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PTA News and Announcements

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PTA Membership registration is open!!!
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(For any questions, please email our SHS PTA Membership/ Directory Chair Ritu Johorey shs_pta_membership@westportps.org)

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Important Upcoming Dates

Sunday, Novemebr 8th

Staples Players Presents: Pride & Prejudice Radio Show

Thursday, November 12th

Final date to register to take an AP Exam

Sunday, November 15th

Final date to register for winter sports


From Guidance
 Post-High School Planning Information for Seniors
Several important resources and reminders:

  • Live counselor session for senior parents link to video recording and handout
  • College Financial Aid Application Night link to video recording and handout
  • SHS Guidance transcript/recommendation request link to video and instructions
  • Utilize our in-depth guides to the Common App and Coalition App and the many resources in Schoology.
  • Virtual college visit dates, times, and details are posted in Naviance.
  • Scores from the September 23 school day SAT are available through the student’s College Board portal.

 
Virtual FAFSA Days
The New Haven Promise and Higher Heights Youth Empowerment are hosting virtual FAFSA workshops for the Class of 2021. Financial aid professionals will be available to help students and families complete the FAFSA. The events listed below are open to high school students across the region and are not limited to students in New Haven.

Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10:00 am - 2 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Spanish language event)
Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6:30 - 8 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 6:30 - 8 pm

To register and receive a checklist of items needed to complete the FAFSA, visit:  https://fafsanewhaven.org/register-for-a-session/

NEACAC Virtual Fall College Fair Now Open
Explore virtual “booths,” chat with admission representatives, and watch presentations from more than 250 institutions. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit https://neacac.swoogo.com/NEACACVirtual and follow the steps to register.

Booths will be available through December 31, 2020. Admissions representatives will be live on the following dates:

Thursday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Sunday, November 15 from 1:00-3:00 pm

CONNect Virtual College Fairs
Connecticut’s four state universities (Eastern, Western, Southern, and Central) as well as the University of Connecticut are joining to hold virtual information sessions. Students will be able to ask representatives from each school about majors, internships, student life and more in this one-stop shop event. Visit  www.connectfairs.eventbrite.com to register. Three identical events are scheduled:

Wednesday, October 28 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 1 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Challenge Success Virtual Workshops for Parents

  • A Healthy Approach to College Admissions - October 27 at 8:00pm

Learn strategies to help reduce pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support students’ well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond. Fee: $10

  • Navigating School During Uncertain Times - November 12 at 8:00pm

Caregivers will learn how they can establish a healthier home for their school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase their child’s resilience, creativity, and well-being. Fee: $10


For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.challengesuccess.org/parent-ed-workshops-open-to-the-public/

AP INFORMATION
Below is important information concerning students who are enrolled in an AP (Advanced Placement) course for 2020-2021.

College Board has made some important changes for taking an AP exam.  AP Exam registration is currently ongoing and will be open through November 12, 2020.  Students have already received instructions in their respective AP classes on how to join their teacher’s section via the AP website. Once the student is on their teacher’s AP roster, they are automatically registered to take the exam.  Your child will be assessed the respective exam fees.  College Board will not charge a cancellation fee this year as long as the exam is cancelled by March 10, 2021. Your student must email or call Mr. Carroll acarroll@westportps.org  or 203 341-2411 to request to cancel their exam by March 10, 2021

It is very important that students make sure that they have joined all of their AP classes on the College Board website. We cannot order exams for a student if they are not registered and listed on the AP teachers roster on the College Board website.  Registration and ordering is completed online using the student’s College Board account.

Please check with your student/child that they have enrolled in their teacher’s AP class section and that they are aware of the following important dates:

November 12, 2020 - Final date to register to take an AP Exam (any exam registrations beyond this date will be charged a $40.00 late registration fee by College Board).

November 14, 2020 - Staples AP Coordinator submits the final AP Exam order to College Board for students who have registered to take an AP Exam.

November 14, 2020 - March 12, 2021 - Late AP Exam registration.  Students will incur a $40.00 late fee charged by College Board.

2020-2021 AP Exam Fees:
Standard Exam Fee - 
$100.00 per AP Exam ordered by November 12, 2020.
Late Exam Fee - $140.00 - Any AP Exam ordered beyond November 12, 2020 - March 12, 2021 ($140.00 = $100.00 + $40.00 late fee).
Canceled Exam Fee - $0.00 fee charged by College Board as long as students notify Mr. Andrew Carroll of their exam cancellation by March 12, 2021.

Payment for an AP Exam - All payments are due by December 20, 2020 and should be dropped off at the front desk in the box labeled AP Exam Payment.  Checks should be made payable to “Staples High School” and please put the following in the memo line: “AP- students name”. For students taking more than one exam, one check for the total amount is preferred.  You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your check within 72 hours.

** Any student who registered for an exam and does not pay by December 20, 2020 will incur an accountability until full payment has been received.

Staples Players
Staples Players presents Pride and Prejudice, the second in a series of three radio shows this fall. This lively performance of the Jane Austen classic is coming to you FREE on WWPT 90.3 FM or via livestream at ww.wwptfm.org on Sunday, November 8, at 6 pm. Gruel Brittania in Fairfield is cooking up a curated menu of comfort food to complement the show: Pemberley’s Prime Rib dinner with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, and sticky toffee pudding.

Winter Sports Registration
Winter sports registration is open from October 1 through the end of day on November 15th. Please abide by this timeline, late registratrants are not guaranteed the opportunity to register after November 15th.  Due to Covid, we are anticipating some restrictions such as team size and number of games.
Squash will open on Saturday, October 3rd.
Winter sports are listed on the website.
Visit http://staplesathletics.com/ to register.
Tryout/practice schedules will be posted and updated on a continuing basis at http://staplesathletics.com/.

Registration requirements:

  • A completed registration will result in receiving 5 emails indicating you have agreed to the Code of Conduct, Concussion Education Agreement, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Agreement, Emergency Information Form and Mandatory Covid Waiver Agreement.
  • Be sure to include parent and student email addresses in your registration as teams are using this information to communicate with teams.

 Physical Examination Requirements:

  • In consultation with the Connecticut State Medical Society, Sports Medicine Committee, the standard of physicals being valid for a 15-month period prior to the start of the season will remain.  If you do not have a physical you will not be permitted to participate.     
  • Completed physical examination forms must be on file in the School Health Office, attached to your registration or emailed to sskutnik@westportps.org


Don’t forget to look for the Weekly Planner in your email in-box every Tuesday.
Thank you!
 
Claudia Shaum & Tami Benanav
SHS PTA Co-Presidents
shs_pta@westportps.org

Board of Education links:

Click HERE for the meeting agendas. This meeting can also be viewed live on channel 78 or via computer on the district’s website or by clicking here: BOE Meeting Live Stream

Community Bulletin Board Information - click HERE.