Sunday Message 5/3

Dear Raider families,

This week begins a new phase in virtual learning for all students.  We are moving into Time Slot 3. There are two categories in this phase:

  • Middle school students who are currently enrolled in a high-school credit bearing course will engage in required new learning experiences. This will include essential missing content that would have been taught after March 13, 2020.  This content will not be graded, however, there will be a denotation on the transcript that will be removed upon completion of the missing content/new learning modules.
  • Middle school students not in high-school credit bearing courses will be provided with continued optional opportunities for review and enrichment of content that was previously taught, as well as content that would have been delivered or introduced during marking period 4.

Teachers will be posting weekly “office hours” on their Schoology page. These hours are intended as scheduled time that teachers will be available to students.

During the 3rd marking period, the Career Investigation curriculum was incorporated into Health & PE classes. As previously shared with parents and students, the Career Investigation curriculum is a new Standard of Accreditation for schools to support the development of the student Academic Career Plan. Each student must complete this course, and it will show up in PowerSchool as complete, “CI.” not as a grade for credit.

Per the VA Standards of Accreditation, a middle school student has the option to expunge/remove a high school course (grade and associated credit) taken in middle school from his/her high school transcript. While the course and grade will remain on the middle school record, neither the course nor the credit will be placed on the high school transcript and the grade will not be included in the high school GPA. Please note: Once the course has been removed, it cannot be placed back on the transcript. To pursue this option, please complete and submit the electronic “High School Credit Removal” form located on the PowerSchool Parent Portal by June 30, 2020 of the year in which the student attempted the course. Requests submitted after this time will not be considered. Directions to access this form are attached. We encourage you to reach out to your school counselor with any questions and to discuss this option with your school counselor prior to making a final decision.

As a reminder, HCPS offers the following high school credit-bearing courses in middle school (this varies by school): Earth Science, Algebra I, Algebra II, PSC Geometry, World History and Geography I, Art I – Discovering Art, Independent Living, Technology Foundations, Exploring Computer Science, Introduction to Game Design & Coding, Digital Applications, Digital Media Art, 21st Century Inquiry and Leadership, Freshman Seminar, Academic & Personal Enrichment,, French I, Spanish I, Chinese I, French II, Spanish II, Foundations of Spanish Part B and Foundations of French Part B.