Pembroke High School Weekly Update

Dear PHS Families,

 

Here is this week's news, updates, and other items of note.

 

NEW DATES AND GRADING DEADLINES FOR TERM 4:

As we enter the final quarter of the year, I wanted to take a moment to review some adjustments that have been made to our end-of-year dates and grading deadlines.  These changes are the result of a couple of days of school that were canceled due to inclement weather this year. 

 

For the Senior Class

  • The last day of school is Friday, May 28.  Unlike in past years when we had final exams, the last day of school is a full day for our seniors.  Remember, we canceled traditional final exams this year due to the uncertainty presented by COVID-19.  
  • Teachers may certainly still give an end-of-term or end-of-year assessment, but such an assessment will be given in a class period and not weigh any more than a typical unit exam given throughout the term. 
  • Progress Reports for seniors will be issued on Tuesday, May 11.
  • Report Cards for seniors will be mailed home on Thursday, June 4
  • The traditional events that occur during Senior Week (May 31-June 5) are still being planned in some shape or form.  As we all know, these plans are subject to change based on local and state guidelines, but we are tentatively set to provide these opportunities for the Class of 2021.
    • The Senior Parade, Tailgate, and Sunset Extravaganza - Saturday, May 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at PHS
    • Senior Dinner - Tuesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Villa in Halifax
    • Graduation Rehearsal (either in person or virtual) and Cap and Gown pick-up on Wednesday, June 2 at 8 a.m.
    • Senior Walk (in person) - Thursday, June 3 at 9 a.m.
    • Senior Awards Night (either in person or virtual) - Thursday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Graduation (in person) - Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at our athletic complex
  • We will have more details about these events as we progress further into May

For Underclassmen: 

  • The last day of school is Monday, June 21.  This is a half-day. 
  • Again, we are not running a traditional exam week, so classes the week of June 14 are full days of school.
  • Teachers can give end-of-year or end-of-term assessments during this time, but they will not be traditional 90-minute exams and they will not count any more than a typical unit test given during the term.  
  • Term 4 Progress Reports for students in grades 9-11 will be distributed on May 21.
  • Term 4 Report Cards will be mailed home on June 22

 

MCAS UPDATES:

Our sophomores are scheduled to take the ELA (May 3,4) and Mathematics (May 6, 7) MCAS next week.  By now all of our students should be fully aware of their testing locations, schedules, and other pertinent information, as Mr. Rix, our MCAS Coordinator, has been communicating with them via email, and their teachers have been reinforcing these messages.  In speaking with your sophomore, if you or your child have any remaining questions, please contact Mr. Rix directly.  

 

As I noted earlier this week, the DESE has removed the expectation that the Class of 2022 (Junior Class) pass the ELA and Mathematics MCAS to earn a high school diploma.  However, there are still a few reasons why a current junior may want to sit for these exams on May 18 and 19 (Mathematics) and May 26, 27. and 28 (ELA). You can read about those reasons by clicking here.  After speaking with your junior, if he or she would still like to take these exams, please have him or her fill out this Google Form by Wednesday, May 5.

Please note, the MCAS testing window for our juniors will not conflict with any AP exams that are also scheduled throughout the month of May.  

 

AP EXAMS:

In addition to MCAS, the month of May also brings AP exams.  Please see this important update on AP exams from our AP Coordinator, Mrs. Robin Conathan.  It contains testing dates, times, and locations; important reminders for AP students; information about quarantining during AP exams, navigating digital exams, and more. This update has also been shared with our AP teachers and will be posted on their Google Classroom pages. 

 

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY:

Our annual NHS Induction Ceremony  is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. outdoors on our athletic complex.  With an outdoor capacity limit of 150 (the larger capacity limits recently announced by the governor do not go into effect until May 14), we can allow each inductee to bring one parent to view the event in person, with our friends at PAC TV live streaming the event for those that cannot attend.  

 

In the event of rain, we will shift the ceremony to Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.  However, this event would be inside the PHS Auditorium, where the capacity is only 100.  Because of that limit, we would not be able to accommodate any in-person viewing.  Instead, PAC TV would livestream (YouTube Channel) and broadcast (Channel 14 Comcast) the event in real time.  We fully understand how disappointing these capacity limits are for our entire community, but we are grateful that we have an opportunity to host some semblance of a ceremony to recognize these outstanding students on this remarkable accomplishment, and we once again thank PAC TV for allowing a viewing opportunity for anyone so inclined.  

 

We will make a final decision on the NHS Induction Ceremony by Tuesday, May 4.  

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND UPDATES ABOUT RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID-19 QUARANTINE:

As a reminder, parents/caregivers of a student that has tested positive for COVID-19 or that has been identified as a close contact from any setting (school, sports, home, community) must speak to our school nurse, Mrs. Turvey, and provide the proper documentation clearing the student prior to a return to school.  Without Mrs. Turvey's confirmation of clearance, students must remain out of school.  If your physician chooses to run both a rapid antigen test and a PCR test, your child must remain in quarantine until the PCR test confirms a negative result.  

 

Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidance for students returning to sports at a "serious level" (i.e. grade 6 and above, including high school, more than once a week) after testing positive for COVID-19.  Most significant is the guidance that requires a student that has tested positive for COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) to be seen by his or her pediatrician to review the 14-point preparticipation screening evaluation with emphasis on cardiac symptoms and perform a complete physical examination.  While the link to the guidance in its entirety can be found here, some key takeaways for our high school students are as follows:

"All youths who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 should not exercise until a physician clears them. It discusses considerations for evaluating youths with COVID-19 for resumption of physical activity or sports based on whether disease severity was asymptomatic/mild (illness was less than one week), moderate (illness was more than one week) or illness was severe/multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

    • Children with asymptomatic/mild illness: After their isolation time is completed, the primary care physician should review the 14-point preparticipation screening evaluation with emphasis on cardiac symptoms and perform a complete physical examination.
    • Children with moderate illness: After symptom resolution (at least 10 days past the positive result), the primary care physician should review the 14-point preparticipation screening evaluation with emphasis on cardiac symptoms and perform a complete physical examination and an ECG.
    • Children with severe illness/MIS-C: They should not exercise for at least three to six months and should obtain cardiology clearance prior to resuming training or competition. They may require other tests based on signs or symptoms."

Finally, we continue to remind families that if your child has covid symptoms, please do not send your child to school. Please reach out to Mrs. Turvey or your physician for guidance on the next steps.

 

UPCOMING DATES OF NOTE:

  • May 3, 4 and  6, and 7 - ELA and Mathematics MCAS for the Sophomore Class
  • May 5 - Early Release Day for Students (11:10 a.m. dismissal)
  • May 5 - AP English Literature Exam
  • May 6 - AP Computer Science A Exam
  • May 10 - AP French Exam
  • May 11 - Progress Reports for Seniors Distributed
  • May 11 - AP Spanish, AP Psychology Exams
  • May 12 - AP English Language and Composition Exam
  • May 14 - AP Biology Exam (for 12th graders only)
  • May 15 - Senior Parade, Tailgate, Sunset Extravaganza

 

Thank, all.  Please do not ever hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance or answer any questions that you may have. 

 

Regards,

Marc Talbot, Principal