Newsletter #32: April 16, 2014

School will be closed on Friday, April 18 for Staff Professional Development.

Junior ACT and PSAE testing will be held on Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24. This test is mandatory for students. Juniors must be prepared with pencils, eraser and calculator. There will be no school for seniors on these two days.

Please join us for our Talent Show on Thursday, May 8 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $3 and can be purchased in advance the week of the show.

There will be no school for students on Friday, May 2 and Friday, May 9, for Staff Professional Development.

Parents and guardians, please help our community celebrate our teachers this May!! Please send in written "thank you" notes to your child's teachers by Thursday, May 1 to show your appreciation for our amazing and fearless teachers.

Homework Center is a safe and quiet place for students to complete homework after school. Students who do not complete homework for that day will be issued a MANDATORY "Homework Center" requirement, which means that they are expected to complete their unfinished work THAT SAME DAY after school in Room 112. By attending Homework Center, students can earn up to full credit on their homework assignment. Students who skip a mandatory Homework Center will be issued 2 demerits and will earn 0% on that particular assignment. We will also call home to inform you of your child's missed Homework Center requirement. 

Any student who accumulates more than 20 days of absences, EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED, must take a summer school class in order to be promoted. Failure to take the summer school class results in your child not moving on to the next grade level or not graduating and receiving their high school diploma.

Class of 2014 News

All fees for seniors are past dueSeniors may jeopardize their participation in end-of-year events, including the graduation ceremony, if their fees are unpaid.

Senior Defenses are from Monday, May 5 through Monday, May 30. Senior students MUST complete their Senior Defenses as a requirement to pass Senior Mastery Process (SMP). Parents and family members, we invite you to attend your child's defense presentation.

Senior Prom photo vendor's package pricing available in Main Office (note: prices are subject to change).

Parents, is your child on track to graduating? How many days of absences have they accumulated? Have they recovered all Semester 1 classes? Are they attending all Practicum sessions? Are fees being paid? If you have any questions about your child's progress, please feel free to contact your child's advisor, or contact Ms. Cheung.


Senior Fees, past due

Senior Prom at the McCormick Place Hyatt, Saturday, May 17

Senior Luncheon, Biagio's Banquets, Tuesday, June 3

Commencement Ceremony, Great Hall, Saturday, June 7

Important websites for all seniors

Click here for a list of colleges and universities that admit students without asking for or using ACT scores. Schools listed include for-profit schools (e.g., East-West University, ITT Technical Institute, Westwood College, Everest College), which are not recommended. 


The Common Application (Common App)

Fastweb Scholarship Matching Service

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); be sure you are visiting the free FAFSA website at and not a for-profit FAFSA website. It does not cost anything to complete the FAFSA.


Attendance Reminder

Please be reminded, parents and students, that students who are absent or suspended from school are not permitted to attend an after school event that same day or for the duration of the suspension. After school events include Night School, sporting events or extracurricular functions.