P. J. Jacobs JHS Stevens Point, WI 54481 - Stevens Point Area Public School District

P. J. Jacobs JHS Stevens Point, WI 54481 - Stevens Point Area Public School District
P. J. Jacobs JHS
                                                                                                                       2400 Main Street
                                                                                                                   Stevens Point, WI 54481

                                                                                                                Main Office: 715-345-5422
                                                                                                               Main Office Fax: 715-345-7340
                                                                                                           Student Services Office: 715-345-5423
                                                                                                            Student Services Fax: 715-345-5517

                                                                                                                  Dan Dobratz, Principal
                                                                                                            Steve Strasman, Assistant Principal

In This Issue:                                                                                      May, 2021 The Last Newsletter of the School Year
4th Mid-Quarter Report Cards������������������������������������������������������9
7th and 8th Graders, Thursday, May 6th ���������������������������������3                          Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
9th Grade-ACT Aspire �����������������������������������������������������������������3
9th Grade; Great America������������������������������������������������������������3
2021-22 District Calendar�����������������������������������������������������������10
                                                                                                    We made it through another tumultuous year. We started
2021-2022 Course Verification Forms������������������������������������12                          out in a Blended-Learning model with cohorts and
Advisory Program�������������������������������������������������������������������������9         Flexible E-Learners - then to all E--Learning - then back
After-School Traffic�����������������������������������������������������������������������8       to the Blended Learning model with cohorts and Flexible
Athletic Physicals/Documents for 2020-2021�������������������������������6                         E-Learners. Then, at the start of the second semester,
Awards Night������������������������������������������������������������������������������4        back to the Blended-Learning model with cohorts, but
Back to Five-Day School Week on Monday, May 17th������������2                                      the Flexible E-Learners disappeared. Students had to
Boys & Girls Club�����������������������������������������������������������������������10         choose between joining in-person education or joining the
Breakfast and Lunch������������������������������������������������������������������ 11
                                                                                                    SPAPSD OLC. In April, the Blended-Model eliminated
Bullying/Harassment Reporting Link��������������������������������������������7
Bus to SPASH next year?�������������������������������������������������������������7
                                                                                                    the cohorts and students returned to school four days a
Character Corner, May�����������������������������������������������������������������2            week. Finally, we will be returning to a five day per week
COVID Rent/Utility Assistance (WERA)�������������������������������������15                        schedule for all secondary students on Monday, May 17th.
COVID Safety in Schools 4th Quarter���������������������������������������� 11                     What a rollercoaster!
Driver Education�������������������������������������������������������������������������10
Facebook��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������1    I would like to thank all the students, parents, guardians,
Fall Athletic Fee Payment�������������������������������������������������������������6            and staff for their patience, resilience, and fortitude in
Fall Sports Meetings������������������������������������������������������������������5            persevering during these difficult times. It has been a
Health Reminders�������������������������������������������������������������������������9
                                                                                                    challenging 2020-2021 school year for our P. J. Jacobs
Homework Center������������������������������������������������������������������������9
Is It COVID-19?��������������������������������������������������������������������������13
                                                                                                    family, but the end is in sight.
Math Help Center�����������������������������������������������������������������������10
Medication at School��������������������������������������������������������������������1          The $10,000,000 question will be how will we start the
Missing/Damaged School Property��������������������������������������������10                      2021-2022 school year? Except for the completion of the
Moving?����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������7   summer referendum construction, I do not know. We will
Music Department News��������������������������������������������������������������8               all have to wait until August to find out. Please watch for
Phase II: P. J. Jacobs Referendum Construction�������������������3                                 the August newsletter. It will be mailed to you early that
Point Fast Pitch Registration������������������������������������������������������10              month with information regarding the 2021-2022 school
School District Wall Calendar�������������������������������������������������������2
Semester 2 Finals������������������������������������������������������������������������2
Student Chromebooks������������������������������������������������������������������2
Summer Newsletter����������������������������������������������������������������������7           Have a great summer!
Summer School 2021�����������������������������������������������������������������6
Summer School Teacher Recommendations�������������������������������7                              Dan Dobratz, Principal
Tornado/Severe Weather Preparedness��������������������������������������4
Washington D.C. Trip 2022��������������������������������������������������������10
Work Permits������������������������������������������������������������������������������10
Yearbook Distribution����������������������������������������������������������������2
                                                                                                    Medication at School
                                                                                                    All medications and medical supplies should be
  Facebook                                                                                          picked up no later than Friday, June 4th. The
  We’re on Facebook! To hear                                                                        school will be completely closed for construction after
  about events going on at P.                                                                       that date.
  J. Jacobs, follow our page. If
  you’re having difficulty finding our                                                              We will not have access to student prescriptions over
  “official” page, click here.                                                                      the summer. Thank you.
P. J. Jacobs JHS Stevens Point, WI 54481 - Stevens Point Area Public School District
Character Corner, May                                             Student Chromebooks
Students focus each month on various desirable                    The Stevens Point Area Public
character traits.                                                 School District (SPAPSD)
                                                                  has a new technology policy
May’s focus character trait is                                    concerning the return of student
TRUSTWORTHINESS. Noun;                                            Chromebooks at the end of the
Trait of deserving trust and                                      school year. Here is the policy:
confidence; being responsible
to someone; developing and                                        If your child is remaining a student of the
maintaining an impression of                                      SPAPSD for the 2021-2022 school year:
responsibility                                                    If your child was assigned a district Chromebook
Back to Five-Day School Week on                                   and is returning for the 2021-2022 school year at
                                                                  any district school, he or she should retain their
Monday, May 17th                                                  Chromebook for the summer. Please store these
At the April 26th school board meeting,
                                                                  devices in a secure location for the summer. You
Superintendent Craig Gerlach confirmed that grades
                                                                  are still financially responsible for these devices.
K-12 would be returning to a five-day school week
                                                                  Students should bring their Chromebooks to school
beginning Monday, May 17th.
                                                                  fully charged on their first day of school.
On May 17th, our Day 1/Day 2 rotation will alternate
                                                                  If your child is leaving the SPAPSD after the end
the full week of attendance. Here is the sample of
                                                                  of the 2020-2021 school year:
the first week+ of our five-day school week:
                                                                  If your child is leaving the district at the end of the
                                                                  2020-2021 school year, please notify the P. J. Jacobs
Monday, May 17th: Day1
                                                                  Counseling Office by calling 715-345-5423. Your
Tuesday, May 18th: Day 2
                                                                  child's Chromebook will be collected during their
Wednesday, May 19th: Day 1
                                                                  eighth hour class on Friday, June 4th.
Thursday, May 20th: Day 2
Friday, May 21st: Day 1
                                                                  Can my child use their Chromebook for SPAPSD
                                                                  summer programming (summer school/SPAPSD
Monday, May 24th: Day 2
                                                                  OLC)? Yes, your child may use their Chromebook for
Tuesday, May 25th: Day 1 ...
                                                                  any district activity.
We look forward to having everyone back full-time.                School District Wall Calendar
                                                                  The school board decided to discontinue design and
                                                                  printing of the annual 12-month district wall calendar
                                                                  for the 2021-22 school year and subsequent years.
                                                                  The one-page calendar will continue to be available
                                                                  for viewing and printing on our websites.

                                                                  Yearbook Distribution
                                                                  Yearbooks will be distributed to students on
                                                                  Thursday, May 27th during Advisory. Traditionally, an
                                                                  assembly was held for students to sign each other's
Semester 2 Finals                                                 books. The assembly has been cancelled due to
All ninth grade second semester finals at P. J. Jacobs            COVID-19 concerns. Students will receive time in
have been cancelled.                                              classes and during lunch to sign their classmate’s
                                                                  yearbooks prior to the end of school.
The Stevens Point Area Public School District shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry,
creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, handicap or physical, mental, emotional or learning
disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in the educational programs or activities which it
operates or in employment practices. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the district’s pupil services office by
calling (715)345-5454.

   Submitted e-mail communications via the district web page contact form or any other electronic form may be subject to
   open records requests under Wis. Stats § 19.35(2). Communication over district network s is not considered private, and
          there should be no expectation of privacy for any messages sent or received via the district e-mail system.
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P. J. Jacobs JHS Stevens Point, WI 54481 - Stevens Point Area Public School District
9th Grade-ACT Aspire                                      Phase II: P. J. Jacobs Referendum
As a component of the state                               Construction
assessment program, district                              As summer approaches,
freshmen will take the ACT                                students and parents will begin
Aspire this spring. The ACT                               to notice signs of the start of P. J.
Aspire is the state assessment                            Jacobs referendum construction,
for students in ninth and                                 Phase II. The storage containers
tenth grade and is a summative, online assessment.        found in the parking lot, courtyard and south side
Results of the ACT Aspire will provide the following      of the building will be storing building equipment/
information to students, parents/guardians, and           supplies during construction.
school staff:
• A prediction of how your child will perform on the      Phase II of the construction will affect the gym, pool,
    ACT when taken his/her junior year in each of the     stage, and storage areas. Most of these changes will
    assessed areas--English, reading, science, and        be to the infrastructure of the building which includes
    math--as well as an overall predicted composite       heating, plumbing, water, lighting, and ceilings.
    score                                                 Phase II will also include the addition of a secure
• A national percentile rank for your child in each of    entry way for the school through the reconfigured
    the four assessed areas                               main office complex. (Part of the secure entry way
• An ACT Readiness level which indicates if your          was completed last summer in the courtyard.)
    child is exceeding, ready, close, or in need of
    support in each of the assessed areas                 Construction will begin immediately at the end of the
• A score identifying progress with text complexity       school year on Friday, June 4th. P. J. Jacobs will
    and career readiness                                  be a closed construction site during the summer of
This information is very useful for students and          2021. No access to the building will be allowed to
parents as they begin to prepare for SPASH, the ACT       staff, students, or parents. The main office will be
junior year, and post-secondary options. Students will    located at PoDS during the construction, 1900 W.
have information on their areas of strength, as well as   Zinda Dr. (the old Jackson school location). Even
areas in which to improve. ACT Aspire score reports       though our location will change, our office hours
will be mailed home in the fall. For more information     and phone number, 715-345-5422 will remain the
about the Wisconsin Assessment Program visit:             same. The date of re-occupancy for the 2021-2022
https://dpi.wi.gov/assessment.                            school year will be extremely close to the start of
                                                          school. More information will be provided in the May,
The ACT Aspire will be administered at                    August, and/or September newsletters. This includes
P. J. Jacobs in May as follows:                           any orientation dates/times and the fall sports team
• Wednesday, May 5th – all current full-time OLC          meetings and practice schedules.
    and RVA students
• Thursday, May 6th – all current (in person) 9th
                                                          9th Grade; Great America
    grade P. J. Jacobs students (*NOTE: All 7th and
                                                          Due to COVID concerns, the Great
    8th grade students will stay home on this day
                                                          America class trip is cancelled.
    and work on E-Learning assignments.)
                                                          Ninth grade students are expected
Ninth grade students will report for a regular school     to attend school on Friday, June 4th.
day, 7:45 AM to 2:55 PM. Bus transportation,
breakfast, and lunch will be provided. Students will
report to their Advisory rooms with a fully charged
                                                          7th and 8th Graders,
Chromebook, a reading book, and a writing utensil.        Thursday, May 6th;
In-person classes resume the next day, Friday, May        On Thursday, May 6th, all 7th and 8th grade students
7th.                                                      will E-Learn at home. There are no in-person classes
                                                          on Thursday, May 6th due to 9th grade Aspire testing.
If you have any questions about ACT Aspire, or if         Students are expected to check their Google email,
your child will be absent on the scheduled testing        Skyward Gradebook and their teacher’s Schoology
day, please contact Ms. Lora Schultz, School              pages for assignments. Teachers will be available by
Counselor, at 715-345-5422, ext. 70412 or lschultz@       email or Google Meet throughout the day to answer
pointschools.net.                                         questions regarding assignments. In-person classes
                                                          resume the next day, Friday, May 7th.
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P. J. Jacobs JHS Stevens Point, WI 54481 - Stevens Point Area Public School District
Awards Night                                              Tornado/Severe Weather Preparedness
Award Nights for the 2020-2021                            Each year, P. J. Jacobs practices responses (drills) to
school year will be held virtually. Due                   tornado/severe weather conditions which can occur
to the number of participants, social                     in Wisconsin when school is in session. During the
distancing guidelines, and the loss of                    drill, students will learn the difference between a
our traditional presentation location it                  tornado/severe weather watch and warning. Here is
was necessary to change the format.                       an explanation of the two terms.
We will pre-record the presentation
using “WeVideo”.

Awards Night is traditionally held to recognize the
accomplishments of our students throughout the
year. Many of the awards are traditional participation
awards, but a few of the awards recognize our
students for going above and beyond expectations of
our staff and other classmates. Awards Night is our       Tornado/Severe Weather Watch:
way to thank these students for being a Patriot. The      • Definition: Conditions are favorable for the
most prestigious presentation occurs at the end of           development of severe weather or a tornado
the night with the presentation of the “Patriot Award”.   • This event will be communicated by a school
This award is presented to a ninth grade student who         administrator over the PA system.
has consistently demonstrated outstanding examples        • The administrator will announce the weather
of individual behavior in the following criteria in and      watch to establish an increased awareness of the
out of school throughout their attendance at P. J.           potential of severe weather or tornadoes.
Jacobs.                                                   • Staff will review the tornado/severe weather
                                                             evacuation plan each hour with their students.
Established Selection Criteria:                           • School administration will review all school
• School Spirit                                              activities and cancel events as appropriate.
• Honesty
• Responsibility			                                       Tornado/Severe Weather Warning:
• Leadership                                              • Definition: Violent/severe weather or a tornado is
• Service                                                    in close proximity
• Concern for others                                      • This event will be communicated by a school
• Scholarship                                                administrator over the PA system or by bullhorn.
                                                             The emergency siren on the roof of our building
The presentation and program will be posted to the           will be activated by city officials.
P. J. Jacobs website’s main page on Thursday, May         • Students will be evacuated to the appropriate
27th at 3:15 PM. You and your family can watch the           shelter. They will sit quietly in the hallway facing
ceremony at your convenience. On the next school             the outside wall, positioned away from doorways/
day in Advisory, Friday, May 28th, all certificates,         glass.
plaques, and a complementary copy of the program          • Shelter areas are located in the basement, first
will be provided to each award winning student.              floor (selected areas) and school locker rooms.

                                                          Unfortunately, COVID-19 will affect our tornado/
The building will be closed to                            severe weather drills this year. We will practice virtual
                                                          drills where teachers will describe their evacuation
  all outside visitors starting                           routes and shelter locations to students. Why virtual
June 8th through late August.                             drills? The desired social distancing during an actual
                                                          drill cannot be achieved and students would be at a
 No one will be allowed in the                            higher safety risk.

building, so please make sure                             If you have any questions on severe weather
everything is removed by the                              preparedness, please contact Mr. Dobratz.

       last day of school.
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Fall Sports Meetings
9th Grade:
      Sport              Tentative Meeting Date at SPASH                 R-School Schedule Site
    Cross Country        Not determined at the time of this newsletter         SPASH Schedule
       Football          Not determined at the time of this newsletter         SPASH Schedule
     Golf (Girls)        Not determined at the time of this newsletter         SPASH Schedule
    Pom & Dance          Not determined at the time of this newsletter           P. J. Jacobs
    Rugby (Girls)        Not determined at the time of this newsletter         SPASH Schedule
    Soccer (Boys)        Not determined at the time of this newsletter         SPASH Schedule
   Swimming (Girls)      Not determined at the time of this newsletter         SPASH Schedule
    Tennis (Girls)       Not determined at the time of this newsletter         SPASH Schedule
      Volleyball         Not determined at the time of this newsletter         SPASH Schedule

        Meeting information for 9th grade sports will be posted on the SPASH Athletic Website.

7th & 8th Grade
     Sport               Tentative Meeting Date / Where                   R-School Schedule Site
  Cross Country                  To Be Determined/SPASH                         SPASH Schedule
     Football                  To Be Determined/P. J. Jacobs                      PJJ Schedule
  Pom & Dance                  To Be Determined/P. J. Jacobs                     Coach Handout
  Soccer (Boys)                To Be Determined/Ben Franklin                  Ben Franklin Schedule
 Swimming (Girls)              To Be Determined/P. J. Jacobs                      PJJ Schedule
  Tennis (Girls)               To Be Determined/P. J. Jacobs                      PJJ Schedule
    Volleyball                 To Be Determined/P. J. Jacobs                      PJJ Schedule

All updates to meeting information will be posted on the SPASH, Ben Franklin, and P. J. Jacobs Athletic
                   Websites. Please refer to the posted information on the website.
      If you have any questions, please contact Dave Hauser, AD at dhauser@pointschools.net.

                                                     Tentative Start Date
                                9th Grade                   8th Grade                7th Grade
 Cross Country              Monday, August 16th         Monday, August 16th      Monday, August 16th
 Football                    Monday, August 9th         Monday, August 16th      Monday, August 16th
 Pom & Dance                Monday, August 23rd         Monday, August 23rd      Monday, August 23rd
 Soccer (Boys)              Monday, August 16th         Monday, August 23rd      Monday, August 23rd
 Swimming (Girls)           Tuesday, August 10th        Monday, August 23rd      Monday, August 23rd
 Tennis (Girls)             Tuesday, August 10th        Monday, August 23rd      Monday, August 23rd
 Volleyball                 Monday, August 16th         Monday, August 23rd      Monday, August 23rd
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Athletic Physicals/Documents for                          Fall Athletic Fee Payment
2020-2021                                                 In order for students to participate in athletic events,
To participate in athletics, an athlete must have a       athletic fees must be paid prior to the first game/
WIAA Physical Card on file in the Athletics Office at     meet. All fees should be paid at the school where
P. J. Jacobs. The physical must have been taken           the child attends classes. The following fees will be
after April 1st, 2020, in order to be valid. A physical   entered into your child’s fee statement after the fall
dated after April 1, 2020, will be valid for 2021-2022    sports meeting:
(see 1-B below). If you need a physical for next year,
                                                                   Sport             9th Grade     7th/8th grade
make the appointment now. If you wait until August,
you might not be able to get in until after fall sports       Cross Country             $100             $30
have started. For liability purposes, we must have               Football               $150             $50
the physical card on the first day of practice.               Pom & Dance                $50             $30
To participate the first day of the season athletes           Soccer (Boys)             $150             $50
will need the following materials turned in:                 Swimming (Girls)           $100             $30
1. WIAA Physical Card must be on file at P. J.                Tennis (Girls)            $100             $30
    Jacobs and may be obtained at the WIAA website
                                                                Volleyball              $150             $50
    - www.wiaawi.org or by following this link directly
    to the form.                                          *Fees may be paid online along with other school
        If your physical is prior to 4/1/2020, it has     fees or you may bring a check to the meeting
    expired. A new exam is needed for athletic            made out to “SPAPSD”. In the memo area of the
    participation.                                        check, please write the student’s name, grade,
        If your physical is dated between 4/1/2020        and sport.
    – 3/30/2021, your physical exam is valid, but an
    ALTERNATE YEAR CARD signed by a parent/               **Students who qualify for assistance in paying
    guardian is required.                                 fees will have their athletic fees waived after the
        If your physical is dated 4/1/2021 or after, no   Fee Waiver Request form has been completed,
    new exam or alternate year card is needed at this     signed and turned in to the office.
    time; your physical is good to go.
2. Emergency Medical Form on file-completed
    online (Skyward).                                     Summer School 2021
3. Athletic Code which includes WIAA                      Online Summer School registration
    Concussion Parent/Athlete Agreement-                  ends at 4:00 PM on Friday, May 14th.
    completed online (Skyward).                           Seventh and eighth grade summer
4.	 If participating in football, volleyball, soccer,     school will run from Monday to
    basketball, or wrestling fill out the ImPACT          Thursday from Monday, June 14th
    agreement.                                            through Thursday, July 22nd from 9:00 AM to 12:45
5. Fees must be paid by the day of the first              PM at SPASH.
    game/meet in order to participate. (See Fall
    Athletic Fee Payment article.)                        Grades 9-12 summer school will meet at SPASH for
                                                          original credit and credit recovery classes.

                                                          Original Credit Classes will run Monday - Friday:
                                                             Period 1: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
                                                             Period 2: 10:15 AM - 12:45 PM

                                                          Credit Recovery classes run Monday - Thursday:
                                                             Period 1: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
                                                             Period 2: 10:15 AM - 12:45 PM

                                                          There will be no classes on Monday, July 5th.

                                                          For more information regarding summer school,
                                                          follow the updated information at the Educational
                                                          Services/Summer School 2021 webpage.
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Summer School Teacher                                    Bullying/Harassment Reporting Link
Recommendations                                          The P. J. Jacobs website has the “Bullying and
At the junior high/high school level, summer school      Harassment Incident Report” link under the “Student
classes are designed for student enrichment and/or       Resources” menu. This tool is for students and
remediation of academic deficiencies. Prior to spring    parents who wish to report a bullying/harassment
break, P. J. Jacobs staff completed an academic          incident without having to come to the office or to
review to identify students who would benefit from       report it anonymously. Upon completion of the form,
summer school remediation in the core subject areas      an email will be sent directly to the assistant principal
for 7th/8th grade students and credit recovery for 9th   for handling.
grade students.
                                                         Please help us eliminate
All recommendations were mailed home on Monday,          bullying/harassment from our
March 29th. In some instances where students             school. All students should feel
failed multiple classes, course selections were          safe at school. Bullying and/or
prioritized for parents and students. Our staff highly   harassment are not tolerated
suggests that parents, at their own expense, enroll      by P. J. Jacobs or any school in
their child in summer school immediately because         the Stevens Point Area Public
of limited classes and class size enrollments. If        School District.
you are not sure how or what classes your child
should be enrolled in, contact your child’s counselor    Bus to SPASH next year?
immediately. If parents choose not to enroll their       Attention 9th
students in the recommended classes, the students        grade parents:
could be required to repeat the course in the 2021-      If your child will
2022 school year. Failure to complete credit recovery    need busing to
classes for ninth grade recommendations could result     SPASH next
in credit deficiency for graduation requirements.        year, please
                                                         remember to
Student Services Counselor Contact Information:          contact the transportation office to request busing
Ms. Lora Schultz: 9th Grade                              services by completing the request form at this link or
       8th Grade: Last names beginning with A-L          by accessing the Transportation Department page on
Mrs. Julia Her: 7th Grade                                the district website/Departments tab.
       8th Grade: Last names beginning with M-Z

                                                         If you know that you will
                                                         be moving during the
                                                         summer, please contact
                                                         the main office with new
                                                         school and home address
                                                         information by email,
                                                         nsmith@pointschools.net or by calling 715-345-5422
                                                         and leave a message. All school materials must be
                                                         returned. We will prepare your child’s records to mail
                                                         as soon as the new school sends us a formal request
                                                         for records. This information will also help in schedule
                                                         preparation for our upcoming school year.

                                                         Summer Newsletter
                                                         In early August, we will mail our first newsletter of
                                                         the upcoming school year. Please make sure your
                                                         address is correct in Skyward as the newsletter will
                                                         contain the opening calendar, starting dates of the fall
                                                         sports, a list of needed school supplies, and course
                                                         fee information.
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Music Department News                                       •   All participants and guests must social distance
We are excited to announce the spring concert                   between other individuals (masked, three feet).
schedule in a modified COVID-19 compliant format.               Chairs will be placed in the gym to reflect social
Listed below is the concert schedule for our students.          distancing rules and regulations.
(*Please note that all concerts will be held in the P. J.   •   Concerts have been formatted to decrease the
Jacobs Gym.)                                                    size and number of participants at each event.
                                                                Each concert participant will be allowed only two
 Day/Date           Group           Earliest   Start of         guests. Two concert tickets will be issued to each
                                    Arrival                     student on the day of the event for their guest’s
                                                                entry into the concert. In addition, the concert will
 Monday,                           6:15 PM     6:30 PM          be simultaneously broadcast live and recorded on
           Noteables Choirs
 May 17th                                                       the district YouTube site. (More information will
           Concert Choir           7:45 PM     8:00 PM          follow.)
           Concert Orchestra       6:15 PM     6:30 PM      •   All participants will report directly to the gym,
                                                                but not before the “earliest arrival” time listed for
 May 20th Chamber                  7:45 PM     8:00 PM
           Orchestra                                            their performance group. Warm-ups for students
           Red and Blue                                         will be held in the gym. Before and after each
 Monday,                           6:15 PM     6:30 PM          concert, the gym will be sanitized.
 May 24th                                                   •   All current rules and regulations for music class
           Patriot Band            7:45 PM     8:00 PM
                                                                participation by students will be enforced prior to
 Tuesday, Concert and Jazz                                      and during the concert.
                                   6:15 PM     6:30 PM
 May 25th Bands
                                                            If any parent/guardian wishes to have their student(s)
Mandatory COVID-19 rules and regulations for
                                                            not attend the music concert or performance because
concert compliant format:
                                                            of COVID-19 concerns, please email or send a note
• All participants and guests will be required to
                                                            to your student’s music teacher prior to the concert
   wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at
                                                            date. They will be excused without academic penalty.
   all times while on school grounds. These masks
   must restrict the transmission of water droplets.
                                                            We hope to see you at your child’s concert. If you
• All participants and guests must sanitize their
                                                            have any comments or concerns, please contact your
   hands upon arrival at the door.
                                                            child’s music teacher or our main office. Thank you.

After-School Traffic
We have received a complaint from the police
department that parents have been cutting through
the police department parking lot after school.
Having to maneuver through end-of-the-school-
day traffic in their parking lot slows police response
to important calls. Police officers must use their
driveway entrance/exit along the north side of their
building due to all the school bus and parent traffic
along the south side entrance/exit. Please do not cut
through the police department parking lot at the end
of the day.

Also, our police liaison let us know that some parents
aren't following the “Right Turn Only” sign after
school. After school, all traffic at the stop sign coming
out of the parking lot must turn right until 3:30 PM.

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Advisory Program                                            Homework Center
The Advisory program is                                     The Homework Center is an academic-focused after
wrapping up an eventful                                     school program run by the Boys and Girls Club of
year of supporting                                          Portage County.
students. Students had
an Advisory time each                                       Location: P. J. Jacobs LMC
day between first and                                       Days:
second periods. They                                          Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays,
have been working with the same advisor throughout                and Fridays
the year and will continue to during their time in          Times: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
junior high. This small group 'home base' for students
lessened the apprehension for all things changing           Students attending the Homework Center have
this year.                                                  access to technology, school resources, and support
                                                            from Boys & Girls Club staff/volunteers for their
In an ever-evolving world, Advisory offers the              homework, any missing work, or make-up exams.
opportunity for teachers to address sensitive and           Students must sign up in advance. We hope to see
important topics that are not covered in their day-to-      your child there!
day classes. Students continue to spend more and
more of their time online. Now that education has           To enroll, or for additional information, please contact
mixed into free time online, students are learning          Kelsey Mead, Director of Teen Services, at 715-204-
to balance their demands. The curriculum adapted            1178 or kelsey.mead@bgclubpc.org
from “Common Sense” media is delivered through
Advisory to help students with topics like media and
wellbeing, digital footprint and identity, privacy and
                                                            Health Reminders
                                                            IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIREMENTS
security, and more. Information about schedules and
                                                            P. J. Jacobs students will
school routines are also delivered through Advisory.
                                                            be required to have proof of
                                                            the following immunizations
Career decisions are beginning to develop for junior
                                                            for the 2021-2022 school
high students and a program called “Xello” helps
students navigate options. Students also get the
                                                            • Tdap (Tetanus,
chance to complete an online curriculum to help
                                                                 diphtheria and acellular
guide them through career choices and decisions.
                                                                 pertussis vaccine)
They have learned that there are many more options
                                                            • Two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, or
in their future other than the traditional 4-year college
                                                                 documented history of having the disease
                                                            If you are uninsured or your insurance does not cover
Lastly, Advisory gives students a chance to
                                                            vaccines, you may get vaccines for your child at the
connect and have fun in school. Lessons created
                                                            Portage County Health Department. Immunization
by the Advisory Committee are developed to
                                                            clinics are held weekly on Tuesdays by appointment
enhance student-to-student and student-to-staff
                                                            only. The cost is $5.00 per vaccine or free if you are
connectedness. Community building and enhanced
                                                            unable to pay.
relationships have shown to be a vital resource for
students during these difficult times. We hope these
                                                            Please contact Portage County Health and Human
skills and connections will last a lifetime!
                                                            Services (PCHHS) with any questions regarding
                                                            student health information and or immunizations at
4th Mid-Quarter Report Cards                                715-345-5350.
Fourth mid-quarter falls on Thursday, May 6th.
Report cards for all students will be processed on           The P. J. Jacobs main office will
Friday, May 7th and should also be mailed home on
Friday, May 7th. If you want to check grades prior to        be located in the PoDS building,
receiving your paper copy, please feel free to check          1900 W. Zinda Dr. The phone
your Skyward Family Access account on Friday, May
7th for accurate information on your child's academic       number will remain, 715-345-5422.
success.                                                                                                         9
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Point Fast Pitch Registration
Work Permits
Work permits are available at
SPASH and PoDS this summer due
to the P. J. Jacobs construction.
In order to obtain a permit, you must
present the following:                                           LEAGUE & TRAVELING TEAMS
• Proof of age (Birth certificate, baptismal
    certificate, or WI ID card)                                           1st Grade – 12th Grade
• Your original Social Security card                                          Summer of 2021
• Parent/guardian written consent
                                                               REGISTRATION OPENS IN FEBRUARY
• Employer’s written intent to hire, including job
                                                                FORMS AVAILABLE AT DISTRICT SCHOOLS
    duties to be performed and the hours and time of
    day to be worked                                                CHECK WEBSITE FOR DETAILS:
• Payment of $10 permit fee (The employer must                           www.pointfastpitch.com
    reimburse the minor for this cost no later than the
    minor’s first paycheck)                                       “A LEAGUE OF FUN & CHARACTER”
Students must be present to sign the work permit.

Math Help Center
A friendly reminder to students
and families that Math Help
Center is available every
morning from 7:15-
7:35 AM in room 310 (Mrs.
Syens’ room). Any student                                   Driver Education
wanting to get help in math, have someone check             Driver Education at SPASH
his/her homework over, or just have a quiet place to        will no longer be offered.
study for an upcoming quiz or test, feel free to join us.   Students currently registered
                                                            for 2nd semester will be the
                                                            last students to participate in
Missing/Damaged School Property                             the Driver Education program. The program will be
Students will be expected to pay for any lost or            discontinued as of June 4, 2021. There will not be a
damaged materials assigned to them during the               Summer Driver Education program.
school year, including computers, books, locks, or
lockers. The library and teaching staff will notify those
who have fines and ask that they be paid before the
end of June.
                                                            Boys & Girls Club
Washington D.C. Trip                                        The Boys & Girls Club
                                                            Berard Teen Center will
2022                                                        be open this summer
Look for the informational
                                                            Monday through Friday
meetings for our 9th grade P. J.
                                                            from 7:30AM - 5:30PM and
Jacobs Washington D.C. trip in
                                                            provide breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack
the Fall when we return to
                                                            for members. Enrollment will open for currently-
school. Our 2022 trip will take
                                                            attending members on Monday, April 5th, and for
place from March 9th-14th. If you have
                                                            new and inactive members on Monday, April 19th.
questions, you may contact Mr. Fink at
                                                            Families can expect to get an email on these dates
                                                            respectively. Please call or email our Membership
                                                            Coordinator, Brooke, at 715-341-4386 or
 2021-22 District Calendar                                  brooke.decker@bgclubpc.org to be added to
 The School Board has approved the 2021-22                  the email list. New this year, students must have
 Calendar with the assumption that students will            completed 7th grade to be eligible for the Teen
 return 5 days/week. You can find it here.                  summer program.
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COVID Safety in Schools 4th Quarter                         •   Deep cleaning will continue to take place each
The face mask requirement will not change                       Wednesday by the custodial staff.
for the third or fourth quarter. Face masks are             •   The district will maintain increased ventilation in
mandatory and apply to all students, staff members,             all areas.
and visitors on school grounds/events. Face
masks must cover the nose and mouth and restrict            Students may continue to use backpacks for the
water droplets. Remember, the school district face          remainder of this school year. Students may also
mask mandate is separate from the state mandate.            take their backpacks to lunch.
Exception: When students are seated and eating or
drinking.                                                   Physical Education
                                                            Students in Phy. Ed. may remove their masks with
Social Distancing (the most complex)                        teacher permission when the outside activity allows
• The CDC changed the distance needed at                    six feet of social distancing.
   schools to three feet based on certain conditions
   including if people are masked, the local                Academics
   COVID-19 situation, and the type of student              • All teachers will continue to use Schoology
   activity. Our goal is to maximize the distance              (educational platform) for the fourth quarter for
   between students in each class (which will vary             placement of student lessons.
   based on classroom size), student enrollment,            • The requirement that teachers follow the
   and student activities occurring in the classroom.          Thursday to Wednesday learning cycle will end.
   Students will continue to eat their lunches six feet     • Students should continue to check teacher’s
   apart.                                                      Schoology pages, Skyward Student Access, and
• The district will continue to complete contact               Google email daily.
   tracing using the same standard of six feet with or      • Students will not change clothes for Phy. Ed.
   without a mask for a total of fifteen minutes.              classes. No swim unit for 2020-2021 school year.
                                                            • No field trips (there are a few exceptions).
Sanitization                                                • Limited visitors in schools including guest
• Students will continue to be required to sanitize            speakers
   their hands when they enter and leave a room             • No direct contact student fundraising.
   and are encouraged to wash their hands on a              • Water bottles will continue to be allowed in
   regular basis (for at least twenty seconds).                school. Water cups will be available at the water
• Students are encouraged to keep their hands                  fill stations.
   from their face, lips and eyes.                          • Clubs and activities may begin to meet after
• Discourage students and staff from sharing items             school on Monday, April 5th, provided that they
   with others.                                                follow all Covid-19 rules and procedures.

Breakfast and Lunch
The US Department of Agriculture extended the                   4A Lunch:   Cafeteria, LMC, and room 301/302.
nationwide free breakfast and lunch programs                    5A Lunch:   Cafeteria, LMC, and the gym.
through the end of this school year. (This does not             6A Lunch:   Cafeteria, LMC, and the gym.
include ala carte selections.)                                  6C Lunch:   Cafeteria, LMC, and the gym.

P. J. Jacobs will continue to maintain six feet of social   Because more students will be served during lunch
distance between students at breakfast and lunch.           with safety restrictions in place, it is extremely
Because of the sizes of our lunch hours with all in-        important that students bring and use their ID cards
person (Blended Learning/Cohort A/B) returning on           when obtaining their lunch. Temporary cards were
Monday, April 5th, we will use multiple locations for       distributed again on April 5th, in the event ID cards
students to eat during their assigned time. These are       were misplaced.
the areas we will be using:
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2021-2022 Course Verification Forms

                               May 2021 Caring Corner
                                 From Ms. Schultz
                           2021-2022 Course Verification Forms

Both P. J. Jacobs and SPASH mail home course verification forms this time of year. SPASH will mail
out 10th grade course verification forms in early May. P. J.’s will mail out course verification forms
for incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grades in mid-May. These forms are NOT a schedule but list the 2021-
2022 courses students registered for in Skyward. Instructions on how to fix a registration error
are listed on the form. Both P. J. Jacobs and SPASH course verification forms have due dates listed
on the form. The P. J. Jacobs Student Services Office is closed over the summer, so any corrections
must be taken care of by the end of this current school year. Student schedules are created over
the summer and will be made available in late August.

Please note the following: students may have been enrolled in an academic support class based
on a variety of data compiled over several school years, as well as teacher recommendation.
These supports are prioritized and student course requests may have been adjusted accordingly.

 Current Freshmen/Class of 2024: follow the instructions on the form from SPASH. If an error
 is discovered, it must be reported via the link listed on the form. If you have concerns, please
 direct them to your SPASH School Counselor.

 Current 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students/Class of 2025, 2026, and 2027: follow the instructions
 listed on the form from PJ’s. If an error is discovered, please note so on the form and return
 it (with parent/guardian signature) to the P. J. Jacobs Health Office (Room 111), or a
 parent/guardian may email their student’s school counselor.

 Questions about courses listed on the course verification form may be directed to:
    General concerns:
        • Incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students with last names A-L: Lora Schultz,
        • Incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade with last names M-Z: Julia Her,
      Reading (Reader’s Workshop): Jacalyn Mabon, jmabon@pointschools.net
      Writing (Writing Center): Kelly Seefeldt, kseefeld@pointschools.net
      Math (Achieving in Math or Math Study Center): Laura Leahy, lleahy@pointschools.net

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                               Stop the Spread of
                                                                                               Coronavirus†                                                      Seasonal
                                   COVID-19                         Symptoms                   (COVID-19)                 Cold                 Flu               Allergies                Asthma
                                                                                                 Symptoms range       Gradual onset        Abrupt onset          Abrupt onset          Gradual or abrupt
                                                                                               from mild to severe    of symptoms          of symptoms           of symptoms           onset of symptoms

                                                                                                                                                                                        Can start quickly
                                                                     Length of                                         Less than                                                        or last for hours
                                                                                                  7-25 days                                 7-14 days          Several weeks
                                  WASH YOUR HANDS                    symptoms                                           14 days                                                            or longer*

                                  often with soap and                                              Common               Common              Common                   Rare                 Common
                                                                     Cough                                                                                    (usually dry unless        (can be dry or
                                                                                                  (usually dry)           (mild)           (usually dry)
                                  water for 20 seconds.                                                                                                       it triggers asthma)       wet/productive)

                                                                     Wheezing                          No                 No**                 No**                  No**                 Common

                                  USE HAND SANITIZER                 Shortness
                                                                                                 Sometimes                No**                 No**                  No**                 Common
                                                                     of breath
                                  with at least 60% ethyl
                                                                     Chest tightness/
                                  alcohol or 70% isopropyl                                       Sometimes                No**                 No**                  No**                 Common
                                  alcohol when handwashing
                                  is not available.                  Rapid breathing             Sometimes                No**                 No**                  No**                 Common

                                                                     Sneezing                          No               Common                  No                Common                    No***

                                  WEAR A MASK                        Runny or
                                                                                                      Rare              Common            Sometimes               Common                    No***
                                                                     stuffy nose
                                  or fabric face covering.
                                                                     Sore throat                 Sometimes              Common            Sometimes             Sometimes                   No***
                                                                                                                                                                 (usually mild)

                                                                                                                      Short fever
                                                                     Fever                         Common                                   Common                    No                      No
                                                                     Feeling tired
                                                                                                 Sometimes            Sometimes             Common              Sometimes                Sometimes
                                  STAY AT LEAST                      and weak

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                                  6 FEET APART.                      Headaches                   Sometimes                Rare             Common               Sometimes                    Rare
                                                                                                                                                             (related to sinus pain)

                                                                     Body aches
                                                                                                 Sometimes              Common              Common                    No                      No
                                                                     and pains
                                                                     Diarrhea, nausea
                                                                     and vomiting                Sometimes                Rare            Sometimes                   No                      No
                                  STAY HOME IF
                                  YOU’RE SICK.                       Chills                      Sometimes                  No            Sometimes                   No                      No

                                                                     Loss of taste
                                                                     or smell                    Sometimes                Rare                Rare                   Rare                     No

                                                             Your symptoms may vary. †Information is still evolving. Many people may not have symptoms. *If your quick-relief medicine
                                                             is not helping your asthma symptoms, or if you are in the Red Zone on your Asthma Action Plan, call your health care
                                                             provider or seek medical attention immediately. **Allergies, colds and flus can all trigger asthma which can lead to shortness
                                                             of breath, chest tightness/pain and rapid breathing. COVID-19 is the only one associated with shortness of breath on its own.
                                                             ***If you have allergic asthma, you may have symptoms of both asthma and allergies at the same time.
                                                             Sources: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
                                   aafa.org/covid19          edited 8/25/20 • aafa.org/covid19

                                                                                          Is It COVID-19?
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Do you need help paying rent or
                            utilities due to COVID-19?
                      Apply for Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance!

                                    COVID Rent/Utility Assistance (WERA)

     Up to 12 months of rental arrearages and/or rental assistance, plus an additional 3 months if the extra months
     are determined to be needed to ensure housing stability and funds are available.
     Only arrears starting March 13, 2020 are eligible.
     Utility and housing energy payments and arrearages including electricity and gas.
     Provision of, or referral, for housing stability services.

     Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a significant reduction in income, incurred significant costs,
     or experienced financial hardship during the period of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
     Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
     Has a household income at or below 80 percent of your county’s median income.

    If a household receives rental assistance other than WERA, then WERA may only be used for tenant’s
    portions of costs (rent, utilities) that were not already covered by the other assistance.
    An eligible household that occupies a federally subsidized residential or mixed-use property may receive
    WERA assistance, provided that WERA funds are only applied to costs that have not been reimbursed under
    any other federal assistance.
    If a household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Project-
    Based Rental Assistance, or Tenant-Based Rental Assistance) and the tenant’s rent is adjusted according to
    changes in household income, the household may receive WERA assistance for their personal portion of the
    rental agreement.

   If you live in Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca, or Waushara county, you can apply at:

                     Online: capservices.org/wera
                         Phone: 844-314-8004
           (language assistance available in English, Hmong, and Spanish)
   If you live outside of those counties and are in need of assistance, visit wiscap.org/wera.
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