photo file is titled as follows:

Student's Last Name, Student's First Name

Example: Butler, Betsy

We were able to provide an extension for this. All senior portraits are now due by January 1, 2021.

Senior Ads:

Submitting your Grad Ad is due by December 2, 2020. This is a hard deadline through the company.

Please use the following link for submitting and purchasing your student's yearbook grad ad:

https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/ybAdDesigner/1116204/-/2020072904291575795/CATALOG_SHOP/

Purchasing a Yearbook:

Yearbooks can be purchased online at www.jostensyearbooks.com

Type in "Sun Prairie High School" and you will access the ordering information. The price is $68.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Betsy Butler at babutle@sunprairieschools.org (608) 834-6855; or Amanda Davis at andavis@sunprairieschools.org (608) 834-6743.

Thank you!

New Electronic Safety Tip Line

The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority for the district. We have been teaching our students to say something to a trusted adult when they see something unsafe. Sometimes, though, there are barriers to reporting safety issues in person. Tip lines are one common approach that schools use to promote school and student safety and well-being. Tip lines are designed to provide students or other members of the school community with a safe and confidential way to report a threat to safety or security.

To that end, we have created an Electronic Safety Tip Line available on the district website. The e-Tip Line allows students, parents, or community members to report weapons, threats of violence, bullying, sexual harassment, potential threat of suicide, drugs, and any other activity that could potentially endanger students, staff, and property. The tip line should not be used to report an immediate danger to someone’s life. Always use 911 to report those emergencies.

We are developing a communication plan to roll this out to students in upper elementary, middle school, and high school. The e-Tip Line is available on the district website from the “Families” menu and “Quicklinks” and can also be found on the district bullying and safety webpages.

The Electronic Safety Tip Line is just one way that students can report concerns about safety. For example, if a student wishes to file a bullying report, the Fillable Bullying Report Form is also available on the website under bullying and reporting.


Cyberbullying

Anytime children enter digital spaces (online, texts, apps,etc.) they are susceptible to cyberbullying.

What you need to know:

  • Cyberbullying is real. People can be mean. Technology makes being mean easier.

  • Awareness and Communication are key. Talk to you child openly and often about their online behavior.

  • Spot Check. They may not like it, but tell your child to expect spot checks. This will help you better guide them in navigating their online activity.

  • Develop a Plan. Talk through scenarios of how to deal with cyberbullying before it ever happens so your child has a plan to fall back on if it does.

  • Set Limits. Bullying can happen at any time of the day, but it can have a greater impact on kids when there is no relief.

  • Check Yourself. Much of what our children know about digital behavior stems from what they see at home. Model healthy online habits, children are always watching!

Remember that while cyberbullying can be scary, a lot of healthy and positive relationships can come from connecting digitally. A strong focus on kindness and empathy are always important in supporting healthy relationships in the digital world and the real world.

For more information and tips, please check out our cyberbullying resources in the Plugged in Parenting section of our District Website.


Resources from Common Sense Media:


More Cyberbullying Articles, Videos and Resources

Senior Picture Deadline

Deadline extended to January 1, 2021