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From the Principal's Desk:

January 10, 2021

Greetings Hercules High School,

This week brings us to the final week of the first semester! What is the relevance of the end of the 1st semester? This is the date that 5 credits are awarded per class for a grade of D or above. A grade of C or better is needed to progress to upper level courses.  Please check in with each individual teacher to make sure you have completed all required assignments.  There is no school on Friday, January 15 and Monday, January 18th. Classes will resume on January 19th and will mark the beginning of the 2nd semester. 

The NCS/CIF athletic associations are working with the California Department of Health to update the plan to return to athletic competition. As of now the first official day of Fall practice is set to begin January 25th. Please make sure if your child is participating in sports this year they have completed a physical. Information can be found in the Hercules High School website under athletic participation. Please follow the link provided and fill out all information. A physician clearance form can be printed out from the link to be signed by the doctor during your physical and given to the head coach on the first day of practice. Without a signed physical you can not participate. Information can be found in the Hercules High School website under athletic participation. Any questions please contact Athletic Director Coach Grecco.

Hercules High School PTO will be hosting its next meeting through zoom on on Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30pm.  Zoom info will be on HHS PTO and HHS FB Page and Website.  All are welcome to attend. 

Contra Costa Community College spring semester enrollment is open through January 13th. If you are interested in taking a spring semester course you can find the forms for enrollment at Current High School Student Application Process - Contra Costa College. Email your counselor if interested. 

Our African American College Readiness program, Rising Scholars,  is accepting participants. Contact your academic counselors for more information. Cash4College night is Thursday, January 28th at 5:30pm.  Completing the financial aid application (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application is recommended for ALL seniors planning to attend any college or university. Login - FAFSA on the Web - Federal Student Aid

20-21 Yearbooks are on sale through the yearbook forever website  ( https://yearbookforever.com/ ) for $80.00. Senior dedication pages are also available, $120 for a full page and $35 for a quarter page. Contact Ms. Schrampf or a member of yearbook staff for more information. 2019-20 books are still available! https://hhs.myschoolcentral.com/

Distance Learning Office Hours: 

All  teachers offer office hours Monday through Thursday for 55 minutes from 9:05 am to 10:00 am. Students can attend for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or the full hour! Students can also  attend multiple teachers’ office hours on the same day! This time is for students to be tutored by their actual teachers! Please email individual teachers for more information. 

Edgenuity Credit Recovery: 

We offer online credit recovery courses for any student who has earned a “D” or an “F” in any grade level course.  If you need to retake a class, please email your academic counselor for enrollment.

Academic Tutoring

Homework Center 

We are offering support for 9th and 10th grade students who need additional support in their Math and English courses.  Ms. Palis is the coordinator for the homework center and will be hosting virtual tutorial sessions on Monday and Wednesday from 3:15 - 4:15.  Students in need of assistance can join the google classroom by entering the following code: catdenf.  You can email Ms. Palis for more specific information (jpalis@wccusd.net)

Homework Hotline: 

The Harvey Mudd College Homework Hotline is a free over-the-phone math and science tutoring service for students in grades 4 through 12. They are  open five nights per week, Sunday through Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. PST. Call Homework Hotline 1.877.827.5462 Free math/science tutoring! 

WRITER COACH CONNECTION-INFORMATION

 

  • Writers Cafe / Café de escritores is a free, online coaching program offered directly to students in 7th-12th grades by WriterCoach Connection. Our trained coaches are paired with students 1-to-1 in breakout rooms to work together on any writing assignment/project the student brings to the session. 

 

      • Wednesdays at 4:00 pm
      • 45 minutes each week
      • Month-to-month cycles

 

 

Metas (Goals in Spanish) 4th to 12th grade students

Metas is a FREE academic enrichment program driven by students, parents, alumni, and mentors united around a common goal of making college a reality for the youth in our community. Our objective is to foster a college going environment through tutoring, mentoring, career exploration, and leadership development. Students in our program meet virtually every other Saturday to receive tutoring support followed by attending a non-credit course. Students will only need to complete a Metas Application Form to register for the program. To complete the form, please click on this link: http://bitly.com/joinmetas.We will be accepting applications until January 31st.

 

 

January 3, 2021

Greetings Hercules High School,

We hope that you all had a fabulous holiday season!  There are a couple of very important dates to remember as we move towards the end of the 1st semester. January 14th is the last day for the 1st semester. There will be no school on the 15th and 18th of January. The first day of the second semester is January 19th.  A reminder to all students that all of our courses, except for 12th grade Government/Economics classes are year long courses and there will not be scheduled changes for the 2nd semester. We will choose a specific date for our 12th grade students to exchange their textbooks, yet to be determined. 

Grading for this semester is A-F grading for all courses. Graduation requirements for all students is 225 credits.   5 credits are awarded for each semester class with a minimum grade of “D”. A grade of a “C” or above is needed for UC/CSU eligibility. Please check in with each individual teacher on what is required of you to pass this semester as we move into the last two weeks of the 1st semester. 

Hercules High School, 20-21 yearbooks are available for purchase online at for https://yearbookforever.com/ $80. All requests to have your yearbook personalized (printed name on cover) must be submitted before Jan 25. Senior dedication pages are also available for $120 full page  $65 half page and $35 for a quarter page. Deadline for senior dedications is January 30th. Don't be left out buy it now. 2019-20 books are still available! https://hhs.myschoolcentral.com/

Athletic Update: 

The CIF is working with the California Department of Health to update the plan to return to athletic competition. New guidelines and the return to play dates will be released on January 4th. As of now the first official day of Fall practice is set to begin January 25th. Please make sure if your child has completed a physical examination prior to the beginning of the Fall season. Information can be found on the Hercules High School website under athletic participation. Please follow the link provided and fill out all information. A physician clearance form can be printed out from the link to be signed by the doctor during your physical and given to the head coach on the first day of practice. Without a signed physical you can not participate. Any questions please contact Athletic Director Coach Grecco.

HHS PTO: 

Next Zoom PTO Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30pm.  Zoom link will be posted on the HHS PTO and HHS FB Page and Website.  We will discuss continuing and strategizing with fundraisers for 2021, School/District updates and have an open forum for other topics.  New memberships and parent volunteers are still welcome.  PTO Board Member positions will be open this March.

Community College Enrollment: 

High school students wanting to enroll in a Community College course for the spring semester, 2021 need to enroll by January 13th.  Email your academic counselor if interested.

Rising Scholars, a college program for African American Males is accepting applications.  Please email your academic counselors if you are interested in participating. 

Cash4College night is Thursday, January 28th at 5:30pm.  Completing the FAFSA or California Dream Act application is recommended for ALL seniors planning to attend any college or university.

San Francisco City College is hosting an Engineering competition for all students to participate in. There will be an informational meeting on January 8th for all students who are interested.  More information will be posted on the grade level google classrooms. 

Return to School Survey: 

Please take a few moments and share with us your thoughts on a possible return to school. The survey is open through the winter recess and closes at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 8.  To take the survey, visit bit.ly/wccusdreturn2schoolsurvey.

Homework Center: We are offering support for 9th and 10th grade students who need additional support in their Math and English courses.  Ms. Palis is the coordinator for the homework center and will be hosting virtual tutorial sessions on Monday and Wednesday from 3:15 - 4:15.  Students in need of assistance can join the google classroom by entering the following code: catdenf.  You can email Ms. Palis for more specific information (jpalis@wccusd.net)

Food Service/Lunch Applications: 

If you have not done so already, we are asking every family to complete the school lunch application forms regardless of whether you participate in the school lunch programs or not. The online lunch application forms can be found on the website. (English | Spanish).  

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Attendance is taken every day, Monday - Friday in your homeroom/advisory room.  We make daily phone calls for any student who has missed a homeroom session.  The district will be sending out truancy conference notices to any student who misses more than 3 periods.  We appreciate you supporting and encouraging your child to be present during all their live class sessions which includes the homeroom period. 
  • Engagement: 

 

 

  • Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  An “N”, would mean that they did not participate in the virtual session or they did not complete their assigned classwork.

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly.

 

 

 

December 13, 2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

We hope all of you, your family and all your loved ones are safe and healthy throughout these times.  We are in the 16th week of school. The end of the 2nd quarter is also the end of the 1st semester, which is January 14th. 

There will be no school from December 21 through January 1st.  Virtual class sessions will resume on January 4th. 

We are offering support for 9th and 10th grade students who need additional support in their Math and English courses.  Ms. Palis is the coordinator for the homework center and will be hosting virtual tutorial sessions on Monday and Wednesday from 3:15 - 4:15.  Students in need of assistance can join the google classroom by entering the following code: catdenf.  You can email Ms. Palis for more specific information (jpalis@wccusd.net)

Food Service/Lunch Applications: 

If you have not done so already, we need every family to complete school lunch application forms regardless of whether you participate in the school lunch programs or not . The online lunch application forms can be found on the website. (English | Spanish).  

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

The district has produced a Distance Learning Guide (Spanish) for parents and families. The guide can be found on the Hercules High School website and inside the District’s Digital Backpack which will also be posted on our school’s website.  

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Attendance is taken every day, Monday - Friday in your homeroom/advisory room.  We make daily phone calls for any student who has missed a homeroom session.  The district will be sending out truancy conference notices to any student who misses more than 3 periods.  We appreciate you supporting and encouraging your child to be present during all their live class sessions which includes the homeroom period. 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Engagement: 

  • Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  An “N”, would mean that they did not participate in the virtual session or they did not complete their assigned classwork.   

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on all details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work each and every day.

 

November 15,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

We are in the 14th week of school. Quarter 1 ended on the 21st of October, Quarter 2 progress reports will be available through Powerschool on December 3rd, 1st semester ends January 14th.  We are on Thanksgiving break from November 23rd through the 27th.  We hope you find time to give thanks to all your loved ones, extended family and acknowledge and appreciate the things that we do have.  

We have had a great turn out for picture day.  If you were not able to make it through the previous days, please take time to drop in on Monday, November 16th, from 9am - 11:30am and 1pm - 3:30pm. This day is designated for all 9th grade and we will be accepting any student who missed the first three days. Times are by appointment, please refer to the alpha list on the Notice to parents letter.  It is very important that we follow all the times as assigned.  Please check the school website for up to date information on school picture day. 

We are offering support for 9th and 10th grade students who need additional support in their Math and English courses.  Ms. Palis is the coordinator for the homework center and will be hosting tutorial sessions on Monday and Wednesday from 3:15 - 4:15.  Students in need of assistance can join the google classroom by entering the following code: catdenf.  You can email Ms. Palis for more specific information (jpalis@wccusd.net)

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

The district has produced a Distance Learning Guide (Spanish) for parents and families. The guide can be found on the Hercules High School website and inside the District’s Digital Backpack which will also be posted on our school’s website.  

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Attendance is taken every day, Monday - Friday in your homeroom/advisory room.  We make daily phone calls for any student who has missed a homeroom session.  The district will be sending out truancy conference notices to any student who misses more than 3 periods.  We appreciate you supporting and encouraging your child to be present during all their live class sessions which includes the homeroom period. 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Engagement: 

  • Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  An “N”, would mean that they did not participate in the virtual session or they did not complete their assigned classwork.   

 

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on all details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work each and every day.

 

 

November 8,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

The next two weeks are full of to do’s, on campus events, and deadlines. 

We were approved to have picture day on campus and have strict guidelines that must be followed. We are scheduled to have all 12th grade students get their photo ID pictures taken on Monday, November 9th. Please refer to the alpha list by last name.  We will be checking all students through the senior parking lot brown gates. 

ALL students must take their  Lifetouch School Portraits to produce our student ID’s  and for your yearbook photo, so make sure you dress appropriately.  You are able to order picture packets through lifetouch. 

Lifetouch Picture Day will be spread out through November 9 through November 16th.

11th Grade:  Tuesday, November 10, 2020

10th Grade:  Thursday, November 12, 2020

9th Grade:  Monday, November 16, 2020

Times will be by appointment, please refer to the alpha  list on the Notice to parents letter.  It is very important that we follow all the times as assigned.  Please check the school website for up to date information on school picture day. 

The AP exam registration has changed for this school year. In past years, the district has funded all AP exams at no cost to students. This year, the district will be providing one exam at no cost per student. Any additional exam after the one free, will be $95 per exam. ALL students are expected to sign up for their free AP Exam, regardless of their college board account status. 

  • You can register for your AP exams two different ways.  
    • You will register for AP Exams depending on your Free and Reduced Lunch qualifications. 
    • You can register straight through the online school store link. 

Option # 1: Free & Reduced Lunch Qualified (Free and Reduced Lunch AP Registration Only)

 

  • If the student has qualified for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, all of their AP Exam fees will be waived.  In order to qualify, the online lunch application forms (English | Spanish) must be submitted and approved; the forms can be found on the school’s website. Multipurpose Income Form (Spanish).  Approval normally takes up to 48 hours.
  • If you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Program, you must  register for AP exams through  google form (Free and Reduced Lunch AP Registration Only) that is listed on the AP Notice to parents or through the grade level google classrooms.
  •  Please remember that the student must have already joined their class section by Signing in to My AP (https://myap.collegeboard.org/login) with their College Board account. 

Option # 2: Non Qualified Free and Reduced Lunch Students

  • The district will provide one AP Exam for free. ALL non qualified students are expected to sign up for their free AP Exam through the student online student store link, https://hhs.myschoolcentral.com/, regardless of their college board account status.  The link can be found on the AP notice to parents or in grade level google classrooms.
  • Any additional exams that the student chooses to sign up for will be $95 per exam. You can submit payment for your exam order through https://hhs.myschoolcentral.com/ (Hercules High School ASB Online Store),  no later than 5:00 PM(PST) on Wednesday, November 11th.
  •  Please remember that the student must have already joined their class section by Signing in to My AP (https://myap.collegeboard.org/login) with their College Board account. 

Our academic counselors will be hosting a virtual parent night for our 10th and 11th grade families.  This is very important information pertaining to UC/CSU Eligibility, A-G course requirements, college/career information, enrichment activities as well as remediation courses.  Please join us on November 10th at 5;30pm.  The link to the parent night can be found in your students grade level google classroom. 

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on all details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work each and every day.



 

November 1,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

Welcome to the 11th  week into distance learning.  Quarter 1 report cards were mailed out on October 29th to the address we have on record. 

Distance Learning Tip for the week:  Academic Conversation: 

Titan Scholar

  • What is a Titan Scholar?  Who is a Titan Scholar, Are you a Titan Scholar.  A Titan Scholar is a Hercules High School student who demonstrates academic integrity and excellence in behavioral as well as academic standards.  A Titan scholar utilizes academic vocabulary, demonstrates respect, tolerance and acceptance of all people. A Titan scholar engages and participates during each class session. A Titan scholar puts in the additional work to prepare for class discussions, projects, and assignments in advance of  each class.   A Titan Scholar understands the importance of a high school transcript.  Please have an academic conversation on what you can do to be a Titan Scholar. 

Student Survey,

Please remind each student to take the quarter 1 student survey,  we need every student to provide us feedback on quarter 1. 

Student Senate,

Each year we organize a student senate, which is a representative from every 2nd period class. We look forward to conducting our 1st student senate for the school year next Thursday during the 2nd period. 

Picture Day: 

We continue our partnership with Lifetouch School Portraits to produce our student ID’s while providing you the opportunity to purchase school picture packets.  The picture you take for your photo ID will be the yearbook picture, so make sure you dress appropriately.  

Dates: Lifetouch Picture Day will be spread out through November 9 through November 16th.

12th Grade:  Monday, November 9, 2020

11th Grade:  Tuesday, November 10, 2020

10th Grade:  Thursday, November 12, 2020

9th Grade:  Monday, November 16, 2020

Please check the school website for up to date information on school picture day. 

Athletics Update: 

California Interscholastic Federation and North Coast Section has outlined plans for the high school athletic season. The winter season will begin December 7th and will include cross country, football, volleyball and water polo.  All other sports will be played during the spring season which will begin in late February or early March. ALL student athletes must complete an online athletic eligibility (ChalkSchools) form prior to their participation in any 2020-21 athletic team. ALL athletic participation forms can be accessed and downloaded on the school website. If forms are not completed in ChalkSchools they will NOT be allowed to participate.  

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Attendance is taken every day, Monday - Friday in your homeroom/advisory room.  We make daily phone calls for any student who has missed a homeroom session.  The district will be sending out truancy notices to any student who misses more than 3 periods.  We appreciate you supporting and encouraging your child to be present during all their live class sessions which includes the homeroom period. 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Engagement: 

  • Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  An “N”, would mean that they did not participate in the virtual session or they did not complete their assigned classwork. 

Food Services: 

Free student meals will be delivered every Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 1pm at the turnaround on the middle school side, adjacent to the swim center entrance. All parents need to complete the online lunch application forms (English | Spanish), which can be found on the school’s website. Multipurpose Income Form (Spanish)

 

COVID19: County Guidance

Contra Costa County received positive news last Tuesday when the state updated the county’s COVID-19 status, moving the county from the Purple-tier to the Red-tier status related to the number and presence of coronavirus cases.

It was a welcomed change and evidence that physical/social distancing measures do have an effect on slowing and reducing the spread of the virus. The change allows more business, churches and gyms to reopen at a certain capacity, and schools can consider reopening after the county has remained in the Red tier for 14 consecutive days.

For us to return to in-person instruction safely, all District zip codes must be in the Orange tier for 21 consecutive days and all zip codes and the surrounding counties (Alameda, Solano) meet the following conditions:

  • Percent positive cases is 3 percent or lower
  • Less than 10 cases per 100,000 

Contra Costa County is offering free flu shots at its COVID-19 testing locations in Richmond (near the Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Nevin Ave.), North Richmond (1547 2nd St. in Richmond), Pinole (Pinole Public Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Road), and San Pablo (West County Health Center, 13601 San Pablo Ave).

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

The district has produced a Distance Learning Guide (Spanish) for parents and families. The guide can be found on the Hercules High School website and inside the District’s Digital Backpack which will also be posted on our school’s website.  

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on all details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work each and every day.




October 25,  2020

Welcome to the end of the 2nd Quarter, the 10th week into distance learning.  Quarter 1 report cards will be mailed out on October 29th to the address we have on record. 

Distance Learning Tip for the week:  Academic Conversation: 

Review expectations.

  • Review each course syllabi with your student. 
  • Listen to your child explain their expectations for school, have them explain why they believe it is important for them to succeed through distance learning. 
  • Re-afirm your support for their semester, yearly and long term educational goals.
  • State parent expectations clearly, discuss openly what needs further clarification and any support that is needed to accomplish the goals you have as their parent.  
  • Set common agreements for completing work at home. Plan and coordinate family time, school time, study time, play time and/or downtime.
  • Identify the “Must Do’”  and the “May Do’s”  for each week and/or day. 
  • If you share technology devices with siblings, make sure they understand how the devices are to be shared, including who gets to do what on each device and when. 
  • In addition, check the internet wifi speed in various study spaces in your house

Picture Day:   (Lifetouch Order Packets)

We continue our partnership with Lifetouch School Portraits to produce our student ID’s while providing you the opportunity to purchase school picture packets.  The picture you take for your photo ID will be the yearbook picture, so make sure you dress appropriately.  

Dates: Lifetouch Picture Day will be spread out through November 9 through November 16th.

12th Grade:  Monday, November 9, 2020

11th Grade:  Tuesday, November 10, 2020

10th Grade:  Thursday, November 12, 2020

9th Grade:  Monday, November 16, 2020

Please check the school website for up to date information on school picture day. 

Athletics Update: 

California Interscholastic Federation and North Coast Section has outlined plans for the high school athletic season. The winter season will begin December 7th and will include cross country, football, volleyball and water polo.  All other sports will be played during the spring season which will begin in late February or early March. ALL student athletes must complete an online athletic eligibility (ChalkSchools) form prior to their participation in any 2020-21 athletic team. ALL athletic participation forms can accessed and downloaded on the school website. If forms are not completed in ChalkSchools they will NOT be allowed to participate.  

Food Services: 

Free student meals will be delivered every Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 1pm at the turnaround on the middle school side, adjacent to the swim center entrance. All parents need to complete the online lunch application forms (English | Spanish), which can be found on the school’s website. Multipurpose Income Form (Spanish)

COVID19: County Guidance

Contra Costa County received positive news last Tuesday when the state updated the county’s COVID-19 status, moving the county from the Purple-tier to the Red-tier status related to the number and presence of coronavirus cases.

It was a welcomed change and evidence that physical/social distancing measures do have an effect on slowing and reducing the spread of the virus. The change allows more business, churches and gyms to reopen at a certain capacity, and schools can consider reopening after the county has remained in the Red tier for 14 consecutive days.

For us to return to in-person instruction safely, all District zip codes must be in the Orange tier for 21 consecutive days and all zip codes and the surrounding counties (Alameda, Solano) meet the following conditions:

  • Percent positive cases is 3 percent or lower
  • Less than 10 cases per 100,000 

Contra Costa County is offering free flu shots at its COVID-19 testing locations in Richmond (near the Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Nevin Ave.), North Richmond (1547 2nd St. in Richmond), Pinole (Pinole Public Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Road), and San Pablo (West County Health Center, 13601 San Pablo Ave).

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

The district has produced a Distance Learning Guide (Spanish) for parents and families. The guide can be found on the Hercules High School website and inside the District’s Digital Backpack which will also be posted on our school’s website.  

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Attendance is taken every day, Monday - Friday in your homeroom/advisory room.  We make daily phone calls for any student who has missed a homeroom session.  The district will be sending out truancy notices to any student who misses more than 3 periods.  We appreciate you supporting and encouraging your child to be present during all their live class sessions which includes the homeroom period. 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Engagement: 

  • Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  An “N”, would mean that they did not participate in the virtual session or they did not complete their assigned classwork.   

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on all details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work each and everyday.

 

 

October 18,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

Welcome to the end of the 1st Quarter, the 9th week into distance learning. The end of the 1st quarter is October 20th.  What will your academic paycheck be for the 1st quarter

Distance Learning Tip for the week:  Academic Conversation: 

What is an academic paycheck? 

Students ask great questions, why must I read this article, why do I have to write a reflection on what I just read, why do I need to attend each virtual session, why can't I have my cell phone on during class time? Why cant I play my video games?  All great questions, the answer is?  As a high school student, your top priority during your these years is for you to prepare for college, university, career and/or trade.  The schoolwork is your job and you must approach all school hours as if you were reporting to work.  At the end of each quarter you receive an academic statement that reflects your grade in each of your classes.  At the end of each semester you earn 5 credits for any class you passed with a D or above.  At the end of 4 years, you receive a high school transcript.  Your academic paycheck is the grades you earn and the transcript that certifies your graduation status.  Your transcript can also be worth $100’s of thousands of dollars based on the colleges and universities you are accepted into.  What will the value of your academic paycheck be? 

Food Services: 

Free student meals will be delivered every Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 1pm at the turnaround on the middle school side, adjacent to the swim center entrance. In addition, we need every family to complete school lunch application forms regardless of income status or free and reduced lunch prices. The online lunch application forms can be found on the website. (English | Spanish).  We need EVERY family regardless of income level or free and reduced priced lunch status to complete the form.Multipurpose Income Form (Spanish)

Community Outreach: 

We have the opportunity to shape the way District schools and buildings look thanks to the generous support of West Contra Costa County residents and the approval of Measure R, the $575 million bond measure that passed in March. To do that we need everyone, whether you have students in the district or not, to complete the community survey. The survey has been open for a few weeks and closes on October 20. Please take the survey and share widely with your networks.

  1. Complete the Community Survey

COVID19: County Guidance

Contra Costa County received positive news last Tuesday when the state updated the county’s COVID-19 status, moving the county from the Purple-tier to the Red-tier status related to the number and presence of coronavirus cases.

It was a welcomed change and evidence that physical/social distancing measures do have an effect on slowing and reducing the spread of the virus. The change allows more business, churches and gyms to reopen at a certain capacity, and schools can consider reopening after the county has remained in the Red tier for 14 consecutive days.

For us to return to in-person instruction safely, all District zip codes must be in the Orange tier for 21 consecutive days and all zip codes and the surrounding counties (Alameda, Solano) meet the following conditions:

  • Percent positive cases is 3 percent or lower
  • Less than 10 cases per 100,000 

Contra Costa County is offering free flu shots at its COVID-19 testing locations in Richmond (near the Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Nevin Ave.), North Richmond (1547 2nd St. in Richmond), Pinole (Pinole Public Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Road), and San Pablo (West County Health Center, 13601 San Pablo Ave).

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on the details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work everyday.  Have a great evening. 

Hercules High School Parent Teacher Organization: 

Wednesday, October 21st @ 6:30pm

 

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Attendance is taken every day, Monday - Friday in your homeroom/advisory room.  We make daily phone calls for any student who has missed a homeroom session.  The district will be sending out truancy notices to any student who misses more than 3 periods.  We appreciate you supporting and encouraging your child to be present during all their live class sessions which includes the homeroom period. 

Google Classroom Tour:

 

  • Parents please have your child give you a tour of all their google classroom sites. Parents can request to receive weekly summaries of their child's progress in each of the google classrooms.  Email your specific teacher if you would like to be added as a parent/guardian to their google classroom sites

 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Engagement: 

  • Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  An “N”, would mean that they did not participate in the virtual session or they did not complete their assigned classwork.   

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

The district has produced a Distance Learning Guide (Spanish) for parents and families. The guide can be found on the Hercules High School website and inside the District’s Digital Backpack which will also be posted on our school’s website.  

For the first time on November 3, WCCUSD voters will vote for school board candidates based on the area they reside (district or ward) instead of an at-large format that was used in the past. To find your district visit https://bit.ly/wccusdvotingarea

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on all details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work everyday.

 

October 4,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

Welcome to the month of October, this is the 8th week of Distance Learning 20-21. The end of 1st quarter is October 21st. What will your academic paycheck be for the 1st quarter

Distance Learning Tip for the week:  Academic Conversation: 

Make your own school space: Set up a space for you to participate in your classes. Establishing your school space is very important, it helps you mentally, physically and socially prepare to focus on your academics.  

Follow the Distance Learning Bell Schedule:   

Periods 1, 3 , 5 and A period meet every Monday and Wednesday. Periods 2, 4, and 6 meet every Tuesday and Thursday.  Friday is set aside for additional work that has been provided by your teacher.  Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm should be focussed on school work. 

Create an organization System:  an effective organization system is crucial when studying. It is important to write down your due dates for assignments, tests, quizzes and upcoming projects. Set up a calendar in your school space or in front of your study table to mark all the important dates on it. 

Contra Costa County received positive news last Tuesday when the state updated the county’s COVID-19 status, moving the county from the Purple-tier to the Red-tier status related to the number and presence of coronavirus cases.

It was a welcomed change and evidence that physical/social distancing measures do have an effect on slowing and reducing the spread of the virus. The change allows more business, churches and gyms to reopen at a certain capacity, and schools can consider reopening after the county has remained in the Red tier for 14 consecutive days.

For us to return to in-person instruction safely, all District zip codes must be in the Orange tier for 21 consecutive days and all zip codes and the surrounding counties (Alameda, Solano) meet the following conditions:

  • Percent positive cases is 3 percent or lower
  • Less than 10 cases per 100,000 

Contra Costa County is offering free flu shots at its COVID-19 testing locations in Richmond (near the Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Nevin Ave.), North Richmond (1547 2nd St. in Richmond), Pinole (Pinole Public Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Road), and San Pablo (West County Health Center, 13601 San Pablo Ave).

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on the details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work everyday.  Have a great evening.

 

 

September 27,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

We are in the 7th week of the school year and progress report grades are available through powerschool.  We will not be printing or mailing any progress reports out at this time, so please check Powerschool for the progress report grades. Progress reports are usually given in the middle of each quarter.  The end of 1st quarter is October 21st. 

Distance Learning Tip for the week: 

Throughout the regular school year, you may remember us reminding students and parents that cell phones are not allowed in the classroom and are to be utilized only during passing time and lunch period.  The same policy applies to distance learning.  Students should leave their cell phone on the charger in another room, beside the one they are doing their school work. Cell phones are a major distraction for all of us and it consumes so much of our time. Cell phones, social media sites, and video games can consume hours of your time without you being aware of the amount of time you spend on the phone or social media site.  Better to leave them in the other room far away from your workspace during your class time. 

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Attendance is taken every day, Monday - Friday in your homeroom/advisory room.  We make daily phone calls for any student who has missed a homeroom session.  The district will be sending out truancy notices to any student who misses more than 3 periods.  We appreciate you supporting and encouraging your child to be present during all their live class sessions which includes the homeroom period. 

Google Classroom Tour:

 

  • Parents please have your child give you a tour of all their google classroom sites. Parents can request to receive weekly summaries of their child's progress in each of the google classrooms.  Email your specific teacher if you would like to be added as a parent/guardian to their google classroom sites

 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Engagement: 

  • Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  An “N”, would mean that they did not participate in the virtual session or they did not complete their assigned classwork.   

Food Service: 

Free student meals will be delivered every Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 1pm at the turnaround on the middle school side, adjacent to the swim center entrance. 

In addition, we need every family to complete school lunch application forms regardless of income status or free and reduced lunch prices. The online lunch application forms can be found on the website. (English | Spanish).  We need EVERY family regardless of income level or free and reduced priced lunch status to complete the form.Multipurpose Income Form (Spanish)

The Facilities Master Plan is the guiding document for the District’s schools and buildings and it needs to be updated. Thanks to the residents of West Contra Costa County, Measure R, a $575 million facilities Bond passed in March. The community survey and self nomination forms can be found on the Hercules High School website, all forms are due  by Friday, October 9.

  1. Complete the Community Survey
  2. Fill out the Self Nomination Form for the Prioritization Committee
    1. We need family/parent and student representatives from each of the high school families.

We continue to keep Hercules High School senior, Alyssa Granera in our thoughts and prayers as she progresses through the stages of recovery. We send Titan Love to Alyssa’s family in hopes of full recovery! More information is posted on the school website and on Hercules High School facebook page. 

The accident posted: https://californiainjuryaccidentlawyer.com/richmond-car-crash-80-freeway-cutting-boulevard-september-4/

GoFundMe Page: Alyssa Granera

https://www.gofundme.com/f/s74j4-team-alyssa

All school offices will remain closed throughout the week.  If you need anything from the school, make sure you call the main office and schedule an appointment for whatever service you may need. 

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

The district has produced a Distance Learning Guide (Spanish) for parents and families. The guide can be found on the Hercules High School website and inside the District’s Digital Backpack which will also be posted on our school’s website.  

For the first time on November 3, WCCUSD voters will vote for school board candidates based on the area they reside (district or ward) instead of an at-large format that was used in the past. To find your district visit https://bit.ly/wccusdvotingarea

Google Classrooms’

  • Parents, please have your child give you a tour through each of their classes they have on their schedule. Every class should have a learning platform that outlines all the coursework, assignments, activities, and upcoming projects.  Please check to make sure your child understands how to navigate through the learning platform. Email individual teachers if you have any questions or concerns. 

Online Registration Process: 

All parents need to complete the online registration for the 20-21 school year. Parents, please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers for each family. It is also beneficial if you add an email address to your account as well. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.netAlso, I have two requests this weekend. Please take a few minutes to make sure we have your best and updated contact information by completing the Annual School Forms.

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on the details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work everyday.

 

September 20,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

I hope the blue skies and better air quality has been energizing for you, your family and all your loved ones! Progress reports for 1st quarter will be posted in Powerschool by Monday, September 28th. If you have not created a parent powerschool account, please contact the main office. Login information can be retrieved through emailing us at herculeshs@wccusd.net

Distance Learning Tip for the week: 

Distance learning habits should mirror those of the regular school day, just at home . Create a schoolwork space with a comfortable upright chair, desk, power and available wifi or internet connection.  Stay in this space throughout the distance learning school day and work on specific courses during that time even if there is not a live session. Follow the bell schedule as you would if classes were on campus.  Once your school day is completed, then you can enjoy the rest of your day with healthy nutritious food, stretching and/or exercise.  However,  it is very important to schedule a homework block of time for you to return to that seat, review and re read the assignments that were given to you that day. This additional study time will start the transfer of information from short term memory to long term memory. 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Engagement: 

  • Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  

Food Service: 

Free student meals will be delivered every Tuesday and Thursday. Meals for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be distributed on Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 1pm at the turnaround on the middle school side, adjacent to the swim center entrance. In addition, we need every family to complete school lunch application forms regardless of income status or free and reduced lunch prices. The online lunch application forms can be found on the website. (English | Spanish).  And, please complete the Multipurpose Income Form (Spanish), otherwise known as the Lunch form. We need EVERY family regardless of income level or free and reduced priced lunch status to complete the form.

The Facilities Master Plan is the guiding document for the District’s schools and buildings and it needs to be updated. Thanks to the residents of West Contra Costa County, Measure R, a $575 million facilities Bond passed in March. You can get involved in two ways:

  1. Complete the Community Survey
  2. Fill out the Self Nomination Form for the Prioritization Committee
    1. We need family/parent and student representatives from each of the high school families.

The community survey and self nomination forms can be found on the Hercules High School website, all forms are due  by Friday, October 9.

School Site Council (SSC) is a site based decision making body focused on student achievement.  Each year the SSC develops action items to address specific needs at Hercules High School.  If you are interested in finding out more about what the SSC is or you would like to be a part of the SSC team, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.net

Our Parent Teacher Organization will be hosting its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6pm. Information regarding the links to the meetings will be posted on the Hercules Parent Teacher Organization Facebook page. 

All school offices remain closed.  If you need anything from the school, make sure you call the main office and schedule an appointment for whatever service you may need. 

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

We continue to keep Hercules High School senior, Alyssa Granera in our thoughts and prayers as she remains under intensive care at John Muir Medical Facility in Walnut Creek. We send Titan Love to Alyssa’s family in hopes of full recovery! More information is posted on the school website and on Hercules High School facebook page. 

The accident posted: https://californiainjuryaccidentlawyer.com/richmond-car-crash-80-freeway-cutting-boulevard-september-4/

GoFundMe Page: Alyssa Granera

https://www.gofundme.com/f/s74j4-team-alyssa

The district has produced a Distance Learning Guide (Spanish) for parents and families. The guide can be found on the Hercules High School website and inside the District’s Digital Backpack which will also be posted on our school’s website.  

For the first time on November 3, WCCUSD voters will vote for school board candidates based on the area they reside (district or ward) instead of an at-large format that was used in the past. To find your district visit https://bit.ly/wccusdvotingarea

Google Classrooms’

  • Parents, please have your child give you a tour through each of their classes they have on their schedule. Every class should have a learning platform that outlines all the coursework, assignments, activities, and upcoming projects.  Please check to make sure your child understands how to navigate through the learning platform. Email individual teachers if you have any questions or concerns. 

Online Registration Process: 

All parents need to complete the online registration for the 20-21 school year. Parents, please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers for each family. It is also beneficial if you add an email address to your account as well. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.netAlso, I have two requests this weekend. Please take a few minutes to make sure we have your best and updated contact information by completing the Annual School Forms.

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Each student is assigned to a homeroom/advisory period. Each homeroom/advisory period will be a live session. Students will need to show their faces on the camera as they log in and virtually check in with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily through the Homeroom/Advisory period.  Please attend all homeroom sessions. 

All students should have signed up for their grade level google classroom.  This will be the main method of communication to all students.  Please make sure that your child monitors their district email daily. 

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on the details pertaining to Distance Learning.  Hope you have a great evening, stay safe, stay protected, keep motivated and energized to do your best work everyday.

 

 

September 13,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

How quickly we move into the 5th week of school, half way through the 1st grading period. Teachers should be updating grades in Powerschool. If you have not created a parent powerschool account, please contact the main office. 

Distance Learning Tip for the week: 

Begin and end the day by checking-in. In the morning, you might ask: What classes/subject do you have today? Do you have any assessments? How will you spend your time? What resources do you need? What can I do to help?

At the end of the day you might ask: How far did you get in your learning tasks today? What did you discover? What was hard? What could we do to make tomorrow better?

All school offices remain closed.  If you need anything from the school, make sure you call the main office and schedule an appointment for whatever service you may need. 

The district has produced a Distance Learning Guide (Spanish) for parents and families. The guide can be found on the Hercules High School website and inside the District’s Digital Backpack which will also be posted on our school’s website.  

With all the other happenings around us, I hope you found time to remember September 11, 2001.  A timeline and short video will be posted on our website. 

8:42 A.M.: United Airlines Flight 93 takes off from Newark International Airport, bound for San Francisco International Airport. 8:42–46 A.M.: Flight 175 is hijacked. 8:46:40 A.M.: Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center between the 93rd and 99th floors. 8:50–54 A.M.: Flight 77 is hijacked.

https://youtu.be/dTU--08DnHc

We continue to keep Hercules High School senior, Alyssa Granera in our thoughts and prayers as she remains under intensive care at John Muir Medical Facility in Walnut Creek. We send Titan Love to Alyssa’s family in hopes of full recovery! More information is posted on the school website and on Hercules High School facebook page. 

The accident posted: https://californiainjuryaccidentlawyer.com/richmond-car-crash-80-freeway-cutting-boulevard-september-4/

GoFundMe Page: Alyssa Granera

https://www.gofundme.com/f/s74j4-team-alyssa

Food Service: 

Free student meals will be delivered every Tuesday and Thursday. Meals for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be distributed on Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 1pm at the turnaround on the middle school side, adjacent to the swim center entrance. In addition, we need every family to complete school lunch application forms regardless of income status or free and reduced lunch prices. The online lunch application forms can be found on the website. (English | Spanish).  And, please complete the Multipurpose Income Form (Spanish), otherwise known as the Lunch form. We need EVERY family regardless of income level or free and reduced priced lunch status to complete the form.

For the first time on November 3, WCCUSD voters will vote for school board candidates based on the area they reside (district or ward) instead of an at-large format that was used in the past. To find your district visit https://bit.ly/wccusdvotingarea

 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Google Classrooms’

  • Parents, please have your child give you a tour through each of their classes they have on their schedule. Every class should have a learning platform that outlines all the coursework, assignments, activities, and upcoming projects.  Please check to make sure your child understands how to navigate through the learning platform. Email individual teachers if you have any questions or concerns. 

All students should have signed up for their grade level google classroom.  This will be the main method of communication to all students.  Please make sure that your child monitors their district email daily. 

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Each student is assigned to a homeroom/advisory period. Each homeroom/advisory period will be a live session. Students will need to show their faces on the camera as they log in and virtually check in with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily through the Homeroom/Advisory period.  Please attend all homeroom sessions. 

Engagement: 

  • Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. 

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

Online Registration Process: 

All parents need to complete the online registration for the 20-21 school year. Parents, please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers for each family. It is also beneficial if you add an email address to your account as well. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.netAlso, I have two requests this weekend. Please take a few minutes to make sure we have your best and updated contact information by completing the Annual School Forms.

 

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on the details pertaining to Distance Learning.  

 

Hope you have a great evening, stay safe and protected. 

 

 

September 7,  2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

We hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe throughout these times where the unexpected seems to have  become expected. I wish for safety, protection, cool temps and clean air for all of you. We are in the 4th  week of distance learning. This week, we start with Tuesday's schedule. On Tuesday’s, the home room begins at 10:00am, and the 2nd , 4th , and 6th periods are scheduled. There will be no make up for Labor Day, Monday. 

The district has invited you to provide feedback on your distance learning experience. We encourage families, students, and community members to share their experiences with distance learning and are asking for you to participate in this ThoughtExchange about the first three weeks. The exchange link will be posted on the schools website and will remain open for the next week and close on Friday, September 11. 

All school offices are closed.  If you need anything from the school, make sure you call the main office and schedule an appointment for whatever service you may need. 

On September 4th, 2020 around 9:50pm. Alyssa Granera’s a senior at Hercules High School was involved in a traffic accident that resulted in her being transported to John Muir Medical Facility in Walnut Creek.  We send Titan love to Alyssa’s family in hopes of full recovery! More information is posted on the school website and on Hercules High School facebook page. 

The accident posted: https://californiainjuryaccidentlawyer.com/richmond-car-crash-80-freeway-cutting-boulevard-september-4/

GoFundMe Page: Alyssa Granera

https://www.gofundme.com/f/s74j4-team-alyssa

Food Service: 

Meals are being distributed to any student without charge. Meals for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be distributed on Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 1pm at the turnaround on the middle school side, adjacent to the swim center entrance. In addition, we need every family to complete school lunch application forms regardless of income status or free and reduced lunch prices. The online lunch application forms can be found on the website. (English | Spanish).

For the first time on November 3, WCCUSD voters will vote for school board candidates based on the area they reside (district or ward) instead of an at-large format that was used in the past. To find your district visit https://bit.ly/wccusdvotingarea

Schools and departments are open to the public Monday through Thursday by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  We are closed to the public on Fridays.

AAPAC

The first AAPAC meeting will be the first Tuesday of every month.  There will be an AAPAC meeting  on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:00-8:00. The meeting will be held via zoom. 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. If you have not received the weekly agenda or do not see it posted, please email your teacher directly. 

Technology Assistance:

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

Online Registration Process: 

All parents need to complete the online registration for the 20-21 school year. Parents, please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers for each family. It is also beneficial if you add an email address to your account as well. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.net

Google Classrooms’

  • Parents, please have your child give you a tour through each of their classes they have on their schedule. Every class should have a learning platform that outlines all the coursework, assignments, activities, and upcoming projects.  Please check to make sure your child understands how to navigate through the learning platform. Email individual teachers if you have any questions or concerns. 

All students should have signed up for their grade level google classroom.  This will be the main method of communication to all students.  Please make sure that your child monitors their district email daily. 

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

 

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Each student is assigned to a homeroom/advisory period. Each homeroom/advisory period will be a live session. Students will need to show their faces on the camera as they log in and virtually check in with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily through the Homeroom/Advisory period.  Please attend all homeroom sessions. 

Engagement: 

  • Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. 

Please continue to visit the Hercules High School website for up to date information on the details pertaining to Distance Learning.  

Hope you have a great evening, stay safe and protected. 

 

August 30, 2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

We roar into week # 3, where teaching and learning in all your classes are priority.  Even through distance learning, we expect all students to be Titan Scholars.  Being a Titan Scholar means that you represent yourself, your family, and take action on your dreams and aspirations.  As a high school student you have no better time than the present to focus on all your classes.  Remember, it is not how many days you actually attend your class.  The real work is put in during the late afternoons, early evenings, Friday’s , and part of the weekend.  Academic activities should include reading, reviewing, practicing, writing, and recreating your assignments. The academic work you do today, will pay dividends in the near future. Your academic paycheck for 2020-21, starts today!   How much will your academic paycheck be when you graduate? What colleges or universities will pay you to attend their school?  

All school offices are closed.  If you need anything from the school, make sure you call the main office and schedule an appointment for whatever service you may need. 

Attendance and Engagement

Homeroom/Advisory: Bell Schedule/Student Day: 

  • Each student is assigned to a homeroom/advisory period. Each homeroom/advisory period will be a live session. Students will need to show their faces on the camera as they log in and virtually check in with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily through the Homeroom/Advisory period.  Please attend all homeroom sessions. 

Engagement: 

  • Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. 

Google Classrooms’

  • Parents, please have your child give you a tour through each of their classes they have on their schedule. Every class should have a learning platform that outlines all the coursework, assignments, activities, and upcoming projects.  Please check to make sure your child understands how to navigate through the learning platform. Email individual teachers if you have any questions or concerns. 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. 

Technology Assistance: 

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices.

Online Registration Process: 

Parents, please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers for each family. It is also beneficial if you add an email address to your account as well. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.net

Lastly, we need EVERY family, regardless of income status, to complete the school lunch form. The federal government has provided zero flexibility on this requirement and a significant portion of the district funding that supports several programs and services is still tied to this essential piece of information. The form can be filled out by clicking either the English | Spanish link or in the Back to School Annual Forms found by accessing your Parent PowerSchool account. Please, take a few minutes to complete the form.  

All students should have signed up for their grade level google classroom.  This will be the main method of communication to all students.  Please make sure that your child monitors their district email daily. 

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

Please continue to visit the high school website for up to date information on the details pertaining to distance learning bell. .  

Hope you have a great evening, stay safe and protected.

 

August 25, 2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

This is a Tuesday night update. We have many things planned for you over the next week.

Schedule Changes: 

Throughout this week, counselors are reviewing all class rosters, checking on classes that are above 35 students and balancing each section.  They are also checking on our 12th grade students to make sure they are enrolled in the classes they need to satisfy all graduation requirements.   Please have your child update their powerschool schedule each morning to make sure they are in the correct classes as listed in PowerSchool.  We have also added the google classroom code in the room number field.  This may make the process easier for you to know the google classroom code for each teacher.  We are hopeful this will be the last week of any schedule changes. 

Freshman Orientation: August 28th @ 12:30pm 

Our leadership students are working on a virtual freshman orientation for August 28th at 12:30pm.  The announcements and links to the orientation will be posted in the 9th grade google classroom. 

Material Distribution:Material Distribution Schedule

On August 26th, we will allow students to be on campus to exchange textbooks, pick up textbooks, and check out any technology devices that they may not have. Please follow the alpha list that has been posted in the grade level google classrooms. 

Back To School Night

We will be hosting our Back To School Night on August 27th. We will start with our parent workshop at 4:45pm and will transition into our teacher classroom presentations at 5:25pm.  All teacher links will be available through your child’s tablets.  The Back To School Night Directory of teachers links will be posted in the grade level classrooms. 

Computer Science Courses: 

We are very happy to welcome Ms. Sandra James as our computer science teacher to Hercules High School. Ms. James has many years experience teaching AP Computer Science courses, CyberSecurity, and Computer Programming.  If you would like your child to be enrolled in any of the computer science courses, please email your individual counselors. Ms. Sandra James email: sandra.james@wccusd.net.  All computer science google codes have been posted to grade level google classrooms. 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. You may email your teachers directly if you do not receive the weekly agenda. 

Online Registration Process: 

Parents, we need all parents to complete the online registration process. Please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers and emails for each family. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.net

All students should have signed up for their grade level google classroom.  This will be the main method of communication to all students.  Please make sure that your child monitors their district email daily. 

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

Parent/Guardian Invites: Google Classroom 

In order to be invited as a parent or guardian on google classroom, you will need to email individual teachers for that request. 

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Each student will be assigned a teacher for a Homeroom/Advisory period. Each homeroom/advisory period will be a live session. Students will need to show their faces on the camera as they log in and virtually check in with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily through the Homeroom/Advisory period.  Attendance is required, so please attend all homeroom

Engagement: 

  • Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. 

Bell Schedule/Student Day: Bell Schedule/Student Day: 

The bell schedule is posted in grade level google classrooms as well as on the Hercules High School Website, Reopening of Schools Bulletin.

Technology Assistance: 

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices. 

Student Expectations: 

Student expectations have been posted in the grade level google classrooms and teachers will be posting their expectations within their course syllabus. 

 ALL high school students are expected to:

  • Log into courses daily through the digital platform (google/zoom)
  • Complete and submit eLearning lessons and assignments as assigned
  • Communicate with teachers  daily as prescribed by individual teachers
  • Spend a minimum of  2-3 hours per day on coursework for all classes

Please continue to visit the high school website and click on the Reopening of schools icon for up to date information on the details pertaining to distance learning bell schedule and daily assignments posted by individual teachers.  

Hope you have a great evening, stay safe and protected. 

 

 

August 23, 2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

I hope that you and all your loved ones are safe through these tumultuous times. We have successfully completed week one of distance learning and proudly  announce 96% attendance as of last Friday!  Thank you parents and students for your commitment to attending all classes and connecting with all of your teachers. Attendance is taken every homeroom period and engagement is taken every period.  It is important to remember that you can be in attendance during a class, but if you are not engaged in the lesson or activity, that will get you an “N” in Powerschool. 

Material Distribution:

On August 24th and August 26th, we will allow students to be on campus to exchange textbooks, pick up textbooks, and check out any technology devices that they may not have. There may be a slight chance that all outside activities may be cancelled due to the air quality levels.  We will notify you as quickly as we get confirmation from the district office. 

Back To School Night

We will be hosting our Back To School Night on August 27th. We will start with our parent workshop at 4:45pm and will transition into our teacher classroom presentations at 5:25pm.  All teacher links will be available through your child’s tablets.  The Back To School Night Directory of teachers links will be posted in the grade level classrooms. 

Computer Science Courses: 

We are very happy to welcome Ms. Sandra James as our computer science teacher to Hercules High School. Ms. James has many years experience teaching the AP Computer Science courses, CyberSecurity, and Computer Programming.  If you would like your child to be enrolled in any of the computer science courses, please email your individual counselors. Ms. Sandra James email: sandra.james@wccusd.net.  All computer science google codes have been posted to grade level google classrooms. 

 

Weekly Agendas: 

  • Each Monday by 10am, teachers will have posted their weekly agenda for the upcoming week.  Weekly agendas can be found in teachers' individual google classrooms. 

Online Registration Process: 

Parents, please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers for each family. It is also beneficial if you add an email address to your account as well. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.net

All students should have signed up for their grade level google classroom.  This will be the main method of communication to all students.  Please make sure that your child monitors their district email daily. 

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

Parent/Guardian Invites: Google Classroom 

In order to be invited as a parent or guardian on google classroom, you will need to email individual teachers for that request. 

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Each student will be assigned a teacher for a Homeroom/Advisory period. Each homeroom/advisory period will be a live session. Students will need to show their faces on the camera as they log in and virtually check in with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily through the Homeroom/Advisory period.  Attendance is required, so please attend all homeroom

Engagement: 

  • Students will be marked “N” if they are not engaged in a specific period they are assigned to.  Please encourage your child not only to be present during distance learning sessions, but to be engaged in the learning process. 

Bell Schedule/Student Day: Bell Schedule/Student Day: 

The bell schedule is posted in grade level google classrooms as well as on the Hercules High School Website, Reopening of Schools Bulletin.

Technology Assistance: 

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices. 

Student Expectations: 

Student expectations have been posted in the grade level google classrooms and teachers will be posting their expectations within their course syllabus. 

 ALL high school students are expected to:

  • Log into courses daily through the digital platform (google/zoom)
  • Complete and submit eLearning lessons and assignments as assigned
  • Communicate with teachers  daily as prescribed by individual teachers
  • Spend a minimum of  2-3 hours per day on coursework for all classes

Please continue to visit the high school website and click on the Reopening of schools icon for up to date information on the details pertaining to distance learning bell schedule and daily assignments posted by individual teachers.  

Hope you have a great evening, stay safe and protected.

 

 

August 18, 2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

We officially made it past two days of distance learning!  I am proud to say, today we had 90% recorded attendance! That is simply amazing!  We have had some hiccups, so I wanted to send out a Tuesday night message to bring you up to date.

Our computer science teacher is in the hiring process, so we hope to get her onboard by the end of this week. There will be no penalty for students not attending those classes. 

Mr. Harris, Ms. Krier, Mr. Hill,  and Ms. Lucas have  been having some technical difficulties launching their virtual sessions, so please be patient while they work through the technological challenges.  This would also mean their home rooms sessions have not been activated yet.

At this point all students should have access to their grade level classroom. This is the classroom that all school announcements are posted through. In this class students will be able to identify all teacher google codes for all teachers and their periods. 

There have been and will be a couple more days of schedule changes.  We hope that the majority of schedule adjustments have been made.  It is a good practice to have your child check their powerschool schedule to make sure they are attending the correct classes.  Once they identify the teacher and period, they would look to the teacher google classroom sheet in their grade level classroom to find the code to join that classroom. 

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

Each child should have a district email address.  They need to be monitoring that email daily.  Teachers will be sending out invitations to each student on their roster on how to join their virtual classes. 

Parent/Guardian Invites: Google Classroom 

In order to be invited as a parent or guardian on google classroom, you will need to email individual teachers for that request. 

Material Distribution: Round 2

We are having round two of material distribution on Monday August 24th and Wednesday August 26th from 9:00am - 11:30am. This is a time for students who are in need of exchanging textbooks. The library will be open from 9:00am - 11:30am.  Students must have proper COVID 19 protective face coverings and keep socially distanced.  Please do not allow your child on campus if they are feeling sick or have a temperature. 

Online Registration Process: 

Parents, please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers for each family. It is also beneficial if you add an email address to your account as well. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.net

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Each student will be assigned a teacher for a Homeroom/Advisory period. Each homeroom/advisory period will be a live session. Students will need to show their faces on the camera as they log in and virtually check in with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily through the Homeroom/Advisory period.  Attendance is required, so please attend all homeroom

 

Bell Schedule/Student Day: Bell Schedule/Student Day: 

The bell schedule is posted in grade level google classrooms as well as on the Hercules High School Website, Reopening of Schools Bulletin.

Technology Assistance: 

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices. 

Please continue to visit the high school website and click on the Reopening of schools icon for up to date information on the details pertaining to distance learning bell schedule and daily assignments posted by individual teachers.  

Hope you have a great evening, stay safe and protected. 

 

August 17, 2020

Greetings Hercules High School,

Welcome to the first day of the 2020-21 school year. I hope that this message finds you all healthy, safe, protected and nourished. These definitely are not the plans for opening of schools that anyone anticipated, but they are the plans that we need to make work.  In order to start this school year, all parents need to have updated their powerschool registration online.  All students should have logged into their powerschool accounts to view their classes.

Online Registration Process: 

Parents, please double check your contact information on PowerSchool. It is important that we have accurate phone numbers for each family. It is also beneficial if you add an email address to your account as well. If you need your parent powerschool login information, please email us at herculeshs@wccusd.net

In days to come we will be posting up services that the school will be able to offer by appointment. This would include material distribution, registration, technology repairs, etc. 

Make up Material Distribution

All students should have signed up for their grade level google classroom.  This will be the main method of communication to all students.  

Parent/Guardian Invites: Google Classroom 

In order to be invited as a parent or guardian on google classroom, you will need to email individual teachers for that request. 

Grade Level Google Classrooms

  • Our Associated Student Body and Class Officers will be planning school wide activities, clubs/organization will be developed and all student to student communication wil take place in the grade level google classrooms.
  • College Career/Academic Counselors will also be hosting special sessions to inform students about college readiness, academic counseling, and important school updates. 
    • 9th Grade Google Classroom Code: qd4wbb7
    • 10th Grade Google Classroom Code: c5nai4p
    • 11th Grade Google Classroom Code: fbaem5u
    • 12th Grade Google Classroom Code: nww7sbd

Each child should have a district email address.  They need to be monitoring that email daily.  Teachers will be sending out invitations to each student on their roster on how to join their virtual classes. 

Homeroom/Advisory: 

  • Each student will be assigned a teacher for a Homeroom/Advisory period. Each homeroom/advisory period will be a live session. Students will need to show their faces on the camera as they log in and virtually check in with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily through the Homeroom/Advisory period.  Attendance is required, so please attend all homeroom

Bell Schedule/Student Day: Bell Schedule/Student Day: 

The bell schedule is posted in grade level google classrooms as well as on the Hercules High School Website, Reopening of Schools Bulletin.

Technology Assistance: 

If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, please contact Ms. Williams at kwilliams@wccusd.net to set up an appointment to swap out your devices. 

Student Expectations: 

Student expectations have been posted in the grade level google classrooms and teachers will be posting their expectations within their course syllabus. 

 ALL high school students are expected to:

  • Log into courses daily through the digital platform (google/zoom)
  • Complete and submit eLearning lessons and assignments as assigned
  • Communicate with teachers  daily as prescribed by individual teachers
  • Spend a minimum of  2-3 hours per day on coursework for all classes

Please continue to visit the high school website and click on the Reopening of schools icon for up to date information on the details pertaining to distance learning bell schedule and daily assignments posted by individual teachers.  

Hope you have a great evening, stay safe and protected.