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Weekly Wednesday Update May 6

Hello SES Families,

Week six of Distance Learning and we have hit our stride. While the Governor’s announcement of no school for students last Friday and this Monday was a surprise, it was certainly well-utilized by SES faculty. They all have plans to keep students engaged in meaningful, manageable work to get us through to the end!

Thanks so much for your patience as we figure out all the details needed to wrap up the year. Parking pass refunds are underway. If you have questions about them, you can call (952) 431-8750 or email:

Additionally, please make sure you talk with your student about the Pass or No Credit option available for all classes. Students can choose to earn a traditional letter grade OR they may choose to have a “P” on their transcript, which shows that credit was earned, but has no consequence to their GPA. Students MUST attempt assignments and earn a minimum of 60% to receive a letter grade OR a “P” on their transcript.  Any grade less than 60% will earn a grade of No Credit (NC) on their transcript, which also has no consequence to their GPA, but also does NOT earn them credit towards graduation.

Along with other school districts in Minnesota and all across the country, our school and district are working hard to develop plans for graduation that follow public health guidelines and honor our graduates in the Class of 2020.  The District 196 Graduation Planning Committee is using guidance from the district’s Pandemic Planning Team, local police departments, the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health to guide their planning. Using a public health lens, this team is considering different options based on the information and recommendations we are receiving from these organizations. We will have a plan developed and communicated soon that fits the required guidelines and also celebrates our students. Whatever celebration we can have, we look forward to honoring our seniors in the Class of 2020.

Please continue to be safe and take care of one another. We are here if you need us.

Lauren Trainer


Student Support Options

Here are a few specific support options that are available to students at SES in the next few weeks.  Students can access the links to specific Zoom meetings through Schoology Updates for the specific courses. 

Rose House

  • Thursday May 7 - All House Zoom to overview the rest of the trimester… try to be there!
  • Daily, starting Monday May 11 
    • Zoom 11:00a BookTalks to support Encounters with the Archdruid
    • (TBD) Zoom read aloud support for Encounters with the Archdruid

Blue House

  • Thursday, May 7, 14, 21, 28 (11:00a or 3:00p)  Ethic Drafting taught by C-L over zoom-you will draft during the lesson and submit it (yes, it will be available as a link and recording)  COME IF MOTIVATION HAS BEEN HARD!
  • Friday, May 8, 15, 22, 29 Catch-Up & Enrich Days!
    • Zoom 1:00 - 2:00p  Study hall to meet with teachers, show up and get something done--reach out to us.  This is good karma.
    • Optional Enrichment Activities - want to dig

Green House

  • May 5-8, May 11-15, and May 18 (1:00 - 2:00p)   Students struggling to get through Brave New World or The Handmaid’s Tale, join Zoom for reading time to get through the book! We will be reading and discussing passages to help prepare students for our final discussion.

Gold House

  • Daily from 1:30 - 2:00p Optional Daily Check-in and Brave New World book discussion via Zoom


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30 - 3:00p Physics Help Zoom 

Art & Photo

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00 - 11:30a Art Help Zoom
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:30a - 12:00p Photo Help Zoom

AP Calculus

  • May 7 and 8 from 11:00a - 12:00p AP Calculus Test Review Zoom
  • Bring your questions or email them to Ms. Clements in advance.

AP World

  • Sky Days (May 7, 11, 13, 15, 19) 2:00 - 3:00p Test Review and Prep Zoom 


A Note about Graduation

Though we do not yet know what the graduation ceremony will look like, we have started a conversation about options and are working together with all ISD 196 high schools to develop a plan. To prepare for the ceremony, we are also looking for student graduation speakers. Any SES Seniors interested in submitting a graduation speech to be considered as a speaker, should send a draft to Ms. Melton by Friday, May 8. Seniors can find more information by clicking here


SES School Spirit Days

This week we have Wonderful Pets Wednesday! Students have been challenged to share a little video of themself with their wonderful pet or pets. If they don’t have a pet… then a favorite stuffed animal would be great!  Give your pet a hug, tell us their name(s) and maybe show us a trick they can do?! Nothing brings smiles like furry (or scaly or feathery) family members. Students can access the Flipgrid through either the Junior or Seniors group page in Schoology.  It’s not too late to join in and be part of spreading smiles to the SES community!  #SESCommunitySpirit


Notes on Tech Issues and Support:

  • Students, please update those iPads. Many of the issues students have had over the past week have been resolved by the student completing the operating system update.

  • Comcast email users, it appears Comcast blacklisted our district email domain ( preventing any messages from the district being delivered to Comcast accounts.  There can be various reasons for this to occur but it is primarily due to the number of messages from the district being received by Comcast servers has exceeded their set thresholds. The district office tech team has contacted Comcast and it is in process of being removed; however, it may take a few days. It may also help for families with Comcast email accounts to contact them directly as well.

iPad Tech Tip

  • If you are having issues submitting into Schoology from the app, try from a browser such as Safari or Chrome. Click HERE  for directions that students should follow when submitting Google Collab files to Schoology using the browser.

Support structures in place for distance learning:

A Note from Nurse Jenni (our licensed school nurse)


Notes from Counselor Nelson

Advanced Placement Exams Update:

  • Advanced Placement exams will be given from May 11 to May 22.   

  • To take the exams SES students should complete the following steps:

    • Know what day and time your exams are. View the full exam schedule.  For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam.

    • Confirm that you have a working computer, tablet, or phone with internet access.

    • Confirm that you are receiving communication from AP by having a valid e-mail address.  To do that verify your account go to 

    • Students will receive their test tickets two days before they take their exam. Hold on to your test ticket after the exam is completed.

    • Students should learn what the exam day experience will be like by accessing the “AP Practice Demo” Students will receive access to an "AP Practice Demo"  on May 4. This will give students an opportunity to learn what the exam day experience will be like.

  • Please review the 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist 

  • Any student who cannot complete their exam because of illness or technical problem should contact Mr. Nelson to set up a make-up exam. Make-up exams will occur between June 1 - 5, 2020.

  • Please contact AP directly, your AP teacher, or Mr. Nelson if you have questions.

Schedule for SES AP Exams:

Week 1

Tues. May 12:  Calculus AB (1:00 PM)  

Tues: May 12 Human Geography (3:00 PM)

Wed.  May 13:  English Literature and Composition (1:00 PM)

Week 2

Mon. May 18: Biology (1:00 PM)

Mon. May 18; Environmental. Science (3:00 PM)

Tues. May 19: Psychology (1:00 PM)

Wed. May 20: English Language and Composition (1:00 PM)

Thurs. May 21:  World History Modern (1:00 PM)

Fri. May 22: Statistics: (1:00 PM)

Submission Tests

Fri. May 22: 2-D Studio Art Submission to Ms. Levine by 11:59 PM 

* This allows time for the submissions to be checked and uploaded by the testing coordinator prior to the May 26th deadline  

Tues. May 26: Seminar (Submission DIRECTLY to the College Board by 11:59 PM) Tues. May 26: Research (Submission DIRECTLY to the College Board by 11:59 PM)

*You are encouraged to submit AT LEAST one day in advance in case of any technical difficulties


Here are a few local scholarships available to SES Seniors. Please contact Mr. Nelson if you would like more information on the following:

  • Cedar Park Elementary STEM School:  TWO - $750 scholaships for seniors who are alumni.  Due May 9.

  • Westview PTO Alumni Scholarship: $1000 scholarship for seniors who are alumni.  Due May 22.

  • Echo Park Elementary Scholarship: $1000 scholarship for seniors who are alumni. Due May 22. 


Senior Party Fundraiser Update  

The Butterbraid orders are scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, May 14th.  Orders can be picked up in the SES parking lot between 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Orders will be sorted, so students/parents can maintain physical distancing.  Please bring a cooler or two to keep your Butterbraids frozen. 

Winners of the Butterbraid prize drawings are as follows:

  • Brandon Halverson --  $50 Visa card

  • Alex Krook -- $25 Target gift card

  • Rachel Munkberg -- $20 Holiday gas card

Thank you to all the students who participated in this year's fundraiser!


SES Enrollment for the 2020-21 School Year

More, now than ever, we are understanding the value of a supportive community.  SES strives to offer this support to our students as they learn, grow and become the leaders of tomorrow. We have resumed taking applications for our upcoming school year.  Please pass this on to any friends and neighbors that might find SES to be the educational opportunity they are looking for!  Visit to apply.