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News From High School Principal

News from the High School Principal

My April newsletter is taking on a much different spin than it has in the past.  Normally I am talking about our upcoming testing schedule and the preparations that our teachers and students have made.  Now with school being closed indefinitely we will shift gears away from state testing and now our students are working on online enrichment activities.  

I do want to make sure that everyone keeps in mind how important the ACT test is for high school students.  With the Juniors not being able to take the school administered ACT this April we will wait to see what the state proposes for the Junior class.  If your child is a sophomore or junior and planning on attending college I would encourage you to visit ACT.org to look at taking the ACT this summer.  The next day to register for the ACT is June 13, 2020 and you must be registered by May 8.  Please remember that all of our students in grades 9-12 have access to the John Baylor On To College resources to help them study for the ACT.  If you need help accessing this program, please check with Mrs. Julius.  I would even encourage our freshmen that are planning on going to college to take the ACT this summer.  It will give them a good idea of where they are at and what they need to do to continue to prepare for scoring well on the ACT.  If you have any questions about your child and their success on the ACT test, please call Mrs. Julius or myself.  We would love to talk with you about your child’s future. 

I wanted to get an update out to parents as we work through our online enrichment for the 4th quarter.  Parents will be able to track their child’s progress through PowerSchool.  All class work that students have been assigned will be marked completed or missing.  We appreciate your help in monitoring your child’s progress with the enrichment work that they are doing.  If you have questions about your child’s work or their progress on their assignments, please e-mail their respective teacher.

We are still planning on hosting Prom on May 2nd.  Details about our rescheduled Prom will be available as we get closer to the date.  Graduation scheduled for May 9th at 10am is also still being planned on.  I’m sorry that I don’t have a definite answer on the details of Prom and Graduation, but much of it depends on the state’s requirements for the amount of people that are able to attend a meeting.  

As all of us navigate this historic time in our lives and most importantly our child’s life, please be thankful for positives that we have encountered.  I am very thankful that our teaching staff was able to begin creating lessons to post on our Continuity of Learning website that was created.  Students have the ability to interact with their teachers through a virtual classroom and they are able to continue learning.  I am also thankful that I see so much positive from our staff and students on social media.  In a tough time like this we all need more positive in our lives.  We will continue to stay strong and come through this and return to normal as soon as possible.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding in your child’s life and education.  

 

Jeff Steinbeck

Hershey High School Principal