March 13, 2020 News Brief / IMPORTANT MESSAGE
"These are the times that try men's souls” (Thomas Paine, The Crisis). Everyday life has certainly taken on a surreal quality in this unprecedented period of uncertainty and unease. State and national agencies are being particularly vigilant and precautionary in an effort to minimize exposure and spread of the COVID-19 virus which has created tumult in everyone's day-to-day functioning. In a global environment already fraught with tension, changes such as those required by the mandated school closures create anxiety for everyone – students, parents, and teachers. However, individually and as a nation, we have faced challenges and adversity in the past with an innovative spirit and positive mindset and we will do the same now. Although our regular operations have been interrupted, Regina High School is continuing instruction in an online format for as long as necessary to ensure the safety of our school community. Be assured that the school is responding to rapidly changing guidelines and directives with prudence and due diligence. We join you in praying for those whose lives are disrupted, for health care workers, for those who are most susceptible to the virus, for healing for all who are sick, and for those who have died around the world. May God protect us and help us manage this crisis with calmness, compassion, and understanding.
The Week in PREview:
ALL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES DURING THE CLOSURE HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED
Fri. March 13th End of Third Quarter
Current Student Registration
Sat. March 14th SAT Test (see note below)
Tues. March 17th Happy St. Parick's Day!
Notes and News:
Calendar Changes Due to Coronavirus Threat: Per Governor Whitmer's directive, Regina High School is closed through Sunday, April 5th. During the closure period, all school activities have been canceled or postponed. Every attempt will be made to keep you informed of the latest calendar developments and the new dates of rescheduled activities, but the ongoing response to the health threat is fluid and changes from hour to hour. All activities outside the closure period are also subject to change.
Communications from the School During the Closure: General information from the school will be communicated via SchoolMessenger regularly or as new circumstances warrant. At minimum, parents will receive a weekly update regarding the current school situation and calendar. Teachers will be in contact with students and parents through email. Teachers can be reached at two different email accounts; i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Since all teacher to student/parent communications will now be through email, we appreciate your understanding as staff tries to reply to all correspondence in a timely manner.
Instruction During the Closure: On Monday, March 16th, teachers will post abbreviated syllabi for all courses on either Google Classroom or PowerSchool Unified Classroom. We are hopeful that this will give students direction for the next few weeks of online instruction and allay some of their concerns about how to navigate learning outside of the regular classroom. Please instruct your daughters to check both platforms for all classes on Monday after 3:00 p.m. EVERY student should respond to EVERY teacher for EVERY class, so that we know that the system is functional on both the teacher and student ends. If there are problems with Monday's test post, the school will troubleshoot as quickly as possible. Regular classroom instruction begins on Tuesday, March 17th as outlined in each teacher's syllabi. Counselors are also available by email during the closure.
End of 3rd Quarter: No designated 3rd quarter grades will be issued. Only semester grades are recorded on transcripts, so 3rdquarter marks are always considered grades-in-progress.
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent-Teacher Conferences have been canceled. If you are concerned with your daughter's grade-in-progress, please contact the teacher and/or counselor to plan for greater success.
Michigan Virtual Students: Regina students who are enrolled in online classes through Michigan Virtual should continue their studies as normal. Parents can expect regular notifications from the mentor teacher to occur as usual.
SAT Test: As of this publication, some sites are still administering the SAT test on Saturday, March 14th. Students who are registered for this test are asked to check the following website frequently to ensure they have the latest closure information: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/test-center-closings.
2020-21 Scholarship Forms: Applications for RHS scholarships are available online. Each scholarship has its own application and the deadline to submit paperwork for any of the available scholarships is Tuesday, April 7th. Award recipients are notified in May. Applications are available on the school website finance tab: https://reginahs.com/finance/scholarships.
College Acceptances and Scholarship Offers: By Monday, April 6th, seniors are asked to submit an email copy of every college acceptance letter and every college scholarship they receive, even if the student chooses not to attend that college. Only scholarship awards that are based on academic performance from colleges or other organization need to be submitted as these are used to prepare the Honors Convocation booklet and to track scholarship data information for the Class of 2020. Letters should be turned in to Mrs. Dulgerian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Pauken (email@example.com).
ACT Prep Classes: As the calendar becomes more fixed, rescheduled dates for the ACT Prep classes will be announced.
Powderpuff 2020: Information for the Class of 2021 powderpuff football season is available at https://reginahs.com/article/20/03/12/class-2021-important-powderpuff-dates-forms. Students will receive hard copies of the forms when school re-opens. A due date for forms/fee and additional information will be shared at that time.
Fashion Show Postponed: The safety of our Regina family and friends is of the utmost importance. As a result of the initiatives taken to manage the COVID-19 situation, the Regina Mothers Guild Fashion Show is postponed until Thursday, June 18th. RSVPs will be accepted through Monday, June 15th. We appreciate your understanding and continued support and look forward to seeing everyone on June 18th.
A Final Thought:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)