• Update 11.24.2020

    Hello Awesome ATC students,

    It's Thanksgiving Break and I hope you are all relaxing and spending time with family - in a socially responsible way of course!  Even though we are in trying times, please take a few moments to reflect on what you are grateful for - remember, "every day might not be good, but there's something good in every day" (Alice Morse Earle).

    When we return from break, there is only two and a half weeks until exams. This means that you really have to focus to keep those grades where they need to be and if they are not, you need to reach out to your teachers to ask what you need to do to improve. Remember, every assignment, quiz, test, project, etc. matters, so don't ever skip anything. If you are not understanding a task, ask the teacher and if you don't want to ask in front of the entire class, email the teacher. 

    Updated District Policy:  The school board has updated attendance policy 5.5 that now REQUIRES that student cameras are on for attendance and instruction.  Starting Wednesday, December 2nd, you are expected to turn on your cameras and keep them on during class in order to receive your attendance and participate in your classes. If your current device has any issues with the camera or microphone, you need to email me so arrangements can be made to pick up a laptop. As a reminder, you should not be lounging in your bed or any other inappropriate area during your eLearning class and be sure your background is also appropriate. You need to be in BCPS Code of Conduct approved attire and be sure to behave in a professional manner - anything you would not do in a regular classroom should not be done during eLearning, so have your breakfast before your 1st period!

    Make sure you are keeping up with the latest issue of  Tech Tiger Times by clicking the link below.

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    Take care,

    Ms. LaPorte

    HS Update 11.06.20

    Please use the link below to see the new issue of Tech Tiger Times.

    Tech Tiger Times Volume 1, Issue 3 Links to an external site.

    HS Update 10.26.20

    Hello Awesome ATC students,

    Please use the link below to see the new issue of Tech Tiger Times.

    Tech Tiger Times Volume 1, Issue 2Links to an external site.

    Also, snap a picture in your Halloween costume and send it off to the Yearbook staff to possibly be included in the 2021 Yearbook! As a reminder, many of you have not yet had your parents complete the Back to School Forms on the ATC High School Website. These are not the forms you did in the Canvas course. If you do not get them submitted, you will not be able to be in the Yearbook or participate in any activities outside of regular class, so let's get it done.

    Take care,

    Ms. LaPorte

     

    HS Update 10.19.20

    10.19.20 Canvas Announcement

    Hello Awesome ATC students,

    Quarter 1 is now over and that means you all get to start fresh tomorrow with an A in every class, but it’s up to you to keep it that way. By now you should have gotten the hang of this eLearning thing, and whether you are coming back to campus or staying home you have got to give it your all. If you did well for quarter 1, keep up the great work. If you struggled, now is your time to get it right. Don’t wait until you get so far behind you decide to completely give up. Reach out to your teachers and your counselor from the moment you begin to have difficulty when it is easy to correct the course you are on.

    The rest of this is dedicated to those coming back to campus tomorrow as a quick reminder of important things to know that I copied from the previous announcement. More details of what life is like on campus is in my 10.7.20 announcement.

    First and foremost, if you have tested positive for Covid, been around someone who has tested positive for Covid, or are having symptoms of Covid, do not come to school! Have your parent call the attendance office and report this at 754-321-5300. If you start to feel ill during the school day, immediately report this to the teacher who will contact the school nurse.

    There are several items you MUST bring with you every day. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times while on campus (except in the cafeteria WHILE eating). We recommend you have at least two with you and they must follow School Board policy, which is posted on the ATC High School Website. You also must have your laptop, charging cable, and headphones. We will give you labels with your name for your laptop and charging cable. Make sure you are in uniform (if you have placed an order on the e-store please pick it up) and wearing your ID in the upper torso area - new IDs will be issued your first day. The water fountains are not operating, so I recommend you have a water bottle with you.

    When you arrive at school you must report to the cafeteria area. While walking, you should all do your best to physically distance – six feet is recommended. Once there, you will be given a grab-and-go breakfast bag at the kiosk; this is free to everyone through December, no lunch number is needed. Once you have your bag you will find a seat to sit in which will become your assigned breakfast seat, you must remain seated during the entire breakfast time. You must choose a table with a table number, not a table letter. These are all table that are underneath a covering or inside the cafeteria. Also, do not sit where there is a blue tape X. You will have until October 21st to make your final choice and most tables are limited to two persons. All students must be in the cafeteria area only – the Learning Commons will not be open for the first couple of weeks. The only restroom that will be available is the one near the vending machines. In case you are wondering why we are doing this – in case we have someone who tests positive for Covid we will know who that person was near to give them notification to quarantine and get tested. We can’t announce the person due to privacy laws, besides if it were you wouldn’t want your name blasted on the announcements! The college cafeteria will be open to purchase food. There is a single entry and exit point and the line will have physical distancing.

    Once the bell rings to report to class, all students will throw away their trash on the way to class, again, remember to physically distance. The hallway around the high school building will be one way, starting at Ms. Talavera’s room (2401) heading west (counterclockwise) towards the parking lot, then circling around. The two staircases on the cafeteria side of the building are for up only. The staircase on the side near the teacher parking area is the down staircase. The second floor follows the same one-way (counterclockwise) circle as the first floor. If you have a medical need requiring the use of the elevator, please have you parent email me with the information so I can make those arrangements. During class change, the restrooms will not be available. You will need to use the restrooms during class time, and we are trusting you to maintain physical distancing with no more than two people at a time in the restroom.

    Some of you may not be in the room with your scheduled teacher. There are some teachers that will continue remote teaching. If you are in one of those classes, you will be directed to an assigned open-access classroom which is being monitored by another teacher. This is why headphones are essential as there will be numerous students all in different classes at the same time, as well as the teacher teaching his/her own class.

    Lunch will follow the same processes as breakfast – the grab-and-go lunch is also free to all students through December. You will be able to choose a different seat for lunch, but once again the choice needs to be final by October 21st and you must remain seated during the entire lunch period. Again, the Learning Commons will not be open for at least the first couple of weeks, the only restroom that will be available is the one near the vending machines, and the college cafeteria will be open to purchase food with a single entry and exit point and the line will have physical distancing. Dismissal process from lunch will be the same as for breakfast. And remember, your face mask must be worn except WHILE eating.

    We will have a staggered dismissal system. At 1:44, students driving themselves and those who walk will be dismissed and must leave campus immediately. At 1:47, parent pick-up will be released and must go immediately to the pick-up point and wait – remember to physically distance. At 1:50, bus riders will be released. The bus location information will be sent to the 4th period teachers to prevent students from gathering at the bus board. Students must report directly to the bus and immediately board. If your bus is running late so the information was not available at 1:50, you must remain around the bus loading area, maintaining physical distancing. There will not be any after school activities, including the Learning Commons, and all students are required to leave campus by 2:00 unless waiting on a late bus.

    As Quarter 2 begins, remember the words of Dr. Seuss, “You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” Stay safe, make good choices, and do the right thing.

    Until next time,

    Ms. LaPorte

    HS Update 10.07.20

    Hello Awesome ATC students,

    This message is coming a little bit late, but I wanted to get you as much up-to-date accurate information as possible.

    I’ll begin with things that will affect everyone, meaning those staying home and those coming on campus. We will be returning to our normal class schedule beginning Friday, October 9th. Period 1 will begin at 7:05, so don’t be late! Both groups of students will be using Canvas and Teams at the same time while in academic classes. Tech courses may be a little different depending on the program. Speak with your Tech Teacher for specific information.

    Exams will be next week, but the schedule is a bit different than usual. Thursday, October 15th will be the exams for Periods 3 & 4 during the normal class time – this WILL NOT be an early release day. Friday, October 16th will be an early release day using the usual exam schedule: 7:05 – 9:10 will be the period 1 exam; 9:12 – 9:42 will be a Break/Lunch; 9:45 – 11:50 will be the period 2 exam. This is important – even if you have made the choice to return to campus, you will be permitted to stay home to take your exam.

    This is what the next couple of weeks looks like – see all the Class Schedule times on the ATC High School Website:

    Thursday, October 8th – Planning Day (no class for students)

    Friday, October 9th – Home eLearning for all ATC HS students

    Monday, October 12th – Regular Early Release Day and Home eLearning for all ATC HS Students

    Tuesday, October 13thFreshmen students who have previously selected to be on campus via the survey will begin; all others Home eLearning

    Wednesday, October 14th – Regular Early Release Day and Freshmen students who have previously selected to be on campus via the survey will continue on campus; all others Home eLearning

    Thursday, October 15th – 3rd and 4th period exams, but regular class schedule; Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who have previously selected to be on campus via the survey will begin unless they are opting to stay home to take their exams; all others Home eLearning

     

    Friday, October 16th – 1st and 2nd period exams on the Exam Class Schedule; all students who have previously selected to be on campus via the survey will continue on campus unless they are opting to stay home to take their exams

    Monday, October 19th – Planning Day (no class for students)

    Tuesday, October 20th – Begin regular calendar; all students who have previously selected to be on campus via the survey will continue on campus; all others Home eLearning

    Juniors and seniors will have the option of attending school for their technical program and being at home for academics, if you can provide your own transportation. If this is something you are interested in doing and you have not communicated this to your Tech Teacher or Mrs. Miller, please do so.

    The rest of this message will be dedicated to those returning to campus. Everyone staying home should read this as well, as many of these protocols may still be in place when you return.

    First and foremost, if you have tested positive for Covid, been around someone who has tested positive for Covid, or are having symptoms of Covid, do not come to school! Have your parent call the attendance office and report this at 754-321-5300. If you start to feel ill during the school day, immediately report this to the teacher who will contact the school nurse.

    There are several items you MUST bring with you every day. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times while on campus (except in the cafeteria WHILE eating). We recommend you have at least two with you and they must follow School Board policy, which is posted on the ATC  High School Website. You also must have your laptop, charging cable, and headphones. We will give you labels with your name for your laptop and charging cable. Make sure you are in uniform (if you have placed an order on the e-store please pick it up) and wearing your ID in the upper torso area - new IDs will be issued your first day. The water fountains are not operating, so I recommend you have a water bottle with you.

    For those needing bus transportation, if you indicated you would be returning to campus BEFORE October 5th, you should soon see your bus information on Virtual Counselor or Clever. If you made your selection to return to campus after October 5th, it may take up to 3-weeks before you will receive transportation. For those being dropped off, the drop-off areas remain the same – from the Banks Road entrance, drop off at the circle in front of the high school building – from the Coconut Creek Parkway entrance, drop off at the flagpole circle. For students driving themselves, you must park in the high school lot directly in front of the high school building and you will need a 2020-2021 parking pass. The application is available in Portable 14.

    When you arrive at school you must report to the cafeteria area. While walking, you should all do your best to physically distance – six feet is recommended. Once there, you will be given a grab-and-go breakfast bag at the kiosk; this is free to everyone through December, no lunch number is needed. Once you have your bag you will find a seat to sit in which will become your assigned breakfast seat. You must choose a table with a table number, not a table letter. These are all table that are underneath a covering or inside the cafeteria. Also, do not sit where there is a blue tape X. You will have until October 21st to make your final choice and most tables are limited to two persons. All students must be in the cafeteria area only – the Learning Commons will not be open for the first couple of weeks. The only restroom that will be available is the one near the vending machines. In case you are wondering why we are doing this – in case we have someone who tests positive for Covid we will know who that person was near to give them notification to quarantine and get tested. We can’t announce the person due to privacy laws, besides if it were you wouldn’t want your name blasted on the announcements! The college cafeteria will be open to purchase food. There is a single entry and exit point and the line will have physical distancing.

    Once the bell rings to report to class, all students will throw away their trash on the way to class, again, remember to physically distance. The hallway around the high school building will be one way, starting at Ms. Talavera’s room (2401) heading west (counterclockwise) towards the parking lot, then circling around. The two staircases on the cafeteria side of the building are for up only. The staircase on the side near the teacher parking area is the down staircase. The second floor follows the same one-way (counterclockwise) circle as the first floor. If you have a medical need requiring the use of the elevator, please have you parent email me with the information so I can make those arrangements. During class change, the restrooms will not be available. You will need to use the restrooms during class time, and we are trusting you to maintain physical distancing with no more than two people at a time in the restroom.

    Some of you may not be in the room with your scheduled teacher. There are some teachers that will continue remote teaching. If you are in one of those classes, you will be directed to an assigned open-access classroom which is being monitored by another teacher. This is why headphones are essential as there will be numerous students all in different classes at the same time, as well as the teacher teaching his/her own class.

    Lunch will follow the same processes as breakfast – the grab-and-go lunch is also free to all students through December. You will be able to choose a different seat for lunch, but once again the choice needs to be final by October 21st. Again, the Learning Commons will not be open for at least the first couple of weeks, the only restroom that will be available is the one near the vending machines, and the college cafeteria will be open to purchase food with a single entry and exit point and the line will have physical distancing. Dismissal process from lunch will be the same as for breakfast. And remember, your face mask must be worn except WHILE eating.

    We will have a staggered dismissal system. At 1:44, students driving themselves and those who walk will be dismissed and must leave campus immediately. At 1:47, parent pick-up will be released and must go immediately to the pick-up point and wait – remember to physically distance. At 1:50, bus riders will be released. The bus location information will be sent to the 4th period teachers to prevent students from gathering at the bus board. Students must report directly to the bus and immediately board. If your bus is running late so the information was not available at 1:50, you must remain around the bus loading area, maintaining physical distancing. There will not be any after school activities, including the Learning Commons, and all students are required to leave campus by 2:00 unless waiting on a late bus.

    Now, I know this was a lot of information, especially for our brand-new students. If you are an incoming 9th grader, you will have a couple of days head start on everyone else, so it will be easier for you to get to know the place. There are not too many students planning to attend in-person, which will make things a bit easier as well. If you have any questions, the SGA Website has a question/feedback link you can use, https://sites.google.com/view/atc-sga/home.  Additionally, there is a SAC meeting for parents and students tomorrow, Thursday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m. via Teams. The link is on the ATC High School Website.

    Enjoy your day off tomorrow as we will all be working hard to prepare for the second phase of this school year! Stay safe, make good choices, and do the right thing.

    Until next time,

    Ms. LaPorte

    HS Update 10.06.20

    October 8, 2020:         Employee Planning Day – All Schools, All Classes, All Students

    October 9, 2020:         High School eLearning hours change to 7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

     

    October 12, 2020:       Early Release Day – All Schools, All Classes, All Students

    October 13, 2020:       First day for only 9th grade

    October 14, 2020:       Early Release Day – All Schools, All Classes, All Students 

    October 15, 2020:       First day for 10th, 11th, and 12th on campus

    October 15-16, 2020:   Midterm Exams. Individual instructors will notify student of test

                                        schedule. Students who have opted to come to school will

                                        be permitted to stay home for their midterm exam.

    October 16, 2020:       Early Release Day (Already on District Calendar) 

    October 19, 2020:       Employee Planning Day (Already on District Calendar) 

     

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