Parent Newsletter

Ann Sobrato High School
E-Newsletter
March 23, 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURES

MHUSD schools are closed and will open no earlier than Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Per THE Department of Public Health:

Community transmission is ongoing in Santa Clara County. As the community follows the Health Officer Order to Shelter in Place issued on March 16, 2020, notification regarding potential contacts to cases will no longer be provided, and school districts are not required to provide any notifications.  Everyone, except for those providing or receiving essential services, should be staying home, especially anyone who is feeling ill. Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, should call their healthcare provider for further guidance before going to the doctor. Only the severely ill should seek care at an emergency room and should, if at all possible, call first.

For updates, visit the MHUSD website:

For a list of community resources available, visit the MHUSD website:

FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS - UPDATE

During the school closure, the MHUSD Student Nutrition Department will continue to provide meals to any children in our community under the age of 18, with the exception of Spring Break.  In order to limit exposure and align with social distancing practices and the shelter in place order, we are switching to a single day pick-up for meals for an entire week (five lunches and five breakfasts for the week).  

Meals will be provided for FREE to all children under the age of 18.  There are no qualifications or paperwork to complete.  Meals can be picked up between 11:00AM - 1:00PM on Monday, March 23rd and Monday, March 30th at the sites listed above.  ​​​

We thank the employees across the district who have come together to prepare 20,000 meals for this week!

UPDATE ON STATEWIDE TESTING

As a result of school closures due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the California Department of Education is:

  • Suspending all CAASPP testing
  • Suspending Summative ELPAC testing.  Initial ELPAC will be administered upon school opening with an extended timeline of 45 days.
  • Placing the Physical Fitness Test on hold until students return to school
  • Canceling the California High School Proficiency Examination test administration for the weekend of March 21st. All March test takers have been re-registered for June or provided information on how to request a refund. Additional locations and space within current locations will be increased to accommodate this change.
  • Placing high school equivalency testing on hold until testing centers are reopened

The CDE is working with the California State Board of Education to seek waiver authority afforded by the U.S. Department of Education to waive federal testing requirements. 

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

The May 2, 2020 SAT® administration is canceled. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds.

College Board will provide future additional SAT® testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations.

The June 6, 2020 SAT® administration is not yet canceled, and 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.

 

ACT® has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13th across the U.S.  All students registered for the April 4th test date will receive an email from ACT® in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13th or a future national test date.

For more information, click here.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAMS

Students nationwide remain eager to take AP® Exams and to have a chance to earn college credit and placement.  College Board surveyed 18,000 AP® students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step.  In response, College Board has announced it is developing a new at-home AP® testing option. 

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.  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.  For subject-specific information, click here.
  • 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 2 different testing dates.
  • 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.
  • College Board recognizes that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, they will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP® content online and take the exam. If your student needs mobile tools or connectivity, click here to reach out to College Board directly.
  • The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating.  College Board uses a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.

The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP® Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.  College Board will 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. 

For more information, click here.

WASC VISIT COMPLETE

 

Every six years we conduct a self-study as part of our school's accreditation process.  This collaborative practice began last spring and concluded March 8-11 when the committee visited Sobrato to view our programs and meet with students, staff, parents, and district officials.  We appreciate the work our entire staff put into this process and look forward to receiving validation of our accreditation over the summer.

QUARTER 3 GRADES

Official third quarter grades have now been posted on your Aeries Parent Portal. Report cards will not be mailed.  Parent/guardians who do not yet have their Aeries Portal login and password may email SecoloL@mhusd.org or leave a voicemail at (408) 201-6227.

To log in to your Aeries Portal go to https://morganhillusd.asp.aeries.net/student

To view quarter grades:

  1. Select the Grades tab at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Grades from the drop-down menu.

FAFSA/CADA APPLICATION SUCCESS

Thank you for supporting our seniors in submitting their FAFSA/CADA applications!  The Sobrato Class of 2020 submission rate is currently up 18% over the Class of 2019 and ranks us #1 in rates among South County high schools!  This means more access to financial aid and scholarships for our students! Did your senior miss California's priority deadline on March 2? It’s not too late to qualify for federal aid: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.  Apply by June 30.

scholarship deadline 3/25 

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors living within the geographical boundaries of the Morgan Hill Unified School District.  Scholarship applications can be scanned or emailed to info@mhmmg.com with the student's picture, or delivered to their office at 409 Tennant Station #150.

  • In 2019, over 156 applications were submitted for scholarships.

  • In 2019, $60,000 in scholarship funds were dispersed.

  • Over $1.1 million has been awarded since 1980.

The 2020 application deadline is March 25.  To view the 2020 scholarship application online, click here

sobrato theatre society

The Spring Musical is one of the highly anticipated school events each year.  Due to the Shelter in Place order, Grease!  has been cancelled and tickets are being refunded.  The cast and crew prepared for this production for many months and rely on ticket sales to offset costs incurred.  If you would like to support the Sobrato Theatre Society during this time, click here to donate.

MHUSD Band Festival

Missed last month's districtwide band festival?  Check out the livestream here!  Below is a timestamped list of performances:

  • 0:00 - Sobrato Concert Band
  • 9:35 - JAMM 7th Grade Band
  • 20:25 - Britton Beginning Band
  • 27:06 - Martin Murphy Intermediate Band
  • 32:59 - Britton Advanced Band
  • 40:49 - Martin Murphy Cadet Band
  • 46:32 - JAMM Studio Band
  • 58:25 - Live Oak Jazz II
  • 1:06:56 - Live Oak Concert Band
  • 1:22:56 - Martin Murphy Advanced Band
  • 1:36:13 - Live Oak Wind Ensemble
  • 1:54:52 - Sobrato Wind Ensemble
  • 2:17:26 - Live Oak Jazz I
  • 2:30:44 - Sobrato Jazz I

Following each performance, the student musicians attended clinics with college music professors.  Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a success!

WILDFLOWER RUN - NOW VIRTUAL!

The 37th annual Wildflower Run goes virtual!  The virtual run will now take place April 19 - 26. Post your run photos on their Facebook or Instagram (or email them to contact@WildflowerRun.org) to be entered in a drawing for many prizes!  Register at http://wildflowerrun.org/virtual-run/.

WHAT's on your playlist?

Looking for a relaxing playlist while you're working or sheltering in place?  Check out Sobrato Band Director Greg Chambers's jazz music on Spotify and Pandora!

STUDENT ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • CYBER CAMP - Community colleges across the Bay Area are hosting week-long summer Cyber Camps. Training includes cyber hygiene, ethics, systems administration, security audits, and network forensics. For more info, view their flyer or visit https://baycyber.net. To register for the Gavilan camps, click here.
  • DESIGN ACADEMY - UC Berkeley’s “embARC” summer design academy for high school students (July 6 – 31). This is a 4-week summer design intensive that brings high school students from diverse backgrounds together to explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning. Visit bit.ly/embARC2020 for more information.  Applications due May 1.  Scholarship requests due March 27.  
  • KAISER PERMANENTE CAREER PATHWAYS PROGRAM - Interested in becoming a physical therapist, health educator, pharmacist, doctor, nurse, financial analyst, and more?  Kaiser is hosting two weeklong summer programs (San Jose: July 27-31; Gilroy: August 3-7) for students to learn more about healthcare career pathways.  Students will have the opportunity to meet with and shadow professionals in these areas.  Click here for details.  Deadline to apply: April 10th.  

Pi Day / Community Shout-Out

A peaceful, leisurely lunch break is a rare occurrence in the world of an educator.  As such, the Sobrato staff commits to one lunch party per month where they leave their classrooms to enjoy each other’s company over a potluck meal in the Library or on the school lawn. This month’s lunch party was held earlier this month and the theme, of course, was Pi Day (3.14)!  We are immensely grateful to My Pizza of Morgan Hill for their generous treat of pizza “pi” for our entire staff!

My Pizza Morgan Hill

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

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