FAQs (Current Top 10)

When will the schedules be available and will they be emailed?

Schedules will be available on FamilyLink on Wednesday, July 29th by 9:00 am.

How do we update our contact forms like we usually do at Welcome Week? 

On FamilyLink, you will be able to see what contact information we have on file. Please email changes to records@pointeschools.org. The annual forms will also be available on FamilyLink (on Wednesday, July 29th by 9:00 am).

Is it possible to send forms and emails to the students as well as the parents?

Beginning next week, we will be sending important information to both parents and students (through their school email). Grade-level announcements will also be made through grade level Google Classrooms (7th grade, 12th grade, etc).

How are online classes going to be structured? Will there be certain hours they need to be on?

North Pointe’s online learning has been designed to as closely mirror the regular school day as possible, so students can easily transition between online and on-campus, and to minimize the need to hire additional teachers. Student will follow their regular schedule and teachers will take attendance each period through Zoom or Google Meets (teachers have a choice of which platform they use).

If they do online learning for the 1st quarter will they be able to participate in sports and or after school programs if they still want to? 

Yes.

Will we be able to choose online learning until we deem it safe for our children to return to on-campus learning?

Yes. We will be providing online classes for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

If we choose to do online later on, can we? 

Yes

If my child does online classes and I’m not able to help, will he be able to get ahold of the teacher for any questions he has?? I am not ready for him to go back to school but am worried he might fall behind.

Online students will still follow their regular schedule, so they will have daily access to their teachers.  Teachers will also be available for tutoring from 2:35 – 3:25 Monday – Thursday. Parents will not be “homeschooling” North Pointe students who do online classes.

What resources are available for kids who are struggling with learning online if they need help?

Online students will “attend class” via Zoom or Google Meets, so they have the same access to teachers that they have when they are on-campus. In addition, students can e-mail their teachers directly and attend after-school tutoring sessions via Zoom.

When you start on-campus again, are you requiring kids to wear masks? I’m a parent who does not believe in masks.

Phoenix and Maricopa County both require anyone over the age of 6 to wear masks in public. Therefore, students on campus are required to wear masks.

 

2020-2021 School Year

North Pointe Family,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. We are still waiting on guidance from the State Board for Charter Schools and the Governor’s office, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to get you information about what we know so far. I also need to get information from you to help us plan for the upcoming year – so, at the bottom of this email, there is a link to a form we need you to fill out for every enrolled student.

North Pointe’s 2020-2021 school year begins online for all students on August 3, 2020 and will be online at least through August 14th. Governor Ducey’s current order allows schools to begin on-campus classes on August 17th, but that is “aspirational” and may be moved back.

During the 2020-2021 school year, North Pointe will provide online classes for any enrolled student who requests online instruction, even while we offer on-campus classes. Please note that the online classes will be more structured than they were in the spring, with attendance requirements and academic standards that align with our on-campus classes. The online classes will be structured for students to be able to seamlessly transition back into the classroom.

As soon as we are allowed to open on-campus, our goal is to provide our traditional classes on our traditional schedule for all students who are comfortable being at school. However, if the majority of our families choose on-campus learning and we need to keep desks 3-6 feet apart, we’ll need to get creative and stagger on-campus schedules. If we need to reduce class sizes, one possibility is for half the students to be on-campus M/W and online T/TH/F and the other half to be on-campus T/TH and online M/W/F. Before we decide if a staggered schedule is necessary, we need to know how many students want to attend on-campus classes as soon as they are offered.

Therefore, please complete the form (linked below) to notify North Pointe whether your student will be attending on-campus or online for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year (from August 3 – October 2nd). This is also where you can request a Chromebook for the first two weeks of school or for the first quarter (if you select online learning). Please fill out one form per student (not one per family).

Link to form: https://forms.gle/YTgPbuMqVS3hUz6r7 

I will be following up with another email about how we will do Welcome Week this year – obviously, we need to adjust what we usually do.

As always, please email me with any questions/concerns.

Regards,

Dr. Jody Williamson
Principal, North Pointe Prep
Superintendent, Pointe Schools

Upcoming School Year

North Pointe’s faculty and staff met Monday morning (in-person and on Zoom) to discuss the upcoming school year in light of the Governor’s Executive Order delaying the beginning of in-person classes until August 17, 2020.

We will begin the new school year as-scheduled on August 3, 2020 with distance learning for all students. Based on the way the school closures were repeatedly extended this spring and with Arizona’s COVID rates continuing to increase, we do not believe we can count on being allowed to start in-person classes on August 17th. Although distance learning is not an ideal way to start the year, it allows us to keep our current calendar, so our families have more certainty.

We’re still working out many details, but here are some things we know for sure:

  • We are committed to providing in-person, on-campus learning as soon as we are allowed to do so. Students need to be connected with their peers and teachers.
  • We are also committed to providing quality distance learning for students who need it this year, whether they are quarantining, have pre-existing conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, or simply don’t feel safe being on campus, yet.
  • Distance learning will be structured differently than it was this past spring.
    • We will be taking daily attendance and requiring more time and engagement from students.
    • Students will need access to a computer and the internet to access Google Classrooms, our main platform for distance learning.
  • We should have enough Chromebooks to check out to students who need them.
    • We used Pointe’s Emergency Relief Fund money to pay off the leased Chromebooks and to purchase additional Chromebooks.
    • Although we still won’t have enough computers to provide one to every student, we should have enough to check out to students who don’t have access to a computer at home.
    • We’re still working on a solution for students who don’t have internet access at home.
  • We will have on-campus “Orientation Camps” for incoming 7th graders and new students in grades 8-12. These camps will probably take place during Welcome Week (July 27-31). I’ll send out the schedule as soon as it is finalized.
  • We are still committed to providing students with Academics, Athletics, Arts, and Activities – and will provide as much of that in-person as allowed.

As it gets closer to Welcome Week, I’ll send out a survey to find out which families need to check out computers and which families want to be scheduled for at-home learning after we are allowed to begin on-campus classes.

These are unprecedented times and there are no perfect solutions. I know there are many more details to be worked out, but I wanted to make sure you have as much information as possible.

Please feel free to e-mail me (jwilliamson@pointeschools.org) or call the school with your thoughts and concerns (office hours are still 9:00 – 12:00 Monday – Thursday).

Regards,

Dr. Williamson

 

Course Selection for 2020-2021

Dear North Pointe family,

 

The Online Course Selection for the upcoming school year will open next week at 8:00 am on specific days for each grade through the student’s FamilyLink.

 

Students: In order to pick your classes for the upcoming semester, you will need to log in to your FamilyLink.  If you do not have your log in information, please contact Nancy Mendoza, our registrar (nmendoza@pointeschools.org) or Andrea Carrillo, our receptionist (acarrillo@pointeschools.org).

 

Each grade’s course selection will open at 8:00 am on the following dates:

 

Seniors (12th grade)
Monday, June 8th 

 

Juniors (11th grade)
Tuesday, June 9th

 

Sophomores (10th grade)
Wednesday June 10th

 

Freshman (9th grade)
Thursday June 11th
 
Junior High (7th and 8th grade)
Monday June 8th – Friday June 12th

 

Note: We cleared out (deleted) any course selections that students made when the FamilyLink course selection was “live” briefly while we worked out some kinks today.

 

Please contact me (mgundersdorf@pointeschools.org) or Nancy Mendoza (nmendoza@pointeschools.org) with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Michael Gundersdorf
Academic Advisor
North Pointe Prep

La Selección De Cursos En Línea

Querida Familia de North Pointe,

La selección de cursos en línea para el próximo año escolar se abrirá la próxima semana a las 8:00 am en días específicos para cada grado a través del sitio de FamilyLink de su estudiante.

Estudiantes: Para elegir sus clases para el próximo semestre, tendrán que iniciar sesión en su FamilyLink. Si no tienen su información de inicio de sesión, pónganse en contacto con Nancy Mendoza, nuestra registradora (nmendoza@pointeschools.org) o Andrea Carrillo, nuestra recepcionista (acarrillo@pointeschools.org).

La selección del curso de cada grado se abrirá a las 8:00 am en las siguientes fechas:

Tercer año de preparatoria (12º grado)
El lunes 8 de junio

Segundo año de preparatoria (11º grado)
El martes 9 de junio

Primer año de preparatoria (10º grado)
El miercoles 10 de junio

Tercer año de secundaria (9º grado)
El jueves 11 de junio

Segundo año de secundaria (7º y 8ºgrado)
Del lunes 8 de junio hasta el viernes 12 de junio

Nota: En resumen, mientras trabajabamos brevemente hoy en algunos detalles en el sitio de FamilyLink, quitamos (eliminamos) algunas selecciones de cursos que hicieron los estudiantes cuando la selección de cursos estaba en “vivo” a tráves de FamilyLink.

Por favor, póngase en contacto conmigo (mgundersdorf@pointeschools.org) o con
Nancy Mendoza (nmendoza@pointeschools.org) si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud.

Gracias,

Michael Gundersdorf
Academic Advisor
North Pointe Prep

Graduation Update

Our contact heard back from the governor’s office, and we are going ahead with the graduation ceremonies as planned this Tuesday and Wednesday. 
Our officers will be present to keep us safe and have notified our local police precinct of the graduation celebrations.
 
Here are some details:
 
Families/Guests
  • Guests may park in either the north (student) parking lot or the south (office) parking lot.
  • The alley will be open at 6:45 pm.
  • The south gates (by the front office) will open at 7:30 pm for the 7:30 pm session and at 8:30 pm for the 8:30 pm session (yes, the session time is for the time the gates open, not the time the ceremony starts – Although the sun goes down at 7:30, we need it to be dark in order to see the student videos). 
  • We will begin each graduation session after all the guests have been temperature checked and seated. 
  • Each guest table is pre-assigned. Look for the table with you graduate’s name (maximum of 8 people per graduate). 
  • Please stay seated during the ceremony.
  • Please bring your own water bottles. The drinking fountains will be closed off and we will not have extra water bottles available. 
  • We would like to minimize the bathroom traffic. The breezeway/theatre bathroom will be open for emergencies. 
  • After the ceremony, please exit the campus through the field gate (by the north (student) parking lot. 
Graduates
  • Graduates need to arrive at 7:00 for the 7:30 session and at 8:00 for the 8:30 session. 
  • Graduates should wear their cap/gown for any session they attend (no cap/gown = no bleacher seating).
  • Graduates may park in either the north (student) parking lot or the south (office) parking lot.
  • The alley will be open at 6:45 pm.
  • Enter through the south gate (by the front office).
  • 7:30 graduates, and 8:30 graduates who will be watching the 7:30 pm session: check in with Mr. Gundersdorf on the upper deck of the 200 building between 7:00 and 7:15 pm.
  • 8:30 graduates who are not attending the 7:30 pm session: check in at 8:00 pm with Tim on the upper deck of the 200 building.
  • The cap tassel starts on the right (I’ll tell you when to move it to the left).
  • Wear comfortable shoes (no heals, please!) – you’ll walk down the 200 building stairs during the processional and the long way around the 4A building to get to the stage, and the steps up to the stage are awkward.
  • Please bring your own water bottles. The drinking fountains will be closed off and we will not have extra water bottles available. 
  • We would like to minimize the bathroom traffic. The breezeway/theatre bathroom will be open for emergencies. 
  • Please watch the graduation tutorial before you walk!

For those who cannot attend, we will be live-streaming the graduation sessions on North Pointe’s Youtube channel.

I look forward to seeing you at graduation!

Dr. Williamson

Graduation and Governor’s Curfew Order

North Pointe senior family,

This afternoon, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order that imposed a week-long limited curfew for the entire state beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

See the declaration here: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/05/emergency-declaration-curfew-beginning-tonight

I’m in communication with our school safety officers and I am seeking clarification from the Governor’s office about whether North Pointe is allowed to have our graduation ceremony this week. Of course, I will send out an update as soon as I know more.

I promise to not give up on making sure our seniors have a proper graduation celebration!!

Regards,

Dr. Williamson

 

North Pointe Update

Course Selection Update – We are still hoping to open the student course selection process through FamilyLink next week. However, the end-of-the-year roll over may take longer than anticipated, so it may be delayed a extra week. I will send an update by the end of the day on Thursday, June 4th.
 
Summer Office Hours – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday – Thursday. The office is closed on Fridays. We will be closed the week of June 29th – July 3rd.


Graduation – We are excited for next week’s graduation ceremonies! I’ll be sending out more information on Monday, but here is some basic information:

  • Seniors
    • If you did not respond to the survey about which graduation sessions you planned to attend, we are assuming you will not attend any of them (including the one you were scheduled to walk). If you do plan to attend, fill out the survey immediately and e-mail Mrs. Barnes.
    • The rehearsal video will be in Mrs. Barnes’ Google Classroom by Monday night. You need to watch it before you come to graduation.
    • Please do not wear high heals to graduation. The step onto the stage is an awkward height and we don’t want anyone to fall!
  • Families/Guests
    • Families/guests will enter the graduation area through the gates by the front office. Staff will use an infrared thermometer to check temperatures before you may enter the campus. No one with a temperature 100 degrees or above will be admitted.
    • Each graduate will be randomly assigned one table for their guests (8 people maximum). When you enter the plaza, look for the table with your graduate’s name on it.
    • Each ceremony will be live-streamed on North Pointe’s U-tube channel. Families are also welcome to livestream/Zoom the ceremony (from their assigned table) for friends/family who cannot attend.
Regards,
Dr. Williamson