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Sophomore Parent Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Debby Orsak - CAC
32:30
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Debby Orsak - CAC
32:48
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Debby Orsak - CAC
33:12
Para utilizar la función de interpretación. Haga clic en el icono del globo, que está ubicado en la parte inferior de su pantalla. Entonces puede elegir el español como su idioma preferido.
Dawn Ramos
35:31
Yes for me it’s very low.
Debby Orsak - CAC
35:52
You should be able to raise the volume on your end.
Laura Chace
42:38
Can you give us more info on the outdoor homecoming event?
Rob Liebreich
43:07
Tickets available to 10th graders?
Pierre Romand-Heuyer
43:19
Is there a payment required for PSAT?
James Heintze
43:29
PSAT is free
Lesley Potash-CAC (Co-Host)
43:43
Homecoming will be held outside on the tennis courts. There will be music, photo booth, food, etc.
Mr. Jeff Leaman, Assistant Principal, WJHS
43:56
10th grade will be allowed to by tickets shortly.
Nithya
45:20
It has come to my attention that many kids are not wearing masks in the hallways between classes or in classrooms and many of them remove their masks or keep them below their nose. Given the regular COVID exposure letters we are receiving. What is the school going to do to enforce the mask mandate INSIDE the school as it is definitely putting the other kids at risk if the kids are not keeping their masks on or are puling them below their nose
Pierre Romand-Heuyer
46:15
Do we need to advise the school if a test comes back NEGATIVE after a student gets cold symptoms?
James Heintze
46:48
Attendance Secretary: Valicia Gordon
Imani Ladson
46:59
WJ Attendance Secretary: Ms. Gorgon
Imani Ladson
47:05
*Gordon
Imani Ladson
47:08
Valicia_T_Gordon@mcpsmd.org
Pierre Romand-Heuyer
47:36
Why are there 2 forms for excused absence? One is so complicated.
Mr. Jeff Leaman, Assistant Principal, WJHS
50:23
Morning announcements are being sent out now. Please reach out to Naomi Gelfand, Media Specialist and she can help you out getting the announcements.
Lesley Potash-CAC (Co-Host)
50:42
Para utilizar la función de interpretación. Haga clic en el icono del globo, que está ubicado en la parte inferior de su pantalla. Entonces puede elegir el español como su idioma preferido.
Pierre Romand-Heuyer
51:17
Is there anything recommended to prepare for MCAP?
Heidi Friedman (she/her/hers)
51:19
Do you mean that is every Wednesday?
Jill's iPhone
51:43
I was so happy when I saw Wildcat Wednesday for a chance for students to catch up and re-teach but it seems to be just a day when teachers all schedule quizzes and tests, taking away the time for catch up.
Debby Orsak - CAC
52:09
Yes, every Wednesday, except for short weeks
Manjari C Miller
53:50
I'm a little concerned about lunch time in the cafeteria when everyone is eating with masks off. Is there any room at all for kids to sit away from each other and eat? Are any encouraged to eat outside?
Other Alves
53:55
Mr Heintze, if they are automatically registered, what was the purpose of us filling a form? Thanks.
Other Alves
54:10
That question refers to the PSAT on Oct 13th.
Debby Orsak - CAC
54:56
Students do not all eat in the cafeteria. They are very spread out and can leave campus for lunch
Valerie Cardwell
54:58
Are you going to mention the Mock SAT and ACT Tests being offered by the PTSA?
James Heintze
55:04
The form also has an "opt out" questions - Thank you
Nithya
57:42
It has come to my attention that many kids are not wearing masks in the hallways between classes or in classrooms and many of them remove their masks or keep them below their nose. Given the regular COVID exposure letters we are receiving. What is the school going to do to enforce the mask mandate INSIDE the school as it is definitely putting the other kids at risk if the kids are not keeping their masks on or are puling them below their nose
Anna Hakobyan
59:32
Is there a statistics on total % of WJ students vaccinated?
Sharon Watts
59:45
Sometimes grades in parentvue and canvas do not match — which one is more reliable?
Shirley Micallef
01:00:37
Do MCAP scores go on their HS transcripts?
James Heintze
01:00:48
Students are wearing masks in the hallways. At times we have to remind students to pull their masks up, but overall our kids are following the rules.
Regina Rodriguez
01:01:05
No, MCAP scores are not on transcripts.
Gail Samuels
01:01:26
Staff members are in the hallways between all transitions prompting students to position their mask appropriately, if need be. The overwhelming majority of students do not need these reminders. Some students do need the prompt and promptly adjust when reminded!
Debbie
01:04:37
What is being done to ensure that students who are behind in Chemistry due to the issues with the previous teacher get caught up and not disadvantaged?
Jennifer Baker
01:07:35
Our chemistry staff has a plan and are already implementing tis in class. Our students will be fine and I commend our staff for pitching in and assuring that no student is left behind
josef_finn
01:07:37
What were the issues with the previous Chemistry teacher?
Jennifer Baker
01:08:16
We had a sub that did not work our but our chemistry teachers volunteered to take on an extra class
Kristi Trachtenberg
01:08:35
Thank you Chem department!
Jennifer Baker
01:08:57
They are true heroes!
Debbie
01:10:07
That’s great to know. Thanks to all the Chemistry teachers stepping in to help out.
Maria Kaplan
01:15:47
Do WJ staff provide any support or help with Parent Vue? I'm having technical problems with my account and can't use it. I've reached out to the tech support e-mail (2x) and voicemail (1X) lines for parents beginning late August and have gotten zero response.
Aracelis
01:16:20
I can’t hear the Zoom
Debby Orsak - CAC
01:16:48
@Aracelis - try to increase your volume
Maria Kaplan
01:16:56
Thanks for posting the tech support number. That's the number I"ve called and the e-mail I've reached out to, with no response (other than automatic "we'll get back to you" reply. Would appreciate any suggestions about nex steps so I can actually get help.
Jennifer Baker
01:18:17
Feel free to call 240-740-6900 any time and we will try to help. I will share the line we advertised is not working
Maria Kaplan
01:18:53
Thanks, Dr. Baker and Mr. Leaman!
Valerie Cardwell
01:20:10
Are the Naviance lessons being offered during the normal school day or do they have to make an appointment with their counselor?
Manjari C Miller
01:20:17
what is Naviance?
Gabriela Rosenberg
01:20:56
Are you going to email this presentation? I am sorry if I missed this.
Debby Orsak - CAC
01:21:21
The presentation recording will be posted to the WJ web site on the CAC page
Manjari C Miller
01:21:29
And are the lessons optional or do we have to reach out to the guidance counselor to get more information?
Carmen Wurdack
01:22:09
Will they need a financial literacy credit?
Jennifer Baker
01:22:12
If you mean health there are some that are optional and students can complete an alternate lesson
Manjari C Miller
01:22:31
no I mean Naviance. I'm not sure what it is (sorry qwe are new)
Jennifer Baker
01:22:32
This is shared with parents
James Heintze
01:22:34
Naviance is a college application and information platform. Please contact your counselor for your account information.
Debby Orsak - CAC
01:22:55
There is not a financial literacy requirement
Rob Liebreich
01:23:22
Difference of challenge btw AP / Honors / regular classes?
Myura
01:23:24
what type of courses would be considered as elective courses?
Debby Orsak - CAC
01:24:13
Every year there is a Course Bulletin provided which explains all of the available courses
Regina Rodriguez
01:27:45
Students also receive a grade-level appropriate registration cards that list electives from each department. Last year, we had a registration website with more info about individual electives.
Rob Liebreich
01:28:42
What grade is eligibility for extra curricular activities?
Debby Orsak - CAC
01:28:58
All grades are eligible
Debby Orsak - CAC
01:29:13
Minimum 2.0
Tonya Striplin
01:29:26
What GPA makes you eligible for the Honor Roll?
Debby Orsak - CAC
01:29:58
All A's and/or B's and no more than 1 C
ADOLFOD
01:31:06
75 hours of SSL required per year ? or as a whole as graduation requirement ? thank you
Barbara McKibney
01:31:07
thanks
Regina Rodriguez
01:31:27
75 total for graduation requirement
Thomas Cardwell
01:33:13
Can we download any of the docs from tonight's discussion?
ADOLFOD
01:33:21
thanks
Nicole Morgan
01:33:54
The slide deck and video will be posted to our website
Lesley Potash-CAC (Co-Host)
01:35:36
Please take a few moments to fill out the meeting survey! We appreciate your feedback.Sophomore Parent Meeting Survey Link: https://forms.gle/zwjFnLKprxa7bAAz7
Debby Orsak - CAC
01:35:49
CAC page on WJ web site - https://www2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/wjhs/parents/guidance_events/
Regina Rodriguez
01:36:02
Thank you CAC for all you do for the students and staff at WJ!
Imani Ladson
01:36:11
AP = College level course (most rigorous option at WJ), Honors = More rigorous than on-level & moves at a faster pace than on-level
Lesley Potash-CAC (Co-Host)
01:36:18
Please take a few moments to fill out the meeting survey! We appreciate your feedback.Sophomore Parent Meeting Survey Link:  https://forms.gle/zwjFnLKprxa7bAAz7
James Heintze
01:36:32
Thank you Ms. Rodriguez for all you do!
Tonya Striplin
01:36:33
This was very informative. Thank you!
marialeonorrestrepo
01:36:53
Thank you!
Rob Liebreich
01:36:57
Grateful!
Patricia Maria Riehn Berg
01:37:00
Thank you
James Heintze
01:37:04
You Rock Imani!
Brittany
01:37:04
Thank You
Imani Ladson
01:37:10
Electives = PE, Art, World Language, Computer Science/Technology, Music, etc.
Lea Courtis
01:37:14
Thank you to everyone!