Happy Friday, Lancers! Please take a moment to read the important announcements below.
Hybrid Learning Information, Protocols and Schedules
We thank you for your patience and support over these past months as we moved from distance to hybrid to distance learning, following the recommendations of Arizona Department of Health Services. The metrics for case positives per 100K, percent positivity in transmission rates, and hospitalizations with COVID-like illnesses in Pima County have dramatically declined over the past two weeks and we are hopeful that this downward trend will continue. Therefore, Salpointe Catholic will resume hybrid education on Monday, February 15. Click here to view the parent letter sent out with information on schedules, health and safety protocols, etc. We have some helpful reminders below as students return to campus next week.
Dress Code Reminder
All students should be in Dress Code or participating in the Spirit Week. This includes:
Masks must be worn at all times. Temperatures will be taken when you arrive on campus.
Clean shaven. Hair should be a natural color.
Student IDs must be worn around the neck. Need a Student ID? Stop by the Salpointe Spirit Store before school. Students will need their ID to purchase lunch from the cafeteria (see instructions below).
Food Service on My School Bucks The Salpointe Food Service Department is excited to provide a convenient, easy and secure online pre-payment service to deposit money into your student's school meal account. This service also provides you with the ability to view your student's account balance and food purchase history. By having money in your student's account prior to entering the cafeteria, the lunch lines move along faster and your student will have more time to eat and be with friends.
To access these services visit www.myschoolbucks.com. All you need is your student's name, birthdate and student ID number. Your student's ID number is available by logging into myPointe, then clicking on the student's name and contact card.
Last Chance for Yearbook Photos If you have not had a yearbook photo taken, please contact Rembrandt Photography at (520) 797-9200 to set up an appointment to have your photo taken. Students must have an appointment before visiting the studio. Your photo must be taken before Rodeo Break (February 25, 2021) to be included in the yearbook.
Students may only park in the Glenn St. parking lot. Parents may drop off their students on Copper St., in the Mountain Ave. parking lot, or in the Glenn St. parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to make the mornings and afternoons as free of traffic build up as possible.
After School Tutoring Update In-person tutoring begins on Monday, February 15 in Foundation Hall from 2:30-4:00 p.m. If you are an at home learner, students can request an online tutor by emailing email@example.com and including their first and last name, ID number and subject area for requested tutoring. The weekly schedule is as follows:
Monday English, Chemistry and Math
Tuesday English, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Spanish and Math
Wednesday English, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Biology and Math
Thursday English, Physics and Math
Parents, if you would like to see if your child is attending tutoring, go to myPointe→ Resources→ Tutoring→ Link at bottom of page. Students are listed by their ID number. Please contact Mrs. Welchert at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The first day of the spring sports season is Monday, March 1. Please email the specific coach asking for information related to their sport. All participants must have a completed physical packet (found on the Salpointe website under Athletics) uploaded to Register My Athlete before they can participate.
The Institute for Better Education (IBE) is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Apply at www.ibescholarships.org. For more information on Financial Aid or the Arizona Tax Credit Program, contact Theresa Lehrling at email@example.com.
The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. You can apply at https://esa.azed.gov/Account. Please see below how your student can qualify:
Preschool Student with a Disability
K-12 Student with Disability
Student with a Parent who is Active Duty Military
Student with a Parent who was Killed in the Line of Duty
Student with a Parent who is Legally Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The Student Attends a D or F Rated School
The Student Resides within a Native American Reservation
The Student is a Sibling of a Current or Previous Recipient
In order to take the AP Exam(s) in May there is a College Board charge of $95 per exam. Salpointe uses Total Registration to collect AP testing fees. Please use the link (Total Registration) to make payments. Parents/guardians, have your student with you since they will need to complete registration information about his/her AP subjects, teachers and class periods.
Thank you to the students have already completed the registration and made the payment. The deadline for making payments without incurring a late fee is Friday, March 26. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRS Rice Bowl
Join our community and more than 12,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on how hunger and malnutrition affect our human family, and on the need to take action to end this global injustice. On campus learners will receive a rice bowl in Theology class to bring home for your family to use through this Lenten season. At home learners and families are able to participate through the CRS Rice Bowl website. Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.
Thoughts for the week: What separates successful people from the rest? What’s their secret? Successful students, athletes and people in any field suffer setbacks and disappointments, and they have things happen that are out of their control. The most successful ones are able to reframe and respond in ways that empower and keep them moving towards their dreams. The one thing you can control is your response to a given situation. It's up to you. When setbacks happen, acknowledge your feelings of disappointment, and then sit down and think of how you can work around them, set new goals, and keep moving forward. Don’t let the disappointment take over your future.
Parents, be careful. This is the time of year when organizations try to convince you and your student that they have “been selected” for various acknowledgements. Protect yourself from others who want to “honor” you. Salpointe does not recommend students for these outside organizations. Most are questionable and ask you to pay for your photo inside a book or website. They are not recognized by colleges as a true award. Groups to avoid include: World Scholar International Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students, North America Scholar Consortium (NASC) Honor Society, The National Society of High School Scholars (This is not SCHS chapter of the legitimate National Honor Society) and USA Honor Society.
Students in all grades and parents are welcome to learn about college options at these three links:
Join colleges in Arizona and the region for a Virtual College Fair this spring. This is a chance to connect with colleges from around the area and learn about their academic programs, scholarships and opportunities. Dates: Feb. 18, March 27 and April 27. Registration and list of colleges attending here: AZ College Consortium Virtual Fairs.
The National Association for College Admissions Counseling invites all students and parents to explore colleges without leaving home! Sign up now for one of the NACAC Virtual College Fairs between Feb. 28 and April 10. Most will be general, and several will focus on the Western U.S., STEM and Visual and Performing Arts. More than 500 colleges will offer Zoom sessions. Register in advance at NACAC College Fairs.
Thisvirtual college tour resourceincludes links to virtual tours for over a thousand colleges. It’s a great quick-reference resource that links to schools’ official YouTube channels, plus CampusReel, YOUniversityTV and YouVisit pages for hundreds of colleges.
Counselors have met with juniors to talk about college plans, both in their theology classes and during after school meetings this past week. Any juniors who missed these conversations should watch the recordings posted in their Google Classroom (Future Plans Class of 2022). At this time of the semester, we recommend that juniors explore possible college majors, research colleges, sign up for SAT and ACT tests and talk with parents aboutpaying for college.
Parents of juniors were welcomed to a Chat with the College Counselors this past week. Topics included Naviance, where to find my real GPA, and the Future Plans classroom for college resources. Click here for a video recording of the meet.
Juniors, the required Junior Naviance Assignment is due by midnight on Friday, February 12. This counts as a grade in theology and will be used in your college planning meetings with counselors. Contact Mrs. McCall, Mr. Urbanski or Mrs. Ossowski with any questions.
Launch Pad Education is an online company that provides test prep and tutoring specifically designed for students with special learning needs. They provide one-on-one instruction with a tutor educated in psychology and/or special education. This can be helpful for students with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, anxiety and executive function difficulties. Details at: http://www.launchpadeducation.com/.
SAT and ACT testing for juniors: We recommend that juniors register now for one of the SAT and one of the ACT tests between now and August. Find important testing information at SAT / ACT Overview and Dates.
The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) has launched an innovative new Bachelor’s Degree in Management here in Tucson. This very affordable degree offers extensive internship and hands-on experiences in local Tucson businesses, and a strong background in Catholic traditions. Students will jointly enroll at Catholic University and Pima Community College for the first two years, and then solely with Catholic U in Tucson. Details at www.catholic.edu/tucson. For more info, contact CUA Program Coordinator, Mr. Kieran Roche, at email@example.com.
Seniors who have committed to attend a Catholic university in Fall 2021 could be eligible for a $1000 scholarship. If your chosen university is a member of the National Catholic College Admissions Association, you should complete the simple scholarship application. The deadline is April 1, 2021. Details at NCCAA Scholarship.
Seniors with a military parent or guardian are invited to apply for one of the scholarships offered by the Davis-Monthan Spouses Club. This wonderful organization has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships in the past three years alone, and this year will give out scholarships with $1,000 minimum. Applicants must be a dependent of an active duty, retired or deceased member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or a full-time National Guard or Reserve (active or retired). Deadline is March 5. More information at DM Spouses Club.
Seniors planning to study engineering or computer science can now apply for the Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Program which awards $10,000 to 200 recipients, renewable for four years, along with summer internships with Lockheed Martin. Students will be selected based on academic record, financial need, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of career and educational goals, unusual personal or family circumstances. Preference given to those under-represented in the field of engineering as described in the application. Deadline is April 1 but you must allow four weeks advance notice for a letter of recommendation.
Juniors are invited to participate in one of several four-day Kick-Start! College Application Essay Workshops this summer. The workshop, run by veteran English teacher Mr. Tim Evans, is designed to help students tell their unique story in college essays. There is individualized writing instruction and college application coaching in an enthusiastic environment that promotes engagement, reflection and creativity. The cost for 16 hours of instruction is $485. Choose from: May 24-27, June 1-4 and August 2-5. Students can register now to hold your place at: KickStart Registration 2021.
Stanford’s pre-college programs challenge students with advanced subjects rarely taught in high school. The virtual programs are taught by Stanford professors and graduate students and offer financial aid, so apply early. The deadline is March 10, 2021. Details: Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. Note: Attending this summer program has absolutely NO impact on getting admitted to Stanford.
The United States Naval Academy has opened applications for their two summer programs: Summer Seminar for current juniors, and Summer STEM for grades 9, 10, 11. Both offer a one week on-campus experience and a glimpse of life at the Naval Academy. Cost is $650 for Summer Seminar and $900 for Summer STEM. Need-based scholarships are available for the program fee and travel. Details at USNA Summer Programs. The deadline to apply is March 31.
Show your Lancer Love with a gift from the Spirit Store for Valentine's Day! We have a selection of new spring tees, glitter tees, lace tops, shimmery hats, jewelry, scented candles and drink glasses, all at special Valentine's Day prices. This week's special is an extra 10% off sales items and all of our outerwear is still 25% off. (Clearance items not included in sale).
If you have a team or club shirt, please stop by to pick yours up this week. Spirit Store hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-3pm. See you soon!