Cardinal Success Stories
To all Upper School Student and Parents:
On Wednesday, March 25th, we held a meeting with our Advanced Placement teachers to discuss upcoming changes to the AP exam administrations this year. As you will recall from my previous communication, the College Board has announced that in light of COVID-19 there will be no face-to-face AP exams administered this year. Students will sit for their exams at home under the following conditions:
- Exams will be 45 minutes long
- Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions (ONLY FREE RESPONSE TYPE QUESTIONS)
- Exams will be administered online
- Exams will assess students on a reduced amount of content which would typically have been covered before March
We are currently waiting for the College Board to announce the test administration schedule and have been told that this will be released on April 3, 2020. Once this schedule is released, we will communicate with you.
As we begin to prepare students for their AP exams, we want students to be aware that they will still be required to sit for the AP exam of every AP class that they are enrolled in. Also, starting today, students will be able to view live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.
- These courses are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
- They will be available on-demand, so you can access them at any time.
- They will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.
- There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course.
To access the live classes and recordings, visit the AP YouTube channel or find your course schedule by reviewing the attached document. All of this information can also be found by clicking on this link: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates. Our teachers will be encouraging students to take advantage of these review courses.
We thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to receive communications from the College Board. We will update you as we receive additional information, and if we can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.
Upper School Head
Middle School Head, Mrs. Jill Shelby, reads from the book IT WILL BE OKAY by author, Lysa TerKeurst. Mrs. Shelby shares that this book is a family favorite during some of their difficult times. The subtitle of Ms. TerKeurst's book says it all: "Trusting God Through Fear and Change."
Cardinal Service Week is an amazing annual program for our community. This week, when our entire Upper School staff and student fan out around our community, our country, and the globe, stands out as one of our most valuable efforts towards preparing our students for a lifetime of faith, service, and leadership for Christ. The stories we see and hear demonstrate excellence outside the typical classroom environment as we seek to live out a Biblical Worldview.
Serving brings a smile.
Sharing the gospel brings joy.
Using our hands and hearts is the essence of the spirit of joyful service of this week for our Upper School students and staff.
These pictures never tell the full story of the hardships faced by those we serve. Photos do not tell the gut-wrenching stories of abuse and oppression heard by our students. Nor do a few photos depict the full extent of God’s Spirit at work in the lives of our students - in reality, what they do during Service Week is often the water being poured on a seed planted by others. Whether we raise up a wall, dig a ditch, teach someone English, or clean up a yard, each day of Service Week is a step into God’s unfolding plan in progress before our teams arrive. Our photos simply are snapshots of the glory of God at work as darkness is driven out by the light of the full gospel of peace. As a Christ-centered, college preparatory school equipping our students for a life of faith, service, and leadership for Christ, our Upper School Cardinal Service Week is one of the most important and most impactful weeks of our school year.
Romans 12: 1 [ESV] reminds us:
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
This year, the following represents the various places where our students and staff served in March 2020:
- Tarrant County (helping multiple organizations and ministries)
- East Texas
- Dominican Republic
- Dominican Republic (Cardinal baseball team)
- Costa Rica
If you want to join a school community that places a high value on college preparatory academic rigor ALONGSIDE joyful service, contact our Admissions Team to Discover FWC!