12-13-20 Message from Principal Hamler
Good afternoon Wake Forest Families!
Wednesday, December 16th is an Asynchronous Day. The semester is quickly coming to an end. Parents, please check with your student and remind them to get their assignments completed. Teachers are available for office hours and assistance. A reminder to students that they must pass at least three courses to be eligible for their driver’s license, to keep their driver’s license, or to participate in athletics second semester.
The 9th Grade Counselors are meeting with all Freshmen students, via Google Meet. Students will complete a Freshmen Interview survey and discuss post-secondary planning, career interests, promotion requirements, grades, involvement in our school through clubs, sports, extracurricular activities, mindfulness, study skills and School Counselor support. If your student has not signed up for an interview yet, please encourage them to sign up on the Freshmen Interview Google Classroom: ws5cezj
Students will be taking final exams January 11 through January 15 for all first semester classes. While all teacher made exams will be administered virtually, all administrations of EOC exams (Math 1, Math 3, Biology, English 2) and Career and Technical (CTE) exams are required by the state policy to be in person. There are no exceptions to this in-person requirement. LINK TO WFHS EXAM SCHEDULE
WCPSS will be using the flexibility that the state has given to all districts to amend the grading structure for state exams. Specifically, for End-of-Course (EOC) and CTE Post Assessments, we will incorporate the following into our scoring plan:
- Minimum Score of 60. The grading scale for state assessments will include a minimum possible score of “60.” The goal of this change is to ensure that no student fails the course as a direct result of their score on the exam.
- Exam Score Only Improves Course Average. If a student’s score on the state exam is lower than the combined average of Quarter 1 and Quarter 2, the student’s exam score will be curved to equal their course average. For example, if a student has an “80” average for the course prior to the exam, then their lowest possible exam score is an “80,” but they will keep any score higher than an “80.” It is important to note that the score is curved for the purpose of calculating the course average. The original EOC scale score, achievement level, and percentile will be reflected on the student transcript.
Students who do not test and have not submitted a medical exemption will receive an Incomplete (INC) for the course.
All students are strongly encouraged to take their exam and do their best. The exam is an opportunity to share what students have learned. Our hope is that the scoring structure described above allows students to do that.
The Town of Wake Forest is once again hosting the annual MLK Celebration Contest for students. The contest allows the students to showcase their talents in creative performance, writing and art work based on one of Dr. Kings quotes. The winners in each category will receive a financial award as well as recognition during the Wake Forest MLK Celebration on Thursday, January 21, 2021. The program will mark the 26th year the committee has held the celebration in Wake Forest to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The deadline for students to upload their contest entries is Monday, January 11, 2021. For more details, please go to https://www.wakeforestmlkcelebration.com
Our financial aid advisor is still available for virtual appointments for senior parents who need assistance completing the FAFSA. Please call 919-570-5600, ext. 20712 to secure a date and time.
Winter Break begins on Monday, December 21st and will continue through January 3rd. Students will return to class on January 4, 2021.