• Will we issue grades for the rest of the school year?
Yes, grades will appear as usual in RenWeb. For Lower School, participation grades and attendance will be derived from student assignment submission and interactions within the virtual classroom.
For Upper School students, all high school classes, including most electives, are being offered via distance instruction. Teachers will continue to upload grades into Renweb on a weekly basis. Attendance will be taken in the student’s homeroom/mentoring Google classroom each day. It is important that your student logs into that classroom every day to check in. Computer Enrichment, Math Enrichment, and Conversational Spanish will not continue virtually due to the unique nature of the classes. These electives are a pass/fail classes so grading does not apply.
• What is the plan for end of the year exams for Upper School and Lower School?
There will be no final exams. Standardized testing (Iowa) will be postponed to the beginning weeks of the 2020-21 school year. We will test students at their 2019-20 grade levels using spring 2020 norms so there will be no gap in testing.
• Will we have year-end ceremonies for Kindergarten, 8th Grade, and Senior Graduation and commissioning?
We deeply regret having to cancel 8th grade commissioning and Kindergarten graduation. Our priority at this point is to focus on rescheduling graduation and commissioning for our seniors as this will be their last opportunity to celebrate this milestone with us and their families. We will let you know when we have more information, and we appreciate your patience and understanding. We want nothing more than for all of our students to feel and experience these traditional milestones in a meaningful way.
• What about Upper School course selection for next year?
Course Selection for 2020-21 will take place virtually. Mrs. Lepson will be sending information out soon about the process your student will use to select courses.
• What about major capstone projects like the Senior Thesis and 8th Grade speeches?
We are exploring options for how to conduct 8th grade speeches and the Senior Thesis and will share the plan with parents and students as soon as possible.