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Hello Pioneers! We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy! Many of you may be wondering about what the closure of school buildings by government order means to you. This document should provide clarification on many topics that we have been working to solve.
We, the staff (teachers, administration, support staff, technology dept.), are here to assist you!
Tasks will begin to be posted on April 13 and every Monday after that.
Assignments will be put on teacher websites.
If you are not sure of where tasks are located, contact your teacher.
Students need to check in with teachers once weekly.
*A form or some other method of communication will be used. Your teacher(s) should notify you of their method.
Student Work/Participation expectations:
To work daily on classroom assignments/work and keep up with current coursework
Contact each teacher via email or teachers specified way
If you have questions, problem solve, ask classmates, research in Khan Academy, etc.
Complete and submit classwork by the following Monday at 8 a.m.
Semester 2 will be credit/no credit. If you were passing in MP 3 as of March 13, you will receive credit for the semester. If you were NOT passing, you need to communicate with your teacher(s) to see if/how you can get to passing.
Students who were below 40% in marking period 3 will be enrolled in a credit recovery course with Mr. LeGrow.
Students (9-11) have until June 11 to complete.
Seniors have until May 13 to complete.
We will not be taking semester 2 final exams.
Assignments/tasks (other than weekly check-in) will not be required but are highly recommended/encouraged (unless directed otherwise for students who will need to complete work to achieve a 60%). Thus, materials are for your learning and to assist in advancing skills.
Feedback will be given on completed work by your instructors.
Online/Credit Recovery Students
If you had above 60% in the class on March 13th AND had the percentage of class completed to be on track on March 13th, you will be issued a “CR” for the semester.
Students who have NOT met both of those criteria above can continue to work until they have met BOTH criteria.
Students in grades 9-11 must be completed by June 11 to earn credit.
Seniors must be complete by May 13 to earn credit
Exams are not required to be taken.
Students are encouraged to continue working in the classes and feedback will be given on assignments.
Communication with your teachers is still expected.
Early College/Dual Enrolled students
Courses should be continued according to college requirements
Will count as they normally would
Why You Should Keep Advancing Your Learning:
Preparation for AP Exams
Preparation for SAT and PSAT in the fall
There will be a very small number of testing opportunities for juniors on the SAT now due to many canceled testing dates. You will want to be best prepared when you take it as your ability to retake to improve your score will be limited.
Preparation for the next course in sequence during the next school year. (For example, your work in English 10 will help you be ready for English 11, etc.)
Preparation for career/college
Personal responsibility for education
You can earn a passing grade in courses you weren’t passing prior to March 13 by making up missing assignments etc.
Teachers can use your current work and participation to bump up Q3 grade to passing if you were not passing the course prior to March 13
Your work ethic shown now makes it easier for teachers to write good letters of recommendation for college admissions and scholarships
Exhibition of pillars of NHS (Scholarship, Leadership, Character, Service)
April 3rd AP Exam Notice
This email provides key information about the 2020 AP® Exams.
We recently sent you an email about our commitment to provide free, remote learning resources and a new at-home testing option for this year's AP Exams. As promised, additional details are now available, and we'll continue to provide updates in the weeks leading up to the exams.
A great resource for learning about this year's AP Exams is Trevor Packer's presentation.
Most AP teachers and students we surveyed prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.
Exams will be given from May 11–22.
Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.
Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.
Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
We encourage you to remind your students about exam dates for their courses.
Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.
For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.
Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We'll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
To learn more about the rationale behind the exam content, watch Trevor Packer's presentation.
Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April.
Confronting the Digital Divide
We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we're investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact us directly to let us know by April 24.
Exam Scores and College Credit
As usual, students' work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. We anticipate releasing scores as close to the usual July timeframe as possible.
We're confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. We've spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support our solution for this year's AP Exams.
Special Benefit for Teachers
To help support teachers and schools that are struggling to collect and score student work for course grades, we'll provide every AP teacher with their students' responses from the online exams by May 26. Administrators and teachers can individually determine whether they'd like to use these results locally as part of a course grade or as a final exam.
Like many college-level exams, this year's AP Exams will be open book/open note. The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online. However, students taking the exams may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period. We'll take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as we do every year.
We're confident that the vast majority of AP students will follow the rules for taking the exams. For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, we have a comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating. While some of these practices are confidential to maximize their effectiveness, students and education professionals can learn more about our security measures.
At a minimum, test takers should understand that those attempting to gain an unfair advantage will either be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled, and their high school will be notified as will colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT® scores). And they may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement® Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, or CLEP® assessments.
Remote Instruction and Practice
On March 25, we began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available. On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.
In addition to sharing information about these classes with students, teachers who are providing remote instruction can use AP Classroom for most subjects. We've now unlocked secure free-response questions in AP Classroom so teachers can digitally assign relevant practice questions students can take at home. Additional tips for helping your students practice are available.
Professional Development Opportunities
We'll be providing webinars, videos, and other resources to help AP teachers and coordinators leading up to exam day.
Coordinators can register for live training on April 10 to learn more about exams.
We've added frequently asked questions to the site so you can find answers to important topics, including information for students with accommodations, details about exam fees and cancellations, credit and placement, calculator policies, and more. We'll continue to make updates on the site and share them with you through email, online educator communities, and social media.
Your support is critical to ensuring students have the opportunity to earn college credit and placement. Thank you for all you’re doing during this unprecedented time.
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