Greetings Eagle Families & Friends:
We have acclimated quickly and smoothly to our second semester schedule and have begun planning for the 2017-18 school year. All current freshman, sophomore, and junior students have updated their four-year plans and attended our Daytime Curriculum Fair which enabled them to ask questions directly to elective teachers about course offerings. At the January transition event for Incoming freshmen, elective courses offered classroom demonstrations and information booths to help our next generation of Eagles make final course selection decisions. By mid-February, registration will be complete for all students, including members of the Class of 2021.
We will be using course registration numbers to determine the number of sections for each course that will be offered next year. Course verification letters, which will indicate the classes making up your child’s schedule for the next school year, will be sent to families in April. By that time, Guidance Counselors will have contacted students who registered for courses that may not run due to low enrollment so that they can register for alternative courses. These final edits to registration are necessary for the development of next year’s Master Schedule.
Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd between the hours of noon and 8:00 pm. While regular use of the Skyward Family Access portal provides current information related to grades, assignments, absences, and discipline, the face-to-face conferences provide families and staff with the rich opportunity of more personal communication. Information about our parent-teacher conference scheduling process is located within this newsletter and posted on the Sandburg website.
Annual state-mandated standardized testing will take place on Wednesday, March 1st; our juniors will take the SAT (with writing); junior advisories visited computer labs to establish College Board accounts that link PSAT scores to Khan Academy, a free, web-based test prep program. Feshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT 9 and 10 respectively. No school for Seniors on Wednesday, March 1st. We will post the testing schedule on our website, along with the reminder that testing begins at 8:00 am on March 1st, so regular (not late) bus routes will pick up in the morning; because we expect testing to end around 1:00 pm, buses will pick up for return trips around 1:15 pm. Students with testing accommodations will have the 3:00 pm bus available to take them home.
Next year’s school calendar is posted on our website. For planning purposes, it is worth noting here that we will celebrate Columbus Day and Casimir Pulaski Day on the actual Monday holidays next year and will move parent-teacher conferences to the Tuesdays following those holidays. In addition, there will be no school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Please reference the calendar document for other important dates.
And speaking of important dates, the Class of 2017 will graduate on Tuesday, May 23rd. We will continue to follow protocols to follow the National Weather Service on the day of graduation. Should inclement weather impede our plans (boo! hiss!), we would notify families by 2:00 pm and use our rain date of Friday, May 26th. Senior families can expect a very detailed information packet in mid-March that explains several important events for seniors leading up to graduation.
Best wishes and Go Eagles!
Deborah D. Baker