Class of 2020 Info

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Class of 2020 School Closure Updates & Announcements

Ferris High School Class of 2020 Students and Families,

Knowing that the recent days since Governor Inslee’s announcement of statewide school closures have left many of us feeling uncertain, confused, and at times frustrated, we want to ensure you that we are there for you, navigating through these uncharted waters together as one community. Our hope is to provide the best possible experiences, opportunities, and supports to each and every one of our seniors even amidst these challenging times. This page has been created as a space to share information and updates to our 12th grade students and their families as they become available.

We have received many questions and inquiries from you including topics such as High School and Beyond Plan, credits and graduation, AP Testing, college admission, Senior Prom, and other Senior Activities. While we do not have answers to all of these questions at this time, we are working with our school district, state agencies, and others to seek clarification and determine next steps. As this information becomes available, updates will be posted to this page and, as necessary and appropriate, sent out through other communication methods including social media, emails, and phone/text messaging.

During this time, our priority is your health and well-being. We want to ensure that you have access to the supports and resources you need to stay safe and supported. If you have specific needs (technology, food services/meals, etc.) and/or questions, please reach out to your counselor or one of the administrators listed below.

We also recommend that you work, as best as is possible, to remain in contact with your teachers via email and take this time to make up any work you were behind on in your classes prior to the closing of school on Tuesday 3/17, as well as stay current in your learning given the resources provided to you by your individual teachers.

We recognize the disappointment and challenge that the closure of schools due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created, and we empathize with each of you. Know that we are here to support you in any way we can. We are and always will be #FerrisStrong!

Sincerely,

Ken Schutz, Principal KenS@spokaneschools.org

Lisa Henderson, Assistant Principal LisaHe@spokaneschools.org

Kelly Kight, Assistant Principal Kellyk@spokaneschools.org

Andrew Lewis, Assistant Principal AndrewLe@spokaneschools.org

Stacey Ward, Athletic Director StaceyW@spokaneschools.org

 

Online Updates:

  • Spokane Public Schools Updates (meal locations, distance learning, laptop distribution, and more!): https://www.spokaneschools.org/Page/3909
  • Jostens Announcements Update:

    Caps & Gowns: Jostens has scheduled to deliver your caps and gowns on Thursday, May 7 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm in the parking lot at 37th & Ray! This is a DRIVE-UP delivery and we will be maintaining Social Distancing standards. Therefore, we ask for you to follow the pickup times alphabetically as follows:

    Last names beginning with:

    A - G come @ 1:00pm - 1:30pm

    H - N come @ 1:30pm – 2:00pm

    N - Z come @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm

    Stay in your vehicle!  We can place your items in the backseat or in the trunk of your car. Please note if you still have a balance owing on your order it will work more smoothly if you can finalize your payment prior to the delivery. Please pay online at www.jostens.com or contact Jostens Office at 509-468-1608.

  • Eastern Washington University Admission Updates (new as of 3/19/2020): EWU Admissions Updates
  • WIAA Sports Updates: WIAA Spring Athletics & Activities Announcements/Information
  • Message from the College Board - AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
    • More info can be found at: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update
    • The health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program's highest priorities. As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we'll support AP students with free, optional remote learning and at-home AP testing. These options will give students the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they've been working toward all year.
    • For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
    • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.
    • AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
    • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
    • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
    • We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income students from participating. SPS can provide laptops for families - fill out the form at: spokaneschools.org/LaptopCheckout
    • The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. We use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams. Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam isn't new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone™ courses.
    • We'll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
  • AP Exam Administration: Students remain eager to take AP Exams and have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity. The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:
    • Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central. The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.Daily
  • Online Review AP Classes: Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are:
    • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
    • Recorded and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
    • Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.
    • All of the times posted on their site are for Eastern Standard Time (you will need to subtract 3 hours for our time).