I hope that this newsletter finds you and your family safe and healthy. I am emailing today to update and inform you of things that we are working on and preparing at Mifflin County High School and throughout the district. Many of you have reached out to ask questions about how we will be educating students during this unprecedented closure and what impact this will have on scheduled school events. I will attempt to answer these questions as best I can given the uncertainty of our return. Here are several points of clarification.
- Enrichment and Review- As you read in Mr. Estep’s letter to parents on March 30, 2020, the Mifflin County School District is having teachers create review and/or enrichment activities which will be posted on the MCSD website. These will be available on April 6, 2020. At MCHS, we are having teachers in English, math, science and social studies create activities that will be posted. They will appear with the name of your teacher along with the period. Most of the activities will be email attachments, while some may appear as Google classroom activities, or other online activities that the teacher created. These activities will not be graded and are voluntary but we highly encourage you to do them, as they were created to help you remember, enhance, and practice concepts that have been covered during the course of the year. If you have questions about the activities or would like feedback, please feel free to email the teacher(s).
- Seniors/Parents of Seniors- We have notified Jostens and let them know that we would like to have the seniors’ graduation announcements simply state that the Class of 2020 announces its graduation in June of 2020. We will not have a specific date printed on them because of the uncertainty of our return. This enables Jostens to be able to go ahead and print them and to be able to get them to seniors in time to be sent to friends and loved ones.
- Prom- Prom has been rescheduled for MAY 16, 2020. We selected this date as it is the date available which causes the least conflict with other events including athletics. For those of you who have not registered and paid for prom tickets, the following guidelines can be followed:
- Prom registration will remain open through the end the evening of May 13, 2020. Mrs. Palm and Mrs. Pascoe are willing to have extended registration hours for students when we return to the building.
- If you have questions, please email Mrs. Pascoe and Mrs. Palm.
- Course Registration for Next School Year (2020-2021)- If you have not completed your course registration for next school year, you may do so electronically. You simply email your guidance counselor with the courses you would like to request. You can also take a picture of the registration form (if you have it with you) and email that to them or you can email the form as an attachment if you have scanning capabilities. Please note that certain course requests require parental consent (i.e. AP courses, enrolling in two math courses, change in course level, flex release for seniors, etc.). In those instances, we would ask that a parent/guardian email their student’s guidance counselor and give their consent electronically. Students who will be going into grade 10 should email the individual who will be their guidance counselor next year. COURSE REGISTRATION INFORMATION IS DUE TO YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR BY MAY 10, 2020.
- Scholarship Information- Scholarship information can be found on the district web page (mcsdk12.org) under announcements.
- Field Trips and other Activities- As the message from the District Office yesterday stated, all activities including field trips, athletics, etc. are not taking place during the closure.
- Athletics- for the time being the Husky Club Awards Night is still scheduled for May 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (contingent upon the return date as ordered by the Governor)
I hope that this will provide some clarity as we move forward. I realize that many of you still have questions about other upcoming events especially Commencement. We are not able to give definitive answers to these questions until the Governor is able to provide clarity as to how long an “indefinite closure” will be. Please rest assured that we will keep you informed and will keep the well-being of the students at the forefront of all we do. If you have questions, please feel free to email me.
Stay Safe and Healthy,
Mark A. Crosson