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From Mr. O - May 20

THIS WEEK’S NEWS

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Senior Spirit Week

We have a week full of activities for our seniors! Questions about these events should be directed to Ms. Schwartz and your counselor
Senior Spirit Week Activities
Monday 5/20
Decision Day Signing Event - 8-9am
Senior Brunch - 2nd Block
Tuesday 5/21
Senior Photo - 8-9am
Movie Night - 7-10pm (off-campus)
Wed 5/22
Cap and Gown - 4th Block
Handprint - 4th Block
Yearbook - 4th Block
Thursday 5/23
Senior Meeting - 8:15-9:15am
Field Day - 9:20am-12:40pm
Pep Rally - 12:40-2:15
Friday 5/24
Carowinds Day - 9:45am-1:45pm
Senior Sunset - 6pm-8pm (off-campus)
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Arts End-of-Year Concerts

Tuesday, May 21: Choir
Thursday, May 23: Band
All concerts take place in the auditorium at 6:30pm
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End of Year Exam Information

Yearlong (A-Day/B-Day) Course Exams
Exam Dates: 5/28 - 5/31
A special bell schedule will be followed during testing:
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Semester-long (4x4) Course Exams
Exam Dates: 6/3 -6/7
Breakfast and lunch will be served each exam day.
All students must attend daily. The schedule is as follows:
1st Block Exams: Monday June 3rd
2nd Block Exams: Tuesday, June 4th
3rd Block Exams: Wednesday, June 5th
4th Block Exams: Thursday, June 6th
All Exam Make-ups: Friday, June 7th
Testing is from 7:15 am – 12:25 pm each day, so there will be NO EARLY DISMISSALS. Student must remain for the entire day
Exams will be given according to the printed schedule; they may not be given on a day other than that specified.
Final exams are required in all classes. Attendance will be taken.
Final exams count for 20% of the final grade.
Students who miss a final exam will be given through June 7th to make-up the missed exam.
There are no EOC retakes – students will only sit for the EOC once, so it is important they do their best on the designated exam day.
All testing environments must be secure. This means that all students must hand in their cell phones and electronic devices. Students who fail to do so will receive 3 days OSS
Students MUST bring their Chromebook, fully charged, on the day of testing.
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Attendance Recovery

The final Attendance Recovery will be on Thursday May 23rd from 2:20pm-3:50pm. Attendance Appeals will be sent electronically to parents and students on Friday, May 24th. The appeals will only be sent to students who have 11 or more Unexecused Absences. Appeals will not be sent out before then. Please note that absences will not change in PowerSchool, and that students who have attended Attendance Recovery must still submit an appeal. Please view Mr. Lamb’s weekly ParentSquare message for the full schedule for Semester 2 as well as other information around the Attendance Recovery Program. Please contact Mr. Lamb with any questions.
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Chromebook Collection

12th Grade:
Seniors must turn in their Chromebook and charger before graduating.
If you have lost either, you must resolve the charges before graduation.
Drop off in Technology Office after you complete your last final exam
Not resolving outstanding charges can prevent you from walking at graduation
Learn about charges at
9th-11th Grade:
Underclassmen may keep their Chromebook over the summer, or
Underclassmen may turn in their Chromebook and charger after completing their last final exam
Chromebooks will not be accepted without their charger
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Media Center Updates

Starting this week, there are no more physical book check-outs from the media center.
Please for overdue/lost books, especially if you’re a senior, because financial obligations can affect your graduation.
Tutorials on SORA
Weekly SORA book recommendations - check out these ebooks & audiobooks
by Tracy Deonn - If you’ve made excellent choices in your life up to this point, chances are you’ve already read Legendborn. This is the sequel! It has Arthurian Legend, #BlackGirlMagic, a love story, & Chapel Hill. Read it.
by Samira Ahmed - From the New York Times bestselling author of Internment comes a timely and gripping social-suspense novel about book banning, activism, and standing up for what you believe.
Diversify your reading - Have you heard about the Black Caucus of the American Library Association? Their awards list of books is out now - go ahead and to your TBR! Psst, Promise Boys is on here, a Mrs. Sanford fave!
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Credit Recovery

Students who are currently enrolled in Edgenuity during the school day and/or have a 5th block class have now been contacted weekly by their mentor to support their progress. Students are to complete their course work by FRIDAY MAY 31, 2024. Parents have been notified if students are behind with their progress. Students are encouraged to attend the Credit Recovery Lab that meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 230 from 2:30-4:00pm. Students enrolled in Credit Recovery and attend the CR Lab can also count their time towards Attendance Recovery if they need it. If you have any questions, email Tracy Forst, Credit Recovery Coordinator: tracy.forst@cms.k12.nc.us
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Free AI & Cybersecurity Summer Camp at UNCC

See Mr. Realon for a Scholarship to this two-week Camp. First Come basis.
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CDL Training for after High School Graduation –

CDL Drivers earn $48,000- $100,000. Learn more about getting your license here:
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CPCC Dual Enrollment Program

Those who are taking Summer or Fall Classes, please be checking your personal email address for messages from CPCC. You should receive a message from CPCC informing you to enroll in classes. Then follow Step #8 that instructs you how to enroll in CPCC classes:
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CPCC Dual Enrollment Program: Error Message when trying to Enroll in Classes

Make sure you have successfully completed the CPCC orientation at this link:
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Thousands of Summer Jobs, Pre-Apprenticeships & Paid Internships

See Mr. Realon in Room #562

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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Community Information

Spring cleaning? Bring your clothes you would like to donate and donate them to the green bin located by the visitor football parking lot. We will receive a monthly monetary percentage each month per pound of clothes donated.
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Restroom Use - Reminder

As a reminder - during the instructional day, there is one restroom available for student use on each floor. All other restrooms are closed and clearly marked off with stanchions and signage.
Students found in closed off restrooms are considered Trespassing (Out of Area) and will be disciplined according to the PHS Discipline Matrix and CMS Code of Conduct.
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Cell Phone Procedures

We are continuing our updated cell phone procedures, which began last week:
Teachers will collect cell phones at the beginning of class and lock them in a cell phone storage locker. Cell phones will be handed back by the teacher in the last 5 minutes of class.
This policy will ensure that classroom environments are conducive for optimal student engagement.
Students who fail to turn in cell phones can be disciplined according to the CMS Student of Conduct for insubordination.
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Early release students

Early release students are not permitted to remain on campus and must leave campus immediately after their last class (including homeroom)
ALL Students must attend Homeroom that occurs on Thursday after 2nd block. If students have early release for 3rd and 4th block, they must still attend homeroom. Important information is being given during this time. Students can then leave after homeroom has concluded.
Consequences include loss of driving/parking privileges and addition of full class schedule (all 4 blocks) for those that cannot leave campus.
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Food Drop-offs

This is a reminder that parents may drop off food for their child. However, we will not be accepting any 3rd party food deliveries for students. Palisades High School is not responsible for any food that is brought in by a parent. Food will be left and housed in the visitor vestibule. 3rd party food deliveries will be confiscated by PHS.
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