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Connected Learning
Connected Learning
Venter, John
Friday, April 03, 2020

Dear WCHS Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We hope that this letter finds you all in good health and spirits and staying safe with your family. All of us at WCHS miss seeing our students on a daily basis, especially our seniors that we are not able to send off in a traditional manner. With Governor Holcomb and State Public School Superintendent Dr. McCormick’s announcement Thursday, we are moving to Connected Learning for the remainder of the school year ending on May 15, 2020. High School students will need to follow the guidance given below to finish the school year. 

WCHS teaching staff will be meeting and planning on Mondays during the remainder of the school year, and students will be taking their classes on Tuesdays through Fridays. We will still utilize our block schedule philosophy to attempt to keep some semblance of a normal school day. We will have Orange classes (periods 1,3,5,7) on Tuesday/Thursday and Blue classes (periods 2,4,6,8) on Wednesday/Friday. To help students and staff work together, we are using this time frame for students to contact their teacher and for teachers to work with students in their classes: 

Orange Days: Blue Days:

9:00-10:00 - Period 1

10:00-11:00 - Period 3

11:00-12:00 - Period 5

12:00-1:00 - Period 7

Blue Days:

9:00-10:00 - Period 2

10:00-11:00 - Period 4

11:00-12:00 - Period 6

 12:00-1:00 - Period 8 

The work being provided by teachers in connected learning is important because it is designed to help students be prepared for next year's courses and post-secondary experiences. It is vital that students continue to gain academically through the end of this school year. 

Expectations for Apex classes are as follows:  underclassmen will need to complete all coursework in Apex. There will not be a final exam for the class. Seniors enrolled in Apex courses will earn a semester grade once their coursework is complete.

If you have questions for your teachers, do everything you can to contact them during the block time your class meets. We are going to do everything that we can to answer your questions and work with you and your students, even if it is outside of these time frames. Please be sure to contact your teacher if you are struggling with your work.  

Please note the following activities that are being canceled or changed for WCHS:  

  • Spring sports are canceled. 

  • Academic and Athletic Awards Programs are canceled, and we are working on alternative ways to do these. 

  • Prom is canceled. 

  • Graduation Ceremony is canceled, and we are working together to find a way to still honor our seniors. We will share more on that as we learn more. 

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Grades 9-11 

You will continue to work through Connected Learning for the remainder of the year and finish all work that is expected for your classes. Nothing has changed for you with this, and we are requiring you to follow all guidelines for the Connected Learning in the section below. Apex classes will need to be completed in their entirety. No final exams will be given for any class including Apex. 

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Seniors 

Based on the directive of the Governor and State Superintendent, you will need to complete any courses that you are enrolled in for the Spring Semester. The Indiana State Board of Education and Dr. McCormick passed these guidelines for senior students. 

2020 Graduating Cohort

This document is meant to clarify expectations and provide flexibility for school corporations as it relates to students in the 2020 graduation cohort. Under this approved flexibility, a school corporation may issue an Indiana diploma to a student who:  

  1. Has met all of the course and credit requirements for the specific diploma designation based on a combination of high school credits earned prior to and the courses in  which a student was enrolled as of March 19, 2020, when the Governor issued the statewide school closure order; and
  2. Meets  any virtual or remote learning participation requirements  established by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the statewide school closure order issued by the Governor; and
  3. Meets any additional graduation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation pursuant to IC 20-32-4-1.5(3) prior to the school closure order issued by the Governor.

Based on this guidance from the state, senior students will need to: 

  • Finish any coursework for classes that they are currently enrolled in through Connected Learning.

  • Finish all required Apex classes.

  • Raise their grade to passing in any course required for graduation. Students will need to bring that grade up to passing by May 15 or will have to take Summer School to earn the credit. 

  • Raise grades to a C- or higher for any class needed for an honors diploma.

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Connected Learning Expectations

The following reflects our expectations of WCHS students and staff on connected learning days.

   Students will:

  • Use Chromebooks to check their Google Classrooms and follow all digital instructions posted by the teacher. 

  • Answer the attendance question posted by each teacher on Google Classroom to be counted present for each class that day.

  • Contact teachers via email with questions/needs during their block schedule class times referenced above. Emails can be found on the WCHS website by selecting “Staff” under “Resources”. 

  • Call the Technology Hotline at 317-535-3446 if you experience technical difficulties on connected learning days. Do not contact your teacher for technical issues.  

     Teachers will:

  • Post student work and the attendance question on Google Classroom by 9:00 AM.

  • Check email and Google Classroom regularly throughout the school day.  

  • Post lessons with a typical work time of 30-45 minutes for block periods. 

  • Post lessons that practice/remediate and introduce new content.

  Other Student Information: 

  • Apex courses:  Students with apex courses can contact Mrs. Kirchmeyer, Mr. Davis, Mr. Fisher or his/her counselor for a reset. CPA students will contact his/her CPA teacher for a reset. Credits will be awarded once the course is completed. No final exams are required for Apex.

  • Dual Credit courses taught by WCHS teachers: students will need to complete any requirement outlined by your teacher and/or the college issuing credit.

  • Ivy Tech Professor on Loan students: Your Ivy Tech professors will be posting assignments through Ivy Tech’s online portal. You must complete the Ivy Tech course to receive college credit.    

  • AP Students: Will need to complete coursework and earn a qualifying score on the AP Test to receive college credit. Tests will be taken remotely from home on a specific date and time. You will receive additional information from your AP teacher and College Board. View the new AP testing schedule here. Please note that some testing dates are after May 15th, but we strongly encourage all AP students to take the AP exam in the hope of earning college credit. This is a great opportunity that we do not want you to pass up. 

  • ASVAB: Juniors signed up for the March ASVAB will remain on the testing list and will have the opportunity to take the ASVAB when we return in the fall.

  • SAT/ACT: The April and May tests for ACT and SAT have been canceled. Registration fees for both tests are refunded when a test is canceled, so it may be wise for juniors to register for a June SAT or ACT in the hopes it occurs. Register for the June 6th SAT at collegeboard.org. Register for the June 13th ACT at actstudent.org.  

  • Summer School: Information regarding summer school and summer school registration will be released later in April.  

  • Here is an opportunity for us to start to honor our Seniors. Please follow this link to a webstore for yard signs that you can purchase. The signs are $10 and will be available for pickup in the HS parking lot, drive thru style, the week of April 27, 2020.  We will provide more information on pickup times and date when we get closer to that week. 

Please call the school (317-535-7562) if you have questions or need additional information. 

Thank you for your continued support during this unprecedented time for all of us! 

Sincerely, 

Benji Betts 

Principal 

Whiteland Community High School

bbetts@cpcsc.k12.in.us