March 27, Week 2 Update
Dear Upper School Parents,
We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this time. As we complete our first full week of distance learning, we understand that this transition has been challenging for many of you and your children. We sincerely appreciate your patience as we have temporarily transformed our school into an online learning community. We also want to say that we have been so impressed at how well and how quickly so many of the students have adapted to distance learning, as well as the tremendous job that our teachers have done moving their classrooms online.
Here are a few updates:
Third quarter report cards are now available on Whipple Hill. To see your child’s report card, log in to Whipple Hill; you should be able to access it under the “Performance” tab. You should also be able to print it out if you wish. If you have any difficulties, please let us know.
We have decided to eliminate exams for the second semester. We are making plans on the best ways to utilize that time when we return to school. When final decisions have been made, we will communicate those plans with you and your students right away.
Students who are enrolled in AP classes have probably heard from Debbie Flanagan, our Director of College Counseling, and their teachers that the College Board announced last week that all AP Exams will be conducted as 45-minute online tests, which they may take at home on one of two dates. The College Board plans to announce those dates in early April. In addition, AP exams will only test material that would normally be covered through the third quarter of the school year. Furthermore, there will no longer be a fee for cancellations. You will hear more from us as this situation develops.
As we continue to function as an online learning community, we recognize the need to dedicate ourselves to professional development opportunities specific to online learning while also giving students time to unplug and unwind. To that end, we are setting aside this coming Monday (March 30) and Thursday, April 9 as professional development days for our teachers. Students will not have any classes or new assignments for those days. In turn, teachers will not be having regularly scheduled office hours.
We know that this is a difficult time for many of you, and we appreciate the trust and confidence you put in us to educate your children. Please check the school website next week as our Student Services Team will be uploading numerous tips to help support your children. We pray that you and your family continue to weather this time. As always, feel free to reach out if we can help you in any way.