1. My district will be doing distance learning for the fall semester. What is the best way for students to digitally complete applications?
Ideally, students should complete a regular application, and qualify based on the traditional letter grade system. Since many schools will be doing distance learning for the start of the school year, it may be better to use an online application. Advisers should use whatever method works for them to track and check grades received. Advisers are free to create their own on-line application (online applications are permitted for all membership drives). Matt Hungerford, CSF Board Past President, has created the following application, which can be adapted for different schools: Please make a copy of this google form and do not edit this original. (Please note, the sample application is made for a specific school, you will need to edit it for your chapter. Email Matt if you need help). All applications must adhere to the CSF/CJSF membership requirements, with no “extras” needed to qualify, such as a specific GPA, service hours, essays, etc..
2. When should I have my fall semester membership drive?
In order for students to qualify for CSF and CJSF awards and recognitions it is important that all chapters hold a membership drive for the fall semester of 2020. The membership drive can be held as soon as school starts, or a few weeks into the semester, and advisers should consider extending the drive to the maximum allowable time ( four weeks) thus giving all students an ample opportunity to apply. Please note that CSF will not be changing any of the requirements needed to receive its traditional awards and recognitions.
3. How do I communicate with my students?
We suggest several all-student and parent emails, suggesting to students that they pass them on to their friends. Also, a Google Classroom set-up for CSF/CJSF students will give them the opportunity to share ideas for fundraising, service projects, etc. Another idea is to publish the names of those students who qualify in a parent newsletter. Many chapters also have had good success in communicating with members using the “remind” app and other similar programs.
4. What do I do about non-traditional grades awarded last spring semester?
Since districts and schools around California have opted for a myriad of different grading systems for last semester, it is difficult to create a one-size-fits-all policy about how students should qualify for CSF and CJSF in the fall.
Here is a suggestion from one of our board members:
“My school went credit/no credit for the spring 2020 grades. So, I plan to accept all students who took four core courses (three if one is AP), and passed all courses. There may be several students who only qualify this semester, but it will get them thinking about getting good grades, and perhaps encourage some to push themselves harder.”
5. I still have more questions and need help, what do I do?
Make sure that you contact CSF/CJSF whenever you need help or have questions. We are here to help you.
CSF Region VPs
Central: Brian Dull, email@example.com
Central Coast: Janie Falcone, firstname.lastname@example.org
North: Mark Bell, email@example.com
South: Lisa Alexander, firstname.lastname@example.org
South Central: Rosalind Kanter, email@example.com
CJSF Region VPs
Central: Wendy May, firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Coast: Sandra Villasenor, email@example.com
North: Pam Bodnar, firstname.lastname@example.org
South: Hollie Lohff, email@example.com
South Central: Veronica Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can always contact Lisa at the central office: email@example.com, she is always a great resource. Also, Matt Hungerford (CSF/CJSF Past President) is available to help for application questions, firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.