BHS COVID-19 Updates, Resources, & Tips

Class of 2020: Celebration Events Information and College To-Dos

Graduation & Senior Events Info 

Please Google Docclick here to view the events calendar and information regarding Class of 2020 celebration events!

Complete Senior Survey!

ALL class of 2020 students are required to complete the Google Formsonline Senior Survey no later than May 1st.

Make a Decision About College

May 1st is the decision deadline for most colleges.  That means you will need to inform the school you will be attending that you accept their offer of admission.  This most often happens by paying your enrollment deposit to that school.  

Things to keep in mind:

  • Enrollment deposits vary from college-to-college
  • Most enrollment deposits are paid online via your student portal for that school (i.e. Spartan Portal, Wolverine Access, Bronco Portal).  
  • Most colleges are offering virtual support for admitted students via their admissions websites so please be sure to take advantage of that if you have questions.

Deposit Deadline Extensions

Many colleges are pushing back their deposit and decision notification deadlines on account of the COVID-19 closures.  The National College Admissions Counselors Association has complied a External Linkcomprehensive list of all colleges and updated deadlines. 

Check External Linkhere if your college has extended their deposit deadlines for admitted students.

Trouble Paying your Deposit?

  • Contact the college’s Admissions Office.  Let them know you are ready to accept their admissions offer, but cannot pay the fee at this time.  They will likely have a plan in place to assist given our current situation. 
  • Fill out an PDF DocumentEnrollment Deposit Waiver Form.  The Enrollment Deposit Waiver Form is available for students to request that a college waive (or perhaps, defer) their enrollment deposit based on income and need.

    • PDF DocumentNACAC Enrollment Deposit Fee Waiver can be completed without having to print it. Students should download the form on their computers, fill out the form, add a signature using the “Fill & Sign” button on the top right of the PDF, and save it on their computers. For more information, External Linkclick here.

    • Applicants who are not eligible for a Pell Grant, but whose annual family income falls within the form's alternate External Linkincome eligibility guidelines, may self-certify their eligibility.  

Request Final Transcript!

Must be ordered using External LinkParchment (Not Naviance)

Once you decided where you will be attending college next year, you will need to request that your final transcript be sent to that school.  This must be done using External LinkParchment.  (No more Naviance) 

While making the request in Parchment, select "hold for grades."  Regardless, final transcripts will be sent at the end of the school year once they are processed for graduation purposes.

How do I request my final transcript via External LinkParchment?

Requesting a transcript via Parchment is very simple.  Just External Linkclick here and follow the directions on your screen.  

While making the request in Parchment, select "hold for grades."  Regardless, final transcripts will be sent at the end of the school year once they are processed for graduation purposes.

Accept/Modify/Decline your Financial Aid Package

Finally, it is important for you to check the Financial Aid section of your college portal(s) to find your award information if you have not yet already. 

To help better understand your Award Letter package, please check out the following resources:

If you are running into any issues, please be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office at your respective college.

BHS Online Learning Schedule, Grading Policy, Office Hours, & Tech Support

BHS Online Learning Schedule

Teachers will post content on their Google Classrooms by 9:00 AM on their designated days.

  • Social Studies:  Mondays & Wednesdays
  • English:              Mondays & Wednesdays
  • World Lang:      Mondays & Fridays
  • Math:                 Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Science:             Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Electives:           Fridays

Teacher instruction will be posted in the form of podcasts, videos, Google Meets and other media formats that allow students to hear the voice of their teacher

Teachers will post assignments with due dates that will take students anywhere from 60-120 minutes (depending on the student).

BHS Grading Policy

Mr. Meloche sent out an email on April 20th explaining the new grading policy for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  You can read his email here.  

Here's what you need to know:

All students will earn a grade of A, B, C, or G for 2nd semester classes based on the adjusted grading scale below. G grades mean that the student will earn credit, but their GPA will not be affected by that class.

Student grades can only go up after March 13th. For example, a student with a B on March 13 cannot end the year with a final grade of C in that class.

All students have the opportunity to improve their grades by submitting assignments on Google Classroom, but they are not required to do so.

Teacher Office Hours

What are Office Hours?

Office Hours are a designated time for students to meet with their teachers to get help or ask questions. Think of this as stopping into a teacher’s room at lunch when you need to talk with them outside of class. It’s not mandatory, but available to you.

You can also email questions to your teachers, but Office Hours will allow you to talk with them virtually, which might be more helpful for things like walking through a math problem together.

When are Office Hours?

Check out the Google Calendar to view office hours for every teacher and counselor at BHS.

LIFE HACKType a teacher's last name in the search box at the top of the calendar or after selecting Control + F to make it easier to find your teachers.

Tech Support

How do I receive technical support at home?

  • District Device: If you need Tech Support for your District device call the OS HelpDesk 248-209-2060, or live chat for any issue other than passwords.

  • Google Login: If your student does not know their Google login, please have them email Martha Spear, Media Specialist at BHS.  She can reset their password.

  • Google Classroom: If you haven’t seen your student's Google Classroom, we encourage you to do so.  Parents will not receive separate logins, rather, you will use your child’s Google login.

What if I don’t have a device or internet?

  • Please contact Mr. Meloche directly if you need a Chromebook or internet access. 

Contacting your Counselor

While we p​​​​​​hysically will not be able to see each other day-to-day, counselors will still be available to support you! The best way to reach us is to email your counselor directly or make an appointment to video chat during our office hours.  

Google Classroom Tricks & Academic Tips

Google Classroom Tips

When you login to External LinkGoogle Classroom, you should see a screen with all of your classrooms showing.  Click on the Menu button in the corner to find the "To Do" and "Calendar" features.

  • LIFE HACKCalendar feature shows assignments from all of your classes on the same calendar.

  • LIFE HACKTo-Do feature allows you to see a list of all upcoming assignments in the order they are due.

Academic Tips & Tricks

Overwhelmed by all of the emails, assignments, and information that you are getting?!  We understand and want to help!

Here are a couple of strategies you can try to make all of this more manageable.

  • LIFE HACKYou can link your Google Classroom calendars to your Google CalendarExternal Linkso that everything shows up in one place. 

  • LIFE HACKCheck out these Google ExtensionsExternal Linkthat can help keep you on task and away from distractions while working from home!
    • Focus KeeperExternal Linkinstalls a timer that allows you to work for 25 minutes, then gives you a 5 minute break, then back to work!

    • Stay FocusedExternal Linkwill block distracting websites and temptations for you!

  • LIFE HACK: Make a schedule like the one below to organize when you're going to focus on different classes. You can print a blank version Google Docto make your own.

  • LIFE HACKMrs. Vaughn also created this tool Google Docto help her students stay organized.

Social-Emotional Tips for Students

Keeping Mentally Healthy during quarantine

Virtual Bear Den & Wellness Room

Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, isolated, or sad?  Please visit our Virtual Bear Den.  In our Virtual Bear Den you'll find some outlets to help calm yourself and stay mindful.  

Mental Health Resources

Crisis & Emergency Contacts

If you are struggling with your mental health and you need help, it is important that you talk with your parent/guardian and/or contact any of the crisis text/phone lines that are open 24 hours a day.

Crisis Text Line COVID-19

  • Crisis TEXT Line:  Text SCHOOL to 741-741 to connect to a counselor 
  • Crisis Help Line:  1-800-273-8255
  • Trevor Project Helpline:  1-866-488-7386
  • Common Ground Helps Line:  1-800-231-1127
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Call 911 or your local Police Department

Non-Crisis Contacts

  • State of MI Peer Warmline: 888-733-7753
    • 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., 7 days per week
    • Serves individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, and trauma. ​​​​​​
  • Mental Health and Wellness Clinic College of Education, Wayne State University
    • During the COVID-19 stay home stay safe order, until further notice, all sessions will be offered either via telephone (voice only), cell phone FaceTime (iPhones only), or Zoom (video conferencing).
    • There are no fees for our counseling/psychotherapy services at this time.
    • Go to go.wayne.edu/mhawcExternal Linkto learn more and to make an appointment, or email mhawc@wayne.edu for inquiries.  Please see flierPDF Document for more information.

There is additional mental health information and resources on the BHS Counseling Mental Health Information webpage.  

Easterseals of Southeast Michigan 
Services & Information

Easterseals continues to offer services including case management, youth peer services, peer recovery supports and individual, family and group therapy all via telehealth platforms. These platforms include: eVisit, Microsoft TEAMS, and Zoom. Easterseals is also able to facilitate sessions telephonically as needed.

Some of the evidence-based groups that are currently being offered are:

  • Mortal Recognition Therapy (MRT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Prime for Life
  • Healthy Living (facilitated by Youth Peer Support Specialist)
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Incredible Years

To access services through a telehealth platform, please contact Easterseals Contact Center at 1-248-475-2150 or 1-800-75-SEALS.

Please visit External LinkEastersealsMichigan.com for more information.

AP, SAT, & ACT COVID-19 Updates

AP exams

NEW - Upcoming Video DocumentAP exam info videos now available!

Please visit External Linkwww.collegeboard.org or contact Jennifer Gebbie or Catherine Jasionowicz  at CASA if you have specific testing questions.

Students will be taking their AP exams online.  This means they will need to sign in to their AP account. If a student has trouble logging in to their AP account, they will need to contact AP directly at 866-315-6068.

Students will be able to take their exam on a tablet, smartphone, or laptop/desktop computer.  Depending on your test, you will find it more advantageous to take it on one device versus the other.

  • Your test will be "easier" to take on your smartphone if you are taking a science, math, or Spanish language  exam.
  • Your test will be "easier" to take on your  computer if you are taking an English, history, government, or art exam.

Helpful links:

College Board will be posting simulation test questions and simulation testing uploads at the end of April.  An "At-Home Testing Guide" will also be available at the end of April to all teachers, counselors, and students.  It will have more details about signing in to your exam.

If a student feels too overwhelmed by the changes or the COVID-19 situation, all you have to do to get a full refund is NOT sign in to take your exam. Refunds will come to you in August. 

If a student logs in, even if they do not finish the exam, or has difficulties due to technology issues, they will NOT get a refund. Their test will be graded and they will be charged the exam fee.

ALL STUDENTS will be taking their exams on External Linkthe first test date (May 11-22), even if you registered for a late examTo take a late exam, you will need to prove that you had technology or health issues and get permission from CASA to take the late exam.  

Rubrics for all questions will remain the same except for History and Government exams.  The revised rubrics will be on the AP website.  Please check External Linkhere for more information.

Specific exam information:

  • English Language: Your test will be a single question- FRQ #2
  • English Literature: Your test will be a single question- FRQ #2
  • Spanish: Your test will be only the speaking portions. It will be Questions #1 and #3.
  • History: Your test will be a single question, the DBQ, but you will only have 5 documents instead of 7
  • All other exams: You will have two FRQs. The first FRQ will last for 25 minutes, then you will have a 5 minute break to upload your answers. Your second question will last for 15 minutes, then you will have a 5 minute break to upload your answers.
  • Calc BC: Since there will be no Calc AB subscores, any student can contact CJ to change their BC test to an AB test.  This must be done by APRIL 20!

Approved accommodations will automatically be applied to any test and will be reflected in timing when you sign in for your exam.

Security of the exam is very important.  AP will be monitoring the normal social media and group chat sites.  They also have a new software program that recognizes if the writing being submitted is by the student.  Also, remember that teachers will be getting a copy of all exams on May 26th.  If any cheating is suspected by anyone, the score WILL be canceled. 

That being said, AP has said that students are allowed to consult textbooks and notes during the exam. No consulting other students or teachers!!

Keep in mind that you have been working towards this (or these) exam(s) all year.  Colleges recognize that effort. Any college that gives credit for AP test scores is a member of College Board.  Before College Board decided how they were going to administer the exams, they took a vote with their member colleges. 

  • ALL the colleges, including UC, Yale, and U of M, have voted to allow this testing format and will accept a 3, 4, or 5 score for credit.

For full details and updates from College Board regarding AP exams, visit their External LinkAP Coronavirus Updates Page.

SAT exams

Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26th.

  • At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration.
  • All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations.
    • This includes the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5 and a new administration in September 26.
    • This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded.

Please check External LinkCollege Board Coronavirus Updates for the latest information.

ACT exams

ACT has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13th across the US. 

All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. 

Please check the External LinkACT website for updates.

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