Dear Students and Families,
Please take a minute to read the End-of-Year Newsletter. You will find important information, including links to required summer homework assignments. Enjoy your summer break!
Dear DR Students,
The official last day of school is June 22nd. To have everything in order by then, we will be collecting books, Chromebooks, instruments, library books, and all other school materials on June 16, 17, and 18. Please follow the schedule according to the your last name. As a reminder, there are no final exams this year. We shared the Department of Education's Grading Guidance for High Schools last month; here's a link to the full text.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lima (email@example.com) or Mrs. DeCecco (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dear Class of 2020: The School Committee has approved the school administration's recommendation to hold a modified graduation ceremony on 1 August. According to the Massachusetts Department of Education and the local Boards of Health, numerous guidelines apply. One of the REQUIREMENTS is that graduates and guests register to attend. Please complete the registration process through this link: bit.ly/DRRHSGRAD. If you decide to have an administrator deliver your diploma to your home or simply have your diploma mailed to you, please complete this form. All options are there.
Your Administrative Team
I have been thinking about you and hope that you are doing well. Usually if we were in school during the spring time we meet with all of you in a classroom setting, have you get onto your Naviance page, complete the Career Interest Assessment, and have you begin research careers. Since we are not in school to do this with you I have made 2 Naviance Tutorials to help you begin this process while you are home.
I am definitely a novice at making these tutorials, but it is my hope that by reviewing them you will see the wonderful opportunity you have to learn about different careers right on our Naviance platform. So here they are:
As a reminder all students have created their own passwords and used their own email last year to set up accounts. If you forget the password you created simply click on "forgot password" and then a temporary one will be sent to your account. Students can enter Naviance here: https://student.naviance.com/drrhs
Starting on May 1, join students around the country in declaring how you plan to continue your education beyond high school as part of the #CollegeSigningDay celebration. Post your picture with a sign or wearing college gear with the hashtag above on your social media outlets and join others in celebrating the class of 2020.
Congratulations to Abby Moitoso on her acceptances to: UMass Amherst, Stonehill College, Saint Michael's College, University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, Bridgewater State University, Endicott College.
Dear AP Students, Parents and Teachers: Please read this important message from College Board.
As many of you have reached out to me with AP questions, I wanted to share ways in which the AP Program is supporting schools throughfree remote learning resourcesand the development of a new at-home testing option. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available byApril 3rdon AP Central.About This Year’s AP Exams
Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
We’ll continue to support students with free resources through exam day.
While we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:
·For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
·AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
·Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
·Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
·We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know.
Test security is a concern.
·The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
·Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25th, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:
·Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
·Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
·Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.
·Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.
Teachers who are providing remote instruction can continue to leverage AP Classroom, which we introduced at the start of the school year.
·Within AP Classroom, free-response questions that were only available for in-classroom use due to security concerns will now be unlocked.
·Teachers will be able to assign questions to students digitally.
Here is a one-page overview (.pdf/514KB) of how AP teachers can use the free, daily online practice in AP Classroom to help students prepare for exam day.
AP teachers can access these additional resources to help them get set up with AP Classroom:
·Foundations. Learn how AP Classroom complements the new AP course and exam descriptions and offers students opportunities for practice and feedback throughout the year.
·AP Classroom Demo. See a click-through demonstration of AP Classroom, which highlights how to assign, score, and interpret results from Topic Questions, Personal Progress Checks, and teacher-created assignments and quizzes from the AP Question Bank.
Attention ALL DR athletes and Coaches, Per the MIAA , the Spring Athletic Season has been pushed out for the safety of our student athletes coaches and official’s and all other school athletes in the state. The season is to resume on March 30th with the approval of the Mass state officials. We will keep you as up to date as we can. See Mr Kelley if more clarification is needed.
The BCC acceptance day scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th, has been cancelled. If you submitted your application to Guidance, it will still be reviewed and you will receive a decision from BCC by email. Magnificent job everyone with the Latin phrases! Beware the Ides of March on Sunday 3/15. The last Latin phrase for Latin Week 2020 is "e pluribus unum", that's spelled out, E(space) P-L-U-R-I-B-U-S (space)U-N-U-M. If you know what this phrase means, email Mrs. Loell at email@example.com and if you are one of the first 10 correct answers you win a prize! I’m sure many of you know the answer! Good luck!
Ever dream of being part of a TEAM? Join the Unified Track team and make that dream a reality. Sign up before familyid closes on March 13th at midnight. See Mr. Garcia if you have any questions. Happy Thursday and National Latin Exam day! Our next Latin phrase for Latin Week 2020 is "veni, vidi, vici", that's spelled out, V-E-N-I (space)V-I-D-I, V-I-C-I. If you know what this phrase means, email Mrs. Loell at Hloell@drregional.org and if you are one of the first 10 correct answers you win a prize! Hope you all CONQUER this one. Reminder! If you are taking the National Latin Exam, please come to the world language lab, room 123, at the end of 1st block!!! This means you, Chaz DiSanto! The Portuguese Club outing scheduled for today has been postponed till next Tuesday March 17th. See mr. Augusto or Club officer if you have any questions. There will be a brief meeting today for any boy interested in playing tennis this spring, Practice schedules will be handed out and a check on Family ID and Physicals will be done. Pro Musica rehearsal is today from 2-3. The field trip to Trinity Rep is cancelled today. There will be rehearsal for Little Shop of Horrors today from 2:00-3:30 Student signups are now going on to compete against the faculty in the Student vs. Faculty Basketball game which will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30. Signups are going on now in room108 or outside the cafeteria. Any questions, see Ms. Beckett Members of the girls' basketball team are reminded that the banquet will be held Monday night in the cafeteria. Please arrive by 5:45.
There will be a brief but mandatory NHS meeting on Thursday in the Media Center Anyone interested in playing freshman, JV, or varsity baseball must register on FamilyID this week or you will be unable to try out. Attn: Students: Family ID is closing this Friday, March 13th at midnight. If you are not registered and do not have a current phsycial on file with the nurse then you can not try out. Congratulations to Alicia Cadima on her acceptance to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. YAHOO!!
In 2011, our school became involved with Best Buddies International by starting a Best Buddies Chapter to foster one-to-one friendships between high school students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Each year in March, our Chapter seeks to “Spread the Word…” In the past the goal of this initiative was to bring awareness to the casual use of the R-word. Overtime, Best Buddies has been working to “Spread the Word” for INCLUSION.
On Friday, March 13th, Our school’s Best Buddies will be holding its annual “Spread the Word” campaign to support Inclusion for all in the school. We ask everyone to join us by wearing green and gold to demonstrate your inclusive spirit. Good day!! Our next Latin phrase for Latin Week 2020 is "semper fidelis", that's spelled out, S-E-M-P-E-R (space) F-I-D-E-L-I-S. If you know what this phrase means, email Mrs. Loell at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you are one of the first 10 correct answers you win a prize! It’s always worth a try! Good luck!
Members of the girls' basketball team are reminded that the banquet will be held Monday night in the cafeteria. Please arrive by 5:45. Student signups are now going on to compete against the faculty in the Student vs. Faculty Basketball game which will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30. Signups are going on now in room108 or outside the cafeteria. Any questions, see Ms. Beckett