Thursday, May 21, 2020
Ascension Thursday- A Prayer for Graduates from the University of Notre Dame
God, source of all life, you are our beginning and end. Bless our graduates as they celebrate the past and welcome the future. Guide them with hope as they embark upon paths known and unknown, comfortable and challenging.
May they stay true to your voice, which they find in their heart’s desire. May they always walk in your presence, and may their knowledge and talents be a powerful means for good in the world. As they take their leave from this state in their lives, grant them the wisdom of your self-emptying love.
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…
DeLaSalle will honor the Class of 2020 with a virtual Commencement today, at 6:45pm. During this prerecorded ceremony, we will honor each graduate by name as we would if we were able to hold Commencement at the Basilica of St. Mary. We will also feature reflections from DeLaSalle President Barry Lieske, Midwest District of Christian Brothers Visitor Michael Fehrenbach, faculty, and student speakers Nick Ericksen ’20 and Sydney Riley ’20. We will also recognize those seniors who have earned academic and extracurricular awards. The ceremony will be shown as a livestream from our website.
DeLaSalle faculty and staff will personally deliver diplomas and any awards that graduates have received during a Diploma Distribution evening. On Wednesday, May 27, DeLaSalle educators will deliver the diploma package to each graduate at his or her home starting at 5:00 p.m. To keep everyone safe, we will use a no-contact method for delivery. Staff will place your package outside your home or apartment. If you would like to make a sign or set a designated spot (chair, table, porch step, etc.) we will use that. Staff will knock or ring your doorbell and then stand six feet back for you to collect your diploma.
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 DeLaSalle Art Department would like to celebrate its graduating seniors! Each student was asked to create a portfolio of their favorite artwork to share with the community. Congratulations!
This year, the summer program offered by La Salle University is completely online. If you are a junior or senior who’d like to get a jump start on their college degrees in a 6-week session this summer, take a look at the full, transcripted 3-credit courses for a fraction of the cost of a regular course.
This year’s Summer Scholars will choose one of six exciting courses in multiple fields, earning 3 real college credits in an accelerated session running from June 22 – July 31, with an orientation session to be held the week of June 15. Summer Scholars will also have access to our weekly roster of college and career preparation seminars, covering such topics as successful college writing, college major selection, how to choose the right college for you, and even how to get the most out of your college tour! Our flexible courses blend synchronous and asynchronous methods, making it possible for students anywhere in the United States to participate.
Summer Scholars enrollment costs less than 1/3 of a regular La Salle University course: for $949.00, students will be registered in a transcripted, transferable 3-credit course, and have access to our career and college seminars. Seats in courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis; students are encouraged to apply asap, and families of accepted students are encouraged to accept invitations to enroll at their earliest possible convenience. Registration is open until June 12, but we’re encouraging students to apply as soon as possible, as seats in courses may fill up quickly. Please find our application directions here; at this time, we are waiving the guidance counselor signature requirement.
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.
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