1st Semester Exam ScheduleThe plan regarding Final Exams is as follows:
- ‘No Harm’ Means: No final exam score can lower the Semester 1 grade (i.e. if you walk into the final with an A, the score you receive on the final cannot lower your grade - only raise it)
- Final Exam Schedule remains intact
- All courses have a final exam period over the course of the three days
- Final Exam attendance is OPTIONAL. Students may select to take a final if they feel they can improve their grade by taking it, or because they would like to experience / practice taking a final exam in a particular subject area.
- Hinsdale Central will be open for all students for each final exam day - students can access Student Support Services, receive academic support, and remediate ME grades.
PSAT Score Report ReleasePSAT 8/9 score reports will be available to students beginning December 6. PSAT/NMSQT score reports will be available to students December 6–7. D86 will also upload scores into student's HAC accounts, but the full score report will only be available online in the student's College Board account. With online reporting, students are seamlessly connected to other College Board opportunities, Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy®, college readiness resources, and a path to find scholarships. If a student does not have a College Board account, they can create a College Board account to view their full score report.
On-Site Covid Testing Services by Northshore Clinical LabsOn Sept. 16, the District 86 Board of Education approved a contract with Northshore Clinical Labs to provide on-site COVID-19 testing services for our students and staff. Before we could make these services available, we needed the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to issue its updated testing protocols. We also needed to work with Northshore and our building-level leaders to finalize the logistical/operational aspects of the testing process (e.g., consent, staffing, locations, etc.). Now that these critical steps have been completed, we are pleased to announce that Northshore will be able to administer free rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests to our students and staff beginning the week of Nov. 1.As a reminder, the following individuals are required to participate in the district’s weekly testing program:
- Unvaccinated students who are taking part in a school- or district-sponsored sport or activity, which includes serving on a student club or organization. For athletics, this is limited to students who are currently in season. Test results will be a factor in determining eligibility. The athletic and activities directors from each school will provide students and their parents/guardians with more detailed information about the testing process.
While these individuals must submit to testing in accordance with the district’s program, that testing does not have to be conducted by Northshore. Instead, it can be completed by any licensed medical practitioner or health professional. With that said, official results have to be submitted to the appropriate school or district official by the reporting deadline every week regardless of where the tests are administered.Any student (e.g., vaccinated; unvaccinated, but not in a sport or activity; unvaccinated, but not currently in season for a sport) or staff member (e.g., vaccinated) who falls outside the categories listed above will not be required to follow the district’s weekly testing protocols. However, they will have access to the testing services should they need them - i.e., they are experiencing a COVID-like symptom, or have been identified as a close contact and want to get tested in order to stay in school or at work.Anyone who utilizes the services being provided by Northshore and the district must provide consent. Below are school-specific links that parents/guardians can use to authorize consent for their children and employees can use to authorize consent for themselves.Any student from the Transition Center or employee who is not assigned to Central or South can use the link for the location that will be easiest/most convenient for them for testing purposes. In addition, while consent can be given at the time of testing, having it in advance will help expedite the process.Below are the days and times that testing services will be available, and the location in each building where they will be administered.
- Any employee who is unvaccinated. This is based on an executive order that Governor Pritzker issued in late August. The district’s human resources department will provide employees with more detailed information about the testing process.
- Hinsdale Central - testing will occur in room 504 during regular school hours (8 a.m.-3p.m.) Monday through Friday.
The buildings will provide additional information (e.g., process for getting tested during the school day, process for submitting test results from outside providers, etc.) prior to the first day of testing. In the meantime, please contact the assistant principal for operations from your child’s school (Kari Peronto from Hinsdale South, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ryan Maita from Hinsdale Central, email@example.com) if you have any questions.
- Hinsdale South - testing will occur in room 126 during regular school hours (8 a.m.-3p.m.) Monday through Friday.
Weekly Thursday Progress Reports and Grading RemindersWe want to make sure that all families understand how teachers are using the grades of "M" and "ME" this school year.
- M (for Missing) is entered in a gradebook when a student has not turned in an assignment. It communicates to the student, parent/guardian and school support teams that an assignment has not been completed.
- ME (Missing and Essential) is entered in the gradebook when an assignment that is essential for understanding a student’s performance has not been turned in or completed. An example of this might be a unit assessment, a research paper, or an end of semester project. When a grade of ME is entered in the gradebook, the student’s grade will appear as "Incomplete (IC)" until the ME is resolved. Once the student has completed the Missing and Essential (ME) assignment, the grade in the class will reappear in HAC. Please note that a student cannot receive a passing grade or credit in the course with an ME in the gradebook at the end of the semester. The IC should serve as serious red flag that the student's grade is in immediate need of attention. Should you see an IC on a weekly IPR or in HAC, please contact your student's teacher directly and they will work with you to explain what your student needs to do.
Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine in DuPage
COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone 12 years or older. There are now many locations available to get your COVID-19 vaccine in DuPage County. To find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you, visit www.vaccines.gov .
The Dupage County Health Department also offers COVID-19 vaccinations on a walk-in basis in Wheaton, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccineclinic.
During its meeting on Nov. 18, the board of education approved the conversion of Monday, Nov. 22, and Tuesday, Nov. 23, to days off for all District 86 students and employees so that everyone has the entire week of Nov. 22 (Nov. 22-26) off for Thanksgiving break.
Ninety-two students from across the district earned this award by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP exam in the spring, or performing well on a qualifying language proficiency test during first semester.
The clinic will be held at Hinsdale Central on Nov. 17 from noon to 6 p.m.
9:00 AM Finance Committee Meeting
7:30 AM Facilities Committee Meeting
8:50 AM - 11:30 AM HC/HS Late Start
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