Monday, May 11, 2020
Eastertide, a Poem by Lucy Lyngen, Class of 2020
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…
On Friday, May 15, DeLaSalle will celebrate the annual Founder’s Day Mass, which celebrates the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the namesake of our school and the Founder of the Christian Brothers. Unfortunately, we cannot celebrate this event in person as we have historically done because our campus is closed. Instead, we will present a virtual Mass at 11:00am on May 15, celebrated by Father Kevin Kenney ‘78, the pastor of St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis and a DeLaSalle Trustee.
You can view the Mass on the DeLaSalle website.
The Roaring 2020’s Prom event, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, was unfortunately canceled. However, the Student Council would like for Juniors and Seniors to participate in a virtual prom.
Juniors and Seniors are only eligible to vote for a Senior Prom King and Queen from May 11 through May 13. Voting will take place online through the Islanders course. Voting will close on Wednesday, May 13, at 11:59 pm. The announcement for the Senior Prom King & Queen will take place on Friday, May 15.
Throughout the week of May 11, we would love for Juniors and Seniors to showcase their prom attire (dress, gown, tuxedo, suit). Please submit your prom photos to the assignment in the Islanders course for a chance to be entered into a drawing to win a gift card.
Thank you for your participation in the Roaring 2020’s Junior & Senior Prom
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.
On Friday, Student Council will hold elections for Class Representatives. These positions are open to all students.
For any questions concerning the positions or the electoral process, please email Mr. Glanville.
The already complicated college process just became more challenging for families in the wake of COVID-19. Campus visits are canceled, ACT test dates are postponed and more changes every day. How does a family conduct a search and choose a college in this new environment?
DeLaSalle is partnering with national expert Cozy Wittman from College Inside Track to host a must-see online event to provide guidance and answer your questions. Join us on May 14 at 6:30pm to learn up-to-date info on topics such as:
- What can I do if the college has canceled all tours?
- What is happening with the ACT/SAT test?
- What are ways I can reduce the cost of college?
- If you are the parent of a high school student in grades 10-11, this is incredibly important info you will not want to miss.
Be on the lookout for colleges “going on the road” virtually.
Here is a consortium of colleges that usually does a group visit to our area, this year they have gone virtual: Emory, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Washington University
Students must RSVP for this event as space may be limited. Your college counselors see this as an ongoing trend this year.
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.