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Principal Update 5/16/20

Good morning, Morse families. Sending another email with additional updates. I have quite a few updates listed in this email. So please review all of the headings and just read the ones that are of interest to you. 

Registration/Enrollment Process

Morse High School is currently enrolling and registering returning students, new students, and transferring students. Due to Morse’s closure, all enrollment forms must be provided/received via email because we are not allowed to accept paper enrollment forms at this time. Please go online and begin to fill out the necessary paperwork to officially enroll your current 9th, 10th, or 11th grader for the 2020-21 school year. Here is the link to the Morse Website. https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/morse/enrollmentregistration

All returning students only need to fill out and submit the following documents: 

  • 2020-2021 K-12 Enrollment Form        English         Spanish
  • Health Information Consent Form        English         Spanish
  • Universal Form                                     English         Spanish

All enrollment forms and other documentation will need to be completed and submitted electronically to one of the staff members listed below: 

Nilda Natanuan nnatanauan@sandi.net             English, Filipino

Karen Ayala-Garcia kayala-grcia@sandi.net      English, Spanish

Diana Delacruz ddelacruz@sandi.net                English, Spanish  

Students' 2020-20201 Schedule/Course Requests

Morse plans to start the 2020-2021 school year with the least amount of schedule changes possible. Even though we do not know exactly what the upcoming school year will bring, we need to make sure that our students are enrolled in the courses that they really want to take in the fall. In an attempt to do this, we are asking ALL students to review their course requests PRIOR to the beginning of the school year. Please understand that not all requests will be accommodated; it will be based on availability and administration approval.  

This form DOES NOT have to be completed by all students. ONLY students who review their schedule and see an error need to fill out this form. The deadline for making a course request change will be June 30, 2020. We are asking students to use this form ONCE. So please list all of your requested changes on this ONE form. Please do NOT submit multiple forms. 

We are asking all students log on to PowerSchool and FIRST check their courses scheduled for the 2020-21 school year. Here is a job aid to help students view their COURSE REQUESTS. At this late date, students will NOT be able to make changes to their COURSE REQUESTS via PowerSchool. They will have to fill out THIS form in order to make course request changes.

Link to Job Aid to view course requests:https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/morse/Course%20Request%20Management%20STUDENTS.pdf

IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ALPHA COUNSELOR BY LAST NAME:

A – ER 
Ms. Ward: bward@sandi.net

ES - MOO    
Ms. Mullaney: mmullaney@sandi.net
    
MOR - PO
Mrs. Flint: kflint@sandi.net
    
Pr - Z
Mr. Wegener: wwegener@sandi.net

P4 Grades and Participation 

I just want to remind all parents that even though students grades are frozen as of March 13th and go only go up, we still need students to continue connecting with their teachers and doing their academic assignments each week. 

Also, I want to bring some clarity to the "harmless grading" protocol. If you check your child's Progress Report 4 (P4) grade on PowerSchool, you will see a letter grade. The last day of school is June 9th. Your child will either receive the grade listed in P4 as their final grade for Semester 2 (S2) UNLESS your child grade improved over the distance learning period. So if your child received a C for his/her P4 grade, but their grade improved over these past weeks and improved to a B, your child will receive a B for their S2 grade. If your child received a C for his/her P4 grade, but did not do well over these past weeks and received a D for their S2 grade, we will use your child's P4 grade as their S2 grade. Your child will receive a C and NOT a D. I hope this makes sense. Here is the link to the district's Parent FAQ on our grading policy: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10yzl2QsMdW0CWPHmOQ6bw4wuwrFGureD/view

Summer School 2020

Summer school will run from Monday, June 22nd until Friday, July 31st. Summer school will move to an online format due to the social distancing guidelines for the COVID -19 pandemic. 

  1. All students, grades 9-12, with “F” grades should be enrolled into iHigh summer school courses. 

  2. Summer School 2020 will take place virtually using district-issued Chromebooks and Edgenuity online courses. Students will complete all work at home and will not be reporting to a school site. Counselors will automatically enroll any students who have an “F” on their transcript into summer school. A summer school online registration and opt-out form will be sent to all enrolled students on May 21st. Students will begin courses on Monday, June 22nd. Information for device distribution and online courses access will be sent later this month.

If your child previously requested to take a summer school at a school site, they will automatically be enrolled into an online course. If your child DID NOT request summer school and would now like the chance to remediate a “D” grade, please have them contact their counselor by May 20th. 

If you have questions regarding summer school course offerings, please contact your child’s counselor.” 

A – ER 
Ms. Ward: bward@sandi.net

ES - MOO    
Ms. Mullaney: mmullaney@sandi.net
    
MOR - PO
Mrs. Flint: kflint@sandi.net
    
Pr - Z
Mr. Wegener: wwegener@sandi.net

P-EPT Card

Someone shared this with me and I am forwarding it to you all. Over 77% of Morse families quality for free/reduced lunch. If you already receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits, you do not need to apply for this. You will get your P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. But if you do NOT get CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Foster Care benefits, and your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch, you must apply online before June 30, 2020.

Here is the link to apply. However, you cannot apply until May 22, 2020: https://ca.p-ebt.org 

What are ‘P-EBT’ or Pandemic EBT benefits?

Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed.

Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?

Children are eligible for P-EBT benefits if: 

  • Their school is closed due to coronavirus (COVID 19); and
  • They are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals

School Site Council (SSC) Meeting 

The School Site Council (SSC) is a decision-making group that provides oversight on matters dealing with federally- and state-funded programs: Title I and Title I Parent Involvement programs. 

On Tuesday, May 19th at 2:30 p.m., Morse's SSC will meet again via Zoom. Here is the link to the Zoom meeting.  https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/98625962618. The agenda for the meeting will be posted on Morse's website by noon today. 

Email me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you. 

Dr. Cynthia Larkin

 

Principal, Morse High School