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April 27, 2020

East Wake High Weekly Announcements - Week of April 27, 2020

 

Students Must Continue to Learn & Engage!

Governor Cooper announced on Friday that all public-school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year. In keeping with this order, all WCPSS school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of this school year for in-person instruction. Students and staff will continue with remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

 

With this announcement, it is going to be important that students continue to work and learn course content.  Many students will have to take courses next year that will depend on the content from the student’s current courses. Students should continue learning to reduce the challenges that they will experience next year.  Seniors are also encouraged to continue to engage in Remote Learning activities with their teachers until the end of the school year. 

 

Capturing Kids’ Heart National Showcase School

East Wake High School was named a Capturing Kids’ Heart National Showcase School by the Flippen Group.  This is a huge honor for the school as we were amazed at being nominated, but to win the honor is surreal.  To be nominated, 75% of your campus has participated in Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes and the campus is seeing measurable increases in attendance, advancement rate, climate/culture, and academic performance, as well as decreases in discipline referrals.  We would not have been able to win such a prestigious honor without the outstanding students, staff, and community. 

 

Application Now Available – East Wake Academy of Life Sciences

The application process is now open for the East Wake Academy of Life Sciences.  The East Wake Academy of Life Sciences is for any rising 9th-grade student that is interested in Pre-Med or Pre-Vet as a career option.  If you know of any rising 9th-grade students attending East Wake next year, please share this information.  To be accepted into this career academy, students must complete the application here.

 

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT):

North Carolina approved the distribution of additional resources to families receiving free or reduced-price lunch. The additional benefits will be through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT) to help families buy food during the COVID-19 school closure. Learn more about the P-EBT program on the NC DHHS website. If families contact you with questions about this, please direct them to NC DHHS and notify your school social worker.

 

Free/Reduced-Price Lunch

We realize that many families’ economic and employment situations have changed during this pandemic. Families can apply at any time for free or reduced-price lunch, which may also qualify them for other state and federal benefits. www.wcpss.net/meals

 

Important Information for AP Students

AP students are asked to review their College Board user profiles. AP students are receiving critical information, make sure you log into My AP to remind yourself of the email address and cell phone number they've asked the College Board to use. AP students can change how College Board contact them. Two days before each exam, AP students will receive an email with a personalized e-ticket that will include their eight-character AP ID code. If an AP student still doesn’t receive the email, they'll be able to access their e-ticket directly through My AP.

 

Colleges have already committed to awarding credit and placement for this year’s AP Exams. Admissions officers from across the country offer words of encouragement to AP students in this video.

 

AP students are encouraged to attend online AP classes and review sessions for prep week. During the final days before exams, online AP classes will focus on understanding the exam day experience and reviewing sample exam questions.

 

On April 28, College Board will be emailing all AP educators exam guide PowerPoint slides that will enable teachers to walk AP students through this essential preparation for testing.

 

AP students are asked to practice submissions through the exam demo. AP students and their teachers will have access to a demo of this year’s exam experience. It will give AP students a click-through practice of the different ways to submit their responses to this year’s AP Exams. The demo will be generic across subjects, and not a practice exam. A video walk-through of the world language experience will also be available. 

 

AP world language students need to download the exam app. World language students will need to download an app to test; we’ll provide them with directions and additional information by email when the app is available. The week before their exams, students can use the app to become familiar with its features, test their technology's compatibility, and check the quality of sound in their intended exam location.  

 

As always, you can find up-to-date information on our website.

 

AP Exam Dates & Exam Information

AP exam dates can be found here.  Students need to register to take to exams as soon as possible.  For more information about registering, students should contact their AP teachers.

 

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.

 

Need a Transcript?

If the school is on CFNC (in-state NC school), students can send a transcript directly to the school through his CFNC account. The site is www.cfnc.org. If the school is not on CFNC, and since schools/offices are closed, the district is processing all transcript requests through this website:

 

https://wcpss.scriborder.com/

 

If a student should need a paper copy of their transcript, the following three options will be available:

  1. They can receive an unofficial transcript mailed directly to them.
  2. We can mail an official transcript to the scholarship committee or coordinator.
  3. Schedule an appointment with the school.  Appointments can only be made on Wednesdays.  During this appointment, you will not have a meeting or conference with a staff member.  The appointment will only be to pick-up the transcript.

 

East Wake High Senior Celebration Campaign

East Wake is committed to celebrating our seniors.  The school will be providing each graduating senior a yard sign to celebrate them.  Also, next week a link will be sent out to gather information from seniors to provide a personalized tweet about each graduate that will be released over the course of the next few weeks. 

 

Additional celebratory actions are being explored to ensure that the Class of 2020 will be honored and remembered!

 

Graduation Update

WCPSS has not canceled graduations at this time.  Seniors can pick up graduation products including caps & gowns on Tuesday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  This is a curbside, drive-thru style delivery event. Please follow the normal traffic pattern around the front of the school to the carpool drop off area by the cafeteria and REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE for HERFF JONES to deliver your items. 

 

VERY IMPORTANT PAYMENT INFO:

In order to receive your supplies in the safest most efficient way possible at this event, it is best for your balance due to be PAID IN FULL PRIOR TO COMING to get your items. 

 

Payments or new orders for HERFF JONES can be made online at:

www.highschool.herffjones.com

 

You may also pay your balance due with a money order for the correct amount at the curbside. No personal checks will be accepted. 

 

Safety is our first priority so its important to stay in your vehicle.  No one is allowed in the building. Herff Jones representatives will have protective gloves and masks for everyone’s safety and precaution.

 

Senior Fees & Fines

Senior dues are used to purchase a variety of things during the senior year.  Part of the senior dues covers the cost of the diploma cover that diplomas are placed within.  We will be distributing several items to seniors to honor them in a variety of ways which will replace some of the activities that would take place if the school was open.  All students that have earned an honor cord will receive these items as well from the school which is paid for with senior fees.

 

Any senior that owes the school for fees or fines (lost books, etc.) will be required to pay these before graduation and/or receiving their diploma.  The school will be contacting students that owe these fees & fines in the coming weeks.

 

2020-2021 CTE Internship

Rising Seniors who are interested in a Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 CTE Internship, please email Mrs. Coble at kcoble@wcpss.net for more information, including how to begin the application process.  By the start of the internship, students must be caught up and excelling in all core classes, provide their own transportation, and successfully complete a pathway in Career and Technical Education.  Virtual meetings will be taking place this spring and early summer for candidates.

 

Resume & Interview Support

Juniors and Seniors seeking to sharpen their resumes or better their interviewing skills, please email Mrs. Coble at kcoble@wcpss.net to join a Google Meet taking place next week!

 

Major Clarity Account Support

During our time of at-home/virtual learning, any student needing assistance accessing his/her Major Clarity account to explore career interests, college planning, virtual job shadows, or to see his/her learning styles inventory or career interest inventory, please contact Mrs. Coble at kcoble@wcpss.net. Every student at East Wake has their own personal account!

 

Student Emails

Parents, please remind students to check their emails multiple times throughout the day. Many class announcements, assignment reminders, and other information are sent to their student email account. 

 

Phone Apps

There are applications that can assist you and your son during this time with assignments and due dates. Families are encouraged to download the Canvas App and the Google Classroom App. Your child can provide you with their respective codes and account login information. This will give you an opportunity to see the information and due dates being communicated to your son. 

 

The following links will take you to a google search so you can click on the respective app for your specific phone (apple or android):

Canvas Phone App

Google Classroom App

 

Student Help Desk for Technology

Should students need help with technology, they can contact the Remote Learning Help Desk through the online system at StudentTechHelp.wcpss.net or call the Remote Learning Help Desk at 919-694-8100.  The Student Help Desk for Technology is open weekdays from 7:00 am -5:00 pm.

Spanish speaking staff is available.

 

Google Meet – How-to Guide

Some students have requested support on how to operate Google Meet.  A how-to guide was created to assist students with maximizing the use of this instruction tool.  To view the guide, click here.

 

Calling All Chess Players (Students & Parents)

The school has set up two clubs on chess.com.  One for the EWHS community ( https://www.chess.com/club/ewhs-community-club ), which includes parents, siblings, and any other supporter of EWHS.  The second club is for staff and students ( https://www.chess.com/club/east-wake-high-school-chess-club ). 

Team training, matches, and tournaments will be set-up and provided once people enroll.

 

Teacher Schedules – Live Class & Office Hours

You can find when teachers will have “Live Class” and office hours here: Alphabetical List or Departmental List.  If you have concerns, please address the concern with the teacher first, then involve the administrator that supports the department. 

 

Students Needing Laptops & Hotspots

Families that requested a laptop and hotspot have been contacted based on the survey completed.  All students are not promised a laptop or hotspot as supplies are limited.

 

East Wake High Virtual Schedule

Instruction provided will be “flipped” (recorded instruction) which will allow students to watch the video(s) at their convenience but should be done prior to “Live Class” denoted on the schedule below which will last for one hour during the range of time highlighted.  Teachers will also have one hour of office hours daily.  For the specific time, a teacher will have “Live Class” and office hours will be shared on our school website next week.  The link to the “Live Class” and office hours can be found in the teacher's Canvas or Google Classroom.

 

We highly encourage all students to participate in “Live Class” and office hours when a teacher is hosting them. The teacher will announce when they will offer a live session. Live sessions are optional, and students will not receive a grade for attending them. This time is meant for students to see the teacher model a concept or have a discussion around a specific topic.  Office hours are meant to provide additional support just link tutoring.

 

 To view the virtual schedule, click here.

 

Although there is no “class” on Friday, students should still use this time to complete assignments for the week.  The teacher will schedule small group instruction on Friday based on the needs of the students at a designated time on Friday.

 

Student Expectations during Remote Learning

Students are expected to continue to adhere to all WCPSS rules as outlined by the WCPSS Student Code of Conduct. This is even more important as we engage virtually. Students should be mindful they are logged into their account and WCPSS can view any and everything they are doing on their laptop when they are engaging in classwork. Teachers and Administration will reach out to parents if students are not adhering to the policy. We also ask that all students are appropriately dressed when they are engaging live in their classes.