• March 31, 2020 

    To New Providence High School Community,

    As we completed the first day of our new Online Learning Schedule, I would like to thank our students and parents for their feedback and commitment to finding the best academic schedule for our students during these times.  I urge you to continue to communicate with teachers, department heads, counselors and the administration as we endeavour through this period of time. Please continue to check the school homepage as we will post important and helpful updates there.     

    As time has gone on and we enter into our third week of Online Learning, the thought of this becoming our new normal is inevitably a reality.  My first priority was to ensure that we create an appropriate Online Learning platform so that students and teachers will be able to effectively and efficiently continue learning.  I am confident that our new schedule will bring a sense of structure and connectivity with the use of Zoom for our students and teachers. 

    Over the past two weeks, I have also been thinking through the social aspects of our students' high school experience and how that has changed so quickly.   To that end, I empathize with all of our students as social distancing has taken us away from our normal day to day company of one another. Although it has been hard to socially distance ourselves, it is amazing to see how quickly we adapted to find other creative ways to remain connected with one another during this time.  Let’s continue to support one another and reflect on the importance of our relationships. 

    I know that many of our seniors and their families have been trying to anticipate what will happen as we draw closer to the end of the school year.  Seniors, as I told you during our class meeting, our administration will do everything we can to bring you together for your end of year celebrations.  We know how hard you have worked to reach this point in your journey and you deserve to experience it with celebration. With the calendar change, High School Graduation is slated for Friday, June 12, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. on Lieder Field.  At this time, I don't know what will happen, however please rest assured that in the event we cannot gather together for our many end of year celebrations, our administration will find creative solutions to celebrate you as seniors. I will continue to communicate with seniors and their families as information is made available to us and decisions are made. 

     In addition to thinking through our end of year celebrations, I have given a great deal of thought to the Senior Internship Program.  I know how much our seniors have looked forward to engaging in this experience and it is with regret that the program will have to be cancelled as it is uncertain when and if we will return to school.  Additionally, the program is directly aligned to corporate and small businesses and it is hard to determine what their circumstances will be during the next several months.  

    Please be positive, stay healthy, and support one another during these unusual times.  Below, there is pertinent information as we progress forward with online learning. I ask you to read it through in its entirety and take time to digest it.  Please email the administration with any questions or comments as we welcome your feedback.     

    Final Exams- New Providence High School

    Final exams at New Providence High School have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.  With this decision, teachers will have the ability to change from teaching each element associated with final exams and spend more time exploring some of the essential questions and enduring understandings/big ideas reflected in the curriculum.  The calculation for full year grades will be calculated as follows for the 2019-2020 school year:

    MP1 x 2 + MP2 x 2 + E1 + MP3 x 2 + MP4 x 2 /9 

     

    Final Grade Calculation Example (not GPA)

     

    FULL YEAR COURSE

     

    MP1

    MP2

    E1

    MP3

    MP4

    FINAL GRADE

     

    A-

    B

    A-

    B

    A-

    A-

    (Letter Grade)

    3.5

    3.0

    3.5

    3.0

    3.5

     

    (Grade Equivalent)

    x2

    x2

    x1

    x2

    x2

     

    (How grade counts)

    7

    6

    3.5

    6

    7

    3.28

    (Grade Points added together and divided by 9)

     

    NJSLA

    Governor Murphy announced that NJSLA will be cancelled for 2019-2020.  

    AP Testing

    Per the College Board, traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Instead, students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.  The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. We are awaiting the publication of exact dates for these exams from the College Board, expected on April 3, as well as information as to how previously-identified students with disabilities will be accommodated.  All the information available from the College Board at this time is published on this site.

    Senior Internship Program 

    The Senior Internship program for the 2019-2020 school year has been cancelled due to the uncertainty of when we will return to school.  

    School Counseling/SAC

    School Counselors/SAC will begin using Zoom video conferencing to connect with students. Students can email their counselor to set up a Zoom video conference, and/or counselors may also contact home via telephone (from a blocked number).  Please read through the NPSD Plan for Virtual Counseling for complete information regarding contact, confidentiality, and privacy.

    High School Athletics

    Coaches may utilize Zoom Video Conferencing to periodically meet with their teams remotely, as a means of virtually checking in on their athletes' well-being.  Meetings should take place immediately “after school,” during a window of time from 2:00-2:45 PM, and should focus on checking in on the team/student athletes, building camaraderie, focusing on leadership qualities, and providing further guidance/clarifications on the regularly distributed individual athlete workout options that have been provided to students via Google Classroom. 

     Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.  Thank you for your continued commitment!

    Respectfully,

    Lauren Zirpoli

    Principal, New Providence High/Middle School