On November 16th, 2020, we will be moving forward with a change in our Remote Learning schedule. This change reflects input from parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators district-wide regarding the overall effectiveness of our current schedule. As we move into the second marking period, we are adjusting our current practices to ensure that we are doing what is best for our students and constantly seeking ways to positively impact their learning. We noticed specific challenges with regards to asynchronous work during the first marking period and have concerns about poor student engagement. The plan was shared at the Board meeting on November 9th, 2020.
The change will ensure that students receive direct instruction, timely support and feedback on grade level content. Currently, two-way communication reports Indicate a higher number of students in danger of failing mainly in the asynchronous sessions. With the new schedule, students will have daily interaction with their teachers in all their classes during instruction.
7th & 8th graders will attend all 6 classes daily via Zoom sessions (synchronous) for 40 minutes each class and 6th graders will attend all 4 classes daily via Zoom sessions (synchronous) for 65 minutes. Teachers will conduct a short and focused mini-lesson and utilize breakout groups to support students’ grade level proficiency. Students will have scheduled Brain Breaks, a 30-minute lunch period, as well as an advisory period focused on social-emotional learning. Students are expected to use the last portion of their school day (1:30 – 3:10 p.m.) to complete daily assignments. In addition, our teachers will continue to support selected students during virtual Learning Labs.
Our administrative and teaching staff are consistently looking at ways to improve learning for all students. We are hopeful that this schedule will provide our students with the academic and social/emotional support they need during these challenging times. Please continue to check in with your child’s work DAILY by logging into Parent Connect, stay informed through Schoology, set firm expectations by establishing daily routines and have meaningful conversations about social media usage. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers and the building for any support you may need.