Dear New Trier Families,
First, the most important news: New Trier High School will extend its closure through Monday, April 13. Spring break will go on as scheduled next week. Monday, March 30 will be staff work and professional development day with no remote learning. Instruction for students through Trevian Remote Learning will resume on Tuesday, March 31. We have another staff work and professional development day scheduled for April 13. We will follow-up with information as that day approaches. Remember to bookmark our COVID-19 web page for updates from New Trier.
We continue to be amazed by our students' commitment to remote learning and their quick adjustment to a new type of instruction. The planned staff work days will allow our faculty time to continue to develop different tools for learning, including videoconferencing, remote assessments, and the use of other apps that will keep our students engaged from home. I would like to acknowledge the hard work, innovation, and creativity of our staff and teachers, who had a very short period to completely rethink the way they engage students and are putting those students first even as they balance the needs of their own families.
We will be issuing third quarter grades in PowerSchool on or near the original timeline, which was shortly after spring break. Please remember that these are not grades that will appear on student transcripts; instead they simply indicate progress so far. There will be plenty of time for students to improve grades in the fourth quarter.
For third quarter grades, we have asked teachers to not count work that may be waiting for students in the test make-up center. That does not mean they do not need to make up this work; teachers will let students know how to make up tests in the future or may provide an alternative depending on the subject and the length of our school closure.
If students have missing assignments through March 12 that can be made up remotely, they need to submit that work to teachers immediately . Students should work with teachers to see what assignments they need to complete.
Remote Learning Grades and Structure
The Governor's guidance is that work assigned during the mandated closure of March 17-30 can be graded but will only count if it helps a student's overall grade. Right now, that guidance applies only through March 30. We expect flexibility from the state to be able to grade all student assignments and assessments completed remotely after spring break. We are looking at our daily schedule to see how we can help teachers offer real-time instruction (such as Zoom meetings) more regularly with their classes. We should have more information to share about this possibility after spring break.
Events for Seniors
We are working to make sure we can appropriately honor our fantastic seniors, the Class of 2020. Graduating high school and preparing for the next step is an exciting time and deserves celebration. Please know that all scheduling adjustments are tentative based on state and local guidance.
We have tentatively rescheduled Prom from Saturday, April 25 to Saturday, May 16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The original date falls within the Governor's ban on gatherings of 1,000 or more people through May 1. We will rely on continued guidance from state officials about this new date. Families should not make non-refundable transportation or other plans based on this new date.
Right now, Commencement remains as scheduled for Sunday, May 31. We are in contact with the Sears Centre Arena for contingency plans should we need to move that date.
Senior Project is on hold at this time. Ms. Duffy and Mr. Belford will provide more information via email to students who registered.
Other School Events
Our coaches, directors, sponsors, and leaders are all looking at ways to celebrate the hard work of our students who had performances, competitions, banquets, and other events scheduled during the school closure. We know it will not be possible to make up all of these events, but we will let you know about any updates as soon as we can.
AP/State SAT Testing
The College Board announced that it is exploring ways to support students in AP classes, including the possibility of taking AP tests at home if needed. Updates are linked on our COVID-19 web page .
The State Board of Education has indicated that the federal government is providing waivers for state-mandated assessments. ISBE is still determining the next steps for Illinois.
In the coming days, we will email students and parents a link to provide us with input on Trevian Remote Learning Days.
Thank you again for your flexibility, patience, and partnership during these difficult days.
Dr. Paul Sally
Superintendent, New Trier High School