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Deer Park Jr/Sr High School Wildcat Weekly - 12/13/20

Jr./Sr. High School

End of the 2nd Quarter

Good afternoon,

As you know, this week marks the last week of the 2nd quarter for 2020-2021 school year.  We will have a 4 day week for students, as this Friday, December 18th, is a teacher work day.

Please take this opportunity to double-check your students' grades and work completion, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

We will not have a Wildcat Weekly for the next couple of weeks, and I anticipate the next one to be released on January 3rd (the day before the 3rd quarter begins).

Lastly, on behalf of our entire staff at Deer Park Jr/Sr High School, I want to wish you the happiest of holidays!  In a year like no other, please know that we appreciate all the support of our families and the dedication of our students.  We look forward to having a nice break to let you refresh and recharge, and please enjoy a safe holiday season!

Sincerely, 

Shane Hartley
Principal, Deer Park Jr/Sr High School
hartley.s@dpccsd.org 


What's New?
 

Race Relations: Having Hard Conversations 
On Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00pm, Deer Park Schools will be holding its second virtual community conversation on Race, Equity, and Understanding.  Earlier this past week, our school promoted the event through this statement:

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace and our children regardless of their age(s) are processing all that happening around them. How do you engage with your children around critical topics and issues that may come up? Join us to learn and practice ways that we can be intentional and developmentally appropriate in discussing sensitive and difficult topics with kids. Learning how to communicate and have critical conversations can bring to the surface a range of emotions and fears, but it's essential to start somewhere. The more that we practice--the better we become! So, join us for an evening of getting comfortable with the uncomfortable! 

For more information, including a sign-up form, please see this link.  We'd love to have as many students, parents, caregivers, and other community members as possible!

 

Tech Help?: Need some help with your students' Chromebook? If you have any tech issues, please email our Tech department at: techhelp@dpccsd.org

Some families may be having internet connectivity issues.  If so, here is a link to some possible troubleshooting tips!


Weekly Updates

COUNSELOR'S CORNER: Here is a link to this week's Counselors' Corner!  

COUNSELORS' CORNER, VIRTUAL EDITION: Our counselors have created a special Counselors' Corner for our virtual students.  Please click here for that version!

APEX LEARNER, EXTRA ACTIVITIES: Please see the links below for the weekly activities for our online students:

Remote Learning Orientation and Video

Middle School Links and Extra Activities

High School Links and Extra Activities


Suggestions for Remote Learners & Families

1. Establish a Daily Schedule: Set alarms/reminders using phones and calendar reminders to ensure that students are logging on at the start of each class.  Use the Schoology App or a Google Calendar App to help set these reminders.

2. Establish a Location: As best as possible, find a comfortable, consistent, and quiet location to help maintain focus throughout the day.

3. Establish Healthy Habits: Have a snack in between classes, eat breakfast, and maintain consistent sleeping routines.  While it can be tempting to stay up late, remember that students will still need to be attending classes each day from 8:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

4.  Establish Check-Ins: Without being in person, it may be easier for students to fall behind or forget assignments.  Use Schoology, calendars, and even good old fashioned paper and pencil to keep track of assignments and due dates.  Be sure to check every few days to ensure that students are staying up to date, and parents/caretakers should ALWAYS feel free to reach out to teachers with any questions.


In Case You Missed It

No 1st Semester High School Exams: As you know, we have had to miss A LOT of in-person instruction so far this school year.  Therefore, high school-leveled classes are NOT going to take 1st semester exams this year.  Instead, we will continue our regular instructional days December 14th through December 17th.  Please remember that December 18th is now a full teacher-workday (no students in the building).

 

Students' Elective Classes Grades: We appreciate all of our students' and families' efforts to continue the dedication to remote learning.  Things have continued to go very well, all things considered, in our remote learning.

One thing we want to be sure and  bring to all of our parents'/caretakers' attention is the need to also make sure our students are attending to their elective classes.  We know that the "core classes" are often given priority.  However, we also have a large number of students who have fallen behind or not consistently "attending" their elective classes.  Please encourage your students to stay on top of these classes as well.  Please also feel free to teach out your student's elective teachers as well with any questions.

 

Mobile Dentist Update for Jr/Sr High School: Our Mobile Dentist Smile Program for the Junior/Senior High School has been moved to February 2nd and 4th.  For more information, please see this link.

 

REMOTE LEARNERS MATH ASSISTANCE: High School math teachers will continue to be available to assist our remote learners.  Math Homework/Help Club is held every day after school, and the schedule is below.  If a student is interested in getting help with online math, please contact the teacher below based off availability.  The teachers can then work with students to set up remote learning assistance:
Monday: Mr. Marsh: marsh.b@dpccsd.org
Tuesday: Ms. Deller: deller.c@dpccsd.org
Wednesday: Mr. Benjamin: benjamin.j@dpccsd.org
Thursday: Mr. Gabbard: gabbard.j@dpccsd.org

 

LOOKING FOR PREVIOUS WILDCAT WEEKLY EMAILS?

Wildcat Weekly are posted on the Deer Park Schools News webpage.  Here is a link to our District News Page.


Upcoming Dates to Know

December 17th: Last day of the 2nd quarter

December 18th: Teacher Workday (No students)

December 21st through January 1st: Winter Break (No school)

January 4th: First day of the 3rd quarter


Staying Connected

There are multiple ways to stay connected to Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School. Please see the attached flyer for ways to stay connected through Email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Text Messages.

  • E-Mail: If you are not already signed up, please register for the e-mail communication. To register, simply go to www.deerparkcityschools.org and click on the button on the left side of the page that says “Subscribe to District News”. From there, you will send an email requesting that you be added to future email communication from the district.
  • Twitter: Follow Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School for the most up-to-date news and happenings! @DeerParkHS, @DeerParkSchools and @dpcounselor.
  • Facebook: follow us at Deer Park Community City Schools and Deer Park Jr/Sr High School




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