Parent Message 5-11-20
Dear Falcon Families,
I continue to be impressed and encouraged with the resilience our community has shown during this crisis. We have now been physically out of school for 2 months, which to be honest, has felt like much longer. The SRHS staff misses seeing our students on a daily basis. I can’t express enough how much I appreciate the support from our students and families during the Distance Learning phase of our school year. Once again, we had over 99% of our students participate in Distance Learning in some form. I am very proud to be a Falcon and am hopeful we can continue to garner this same participation going forward. Here are the latest updates as of 5-11-20
As of today, there are no updates on how or when the graduation ceremony will take place. The decision for guidelines is being made by the district so we are awaiting this decision. Once I receive this information, I will be sure to share with the community.
Class of 2020 Shout Outs (Senior Standouts)
With seniors missing out on some senior activities that come with the milestone of graduating high school, we want to do whatever we can to make them feel special as we wait to see what can take place. To honor your senior on our SRHS Instagram page, click this () to fill out the Google Form. Students themselves can fill out the form as well. We’re asking for a senior quote, a favorite memory, future plans, and most importantly, a picture. We’re hoping to get a lot of participation so if you don’t want to share a quote, a memory or future plans, just put “NA” in the form and fill out what you would like. We will then post on the SRHS Instagram page to honor your senior.
Lawn Signs for the Class of 2020
I’m excited to announce that SDUSD has decided to purchase celebratory lawn signs for the entire class of 2020. We are working on getting rosters to our central office this week. I understand some families have already purchased celebratory signs through an athletics fundraiser. Thank you for your support of SRHS athletics. Just an FYI - the ones purchased by the district will look somewhat different than the ones distributed from the athletic fundraiser. Refunds will not be given to families who have already purchased a sign from the athletic fundraiser and do not wish to be given another sign. We are awaiting official guidelines for distribution, but it’s looking like signs will be delivered to SRHS for drive-thru pickup similar to the tech distribution.
Commencement Speech by Barack Obama
Barack Obama will give a commencement speech to the nation’s Class of 2020 on May 16th and June 6th. Click this () to read about it.
For the first time ever, our yearbook will be made available digitally for all students free of charge. Free access will last from June 2nd (the originally planned distribution date) through June 29th when the hard copies of the books are expected to arrive. Digital access will remain open for students who purchased the yearbook. Keep an eye out for future updates on yearbook distribution. Hard copies of the yearbook are still on sale at the SRHS webstore.
AP testing begins this week. Two days before the exam students should receive their AP Exam e-ticket email. Please click this () for the AP Schedule. Click this () for the AP Exam Day Student Checklist students should have with them on test day. If a student is taking AP Spanish, the app they will be using on the test comes out today. Students should check the email they have listed on their College Board account. Our district AP Coordinator, Rachel Amato, will email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download.
Seniors Planning to Attend San Diego Community College
This message is from Miramar but is applicable to Mesa and City College as well:
Click this () to register for the Zoom session for new student information, including information about how you can attend college for free with our San Diego Promise program. The session will be led by a Miramar counselor that can answer your questions and guide you to helpful resources.
Date & Time: May 12, 2020 at 6pm
Access to Zoom link: After registering, you will receive an Eventbrite confirmation email titled "Order Confirmation". Open email, under "Links for this event are available online" please click on 'View Now" to access the Zoom link.
Late Policy: We will not let anyone enter once the session has begun. Please log in on time.
SRHS Foundation offers numerous College Resources for students and their families
The College Network links SRHS alumni with current students to share their college experience. If your student wants to talk to a current student at a college they are considering, or if you are an alumni that would like to help, please check out the College Network: https://srhsfoundation.org/college-network
The College Corner VLOG is a virtual College Fair! Check out the over 30 colleges that have provided 2-minute videos from our local Southern California Representatives. They are located in the video and playlist sections. The Virtual College Fair is updated almost everyday so please check back to see the latest videos!
Please check out the College Corner for updates regarding Virtual Open Houses, Financial Aid Information and Resources to help Navigate the College Search through COVID-19.The College Corner and College Corner VLOG are available at: https://srhsfoundation.org/college-corner
Additional Resources for Students and Families
Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools is actively responding to help school communities address the immediate implications of COVID-19 as well as creating a plan to support the ongoing physical and mental health needs of teachers, staff, and students.
In the short-term, we hope you will take advantage of the following resources at the KP Thriving Schools Website: https://thrivingschools.kaiserpermanente.org/
Within the website are:
A list of ideas and info related to COVID 19
Resilience in School Environments (RISE)
Live Webinar Series and Educational Theater
Virtual Calming Room
We are operating in uncharted territory right now that nobody could have possibly imagined or prepared for. Your SRHS Counselors want you to know that your feelings are valid, no matter what they are. You might feel scared, confused, overwhelmed, angry, alone, grateful, or completely calm. You might feel many things at once, like being upset that an event was cancelled, but happy that you can wear pajamas all day. Your feelings are normal; the situation is not. Don't forget to breathe. This Virtual Calming Room is a place for students, staff and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. We are here to support you! Click this () to access the virtual calming room.
1. Click this () to fill out the Google Form for your senior standout (students can fill out themselves as well).
That is all I have for today. Please continue to do your best to stay positive, safe and healthy. Have a great week!
Matt Lawson, Ed.D
Scripps Ranch High School