Conestoga High School
Issue 3: September - October 2020 
New Reopening Metrics and COVID-19 
Data Webpage

TESD continues to monitor community transmission of COVID-19 within Chester County to ensure the safe reopening of our schools. To keep the school community informed during this monitoring process, we have added metrics and COVID-19 data to the reopening section of the District website. This information is provided by the Chester County Health Department (CCHD) and will inform the decision-making process we will use to reopen our schools for blended/in-person instruction. We will continue virtual-only instruction through October 9, consistent with the CCHD recommendation. We will continue to carefully monitor the CCHD data for the weeks ending on September 25, October 2 and
October 9. 


Additional information about the transition to in-person instruction will be shared by the schools and the District as we get closer to the start of in-person learning.

Update On School Reopening 

As previously communicated, the T/E School District is currently following Chester County Health Department guidelines to remain in virtual instruction through October 9, 2020. We continue to look at October 12 as the first possible day to begin hybrid instruction for families who have selected this model.  Please click here to review the plan and important dates.

**Attention Seniors** 

Senior Class,
Today is the Registration Deadline for the In-School SAT on October 14. The form can be accessed at by clicking this link.

 If students and families have questions, Please reach out to Brian Samson at

AP Exam Registration

  • NEW this year - exam registration AND payment will be done online.
  • Step 1: Log into Total Registration to register and receive your AP Classroom join code.
  • Step 2: Log into www.myap.collegeboard.org, enter your join code and indicate your exam decision.
  • Students will be prompted to make an exam decision in Total Registration and AP Classroom.  The registration deadline is November 6th.  After this date there will be a $40 late fee/exam.
  • This year only, there is a no risk registration policy, allowing students to get a full refund if they choose to cancel their exams.
  • Student should complete this two-step process as soon as possible so they can begin utilizing the AP Classroom resources.
  • Once again, all students enrolled in an AP class must complete the two-step process staring with Total Registration and ending with AP Classroom.
  • Please contact Mrs. Smyth (smythm@tesd.net) or Mrs. Barthelmeh (barthelmehk@tesd.net) with questions.

 

 

National Honor Society Plans Induction
November 4, 2020
 
The Conestoga Chapter of the National Honor Society will hold its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.  As the date approaches we will determine if we will hold induction virtually or in person. As specified by its national charter, NHS members are chosen on the basis of scholarship, service, leadership and character. They participate in various service projects in school and in the community. Students who have completed at least one full semester at CHS by the end of their sophomore or junior year are considered for membership. For the Classes of 2021 and 2022, a cumulative weighted GPA of 4.70 or higher is required for eligibility. Students who have achieved this GPA will receive letters inviting them to complete the activity form/application. Candidates are reviewed by a five member faculty council on the basis of the four factors noted above. Students who meet the criteria of the organization are invited to attend the ceremony and become members of the NHS. Following induction, members of NHS are required to uphold the highest standards of character, leadership, service, and academic achievement. They are also required to attend monthly meetings and participate in service projects. Parents with questions should contact Rachel Reavy, School Counselor, CCT Teacher and NHS Advisor, at reavyr@tesd.net.

Junior & Senior Parking Application Information
 
Seniors and Juniors will have the privilege to park on campus two (2) days per week during the hybrid model, as space allows. Students with last names starting with A-K will park on Monday and Tuesday, and students with last names starting with L-Z will park on Thursday and Friday. Preference will be given to Seniors before permits will be issued to Juniors. Any Senior or Junior student interested in applying for parking privileges must complete a Parking Application Survey. Seniors will have the opportunity to apply first on September 30th beginning at 7:30 AM and ending at 4:30 PM on Schoology. Juniors will then have the opportunity to apply on October 1st beginning at 7:30 AM and ending at 4:30 PM on Schoology. There is a limited number of available parking permits for each two day period (A-K and L-Z).  
Students awarded the privilege of parking on campus will be notified by email on October 2nd. The email will contain the full parking application, with additional information / instructions, and must be completed and signed by a parent and / or the owner of the car the student will be driving. Students will be assigned a day and time to return the form and pick up their parking permits during the week of October 5th. 

A Note from the Attendance Office

  • During the 2020-2021 School Year, all Conestoga studentsmust post to their Homeroom Schoology folder no later than 9:30 each morning to register their attendance.
If your child is going to miss school or is going to be late you must:
  • Send an email to chsattendance@tesd.net or a written note within 3 days of your child's absence/ lateness with a valid reason.
  • If you send a note without a valid reason (listed below), then the absence or lateness will remain unexcused.
    • If you email with a valid reason for the absence/lateness before 9:30 a.m. on the day of the absence/lateness, you will not receive phone calls, emails or texts. If you do not send an email before 9:30 a.m. then you can respond to the automated email you receive.
    • You do not need to call prior to your child's absence. You only need to send an email or a note for their return.
What to include in your emails/notes:
  • FULL NAME OF YOUR CHILD
  • GRADE
  • VALID REASON (listed below)
 
If you receive a phone call, email, or text that your child is absent, and you believe it is in error, please contact the attendance office as soon as possible by emailing chsattendance@tesd.net.
 
 
Excused Absences and Tardies Reasons:
 
1. Personal illness
2. Family Emergency
3. Death of a Family Member
4. Medical or Dental Appointments
5. Authorized School Activities
6. Educational Travel with Prior Approval
7. Pre-approved Religious Instruction (limit 36 hours per year)
8. Bona Fide Religious Holiday
9. Tutorial Instruction in a field not offered in the District's curricula
10. Attending Court Hearings related to involvement with the County Children and Youth Agency or Juvenile Probation Office
11. When the student is required to leave school for the purposes of attending court hearings related to their involvement with the county children and youth agency or juvenile probation office
12. If the student is absent due to participation in a project sponsored by an organization that is eligible to apply for a grant under the Pennsylvania Agricultural Fair Act
13. If a student is dismissed from school during school hours for health-related reasons by a certified school nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or a school administrator or designee employed by the District.
14. For the purpose of obtaining professional health care or therapy service rendered by a licensed practitioner of the healing arts in any state, commonwealth or territory.
15. If a student whose parent or legal guardian has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or is immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, with regard to school attendance, tests and extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, no penalties shall be imposed for absences of up to five (5) days.
16. Where the Superintendent has approved an attendance plan necessitated by rare and extraordinary circumstances. In this context, "rare" means typically no more than 1 or 2 per year District-wide and "extraordinary circumstances" means the student is engaged in a profession or activity at a nationally recognized level.
 
 

Emergency Card, Registration Form and Media Consent Form

New this year, we are asking parents/guardians to complete three forms virtually instead of on paper:
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Registration Form
  • Media Consent Form
All three of these forms are available to be completed on the PowerSchool parent portal https://powerschool.tesd.net. Once logged in, please click on "TESD Forms" on the left side of the site.

Conestoga 2020-2021 Parent Directory
 
To access the Conestoga online directory, you must register, sign-in and confirm your contact information.   Remember, our online directory is 'opt-out', so your information is included in the directory unless you indicate that you don't want it to be. You are able to determine what information you'd like others to see and what you don't want shared.
 
Here is the link to register and access the directory: https://conestogahs.membershiptoolkit.com
  • Click on the Register/Login button.
  • If you already have an account with Membership Toolkit you can use the same email and password to login. You can then proceed to the numbered steps below.
  • Select "Create Account" and fill in the name, email, and password information.
  • Click "verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  • Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process. 
  1. Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information.
  2. Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
 
Information in the CHS Directory will be safe and secure and will not be shared or sold to third parties by the District or by Membership Toolkit. Each person using the Directory must agree to a Privacy Statement.
 
We are once again offering the directory at no cost to parents. And don't forget, you can download the CHS Directory App (from the membership toolkit website) so the information is easily available on your devices.


2020 Fall Play *Alert*

 Attention students: The fall play this year will be Walk Two Moons based on the popular novel by Sharon Creech.  Although we will not be taking a traditional approach the fall, the show must go on! We look forward to offering a live streamed show!  Virtual auditions will take place on October 5, 6, 7.  Please see the student activities page on Schoology for more information about how to sign up and the necessary audition materials.


Textbooks

Any student still needing a textbook should contact Ms. Myers (myersa@tesd.net or 610-240-1048) with name of the course, level of course and teacher. Students will be assigned a day and time for the pickup. Textbooks will be made available, after contacting Ms. Myers, in the main lobby and must be picked up on the day assigned. Any book that has not been collected, will be returned to storage. We ask that students and parents, to honor their assigned pick up time and day for contact tracing purposes.   

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 we will have an open Helpdesk located in the Main Lobby at CHS to accommodate you. The hours will be 7-9am and 1-3pm Monday thru Friday. You will need to report any issues via the Student Helpdesk Request first.
 
We are here to make your virtual learning experience the best it can be!
 
Your Helpdesk Staff

Class Parent Organizations 

Class Parent Organizations
Each class at Conestoga has a Parent Chairperson and meets monthly with Administrators and Counselors to get updates on what is happening at school. This is a wonderful opportunity to get information and have questions answered. We will continue with virtual parent meetings this year, please click on the date of the meeting you would like to attend to join.
 
Class of 2024
Chairperson: Diane Pancoast, chs2024parents@tesd.net
Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 13, 9:30 am
  
Class of 2023
Chairperson: Stacey Pellegrini, chs2023parents@tesd.net
 
Class of 2022
Chairperson: Carrie Erickson, chs2022parents@tesd.net
Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 20, 9:30 am

Class of 2021
Chairperson: Katrina Hottenstein, chs2021parents@tesd.net


T&E Care School Meal Assistance Program

Tredyffrin & Easttown Care is a local non-profit that helps families in our community in a variety of ways. Because effective learning is best done on a full stomach, T&E Care supports families in the T/E School District who meet certain income criteria with a school meal assistance program. Families who are approved for free or reduced lunch assistance are not eligible to apply for our program as well. Click here for more details on the acceptance criteria.

If your family could use a little extra help with breakfast and/or lunch assistance and you feel you might fit the criteria explained in the application, please contact your child's counselor for a copy of the application. You can also go to T&E Care's website to download the application (address below). There is no deadline to apply - your child can join this program at any time during the school year. Assuming funds permit, the assistance of $35/mo/student for elementary students, $45/mo/student for middle school students, and $55/mo/student for CHS students will be offered by T&E Care during the 2020/2021 school year.

Any community members interested in helping to fund this important initiative, please go to T&E Care's website (www.tecare.org) for more details on how to get involved. http://www.tecare.org/needs-assistance/school-meal-assistance/ 



ARCH
ARCH invites you to a presentation, Coping During Covid, on September 30th at 7:00pm.  Parents will learn coping strategies for managing stress and anxiety, and how to help our children through these uncertain times. 

You can access the ARCH presentation on Zoom with the following information: Meeting ID: 814-1207-8386  Passcode: ARCH930



New 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.

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
Sports Schedules/Announcements

To provide the most current updated sports information on a given day or changes that may occur regarding adverse weather conditions/cancellations or for some other reason, the Athletic Department has implemented the following for your convenience:
  
  • For updated announcements, please refer to the CHS website. On the top bar-scroll to Athletics then Announcements under the Athletic tab.
Please feel free to contact the Athletic Department at 610-240-1024 with any questions or visit the Athletic Website.

Upcoming Events


EVENT
DATE
TIME 
LOCATION
NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur9/28/20
SCHOOL CLOSED
STAY CONNECTED: