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Dear Titan Parents and Students

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I just wanted to reach out and let you know how much I appreciate and respect all your effort, dedication, and hard work over the last two months.  Who knew that when we started this first year of our new high school that it would end with this unique and challenging situation.  Students, parents, and the Alpine community have pulled together during this difficult time and have managed to come together during a time we are asked to stay apart.

During this school year I have developed a love and appreciation for all the students and faculty that have walked through our doors.  I am very proud of all the accomplishments and growth that have occurred this year at our school.  We have pulled a team of adults that truly love and care for your kids.  I appreciate all they do everyday to make our school an amazing place to work and learn.

Please encourage your students to take advantage of summer opportunities to continue their education.  We will be offering some summer digital curriculum hours at our campus.  Also, the district is offering summer school classes (face to face) at Lehi Junior High.  If you are interested, please contact our counselors for the details.

Again, I express all my gratitude to our PHS WEST parents and students.  Sadly, following this school year I will be moving my trident to the Focus Center as their director, but I leave you in great hands because the love and support lives on within our walls.  

Always remember, I believe in our students and what they can and will accomplish.  They truly are amazing individuals and I love them for that.

Stay Golden,

Kristopher
Principal, Polaris West High School

“MARCH MADNESS” Update #4

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Titan Parents and Students,
We hope you are all safe and healthy!!  Please refer to our Instagram (phs_west_titans) regularly for fun news from our school.

Additional Information and Support:

School/Office Hours
The District will be closing all schools to the public beginning Monday, Mar 30th.  School office hours will still be 8 AM – Noon.  We will be staggering staff and having a limited number of staff in the building in order to comply with State Guidelines.  Please contact our front office at 801-610-8182 to request anything from inside the school and we will deliver them to you at the curb.  We currently have paper packets for all English and Math teachers that can be picked up at the curb between 8am-noon… just give us a call!  Any meals you have been receiving from your neighborhood school will still be available at the usual times with the drive through grab-and-go that they have set up.

ADJUSTMENT TO ONLINE LEARNING:
After hearing about all the confusion for both students AND teachers, we have decided to streamline our practices as a school and recommend some uniform strategies for working with our students beginning next week.  We reached out to a few teachers to discuss our ideas and below is an outline of what we are planning. We are hoping this will help keep our students from getting overwhelmed with the amount of emails and work they are receiving, and hopefully get more students completing work and making progress.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns! We are all learning and figuring stuff out as we go. The less frustration, the better for everyone!! We will likely continue to make adjustments as we learn.

1) Every MONDAY, teachers will send out one email to each of their classes with information (or a link to their platform) that gives the students no more than ONE hour’s worth of learning experiences for the WEEK.  That would be 10 hours of total work for each student per week! (An exception would be Foods, because it is a 2-period class.) This way the students would know what is expected for the entire week, and they will have to manage how they complete the work during the week.  This would also alleviate the many emails students are receiving daily.

The deadline for the week’s worth of work is Sunday night at midnight, which is before receiving the next week’s worth of work on Monday.  

2) We have asked that every teacher utilize a PASS/FAIL grading system.  This would take a lot of pressure off the students and the teachers. A “pass” for the class means the student has earned credit for that class.

3) We have asked that each ADVISORY teacher email his/her students each Monday with a shared google form that merely asks students to check in one time during the week.  We do not think it is too much to ask for the students to check in with their teachers once a week to pass advisory. We are just trying to make advisory more uniform for the students, teachers, and advocates!

4) Students will have ONE WEEK to turn in late work.  One week should give those with accommodations, or those that get sick, enough time to turn it in.  One week helps advocates know when all assignments should be in and which assignments students may still complete and turn in.

CHROMEBOOKS AND NETWORK:

Reasons for slow computers:

  • Multiple tabs open in Chrome – only have essential tabs open
  • Out of date filter – shut down the Chromebook every night. When you turn it on if there is an update to the filter it will automatically push out to the Chromebook.
  • Many devices in the home streaming internet content – other devices using the internet in the household should be limited while the student is working online. Streaming services take a lot of bandwidth and can be hogging your internet speeds.

Where to go for Chromebook help:

General Care: 

  • Please Note: as per agreement,  Parents will be responsible for loss, damage and theft
  • Do not remove any stickers from the device. 
  • Clean the screen with a soft, water damp cloth, only.  Keyboards can be cleaned with a damp, alcohol based /disinfectant cloth followed by a dry cloth. 
  • Take care when plugging in accessories  such as earphones as not to damage the ports.  
  • Use two hands and close the screen to transport. 
  • No food or drink is best practice to avoid spills and sticky keys
  • Supervision is required.  Filtering via the iBoss extension is imperfect and supervision of your student’s use of the Chromebook is of utmost importance for child safety. 

 

 

“MARCH MADNESS” Update #3

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Dear Titan Parents and Students,
We hope you are all safe and healthy!! Please refer to our Instagram (phs_west_titans) regularly for fun news from our school documenting this crazy experience.

Additional Information and Support:

  • School/Office Hours
    School office hours will be 8 AM – Noon. We will be staggering staff and having a limited number of staff in the building in order to comply with State Guidelines of groups fewer than 10 people.
  • District Office Hours
    Because the District Office will also be following limited hours of 8 AM – Noon, please reach out to us by email, text or cell phone if you have any questions or concerns that arise. We will all be available to help anytime. Other district office staff will be available to answer emails during normal office hours.

Know How the Virus Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-10).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (about 6 feet).
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Take Steps to Protect Yourself

  • Wash your hands often and well.
  • Practice social distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people and by avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wear a mask if you are sick and are around others.
  • Clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces daily.

Spring Break
Spring Break will be the entire week of April 6-10 (Monday through Friday). There should not be any school work assigned during that week. Teachers, students, employees, administrators, and parents will take a much needed break.

Dear Titan Parents and Students – “MARCH MADNESS” Update #2

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We hope you are all safe and healthy!!  Please refer to our Instagram (phs_west_titans) regularly for fun news from our school documenting this crazy experience.

Additional Information and Support:

  1. Great Change in “Grab and Go” Meal Distribution
    We were granted the waiver from the state, which means we can now have breakfast and lunch picked up at the same time, beginning on Monday, March 23.  This will limit the number of trips families have to make to a school site for food pick up. Because of this change, all meals will be distributed from 8:30-11 AM. Another change is that schools will serve any student at any neighborhood school free of charge.  *Orem JH, Mountain View and Timpanogos will continue to serve anyone age 0-18 free of charge. 
  2. School/Office Hours
    Beginning next Monday, March 23, school office hours will be 8 AM – Noon. We will be staggering staff and having a limited number of staff in the building in order to comply with State Guidelines of groups fewer than 10 people.
  3. District Office Hours
    Because the District Office will also be following limited hours of 8 AM – Noon, please reach out to us by email, text or cell phone if you have any questions or concerns that arise. We will all be available to help anytime. Other district office staff will be available to answer emails during normal office hours.
  4. Chromebook Updates
    Because there is a continued problem with Chromebooks, District personnel are working with state officials to resolve things as soon as possible. Teachers are aware that students should not be expected to complete assignments this week since many are not yet able to access content.

Dear Titan Parents and Students – “March Madness” #1

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We will look back on this day and say, “What an adventure that was!”  We are so glad to be in this adventure with your students! Please refer to our Instagram (phs_west_titans) regularly for fun news from our school documenting this adventure.

This is the first of many updates we will send out to keep you informed.  Each update will be numbered to help avoid confusion as new information is shared.  

Additional Information and Support:

  1. Chromebook Checkout:  Patti Smith will be our point person here at Polaris West for Chromebook checkout and info.  Advocates will be reaching out today asking if your student has some needs accessing their classes and assignments and if your student will need to check out a Chromebook.  Please contact us if you need this service and opportunity at home. A parent will need to fill out a permission form in order for your student to check out a computer. Chromebooks will be available to start checking out on Wednesday, March 18th.
  2. BREAKFAST AND LUNCH UPDATE: Beginning today, March 16th your student may access the District’s breakfast and lunch program.  We have made arrangements for your student to receive this service at their boundary high school (ex: Lone Peak, AF, Skyridge, Lehi, Westlake, and Cedar Valley).  When arriving at the location, students will need to share their name and student number. Free and reduced lunch will still be accepted and those that don’t qualify can buy breakfast and lunch.
  3. Please reach out to our Counselors for assistance with credit or class information, East Shore Curriculum, or Social/Emotional needs. 
  4. During the Alpine School District closure, East Shore Online will still be open to activate tests Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Please see our modified options for requesting your test while school buildings are closed. 

Email: When your student is ready to test please send an email to [email protected]

Your email will need to include the following information:

o   Student First and Last Name
o   Student ID number
o   Current School
o   The course and unit test you are requesting

  • An ESO representative will review the student’s unit. If all work is complete with a score of 70% or higher the test will be released to the student.
  • Once the test is released, an email confirmation will be sent letting the student know they may begin their test.
  • Testing is on your honor. Please do not use notes, friends, or the internet to look up answers.

Live Chat:

  •     When your student is ready to test please send us a Live Chat at eastshore.alpineschools.org
  •     Your chat will be answered in the order received.
  •     Please include the following information in your chat:

o   Students First and Last Name
o   Student ID number
o   Current School
o   The course and unit test you are requesting

  • An ESO representative will review the student’s unit. If all work is complete with a score of 70% or higher the test will be released to the student.
  • Once the test is released, the representative will send you a confirmation letting the student know they may begin their test.
  • Testing is on your honor. Please do not use notes, friends or the internet to look up answers.

Please be aware that our Help Desk Assistants will be onsite Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th and can be reached by phone 801-610-8185, Email or Live Chat from 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM. We expect call/chat/email volumes to be very high during this closure. We thank you for your patience while we strive to maintain student progress.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!  We wish you and your family all the best.

Kristopher Packer, Principal and your Titan Family

Dear Titan Parents,

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With only two mini terms to go, please encourage your student to finish the school year strong!!!!!
Here are some upcoming events and information:
  1. This Friday is Minimal Day and no school lunch will be provided.  Students will be released at 11:55am.
  2. Mini Term 7 will begin on Monday, March 16th and we will be welcoming 20 or so new students.
  3. MTEC Tour is scheduled for March 31st.  Please have your student sign up with their counselor.
  4. New Restroom Policy is in place.  Please refer to past email for the details that were sent out.
  5. Please remember to excuse your student’s absences within two days of the occurrence.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  We would love to hear from you.
Best,
Kristopher Packer, Principal

Dear Titan Parents,

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Here are some upcoming events we would like you to be aware of:

  1. Tomorrow, March 3rd will be ACT testing for all 11th grade students. We will be having a remediation day for all Sophomores and Seniors that day to get caught up in their classes or work on packets. Testing will begin promptly at 8:35 a.m. Please have your student at school on time to take advantage of this free opportunity to take the ACT exam. Lunch will be provided for all students and buses will leave at 1:30 p.m.
  2. We will be having a Career Day @ Polaris High School in Orem on March 18th. Applications are due on March 4th to our Counseling Department. Students can pick an application from the Main Office or their Counselor. We have 30 spots total for the event.
  3. Monday, March 9th is a Teacher Professional Development day. No school for students.
  4. Friday, March 13th is a Minimal Day. Students will be out at 12:00.
  5. Parents, please remember to call in to excuse your student absences.
  6. Lunch – Remember we will not be ordering extra lunches each day. Please remind your students to order lunch each day they would like school lunch or a school lunch will NOT be available for them.
  7. The end of this mini term is Friday, March 13th.
  8. We are asking that students not loiter in the bathrooms during class breaks or at lunch. If you could help remind your student of this that would be helpful. We will be sending out additional information about the bathroom policies. We would appreciate it if you could go over this information with your student.

If at any time you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.

Best,

Kristopher Packer, Principal

Dear Titan Parents,

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We are in the process of putting together some additional resources for after-school and lunchtime interventions for your student. We will be implementing math and science lab hours for students to come in and get help on classroom makeup work and help with packets. We will be sending out information on days and times beginning mid-March.

Here is some additional info:

  1. We will be having a Career Day @ Polaris High School in Orem on March 18th. Applications are due on March 4th to our Counseling Department. Students can pick an application from the Main Office or their Counselor. We have 30 spots total for the event.
  2. March 3rd will be ACT testing for all 11th grade students. We will be having a remediation day for all Sophomores and Seniors that day to get caught up in their classes or work on packets. Testing will begin promptly at 8:35am. Please have your student at school on time to take advantage of this free opportunity to take the ACT exam.
  3. 2020 Snow Makeup Day Procedure (Monday, April 6th):
    Students and Parents
    ● Students in attendance that day can expect regular Monday start and end times (including for breakfast and lunch) and meaningful learning activities, adjusted to the circumstances of the day.
    ● Parents who wish to excuse their student(s) that day should notify the attendance office, as usual.
    ● Teachers will design a simple assignment for students who will be absent on April 6th. This will be communicated to all parents through email, Canvas, Google Classroom, or by handouts on April 2nd or 3rd. Independent assignments will be due sometime the week following spring break (as set by individual teachers).
  4. Another friendly reminder that we will not be ordering extra lunches each day. Please have your student order lunch online each morning on the days they want school lunch.
  5. We are asking that students not loiter in the bathrooms during class breaks or at lunch. If you could help remind your student of this that would be helpful. We will be notifying individual parents of any infractions or issues. Thanks for your help and support of the matter.

If at any time you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. Our students have been doing some really great activities in classes and during field trips. Please follow us on Instagram (phs_west_titans).

Best,
Kristopher Packer, Principal

Dear Titan Parents,

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Gladly, it is starting to look and feel more like spring.  That being said, we are on the downward slope towards the end of the school year.  Just a reminder to encourage your student to finish strong with their attendance and credits.
 
Here is some additional info:
1) The ACT will be given to Juniors on Tues, March 3rd.  This a free chance to take the ACT and a great opportunity for all Juniors.  Seniors and Sophomores will be involved in remediation activities that day.
2) A friendly reminder to check bus routes and pickup/dropoff times.  You can find info on our school website.
3) If you haven’t already, follow us on Instagram.  phs_west_titans
4) We will no longer be ordering any extra lunches, beyond what is ordered by students and staff.  Please have your student remember to order each day they would like to eat school lunch.  
5) Our “Titan Closet” is running great and is FREE of charge.  It is open to students during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Friday after school.  Students are going home with some really great finds. 
 
Students seem really HAPPY and that makes us adults, HAPPY!!
Best,
Kristopher Packer, Principal

Dear Titan Parents,

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Just want to give a warm welcome to our newest Titans.  We had around 12 students enroll from our feeder schools this mini term.
Here is some additional info:
  1. On Thursday this week MTEC and Jostens will be here at lunch time.  Our Jostens rep (Kelly) will be taking class ring orders and answering any questions regarding rings and graduation announcements.  Here is a link to Jostens website for ring ordering:
  2. On Thursday, Feb 20th a Marine recruiter will be here at Polaris West to visit with students who are interested.
  3. A reminder of those who ride the bus, please check our website and bus info to get any update bus routes or times.
  4. President’s Day is Feb 17th- No School
  5. Report cards will be posted on Friday
  6. Please check lunch accounts and review the lunch program with your student.
  7. We will be holding a Lock Down drill on Wed, as part of our safety program at school.
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!  We love our Titan Parents!!!!!
Best,
Kristopher Packer, Principal
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