Last Week of School Update

As of this morning, all grades have been entered into MiStar. If you think there is something missing, please email me ASAP. Likewise, if you have any missing assignments that you would like to receive credit for, please submit these by tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3 pm.

If you ave already completed everything, congratulations- you’re done! Enjoy your summer break and hopefully we can be back to normal in the fall!

As usual, feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

We’re done!

Congratulations- you made it through the shutdown semester!

We are all done with new learning activities. All work for this week should have been submitted this morning (Friday) by 10:00 am.

Please use the next few days to get caught up on anything you may be missing. Any missing assignments must be submitted by Tuesday, June 9th at 3:00 pm in order to receive credit.

You can view your assignments and current grade on MiStar. Once you see “Week 7” added, you will be viewing your final course grade. Remember:

0-59% = NO CREDIT

60-75%= PASS

75-100%= A

As usual, please reach out if you have questions.

We’re almost done!

The last set of assignments has been posted for underclassmen. We will reserve the last week of school (usually finals week) for catching up on any missing work.

Remember, you need to complete at least 60% of the assignments and check ins in order to receive credit and 75% to receive an A. It has been a rough semester, but please use these next two weeks to make sure you are passing all of your classes.

The administration is working on a schedule for returning textbooks and other materials. Please keep track of any school items you may have at home and make sure they are returned at the appropriate time.

As usual, please continue to check Google Classroom and reach out if you have any questions!

Congratulations Seniors!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

I am so proud of all of our graduating seniors who have worked very hard despite these difficult circumstances. Please continue to keep in touch and share your future plans and accomplishments!

Underclassmen are off for Memorial Day weekend. Assignments for the week will be posted on Monday and will be due on Friday at 10:00 am as usual (assignments are slightly shorter due to the short week!).

Virtual meetings normally scheduled for Mondays will occur on Wednesday this week (same times).

Also- voting for next year’s Student Council will take place on iLearn this Wednesday (May 27th) from 6 am to 7 pm. Don’t forget to vote!

Whether you are celebrating Eid, Memorial Day or graduation, please enjoy a safe weekend with your family! As usual, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

AP Exam and Senior Updates

This is a big week for many of us- AP Psychology students take their exam on Tuesday and seniors are done with high school at the end of this week!

Assignments for the week have been posted as usual and are due on Friday at 10:00 am.

I will be sending out an email later today with some last minute reminders for AP Psych students. I know there have been some concerns about technology issues during testing. The College Board has stated that this week’s exams will include an email option for any students who are unable to submit their responses. This should hopefully alleviate some of the problems that occured in the first week of testing.

Senior cap and gown distribution has been changed to Friday afternoon 1-5 pm. Please remember to bring any textbooks or school computers you may have borrowed.

Senior grades will be submitted next week, so please make sure you have completed everything to the best of your ability by the end of this week.

As usual, please continue to check Google Classroom and email me if you have any questions!

Monday, May 11th

We are in the fourth week of our “Shutdown Semester” and most students have done a great job of keeping up with their assignments and check-ins. Please keep it up for the next few weeks!

As usual, assignments have been posted and are due on Friday at 10:00 am. This week we will be using a new platform, “Big Blue Button” on iLearn to have class video meetings. Students will find a link to join when they log into iLearn and click on their class page.

The virtual meetings will be held only during the Monday/Tuesday timeslots outlined a few weeks ago:

1st hour: Monday 1:00 pm

3rd hour: Monday 2:20 pm

4th hour: Tuesday 1:00 pm

5th hour: Tuesday 1:40 pm

6th hour: Tuesday 2:20 pm

These meetings are OPTIONAL and are an opportunity to go over the week’s assignments and ask questions.

As usual, please check Google Classroom and send me an email if you have any questions!

Monday, May 4th

Assignments for our third week of the new learning plan have been posted and are due on Friday by 10:00 am.

We will not be doing any live video meetings this week, aside from an optional meeting for AP Psychology students at 1:00 pm Tuesday. “Check-in” credit is earned by completing a question on Google Classroom.

I am working on setting up an ilearn page where we will be able to do video meetings in the future. Hopefully by next week we will be able to start that for all classes.

As usual , please check Google Classroom for all assignments and materials and please keep in touch if you have any questions!

Monday, April 27th

Great job on all of your hard work last week! Almost all students completed their assignments and check ins. Keep up the great work!

One change for this week- we are currently unable to use Google Meet due to some security issues. There will be no live class sessions this week, but there is a “check in” question to complete on Google Classroom in addition to the regular assignments. We are hoping to have some more information about how we continue video check ins by next week.

New assignments have been posted for all classes and should be submitted by 10:00 am Friday.

As usual, please keep in touch if you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe!

Updated Requirements for Next Week

I hope this first week has gone well for everybody! Please remember that all assignments and check ins for this week must be completed by tomorrow (Friday) morning at 10:00 am.

I have made a few modifications to our class learning plan in order to simplify a few things. The document shared on Google Classroom has been modified to reflect these changes.

Beginning next week, only one Google Meet will be required. Students will be required to attend the meeting scheduled for Monday or Tuesday (depending on their class hour). Afterwards, they must complete the check-in questions. Any student who is unable to attend the Meet live will be able to view a recording and should then answer the check in questions. If you are unable to attend live, please make sure you contact me to let me know the reason (work, college classes, etc).

The Wednesday/Thursday Meets will be optional. I will be available for any students who have questions or just need someone to talk to. There will be no check-in questions on these days.

The other modification deals with grading. To streamline the system across the building, we will be entering simply a “1” or “missing” for the two weekly grades. In order to earn a “1” for engagement, you will need to complete the required check in. In order to earn a “1” for participation, you will need to complete all required assignments.

Again, the document on Google Classroom provides some more detailed guidelines on our policies.

As usual, please let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy the weekend and Happy Ramadan to those celebrating!

New Learning Plan Update

It’s finally here! The district’s plan for online has been approved and we are able to continue our school year *officially* starting April 20th. I have shared this information in a document on Google Classroom and have posted new assignments for the week.

From now on, I am only planning on updating this blog about once per week, so please use Google Classroom for updated information.

Here are some answers to questions about how things will work. This information applies to Sociology, Psychology and AP Psychology classes.

Is the work required?

Yes! Grades from April 20th through the end of the school year (May 21st if you’re a senior) will determine your grade and whether or not you earn credit for the 2nd semester. You MUST complete this work, regardless of your grade prior to the shutdown. 

How do I find my assignments?

Work will be assigned through Google Classroom, similar to what we have been doing. 

  • Each Sunday, a new set of directions for the week will be posted on the stream in Google Classroom. This will be an overview of all of the assignments for the week. 
  • The actual assignments will be found under the “Classwork” tab. Instead of using the “Unit” folders, I will be organizing work into weekly folders. For example, the first week’s folder will say “Week 1: April 20th-24th”. Here you will find all of the week’s assignments. 
  • Each week’s assignments will be due by Friday at 10 am. 
  • Please make sure to take a look at the assignments prior to the due date to make sure you understand what to do and are able to access all of the materials. If you wait until the last minute, it may be too late to get help.

How will I be graded?

The new district plan requires students to complete weekly assignments (“participation”) and check in with their teachers twice per week (“engagement”). You will earn one of three grades:

A=75-100 (yes, you can get an A with a 75!)

PASS=60-75 (you get credit but it doesn’t affect your GPA, although some colleges consider this a D)

NO CREDIT= < 60%:  (you may have to make up the course in summer school)

From now on, you will receive two weekly grades:


100= Attended 2 Google Meets (or watched recordings) and completed 2 check ins

60= Attended 1 Google Meet (or watched recording) and completed 1 check in

MISSING= Did not attend Google Meets or complete check ins.


100= Completed all assignments and showed understanding of material

75= Completed most assignments or showed some understanding of material

60= Completed some assignments or did not show understanding of material

MISSING= Did not complete any assignments

What are Google Meets?

Google Meets are video conferences that allow us to interact face to face. Teachers are expected to offer these 2x per week. After each Meet, there will be a “check in” question you will need to answer to show that you attended (like an “exit ticket”). 

 It is preferred that you join the Meet live, but if your schedule does not allow for this, you will have the opportunity to watch a recording of the meeting and complete the check in to count as your “engagement” grade. 

Schedule for Google Meets:

Monday & WednesdayTuesday & Thursday
1:00-1:401st hour4th hour
1:40-2:205th hour
2:20-3:003rd hour 6th hour

How to join Google Meets:

  • Go to at the scheduled time
  • Enter your class code (see Google Classroom)

What to do in a Google Meet:

  • Once the lesson gets started, please MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE. There is an icon in the lower left hand corner for you to do this. Every little sound you make can be heard on the mic, so this gets very distracting when there are many people in the meeting. If you are unable to mute your mic, I can mute it for you. If you are asked to speak, just unmute yourself. 
  • Use the chat feature (on the right side of the screen) to type in any questions you have. I will look at these and answer questions throughout the meeting. 
  • Please remember to use appropriate language and conduct in the Google Meets. This is still school. If you need to be removed from a Meet for inappropriate behavior, you will not receive credit and your parents will be notified. The Meets will be recorded. 

What if I am unable to complete the work?

We understand that there is a national crisis going on right now. If you or a family member is sick, or some other serious situation prevents you from completing your school work, please contact your teachers and/or administrator/counselor. We would like to support you, but we can’t help if we don’t know what’s going on. 

Likewise, school staff will be checking MiStar each Monday to see who has/hasn’t completed the past week’s work. If you are missing work, they will likely be reaching out to your family to make sure everything is ok and that you understand the requirements. 

What if I still have questions?

Please email me with questions about the material and/or policies.  Another good way to ask questions is by commenting on assignments or posts within Google Classroom. I am here to help and happy to give one on one assistance though Google Meets if needed!

-Mrs. V