High School (Grades 9–12)
Security and Safety in Virtual Classroom Spaces
Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco has strict policies in place regarding the appropriate use of technology. If a student is found to have violated these policies by sharing access to classrooms being conducted via Zoom or any other platform, that is considered an honor breach and is subject to immediate disciplinary action.
Links and passwords for Zoom meetings are the property of Convent & Stuart Hall. Students are not permitted to share these links, even within our own community. Sharing links to school Zoom meetings constitutes a breach of honor and will result in consequences.
The Blackbaud LMS course page is the central location where students go to find specific class information. Students can access Zoom links on the class Bulletin Board to connect to the class meeting.
A 9–10:10 a.m.
B 10:30–11:40 a.m.
Lunch 11:40 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
C 12:20–1:30 p.m.
D 1:50–3 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays (Blue)
E 9–10:10 a.m.
F 10:30–11:40 a.m.
Lunch 11:40 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
G 12:20–1:30 p.m.
H 1:50–3 p.m.
Advisory 9–9:20 a.m. (including check-in about instruction thus far, an invitation for reflection)
A 9:30–10:40 a.m.
B 10:50 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lunch 12–12:30 p.m.
C 12:30–1:40 p.m.
D 1:50–3 p.m.
- Letter to IB juniors and their families
- Letter to IB seniors and their families
- Letter to AP students and their families
Dear IB Juniors and Families,
You may have heard the announcement today from the IB Organization that this year’s May 2020 IB Exams will not be held in response to the current impact of COVID-19. Instead, achievement in the IBDP will be based on the quality of performance in IB coursework.
As Juniors, the decision not to host May 2020 exams does not affect you, as your external papers are scheduled for May 2021. However, this decision is a reminder of the importance of your engagement in the programme, including your coursework, Internal Assessments, CAS Projects and reflections, and in Theory of Knowledge. These are critical components of your academic experience, and the decision the IB Organization has made this year serves as a reminder of the importance of your ongoing coursework.
With this in mind, we encourage you to continue to engage fully with your courses in our current remote environment. We recognize that this is a challenging time for all students, so please let me know if there is anything you need in support of your IB experience at this time.
Ms. Devin DeMartini Cooke
IB Diploma Coordinator
Dear IB Seniors and Families,
Many of you are already aware that the IB Organization announced today that the May 2020 IB Exams will not take place.
The IBO states that students will be awarded the Diploma or Course Certificates “based on student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the programmes.” This highlights the essential nature of the students’ Internal Assessments and continued engagement with their coursework.
It remains imperative that students continue to be attentive to the direction and deadlines communicated by their teachers if they are still in need of completing and delivering on an IA. Additionally, Semester Grades will be an important part of each student's transcript and graduation process.
CAS completion, TOK assignments, and the Extended Essay remain core parts of your IB experience. Again, If you need support moving your CAS Project to a digital platform, please contact Ms. Brenner and your CAS Project Supervisor. Extensions may be granted with individual consultation.
Attached is a letter from the IB Organization and there will be follow up communication with more details in the week ahead. IB will have and post a Q&A on their site by the end of the week.
For now, please continue to engage fully in your coursework and assignments in our remote learning environment, and be assured that there will be more clarification coming in the days ahead. Note that your past and future coursework serves not only the purpose of attaining the IB Diploma, but also your Convent & Stuart Hall graduation requirements.
Ms. Devin DeMartini Cooke
IB Diploma Coordinator
Dear AP Students and Families,
On Friday, March 20 the College Board announced that the traditional May exam administration will not take place this year in response to COVID-19. Instead, the College Board is developing a shortened test experience to be taken online at home. Convent & Stuart Hall High School plans to continue with the established policy that students enrolled in an AP class sit for the corresponding AP exam. The full exam schedule and additional testing details will be available by April 3. Once this information is released, we will communicate specific details on this year’s AP test administration.
For now, we expect students in AP courses to continue to engage in their coursework as a way of preparation for the new exam format and setting.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Pfeiffer.
Head, Convent High School
Due to the shelter-in-place mandate, athletic trainers will not meet with student-athletes in person, but are available for treatment questions via email. Please direct sports medicine questions to Mike Mayes and/or Justine Li . Strength and Conditioning Coach Barclay Spring will post a daily Workout of the Day video here. Please check Thursday Notes for regular updates.
If you have other athletics questions, please contact the following individuals:
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Information and FAQ for Seniors
- How is our office here to support you?
- What do we do if our financial situation has changed since we applied for financial aid?
- How do I choose my college considering the current circumstances?
- Can I choose my final college after May 1?
- Should I defer my enrollment to fall 2021?
- Will my college be in session this fall?
- How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect waitlists this year?
- With the changes to both AP testing and IB exams, will colleges still offer me IB and AP credit?
As always, we remain available to meet with you 1:1 or with your family to talk through your choices and offer my perspective as you weigh your options during this unusual time. We are thinking of you, rooting for you, and eager to celebrate your choice with you! Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment by emailing us or attending office hours.
The FAFSA form remains open until June 30, 2020. Any student or family who has not yet completed a FAFSA may still do so until that time, but at this stage it is unlikely that significant financial aid will be available from colleges.
If you have already completed the FAFSA, we encourage you to contact college financial aid offices directly to begin an appeals process and request a review of your financial aid application. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgement under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The more specific you can be about how much aid you realistically need to afford enrollment at each institution will help your appeals process. You can either request a specific amount of increased aid or give a range that would make attendance feasible. Be prepared to share documentation of your changed financial situation.
For any other questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak and federal financial aid, visit the Federal Student Aid Office webpage.
In addition to the resources we already provide on this page, consider the kind of communication you are currently receiving from your colleges. How supported do you feel? How clear and consistent is the communication? How flexible and accommodating have they been in light of the current challenges? Ask yourself whether the style and substance of the communication you are receiving matters to you as you select your college.
Remember that communication from colleges can often end up in a spam or junk email folder. Please check those folders regularly to make sure you are not missing any opportunities to connect with the colleges you are considering.
Colleges can sometimes be flexible with their enrollment deposit deadline, but only in certain circumstances. If you are hoping to hear good news from a waitlist college, you are still expected to choose a college that has admitted you by their enrollment deadline — this is not grounds to request an extension. If you need more time to consider a financial aid appeal or other COVID-19 circumstance that prevents you from committing by their deadline, you should contact your college directly to request an extension.
Some colleges have already announced that they have extended their enrollment deposit deadline for all admitted students. The National Association for College Admission Counseling has created a tool that is tracking which schools have granted extensions, but you should ultimately check directly with each college to confirm their deadlines.
Remember, you may only confirm enrollment at one college. If you are admitted from a waitlist, you must first withdraw enrollment from your chosen college and then confirm enrollment at your new college. Please keep the College Counseling Department informed of any enrollment decisions and adjustments that you are making.
Each of you, in conversation with your family, will need to make your own decision about enrollment for this fall. In general, we do not recommend that seniors defer enrollment if you were not already planning and/or have been accepted into a gap year program. While distance learning may continue into this fall and beyond, there will be meaning and purpose in beginning college this fall with your class, as planned. Colleges will be dedicating resources and time to developing programs and plans to accommodate entering first-year students, and summer allows professors and program directors an opportunity to consider adjustments to calendars, community-building and learning opportunities. As a first-year student, you will be part of a new community that is experiencing this altered beginning to college together. You will be able to start creating your network of mentors and peers; you will be able to continue structured learning; and you will go through this unexpected journey with others who are sharing in your trepidation, hope and desire to make the best of these new circumstances.
Deferring enrollment could be the right choice for some, but consider that if shelter-in-place continues through this fall and winter, significant travel will be impossible and you will likely still need to be at home. While we believe there are many wonderful outcomes for students who choose to take a gap year during regular circumstances, the main drawback that we hear from alumni every year is the loneliness and isolation that they feel during their year off. Most alumni make the best of this by travelling with friends, finding volunteer or paid work through businesses and non-profit organizations, and taking community college classes (if allowed). With the current financial crisis, paid work will be difficult to find for those on a gap year, internships and service work will likely need to be remote, and academic experiences will remain online.
Some questions you should consider as you make your decision:
- If I’m going to be home, would I rather be part of my new college community or would I rather be home without school for another semester or year?
- How motivated will I be to manage my own time and engagement in the world if I am sheltered at home?
- How do I plan to build and maintain community without the structure of school?
- How do I feel about deferring not only my undergraduate schooling but also my professional career and graduate study for a semester or year?
As you consider your choice, know that the college admission world is also considering the overall higher education landscape. The world has changed. There are unknowns in any decision that you make this year and in the future. We encourage you to weigh the options, consider the pros and cons that you can identify at this time and make the decision that is right for you.
Every college will make their own decision about when and how to reopen based on state and local guidance. Some schools are shifting calendars and preparing for the possibility of distance learning or a hybrid distance/in-person model in the fall. We are learning more each day, but we urge you to engage with the information your colleges have provided to you so far and contact your colleges directly to understand more about their evolving plans and when/if they plan to make decisions about how fall courses and programming will be delivered.
While there is uncertainty about how each college will address testing, the best resource right now will be the colleges you are considering attending next fall. Though some colleges have begun to communicate how they will respond to the current situation, it is important that you communicate this question to college admissions officers right now, especially if it is a significant factor in your college selection.
Information and FAQ for Juniors
SAT registration is OPEN for August, September, and October exams. The following test dates are currently scheduled for the Fall:
- August 29
- October 3
- November 7
- December 5
Until we receive the next health order from the state and the city, we cannot confirm that testing will take place in June or July for the ACT. We ask for your patience and we will update you once we learn more. Please visit this link for ACT updates.
- Coalition College Fair | Thursday, May 28 from 1–4 p.m.
At this online event, you’ll choose from “rooms” where representatives from 100 colleges will share an overview of their schools and answer your questions. Register for one room from each of the four sessions to hear from and connect with up to 20 schools during the program.
- Cialfo Online College Fair
We encourage you to join Cialfo Online College Fair this Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. This event will run from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. on both days and will include keynote presentations as well as sessions with over 200 colleges. To register, click here to reserve your spot.
We encourage you to register for one or more sessions; this is a great way to demonstrate interest and to learn more about schools as part of your research process. Sessions also include workshops on essay writing, liberal arts colleges and STEM programs.
- Coast to Coast College Info Session
Admissions officers from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley and Vanderbilt University invite students to learn about their institutions, hear advice about the college search and application process, and get questions answered.
Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 3 p.m. PST Webinar link sent upon registration.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 5 p.m. PST Webinar link sent upon registration.
- Sister College Virtual Event | Thursday, June 18 from 5–6:30 p.m.
The deans and directors of admission at the Sister Colleges invite you to hear a brief history of the Sister schools and their strengths across all fields, especially in the sciences. Learn how the outstanding campus opportunities — internships, research, leadership development, career preparation and social life — translate into powerful outcomes for our alumnae.
To help answer common questions, please see our responses below:
- Most colleges have moved to test-optional, do I still need to test?
- What about test prep?
- What about “school-based” testing for students with accommodations?
- How can I research colleges?
College Counseling continues to encourage all students to register and take a formal test. Although many colleges and universities are moving to test-optional admissions, with more and more announcing as much each day, we want to make sure you keep all your options open. Despite dropping the test for admission purposes, many schools are still asking for a test score for scholarship consideration. We will counsel each of you individually in the fall about whether or not to submit your test scores once you have a finalized list of colleges.
Our general advice is that you should focus on your schoolwork for the remainder of the year and resume with your test prep plans this summer once you have a confirmed test date. If you are interested in spending time doing test prep right now, the best use of your time would be practicing problems within SAT Khan Academy or ACT Academy.
We know many families were planning on visiting colleges over Easter Break to begin exploring options. Since colleges have closed, they have been scheduling virtual admission events instead. Please see the resources below. We also recommend that you reach out to Convent & Stuart Hall alumni who have attended the colleges you are considering. Our office is happy to share contact information.
Virtual College Tour Resources
Strive Virtual College Exploration Week (April 20–23) — Join four full days of virtual presentations for juniors to explore college opportunities. There is no cost for students to register.
Information for Juniors and Seniors
- Where can I find more up to date information?
- What are some important questions for colleges? Is there a tool I can use?
- Upcoming Online Events
Your college’s admission officers are the best resources right now. We will certainly let you know if we receive any more specific advice or information in the future, but in the meantime, we have gathered a few additional articles that we believe provide helpful perspectives:
- Impact of COVID-19 on College Admission and Testing (Compass Prep)
- After Coronavirus, Colleges Worry: Will Students Come Back? (The New York Times)
- Coping in the Time of Corona (Tulane University Admissions blog)
- Live Updates: Latest News on Coronavirus and Higher Education (Inside Higher Ed)
- NCAA COVID-19 (Updates from the NCAA)
- Access nonprofit tax documents for colleges and universities to see what kind of endowment debt they are carrying. Please note that it may take some financial digging to understand the data well.
The Emory University Office of Admission offers a kind, constructive and thoughtful letter to sophomores and juniors as they try to make sense of COVID-19.
The NACAC has an updated tool that includes answers to questions such as:
- What are your plans for the fall 2021 admission cycle with regard to standardized admission testing requirements?
- When do you anticipate beginning fall 2020 course registration for first-time freshmen?
- Have you changed your tuition and/or room and board charges for the 2020–21 academic year?
Colleges across the country in partnership with StriveScan are hosting three days of STEM information sessions to any student looking to learn more about going to college in STEM related majors. The online event takes place from Tuesday, May 19–Thursday, May 21. *These events start at 7 a.m. PDT on all three days
Interested in learning about a career path to Law? This is your invitation to join the Asian American Bar Association’s Annual Pathways to Law conference. The purpose of this conference is to educate college and high school students about the career options available in law, and to encourage diverse perspectives in this career. This event will take place over the next four Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 16.
Meet with Us
The College Counseling team will meet with juniors and their parents/guardians on Zoom for their spring academic guidance and college counseling meetings, and the junior-level college counseling course will continue as scheduled.
For all students — and especially for seniors who are in the midst of college admission decisions — every member of the college counseling team will host office hours. The Zoom app allows them to host meetings for "walk-ins," and students can "sit" in the waiting room as the team addresses inquiries in the order they are submitted.
The library's resources are available to students, parents, and faculty while the community engages in distance learning. Visit the Library Resources microsite for information about the school's databases (and how to access them from home), reading resources, activities, virtual field trips and more.
Remote access to library resources is also available for K–12 students in the Blackbaud LMS and through the school's library page.
- New! Ebook and digital audiobook collection now available
- Find and access our subscription databases from home
- Library Information and FAQ Guide
- Video tutorial: How to access databases with an iPad
- Video tutorial: How to access databases with a laptop/desktop
- Sign up for a San Francisco Public Library temporary e-card during their closure. Register here, and be sure to provide your email address so they can email you your card.
Laurie Pomeranz will continue to collaborate with faculty, working with small groups of students while online classes are in session, while also being available to talk one-on-one with those who need extra support.
The resources below have been recommended by Laurie.
- Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Toddlers to Teens: How to Help Kids Cope with Stress from COVID-19 (Healthline)
- One More Relationship Tested by the Pandemic: Siblings (The New York Times, May 17)
- Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration (Child Mind Institute)
- Single Parenting During the Coronavirus Crisis (Child Mind Institute)
- How to Help Teens Handle the Loss of Proms and Graduations (Greater Good Magazine, April 23)
- What Happens When We Lose Our Social Rituals? (Greater Good Magazine, April 22)
- Hardwired for Joy (Reboot podcast, April 16)
- Stuck at Home? How to Find Awe and Beauty Indoors (Greater Good Magazine, April 15)
- My Family Has Not Become Closer During Isolation, That’s Okay (Grown & Flown, April 14)
- How to Keep Coronavirus Worries from Disrupting Your Sleep (Greater Good Magazine, April 14)
- How Parents Can Help Kids Thrive in an Uncertain Future (Greater Good Magazine, April 10)
- COVID-19 Wellbeing Tips for Teens with Dr Watson Clinical Psychologist (YouTube, April 7)
- Three Tips from a Therapist for Calming Your Coronavirus Anxiety (Greater Good Magazine, April 6)
- Quarantined With Bored Teens: Virtual Volunteer Opportunities (Grown & Flown, April 3)
- How to Deal With Cabin Fever (Healthline, April 2)
- How to Help Teens Shelter in Place (Greater Good Magazine, March 20)
- Stress and Coping (CDC)
- Parents, Now Is the Perfect Time to Extend Grace to Your Returning Students (Grown & Flown)
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (NY Times)
- How to Keep the Greater Good in Mind During the Coronavirus Outbreak (Greater Good Magazine)
- Learning the Facts Can Help Ease Your Mind (Brain Pop)
- What Parents Need to Know About Coronavirus (NY Times)
- What To Do If You're Anxious About Coronavirus (Huff Post)
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus (NY Times)
- Managing your own anxiety, talking to our kids, and being smart! (Practice San Francisco)
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
We are working to continue refining classroom and assessment accommodations for remote learning, and to find the best mix of technologies and practices for each student.
Students are encouraged to reach out for help to refresh trusted strategies and discover new ones that best meet the challenges and opportunities of remote learning. Especially for the neurodiverse learner, this means seeking to understand and work with their learning differences in proactive partnership with their teachers.
Parents can help by encouraging students to continue self-advocating by taking the lead to actively schedule meetings with teachers, grade chairs and Jen Kramer, the high school learning strategist.
To access more resources and schedule meetings, please view the Learning Strategy post on the Blackbaud LMS "Resources" board.
If have questions, please email Learning Strategist Jen Kramer.
- What is Zoom?
- Do students need to create a Zoom account?
- How can students access Zoom?
- What equipment do students need to use Zoom?
Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that enables students and teachers to video conference with one another, either 1:1 or as a whole class. It provides the ability to see, hear and interact through shared screens and a whiteboard function. Recording features allow for lessons to be played back later. Anything that can be shown live on a screen in a classroom can be livestreamed to one or many students with Zoom.
- Parents of K–3 students should be sure to download the Zoom app in advance. It's not necessary to create an account, but having the app installed before the first class meeting will help significantly. Visit sacredsf.zoom.us to find the download link.
- Students in Grades 4–8 already have the Zoom app installed on their iPads. An account is not needed to access the app.
- High school students need to install the app themselves via our Zoom portal at sacredsf.zoom.us.
- All students will be invited to join Zoom meetings with a link from their teacher, in a calendar invitation or in the Blackbaud LMS as an “Assignment.” Each teacher will explain expectations for student participation.
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