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Latest Issue- September 25, 2020

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Garces Family,

The month of September brought with it a heightened anticipation for a reopening of our school and expectations from students and parents regarding academic accountability. It brought to my mind verses from songs of the past such as, “Try to remember the kind of September, when life was slow and oh so mellow.” Our September has been everything but mellow. Our students are finishing up their seventh week of school. We have kept our grading policy in place because our classes, virtual or on campus, continue to meet with UC approval, Garces graduation and college requirements for our students. Cal State Universities are also requesting the posting of grades for fall of 2020. Students and parents will be able to view first-quarter grades on September 28, following the closing of the school day. These grades are significant in that they determine eligibility, which will be declared on October 1st. Students must have a 2.0 GPA or above to remain eligible for extracurricular activities and athletics (please refer to page 54 of the student handbook). Please encourage your students to attend Enrichment and follow up with any missing work, tests, or quizzes prior to this deadline. FACTS, Garces’ online portal for students and parents to access academic information, allows you to evaluate your student’s academic performance between report cards. If you have concerns about your student’s academic progress, please log onto this program and review their progress with them. I encourage you to contact the instructors if you have any questions regarding your student’s progress. I am also available to address questions you may have regarding your student as well as your student’s counselor. You may reach me at 661-327-2578 ext. 110 or email dsakowski@garces.org.

Parents were sent information regarding a change to student’s required class time. This change, which began on Monday, September 21st, reduces the “required” class time by 30 minutes. The goal for this time change is to provide a reduction in the time students are on Zoom and increase the opportunity, 30 minutes of the remaining time in each class, for students to remain and seek clarification of classwork, assignments and/or test review and get to know their teachers. This time, if used efficiently and needed by our students, increases their Enrichment periods by 2 hours on a green day, and 1 and ½ hours on a white day. Students who struggled with using the Enrichment period, following the school day, will now have the option to use ‘class time’ for enrichment.

Students who are enrolled in our AP courses were sent information regarding the registration and payment deadlines for the 2021 year. The fee for each exam is $95 and payment for each exam must be received in the office by November 6, 2020. Payments may be made with a credit card online at www.garces.org/Parents and Online Payments or checks mailed to Mrs. Rodriguez in our Business Office. Fee waivers are available for students who meet the qualifications. For more information, please have your student see their counselor.

The Underclassmen Awards Program, which recognizes top achieving students in our classes, will be held virtually on October 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. Specific information regarding this event will be sent next week.

On a final note, I want to address the questions regarding testing. As an administration and faculty, we began working in March of 2020, to find ways to assess our students virtually. Our faculty use various platforms for testing and our students have become familiar with these platforms and methods of testing. Teachers are attentive to the social and emotional needs of their students and accommodating to the fact that virtual testing is new for our freshmen students. Students have and will continue to experience timed tests, tests submitted via Turn It In, as well as assessments using Kahoot, Quizlet, etc. These testing opportunities will prepare them for final exams in November as well as standardized testing in the Spring. Our hope is that parents will continue to support the importance of assessments and impress upon their students the importance of integrity and commitment to the moral and principles of their faith as they rise to meet the challenge of virtual testing.

Debbie Sakowski

Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs

 

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