Thursday, May 7, 2020
Rev. Michael Belinsky, C.S.C.
Guide us, Good Shepherd, in your ways during these Easter days. May we share the new life you give us through water and the Spirit and so help others to know the blessings of your presence. This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us!
Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever
*Students and families, please see the DeLaSalle Online School Schedule for more information.
In the news…
In honor of Staff Appreciation Week all students are encouraged to submit messages of gratitude and appreciation to their teachers, coaches, moderators, support staff and administrators. Today is the last day we will be collecting messages – please submit your responses by 4pm.
Tomorrow, Student Council will hold elections for the positions of President/Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer. Voting will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and all students are encouraged to participate! Learn all about the 2020-20201 Candidates before you vote! Read the essays from all candidates and watch the video from the Presidential debate.
Next Friday, Student Council will hold elections for Class Representatives. These positions are open to all students.
If you are interested in running for Class Representative, please download a nomination form. In order to appear on the Class Representative ballot, you must return your nomination packet to Mr. Glanville and Ms. Brinson by Friday, May 8 via email. For any questions concerning the positions or the electoral process, please email Mr. Glanville.
Student Council in partnership with the Activities Office has been working hard to bringing back the DeLaSalle talent show.
DeLaSalle will hold a virtual talent show to allow students and staff to showcase their talents! We are looking to spread some cheer, to help keep social interactions going, and to share your talents with the DeLaSalle student body along with the greater DeLaSalle Community.
In order to be featured in De’s Got Talent, you will need to submit a 1-3 minute long clip or series of quality photographs of you performing your act or sharing your talent before May 22nd. To learn more about this opportunity, please read the De’s Got Talent page in the Islanders Canvas course.
Once again, this year in a virtual online space, DeLaSalle students proved their historical research skills are among the best in state at the Minnesota History Day competition. After a revised format of online judging between April 24-May 2, Minnesota award winners were announced on Facebook Live on May 3. Over and over, the names of DeLaSalle student historians were announced, as DeLaSalle captured ten of the 45 potential medalist awards across nine different History Day categories.
Three different DeLaSalle projects are among the 18 from Minnesota advancing to a virtual National History Day, June 14-20
- Mary Svien – “Curtailing a Crippling Killer: How the Vaccine Conquered Polio” THIRD PLACE MEDALIST IN STATE
- Kate Mandler, John Henry Sullivan – “Women’s War of 1929” FIRST PLACE MEDALISTS IN STATE AND NATIONAL QUALIFIER
- Evie Kaznessis, Audrey Simpson – “Women in Mental Institutions” SECOND PLACE MEDALISTS IN STATE AND NATIONAL QUALIFIER
- Owen Price, Saxon Rudduck, Nick Scott – “Frank Lloyd Wright” THIRD PLACE MEDALISTS IN STATE
- Grace Larkin, Audrey Orfiled-Johnson, Will Sylvain – “Salem Witch Trials” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Joel Jara, Lily Rojas, Charlie Bautista – “Mexican Immigration” STATE QUALIFIER
- Daniel Kennedy, Kieran Rowe, Shane Zenk – “From Ripe to Rotten: The Career of Samuel Zemurray” STATE QUALIFIER
- Megan Wenner – “Sally Ride” FOURTH MEDALIST PLACE IN STATE
- Maya Atherly-Larson – “America in Light and Darkness” TOPICAL PRIZE WINNER IN “LABOR HISTORY” and HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Esme Eubanks – “Iranian Women’s Rights Movement” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Bolu Ilelaboye – “Fela Kuti and Afrobeats” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Kathleen Mason – “Liberia” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Elijah Blaylark, Quinn Collins – “Minneapolis School Segregation/Integration” THIRD PLACE MEDALISTS IN STATE and TOPICAL PRIZE IN “MINNESOTA EXPERIENCE” HISTORY
- Sophia Chang, Mira Ho-Chen – “Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989” STATE QUALIFIER
- Theresa DeGross, Yilin Yuan – “Ida Tarbell: The Shattering of Standard Oil” STATE QUALIFIER
- Elena Laskowski – “The Rise of Katharine Graham” SECOND PLACE MEDALIST IN STATE AND NATIONAL QUALIFIER
- Piper Gage – “MK-Ultra” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Veronica Kostka – “Caryl Churchill: A Leader of the Feminist Movement in the Arts” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Allicia Moeller – “Santo Tomás Internment Camp: Self-Governance and Survival” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Timothy Smith – “How the Haitian Revolution Built America” STATE QUALIFIER
- Brooke Burnett, Alexandra Ezeokeke, Maguire Murphy – “Miriam Makeba” FIFTH PLACE MEDALISTS IN STATE
- Sole’nisa Warren, Jazmine Estrada Gomez – “Speak American: The English-Only Movement in the U.S.” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE and TOPICAL PRIZE IN “IMMIGRATION HISTORY”
- Anna Gerstenberger, Abby Johnson – “Ernst Haeckel: ‘The German Darwin’” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Chelsea Chukwu, Isabella Benjamin – “Oriana Fallaci” HONORABLE MENTION IN STATE
- Amanda Martinez — “Juliette Gordon Low Leads the Girl Scouts in Breaking Gender Stereotypes” FIFTH PLACE MEDALISTS IN STATE
- Lou Lou Lambert, Joe Mason, Leila Ambrus — “Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit” FIFTH PLACE MEDALISTS IN STATE
This week and next, 10th grade students will be logging into Naviance (DeLaSalle’s main web-based tool that students use for college and career planning) to complete a personality survey.
The most up to date information at this link: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students
Complete by May 3
- Review contact information College Board is communicating with the AP community primarily by email. To ensure students are receiving critical information, they should log in to My AP to remind themselves of the email address and cell phone number they’ve asked the College Board to use. If they want, students can change contact information.
- Two days before each exam, students will receive an email with a personalized e-ticket that will include their eight-character AP ID code. If a student still doesn’t receive the email, they’ll be able to access their e-ticket directly through My AP.
Week of May 4
- Practice submissions through the exam demo.
- Educators and students will have access to a demo of the exam experience. It will allow students to click through to practice the different ways to submit their responses. The demo will be generic across subjects, and not a practice exam.
- Watch the world language walk-through video.
- A video overview of the world language exam experience will be available for educators and students.
Week of May 11
- Make sure world language students download the exam app.
- World language students will need to download an app to test; we’ll provide them with directions and additional information by email when the app is available. The week before their exams, students can use the app to become familiar with its features, test their technology’s compatibility, and check the quality of sound in their intended exam location.
Extended Time Information
- 50% extended Time or 100% Extended Time – Students will receive extended time within the online exam platform
- Breaks as Needed – Students will receive the extended time, so they’ll be able to take breaks while still having enough time to complete the exam
- Extra Breaks and Extended Breaks – Since the standard timing is 45 minutes for this year’s AP Exams ( and less for spoken AP world language and culture exams), there are no breaks during the exams. Therefore, extra breaks and/or extended breaks aren’t needed.
The ACT test that is scheduled on June 13 at DeLaSalle has been canceled.
There is still summer testing at alternate test centers around the metro, however, everyday test centers are canceling. Test centers that do stay open may have fewer seats due to social distancing rules. Students who were registered for the June 13th test at DeLaSalle will receive information from ACT about changing test center locations or rescheduling. Students who still want to test this summer should plan for the possibility of multiple test center changes due to the ongoing closure of test centers. This means that communications from ACT should be monitored closely, emails opened and read for detail, and action taken in a timely manner to follow up on the directives given to you by ACT.
There is a lot of information concerning the SAT, ACT, and AP testing that is changing daily.
Changes to College Board SAT/SAT Subject Tests
- CollegeBoard has canceled the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14th administration (scheduled for March 28) have also been canceled.
- Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. Please log in to your College Board account for the latest updates.
Changes to ACT Tests
- ACT has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13th across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4th test date will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.
- ACT TEST RESCHEDULING INFORMATION
Changes to College Board AP Exam Administration
- In light of school closures across the country, CollegeBoard has determined that traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place this year. Instead, students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. The free response question format will only address content from the first 75% of the course sequence. CollegeBoard will provide two test date options for each AP exam.
- UPDATES FOR AP STUDENTS AFFECTED BY COVID-19
DeLaSalle Administration and your AP Teachers require all AP students to sit for their exams. We believe this revised exam format in response to the school closures will allow students to successfully prepare and take exams, and colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies in the past. We also want to ensure that every student has access to a device at home to help prepare for your exam and participate in the AP Testing. If you need technical support contact the DeLaSalle technology office at least two weeks before your scheduled test to give them enough time to help you troubleshoot. CollegeBoard can also assist with getting you a device or the internet connectivity you will need to take the tests CollegeBoard Tech Help.
To help students begin to prepare they are offering 45-minute online AP Review Sessions with experienced AP teachers. Students are encouraged to participate in the live sessions or access the recorded sessions after they occur. AP REVIEW SESSIONS
Tech support will be available by emailing email@example.com or by calling 612.676.7678. When leaving a voicemail, please remember to include your name, a number at which you can be reached, and a brief overview of your question. Additionally, the Islanders Course has a new button on its home page, and we will house tips and reminders that will help you during Online School.
Take some time to look at the Guidance Department‘s resources in Canvas. From your Canvas dashboard, click the Islanders course. Then, click Guidance. Within this area, you will find 5 buttons that will redirect you. *These resources will have ongoing changes and additions.
- Counselors – school counselor, and /or college advisor, as well as other support staff assignments.
- Naviance – the login page
- College Planning – tasks that will help your student with college planning by grade level
- COVID-19 Family Support Resources – specific to the stress and anxiety some may be experiencing during this time
- Online Learning – resources to help with the online school transition
The in-person summer youth camps DeLaSalle had planned for this summer – known as Camp Islander – have been canceled because of prohibitions on large gatherings. The Student Activities office will follow up with families who had registered their child for a camp to process a refund. Activities staff are exploring other ways to provide opportunities for youth virtually and will update you later as we develop plans.