STUDENT NEWSLETTER: Freshman Academy May 18th, 2020

STUDENT NEWSLETTER: Freshman Academy May 18th, 2020
Posted on 05/18/2020
STUDENT NEWSLETTER: Freshman Academy May 18th, 2020

May 18th- 22nd Weekly Update                                            

Student of the week

 We, the Freshman Team, would like to recognize the following students who got nominated by his teachers for the past online learning weeks:

  1. Brennen Graf: The week of 5/8, the freshmen team nominated Brennen Graf as the Student of the Week. Brennen has been an outstanding student all year, and has transitioned to the new reality of online school very nicely. Brennen continues to go above and beyond in completing his schoolwork efficiently. One of Brennen’s greatest qualities is his ability to quietly lead other students in the classroom, and while we certainly miss being able to witness his daily leadership and growth in the classroom, we are excited to see it again soon. 

  1. Kristian Jelm: The week of 5/15,the freshmen team nominated KRISTIAN JELM as the Student of the Week. Kristian has been an outstanding student throughout the Distance Learning time in his math class.  Kristian frequently joins google meets.  He doesn't just join to ask questions about an assignment, but sometimes he joins to just say hello. During these difficult times and with several Chromebook issues, he has completed every assignment in his Algebra Classes.  

!!!   Congratulations Brennen and Kristian   !!!

Artificial Intelligence Week 1 Drawing Winners of $25 gift card each:

Allyson Winters    &    Canter Barnes

Artificial Intelligence Week 2 Drawing Winners of $25 gift card each:

Ella Julien    &    Janiya Jennings

!!!!  Congratulations Allyson, Canter, Ella & Janiya  !!!!

Weekly Announcements

- The AI pitch submission deadline is this Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM

- ALL Freshmen are required to complete the AI project as part of their career inquiries. Those that are not part of a Freshman Seminar class were added to the google classroom to allow for Questions/Answers and mentoring along the way. All of them were notified by Mr. Sandy. There are hefty awards attached to that project!!!!

Online learning will officially continue for the rest of the year. School buildings stay closed due to Covid-19.

-Office hours for all the teachers that have freshman students can be found here.

-Attendance Codes for APS connected online learning:

  • P = Student participated in ALL assignments/required meetings for that class

  • T = Student participated in partial assignments/required meetings for that class

  • A= Student participated in none of the assignment/required meetings for that class

-Marking Period 4 started on 3/30/2020

-Ms. Crimaldi and Ms. Bryant will be connecting with some students and families to try to solve online challenges that might exist.

-Pre-IB students taking AP US History will still have the chance to take the AP test for college credit. Due to the coronavirus, the format has changed. Mrs. Heard (AP Coordinator) will email you the necessary information so that you can still take advantage of this opportunity sometime soon if she has not already.

Online Learning Expectations for All Freshman Students

-Every Monday, teachers will be posting lessons on their google classroom to complete.

-Monday and Wednesday will be an “A” day schedule.  Students must log in to A day Google classrooms and engage in work for attendance and 4th nine weeks grades.

-Tuesday and Thursday will be a “B” day schedule. Students must log in to B day Google classes and engage in work for attendance and 4th nine weeks grades.

-Fridays will be catch up days and for completing your career cruising standards. 11:59 PM is the deadline for any assignment due. Mr. Sandy has a tutorial posted on his google classroom with directions on how to navigate career cruising.

-Every teacher will be posting “office hours”. These office hours will serve as time to reach out to your teacher with questions and clarifications.

-Attendance will be taken in different forms by teachers. Submitting assignments and attending your teachers’ Google Hangout Meets are various forms of taking attendance. Here are the main attendance codes:

-If you need to submit a picture of your paper and pencil type of work, GeniusScan or CamScanner are 2 different applications you can download that will allow you to save your image into a PDF file you can save on your drive.


Let us start by saying we hope you do not need this information.  However, with the extra time everyone is spending in digital platforms this can become a reality. Here is the link for the district bullying form that you can fill out if you are experiencing bullying.

Academic & Community Programs Currently Accepting Applications

-Upward Bound Classic through the University of Akron is currently accepting applications for 9th and 10th grade students. More information and the application can be found here: 

-The UAkron Black Male Summit Program is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. More information can be found here. A link to the actual application can be found here.

Communication & forms

Mr. Sandy [email protected] (Academy Counselor) and Ms. Kotran [email protected] (Academy Principal)  can always be reached by email.

For assignments’ specific questions or concerns: email teachers.  Teachers will also be posting office hours in their Google classrooms.

For questions about credits/transcripts/scheduling/applications: Email Mr. Sandy. Office Hours (Mon-Fri) 10am-11am or by appointment. 

For problems with classes or general questions: Email Ms. Kotran or see the District webpage dedicated to Covid-19 information

For computer problems please fill out this form

Device repair and Chromebook distribution is @ FCLC Monday-Thursday from 9:30-11:30


-Mr. Sandy has started a google classroom that you can join with the code: nq2h3b4. 

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