NSD 2020-21 School Year Calendar Published
NSD worked collaboratively with NSEA on a 2020-21 school year calendar that considered the needs of families and staff. On April 2nd, elementary conference dates were finalized resulting in an approved calendar. As Dr. Reid shared in her April 2nd Thursday Thoughts, "Barring any unusual circumstances ; >), this is the calendar for the 2020-21 school year".
Distance Learning Attendance
Student attendance is taken every class period during Distance Learning.
- It is the responsibility of each individual student to complete the appropriate Google Attendance Form* each period on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- Students have from 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after each class period, outlined in the daily instructional schedule, to complete their daily Google Attendance Form or they will be marked absent.
- This is the only way that attendance is being recorded for each period.
- Students will be prompted to log into their NSD @apps.nsd.org account to access the Google Attendance Forms.
- Students who can't attend or login during the attendance windows should reach out and connect directly with their teacher.
*From the WHS homepage, go to the Resources, then Attendance.
WHS Northshore Learns Version 2.0 - Distance Learning Began Monday, March 30
Per Dr. Reid’s March 25 email from NSD Communications, “After a great deal of research, conversations at the national and state level, and meetings with our District leadership and education partners, we have developed Northshore Learns v. 2.0 distance learning. This latest model will provide the best possible experience for students, families and educators who are delivering the instruction while caring for themselves and their own families in a situation that is anything but normal."
View the "Woodinville High School Update" email sent to families Friday, March 27 regarding Distance Learning that started Monday, March 30.
For additional information on Northshore Learns Version 2.0 see Dr. Reid's complete Message to Families.
Ms. Cruze's Monday Mental Health Moment (M&M&M&M): The Creative Coping Toolkit
"You matter, you belong, and you are enough - just as you are." ~Scilla Andreen
View Ms. Cruze's video message found on the WHS Mental Health Matters webpage under Resources!
By Jennifer Cruze, MSW, LICSW, WHS Mental Health Counselor with Swedish
COLLEGE BOARD SAT CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
March 30, David Coleman, CEO of The College Board provided a Coronavirus update with respect to SAT administrations and college admissions:
“We know that students are anxious about how the coronavirus crisis will affect the college application process, including taking the SAT. We're committed to being flexible and innovative to give all students opportunities to test as soon as the situation allows. We'll share more details as soon as possible, but today we can tell you the following:
- Currently, the next SAT is scheduled for the first weekend of June. We'll make a decision about whether we can safely hold that administration as soon as it is feasible, given the evolving public health situation.
- We'll add U.S. and international test administrations in response to canceled administrations. We'll be flexible in making the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows. We're looking at a range of creative solutions to address increased demand and are in direct conversations with states and districts about School Day administrations. Throughout, we'll continue to place a special focus on students with fee waivers and those with accommodations.
- Students can stay sharp and get personalized practice support online for free with Khan Academy.
- If, unfortunately, schools cannot reopen this fall, we're pursuing innovative means to ensure all students can still take the SAT this fall. We'll provide updates about those plans if they become necessary.”
“We're working closely with our members in higher education to minimize the disruption of SAT administration cancellations this spring and to encourage flexibility in the college admissions process whenever possible. We're heartened by those institutions that have already made clear, calming statements that emphasize flexibility in admissions at this time—encouraging students to submit as much information as they can, and reassuring applicants that they will not be disadvantaged should they have to submit Pass/Fail grades for the spring, have incomplete extracurricular profiles, or miss a testing deadline.”
AP Exam Administration 2019-20: Online Exams at Home
As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the College Board announced March 20, 2020 that they will support AP students with:
- Free, optional remote learning
- At-home AP testing
The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by College Board April 3. Learn more.
Third Quarter Grading
Per Dr. Reid’s March 25 Message to Families, we will not be providing our customary third quarter progress reports this year. “To be clear, all work from the third quarter is important to final semester grades. Quarterly grades, like other forms of reporting, are designed to communicate student progress to parents, guardians, and families. During normal times, these quarterly benchmarks - provided at nine-week intervals - offer valuable information as schools and teachers team with parents to maximize our children’s education. As you know, the last four weeks have been anything but normal. Second semester began on January 28th; our students were in their traditional classrooms for four weeks (plus a mid-winter break) before we transitioned to an online model. We then closed our building doors officially on March 13th by order of the governor. While we know students have been doing valuable and important work, we also know there is limited information to accurately communicate their progress. Sending out progress reports to families at this time would likely not only provide inaccurate information, it would increase stress for students, families, and teachers. During this time, we need to focus our efforts and attention on maximizing learning opportunities and decreasing stress in every way we can. In this regard, it is important to note that third quarter grades do not appear on transcripts, nor are they reported to colleges and universities.” Read Dr. Reid’s entire message to families.
Northshore Speaks: April 29, 2020
Do you want to share your voice? The Northshore School District is hosting Northshore Speaks from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 for students and staff to share their own spoken word poetry. The event location is to be determined or it will be held on Northshore’s Virtual Stage. Original spoken word poems submitted to Flipgrid before 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 will be considered for the Northshore Speaks event. Learn more.
Dr. Reid's Class of 2020 Information Sessions
View Dr. Reid's Video Information Sessions where she answered questions live!
View NSD's Class of 2020 website for FAQs about:
- Career & College Readiness
- Credit Requirements
- Running Start
- Senior Events
- World Language
As well as a joint statement from the Council of Presidents and Independent Colleges of Washington, regarding college commitments for fall 2020 admissions.
COVID-19 Closures and Medication Pick Up
All student medications are locked up and secure, however, under Governor Inslee’s decree, we are unable to access Woodinville High School, including the Health Room, for parents/guardians or students to pick up medications. We appreciate your understanding and are sorry for this inconvenience during this unprecedented time.
NSD is committed to providing access to the nutrition Northshore students need. While schools are closed, NSD is offering free meals for all children.
- Free meals for children ages 18 and younger
- Free breakfast will be delivered with each meal
- Children do not need to be enrolled in the Northshore School District
- 33 total pick up locations
- Meals must be preordered each day between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Class of 2020: Senior Class Meeting & Announcement Distribution Postponed
The March 24th Senior Class Meeting and March 26-27th Jostens Class of 2020 Announcement distribution scheduled at WHS have been postponed due to the school closures put in place to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our state. Upon our reopening, further details will follow. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
PTSA Scholarships Available
Woodinville High School PTSA is offering scholarships to three graduating seniors in the class of 2020. The goal of these scholarships is to acknowledge academic achievements and contribution to the school/community through work or volunteer activities. One of the three scholarships will be awarded based primarily on financial need.
Amount: Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to WHS Seniors
Due: Friday, April 21, 2020 *No later than 5:00pm
Complete applications must be submitted by email. See application for instructions.
The application is available online at this link.
Yearbook Photos Needed
Yearbook is still working and finishing up your book. We need these pictures ASAP, our final deadline is coming up fast on April 3rd. Here is what we need:
- Pictures of Seniors and what your plans are after graduation?
- Any pictures of Seniors during this closure-what are you up too?
- Distance learning pictures (pictures of you learning/studying at home)
- Family Traditions (share your culture with us)
- Choir-any of the different choirs, in class, at concerts or behind the scenes
- Jazz Band
Please send to Falconfamily2020@gmail.com or even better firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting the week or March 16, the U.S. Census Bureau will send every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who lives at your address on April 1. You will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail, and federal law keeps those responses safe and secure. The Northshore School District spans 60 square miles across three cities and two counties. The census can shape many different aspects of your community - health clinics, fire departments, schools, and even roads and highways. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
View the overall timeline for Census to learn more about what to expect over the next few months.
NSD Home Learning Resources
Per Dr. Reid's March 15 email to families, to support families during this challenging time amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak NSD has compiled a list of resources to continue the process of home learning:
- This list will expand in the coming weeks. It was intentionally limited this first week as families adjust to the new schedule.
- NSD will continue to update resources frequently for all grade levels and student service programs.
- NSD teaching and learning staff will continue to add resources and information weekly, as well as information about how these resources can be used.
Need Tech Support? Call the Student/Family Technical Support Hotline at 425-408-7669
COVID-19 Resources & Information
View NSD Coronavirus Updates & Letters to Families for resources and information.
Additionally, the Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington State please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.