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  • Updates for 5/20:

    Posted by Leah Bender on 5/20/2020

    Updates for 5/20:


    All quarter 4 makeup work for this class must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Monday, May 25 for full credit. My grades are due the next day, so I will not accept work after that 5/25. AP Seminar/Research students must submit their papers if late to the AP Digital Portfolio by 5/25 as well to avoid computer/server glitches from College Board (it always happens on the final due date, so submit it early).


    Please drive to the back of building 9 (JROTC/Driver's Ed building) to return textbooks, my classroom library books with my name on a post-it on them, school library books, Chromebooks, JROTC uniforms, and anything else that belongs to the school on the dates below. If you can't make these dates, call the school for a specific appointment.

    12th Grade: May 27th—(A-M Last Names) 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    12 Grade: May 28th—(N-Z Last Names) 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    11th Grade: June 3rd—9:00-11:00 a.m.
    10th Grade: June 4th—9:00-11:00 a.m.
    9th Grade: June 5th—9:00-11:00 a.m.


    Held June 19 at 9:00 AM at the WP football field. Students will get only 2 tickets for family, and police will check these at the parking lot entrance gate before you can even enter school property, and they will turn people away if necessary. Strict social distancing will be followed (6ft. spacing, no groups, no hugging unless it's your two family members, orderly entering/exiting the stadium). No bags or purses are allowed into graduation. No rehearsal, just show up BEFORE 9:00 AM and find your seat on the field with your name on it. You may wear a mask, but I don't think it will be required (I will probably be wearing one). I will see you on the field!

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  • MCPS/WPHS School Updates for 4/20:

    Posted by Leah Bender on 4/20/2020


    ALL STUDENTS: PLEASE CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL AND THE EMAIL FOR YOUR COLLEGE BOARD ACCOUNT DAILY!  You have been getting important updates via email from both WPHS staff and the College Board regularly, so please check them. 


    Grad Bash and Prom have been canceled by Universal and Disney.  Mrs. Cruze is waiting on refund checks from them, and then you will be issued refunds, but the process can take up to 4 weeks. 

    • IMPORTANT: YOUR ADDRESS IN SKYWARD MUST BE UP TO DATE FOR YOU TO RECEIVE A REFUND.  If your address in Skyward is not correct, you or a parent will need to email a scanned copy of your new lease/mortgage and a recent electric bill and both must have your new address on them. 
    • Email them to either or ASAP.


    Graduation has been postponed.  I don’t have details yet, but I do know that WPHS and MCPS are both looking for ways to celebrate seniors safely and/or at a later date.  I’ll let you know more when I know more.


    As per the governor’s order, all school campuses will remained closed for the remainder of the school year. 

    • Lessons, assignments, and online class will continue through June 1st, which is the last instructional day, so we will continue working even after the AP Exams. 
    • All other field trips or extracurricular activities for the year are canceled. 
    • Textbook/library book returns are being worked out, but do not return them yet. 


    Grading: If you are not submitting classwork, your grades will be affected and you will start seeing zeroes in Skyward for missing assignments. 

    • Contact your teachers for their official policies. 
    • For this class, you may submit late work without penalty, but you must be in communication with me (i.e., checking in for attendance, sending me a message/email that your work will be late). 


    Attendance: If you have not checked in to a class for attendance or to submit work for 3 or more days in a row, you will be marked absent. 

    • Please make sure you are completing the attendance check-in question for this class each week between 9:00 AM Monday morning and 9:00 AM Friday morning. 


    Parking Lot Wifi: There is Wifi available at the WPHS parking lot Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 

    • There are additional schools with this capability as well (see the MCPS website for details). 
    • This is a great idea if you do not have internet so that you can connect to turn in or download assignments that you can then complete at home.


    The WPHS Student Government is hosting spirit Wednesdays on Instragram @WPHS.Council.  This week is “sibling and pets” day.


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  • AP Exam Updates: 4/15

    Posted by Leah Bender on 4/14/2020



    Open the email sent on 4/13 from the College Board. Review all the AP exams for which you are enrolled. If they are correct, click “Confirm Your Exams” on the email and follow the instructions, then take the student survey.


    YOU MUST CONFIRM YOUR EXAMS THROUGH THE EMAIL. If the exams are incorrect, please let me know ASAP before you confirm.


    The schedule and survey are being sent to the email in your AP Classroom/College Board profile, which makes this an excellent opportunity to check that this email is correct.  All AP Exam information, including login details and your test day tickets will be sent directly to you through the email on your College Board profile, so it is VERY important to double check that this is an email you can check from home, and that you look at it regularly!


    Again, ALL information about how to take your tests this year AND the test itself will be sent to you directly by email. If you don’t receive the survey or just want to change/check your email address in your account, you can follow these steps:
    1. Login to AP Classroom
    2. Click on your name (upper right).
    3. Click “Account Settings”. You will likely need to login again at this point.
    4. Scroll down in your profile and replace the email address with the one you have access to at home and will check regularly.
    5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Update”. Your email address will then be updated.


    FYI: If you did not get an email, check your junk mail or spam first. If it's not there, login to your CB account and make sure you have your cell phone number listed, they can send you texts then. Double check your email as well, make sure it's a personal email account, not the school one because they block a lot of things. If all that fails, let me know.


    IMPORTANT: If you do not have a computer or electronic device at home, the College Board will provide one for you. Simply go to and let them know. They will literally send you a device so you can test. This request must be completed by April 24th.


    Another AP Exam update will be posted later this week, and again next week. If you have questions, please reach out to me via email, Remind, or on Mondays through our Zoom meetings.

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  • AP Exam Updates 4/3

    Posted by Leah Bender on 4/3/2020


    For full details on all exams, click on this link:


    Date/time: Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00 pm (eastern)



    • Essay question #2: prose (text excerpt with prompt)
    • 45 minutes to write, 5 minutes to upload your essay.
    • Setup will be in AP Classroom or something similar.
    • Can use a computer to type in Word or Google Doc, then upload your essay and/or cut and paste it to upload; OR you can use a phone to take a picture of your handwritten essay and upload with your phone. You must pick ONE device (computer or phone) and stick with it or your essay will be invalidated.
    • There will be video simulations released in May with directions on how to do everything.
    • This essay is considered “open book”. You ARE allowed to use notes, handouts, books, and internet searches.
    • There will be a timer, but it is encouraged that you set a timer of your own because it may not be visible in the program. If you have accommodations for extended time already in place with College Board, you will get that extra time automatically (select students only).


    Test Security:

    Despite the “open book” type exam, there will be STRICT security measures taken.

    Click on the link for more details on exam security:

    • You will need to login at least 30 minutes BEFORE the testing time so that your identity can be verified with your College Board password (please write it down!) and other security questions.
    • Plagiarism software will be used to detect cheating and/or copying. Some of the security measures are confidential and will not be released, but I do know the College Board has internet scrubbers, analytics, and algorithms that find instances of cheating or leaking test questions already in place and they have used them before.
    • You cannot consult with anyone else (teacher, parents, other students, etc.) while you are taking the exam. Honestly, with only 45 minutes to write, it would be a waste of time to try this anyway.
    • Teachers will be given copies of your unscored essays on May 26. First, teachers will be asked to help spot inconsistencies in student work; if your test essay does not look like your typical classwork essays, teachers can flag them for plagiarism follow up.  Teachers also have the option to use these essays as final exam grades as well.
    • If you violate test security, cheat, or plagiarize, College Board will:
      1. Cancel your score on the test
      2. Will be block you from taking any other AP test
      3. Send notice to high schools that you cheated so they can enact discipline
      4. Send notice to any colleges that were slated to receive your scores that you cheated
      5. Will bar you from taking any other AP, SAT, or CLEP exams in the future
      6. In certain cases, notify law enforcement


    If you have questions, please email or message Mrs. Bender.

    Updates will be added as they are received.


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  • School Day SAT Results

    Posted by Leah Bender on 4/1/2020

    Juniors who took the school day SAT: 


    If you have not received your school day SAT results on your College Board account, that means there was a problem with the registration numbers on your exam.  If you would like your results, please follow these steps carefully: 

    1. Send me an email asking for your school day SAT results: 
    2. I have access to your scores, and will reply with your results as soon as I can... OR you can wait for the results to be entered into Skyward (they're working on it this week).  
    3. If you want your scores to show up on your College Board account to use them for college applications, you will need to use the registration number I send you and call the SAT School Day hotline at 1-866-756-7346 and verify your registration number for them. They will process your request, and update your account so you can send those scores to colleges.
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  • AP Exam Information: 3/31

    Posted by Leah Bender on 3/31/2020

    General information about AP exams: Click Here for AP Exam Updates


    AP Literature: 

    • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home (or possibly in school if we are back on campus, we'll have to wait and see).
    • The exam will have ONE FREE RESPONSE ESSAY. I do not know which essay it will be. This will most likely be typed online in AP Classroom, and they will be using a secure browser and plagiarism checker on all submissions. More information will be given by College Board on 4/3.
    • There will be NO MULTIPLE CHOICE on the exam.
    • Colleges will still accept the AP credits as normal.
    • If you do not have access to a computer, phone, or internet at home, please go to this link and let College Board know:


    AP Seminar: 

    • Only the Individual Research Report + Individual Written Argument will be scored (no team or individual presentations or end-of-course exam).
    • Digital Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET (our class due date will be earlier due to seniors leaving and graduation).
    • We will still complete the Individual Multimedia Presentation for a grade. 


    AP Research: 

    • The Academic Paper will be the only part of the exam submitted this year. No Presentation or Oral Defense will be scored.
    • Digital Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET (our class due date will be earlier due to seniors leaving and graduation). 
    • We will still complete the Presentation and Oral Defense for a grade.



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  • Distance Learning Through May 1st

    Posted by Leah Bender on 3/31/2020

    Update 3/31: 


    The Florida Department of Education has closed school campuses until May 1st.  Online/distance learning will continue through that time. 

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  • A Letter to My Students

    Posted by Leah Bender on 3/31/2020

    To my students: 


    Seniors – I am sorry.  I am sorry that you have to miss out or postpone so many rights of passage and the joy that is supposed to be your senior year, graduation, and release into the world.


    Underclassmen – I’m sorry for you, too, that you have to endure this struggle at one of the most pivotal moments of your lives, when you should be deciding on colleges and prepping for the SAT.


    As I’m sure you’re tired of hearing (but I’ll say it again anyway), these are unprecedented times, and no one was really prepared for something like COVID-19.  You are all living through history right now, and though that provides little comfort, it does provide me hope.  I know you all so well, and I know just how good and caring and strong you all are.  I am hopeful that this experience will shape you into even better humans, ones that have learned how to do things for the greater good of humanity. 


    And while we still have learning to do and a test to prep for, I know that being home, caring for family, watching the news, and doing your part to stop the spread of this virus has given you more of an education that I could ever impart.  You’re learning the value of staying informed, helping others, and probably more than you ever wanted to know about the relationship between biology and the government (or perhaps just Tigers and unsolved cases?).


    In any case, I’m proud of you all, I miss you all terribly, and I still look forward to learning with you all again, even if it is from a distance. 


    -- Mrs. Bender

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Last Modified on May 20, 2020