PTSA Update – 3/18/2020

Until further notice, the PTSA is pausing the planning of events.  We will reevaluate when we have more information. Until then, please note that we will still be awarding 2 scholarships to Senior PTSA members and 1 grant to a staff PTSA member. Senior members will be contacted directly by the PTSA and staff members will receive their information from Mr. Berry.

During this time, we would like to remind you to use appropriate news sources for information.  Principal Berry included them in his FOF this week. If you missed his FOF, it is included below.

Mr. Berry’s FOF from 3/17/2020:

Dear Tuscarora Families,

I hope you are doing well, keeping up with changes in our lives that come not only daily, but seemingly hourly.  As I promised in my newsletter last Friday, I’m reaching out as I plan to do every couple of days to keep you updated on Tuscarora High School, and news you need to know. It has been good to receive emails from many of you, with excellent questions and generally looking to get accurate information. Let me first encourage you again to check the websites below on a regular basis for accurate, up-to-date information on our response to the COVID-19 crisis. As much as ever, social media and third-hand information does not serve us well.

          Let’s first speak clearly about academics. It is not expected or required that students complete assignments during the current 2-week shutdown (March 16-March 27).  However, on Friday, March 13, Tuscarora teachers provided books, documents and other materials to students to encourage students to practice and continue learning during their time away from school.  FCPS will provide further direction if the school closure is extended beyond these dates.

A couple of students have sent me emails mentioning that their AP teachers are giving them work to keep their skills and content knowledge sharp. Advanced Placement is a different kind of class. It is a college level class, culminating in a national exam in May. Your teachers are acting in your best interest, and want you to potentially perform well on these exams. We have not received word that the College Board intends to change it’s testing dates. For these reasons, I would encourage AP students to push on, and seriously consider keeping up with your studies as your teachers are suggesting. These are college level courses, after all. As a comparison, FCC classes are continuing remotely, as are many universities around the country.

While we do do not yet have the timeline or structure, FCPS has asked us to assess each student’s capability to access education online.  On March 12-13, our staff polled students about who does not have Internet access.  If your child was not present last Friday to indicate a lack of access, please e-mail me at Christopher.Berry@fcps.org. Likewise, if your child does not have access to a Chromebook or similar laptop device, please email me with that information as soon as possible.

Some families have these devices, but no internet access. As the country deals with the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect more low-income families to the Internet at home.  Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service.  After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer. Click for more details:  http://www.internetessentials.com   This is not an endorsement of Comcast or its products. It is meant to communicate options for families at this unique time.

I know there is much angst, especially for the members of our senior class when it comes to end-of-year exercises such as prom, spring sports, and most importantly, graduation. No decisions have been made yet about any of these activities.  Whatever happens, please know that the administration and staff of THS are committed to providing as much normalcy as possible to the end of the school year, and will work tirelessly to provide as many memorable moments that our hard-working seniors deserve.

Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions, or if there is anything we at Tuscarora can do to assist you or your family. I’ll check in with you again on Friday.

 

With Titan Pride,

Christopher Berry, Principal

 

In addition to the FCPS COVID-19 web page, check the following reputable sources to avoid spreading misinformation:
https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/CivicAlerts

http://www.health.maryland.gov/coronavirus

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

THS Traffic – Drop/off and Pick/up

Tuscarora High School values our students’ safety as they arrive and depart from school each day. To keep our pedestrians, car riders, and bus riders safe, it is important that all community members follow the directions on the attached map for walking and driving in our parking lots. This includes for drop/off AND pick/up.

Thank you for taking the time to look overthe map and working with THS to keep all of our students safe.MapTraffic

Reminders:

*Stopping along Ballenger Creek Pike is illegal. This road does not support parked cars along the front of the school as there is no full shoulder. Cars parked along there are in the right-hand lane, parked illegally, and risk causing accidents.

*Students should not be dropped off across the street. Often, these students run across four lanes of fast traffic to get inside before the bell.  This is highly dangerous, especially with new student drivers and anxious commuters.

*Students should not be dropped off in the parking lot. This puts students at risk while walking in the parking lot. We have a lot of new drivers and we want to make sure all students are safe.

Fundraising through AmazonSmile

The PTSA has now set up an AmazonSmile account. If you shop at smile.amazon.com, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Tuscarora High PTSA. Help the PTSA raise money for senior scholarships, a teacher grant, and the student award ceremonies.

To get started, visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0031718 to select the PTSA as your organization. Every time you shop, visit smile.amazon.com. For more information, e-mail the PTSA at TuscaroraHighPTSA@gmail.com. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Welcome to Our New Site!

The Tuscarora High School PTSA is pleased to start this new web page as an easy way to connect with our members, potential members, and the greater THS community.  We are proud to represent the Titans students, staff, and parents and hope you join us as a THS PTSA member.  Check back soon, as we are working on the site, to add more options and information.  For instance, we are setting up a contact page.  In the meantime, if you have questions or comments, please leave a comment on this blog post or check us out on Facebook.