Conestoga High School
Issue 13: February - March 2021
Course Selection 2021-2022
 
Requesting courses for the 2021-2022 school year will be completed through PowerSchool. The window to select courses will open on Monday, February 22 at 8:00am and close of Friday, February 26 at 3:00pm.
 
For Parents:
 Parents will have access to teacher recommendations and the course selection process through their PowerSchool portal beginning on Monday, February 22 at 8:00am. An Instructional video and helpful course selection PDF can be found HERE. This information has been posted to the class of 2022, 2023 and 2024's Schoology pages for students. Students can enter course requests anytime during the open window. If you experience difficulty logging into your PowerSchool portal please contact familyhelpdesk@tesd.net. 
 
For Students:
Resources for course selection can be found on the class of 2022, 2023 and 2024's Schoology Page. It's important to review all the resources before you enter your courses into the PowerSchool portal. Dr. DiLella will be available on Monday at 2:30 and Thursday at 2:30 for you to drop in with any questions and/or concerns. Links to those meetings are located on your Schoology calendar. You have the entire week to complete the process, priority scheduling is not granted for those that complete this earlier in the week then others. This is a new process during a time that has consisted of many new processes. The counselors and admin team are here to assist with any questions.



Hybrid Student (L-Z) Picture Day

In light of today's snow day, the Hybrid Student (L-Z) Picture Day schedule for Friday, February 19th, will now be held on Thursday, February 25th. Students will receive a call slip for the period in which they have been assigned to have their picture taken. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Boyle at boylep@tesd.net.

Senior Internship Program
 
The Senior Internship Program offers seniors in good standing an opportunity to explore an area of career or academic interest during the last month before graduation. The Senior Internship dates this year are May 10th through June 4th.
 
Due to the uncertainty caused by Covid-19, the Senior Internship Program will look very different this year. We continue to ask our long-standing Internship Community Sponsors whether they will be able to offer internships this May. Seniors who are not able to secure an internship will remain in school. Our goal is to help the seniors explore many internship opportunities and provide some flexibility as they do that.
 
The Phase II Orientation videos have been posted on the Senior Internship Schoology page. Most seniors have found a Faculty Advisor and completed writing their letters of interest. Now they are actively seeking internships in areas or careers they are interested in. It will be difficult for many seniors to find an internship due to Covid restrictions and the fact that many professionals continue to work from home.
If you are interested in supporting the program by offering a Conestoga senior an internship, please contact Jeanne Braun.
 
 
All information, materials, deadlines, and communication for the Senior Internship is available to students through the Senior Internship Course in Schoology. Please encourage your senior to reach out to Mrs. Braun with any questions.
 
Important Information for 17 Year-Old Seniors
In July of 2016, the PA State Legislature amended the Child Protective Services Law to include employees who work with children through internships, externships and work-study programs. This means that the Community Sponsors of students who are 17 years-old (as of May 10th) must complete the PA Criminal, PA Child Abuse and FBI background checks prior to the start of internship.
 
Questions may be directed to Jeanne Braun, Program Coordinator, at 610-240-1913 or braunj@tesd.net.
 

Attention Senior Parents! 

PHEAA is offering two webinars throughout February - one on Covering the Gap: pieces of the puzzle to pay your bill and a repeat of Understanding the Financial Offer/Award Letters as many students and families are receiving their offers, or have, and want to understand and review options for paying their balances.  Both of these webinars will address those questions. 

Attention Sophomores & Juniors!

More than 500 colleges and universities will present more than 1,500 Zoom sessions for high school students through the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. It's a great day to explore, ask questions, and demonstrate interest... all without leaving home.  Check out this website: https://virtualcollegefairs.org/events

SAVE THE DATE!

Attention 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students!
Save the date for Financial Aid Evening: Thursday, March 18th at 7pm.  This event will be virtual.  More information to come!

Junior Conferences
 
Attention Junior Parents / Guardians: 
 
It is our pleasure to invite you to schedule a post-high school planning conference with your child's counselor sometime this winter or spring. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss your child's goals and high school academic record as we help guide you toward your own individualized post-high school plan. We recommend that parents call the Student Services Office at 610.240.1045 to schedule a conference. These meetings begin on November 30th and dates may be scheduled through the spring. It is helpful to know your student's availability or free period so we can schedule the meeting when your child does not have class. We look forward to meeting with you!

Spring Sports Update

We are anxiously awaiting the Return to Competition Guidance from the PIAA. Once we receive this guidance, we will be able to adjust our Health and Safety plan accordingly. As of now, we are planning on starting our Varsity and JV teams on March 8th. The 9th grade programs will be begin later in the month depending on weather and field conditions. We look forward to sharing all necessary safety protocols and procedures that will ensure the safety of all involved in interscholastic sports. There will be virtual meetings to be held with each Spring sports program to review the safety procedures, scheduling, transportation and spectator information. For now, if interested in participating in a Spring sport, please make sure all required paperwork is submitted to the athletic office ASAP (https://www.tesd.net/domain/1881 ). We want to emphasize how important it is that we all stay vigilant in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 at all times. We want our student athletes to have the ability to compete in a safe manner and we will take all necessary steps to do so.


MARCH PARENT MEETINGS
 
We are looking forward to meeting with Conestoga parents at the monthly parent meetings this March.  The dates and times are below, along with the Teams Meeting link.
 
9th Grade Parent Meeting
10:00am Tuesday, March 9, 2021
+1 717-431-7267   United States, Lancaster (Toll)
Conference ID: 772 159 115#

  
10th Grade Parent Meeting
10:00am Thursday, March 11, 2021
+1 717-431-7267   United States, Lancaster (Toll)
Conference ID: 544 339 188#

  
11th Grade Parent Meeting
10:00am Tuesday, March 16, 2021
+1 717-431-7267   United States, Lancaster (Toll)
Conference ID: 264 190 595#
 
 
12th Grade Parent Meeting
10:00am Thursday, March 18, 2021
+1 717-431-7267   United States, Lancaster (Toll)
Conference ID: 537 256 324#




***VISITORS***

Per our district's safety plan, we are not permitted to have visitors or parents/guardians in the school building. Exceptions will be made for emergency situations. Thank you for your understanding as we begin our reopening plan for hybrid instruction. 

A Note from the Attendance Office

During the hybrid model, daily attendance will continue to be taken through homeroom Schoology pages. If your child is scheduled to attend school in person but remains home (and participates virtually), there is no need to send an absence note to the attendance office. If your child is unable to attend school in person or participate virtually, please contact the attendance office at
 

The Conestoga Key Club is participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Hero Squad to raise funds to find cures for blood cancers and support for patients. This event will take place through February, and students will donate online to their homerooms. Homerooms or students who raise the most amount of money will be eligible for prizes including T-shirts and gift cards.
 
Please join us in our efforts to help fund lifesaving research. Blood cancers are the third leading cancer killer of Americans. Approximately every three minutes, a person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. And every nine minutes, someone dies from one. Due to the advances made by LLS funded research we've seen an average total decline of 20% in blood cancer death rates since the 1990s. Advances made in blood cancer research are leading to treatments for many cancers and other serious diseases. Approximately 40% of new cancer therapies approved by the FDA since 2000 were first approved for a blood cancer.
 
During the month of February in particular, help us raise awareness and funds to help us reach the goal of a world without blood cancers.
 
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your caring support. Students can donate to their homeroom via the link below! Scroll down to find their homeroom teacher and donate directly to the teacher page! The link will also be posted in Schoology soon!
 
 
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Tech Update

In order to streamline and provide service for any district laptops that may have hardware/software issues please follow these guidelines:
 
1. Open any Internet browser. 
3. Log in with your network user name (ie. 202ldoej) and password. Do not include @tesdk12.net.
4. Click on Report an Issue in the "I am facing an Issue" box in the middle of the page.
5. Click on the Others tab on the left and click on Student Helpdesk Request.
6. Fill out the required fields (with red asterisks). Include as many details as you can regarding your issue in the Description area. Include screenshots, too! 
7. Add request. An IT technician will reply to your ticket 
 
If you have an issue that necessitates an in-house visit you will be directed to visit the CHS Main Lobby. The Tech hours will be 7:30am-3pm Monday thru Friday. You will need to report any issues via the Student Helpdesk Request first or call the Family Helpdesk at 610-240-1730.
 
We are here to make your virtual learning experience the best it can be!
 
Your Helpdesk Staff

2020-2021 School District Calendar Information

Please visit the T/E School District website to view the 2020-2021 School District Calendar information. School staff members have begun planning events and activities for the 2020-2021 school year. 

To view the single page summary of the 2020-21 school year, please view this link
Inbox to Receive Feedback on TESD 
Virtual Instruction Program
 
TESD has created an inbox to receive comments and feedback on our virtual instruction program. Members of the school community may email comments to virtualfeedback@tesd.net. Feedback received through this inbox will be shared with School Board members and members of the TESD administrative team on a weekly basis. Please note: this inbox is designed for feedback on the TESD virtual instruction program. Technical questions regarding virtual instruction should be sent to familyhelpdesk@tesd.net. Specific questions about individual classroom procedures or lessons should be directed to the teacher or school principal.

Upcoming Events


DATE
Event
TIME 
LOCATION
3/9/219th Grade Parent Meeting 10:00amVirtual 
3/11/2110th Grade Parent Meeting 10:00amVirtual
3/13/21SAT Testing8:00amCHS
3/16/2111th Grade Parent Meeting 10:00amVirtual 
3/18/2112th Grade Parent Meeting 10:00amVirtual 
3/18/21Financial Aid Evening7:00pmVirtual
3/24/21SAT Testing Juniors ONLY
8:00am
CHS
3/29 - 4/2/21Spring Break -
NO SCHOOL


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