One Week To Go!
Dear SHS Family,
We are moving forward with our Distance Learning program at SHS and much has happened since my last communication. We solidified a schedule for students and FAQ's about it as well. See below. We are putting the finishing touches on the student handbook which will come out as a separate SPECIAL EDITION so it gets your full attention Tuesday next week. We also solidified a return to campus schedule for next week where teachers will have the opportunity to come on campus quickly to grab items to be ready for Monday.
We are getting a lot of questions about stuff in lockers etc...There will be a strategic time and place for that but it is not this month. When that happens we will be in contact with you.
We ARE and have already set in place a schedule for Medications, Instruments, and Coaches:
Instruments---Mr. Fielder is working with families to get them. No student is allowed to pick up ONLY parents and they have a protocol for this.
Medications-- If your child has medication at school that you would like to pick up, the nurse will be on campus on Tuesday 4/21 from 1-4. Please follow the guidelines listed below when picking up medications:
Pull up to the front of the school and follow the medication pick up sign
Do not exit your vehicle. The nurse will walk to the driver’s side of the vehicle, please show your ID through the window so the nurse is able to identify whom the medication is for.
Once your ID is verified, the nurse will place the medication on the parent pick up table, walk 6 feet away and then you may exit your vehicle and pick up the medication off the table
Only one person at a time is allowed out of their vehicle to ensure social distancing guidelines.
If your child has medication at school and you plan to return next year, you are not required to pick up the medication- it will be locked and stored for when school resumes.
In addition, if you need medication forms for next year those will be available as well
Athletics-- Coaches will be returning Equipment and Parent Coaches with personal property on campus will be able to pick up as well per guidelines set by Mr. Pisapia. No student is allowed to pick up ONLY Parent Coaches.
At NO time on Tuesday will students be allowed on campus. They will be denied. In addition ONLY the categories above at this time will be dealt with. We promise we will get to textbooks and lockers etc in due time.
I still need a laptop: There is still opportunities for you!
They are as follows.
Pick up starts at 9 and goes until 4. MUST KNOW STUDENT ID'S OR HAVE CARD
Any child without a laptop:
Scripps. April 22 A-L in the morning, M-Z in the afternoon
Scripps April 24 A-L in the morning, M-Z in the afternoon
Still need internet?
Schedule for ALL students for Distance Learning: This will be in the student handbook when we send it as well. This schedule was created as a structure for your child's day. There were very strict requirements and parameters negotiated with unions and rules we had to abide by. As a principal, we wanted to make it as flexible as possible for students and not overwhelming; so please look at the schedule and then read below it.
Your child's teacher office hours are almost all done live; this is a real time platform for you to ask questions. The links to those office hours are under the teachers name in the staff directory for easy access..they are not all up yet and start APRIL 27th. This was a commitment I asked departments to make in order to make this experience more personable. When we call a place/business and we have a question we always want to talk to a "real person"--this is that opportunity. It is for students only. Parents can email teachers at any time and so can students but students can also access this resource live. This is our staff going above and beyond the requirements in the name of your children!!!! Thank you amazing staff!
My family has a lot going on and we are trying to:
1. Take care of all our children and their needs;
2. Are teleworking and trying to educate our children
3. Are working and have older children babysitting younger children
4. All of the above
5. All of the above and then some.....please help!--this is me right now BTW.
WE GOT YOU!
Your child will NOT be required to attend class at the specific time as it is not live. Students can access the material at anytime and work anytime. I asked teachers to stay away from live classes because we all have things going on, and its hard to keep track and adds more stress on families. I will use my own family as an example for this;
....with me and my husband teleworking it is almost impossible to stop what we are doing and make sure our children are at the computer and at specific time....I almost always miss it and I don't want students feeling that they "missed" the lesson and are behind. Other high schools are requiring students log in and do a lesson at a specific time and it's just not that easy nor is it successful. We want student to feel successful and flexibility is key.
NOTE: Office hours are set time.....you can email at any other time, but they will be live for one hour Tuesday and one Thursday.
My child needs to be structured or things become chaotic.....Can I use this schedule as a weekly plan for my child and follow it as it is laid out to keep them organized?
YES! That is why I have created it the way I have. While students can access it at anytime and work anytime I understand certain students need it all planned out for them and that what this is doing. As a mom with a child with Autism my child needs structure...with this schedule I have it and can hold them to it.
ACTIVITIES: A LETTER TO YOU: Graduation options are still being explored...more on this at a later time.
GRAD NITE: Here is a letter about everything you need to know about it.
Lastly, we are still selling Yearbooks, and we have a special section on current COVID-19 situation. Distribution will be decided at a later date but you WILL get it so BUY IT!!!!! YAY!
Click here to purchase: https://wpcgo.yearbookforever.com/dWsee
Our counselors are here to support you and can be contacted through our website. However we understand they play a vital role in giving information out. We have created a newsletter we will be updating every few days with new information. HERE IS THE NEW LINK:
I’m getting many requests for transcripts. Any senior can make that request online on the Serra Counseling website or by clicking HERE
***Please read the top of the form about COVID-19 and the procedure before filling out the form.
2020 Senior Scholarships: Every year Serra Foundation is proud to award 13 scholarships to deserving seniors. Awards range from $500 (1), $250 (2), to $100 (10). Due to Covid-19 the process will be a little different this year. To be considered for this year’s scholarship program, please click here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cVzhXggxWxr90umo7Wb9iD7-t7ILoib4/view?usp=sharinghttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1cVzhXggxWxr90umo7Wb9iD7-t7ILoib4/view?usp=sharing, fill it out and email it to email@example.com by Sunday, May 17, 2020 with SHS Foundation Scholarship in the subject line. Good luck! Here is a picture of the application so you know you have the right one.
Tierrasanta Junior Women's Club (TJWC) Scholarships
The Tierrasanta Junior Women’s Club (TJWC) would like to award six scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each to young ladies graduating from Serra High in June, 2020. Again, we would like two of the $1,000 awards made to students who intend to continue their education by enrolling in a trade school, and four $1,000 awards should be designated for individuals who will be continuing on to a four-year university or community college. Applicants must meet the following requirements: ¨ Awards will be made to female students. ¨ For those individuals continuing on to a University or Community College, a minimum 3.0 GPA is required. ¨ No minimum GPA is required for Trade School. ¨ Must demonstrate an interest in community service/issues. ¨ We would prefer a person who is willing to “get involved”, preferably with a history of volunteering. ¨ Awardees should be in most need of financial assistance. ¨ TJWC would choose to award an individual who is dedicated, determined and exhibits all the qualities needed to succeed but may have been “overlooked” in the awards process. We are thinking of the “hidden” gem who deserves and would benefit the most from the recognition and a little financial help from her community. Interested students can access the application here: TJWC Scholarship Application Completed Applications need to be e-mailed to Mr. Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on Friday May 15th
Announcing the 2020
Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta Scholarships
The Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta is pleased to announce that it will again be awarding the Vernon D. Bowman, Thomas G. Cherniss and George V. Paluso Scholarships at the end of the 2020 school year to graduating seniors of Serra High School. These scholarships are awarded annually to students who best exemplify Kiwanis ideals that were fostered by these three respected Kiwanis Club members and residents of Tierrasanta. Scholarships are based on a student’s demonstration of academic success, a strong record of community service, leadership and altruistic devotion to the welfare of fellow students. In addition to the general criteria, athletic participation and leadership is a prerequisite for the Paluso scholarship.
Applicants must be 2020 graduating seniors from Serra High School who will be pursuing an associate or bachelor level degree, or higher education that will qualify the applicant for entry into a business, profession or trade. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee of the Kiwanis Foundation of Tierrasanta, where the selections will be made.
Selections for scholarship awards will be based upon the depth of community service, participation in Serra High School activities, including athletics (required for the Paluso scholarship), and scholastic achievement. Applicants will be required to:
· document their school and community activities and leadership
· submit an official transcript
· write a reflective essay regarding their activities, and
· submit a letter of recommendation.
Students need only submit one application to be considered for all three scholarships listed below:
· Vernon D. Bowman scholarship: payable in annual installments over four years
· Thomas G. Cherniss scholarship: a one-time scholarship payment
· George V. Paluso scholarship: a one-time scholarship payment
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on San Diego schools, applications are available immediately, via email – if you are interested in applying for one of the three above scholarships, please email email@example.com and the application package will be emailed back to you. All applications must be returned via email to Bob Richards at the above email address by midnight on May 8, 2020 in order to remain eligible. Students will be notified of their selection by mid-May and awards will either be presented at Awards Night or mailed directly to the students at their home if Awards Night is canceled.
Trouble with the Rent...Get help here
Times are rough and we know that having to pay rent when you cant can be an extremely stressful situation. There are resources willing to help.
In response to the widespread economic and public health impact of COVID-19, San Diego County and a number of cities within the County have passed “eviction moratoriums”. The moratoriums provide important legal protections from eviction for tenants who are unable to pay their monthly rent because of COVID-19 related financial hardship.
A tenant who has experienced a substantial decrease in household income or unanticipated medical expenses due to the economic impact of COVID-19, who as a result is unable to pay full rent, is required to notify his/her landlord / property manager of the inability to pay. The notice must be in writing and the landlord/ property manager must be notified on or before the date rent becomes due. A tenant must also provide the landlord/ property manager with supplemental documentation of the financial hardship within 7 days of the date rent becomes due. Documentation may include letters, text messages or emails in communication with an employer, financial statements, business records, physician’s letter, social worker or service provider’s letter, verifiable personal statement, medical bills, and/or a combination thereof.
This is extremely time-sensitive given that April 1 is rapidly approaching. If eligible tenants do not give notification and provide documentation, they will likely lose protections under the moratoriums. While the requirements to notify and provide documentation may vary slightly among the cities in the County, it is strongly recommended that ALL eligible tenants in San Diego County follow the protocol outlined in this email. You can help eligible community members by providing them with the notice template below and assisting them in the process of providing notice and documenting financial hardship within the very tight deadlines.
Click here for template: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_7TFriRf4bFYFFuGZYPlSEOcVPUY20H1/view?usp=sharing
En respuesta al impacto generalizado que COVID-19 a tenido en la económica y salud pública, el condado de San Diego y varias ciudades dentro del Condado han aprobado "moratorias de desalojo". Las moratorias proporcionan importantes protecciones legales contra el desalojo para los inquilinos que no pueden pagar su alquiler mensual debido a dificultades financieras relacionadas con COVID-19.
Un inquilino que está pasando por una disminución sustancial en los ingresos del hogar o tiene gastos médicos imprevistos debido al impacto económico de COVID-19, que como resultado no puede pagar el alquiler completo, está obligado a notificar a su arrendador / administrador de la propiedad de la incapacidad de pagar. El aviso debe ser por escrito y el arrendador/ administrador de la propiedad debe ser notificado en o antes de la fecha de vencimiento del alquiler. Un inquilino también debe proporcionar al arrendador/administrador de la propiedad una documentación suplementaria de las dificultades financieras dentro de los 7 días de la fecha en que el alquiler se vence. La documentación puede incluir cartas, mensajes de texto o correos electrónicos de su empleador, estados financieros, registros comerciales, carta del médico, carta de trabajador social o proveedor de servicios, declaración personal verificable, facturas médicas y/o una combinación de los mismos.
Es urgente que esta información se sepa dado que el 1 de abril se está acercando rápidamente. Si los inquilinos elegibles no dan notificación y proporcionan documentación, es probable que pierdan protecciones bajo las moratorias. Si bien los requisitos para notificar y proporcionar documentación pueden variar ligeramente entre las ciudades del Condado, se recomienda firmemente que TODOS los inquilinos elegibles en el Condado de San Diego sigan el protocolo descrito en este correo electrónico. Ustedes pueden ayudar a los miembros elegibles de la comunidad proporcionándoles la plantilla de aviso adjunta y ayudándoles en el proceso de proporcionar aviso y documentar dificultades financieras dado que los plazos para dar aviso están tan reducidos.
Haga clic aquí para ver la plantilla o llame a la persona a continuación https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_7TFriRf4bFYFFuGZYPlSEOcVPUY20H1/view?usp=sharing
Shannon Stracener | Program Manager
SAY San Diego | Serra Real Connections / Field Healthy Start
5156 Santo Road | San Diego, CA 92124
Office: 858-496-8342 Ext.2230 Fax: 858-571-3457
Also, on the food distribution, though students are giving their ID numbers when they pick up food (so I’m told) there is NO requirement on whether or not you’ve signed up for free and reduced meals. EVERYONE under 18 will get a meal for free. Next year, we’ll need EVERY family to apply for free and reduced meals (I’m expecting more will qualify due to this event which will help us with our Title 1 funding concerns). But for now, everyone is set as we move forward in planning for next year.
You can pick up food at :
FARB Middle School---Tierrasanta by Serra
Cherokee Point Elementary - 3735 38th St, San Diego, CA 92105
Clark Middle - 4388 Thorn St, San Diego, CA 92105
Oak Park Elementary - 2606 54th St, San Diego, CA 92105
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