Monday, March 23, 2020

AP Exams Important Update

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 through free remote learning resources and 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 by April 3rd on 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.

Instructional Support
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.
·       AP Quick Start Videos. Watch short tutorials on the recent features added to AP Classroom.



Friday, March 13, 2020

Spring Sports Season

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.

Daily Announcements 3-13-2020

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 hloell@drregional.org 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!


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Daily Announcements 3-12-2020

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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Daily Announcements 3-11-2020

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 hloell@drregional.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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Daily Announcements 3-10-2020

Tickets for the Junior/Senior Prom will be on sale before and after school in the cafeteria starting on Monday March 30th until Friday April 3rd. The cost of tickets for seniors who have paid their dues in full is $65. All other tickets are $70. Please see Mrs. DelRosso in room 510 or Miss Mathias in room 110 with any questions.

There will be a meeting Thursday March 12th after school in room 510 for any Senior interested in being on the prom committee. Please see Mrs. DelRosso with questions. 

Do you want to travel through the Iron Curtain and World War II to Gothic cathedrals and ancient cities that are now more vibrant than ever? Come by Mrs. Loell's room 124 and pick up the information on next year's trip to Europe in April 2021. Enroll by Wed. 3/11 to get $200 off!

Good morning!! Our first Latin phrase for Latin Week 2020 is "carpe diem", 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! So go and carpe diem! Good luck!

There will be a brief but mandatory NHS meeting on Thursday in the Media Center

There will be a Peer Leaders Meeting today directly after school in room 108. See Ms B if you cannot attend.

There is a mandatory meeting for any girls interested in playing on the girl's lacrosse team this year, today at 2:05 in room 503. Any questions please see Coach Smith.


Friday, March 6, 2020

Scholarship Fundraiser


Daily Announcements 3-6-2020

The ASVAB test is scheduled for March 16 at 7:30. This is open to all 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Please sign up in Guidance.

Attn: seniors remember to turn in your permission slips for the door to door scholarship fundraiser

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! Next week the Latin classes will be hosting events to commemorate the Ides of March and the many ways we see Latin in our lives. There will be prizes awarded so listen up to announcements, look out for a Trojan horse, and beware the Ides of March that we will celebrate on Friday. Check in with Mrs. Loell room 124 for more information.

Congratulations to Ashley Damon on her acceptance to Endicott College, Saint Anselm College, and University of Connecticut. YAHOO!!