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Ann Sobrato High School
E-Newsletter
June 1, 2020

community forum #2: RE-OPENING THE DISTRICT

Last Thursday 5/28, MHUSD held a community forum to discuss possible considerations in planning an instructional model for the 2020-2021 school year.  To watch it, click the image below.

County-wide School Reopening Survey

The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) continues to monitor, review, and provide guidance in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the California Department of Education as they explore various educational options for Fall 2020.  While SCCOE's decisions will be anchored in this guidance, parent feedback on this survey will help them in the development of readiness plans for the 2020-21 school year.  SCCOE provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. 

june FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS

The MHUSD Student Nutrition Department continues to provide meals to any children in our community under the age of 18.  In order to limit exposure and align with social distancing practices and “Shelter in Place”, they offer a single day pick up for meals for an entire week (5 lunches and 5 breakfasts for the week).  

Meals are provided at no cost to all children under the age of 18 - there are no qualifications or paperwork to complete.  Children receiving meals do not need to be present when the meals are picked up.  If you cannot drive to the site, you can walk by.  The Student Nutrition Department requests families follow the county guidance of “social distancing” and maintain a six foot distance from others.  Meals will be offered at the following schools:  

School Meal Pick-up Sites / MONDAYS June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM:

  • Los Paseos Elementary School - 121 Avenida Grande, San Jose, CA 95139

  • Live Oak High School - 1505 E. Main Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

  • San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy - 100 North St., San Martin, CA 95046

This program is solely for the pick-up of meals and meals are not to be consumed on site.  Safe food handling instructions will be provided.  Families are encouraged to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed.  Please continue to wash hands often, refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth, sneeze or cough into a tissue, and stay home if sick.

VIRTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY - Friday, June 5th

Please join us in celebrating the Class of 2020!  A link to the ceremony will be posted on Friday at 6:00pm on our website and www.mhusd.org/class-of-2020.

class of 2020 Car Procession - Saturday, June 6th

Santa Clara County Public Health recently announced an amendment to the current Shelter in Place Order effective May 22nd.  Although it is still unsafe to gather for a traditional ceremony, the Department of Public Health’s amended order does lift the restriction on car parades.  On the morning of Saturday, June 6th between 9:30 am and noon, Sobrato, Live Oak, and Central graduates (driven by an adult family member) are invited to dress in their cap and gown and join a car procession down Monterey Rd. through downtown, up Tennant Ave., along Butterfield Blvd., and down Cochrane Rd.  They will be entering the route from different starting points.  The roads will not be closed so there will be other drivers along the route. You will be able to spot the graduates by their car decorations and their caps and gowns. 

Members of our community are invited to cheer on the graduates as they are driven along the route in decorated vehicles.  Feel free to bring signs, banners, noisemakers, etc. 

Safety Guidelines: Morgan Hill Police Department will have motorcycle patrol to ensure the safety of all passengers in the vehicle procession. Spectators have been approved for this event. As a reminder, the Shelter in Place order is still in effect and coming out to support our graduates should not be considered a “gathering.” We ask that you practice social distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance from those outside of your household. Also, we strongly encourage you to wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of illness, unless: you are under the age of 6, have trouble breathing, or are otherwise unable to remove your face covering on your own. It is important to note that face coverings are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing and frequent handwashing.

Senior Awards Night

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on their many awards and scholarships!  Go Bulldogs!  Click the image above to view.

textbook return & locker cleanout: grades 9-11

Textbook return and locker clean-out for students in grades 9-11 will take place during the Week of June 8th.  Stay tuned for dates/times via our website and Blackboard Connect email.  Lockers were checked on Friday, May 29 and 800 students received an email notifying them there are items that need to be picked up.  We appreciate your support as we complete a textbook check-in process over several days for 1,100 students while maintaining social distancing practices.  

HOW TO CHECK LIBRARY ACCOUNT

Have your student open their Chromebook and log in:

  1. Go to https://destiny.mhusd.org/

  2. Click "Log In" in top right corner

  3. Click "Google Authentication"

  4. Click "My Info" tab at top

"My Info" lists currently checked out items (Chromebooks, chargers, textbooks, library books) and fines (overdue items or damages).  Fines can be paid here.

Students may email the Sobrato Librarian with questions (SalinasV@mhusd.org).

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAM SCORES

Scores for students attending California high schools will be posted to their College Board account on Wednesday, July 15 at 5:00 AM PT.  College Board also sends score reports to the college or university that each student designated in their account. The score report is cumulative and includes scores for all the AP Exams they have ever taken, unless they requested that one or more scores be withheld from a college or canceled. Students can view their entire score report and score-send history. If they wish to send additional score reports to colleges, universities, and scholarship programs they can do so online for a fee.

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

NOTE: Last month, the University of California suspended SAT® and ACT® testing requirements through 2024.  Please verify the entrance requirements of any college your student plans to apply to.

The June 6, 2020 SAT® administration is canceled. Fall tests are scheduled for: August 29, September 26 (new), October 3, November 7, December 5.   College Board will continue to assess its status with the health and safety of students and educators as the top priority.  For more information, click here.

 

All students currently registered for the June 13, 2020 ACT® test have been sent an email with updates on test center availability.  For test center cancellations and frequently asked questions, click here.

class of 2021 - college info night

Rising seniors and parents are invited to attend our annual College Info Night, hosted by South County Cal-SOAP.  Learn about updates from the college community to help you consider post-secondary options!

  • Date: Tuesday, June 2nd
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Join Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 827 3403 8247, Password: 1n3E9j

yearbook UPDATE - DIGITAL ACCESS!

Due to Shelter in Place orders, the yearbook printing plant in Kansas was temporarily shut down.  It is open again but, due to social distancing protocols, our shipment is delayed until July.  We will notify families when they arrive.

Until then, students who ordered a yearbook can view it on their phone!  Here is information about how to download the app.

If your child did not order a yearbook but would like to, it's not too late!  Visit the ASB Store.

free covid-19 testing

Earn College Credit in High School! Fall 2020

Gavilan College High Step classes are college classes that are offered on a high school campus (but will be online in Fall 2020).  MHUSD students in grades 9-12 can take these 16-week courses and earn college credits that are transferable to most colleges and universities.  There is no cost to the student to take these courses and the registration fees are waived.  Textbooks will be loaned to students through our library.

CD 2 - Early Child Development (3.0 units)

  • Format: Online
  • Dates: August 24 - December 12, 2020
  • Course Description: This course examines typical and atypical development within the psychosocial, cognitive, and physical domains from conception through the preschool years. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to evaluate theories and research of child development and effectively apply and communicate their understanding through
    observation and evaluation.

AJ 10 - Introduction to the Administration of Justice (3.0 units)

  • Format: Online
  • Dates: August 24 - December 12, 2020
  • Course Description: The history and philosophy of justice as it evolved throughout the world; in- depth study of the American system and various sub-systems; roles and role expectations of criminal justice agents in their interrelationships in society; concepts of crime causations, punishments and rehabilitation; ethics, education and training for professionalism in the social system.

Applications are now being accepted.  Students may email AtkinsE@mhusd.org to learn how to apply!

summer work permits

By law, all students under age 18 (including minors employed by parents) must have a work permit, even in the summer!  Work permits can be obtained through Sobrato's Counseling Office and must be kept on file at the student's place of employment.  

During the summer, there are restrictions on student hours of employment:

Ages 16-17
  • 8 hours maximum per day
  • 48 total hours maximum per week
  • 5 AM to 12:30 AM
Ages 14-15
  • 8 hours maximum per day
  • 40 total hours maximum per week
  • 7 AM to 7 PM

TO OBTAIN A WORK PERMIT: Email Counseling Office Secretary Mrs. Atkins (AtkinsE@mhusd.org).

COVID-19 and smoking or vaping

Looking for info on How to Talk to Teens During the Pandemic about Smoking and Vaping?  Check out a Q&A video Stanford professor Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher conducted with Your Teens For Parents magazine. 

Mark your calendar for a webinar for parents, educators, healthcare providers, and anyone interested in learning about vaping & youth!

Topics the Stanford team will cover include:

  • Introduction to e-cigarettes/vaping/cannabis
  • Health effects, including in light of COVID-19
  • Which vapes are popular
  • Why youth are using vapes
  • Ways to support youth to not use and/or quit
  • Q & A with audience (there will be plenty of time for questions)

The Stanford team includes:

  • Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor, Developmental Psychologist
  • Dr. Arash Anoshiravani, Associate Professor, Adolescent Medicine Physician
  • Dr. Marcia M. Zorrilla, Public Health Specialist
  • Members from the Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

face mask drive

Choose from:

  • 3 masks for you ($10)
  • 3 masks for school donation ($10)
  • 2 masks for you, 1 for school donation ($10)
  • 1 mask for you, 2 for school donation ($10)

In general, small masks are designed for youth, medium masks for women, large for men.

Masks are reusable and washable up to 30 times. 

Be sure to check the Sobrato website and calendar for other upcoming events!

To have information published in the E-newsletter, send an email to ClarkM@mhusd.org