A Start to the School Year Like No Other
by David Tarleton, Director of Education, PYC Arts & Technology High School David Tarleton In response to COVID-19, Minneapolis Public Schools began the school year in distance learning-only mode, which meant a start to our school year unlike any other. We began by inviting students to create a “Passion Project” in which they told us about themselves and described their most compelling interests. Students had also expressed concerns about managing seven different classes e...
Update: COVID on the Northside
Mary Jordan by Mary Jordan, Nurse Practitioner, Northside Teen Clinic at PCYC In all parts of the United States, Black, Indigenous and people of color have been by far the most adversely affected by COVID-19, and the North Minneapolis community is no different. Our PCYC neighbors have been and continue to be very stressed under the weight of this virus. Sheer numbers illustrate the impact: % of the population of MN Proportion of COVID cases White 80% 52% / 50...
April 27th, 2020
Graduation – Some of you have been asking about graduation. The big high schools have been discussing if they will be able to coordinate a virtual graduation. Again this is just in the talking stages and nothing has been given the go ahead or is solidified as a plan to move forward.
PYC is planning to have our graduation ceremony at the Capri Theater on Thursday October 8th (our theater is set to re-open in October). We realize some of you may not be able to attend this but we really want to honor your hard work to graduate. As we learn more and see the direction of items we will send out more details.
At this time we are also extending the grad senior due date for work. We will enter all final grades at the end of the school year. (June 5th). – Crystal
Summer School – PYC will be offering summer school again this year. With the uncertainty of these times we have to plan and prepare for summer school differently than ever before. We are working on three different possibilities. We think that there will be a couple different sessions and that the sessions will provide a blended option between working from home and coming into school in small groups for checking in. We will have more information soon. – David and Sara
When unexpected change occurs in our lives, it’s perfectly natural to feel stressed, disconnected, unmotivated, or even depressed. These reactions are perfectly normal, and fortunately, there are ways we can all cope with these feelings. First, even though it is easy to stay up all night and sleep all day, it’s important to have routine and structure. Try to maintain your daily schedule as much as possible. Next, it’s important for us to prioritize our well-being by practicing self-care. Go for a walk. Do an indoor workout. Dance. Get your heart rate going. Most importantly, make sure you are getting enough sleep. Lastly, even though we have to be apart right now, find ways to stay connected. It’s easy to feel lonely during these times, so think of ways you can keep in contact with friends, family, teachers, and others from your community. Nowadays, you can even throw a virtual “house party” by using the Houseparty App, which is pretty cool. What is most important is that we be kind to ourselves, have patience, and remember that this is just a moment in time. – Social Work Team
I just wanted to remind you to take some time to care for yourself during this crazy season. It’s so easy to speed up when we are uncertain of the future, but please take some time to slow down. Go for a walk, meditate, or read a book. This is a great time to set a goal for yourself. It could be as simple as getting up before noon or making your bed, or a bit more ambitious like running two miles three times a week. If you’re struggling during this time and need some help to get grounded, please reach out. You can call or email me. I know your teachers, social workers, and SET team would be willing to help out too. It’s easy to isolate during these times, but please connect (keeping safe social distance) with people. We all need each other. Email – email@example.com Phone (715) 412-1385 – Michael
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April 17th, 2020
Classwork – You should all be working hard. Assignments are posted in google classroom. Be sure to check into each class each day (Monday – Friday). You should be getting one or two calls a day from teachers to check in with you. Make sure you have a plan to earn your credit and work the plan. If you need to connect with a teacher click this link – Staff Contact
Most of you have now received a chromebook. I am including a link to a quick form for you to complete if you have not yet received a chromebook or are having difficulty with your chromebook. If you complete this form we will contact you to get this resolved as quickly as possible. Chromebook Concerns
A reminder – if your chromebook is a MPS chromebook or a PYC Chromebook that means that what you do on the chromebook is visible to MPS or to PYC. Please do not use the chromebooks for illegal or inappropriate purposes.
CNA Certification – St Paul Technical College is offering an online CNA certification class. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or pursuing a career in a medical field this is a great opportunity. The links below are for a flyer about the program and an application form. CNA Flyer CNA Application
Reminders – Remember to wash your hands with soap any time you come home and at least 5 times a day. If you need to leave your home, please cover your face. You can use something as simple as a scarf, or a bandana. Maintain a healthy diet and get adequate rest. These are all things that will help keep you healthy.
Young adults often carry the virus (with no real symptoms) and it can be passed to older generations like grandparents easily – and for them it may prove to be deadly.
If you are working, change your clothing right away when you get home and wash it as soon as possible. Covid-19 can live up to 5 days on various surfaces.
Know The Symptoms According to the CDC, symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath appear within 14 days after being exposed to the disease. For some people there will be no real symptoms some will feel like they have a cold and some will be very sick.
Feeling Anxious or Overwhelmed?. We often feel frustrated, irritable and powerless about our situation. Be sure to pay attention to your feelings and to take time for yourself. Things you can do to address your anxiety include, limiting the amount of news about Covid-19, limit screen time, take common sense precautions, maintain daily routines, make sure to get exercise daily – outdoors when possible, and when necessary reach out for help.
PYC and MPS are committed to ensuring that all students have access to a Chromebook or computer. Currently all students who have informed us that they need to a Chromebook are scheduled to receive one. Most are scheduled to be delivered to your home beginning Tuesday April 14th. For those of you we have not heard from PYC please email David Tarleton ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with a phone number so that he can connect with you.
Many students received packets in the mail. Those that received packets last week will get another set this week to ensure that you have work for your classes. Let your teachers know if you need help. That is what they are here for. Hold on to your packets for the time being we will let you know soon how you can turn those packets in. After this coming week you should have a Chromebook and we will not be sending out additional packets to you.
Please – honor the Stay At Home order. This helps to ensure that you stay healthy and that you are doing your part to keep your family members healthy as well. There have been confirmed cases in our north side community. As many as 20% of people infected with the Coronavirus will not have any obvious symptoms. These people are the ones who unknowingly spread the disease to others. Please stay at home as much as possible. When you are out and about maintaining at least 6 feet between you and everyone else limits that you will get or spread this disease We want you and your family to be safe and healthy!
Family Resource Guide– Information for resources if you or your family need assistance
SW Request – Need to talk to a PYC Social Worker
Governor Walz has just announced that schools are to remain closed to students until May 4, and he has directed us to implement the distance learning plans we’ve been developing for our students. We will give you more up-to-date information on what that will look like as soon as possible.