Friday, May 15, 2020
Loving God, today we renew our dedication to be ambassadors of Your Son, to be your Good News to those entrusted to our care. As St. John Baptist de La Salle allowed himself to be led by You, we ask to be guided by Your gentle and persistent presence and grace to do your will, not for our own sakes or satisfaction, but for the success of our school, the life of the Lasallian mission, and the building of Your Kingdom. Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us!
Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever
In the news…
Faculty will attend professional meetings today, and classes will not be held. If students or families would like to connect with a teacher, please send them an email.
*Students and families, please see the DeLaSalle Online School Schedule for more information about our class rotation.
Today, 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, 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.
DeLaSalle will offer a virtual graduation program, which will incorporate many pieces of the traditional commencement exercises, as well as a recognition of senior awards. We will share additional details about graduation soon.
DeLaSalle congratulates 39 members of its graduating Class of 2020 who have achieved the honor of “Distinguished Scholar.” These 39 students have earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or better through the first semester of their senior year. Continue reading…
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.
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. The announcement for the Senior Prom King & Queen will take place today.
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.
Congratulations to the new Student Council Class Representatives for the 2020-21 school year! Due to the number of nominations, the moderators elected to put all nominees on Student Council in lieu of an election. All of the Executive Board members and Class Representatives look forward to serving the student body in the coming year!
Congratulations to three seniors who have been named finalists for prestigious awards through the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education program. The program announced that, for the first time in the history of DeLaSalle Theatre, two Islanders have been named as finalists for Triple Threat awards, which honors students who excel in singing, dancing, and acting. Congratulations to Gabe Goeddeke and Nick Ericksen for earning these honors; the two will continue to compete for the opportunity to earn an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to hone their skills on Broadway.
The news follows an announcement April 27 that Ainsley Cox ‘20 had been honored as a Technical Theatre Excellence finalist.
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.
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.
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
The most up to date information at this link: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students
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.
Tech support will be available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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