Distance Learning Begins Today (Monday 4/6/2020)
As you know, today we began distance learning as a school. While this is not how we expected to end the school year, I am confident we will be successful. Our teachers and administrators have been working hard to make sure the distance-learning plan will meet the needs of all students. More importantly, we want to continue to support and strengthen our relationship with you, even though we are unable to be in the physical classroom.
I miss our students and staff. The buildings and my day are not the same without you. We must make this sacrifice now so that we can resume our lives normally, as soon as possible. Through our continuous distance-learning plan, we can continue to grow together, even while we must be apart.
I have already heard many great things from our teachers this morning after they made contact with their students. Students have been reaching out to their teachers and students have already started on assignments, are eager to practice, and strengthen their skills.
However, one comment that I found to be very concerning was that a student had emailed a teacher and made the comment that they could take the grade they had before spring break and not do any of the work provided by the teacher for the next five weeks and it would not affect their grade.
Even though it is true distance-learning assignments will not negatively affect grades in any class, students can improve their grades. We need your help. We need the student’s help and full participation to make this work.
Please remember our goals for the rest of the year: to strengthen the academic skills we have already learned, to read as much as we can, and to practice concepts that will help us prepare for classes next school year. We want our students to stay engaged and involved and not fall behind. This will take a responsibility and commitment from our students.
Remember that teachers are there to assist the students every step of the way and if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s teacher. If you have any questions regarding the continuous learning plan, please refer to our school web pages.
Please continue to stress best practices to protect everyone’s health: wash your hands, do not touch your face, stay at home and practice social distancing. We will make it through this challenge and, when we do, I cannot wait to see all of you again.