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 Class of 2023
 
Dear Class of 2023,
 
As you are aware, the Corona Virus has thrown a wrench in our education system and our day to day activities. As we start our shift to "distance learning" we know that it may take some of us longer than others to get into the full swing of things. We are just starting phase 2 of distance learning. Teachers are now accessible and we encourage you to reach out to them if there is something you are unclear about in that class. Teachers will post their weekly work before 9 am every Monday. 
 
We know that this time can create a lot of anxiety for many and the "unknown" is very unsettling. Everyone is in a different place with their feelings and emotions about the Corona Virus and how we are addressing those feelings. As we pointed out in our newsletter, (hopefully you read it, if not click HERE), we are here to support you in any way we can. We know that working from home is not that easy for everyone. We know that some have to share devices, some families have parents who lost their jobs, some have never been stuck in the house this long with your family members and maybe siblings are driving you crazy, and we know that others are actually loving the freedom to do their work at their leisure and adapting well. Here's the thing, we want to be there for all of you without overwhelming anyone who is struggling with all these changes. We will periodically send out newsletters and maybe send a video or two if and when we feel that there is pertinent information to share.  Therefore, if you have questions for us, please don't hesitate to reach out to us and we can connect with you. We will be checking our emails and will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.  
 
Let's try to all embrace this new way of learning, give it a chance, have patience with it, and do our very best to stay connected in our classes. This is a great opportunity to get ahead. Let's work hard and do our best. This isn't the time to be lazy, but we know that there will be students with situations where you can't do the work as often as you had hoped for, for whatever reason, we will just continue to encourage you to "do what you can." 
 
Please do your very best to take care of yourself and those around you.  Let's all do our best to find ways to be mentally, physically, and emotionally active.  That means reading and learning to keep our minds active, exercising and getting out in the sun for walks to keep our bodies active, and interacting with friends and family (even if it must be remotely) to stay socially active even in these times.  This a strange time, but if we focus on staying active and caring for each other, we'll get through this.  
 
Looking forward to when we can all see each other again.  We miss you guys!
 
- Mr. Gonzales and Mrs. Burns
 
Click HERE to see the weekly updates from out Principal Dr. Jones
 
 
Distance Learning and Checking Grades?
 
This is WEEK 3 of Distance Learning so you should see some entries of grades different than your grade when we left on March 13th. Stay up to date on assignments and do what you can. If you have questions about your grades, contact your teacher right away.
 
It is important for the student and parent to monitor grades in each course. Parents can do so through a program called Parent Portal. You will need a Verification Code to access this information. See attachment below on how to set up your Parent Portal account. NOTE: Students can access their grades by using their student google account.
 
Universities which have TEST-OPTIONAL ADMISSION POLICIES-Check out this link for universities who provide students an alternative to SAT/ACT scores for admissions.
 
ACT Test Preparation Website-Great "How To" Tutorial Videos
 
NCAA Eligibility Center
To become an NCAA Division I or II level student athlete directly after high school, students must meet certification requirements.  Use this link for an excellent resource on NCAA Eligibility.