Welcome to the Week of September 20, 2020
Dear Families,

It was wonderful having some of our Juniors and Seniors on campus last week, and we look forward to welcoming more students on campus this week. To make this transition easier, we have collected need-to-know information on our website. Click the "Upper School Campus Updates" button to visit this page on our website. In addition, on Friday we sent our Return To Campus Guide via email to families of students returning to campus next week. Click the "Return to Campus Guide" button to view this communication.
We are happy to finally publish our 2020-2021 Upper School Family Handbook. We apologize for the delay. The most pertinent change to families is the updated grade scale (found on page 56 of the Family Handbook). The grade scale for both middle and high school is now a 10 point scale. For middle school, a 59% is now failing (previously 69% was failing). For high school, in accordance with state law, a 69% is still failing, but with the 10 point grade scale there will no longer be a D grade range. This change has been implemented across all Great Hearts Texas schools. Please read the Handbook for more details.

In addition to the Handbook, we are publishing an Addendum to the Handbook concerning online assessments. Please read this addendum for important information on expectations for online assessments and grade deductions due to missed online assessments.
As Distance Learning presents new challenges, we have decided to send Progress Reports to all families rather than only sending Deficiency Notices to families whose students are in danger of failing the quarter. Expect to receive your student(s) Progress Report(s) early this week.

In addition to the highlighted topics presented above, please take a moment to browse the information presented below. As always, please reach out to us with questions and we look forward to another week!

Yours in Partnership,
Michael Cowan
Headmaster, Upper School
Great Hearts Irving
At a Glance
September 21 | 6th & 10th Grade join 11-12th Grades on Campus
September 22 | 8th Grade joins 6th & 10-12th Grades on Campus
September 23 | SAT - Only 12th Grade on Campus
September 23 | Senior Lunch Celebration on Campus (11:45am - 1:30pm)
September 24 | 7th & 9th Grades join 6th & 10-12th Grades on Campus
September 25 | All Students on Campus
September 29 | Junior Parent Night with College Counselor
A Closer Look
Schedule Changes

Beginning Monday, September 21 we will no longer have a Block Schedule on the Thursday and Friday of full weeks of school. Instead, students will attend all 6 classes each day of the week.

Also beginning Monday, September 21, the Distance Learning Class Schedule will undergo an additional small change. Each period will begin 5 minutes earlier and end 5 minutes earlier to better align all student schedules.

All schedules can be found at the Upper School Campus Updates page on our website.
On Campus Attendance

Students who elected in-person learning must attend school in-person. If they are not attending classes
in-person, they will be marked absent for the whole day unless a parent submits a medical note
to Ms. Weatherton. (Tamara.Weatherton@GreatHeartsIrving.org). If you elected Brick and Mortar but would like to switch to Distance Learning until the end of the first quarter, please also email Ms. Weatherton.

The carline routes are the same as last year. You will receive carline placards with your student’s name and grade on it on the first day of school. These placards are required for carline every day, as students will wait in their 8th period classrooms until they are called.
Drop-off: 7:30-7:55 AM
Pickup: 3:35-4:00 PM
Early Release Pickup: 1:40-2:00 PM
Student Walkers

Student Walkers must complete a Student Walker form. Students are only allowed to walk off campus at the end of the day if they live within a two mile radius of the school. Contact Mr. Malone to complete the Student Walker form at Patrick.Malone@GreatHeartsIrving.org.
Student Driver Registration

All student drivers must register with the school. The registration form requires both a parent and student signature, as well as supporting documents.
Homework Club

Homework Club is designed to provide a place for upper school scholars to complete homework, receive peer tutoring, and quietly socialize with friends in a structured, supervised environment. Homework Club will be available for students on campus beginning Monday, September 21. For questions, please contact your Campus Coordinator, Shanda Stanley, at Programs@GreatHeartsIrving.org.
Mustang Athletics

Let’s get ready for the 2020-2021 seasons!
The Athletics Page will be updated by the end of every week. Checkin often! Contact our Athletic Director, Gary Gray, with questions
2019-2020 Yearbooks are
Still Available!

We have copies of the 2019-2020 Yearbooks ready and available for purchase! Please visit the front desk at the Upper School to purchase your own copy and relive the memories of the 2019-2020 school year! If you pre-ordered a copy and have not yet received it, please visit the front desk to pick up your reserved copy.
From Our College Counselor
SAT for Seniors

On Wednesday, September 23rd Seniors will take the SAT on campus. Students should get a good night's sleep Tuesday night, eat a good breakfast Wednesday morning, and arrive on campus by 7:45am.

After the SAT, students are invited to remain on campus for the Senior Lunch Celebration from
11:45am to 1:30pm!
Junior Parent Night

Parents and students of the Class of 2022 are invited to a night with our college counselor via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th from 7-8pm. The evening will outline parent, student, and counselor roles as students prepare for life after high school.
Financial Aid Night

On Tuesday, October 6th, 11th and 12th Grade students and parents are invited to attend our Financial Aid Night. We will hear from a Trinity University Financial Aid Officer who will explain the college financial aid process. Sign up now!
Great Hearts Texas & SARN
Virtual College Fair

On Friday, September 25 from 2-4pm College Counselors from our sister schools in San Antonio in conjunction with SARN will be hosting a Virtual College Fair. See the link below for a list a colleges represented at this event!
Ways You Can Help

Substitute Teachers

Due to the current state of affairs, we anticipate an increased need for:
  1. Short and long-term substitutes
  2. Athenaeum teachers and assistants
  3. Teachers available to fill mid-year openings

If you or someone you know has interest in applying, please use the links above to complete an online application today!