No finals for Point Beach students this year

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Point Pleasant Beach High School students will be excused from taking final exams this year, according to an announcement made by Superintendent Will Smith and PPBHS Principal Nathan Grosshandler.

The district decided to cancel exams for “a number of factors,” officials said.

“Canceling exams opened an opportunity during the final week of school for teachers to provide intervention and support to students before the year closes,” Mr. Smith told The Ocean Star.

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All students will receive an “E” or Excused as a grade within the exam column on report cards, according to officials. Students should expect many teachers to administer some form of assessment during the last days of the marking period.

“Assessing where our students are at for the end of the year is critical data we will use to help plan for next year,” the announcement stated.

Students will meet with teachers on June 11 to close out the year, hand back supplies and more.

According to Mr. Smith, the cancellation of exams “removes logistical concerns about giving exams in a hybrid learning environment with students both at home and in the classroom.”
This will allow the school to host “some grade-level workshops focused on building our school community through positive peer-to-peer connections,” he said.

The district will partner with the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education [Chhange] at Brookdale Community College.

The partnership hopes to educate students and staff about the Holocaust, genocide and human rights; promote the elimination of racism, antisemitism and all forms of prejudice; and develop creative programs regarding these crucial human issues, the group says.
On June 14, 15 and 16, Chhange will present 90-minute grade-level workshops, one per grade, titled School Culture and Humanizing the “Other,” officials say.

“The district has committed to these student experiences by scheduling three separate grade-level workshops, allowing for low numbers of students each day,” the announcement states. “Following each workshop, students will participate in team-building activities led by our Peer Leaders.”

All students are expected to attend and participate as scheduled, per grade.

Finally, the district will also hold failure interventions for students who have failed a course for the year.

“Due to the extremely challenging circumstances of this school year, students will have the opportunity to recoup course credits for failed courses,” officials said. “Teachers will set expectations [amount of work, amount of time, what dates and times, and assessment criteria] based on individual student circumstances. Teachers have full discretion when it comes to developing and implementing failure intervention plans.”

For further information, visit ptbeach.com.

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