Wahconah News - 6/17/20

Wahconah News - 6/17/20
Posted on 06/17/2020
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June 17, 2020

Hello Wahconah Families,

This is the very last Wahconah Wednesday Message of the school year. We are going to take a moment to offer up some final reminders and then include some previously shared information after that. Here are a couple of thoughts before we begin:

  1. All Families - You will experience more communication during the summer months from Wahconah than you’re typically used to. While it will not come in the form of a weekly email, it will be in the form of special updates. It’s extremely important that you continue to check your email for those updates as we will be providing important information about the upcoming school year over the course of the next two months.
  2. Senior Families – We ask that you also keep checking email updates from Wahconah through the month of July. Most importantly, there will be upcoming information about Graduation. We will be sending graduation information directly to our graduates via their school email address, but we will also reiterate to Senior parents via email as well.

Finally, I would like to take a moment to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have worked through these unprecedented times. This has not been easy for anyone, schools and families alike. But no matter our circumstances, we have arrived at a point where the end of the school year is upon us. As of this moment, we are still waiting for guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regarding the reopening of schools this fall. As soon as that is released, district and school administrators will have to take some time to work with our respective staff members in order to make further decisions. As soon as concrete decisions are made, they will be communicated to all of you in a timely manner. I hope you are able to take some time this summer as a family to rest and recharge in preparation for what will be an equally unprecedented start to a new school year in late August.

Take care,

Aaron Robb, Principal

New Updates:

Textbook/Supply Return - We will be running a textbook return day for grades 9-11 on Friday, June 19 all day. The letters next to each time slot pertain to the student’s last name. Please pay close attention below:

  • 8:30-10:30 - A-E
  • 10:30-12:30 - F-M
  • 12:30-2:30 - N-Z

If students owe any textbooks or any other supplies they will be expected to return them on June 19 during their specified time slot. 

  • Please park in what's left of the student parking lot
  • Walk up to the A lobby doors
  • Mrs. Farley will be ready to receive your textbooks and supplies
  • Masks are required to enter the building

NOTE: Students are to keep their Chromebooks for the entire summer.

AP Summer Assignments/Textbook Pick Up – Many of our Advanced Placement (AP) classes have summer assignments. Some will be given online while others need to be picked up at school. AP teachers will communicate directly with their students about this. We will be using June 19 for this as well.

Report Cards – Report cards for all students in grades 9-12 will be mailed home on or around June 26th.

Remote Grading – Please click on the link below to access information about how the grading of remote learning will be handled.

Wahconah Remote Grading Requirements.docx 

Fall Sports Registration – Fall sports registration portal is now open. It can be accessed by clicking on this link https://www.familyid.com/wahconah-regional-high-school-2/wahconah-regional-high-school-fall-2020-athletic-registration

Important Updates from our Guidance Dept –

Juniors - You will find a link below to a helpful article about writing your Common App Essay for next year. While there will be an optional section for you to write about your experience during this strange time, this is an important reminder that colleges know that every student in the world is experiencing fallout from the virus and the last thing that will get you into college is writing the same essay as everyone else; they want to know what makes YOU unique and a good fit!

The article contains some good tips on what kinds of things you would want to include in the COVID section. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherrim/2020/05/23/the-common-application-introduces-an-optional-covid-19-writing-section/#56df674e76af  

And here are the Common Application Essay Prompts for next year - remember, there is a limit of 650 words!

https://appsupport.commonapp.org/applicantsupport/s/article/What-are-the-2020-2021-Common-Application-essay-prompts 

Here are some helpful tips on writing the Common App Essay:

https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-common-application-essays-2020-2021/ 

Class of 2020 Updates:

Awards/Scholarship Follow Up – The following information was sent directly to all Senior Award/Scholarship winners. Please read carefully:

1. You will be receiving an email from the school confirming that you won an award(s) or scholarship(s). That email will contain a letter that, under normal circumstances, you would have received in the mail. That letter will describe your award/scholarship again along with the name and address of the person you should thank for the award/scholarship.

2. We strongly suggest you take the time to thank the person who established and provided the award/scholarship. That show of gratitude goes a long way. Some of the scholarships have various steps you need to go through before you collect the money. Please pay close attention to that. In some cases, the scholarship actually requires a thank you from you in order for you to receive the money. 

3. We will be distributing awards and scholarships directly to you. Various Wahconah staff members will be in communication with you and your family to set up a day/time for one of them to come directly to your house to deliver your award or scholarship. This will be taking place throughout the remainder of the month of June. We just ask for your patience as we prepare to organize for that. We look forward to seeing you when we arrive!

Graduation Update – The Wahconah Graduation Committee is currently making specific plans for our graduation on July 25. It’s important to note that we will need to remain in contact with Seniors and their families throughout the month of June and July in order to effectively communicate specific information about this ceremony. More to come so stay tuned!

Transcripts – Any Senior in need of transcripts please contact your respective Guidance Counselor directly.

Graduates! - We are very happy that Adams Community Bank is offering this free, updated, Zoom version of its annual workshop with tips to transition to college. Details are in the attached flier, including registration information. Here are the highlights:

  • Wednesday June 24 at 7pm

Learn about:

  • Navigating online orientation programs
  • Budgeting Time
  • Handling a Social Life
  • Dealing with finances
  • Managing academics
  • Learn from current students' experiences
  • Seeking counseling health services

We strongly encourage you to attend - don't forget to register so that you can receive the link to the meeting!!

Information Previously Shared:

Athletic Information –

User Fees - Attention all spring student-athletes. If you paid a user fee for your spring sport please pay attention to the steps below.

  • 1)  If you'd like a refund please email our Athletic Director Jared Shannon at jshannon@cbrsd.org  and indicate your name (student name), spring sport, date of payment and method of payment. 
  • 2) If you'd like to apply the user fee to a sport next year please indicate your name (student name), sport to apply it to, date of payment and method of payment. 

If you have any questions related to athletics please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Shannon at jshannon@cbrsd.org

Virtual College Tours for Juniors - While college campuses are by and large not providing tours this spring, your Guidance Counselors found some websites with some great virtual / video tours. Check them out, and continue to work on narrowing down your choices. Also, keep in touch with your counselors!

https://www.youniversitytv.com/category/college/us-states/massachusetts/

https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/

https://www.campusreel.org/

VAPING RESOURCES

Due to the nationwide teenage vaping epidemic, we will continually provide helpful information and resources for parents in the space below.

Vaping by youth has become what the U.S. Surgeon General calls an epidemic and many people are working to find solutions.  New resources are available to educate youth and help those who want to quit vaping. Sadly, many youth are unaware of the facts about and the dangers of vaping.  To help, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a campaign designed for youth found at mass.gov/vaping It provides facts and materials for young people that compare vapes and cigarettes:  both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in their body and both are highly addictive and dangerous for young people.

Please make note of new free programs to help address the vaping epidemic. 

·       This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709.  In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

·       My Life, My Quit TM has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Young people can call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. or sign up online at  mylifemyquit.com.

·       Visit teen.smokefree.gov for tools and tips.

·       Encourage young people to ask their school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult for help.

·       For more information, young people can visit mass.gov/vaping.

·       More information for parents/adults is available at GetOutraged.org.

 

Talking with young people about vaping is essential—youth need to know that vaping is harmful and that help is available for those who want to quit.  Visit GetOutraged.org to learn more or contact Joyce Brewer at jbrewer@berkshireahec.org .

FOODSOURCE HOTLINE and LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please consider checking out the information in the attachment below. Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline connects people struggling to put food on the table with benefits and other food resources in their communities. 

FoodSource Hotline flyer.pdf 

Also here is an updated list of local food pantries.

Food Pantries in Berkshire County Master.pdf 

NEED MORE INFO?

Always remember that you can find important and useful information pertaining to Wahconah by going to the following:

Thank you!


 

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