CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 17-June 19 - Schools Closed due to COVID-19
  • In accordance with Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Safe Declaration - the LC offices are closed, but all administrators, counselors, teachers, and office staff are available via email. Please contact us if you need anything. The LC email directory can be found here: https://www.spokaneschools.org/domain/1653
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE
 Happy last day of spring break -

Next week marks the start of the fifth week of COVID-related school closure, but it will definitely begin to feel a bit different for your students as learners.

Earlier this week, the Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction announced that we will not be returning to school this semester – our school buildings are to remain closed throughout the remainder of the school year.

But it is critical to understand that although our buildings are closed, our instruction will continue.
We have been messaging for the past several weeks that students need to be connecting to staff so that teaching and learning can go on.

That message is critically important right now.

Please know that our staff is incredibly sensitive to the trauma that the Covid pandemic has created in the minds of your children and in the lives of your family.

We are aware that your Tigers are likely feeling more than a bit cut loose, in freefall, and in some cases, even despairing of what “normal” will look like when it finally arrives. Will things ever go back to the way they were?

Our hope is to continue to offer forward progress.

We sincerely believe that most students will benefit from getting their brains grappling with familiar challenges like Calculus and Shakespeare.

Our staff will continue to offer deeply humane and compassionate instruction for students, our counselors will be connecting to seniors and to all students about being well and making good decisions for themselves and their futures, our tech folks will be continuing to provide as much tech support and access to families as they are able, and our admin will be figuring out all of the loose ends of book returns, athletic letters, student recognitions, food drives for needy families, virtual awards ceremonies, and the like.

We are not going to let this thing beat us at the work we love doing for your kids.

And, as I’ve said, I still hold out hope that when students do settle into a new normal, when they graduate and go on to become the adults and leaders that we are all, every one of us, being called upon to be right now, I believe that they will do so with larger, more open hearts and eyes. They will see need and want to serve it. They will see lack and want to fill it. They will see despair and want to heal it.

So, let’s step forward into these next few weeks ready to be brave and try new things, to be vulnerable and reach out for help from new sources, and to be kind and offer grace whenever possible.

Happy weekend – much love - mbs

Marybeth Smith
LC Principal
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE
Fall 2020 Schedules: Our draft Fall 2020 schedules are now available on PowerSchool for students to view. These schedules are in very early DRAFT form and we have 93% of students fully scheduled (we are working on this every day to get to 100%). The next step is to ensure that all students have the correct and desired classes by logging into PowerSchool to check that the right classes are assigned and that nothing has been missed (click on Next Year’s Schedule, then look at the Matrix view - works best on a computer, the app doesn't show next year's classes). Please read the information below on how scheduling and change requests will work :
  • If you don’t know how to get into PowerSchool, email theresam@spokaneschools.org.
  • If you have a hole in your schedule, that means you are one of the 7% that have scheduling issues. We are moving classes around to fix as many issues as possible. If we cannot find a solution, we will be emailing you directly to find a solution (the email will go to your MS365 account). This process will take time, so we thank you for your patience.
  • Your classes are confirmed, but the periods and teachers WILL change many times over the next few months. Sorry, but we cannot promise specific teachers or periods due to the fluidity of the schedule and very full classes. Please try to not get attached to a specific schedule because it will change every day (maybe even every hour).
  • If you signed up to be an Intern (Seniors only), we haven't assigned specific periods to that class yet. Over the next few weeks, you'll see it move into periods 1-6.
  • For errors or change requests: 1) if you need counselor support regarding the change, begin by emailing your counselor, or 2) if it is a straight forward change, you can email theresam@spokaneschools.org. You can see the changes reflected in PowerSchool once they are made. If a change cannot be made due to period conflicts or full classes, we will let you know.
  • MANY of our electives are full, which is why you may have been moved into an alternate elective that you entered into PowerSchool when you selected your classes in January. We cannot promise that we can get you into specific electives. If you were moved out of an elective that you need for graduation (ex. you are going to be a senior and you registered for CTE because you need the credit but you were moved into Art, please explain that in your request).
  • If you are a choice student from outside Spokane Public Schools, you will not be able to see your schedule online because you are considered "pre-registered" and there is a glitch that doesn't show your schedule. You can theresam@spokaneschools.org and a copy will be sent via email (but it will change many times).
  • If you are planning on taking SVL, please go online to register soon to ensure a spot at www.spokanevirtual.com. There may be some changes coming for SVL registration with the closure, when we know more, we will let you know. For now, SVL is listed on schedules as “pending”, in August, the real SVL courses will be merged into PowerSchool. If you no longer want to take the SVL class, email theresam@spokaneschools.org.
  • If you are planning on enrolling in Running Start at the college, please contact your counselor to begin the process. Once you have a confirmed schedule, it is important to let us know that we can drop your LC classes (we understand that this process might be delayed as well due to the colleges being closed for now).

Theresa Meyer
Assistant Principal
AP Testing Updates from the College Board: Check your email that you used when you set up your AP account for updates directly from College Board. LC and your teachers will continue to send you AP Testing updates as well.

Exam Dates:
  • Exams will be given from May 11-22 as a take a 45-minute online exam at home
  • Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5 (this is only if you cannot test on the original date - this must be arranged with Theresa Meyer ASAP at theresam@spokaneschools.org. Please note that College Board has very specific and limited reasons to allow late exams).
  • Students can take exams at home. If school reopens, the exam will be taken at LC
  • Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide - View the full testing schedule

Exam Format:
  • Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to - computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones. (SPS can provide laptops - fill out the form at: spokaneschools.org/LaptopCheckout)
  • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • AP Photo and AP Studio Art will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59pm ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.
  • Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We'll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
  • Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April.

Exam Scores and College Credit:
  • As usual, students' work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale. We anticipate releasing scores as close to the usual July time frame as possible.
  • College Board has spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support our solution for this year's AP Exams.

Exam Security
  • Like many college-level exams, this year's AP Exams will be open book/open note. The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online. However, students taking the exams may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period. College Board will take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as we do every year.
  • For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, College Board has a comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating. While some of these practices are confidential to maximize their effectiveness, students and education professionals can learn more about our security measures.
  • At a minimum, test takers should understand that those attempting to gain an unfair advantage will either be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled, and their high school will be notified as will colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT scores). And they may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or CLEP assessments.

Remote Instruction and Practice:
  • On March 25, College Board began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available. On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design.
  • In addition to sharing information about these classes with students, teachers who are providing remote instruction can use AP Classroom for most subjects. Additional tips for helping your students practice are available.

Choosing to Not Take the AP Exam:
  • We encourage our students to take the exams this year because of all of their hard work and preparation. All of the AP exams will only cover material that students covered prior to the closure. But, we understand that circumstances may cause students to not take the exam.
  • With the changes this year, cancellations will be handled differently this year. After the regular testing window and make-up window, College Board will let us know who did not take the exam. Those students will be issued a refund through the LC Business Office - and there will be NO cancellation fee. We will work to issue refunds as quickly as possible, but the process will take time. There is nothing else a student or parent needs to do. We will communicate out when the process begins to the impacted students.

If you have any AP Testing Questions, please feel free to email Theresa Meyer at theresam@spokaneschools.org

AP Schedule:
GOOD NEWS / THANK YOU
Good News: Share your good news with us! We love to feature the incredible things our students are doing inside and outside of school. If you have good news to share, please send it to Theresa Meyer to be included in the LCNYCU. Please keep the good news coming so we can continue the celebrations!
Good News: LC Families and Community Members - Let's recognize Tigers who are serving others in this difficult time with a Tiger Award! Perhaps a Tiger is helping a sibling with academics, is part of food distribution, has stepped up at home with cooking/cleaning, is connecting family members via technology, or anything else to benefit family or community. We'd love to recognize these Tigers with gift cards for free items at McDonalds or Dutch Bros Please that we'll mail home. You can nominate a Tiger here or at www.lctigers.com . Share the student's name and why you are nominating her/him. We'll randomly select 5 nominated Tigers each Wednesday. Our teachers are also nominating students who are staying engaged and moving forward with academics. We'll call their home and share their names on our LC Facebook page. We love and miss our Tigs! 
Good News: LC Junior Allen Eti has been invited to participate in the College Board National Student Recognition Scholarship Program in recognition of his top 2.5% PSAT scores among all junior African American, Hispanic, Latinx, and Indigenous test-takers in the western US region. Good luck Allen! Learn more about the competition at www.psat.org/recognition .
ACCEPTED
Accepted: Please let Theresa Meyer know when your Senior has been accepted to a post-high school institution. Seniors can also fill out an Accepted slip in the Career Center (room 105). Please include scholarship information so we can share the good news! Please keep the good news coming so we can continue the celebrations - lets fill up the wall!
Accepted: LC Senior Max Ellingsen has been accepted to Gonzaga (with a Trustees Scholarship for $92,000 over 4 years) and the University of Portland (with a President’s Scholarship for $104,000 over four years). Go Bulldogs and Pilots!
Accepted: LC Senior Kaitlynn Schmidt has been accepted to and will be attending California State University Los Angeles. Go Golden Eagles!
INFORMATION
Online Booster Club Meeting: Our hearts are heavy with the news that we will not be returning to LC for the remainder of this school year. While we all stay home to help our community conquer this pandemic, we are also working together to find ways to help our LC community through this crisis. The booster club is holding our  April meeting live-stream through Facebook on Monday, April 13 at 6:30pm   and we hope that you will join us. Our agenda includes conversations about how we can meet acute needs of our LC families; and also how we can plan for the future when we can resume LC clubs, sports, and activities. The link to join our meeting on Facebook is here  https://www.facebook.com/lcboosters/?ref=bookmarks
Community Graduation Ceremony Updates:
  • The Spokane Native American Graduation event is cancelled for the safety of the community, and especially for the elders. Instead, they are honoring and celebrating 2020 graduates by sending care packages with a Pendleton stole and a certificate to the first 65 graduates in the Spokane area who sign up here.
  • HBPA Hispanic and Young Scholar Recognition is cancelled due to state protocols, but HSPA believes that all graduates, regardless of their GPA, deserve to receive a stole and certificate of recognition. Graduates of 2020 must register by 5/8/2020 in order to receive their stole and certificate. Please register and see guidelines for scholarships at www.hbpaspokane.net before 5/8/2020.
  • African American Graduation has been cancelled in order to keep the safety and wellness as the community as priority. They are considering alternative avenues to still recognize and celebrate eligible 2020 graduates and will put out further details soon.
  • Lavender Graduation by the EWU Pride Center has been cancelled to prioritize the health and safety of the community. Students can still receive a rainbow tassel and lavender stole by completing the registration form no later than 4/15/2020, and the $10 registration for non-EWU students will be waved. Tassels and stoles will be available for pick-up later in spring quarter. Sign up with the following link: https://inside.ewu.edu/pridecenter/lavendergraduation/
  • Asian Pacific Islander Graduation - we are reaching out to get updates from the organization.
Mobile Meals - Bus Stops & Times: In addition to providing meals at 24 distribution sites , Spokane Public Schools is also using school buses to deliver meals along routes that reach areas of our community with the highest need. The neighborhoods being served are near the following commentaries: Arlington , Audubon , Cooper , Sheridan , Stevens , Hutton , and Regal . Any child can grab a meal at these stops! Go to https://www.spokaneschools.org/Page/3981 for the map with drop off locations and times.
General Closure Updates:
Access to FREE Internet at Home: As the country deals with the effects of the Coronavirus, Comcast is helping to connect more low-income families to the Internet at home. Effective Monday, March 16, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two FREE months of Internet service. After the first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer ($9.95/month). You will receive an easy to use self-install-kit that includes a cable modem (to receive service at your home) with a WiFi router (to connect your devices without wires). There is no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee for equipment. You can apply at: https://apply.internetessentials.com/

You may qualify if:
  • You are eligible for public assistance programs such as Free/Reduced Lunch (National Lunch Program), Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI.
  • You do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old. Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible.
  • You live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available but have not subscribed to it within the last 90 days.
Fall 2020 SVL: FALL Registration is now open for Spokane Virtual Learning (SVL) for the 2020-2021 school year! Students can find the course offerings and registration information at www.spokanevirtual.com
  1. Follow the links in the Registration menu
  2. Watch your school email for a link to your SVL registration form and additional information
  3. Print the registration form, sign, have a parent/guardian sign, and take the registration form to your school counselor
LC Senior All-Nighter: Seniors - don't miss out on your big night. Buy tickets for the Senior All-Nighter here . Parents and community members - you can support the LC Senior All-Nighter by becoming a sponsor or by making a donation. Click here for more information.
Tiger Fund Scholarship: The Lewis & Clark Tiger Fund Scholarship was started by the LC Class of 1966 in 2006 in order to recognize an LC senior who has overcome personal and/or life difficulties and has made a commitment to furthering his/her education after graduation from Lewis & Clark High School. We know that there are many students who have potential for college success but often get overlooked for scholarship assistance. We also know that character and desire to improve play a large part in future success in school and life. Two scholarships for $1,000 are available from the 2020 LC Tiger Fund Scholarship fund. You can download the application here . Here are criteria for the scholarship selection:
  1. Applicants must be a LC Senior graduating in 2020.
  2. Must have a verifiable financial need that would make it difficult to pursue a college or university education without monetary assistance.
  3. Must have had a personal life challenge/difficulty that they have overcome.
  4. Must have a cumulative grade point average between 2.5 and 3.49.
COLLEGE & CAREER
SchooLinks for Seniors: Rising Seniors, its time to start thinking about applying to colleges, so be sure to log into our college application tracking system called SchooLinks to do career interest surveys, college research, and scholarship searches to jump start your process. You can access your account at www.lctigers.com - look for the link under Headlines.
Join Senior Remind: Rising Seniors, get out your cell phone and join our Class of 2020 Remind group. To receive messages, send a text to the number 81010 and enter @lchsccr20 in the message field. You'll never be out of the loop for deadlines regarding scholarships, testing, college apps, and graduation. Sign up now!
REMINDERS
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District Logins for Students: When students return for the new school year, they will have one less username and password to remember. Students will log in to their computer with their Office365 username and their eight-digit birth date (MMDDYYYY).  For reference, students’ Office 365 username is their Last Name + last 4 digits of their student ID followed by @sps81.org . Example: Smith4543@sps81.org . Consistent with prior student experience, when a student logs in to their computer with this new username/password, this will automatically log them into Clever, Blackboard, Office 365 and most other District applications.
Join the LC Booster Club: Are you a parent of an Lewis and Clark student? If the answer is yes, then you are a Booster Club member! The LC Booster Club is the official fundraising organization for ALL of the high school’s co-curricular activities and athletics. All proceeds to the Booster Club are allocated to coaches and club sponsors to support their needs. All LC parents are welcome at our monthly meetings and are encouraged to support the fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Visit our website at www.lcboosters.org where you can find information on how to get involved.
Bite2Go Program: Lewis and Clark High School aspires to bring meal security to eliminate the nutritional gap of secondary students on the weekend. We intend to fulfill this goal with the Bite2Go program, which is a program run by LC DECA members meant to help get food to students for the weekend. Directions:
  1. Register at: https://bite2goxl.wufoo.com/forms/qvywmh70twwbt9/
  2. Student will need to know their ID number
  3. Select an adult, within the building to receive food from
  4. Make sure to connect with this teacher so they know about the food delivery
  5. Bag of food will be delivered to the adult on Thursday during 5th period
  6. Student will continue to receive food each week. The same menu will be used unless it is changed by the student (filled out another menu with different selections).
Absences: If your student is going to be absent, please call our attendance hotline to excuse the absence at 354-6968. Please leave a message with your name, your student's name, clearly spelling out the last name, how long your student will be absent, and the reason for the absence. An unexcused absence will generate an automated phone call home. If your child is going to have an extended absence, please have them go to the Student Office to pick up an Extended Absence Sheet to give teacher advanced notice of the absence.
FamilyID Athletic Clearance/Registration: FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides an easy, user-friendly way to register for activities, while helping us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register, the system keeps track of your information, so you only have to enter it once for multiple uses, family members and programs. If you do not have Internet access, you can use a computer at LC. The first time you register, it is recommended that you use a computer. After that, registrations can easily be done on your phone. If needed, paper packets are still available in the Business Office. Register at:
  1. Go to: https://www.familyid.com/organizations/lewis-clark-high-school
  2. Open an account using a valid email and password of your choice
  3. Within minutes, you will be sent a link to begin registration
  4. After selecting your program and completing registration - CONFIRM REGISTRATION
  5. You will see a confirmation page and you are in.
Donate to the Student Assistance Fund: When you come in to pay student fees in the Business Office, please consider donating to the Student Assistance fund. This fund helps needy students pay for the required class fees and athletic fees. Every dollar donated goes directly to LC students.
Non-Discrimination Statement: Spokane Public Schools complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, national origin, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, sexual orientation including gender expression or gender identity, or honorably discharged veteran or military status. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, ADA Officer, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer and/or 504 Compliance Officer. Officers: *Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7306 *504 Compliance Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7306 * ADA Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * Affirmative Action Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * Equal Opportunity Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * 200 N. Bernard Street, Spokane, WA 99201-0206