Friday, September 4, 2020

September 04, 2020 Newsletter

September 04, 2020


Good afternoon, Bear Family! We are putting the finishing touches on our first week of virtual instruction. Hopefully your student is engaged with all their teachers and has all the technological bugs worked out. It has been a learning process for all of us, students and staff alike. But we are happy to be able to demonstrate life long learning for our kids!

Remember that Monday the 7th is Labor Day, and there will be no instruction. Enjoy the long weekend and the beautiful weather expected!

To help facilitate distance learning, the high school has checked out 467 devices (laptops, webcams, hot spots) to start our year off virtually.

Lots of classes are trying new strategies - even Choir students are making music virtually! Mrs. Edelen couldn’t be more proud of the student’s willing attitudes and adaptable mindsets!! Thank you choir students! 

We are making our cafeteria available for students who do not have internet access in their home. This is for short term student use - 2 hour blocks. This would be an opportunity for your student to watch videos, open or upload assignments, etc. This is not a full day option in order to comply with distancing orders and to ensure there are enough spaces for all who need it. The blocks are from 9 - 11 am, and from Noon - 2pm, sign up in the front office with Mr. Phillips or Ms. Noel. You can also call the school at 477-3255.

The schedule change form closes today at 4pm:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9tkVBV3InZQk9d0rKyHOltHX9OQsEIwLsfKZ3FxwjPr1YkA/viewform?usp=sf_link


Mr. Bruce can help with Edgenuity issues - email him at philip.bruce@spencer.kyschools.us.

 Students in my roster should register with one of these class codes:

  • For my students in IT Pathways courses - zarv66o  
  • For my students in Foreign Language courses online - vzkku6n  
  • For all of the rest of my students - r4kqa45

    

All Sophomore, Junior and Senior students not yet enrolled with Parchment.com will be receiving an invitation to join and set up your account.  Parchment is an electronic document transfer service provided for all SCHS students free of charge while enrolled at SCHS.  It is the best and official way of sending transcripts to colleges, universities, trade schools and employers.  Please be looking for this invite and set up your account using the link provided in the email.



  

  

The Project Graduation Boosters will have mum orders ready for pick up on Saturday September 23rd from 3 to 7 pm in the high school parking lot facing Hwy 44. Join our Facebook page, SCHS class of 2021 parents and students, to stay informed on upcoming events.


Thanks and have a great weekend!


Steve Webb

Principal

Friday, August 28, 2020

Welcome Back!

Welcome back for the 2020-2021 school year, Bear Family! Certainly none of us want to start the year like this, because we know that the best place for students to learn is in the classroom. However, our teachers have been diligently working to gain new digital skills in order to better deliver instruction remotely. 


Ms. Heichelbech instructs the staff in the fine art of Google Classroom.

We are working every day to make this experience as good as possible, so please be patient with us as we grow. If you are having difficulties with distance learning, please do let us know by calling the school (477-3255).


Students be sure to join your Google Classroom AND the Remind group that your teachers have set up. 

This information is in the Open House Video. 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WBOBYaZ54d9ZPmZl8VhjbKHBK9LSI9NXXiGW1CxxuKU/present#slide=id.p

 



SENIORS. The Remind app limits the number of participants so - 

     if your last name starts with A-K please join by sending the message 

@akclass21 to 81010.

     If your last name starts with L-Z please join by sending the message 

@lzclass21 to 81010.

This will allow me to send you reminders about senior items and events and 

YOU can message us, Mrs. Baldock and Mrs. Cook, as well.





Mr. Bruce can help with Edgenuity issues - email him at philip.bruce@spencer.kyschools.us.

 Students in my roster should register with one of these class codes:

  • For my students in IT Pathways courses - zarv66o  
  • For my students in Foreign Language courses online - vzkku6n  
  • For all of the rest of my students - r4kqa45

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in joining the SCHS Bass Fishing Team on Thursday, September 3 at 6:30pm at Possum Ridge Boat Ramp. Anyone who wants to join but cannot make it should email Coach Board at kyle.board@spencer.kyschools.us

Thursday, July 9, 2020

May 22, 2020 Newsletter


May 22nd, 2020 

Good afternoon Bear Family! I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and safe! As we wind down a challenging year, I want to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation as we dealt with unprecedented changes. The community spirit we have witnessed has made us all very thankful and proud to be a part of Spencer County. The school leadership team is meeting this summer to prepare for potential disruptions in the fall, and we hope to be better prepared to meet those challenges should they arrive. This will likely be the last regular newsletter of the year. Any other releases this summer will be for special announcements. . 

 We are having a Senior PARADE! . Saturday, May 23rd at 3:00! . Rain date is Sunday, May 24th! Graduates: Meet at the high school at 2:30 wearing your cap and gown. Please have a parent or guardian drive you so you can enjoy waving. Arrive at the school with your car already decorated as you wish. Park in the student parking lot with your vehicle facing toward the tennis courts and wait in your car to be directed into the line up. Do NOT get out of your car or congregate in groups. The parade will be led around the back of the SCHS building to Taylorsville Road through historic downtown to SCES where we will travel the loop around SCMS and back through downtown returning to SCHS. Once at the high school, please go home and do not get out of your vehicle. We are following the governor’s restrictions for social distancing and maximum group size. Friends, family, and community members: Please join us in celebrating the graduates as they drive through town. We are NOT reserving spots for family members alongside the roadway as once planned. You are invited to park on both sides of Taylorsville Road that leads from the high school to the turn for downtown. You are also invited to park on the stretch of Hwy 44 to SCES. You may even park along side of the drive that leads beside SCES and the loops around SCMS as well as in the SCMS front parking lot. You are encouraged to stake out your spot early as the parade will pull out of the high school at 3:00 and we do not want you to miss any of the graduates. Please realize that this is not the typical parade style where people crowd together to view the floats. We highly encourage everyone to remember to socially distance by either staying in the car or standing beside their car as the parade passes by. Please stay safe by wearing your mask and not congregating in crowds of 10 or more. The parade will be led by a school bus and finishes with the mascot bear, but don’t leave your spot because after we make the turn around SCMS you will get to see all the graduates a second time as they return back to the high school. We hope everyone will be able to come out to give these seniors a celebration like no other. Questions about the parade? Contact mary.baldock@spencer.kyschools.us 

 FBLA had a virtual State competition this year. I'm proud to announce that we had two top place finishers. Josh Dunkelburger placed 3rd place in Agribusiness Iliana Rich placed 2nd in Talent Show for Dance. We had three other events that placed 5th. Congratulations to the FBLA competitors! 

Congratulations to the following SCHS students who were accepted into the 2020 Governor’s School for the Arts: Shianne Bonham Iliana Rich 

Congratulations to these SCHS students who were accepted into the 2020 Governor’s Scholar Program: JD Brown Jason Combs Hunter DeRouck Josie Kurtz Jason Nichols Logan Peters Nicholas Sea Lauren Stine All of these students were in very tough competition – and this is a prestigious honor. Even though both of these programs are affected by COVID-19, we are very proud of all those that were accepted! 

All Choir certificates and trophies can be found in the front office. If any choir student would like to pick up their choir binder they will be escorted to the choir room and back. If you have any questions please email Mrs. Edelen. Thank you! 🙂 

 Underclassmen (9-11) students can turn in work up until Wednesday, May 27th. Any work turned in after that day will not be accepted. Virtual Senior Awards were Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 pm. Check out the guidance office facebook page for a recording of the ceremony. Summer School will likely begin the week of June 8th, and will be conducted primarily via home setting. Limited seating in the school will be available based on the governor’s recommendations. This seating will be prioritized by grade level, with older students given the first seats. This information is still being finalized, and some details could change. Look for more information in coming newsletters. 

 This information is from Ms. Cook: No summer reading this year, but be on the lookout for programs through Spencer County Public Library. Extra credit will be earned for participation in this. 

Juniors: Information about the senior project will be mailed with your report cards. 

Mr. Bruce will be checking his email and Edgenuity every morning in May and a couple of times in the evenings as well. Please contact him at philip.bruce@spencer.kyschools. 

We had several winners at the HOSA state conference that they had to abbreviate. Congratulations to the following: Allie Medley--3rd place Pharmacology test Abby Turner-- 2nd place Medical assisting Kellan Wade--1st place Sports Medicine Kaylee Monroe--1 st place Job Seeking Skills Finalist (top 5) Abigail Jenkins--Research persuasive writing and speaking and our Bio-medical debate team (Makayla Priddy, Hallie Smith, Cameron Smith, & Julia McDonald) Great job everyone!!!!! 

Please be sure that your child turns in any materials they may have checked out this year: library books, calculators, chrome books, sports uniforms, padlocks, textbooks, etc. If you do not feel comfortable coming to the school, but need things from your locker, call the school and we will work out a way to get your things to you. If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, including fever or cough, please do not come to school. 

 NTI grades will be used to raise a student’s grade from where they were when we dismissed for the pandemic. We will calculate the student’s grades factoring in 30% for each of the first nine weeks and 10% for the December exam (those few courses without a December exam will have the nine weeks periods calculated at 33.33% each). This number, per the Board of Education’s wishes, will be the baseline. No student will receive a lower grade than that. NTI work will be recorded in the 4th nine weeks in Infinite Campus. Because this work will not be calculated in the same way, the IC portal will not be an accurate number as far as the 4th nine weeks and final grade is concerned. Students will have 10% of their NTI grade added to raise their grade. For example, if a student receives a 90% for NTI work, we will add 9 points to their baseline grade described above; if a student received a 30% for NTI, we will add 3 points to their baseline grade. After all calculations are done and teachers post final grades, the portal will reflect the correct final grade. Students on full year Edgenuity courses (for credit recovery or electives) will be expected to reach 75% completion. If a student goes beyond the 75% completion point, the work will be used to boost the student’s grade in a similar way to regular classroom courses. This does not apply to individual units conducted for NTI by traditional, classroom based courses. Office hours at the high school are currently 9 am – 3 pm each day. 

If you need to pick up or drop off assignments, and cannot get there during those times, feel free to call the school at 477-3255. We will work something out with you. Here are some sources of information that might help you manage the school closure: Board Website: www.spencer.kyschools.us 

Our school website has information about how each teacher is handling instruction during the closure: https://www.spencer.kyschools.us/SCHS/home The teacher letters are here: https://www.spencer.kyschools.us/SCHS/News/1697#sthash.ibJPllwb.dpbs 

 The counseling office would like for all students to know that we are here for you. This is a trying time for us all with anxiety and emotions running high. If you need to speak to your counselor please email us your name and a phone number we can reach you at. Stay well….Alicia Dunaway and Amiee Miller 9th grade and 11th grade: Amiee Miller amiee.miller@spencer.kyschools.us 10th grade and 12th grade: Alicia Dunaway alicia.dunaway@spencer.kyschools.us Centerstone School based therapist: Tammy Moorman Tammy.moorman@spencer.kyschools.us 

 The library book drop will be located in the front lobby for students to return books. Free Ebooks can be accessed by going to KYVL.org and using the TeenBookCloud link.Breakfast and lunch are available at SCHS for those age 18 and under each day, as long as we are permitted to stay open and serve. 

All extracurricular programs remain suspended until May 31st. The KHSAA has declared a “Dead Period” similar to what we have in the summer because of the virus outbreak. Any non-KHSAA activities / practices are also cancelled, and school facilities will not be in use. 

 Please contact Mr. Bruce at philip.bruce@spencer.kyschools.us for any issues related to Edgenuity. Mr. Bruce is also the teacher that should be contacted for Computational Thinking, Intro to Programming, and the Computer Science A (AP Java) courses. 

 Seniors receiving scholarship offers should submit a copy of the written offer to the Counselor's Office, regardless if the offer will be accepted or not by the student. These offers may be used as part of the Senior recognition programs throughout the year and help us seek future scholarship opportunities. 

Thanks and have a great weekend! Steve Webb Principal

Monday, May 18, 2020

May 15, 2020 Newsletter


May 15, 2020

Good afternoon Bear Family!

I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and safe!

Today was instructional day 169 of 169 (the BOE removed one day) for the school year.

Congratulations to the following SCHS students who were accepted into the 2020 Governor’s School for the Arts:

Shianne Bonham

Iliana Rich

Congratulations to these SCHS students who were accepted into the 2020 Governor’s Scholar Program:

JD Brown

Jason Combs

Hunter DeRouck

Josie Kurtz

Jason Nichols

Logan Peters

Nicholas Sea

Lauren Stine

All of these students were in very tough competition – and this is a prestigious honor. Even though both of these programs are affected by COVID-19, we are very proud of all those that were accepted!

 

Senior classwork was due today, because of deadlines for 12th graders.

All other students can turn in work up until Wednesday, May 27th. Any work turned in after that day will not be accepted.

Virtual Senior Awards will be Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 pm. Please tune in on SCHS Counseling Office Facebook page to watch the ceremony live. 

Summer School will likely begin the week of June 8th, and will be conducted primarily via home setting. Limited seating in the school will be available based on the governor’s recommendations. This seating will be prioritized by grade level, with older students given the first seats. This information is still being finalized, and some details could change. Look for more information in coming newsletters.

 

This information is from Ms. Cook:

No summer reading this year, but be on the lookout for programs through Spencer County Public Library. Extra credit will be earned for participation in this.

Juniors: Information about the senior project will be mailed with your report cards.

Mr. Bruce and Mr. Goodwin will be entering grades this for all Edgenuity courses that were in place before March 13th.  These are the credit recovery and elective courses.    Courses must be 75% done to get full credit.   Underclassmen will have until the 27th of May to do more work in the course and improve their final grade.

 

We had several winners at the HOSA state conference that they had to abbreviate.  Congratulations to the following:

Allie Medley--3rd place Pharmacology test

Abby Turner-- 2nd place Medical assisting

Kellan Wade--1st place Sports Medicine

Kaylee Monroe--1 st place  Job Seeking Skills

Finalist (top 5) Abigail Jenkins--Research persuasive writing and speaking and our Bio-medical debate team (Makayla Priddy, Hallie Smith, Cameron Smith, & Julia McDonald)

Great job everyone!!!!!

Please be sure that your child turns in any materials they may have checked out this year: library books, calculators, chrome books, sports uniforms, padlocks, textbooks, etc.

Here is the schedule for materials return / locker cleanout:

Freshmen: Monday 5/11 and 5/18

Sophomores: Tuesday 5/12 and 5/19

Juniors: Wednesday 5/13 and 5/20

Seniors: Thursday 5/14 and 5/21

The office will be open 9am to 3pm on all of those days.

Students who do not need to clean out a locker can simply drop their materials in the front lobby. Students who need to visit a locker will be allowed in per social distancing guidelines – please wear a mask as requested by Governor Beshear. We will have students enter in the circle in front of the office, and exit at the doors between the band room and library. This will permit one way flow of traffic and reduce contact between students. We will also have adults escorting and directing traffic inside the building as necessary.

If you do not feel comfortable coming to the school, but need things from your locker, call the school and we will work out a way to get your things to you.

If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, including fever or cough, please do not come to school.

NTI grades will be used to raise a student’s grade from where they were when we dismissed for the pandemic. We will calculate the student’s grades factoring in 30% for each of the first nine weeks and 10% for the December exam (those few courses without a December exam will have the nine weeks periods calculated at 33.33% each). This number, per the Board of Education’s wishes, will be the baseline. No student will receive a lower grade than that.

NTI work will be recorded in the 4th nine weeks in Infinite Campus. Because this work will not be calculated in the same way, the IC portal will not be an accurate number as far as the 4th nine weeks and final grade is concerned.

Students will have 10% of their NTI grade added to raise their grade. For example, if a student receives a 90% for NTI work, we will add 9 points to their baseline grade described above; if a student received a 30% for NTI, we will add 3 points to their baseline grade.

After all calculations are done and teachers post final grades, the portal will reflect the correct final grade.

Students on full year Edgenuity courses (for credit recovery or electives) will be expected to reach 75% completion. If a student goes beyond the 75% completion point, the work will be used to boost the student’s grade in a similar way to regular classroom courses. This does not apply to individual units conducted for NTI by traditional, classroom based courses.

 

Office hours at the high school are currently 9 am – 3 pm each day. If you need to pick up or drop off assignments, and cannot get there during those times, feel free to call the school at 477-3255. We will work something out with you.

 

Here are some sources of information that might help you manage the school closure:

Board Website:

www.spencer.kyschools.us

Our school website has information about how each teacher is handling instruction during the closure:

https://www.spencer.kyschools.us/SCHS/home

The teacher letters are here:

https://www.spencer.kyschools.us/SCHS/News/1697#sthash.ibJPllwb.dpbs

 

 

The counseling office would like for all students to know that we are here for you.  This is a trying time for us all with anxiety and emotions running high.  If you need to speak to your counselor please email us your name and a phone number we can reach you at.  Stay well….Alicia Dunaway and Amiee Miller

 

9th grade and 11th grade:  Amiee Miller 

amiee.miller@spencer.kyschools.us

 

10th grade and 12th grade:  Alicia Dunaway   

 alicia.dunaway@spencer.kyschools.us

 

Centerstone School based therapist:  Tammy Moorman

Tammy.moorman@spencer.kyschools.us

 

The library book drop will be located in the front lobby for students to return books.

 

Free Ebooks can be accessed by going to KYVL.org and using the TeenBookCloud link.Breakfast and lunch are available at SCHS for those age 18 and under each day, as long as we are permitted to stay open and serve.

All extracurricular programs remain suspended until May 31st. The KHSAA has declared a “Dead Period” similar to what we have in the summer because of the virus outbreak. Any non-KHSAA activities / practices are also cancelled, and school facilities will not be in use.

Please contact Mr. Bruce at philip.bruce@spencer.kyschools.us for any issues related to Edgenuity.   Mr. Bruce is also the teacher that should be contacted for Computational Thinking, Intro to Programming, and the Computer Science A (AP Java) courses.

 Seniors receiving scholarship offers should submit a copy of the written offer to the Counselor's Office, regardless if the offer will be accepted or not by the student.  These offers may be used as part of the Senior recognition programs throughout the year and help us seek future scholarship opportunities.  

 

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Steve Webb

Principal


September 04, 2020 Newsletter

September 04, 2020 Good afternoon, Bear Family! We are putting the finishing touches on our first week of virtual instruction. Hopefully you...