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Weekly Wednesday Update May 13

Hello SES Families,

We are so happy to see that students are continuing to engage and hang in there, as we are coming into the final month of our school year via distance learning! Teachers are still working hard to help students be successful and earn their Trimester 3 credits. Please check in with your learner often to ensure their grades are above 60%. If you have questions about summer school or make-up credit options please reach out to our counselor, Nathan Nelson for information. 

May is mental health month and at SES, we know how valuable getting outside can be to your mental health. Please encourage your learner to get outdoors each day to keep their energy and positivity up to finish out strong. We can’t wait to be outside together again, in the meantime, take care of yourselves and enjoy our beautiful Earth!

Understandably, we continue to get questions about plans for graduation and picking up/dropping off materials. I assure you, we continue to plan for graduation and honoring the class of 2020 is at the top of our priority list. In regards to picking up/dropping off materials, things are a bit complicated. One thing we LOVE about SES is that we have pods which encourage communication and collaboration. However, the fact that we don’t have lockers makes it much more difficult than traditional schools to go through and empty contents into bags and schedule curbside pickup. Please know we are working on a plan to make this happen with safety in mind.  We will communicate details, on both topics, as soon as they are finalized. 

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

Lauren Trainer


End of the School Year  - Key Dates and Grade Reminders

Final Day for NEW T3 Assignments

Final Day for School Attendance

12th Grade 

11th Grade 

12th Grade 

11th Grade

Friday, May 29

Thursday, June 4

Wednesday, June 3

Wednesday, June 10

  • Students have the opportunity to earn a traditional letter grade in their courses.
  • Students and families also have the option of selecting “P” (Pass) to replace a passing grade (above 60%) in any/all of their current courses.
  • Students not meeting the passing requirements for a current course will receive an NC (no credit) on their transcript.
  • Year-long Cumulative Final Exams will not be administered.  Teachers will use professional judgment to conclude learning in each course with an assessment as needed.
  • A short period of time will be utilized at the end of the term to allow teachers to post grades, for students and families to decide between a letter grade and a P (pass) in each 3rd trimester course, and to implement necessary interventions with students to increase course completions.


Student Support Options

Please reach out (or have your student reach out) to their teacher in any class where they need extra support.  Teachers are offering a variety of 1:1 support options including Zoom, phone calls, texting and email.  

Additionally there are some group support options available to students, some recurring and some that vary depending on the week.  Below are a few specific support options that are available in the next few weeks.  Students can access the links to specific Zoom meetings through Schoology Updates for their specific courses.

Rose House

Mondays at 11:00a - All House Zoom to Kick off the week!

Thursday 5/14 

  • Zoom 11:00a Book Talk to support Encounters with the Archdruid
  • Zoom 11:30a Read Aloud support for Encounters with the Archdruid

Blue House

Daily at 9:30a - All House Zoom Check-in

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

Mondays & Thursday at 12:00p - Optional Zoom Check-in

May 14-15, and May 18 (1:00 - 2:00p) Students struggling to get through Brave New Worldor 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 at 1:30 Optional Check-in and Brave New World book discussion via Zoom

Algebra 2 

Thursday 5/14, Wednesday 5/20, Thursday 5/21 11:00a - 12:00 p & 1:00 - 2:00p  Tutoring Help Zoom

Animal Science/Care 

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 - 10:30a Animal Science (p1-2) Help Zoom

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:30 - 11:00a Animal Care (p4-5 & p6-7) Help Zoom

Art & Photo

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

AP Seminar

Monday 5/18 & Friday 5/22 11:00a - 12:00p Help/Support Zoom

AP World

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


Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00p Rose AVID Tutorial Session

Mondays 10:00 - 11:00a, Math with Charles & Chem/House with Shazia


Thursday 5/14 (11:00a - 12:00p, 2:00 - 3:00p & 7:00 - 8:00p) Support for completing Unit 8, Unit 9 and/or Unit 10 Test corrections in the Classkick App 

Thursday 5/14 3:00 - 4:00p & Friday 5/15 2:00 - 3:00p Support for completing Activity: Solution Calculations in the Classkick App


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


A Note about Graduation

Music Auditions and Demos by Friday, 5/15

We're looking for seniors who are interested in submitting an audition or demo for music to accompany some sort of video tribute for the class of 2020. You could perform a song--original or one that fits this moment, record a music video, or compose music to back a slideshow. Think about making a connection to this moment in your lives--graduation, looking forward to the future, fond memories, a shared experience, etc. This could be a solo, an accompaniment with someone in your household, or it could be a collaboration. What's incredibly important is that you maintain safe social distancing protocols in creating this.

Send your auditions or demos to by Friday, May 15 at 4 p.m. You can contact me with any questions. Dusty is also a great resource:

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.


SES School Spirit Days

This week we are challenging students to put on an SES apparel item and share a few things they are missing from their SES Community. Students can access the Flipgrid through either the Junior or Seniors group page in Schoology.  It’s not too late to join in to see what others are sharing and to share a little of what you are missing as well. Your teachers miss you for sure!!  #SESCommunitySpirit


Notes on Tech Issues and Support: 

We have been fielding several issues related to student iPads. Most of these issues can be avoided if students keep their iPad up to date and delete unneeded photo/video files to free up the memory space. The operating system should be at 13.4.1.




A Note from Nurse Jenni (our licensed school nurse)


Notes from Counselor Nelson

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

  • 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. 

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 

  • If you have an issue on exam day that prevents you from testing successfully, you will be directed to an online Makeup Testing Request Form where you can describe what happened and request an e-ticket for a June makeup exam.  You must have your original e-ticket when filling out the form. Submit your form within 48 hours of taking your regularly scheduled exam. AP will review the form and send you an email approving or denying your request during the week of May 25. Please let Mr. Nelson know if you have requested 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

Senior Party Fundraiser Update  

The Butter Braid 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 Butter Braids frozen. 

Winners of the Butter Braid 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 Yearbook

Yes!  You can still get a 2019-20 SES yearbook!  There are a limited number of copies still available to order online through the Jostens site. Having a yearbook is a great way to make you smile,  remembering all the fun events and friendly faces from our SES community that we are missing so much this spring!  

Distribution of yearbooks will take place sometime this spring, we are still working out the logistics and will communicate them as soon as they are finalized. 


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.