Back to School 2020

Updated 28 September 2020

BTS NEWS

Dear Woodbury High School Family,

We are quickly preparing for the return of students on the first day of school on September 8. As we review our final plans, we realized that we needed to make adjustments at all District 833 secondary schools to ensure an equitable school experience so that each student can start the school year strong. To help our students feel confident and comfortable on their first day, we are making the following adjustments.

During our transition week, August 31-September 3, students will no longer attend school on their designated hybrid in-person day as previously scheduled. Instead, we will focus on scheduling times for students in grades 10-12 to pick up devices, materials and textbooks. If students are unable to pick up their materials, they will be provided during the week of September 8. Please see our full schedule below.

Sincerely,
Sarah Sorenson-Wagner, Principal

Back to School Adjustment Topics

Updated Transition Week & 1st Week of School Schedule

 Updated BTS schedule

Material Pick Up Procedures

Students are asked to enter and exit the South Entrance. We will have book check-out stations available in the South Entrance for all textbooks to be scanned and checked out. Students follow their Trimester 1.1 class schedule and pick up their books and materials from their teacher’s classroom, then check them out in the South Entrance.

Students have been assigned a time slot by grade level and alphabetically (by last name) to come to school to reduce the number of students in the building at one time. Students, while in the building, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing by not gathering in groups and being efficient with getting what you need and leaving the building as quickly as possible. Please attempt to come during your assigned time.

Parking permits and planners will also be available for pick up in the South Entrance for those students who have already purchased these items online at SmartSchoolK12.

9th Grade VLA Device and Material Pick Up

All 9th grade students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Academy are asked to come to school from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1. Chromebooks will be available to check out in the Media Center. Students will be asked to also follow their Trimester 1.1 class schedule to pick up any additional materials or textbooks. Staff will be on hand to assist students in locating their classrooms. A virtual 9th grade orientation will be provided by virtual Link Crew Leaders to our VLA 9th graders on September 8.

New Students (Grades 10-12)

Students new to WHS in grades 10-12 are asked to come to school from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1. Chromebooks will be available to check out in the Media Center. Students will be asked to also follow their Trimester 1.1 class schedule to pick up any additional materials or textbooks. Students from our Royal Ambassadors organization will be available to assist new students by giving tours and assisting students to find their classes.

Hybrid Learning Model

The first week of school will look slightly different.

Student Group B

  • September 8: Students in Grade 9 (Student Group B) will attend school in-person from 8:30 AM - 1:30 p.m. Students will pick up their Chromebook, meet school staff, tour the school, become familiar with their class schedule and practice safety routines. Students eligible for transportation can ride the school bus as they normally would. Bus information will be shared by August 28.
  • Students in grades 10-12 will start school in distance learning by logging in to Schoology on their device. Teachers will post lessons by 8:30 a.m.
  • Grade 9 students in Group A will not have any school responsibilities on September 8.

Student Group A

  • September 9: Students in Grade 9 (Student Group A) will attend school in-person from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM. Students will pick up their Chromebook, meet school staff, tour the school, become familiar with their class schedule and practice safety routines. Students eligible for transportation can ride the school bus as they normally would. Bus information will be shared by Aug. 28.
  • Students in grades 10-12 will start school in distance learning by logging in to Schoology on their device. Teachers will post lessons by 8:30 AM.
  • Grade 9 students in Group B will not have any school responsibilities on September 9.
  • September 10-11: All students in grades 9-12 will begin their hybrid schedule on the days in which they are assigned to attend school in-person (either Student Group A or Student Group B).
    • September 10: Student Group B attends school in-person. Student Group A learns from home.
    • September 11: Student Group A attends school in-person. Student Group B learns from home.

Virtual Learning Academy

September 3: All 9-12 Virtual Learning Academy students will have an online orientation to meet their teacher and learn more about their class.

  • Period 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Period 2: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
  • Period 3: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

2020-21 Back to School Topics

Additional 2020-21 Back to School Topics

Hybrid Learning Overview

South Washington County Schools will start the school year for all grade levels in a full hybrid learning model on Tuesday, September 8. The hybrid model is a combination of distance learning at home and in-person learning at school on alternating days.

At the secondary level, the typical six-period day will be split into a three-period day.

  • Periods 1, 2, and 3 will run from September 8 through October 14
    (first six weeks of Trimester 1)
  • Periods 4, 5 and 6 will run from October 19 through November 24
    (last six weeks of Trimester 1)
  • Student school day: 8:25 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Distance learning & teacher support: 2:45-3:30 p.m. for all students

All students in grades K-12 will be divided into two groups by family to reduce class size. You will receive notification this week of your student’s assignment to either Student Group A or Student Group B.

Each week, students in both groups will participate in a combination of in-person learning and distance learning by alternating between days.

Hybrid distance learning will allow for opportunities to have real-time learning through a live virtual classroom and learning activities both on and off a device.

A sample of a weekly schedule is below. View the 2020-21 calendar detailing the A/B Day rotation for the entire school year.

Hybrid Learning Schedule

  • Monday/Wednesday 
    • Student Group A attends school in-person
    • Student Group B at home for distance learning
  • Tuesday/Thursday
    • Student Group B attends school in-person
    • Student Group A at home for distance learning
  • Friday: Flexible Instruction Day--All students will learn on Fridays through:
    • In-person learning (exams, labs, individual and small group learning)
    • Distance learning opportunities (either real-time learning or remote learning)

Hybrid Daily Schedule

2020-21 Hybrid Daily Schedule

Transition Week August 31 to September 3

Updated 27 August 2020: During our transition week, August 31-September 3, students will no longer attend school on their designated hybrid in-person day as previously scheduled. Instead, we will focus on scheduling times for students in grades 10-12 to pick up devices, materials and textbooks. If students are unable to pick up their materials, they will be provided during the week of September 8. View the Updated Transition Week & 1st Week of School Schedule.

9th Grade Orientation (for Hybrid students only)

Updated 27 August 2020: Orientation is scheduled for all hybrid 9th grade students on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendance is determined by your student group (A or B)

  • Tuesday, September 8--Student Group B 9th graders attend orientation
  • Wednesday, September 9--Student Group A 9th graders attend orientation

These two days of school are for 9th grade hybrid students only. Students will work in small groups with their Link Crew Leaders. It is a great opportunity to meet building administration, counselors, and other key personnel, and learn about WHS school culture and procedures. Lunch will be available for all students in the cafeteria. Students will be able to access their lunch account from middle school or should bring money to pay for a regular school lunch.

After lunch, students will:

  • Run through a mock schedule which will allow them to find their classes,
  • Meet their teachers
  • Determine their lunch period (A, B, or C lunch).
  • Check out textbooks needed for their classes
  • Check out their Chromebook

Link crew leaders and staff will be on hand to assist with all activities and to lead tours and/or help students locate classrooms.

Virtual Learning Academy Student Transition
(September 1)

Students attending school in the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) will have an opportunity to come to school on Tuesday, September 1 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Chromebooks will be available for incoming 9th grade students to check-out, in addition to textbooks and other materials needed for Trimester 1 courses. All VLA students should also plan to have their picture taken during this time if possible. Students from Link Crew and Royal Ambassadors will be on hand to welcome new students and provide small group tours of the school.

Transportation Survey

If your student will be driving themselves to school or you will be transporting your student to and/or from school this year, please complete Request to Decline School Bus Transportation Form. You must complete and submit one form for each student.

NOTE: students attending Virtual Learning Academy DO NOT need to fill out this form.

Parking Permits

Parking permits are now available for purchase online SmartSchoolK12. For the 2020-21 school year, permits will be sold for one trimester at a time only. NOTE: The typical price for a parking permit is $120 for the school year. Please see some additional notes about pricing below.

  • $15 Full Price (this is the only price that appears on the registration screen)
  • $10 Eligible for reduced meals price (see 2nd bullet below)
  • $5 Eligible for free meals price (see 2nd bullet below)

A few notes about the parking fees

  • This fee is non-refundable.
  • The free/reduced price should be reflected when parents go to check out and is based on their economic indicator shown in Infinite Campus. There is no further action that is needed from the student/family.
  • The fee schedule will be reviewed prior to the start of each subsequent trimester to determine if any changes are warranted.
  • As a comparison, the fee in a usual year is $40 per trimester.

Registration is now open & active in SmartSchoolK12. Questions? Contact fees@sowashco.org.

Updated 27 August 2020: Once parking passes have been purchased, they may be picked up at the South Entrance on the following dates:

  • Grade 12: Monday, August 31 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Grade 11: Tuesday, September 1 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Grade 10: Wednesday, September 2 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. & 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Once school begins, parking permits can be picked up in the Attendance Office after they are purchased.

Fall 2020 District Website

The district maintains a Fall 2020 webpage to keep families informed of the latest updates on the 2020-21 school year. Visit this webpage to find the latest news about the 2020-21 school year.

School Fees

South Washington County Schools launched a new payment system called, SmartSchoolK12 This system will be used to process payments for our school fees payments (parking, transcripts, clubs, etc.) and to pay for competitive activities (soccer, hockey, speech team, etc.).

To register for your account, please visit sowashco.org/fees and select the Pay Fees icon, then select the blue icon labeled "Click here to begin our setup process".

View directions to create a SmartSchoolK12 account and add your student.

Contact fees@sowashco.org about any issues with the fee payment system.
NOTE: School meals must be paid using hour SchoolCafe account.

English Department Summer Reading

Please visit the  WHS English Dept. Summer Reading (Academics menu > English > Summer Reading) for reading assignments and other important summer reading information (Grades 9-12).

Pictures

Updated 28 September 2020: Josten's is tentatively scheduled to take pictures of students on:

  • Monday, October 12
  • Tuesday, October 13
  • Monday, November 16 RETAKE DAY
  • Tuesday, November 17 RETAKE DAY
Visit Jostenspix.com for clothing suggestions, online payment details and more. All ordering, payment, and delivery of photos is managed directly by Josten's. Additional information is provided in the WHS 2020 Fall Portrait Day flyer.

Planners

Student planners will be available to purchase for $5 beginning the week of August 31. During the school year, planners will be available in the Accounts office (in the main Attendance office on the first floor) from Ms. Lulich.

Class Schedules

Beginning August 24, parents and students may access their Woodbury High School Student's 2020-21 class schedule by logging into Parent Portal. Schedule changes will be limited. Requests to change teacher, lunch, electives, or rearrange class periods WILL NOT be honored.

Once you are able to view your schedule, please look for the following details:

  • Check for a complete schedule; 18 courses, 6 each trimester.
  • Check that you have the required courses for your grade level in English and Social Studies.
  • Check that you are not repeating a course you have already taken and passed.
  • Note that a 3 trimester class (i.e. English, Social Studies, Science, Math) may or may not change class periods from trimester to trimester. We also attempt to keep students with the same teacher for our core content areas, but it is not always possible due to schedule constraints and/or student elective course selections. 

If your schedule is missing one of the above components, visit the Counseling & Career Center webpages (on or after August 24, 2020) to complete the online Schedule Change Request form.

Online Classes

Updated 27 August 2020: For students wishing to enroll in online courses, you will need to contact your counselor to obtain paperwork necessary for enrollment. Please note that students enrolling online can do so without implications on their transcript for the first week of Trimester 1.1 and prior to the start of any subsequent trimester. Students enrolling in online coursework after that deadline will have a ‘WF’ appear on their transcript for the original course.

Due to space capacity being limited to 50%, students will need to indicate on their enrollment form if they need space to complete their work. It is highly encouraged that students complete their online courses off campus, but students for which is that is not possible, space socially distanced from peers will be assigned in the cafeteria and/or media center

Senior Study

Updated 27 August 2020: In our hybrid model, Senior Study can occur in any hour (1, 2 or 3) but once during a trimester or twelve week period. Please contact your counselor to discuss this option if you are a 12th grade student and are interested in a Senior Study period.

Senior Transcripts

Seniors will be assisted in ordering their Official Transcripts through Naviance. Naviance will send transcripts electronically to your college(s) selections. Students will pay $5 fee for one transcript or $15 for unlimited transcripts.

Pay transcript fees online through SmartSchoolK12, or in the Counseling Office during regular school hours to pay by check (payable to Woodbury High School). The transcripts will be sent to your college(s) electronically by Naviance. Once school begins in September, counselors will review the college application process with seniors, including how to order transcripts.

Chromebook Distribution

All high school students at WHS are assigned a Chromebook by the district.

Updated 27 August 2020: To prepare: All families will be required to sign a Technology Agreement Form with the option to sign-up for an accidental damage device protection plan. You may access these forms through our SmartSchoolK12 fee payment. Families with email addresses on file received information with their child’s student ID number to set up an account on Monday, August 9. You must create an account through the SmartSchoolK12 website.

How to complete the Technology Agreement Form
Instructions to create a SmartSchool account
How to add a new student relationship to an existing account
How to find a student ID number in Parent Portal
Questions? Please contact fees@sowashco.org

Please note, students WILL NOT be able to check out their Chromebook for the 2020-21 school year without a signed Technology Agreement Form

New Alphabets for Asst. Principals & Counselors 

We are happy to welcome Mr. Polley to our counseling team. With the addition of a sixth counselor, we needed to adjust the alphabetic assignment of students. Please see below for the new assignments for both assistant principals and counselors. Unfortunately, we will not be able to honor requests for students/families to remain with their former counselor. Please know that this change is difficult for our counselors as well as they have built relationships with their students and families. The counseling team will work together to ensure a smooth transition between counselors if your child has been reassigned. Likewise, if your child has been reassigned a new assistant principal, the administrative team will work with you and each other to ensure a smooth transition of service for your family.

Assistant Principal Assignments

  • Mr. Mark Canton (A-Ha)
  • Ms. Elicia Buzinec (He-Pa)
  • Mr. Aaron Pozzini (Pe-Z)

Counselor Assignments

  • Ms. Holden (A-Co)
  • Ms. Olson-Eddicus (Cr-Ha)
  • Mr. Young (He-Li)
  • Ms. Dornfeld (Lo-Pa)
  • Mr. Polley (Pe-St)
  • Ms. Thao (Su-Z)

Lockers

Students WILL NOT be issued a locker at school. This decision was made to reduce congestion in the hallway and discourage congregating. All students will need a sturdy backpack to carry their textbooks and Chromebook. Contact Mrs. Bandholz (dbandhol@sowashco.org, 651.425.4414) for assistance if you need a backpack.

Masks

The School Board approved a policy on Thursday, Aug. 13 requiring employees, students and visitors to wear a face covering inside district buildings and in outdoor areas where a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained between people.

The policy outlines an acceptable list of face coverings. It also allows for a face shield to be used as an alternative when a face covering might impede the educational process. South Washington County Schools will provide face coverings for all staff and students.

The policy complies with Executive Order 20-81, Executive Order 20-82, and applicable face covering requirements from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education.

Back to School Apparel

We know this back to school season will be unique and we are here to help you show your Royal spirit. Whether we are coming back to school virtually, Hybrid or in person we want to help our WHS community show their school pride. Visit the Woodbury HS Sideline Store.

Free & Reduced Lunch Application Information

Visit the District webpage for information about Free & Reduced Lunch and to complete the application.

Health & Safety Procedures

We are placing sanitation stations as well as directional arrows and social distancing stickers throughout the building. Further, in the hybrid model, we are required to promote strict six feet social distancing. As such, we are setting up the classrooms and cafeteria to meet this requirement. Please see the detailed information below regarding some of our specific procedures. All of these items will also be reviewed with students during the first week of school.

General Procedures & Information

  1. Students and staff, while inside the Woodbury High School building will wear masks and follow strict social distancing guidelines.
  2. Students will not be issued a locker. Having a durable backpack to hold their Chromebook, school supplies, personal items, etc. will be necessary.
  3. Student desks have been placed in classrooms to meet the Minnesota Dept. of Health guidelines for social distancing- desks cannot be rearranged or moved.
  4. Stickers have been placed on the floor to indicate one-way and two-way hallway walking patterns.

Morning Arrival

  1. Students will need to plan to enter the building after 8:00 a.m. Students will not be allowed to congregate in hallways, the cafeteria, or the Media Center before school. If students arrive at school before 8:00 a.m., they will be directed to the cafeteria to sit in one of the desks already placed 6 feet away from each other.
  2. Students, upon arrival to school, will report directly to their first period classroom and go to their assigned seat.
  3. Students will be asked to utilize hand sanitizer when they enter the school. There will be hand sanitizing stations at every student entrance.
  4. Students who need to get breakfast may do so when they arrive by reporting to the cafeteria. There will be individual seating, when finished, students will then report to their first period by 8:35 a.m.
  5. Students will not be permitted to congregate in large groups, staff will remind students and ask them to move apart.

Classroom Procedures

  1. Students will have 10 minutes between class periods to report to their next class.
  2. Teachers may keep students out of classrooms during passing time as desks are wiped down and prepared for the next class of students.
  3. Students will be encouraged to keep walking in the hallway until the teacher is ready to receive students into the classroom.
  4. Teachers will explain to students the health and safety procedures for their classroom’s unique layout, i.e. science labs, art labs, technology and computer labs, etc.
  5. Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.

Cafeteria Procedures

  1. Updated 27 August 2020: All grade 9-12 grade students will be provided with a PIN card showing a barcode for contactless checkout. Students can take a picture of the PIN card and show a photo of their barcode to the cashier if they prefer.
  2. Student lunch periods will include individualized seating in the cafeteria and in other designated locations. Again, seating provided is arranged to meet the Minnesota Dept. of Health guidelines for social distancing- seating cannot be rearranged or moved.
  3. Student lunches will have limited menu choices. Students will be served their menu choice and/or individually wrapped selection. Students will not be permitted to serve themselves. Disposable trays will be used.
  4. Students will eat and remain seated at their seat until dismissed to return to their classroom. Student cafeteria seating will be cleaned after breakfast and between each lunch shift.

Dismissal Procedures

  1. Students will be dismissed in a staggered pattern from their classrooms beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  2. All students and staff will continue to wear masks and maintain strict social distancing while students exit the building.
  3. Students who will be using district transportation will continue to wear their masks and social distance.
  4. Students who are in an activity, and do not have transportation to leave and return, may choose to wait inside the building at a designated area where an individual seat is available and meets the social distance criteria. In this case, a student will be required to continue to wear their mask. 

Fall Sports Registration

Registration for Fall Sports opened August 6. Your student must have a current MSHSL Sports Qualifying Physical Form on file, which is good for three years. Go to the Health tab of your Parent Portal account to check if your student's physical form is current. Download the form from the WHS Activities website. Completed physical forms can be:

  • Emailed to Kari Tschida,
  • Faxed to 651-425-4412
  • Dropped-off at the Activities Office (second floor)

WHS Supply List

Woodbury High School does not maintain a list of supplies for students. Since each student has their own unique schedule when they get to the high school it is difficult to create one master supply list that would work for everyone. We ask that each student have a notebook, pen and paper on the first day of school. Some teachers may have supply lists on their websites; teacher websites are on their Academic department page.

Algebra 2 classes and higher: Texas Instrument TI 83, TI 84+ or TI 84CE are the most commonly used graphing calculator. If you are not sure, please contact your student's math teacher.

Information for All Grades

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District 833 Services

Back-to-School Dates

  • School Picture Days
    All grades
    Group A:
    Mon., Oct. 12
    Group B:
    Tues., Oct. 13

  • Picture Retake Day
    All grades
    Group A:
    Mon., Nov. 16
    Group B:
    Tues., Nov. 17

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  • Fall Sports Registration Open
    Thurs., Aug. 6

  • 2020-21 Class Schedules Posted &
    Request Schedule Corrections
    Mon., Aug. 24

  • Parking Permits Sale
    Mon., Aug. 24
    (8:00-3:00)
    Pick on materials pick up day

  • Senior Transcript Assistance
    TBA

  • Materials Pick-Up
    Mon., Aug. 31
    Grade 12
    (Hybrid & VLA)
    A-H: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    I-O: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    P-Z: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Materials Pick-Up
    Tues., Sept. 1
    Grade 11
    (Hybrid & VLA)
    A-H: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    I-O: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    P-Z: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
    9th Grade: VLA
    2:00-4:00 p.m.

    New WHS students
    Grades 10-12
    2:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Materials Pick-Up
    Wed., Sept. 2
    Grade 10
    (Hybrid & VLA)
    A-H: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    I-O: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    P-Z: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

  • VLA Orientation
    Thurs., Sept. 3
    Grade 10
    Period 1:
    9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Period 2:
    10:15-11:15 a.m.
    Period 3:
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 9th Grade Hybrid Learners Orientation,
    Textbook pick-up &
    Chromebook Distribution

    Group B:
    Tues., Sept. 8
    (8:35 AM - 1:30 PM)
    Group A:
    Wed., Sept. 9
    (8:35 AM - 1:30 PM)

  • Distance Learning
    Tues. Sept. 8 &
    Wed., Sept. 9
    Grades 10-12

  • 10th-12th Grade
    First Day in School
    Hybrid Learners ONLY

    Group B:
    Thurs., Sept. 10
    (8:35 AM)
    Group A:
    Fri., Sept. 11
    (8:35 AM)