Willows Update
March 20, 2020
Dear Willows students, parents, faculty, and staff,

We made it through our first week of eLearning! Parents, thank you for all you are doing to care for your children and families during this time. Teachers and staff, thank you for diving into this new challenge with courage and optimism. Students, we miss you! We are proud of your resilience and your hard work!

It’s important for us to do our part, stay home, and stop the spread of the virus. As you know, Governor Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for the State of Illinois through April 7th and Chicago Public Schools are closed through April 20th. It is unclear when we will be able to return to school, but we intend to resume normal operations when it is safe to do so.

Willows eLearning will resume on Monday, March 30th. In the meantime, we will be refining our eLearning plans and schedule based on your feedback. Click here to share your feedback on eLearning.

In the meantime, Student Council (Stuco) are planning some fun spring break competitions and virtual get togethers for us. Look for more details on Monday! 

Juniors and seniors enrolled in AP courses, please see the update below with new guidance on AP exams.

We are continuing to pray a lot for everyone. We are compiling the names of all of those in our community working in healthcare so that our chaplains can remember them in their private masses. [ Watch Fr. Gerry's Reflection] Please email me any names or any other intentions you would like remembered!

Keep soaring, Eagles!
Dr. Jaime Vasquez
Head of School
AP Exam Update
The College Board announced today that they will support AP students with free optional remote learning and at-home AP testing. These options will give students the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working toward all year.

Here is what you need to know:

  • For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students will take a 45-minute online exam at home. 
  • There will be two different testing dates for each AP subject. Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice.
  • The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. 
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. 
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to - computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. Please reach out to Mrs. Czarnik at cczarnik@willowsacademy.org if your student needs mobile tools or connectivity. 
  • Starting March 25th, students can access free, live AP review classes. Specific information and additional details will be provided by your AP teachers. 

The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Daniel, AP Testing Coordinator, at daniel@willowsacademy.org or Cammy Czarnik, Assistant Head of School, at cczarnik@willowsacademy.org
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