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Principal's Message

Principal's Message: Week of 4.24.2020

 

> School Closure Extended to May 15th: by which time the State Board of Education will make a decision about returning to school for the remainder of the school year.

 

> Round 3 Work Distribution: If you DO NOT have a device such as laptop to work on and/or you DO NOT have access to the internet and cannot complete work on-line, you will need to plan to pick up paper packets with assignments that will need to be completed and sent back to the teacher electronically (options will be explained in the packet).

  • The 1st distribution will occur on Monday, 4/27 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • The 2nd distribution will occur on Tuesday, 4/28 from 9:00-11:00 a.m

 

If you are picking up work for your child, please make sure that you know their schedule.  This is more important because we will be handing out work from all their classes. 

 

This distribution, like the others will be the same format in terms of keeping everyone safe and healthy.  We again ask that once you’ve received your packet you move on to continue the social distancing practices that have been recommended during this time.

 

We really want all of our students completing assignments so if you have not picked up work yet, please plan on picking it up either Monday or Tuesday.  If you have been picking up work and know someone who as not, please share the dates and times and encourage them to come to school and pick up work or to complete the assignments on-line. 

 

> Online Scheduling is going on now! All students should complete an Online Scheduling Form asap. Links are available on the WiHi website under the For Student tab at the top of the page, BOE website, and social media. If you have any questions, contact your guidance counselor:

 

> Eastern Shore Virtual Resource Fair: The Maryland Coalition of Families will be sponsoring this virtual resource fair on Tuesday, April 28th from 10-11am. Come learn about the substance use services available in your community, from the comfort of your own home. Addiction is hard – but finding help doesn’t have to be. Local providers will be available to explain their services and answer your questions. The cost is free. You can connect to the fair using Online Zoom Meeting or Phone (Zoom is a free video and phone conferencing tool that allows you to join virtual meetings from your computer, tablet or smart phone – or call using the number provided. RSVP to receive the Zoom link or call-in number). For more info or to sign up and receive the Zoom link, contact Julie Slivka at jslivka@mdcoalition.org or call 443-878-5679.

 

> Yearbook Sales Extended: Want your student to remember their high school years? Online orders for the WiHi yearbook have been extended to May 15th! Order online at www.balfour.com. Limited availability, so order soon!

 

> May Testing Canceled: All state mandated testing that was scheduled for May 5th, 6th, 18th & 19th  for Government GSA, Algebra I & II, and English 10 has been canceled.

 

 

 

 

 

> Children’s Mental Health Matters Week: is the 1st week of May. Here’s some tips to help all of us in these difficult times:

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, or even trauma. It is a skill that we develop as we grow. All children, and adults, are capable of working through the difficulties they will face throughout their lifetime. One of the ways to build resilience is through taking care of ourselves, which can be practiced in many ways, including:

1.      Talking about and labeling emotions

2.      Making time for relationships

3.      Practicing gratitude

4.      Spending time outside and prioritizing exercise

5.      Following a healthy diet and trying to sleep well

6.      Taking a break from media

7.      Practicing relaxation and coping skills 

We hope this week's resources will help you and your families to build resilience during this stressful time.

 

> Helpdesk for Technical Issues: if you or your child are having issues with laptops or connecting to online assignments, assistance is available by email at studenthelp@wcboe.org or by calling 410-677-5200.

 

> Attention Seniors:

  1. Continue to visit Naviance to search and download scholarship opportunities
  2. Send your photo and a brief summary of your future plans to Mrs. Rhodes to be featured on our social media Senior Showcase and earn a free T-shirt
  3. Contact your Counselors if you need any help or support:

Ms. Rhodes (A-G) arhodes@wcboe.org

Ms. Breeding (H-O) dbreeding@wcboe.org

Ms. Pilchard (P-Z) spilchard@wcboe.org

 

> AP Students: As we near the dates for AP testing, I have attached a couple of links that may be helpful.  Please take a moment to click on these to use as a resource.  These is information on the testing schedule, how to take the exams as well as webinar for students and parents that discusses a lot of important ideas concerning the tests. 

 

https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students 

 

https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1302024&tp_key=73070ccd21

 

 

> Meals for Students During Mandatory Closure: Up-to-date locations and dates can be found at wcboe.org, along with a full list of events that have been canceled or postponed.

 

 

Thank you, parents and guardians, for your patience and understanding

as we navigate these difficult times!