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This Week at MHS
Nov 23-27 & Nov 30 - Dec 4
NO SCHOOL NOV 23-27
Happy Thanksgiving MHS Community!
This year’s Thanksgiving will look and feel different from past years in terms of traditions, but if the spirit of the holiday is pausing for gratitude and to recognize what we have, then I would argue it will be an even more meaningful Thanksgiving celebration. At MHS, I am grateful to our students for their resilience and perseverance; to our teachers for keeping up spirits and learning to do their jobs in a totally different way on very short notice; to our families for holding it all together and trying to balance giving their teens space while also being their paraeducator and tutor; to all of the support staff working to keep the District functioning and safe, many of whom are still coming into work regularly; and, to the generosity of the Piedmont community who provide resources such as Chromebooks to all students which allow us to stay connected and learning.
We wish you all a safe and restful holiday.
Check out MHS in the News - Featured on page 6 of the Piedmont Post.
Changes to Return to Campus Plan
In case you missed it: It has been wonderful to welcome the 9th and 10th graders to campus over the last few days. Unfortunately now that we have shifted into the Purple Tier, we are required to adjust our plans. Please watch this short video message to learn more about our changed plans. In brief, we cannot have our grade level cohorts return to campus as planned at present. I am so sorry for this change on short notice.
We will be adjusting to invite a small, stable group of students to campus after the Thanksgiving break. Those families will be notified individually.
Video Tour of the New STEAM Building
Check out this video! MHS students will have access to this building for art, engineering and computer classes as well as advanced-level math and science classes.
Schedule for The Following Week
SSC Meeting via Google Meet
Marking Period 3 Progress Reports Close
Parents Club Meeting
Dec 21 - Jan 1
No School - Winter Break
Notes from Ms M-L
This time of gratitude comes at the time when I need it the most. And in this year of years, I want to reflect on the moments of grace and gratitude that I have experienced in 2020: for the many students and families for their patience and willingness to do what is called of them, each and every day; for our amazing teachers and staff throughout the district, who have worked tirelessly to make sure that what they are teaching is meaningful and for connecting with their students even if their jokes fall to a muted and faceless audience (cameras off); for Ms B, Ms Foster, and Nic, our Wellness Intern, who support students & families in each of their roles and are the string that holds us tight; for our fearless leader, Ms Fierro, who works endlessly trying to connect and bring students together safely, and has taken on the role to support a cohort of students in the fall; and for the virtual communities that I belong to, that keep me laughing, exercising, and inspired. I know that it has been months of virtual learning... yet when I see the faces/names on the screen during Falcon Meetings, Advisories & staff meetings, I truly marvel and what we have been able to do with what we have been given and how fully I feel connected to you all. It is not perfect, nor is it what we all want to be doing, and the sincerity you share by just being you, every time I see you, is appreciated, respected and felt deeply.
I wish you all a safe Thanksgiving break. Take time to remember what is working, to thank those who have brought you to this moment, to do something for someone else, and take time to rest. I will be outside and baking and off my computer.
Take care, Ms M-L
As always, it was good to see you at Advisory this week. You continue to bring me the energy I need to do my work and I thank you for prioritizing this once a month gathering; I missed those who could not attend and hope to see you next time. I will email you the slides from today so please look out for those. And remember “Don’t measure how valuable you are by the way you are treated” said the horse. “Always remember you matter, you’re important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.”
Community College Night: December 2, 7-8:30pm. Please plan on attending if you are a senior with the plans to attend community college next year. You can learn about the enrollment and transfer process, get your questions answered, and feel like you have a sense of “what’s next”. Other grade levels are welcome to attend to get general information about community college.
All Parents/Students: Here is a link to a podcast I listened to that will be helpful as you think about college: How Has the Pandemic Changed College Admissions? I think it is most helpful for all grade levels, but especially for 10-12th, with more for 10th-11th grade students and families.
Guidance on Google Meet Icons
I sent an email to MHS students today requesting the following:
For your Google Meet icon, please have one of the following:
These guidelines are not meant as an attempt to curb your free speech but rather to practice our boundaries and practice engaging in discussions about polarizing topics in robust ways, rather than the reductive memes, tweets and images that dominate social media.No complex issue that you care about can be reduced to an icon.
We greatly respect and appreciate the diversity of life experiences and perspectives represented within the MHS community. One thing we can do to combat the rampant polarization in our nation is to respectfully and empathetically reach out across differences to engage with those who see things differently than we do. We can practice speaking and listening with our hearts and with respect.
I am proud of how we treat one another at MHS. This new all online world poses lots of new challenges around having good discussions but I know we can rise to the challenge together and lead with our shared values in this space.
Congratulations to these remarkable students who have been digging so deep this past month to really bring their best selves to their school and their work, even during very hard times.
Respect - honor yourself, your commitments and your environment
Nick A & Eamon - Respectfully engaging with one another and supporting one another on their work in English. Led them both to be fully credited in that class.
Impact - Recognize your responsibilities within the community
Ang - Is still a member of MHS, but as a 12th grader, he knows that his community extends beyond MHS, to PHS, to Piedmont, to the greater Oakland and Alameda county worlds. He is reaching out around social justice work.
Skills - Develop the academic and social abilities to achieve success
Aiden - Reaching out and open to support to build the skills needed for high school. Mastering the MHS credit system by staying on track AND making up work from MP1!
Engage - Courageously take ownership of your personal growth and future.
Paul - Fully leaning into being a part of the MHS community. Sharing his interests and gifts with the community. Asking for support and connecting with teachers and other students in LC. Samson - Has really turned it around with his academic abilities. Dug himself out of a hole from MP1 and made up his work to be fully on track in all classes with strong attendance, engagement and ownership.
Black Youth Family Affinity Group
While MHS is a racially diverse and balanced student community, we recognize that navigating the larger white-dominant Piedmont space can often be isolating for our Black students. I am proud of our students and grateful for my colleague Ina Bendich for developing a thriving BSU for MHS and PHS students now in its second year.
Out of that work, grew the conversation around creating a space for families of Black Youth in Piedmont to connect, support one another and advocate for their children. And so the Black Youth Family Affinity Group was born! I hope you are able to join.
I hope that each of you is able to take some time over the next week for self care. Here is a presentation that Ms. Holley shared in her advisory with resources from Psychology Today.
It is still a little ways off but I wanted to share the Final Exam Week Bell Schedule with you.
Distance Learning Monday Schedule
9:00 – 11:00 AM
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We are so grateful to be able to kick off this holiday season with your participation. Donations of any size are deeply appreciated, and we hope that 100% of our school families will contribute. Please show your support for our students and our schools by supporting the Giving Campaign: www.piedmontedfoundation.org/donate/
Our MHS Goals for 20-21
The MHS School Site Council is composed of parents, teachers, students, a School Board member and the principal. All families and students and staff are invited to attend all monthly SSC meetings and weigh in on the goals and work of MHS each year. The SSC has agreed to the following two goals for MHS for 20-21, which are a continuation of the work done in 19-20, adjusted for our altered context.
The CDC ranks social activities on a continuum; the risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:
We recognize that social interaction is critical to our emotional wellbeing. We recommend students and families follow these guidelines for safer socializing during the pandemic:
PE credits at home? Please make sure you are filling in this log sheet to keep track of activity and hours. Remember, 15 hours=1 credit. Once your forms are filled out, you can take a picture of both sides and email to Ms M-L. Please keep the hard copies and give to me when we are back in person. I keep these until the hours accrued=5 credits or 75 hours, then it is added to your transcript. Thank you.
✋ DROP-IN PEER TUTORING ✍ — Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:30
Do you need help with your class work? Come to the Drop-In Peer Tutoring hours! You can get help in the following subjects: Spanish 1, 2, & 3, Chemistry, Biology, Integrated Math 1, 2, & 3, Language Arts: Grammar & Writing, Modern World History & US History. Drop In Peer Tutoring G Meet (Link) / https://meet.google.com/rvr-hjyh-xci
From the Parents’ Club!
The Parents’ Club plays a vital role in supporting the administration, faculty, and students at MHS. If you are wondering how to help, please attend a Parent’s Club meeting or support the school through these ongoing fundraisers:
MHS has a diverse student body with a majority of students who live outside of Piedmont. We aim to bring families of students together to help us achieve the high quality of services each and every student deserves. Please sign up through the MHS page on https://piedmontstore.org
Using SCRIP, you can buy physical OR eGift cards to numerous stores and restaurants that you already shop at. Your purchase will be at face value but a percentage will be donated back to the school. Order online directly through https://www.piedmontedfoundation.org/scrip/scrip-order-form/
AmazonSmiles works just like Amazon, both online and through the app. Select AmazonSmiles in your settings and follow the on-screen directions to select MHS Parent Club as the organization you would like to donate to. Every little bit helps!
For more information on how you can support the Parent’s Club please contact email@example.com. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm. You do not have to be a member to come to the monthly Parent Club meetings. We hope to see you there!
Free College Camp
HSF College Camp is a FREE, bilingual, webinar for students in 6th – 12th grade, and their families, where they will receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education!
HSF College Camp is tailored to address the needs of ALL middle and high school students, and their parents. Families can choose to receive information in either English or Spanish. People of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
The curriculum will be presented by subject-matter experts and will cover topics including:
Additionally, the webinar will feature a panel with Admissions and Financial Aid representatives from varying universities.
This event is FREE and open to the public; however, space is limited. There will be three identical sessions:
For further event details and to register to attend, please visit: bit.ly/hsfcollegecamp. Registration will close once capacity has been reached.
For Spanish speakers, feel free to download our Spanish Information Flyer.
1) Lunchtime Wellness
We are now also offering DAILY lunch-time wellness drop-in appointments.
SIGN-UP on the Drop-In Calendar After you sign-up, you will receive an email invitation with a link to the private G Meet.
2) Student Support Groups
The Wellness Center wants to establish virtual PHS student groups that meet throughout the year to provide time and space to connect with your peers and offer support. We felt this may be beneficial as we all progress through an academic year of online learning during a time of political tension. Please complete this survey, so that we are better able to serve you.
Drop in Student Group
Friday, 10/2, at lunch (11:30-12:20) Nic Saldivar, Wellness Intern, and Ms. M-L held the 1st MHS group session on the topics shared in the survey you completed. If you still haven’t filled out the survey, here it is. The 3 topics that were high on students’ minds included: 1) Goal Setting/Future planning, 2) Academic Skill Building, and 3) Race/Ethnicity. Everyone is welcome to bring their lunch for a casual conversation. Here is the link to join us. And even if you have 5 minutes and just want to check it out, we welcome you. This will be a weekly thing so if you can't make it this week, you're welcome to come next week!
Important Resources for PUSD Students & Families
Here is a PPT on how to Install the Schoology App
The “Piedmont Parent Guide to Schoology” is available to help you navigate through Schoology and set up preferences and notifications. If you have any questions about Schoology, email Tech and Learning Coach Debbi Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infinite Campus Portal
Having tech issues? For Infinite Campus, email ICHelp@piedmont.k12.ca.us For Schoology, email email@example.com Food Service Account? Email firstname.lastname@example.org For all other tech support, email Help@piedmont.k12.ca.us
PUSD COVID-19 Resources
Please visit the PUSD COVID-19 Resources website. It is a page of resources for distance learning, mental health and things to do for all ages. Brought to you by the PUSD School Psychologists, School Counselors and the Wellness Center.
Parents and students may use this form to request Wellness Center teletherapy sessions for students.
PUSD is committed to maintaining a safe school environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. Click HERE to report if you have witnessed any bullying or harassment.
Past Issues of MHS Newsletter
Anti-racism Reading List: 10 books to get you started
MHS Handbook Supplement 20-21
When Your Student is Absent
Please call MHS attendance line (594-2889) to excuse absence(s).
If your student takes PHS classes, you will also need to call PHS attendance line (594-2629) to excuse their absence(s). Thank you!