Pembroke High School Weekly Update

Dear PHS Families,

 

Here is this week's update.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions on these or any other matters.  

 

SEMESTER EXAMS:

Just a reminder, semester exams begin next Friday, January 21, and continue through Wednesday, January 26.  These 90-minute exams do not factor into Term 2 grades.  Rather, they are stand-alone grades that count for 10% of students' final (yearly) grades.  Our exam days are half-days, with two exams scheduled per day.  Student dismissal is at 10:50 a.m. each day.  The is the schedule for our semester exams:

  • Thursday, January 20 - Exam Review Day:  This is a full day of school with all seven periods meeting so teachers and students can have one last opportunity to review for semester exams.  To allow us to run all seven periods, we do not run Titan Time on Exam Review Day.   
  • Friday, January 21 - Exams for Periods 5 and 6 
  • Monday, January 24 - Exams for Periods 4 and 7 
  • Tuesday, January 25 - Exams for Periods 3 and 1
  • Wednesday, January 26 - Exams for Period 2 and Makeups
  • Thursday, January 27 - First day of Term 3/Semester 2

Here are a few important notes about exams:

  • Because of their importance, student attendance is required on exam days.  Students without an excused absence are not allowed to make up an exam.  With this in mind, we also realize that the guidance issued by the CDC, MDPH, DESE, and the Pembroke Public Schools School Committee, requires us to consider students staying home with symptoms of COVID-19 as excused.  As has been the case for the past two school years, any student whose absence has been called in and explained as COVID-19 related will have the absence excused.  Parents are urged to contact their child's administrator, either Mr. Rix (grades 10, 12) or Ms. Kelley (grades 9,11), with questions.  
  • That said, students do not need to be in school if they do not have an exam during a particular period (i.e. study hall, Senior Exemption).  
  • While dismissal is at 10:50 a.m. each morning, we are not able to add an additional bus run at that time.  Busses will make their usual afternoon run at 2:20 p.m.  While most of our students leave at 10:50 a.m. via alternate transportation (parent pick-up, getting a ride with an upperclassman), our library and our cafeteria are open to students that need to wait for the 2:20 p.m. bus run.  Students can use these spaces to prepare for their exams the next day.  
  • We also serve lunch to any student staying until 2:20 p.m.  Students should order their lunch in the main office prior to 7:35 a.m. each day that they are planning on staying.  
  • In the event of a snow day, the exam schedule is pushed back by one day.  For example, if there is school cancellation on Monday, the exams scheduled for that day will occur on Tuesday when we return to school.  The rest of the schedule will follow in kind.  

COCOA and CRAM - Exam Review Night:

In preparation for semester exams, we are hosting our annual Cocoa and Cram - Exam Review Night on Wednesday, January 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  This review night is for our freshmen and sophomores as we look to support them with this entirely new experience.  

 

Many members of our faculty and dozens of PHS National Honor Society students will run small and large group study sessions - by subject.  While the night is not mandatory, we certainly encourage our 9th and 10th graders to take advantage of this opportunity.  More details to follow, but save the date!  Join us on 1/19!

 

School Safety Forum

For those of you who missed the School Safety Webinar, you can view the recording here. 

 

A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES FROM OUR PTO:

The PHS PTO is a dedicated group of parents that meets with me monthly to discuss ways that we can raise funds to help support teaching and learning at PHS.  To that end, here are a few easy ways you can help support that cause:

 

1.) Baystate Textiles - One of the biggest fundraisers for our PTO comes in the way of donations to Baystate Textiles.  Any unwanted household textiles (clothing, footwear, towels, household linens, and other fabric-based products) can be bagged and dropped in the Baystate Textiles bin behind the high school.  Any proceeds awarded to the PTO are determined by the weight of the materials donated.  If you are planning any winter cleanings around your home this winter, please consider donating these unwanted items.  According to the Baystate Textiles webpage (which also lists items accepted for donations) over 520 million pounds of unwanted textiles were sent to various landfills in Massachusetts last year, 95% of which could have been recycled.  Please consider helping the environment and our PTO all at once!

 

2.) Have a Heart fundraiser - Just in time for Valentine's Day, our PTO is selling Rustic Marlin signs to show our love and support for the entire Pembroke community.  The attached flyer shows the two different types of signs for sale and contains all of the ordering details.  If interested, please act quickly, as the signs must be ordered by next Friday, January 21 so that they can be ready for pick up by February 7.  

 

My continued thanks to our dedicated PTO members for everything that they do to support teaching and learning at PHS, and thanks to all of you for your support of our PTO, our students, and our staff.  

 

WORLD LANGUAGE - SEAL OF BILITERACY:

The State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to high school seniors and juniors that can demonstrate proficiency and literacy in two or more languages - English and a partner language.  PHS uses your child's MCAS scores to demonstrate proficiency in English, and this Seal of Biliteracy exam is used to demonstrate proficiency in a second, partner language. 

 

All students in an Honors Level IV or AP World Language course offered here at PHS will take their respective Seal of Biliteracy exam in class during the testing window, which is from February 7-18, 2022.  The data from these exams also serves as a valuable benchmark assessment for both our students and staff.  However, the following students should also consider the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy.  

  • Junior or senior English Language Learners (ELL) and Heritage Speakers that are fluent in speaking, reading, writing, and listening in a language other than English
  • Junior or seniors in a CP Level IV World Language class that believe that their language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) meet the criteria should speak to their world language teacher to discuss their next steps. 

If your child is in one of the two groups identified above and wants to register for the Seal of Biliteracy exam please complete this form on behalf of your child by January 31, 2022.  We do not need a form for the students that are already scheduled to take the exam as part of their Honors Level IV or AP World Language class.  

 

The Seal of Biliteracy exams are free to all students.  Successful students will have the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy affixed to their Pembroke High School transcript upon graduation. To find out more about the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy, please click here.

 

Please direct any questions that you may have to our 7-12 World Language Content Supervisor, Ms. Saviz Safizadeh, at saviz.safizadeh@pembrokek12.org

 

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES OF NOTE:

  • January 17 - MLK Day, no school
  • January 19 - Cocoa and Cram
  • January 21 - Semester Exam Ps 5 and 6
  • January 24 - Semester Exam Ps 4 and 7
  • January 25 - Semester Exam Ps 3 and 1
  • January 25- School Committee Meeting
  • January 26 - Semester Exam Ps 2 and Makeups
  • January 27 - First day of Term 3/Semester 2

Thanks, all.  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with questions about these or any other matters.  Have a great weekend.

 

Kind Regards,

Marc