Dear High School Parents and Students,

I am impressed and proud at how our High School community has dived into the opportunities and challenges of distance learning. We are all learning together. Today I wanted to take this opportunity to remind us of the adjustments in the High School.
New HS Schedule from Monday
Student-Led Conferences - March 26
HS and MS will not hold conferences this time around. We are going to use this day to finalise report cards so we are keeping this day as a day with no classes, as per our calendar. There will be no-online sessions with teachers. Nevertheless, it will be crucial for High School students to use this day to reinforce their learning, continuing and finishing some assignments. You are, of course, welcome to contact teachers at any time to schedule an individual online meeting. Teachers will also be reaching out to some parents in the coming weeks to set appointments. 

Report Cards
We are slightly postponing the issue of report cards. They will be posted on Skyward on April 1st.

Google Meet vs. Zoom 
We are going to slowly phase out Google Meet to adopt Zoom as the platform for online sessions with teachers. Zoom is proving to be a platform more conducive for robust interactions and we will exclusively use Zoom from this week.

Seniors Capstones 
As Mr. Shulman wrote yesterday, we have to modify the way we would normally run the Seniors Capstones. Seniors are going to screencast their presentations and we will assess them in an asynchronous fashion. This will provide a different but nevertheless meaningful way to celebrate eighteen months of CAS learning.
Counseling Tip: Be intentional about your social media usage
On one hand, social media makes it easier than ever before to stay connected with our loved ones and colleagues around the world. On the other hand, there is a lot of negativity and distraction to be found. The key here is to take control of your social media experience; don’t let it control you. You can do this by:

  • Scheduling time to use social media and establish usage time parameters. There are apps that can help  block you from certain sites at particular hours of the day or by tracking the amount of time you use social media.
  • Setting an intention before going on social media: “I’m going on Twitter to find some inspiration from other colleagues” or “I’m getting on Facebook to ask for help with this digital tool I am trying to use” or “I’m getting on WhatsApp to check in on a friend I am concerned about.” Then set a timer for 15 minutes increments to see if you are still sticking with that intention. 
  • Noticing your emotions as you scroll through social media. It is common for us to compare our holistic experience with what we think our colleagues and friends experience, but based on only what they choose to show on social media. We all know these images and texts are curated and never tell the full story. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Be vigilant by practicing self-awareness and protect that joy. 

May 2020 IB Exams Announcement
Here is the letter I sent to all seniors and their parents on Monday morning.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal