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This Week at West Ranch June 1-5

Good afternoon West Ranch Parents,

 

This Week at West Ranch for the week of May June 1 - 4.  This is the last message for the 2019-2020 school year.  We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy!  Please read through the email.  We have a lot of information for parents and students!

 

FOR STUDENTS - SCHOOL MONDAY - THURSDAY:  NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, JUNE 5

Just a reminder that this week there are only the four days of Distance Learning, Monday - Thursday as normal.  There are no Final exams this semester.  School ends on Thursday, June 4th.  There is no school on Friday, June 5th.  Teachers will be using that day to calculate and turn in their final grade reports.  

 

FINAL WEEK FOR DISTANCE LEARNING:

This is the final week of school.  Remember that with distance learning and the grading policy set forth by the district there are no traditional final exams this semester.   The student must work with the teacher and be in communication with their teachers to find out what the possibilities are.  Encourage your student to reach out and communicate as soon as possible.  

For those students that might be in the Failing or No Credit range, this is the final push to receive credit!.  If your student is in this category, please encourage them to contact their teacher and make up any and all work since March 16.  Your student is still able to rescue credits for these classes.  Teachers are waiting to work with your student!

The new grading policy along with all information regarding Distance Learning is available on the following District Link:  https://www.hartdistrict.org/apps/pages/distance-learning

 

TEXTBOOK TURN-IN MAKE UP DAY:

We know there may be some of you that were not able to come to campus for your specific textbook turn-in day.  We will be doing a make-up day for all grades on Wednesday, June 3rd from 9:30am-11:30am.  Seniors will not receive their diploma if they have any textbook delinquencies.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

CLASS OF 2020 BANNER:

As you may know in light of all that happened we created a large banner to celebrate the class of 2020 and it has been in front of the school for students to take a picture with since Cap and Gown distribution a few weeks ago.  This banner has the name of every single West Ranch graduate.  Our plan is to allow students to cut out their name as a keepsake on the same date we distribute diplomas on Friday, June 5.  So if you would like to take a picture with the banner please do so by the end of the day on June 4.  Just wanted you all to know for your planning.

 

VIRTUAL GRADUATION:

Our amazing students in WRTV have been working so hard to create a wonderful virtual graduation video that is just one way we are working to somehow make this year a special and one-of-a-kind experience in light of all that has happened to our Class of 2020.  The Virtual Graduation will go live on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 7pm.  We will send out the link to our families this week.  

A big thank you to Mrs. Overdevest and the talented students of WRTV, many of whom are seniors themselves, for their hard work and dedication over the past month as they have put this together!    

 

DRIVE THRU GRADUATION:

With the very recent approval from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health the District High Schools are putting together a Drive Thru Graduation for the Class of 2020.  West Ranch is scheduled for Thursday, June 4th beginning at 8am at Central Park.  Senior families should have received a message from me at the end of last week giving instructions on how this will occur and when they are to arrive based on last name.  

We were excited when the county finally approved this as we wanted to somehow give the Class of 2020 another opportunity to be honored!  Because of traffic concerns we are asking that there is only one car per family.  I will be sending another reminder with instructions again this week.

 

ALL RETURNING FAMILIES FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR = ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS:

All returning families to West Ranch, along with those coming to us from 8th grade, need to being the Online Registration Process (OLR) for the 2020-2021 school year.  The window in Infinite Campus is now open.  Even if your student is returning to West Ranch, EVERY parent needs to create and/or log into their portal account and submit an Online Registration application for the 2020-21 school year. OLR has been updated to include all the new notices and forms for the upcoming school year.  

It is important that families complete this ASAP.  I have included instructions in both English and Spanish with this email.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.  

 

ATHLETIC CLEARANCE FOR WEST RANCH 2020-2021:

 

In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, we are going DIGITAL for all athletic paperwork/clearance.  We will need EVERYstudent-athlete to set up an account and complete the required forms PRIOR to any sports participation.

 

We will launch the online registration process through ATHLETICCLEARANCE.COM on June 1, 2020.  This is a great time for families to get started in preparation for a return in Fall 2020.  I have attached a step by step guidebook.

 

Due to the current COVID19 sports restrictions, we are encouraging parents to get all documents completed up through the Athletic Physical.  If families would like to hold off on getting the physical until we have more information, that is fine as well.  Please make note that the physical is good for (1) calendar year.  (For example: June 1, 2020 - June 1, 2021).

 

Any questions, please contact Athletic Director, Anne Konrad at akonrad@hartdistrict.org

 

WRTV - LAST EPISODE:

This is WRTV’s final episode of the year which features special good byes from all the WRTV seniors.  Check it out at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZlxx7_1ACM&feature=youtu.be

 

SENIOR VIDEO - WRTV:

Every year WRTV does an amazing senior video that is viewed at the End of Year Rally.  But just because we could not have the rally, does not mean we do not have the senior video.  Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDrOu6pZbdg&feature=youtu.be

Great work again by WRTV!  Lots of great memories. 




 

SENIORS - TRANSCRIPTS

First off congratulations on your upcoming graduation!! This is just a brief reminder for you to request your final transcripts to be sent to the college or university you plan on attending in the Fall. Be sure and note all the college/university deadlines. If you do not provide the schools with the proper paperwork you may jeopardize your admissions.

We have made the process a little easier for you. All you need to do is to fill out the following google form: https://bit.ly/WR2020Transcripts. You can start to order your Official/Final transcripts now. You do not need to wait until grades are posted. Transcript requests that are made on or before June 12, 2020 will be mailed out no later than June 22, 2020. 

Please do not delay! Many colleges/universities have a hard deadline on when they want to receive your transcript.  Requests made at the last minute may not be able to be processed by the university's deadline. 

Remember, it is your responsibility to request the "Official Transcript". Your transcripts will NOT be automatically sent to any college or university. Once again, this includes 4-Year, Community and Trade Schools.

    

SENIOR SURVEY!:

It is time for your Senior Survey! This is your chance to let us know about your future plans!  We want to know what our students have planned after high school. You can even elect to let us share the information so we can celebrate your accomplishments on our senior wall in the Counseling Office. 

Please encourage your student to take a few moments to fill it out.  Just click on the following link:  https://forms.gle/FjNn2r3DNdgPdSKb6

We miss you!!!

WR Counselors

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS / CAREER TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION:

At West Ranch we are happy to provide Career Pathways in many areas including Engineering, Video/Film Production, Computer Technology, Business, Photography, Culinary Arts, and more.  This year we are looking to begin pathways for Music and Health Services.  If you are interested in our Career Pathways, or just in classes that can further your student’s education in an area of interest, please contact our College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Shari Kraidman at skraidman@hartdistrict.org  She can help set your student up for success in their future!  


 

JOIN WEST RANCH THEATRE ARTS!:

Want to perform in plays and musicals or share your technical skills behind the scenes?  The Theatre Arts program offers a fun, exciting and hands-on performing arts experience for students who want to develop their skills in acting, singing, dancing, directing, writing and stagecraft.  Our state-of-the-art theatre provides for a dynamic and well-rounded education for performers, designers and technicians alike.  To get involved, simply enroll in a Theatre Arts course and visit westranchtheatre.com for more information.


 

COUNSELORS TIMELINE:

The Counselors hope you and your families are all doing well!  As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to remind you that our counselors will not be available over the summer for any last-minute items.  If you have any summer school referrals, COC College Now forms or any other counselor inquiries, please reach out to us no later than June 8th at 3pm.  We hope you have an amazing summer! Stay safe and take care!

 

COMMUNICATION:  WEST RANCH - SPECIAL CLASS OF 2020 PAGE

Continue to check your email for continual messages from the District.  Also don’t forget to check the district and school websites for information www.WestRanchHighSchool.com  We have special pages for both the Class of 2020 and for our incoming 9th graders.  

 

Also remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!! @westranchwildcats

 

Remember the West Ranch and all other district campuses are closed for the remainder of the allotted time.  No groups or individuals are to be on campus during this time.  




 

WELLNESS TIP - VIRTUAL WILDCAT WELLNESS CENTER:

We have been advertising our Virtual Wildcat Wellness Center since the school closure.  We know this has been a stressful time for our students.  Our West Ranch Social Worker, Nancy Phillips, has helped numerous students and some parents who were in crisis.  

Now to go along with the amazing work done by Nancy is our new Wildcat Wellness Website. Here is the link:  https://sites.google.com/hartdistrict.org/wildcatwellnesscenter/home

 

There are many supports to be found here including daily journal prompts, videos of encouragement, resources to combat stress and anxiety, and so much more!  Along with all of this there is  information on how to contact Nancy here as well.

As we have said before, please don’t be afraid to reach out.  That is why we are here!



 

Stay safe and healthy! Have a great summer!

GO WILDCATS!

 

Mark Crawford

Principal, West Ranch High School

Relationships – Rigor – Relevance