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Distance Learning Student Information (High School)

Student Letter 3-31-20

Dear High School Students:

I hope you are well as you deal with the current COVID-19 quarantine and deal with the new (temporary) normal. The intent of this letter is to share the high school plans for the rest of the academic year.

When students were sent home we immediately launched online learning opportunities to continue your studies on an enrichment basis.  That will be changing after Spring Break to begin formal, graded distance learning.

  • During the week of April 6th, your homebase teacher will reach out with preparation activities for you to do to prepare for these new graded activities. There will be no “school” on April 6, to allow your teachers to prepare for this new graded work. Expect to hear from your teachers by April 7.
  • During the week of April 13, we will launch into graded work.  This work will go into the gradebook and affect your semester grade like normal.

We don’t know if we’ll be able to return to physical classrooms this school year and so it is difficult to answer specific end-of-year questions right now. Please know that you will be kept up-to-date as soon as we know information.  

Below is a simple explanation of each day.  Your homebase teacher will explain more the week of April 6.

Weekly Schedule Starting April 13

Days

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Activities by Day

Lessons/ assignments will be posted by  8:00am.

Office Hours

  9:00  Electives

10:00  Science

11:00  History

12:00  Math

  1:00  English

  2:00  Foreign Lang

  3:00  Homebase

Your teacher may schedule additional learning sessions today.

Your teacher may schedule additional learning sessions today.


All work is due Thursday night.

Teachers will be:

  • Grading
  • Providing Feedback

Distance Learning Study Steps to Success

Each week the workload will increase for three weeks.  It will start light and increase until week three.


  • Work space: 
      1. Be prepared to work! Prepare your workspace and have all your materials ready (charged or plugged in Chromebook, pen, notebook, calculator, etc.)
  • “Block” Facebook and other distractions:
      1.  Do not open non-school work related tabs and keep your cell phone away from easy access.
  • Create a schedule:
      1. Spread out your work between Monday-Thursday with enough time to get help.
      2. Break down weekly assignments into daily goals.
  • Goals: 
      1. Create daily goals for each class by breaking down the weekly assignments posted on Monday morning.  Everything is due Thursday evening.
  • Set rewards: 
      1. Reward yourself any time you reach a goal. Check your Facebook, have a snack, check in with some friends.
  • Give yourself a break: 
      1. Remember: sleep, food, and exercise are all essential for good brain function. If you feel your focus is slipping it may be time to take a break and do something physical.
  • Study tips: 
      1. Take notes on instructions and lectures - Note taking is an essential component of your success. Take the time to do the hard work. It saves time overall.
      2. Stop, rewind, and re-watch instructional videos to secure understanding. 
  • Ask your teacher: 
    1. You are not alone. Your teachers are here to help.  Email them and/or drop into office hours.

Suggested Schedules (Starting April 13)

Schedule 1:

Period

Suggested Time

1A

45 minutes

Break

15 minutes

2A

45 minutes

Break

15 minutes

3A

45 minutes

1B

45 minutes

Lunch Break

30 minutes

2B

45 minutes

Break

15 minutes

3B

45 minutes


Schedule 2 :

Period

Suggested Time

Math and Science

90 minutes

Break

30 minutes

ELA and History

90 minutes

Lunch

60 minutes

Foreign Language and Electives

90 minutes