Senior Information
Seniors,

We are very sorry that you are missing out on so much as we face these unprecedented challenges. We know you might feel disappointed, upset and sad because this is not how you envisioned your last few months of high school. We realize that you have questions about the status of numerous spring Senior events including graduation. As a district and school, we are reviewing each of these events and will update you as soon as we have more information. At this point, all April events have been cancelled but a decision has not been made on any May or June events. We have been in communication with Midwest Scholastic, our vendor for graduation caps, gowns, etc. and when a decision is made about the graduation ceremony we will let you know what options are available to you. We will do everything we can to help facilitate positive, social opportunities for our students, to celebrate the accomplishments of our student body, and to envision alternatives to traditional live events, during the coming months. We welcome any ideas you have. Please email us with suggestions.

All updates and Senior information can be found at east.mmsd.org/graduation.
A Message For East Students from East Staff
From the staff: We have been hard at work this week gearing up for online learning. We want you to know that you are on our minds and in our hearts during these challenging times.

We miss you!

Check out this video featuring various staff from East and their encouraging words (and songs and photos) for East students.
Student Spotlight
Congratulations Jazzmine Harper on receiving the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing for aspiring female technologists!! The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school students who identify as women, gender queer and non-binary who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.
Staff Shout Out
The 10th Grade AVID team has been connecting with their students through daily Zoom lunch dates and raffles. Wondering about those hoodies? A word from Ms. Naputi- "This AVID Sophomore teaching team finds unity in their matching hoodies, displaying the symbol of the Legacy Museum, a place that narrates history and the active slave trading and lynching that took place in Montgomery, Alabama. These teachers find belonging and unity in each other as one of the only Black ‘n Brown teams in the district."
Featured Program
We are excited to share that East has been revalidated as an AVID National Demonstration School through 2022-23! We are only one of two high schools in the state and one of two schools in Madison (with James C. Wright Middle School) to receive this designation. We were able to be revalidated based on a March 5 visit to our school, where our visitor from Texas was truly impressed by the professionalism of East staff, the respectful nature of our students, and the strong staff-to-staff, staff-to-student, and student-to-student relationships we have developed.
Stay Connected
It is important that we find ways to stay connected to each other and to continue to learn while we are away from our school building. We will be utilizing social media while school is closed and we encourage you to follow East on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you are not already.

We'd also like to invite you to share with the Purgolder family the ways in which you are staying connected to learning, staying positive, and having fun through uploading pictures, videos, positive messages, shout-outs, and celebrations so that we can share with the wider community. We also want to celebrate our teams, clubs and organizations as we know that we are missing out on those opportunities during this time. We want you to know that we are proud of you.

Consider submitting content specifically regarding how our community can honor the many student-athletes, performers, club members and generally talented East High scholars whose opportunities to shine have already been cut short by closures and canceled events.

Upload your words, pics, videos or email us at east@madison.k12.wi.us. You can also 'message' us your video through our Facebook page.
Cancelled Events
We realize there are questions about the status of many spring events. As a district and schools, we are reviewing each of these events. At this point, all April events (including Prom) have been cancelled but a decision has not been made on any May or June events. We will do everything we can to help facilitate positive, social opportunities for our students whenever and however, it is safe for us to do so in the coming months. You can find the most recent information regarding how standardized testing like the ACT Aspire and Forward Exam has been affected on our assessments website . College Board (the governing body of Advanced Placement) has adjusted its testing platform, preparation, test dates, and timelines to accommodate a transition to virtual exam support and access.
High School Virtual Learning
High school students will learn virtually for about 3 hours per day, but should not be in front of technology for the entire time. They should have a balance between online activities and activities outside of technology. Students will use Zoom to participate in video conferences with teachers and classes each day and will also use Google Classroom. There isn't a specific schedule students will have to follow, but they should work to create a schedule that works for them and their families. Ideally some of this time will overlap when teachers are available for additional support.
WiFi and Digital Devices
Each high school student should have their own digital device for virtual learning. For any hardware issues (charging trouble, keyboard issue, broken screen and so on) or software issues (accessing instructional websites or applications or trouble logging into to their Chromebook), please email Jen Milne-Carroll, East Library & Technology Media Specialist (LMTS), who will work with you and tech services to help solve your issue. Various internet and mobile providers in our area have adjusted their fees for Wi-Fi and are currently offering promotions for families including Charter, Comcast, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, and T-Mobile. More information can be found at MMSD's new Tech Support page.
Attendance
Teachers take attendance once a week on Friday before 4pm. Students will be considered in attendance if they submit an assignment at any time during the week or participate in virtual class gatherings during the week - OR - the student (or student's family) is in touch with the teacher at some point throughout the week. This contact includes email, phone, or attending either a virtual lesson or teacher's office hours.
Grading
Please know that our district is actively problem-solving around high school grading and trying to sort out the many complexities that exist. The state Department of Public Instruction recently published grading guidance, which we will use in our decision-making. We want to ensure that students are not penalized because of school closures. This is not a simple or an easy decision. Thank you for your patience. We will share information when we know more.
LGBTQIA+ News and Resources
This website   is a resource for youth, families, and staff. Find information on LGBTQIA+ (An acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, asexual and/or ally and intersex) , GSAs, Queer & Trans Youth of Color, Community Resources, Family Acceptance, and more. This documen t  is being updated daily with ideas and resources to support our LGBTQIA+ students and families while quarantined. Some phenomenal youth leaders are planning daily interactive events online. Good news - Zoom does have a feature to  customize your profile ! Students can add their affirmed names and pronouns and change their backgrounds. The Day of Silence is a national student led protest of the silencing and erasure of LGBTQIA+ people. Join GLSEN as they take over social media channels to continue their activism in fighting for LGBTQ inclusion and dignity of LGBTQ students! GSA leaders, students, and educators can all register to receive updates to prepare lessons and activities leading up to the Day of Silence, and tips on hosting a Breaking the Silence event! The National Breaking the Silence Rally will be on Instagram Live, Friday, April 24th starting at 2:00PM!
Supporting Our MMSD Community During COVID-19: A Facebook Live Event
Join Dr. Armando Hernández, MMSD Assistant Director of Integrated Health, with tips for families on managing stress in a healthy way, nurturing your children at home and focusing on strength and resilience during these times of uncertainty. Dr. Hernández will also welcome questions from viewers. The session will be held on Wednesday, April 8th from 2:00-2:30pm in English and from 2:30-3:00pm in Spanish . It is free ad open to the public. We hope to make this an ongoing series with different topics and presenters.