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    April 10, 2020

     

    Hello Snoqualmie Valley families,

     

    Below is the weekly update from the SVSD Teaching and Learning department summarizing the progress we’ve made and the next steps we’re taking on our Continuous Learning Plan.  Since Spring Break will be observed next week (April 13-17), please see below for what to expect the following week, April 20-25.

     

    Elementary Schools:

     

    All “Weekly Stay Engaged” plans are available through your student’s teacher. If you did not receive an email from your teacher, are in need of a device, or are having difficulty accessing information in the weekly plan, please contact your student’s teacher who will connect to the correct person for assistance. If you need assistance for a child that has an IEP, please contact your child’s case manager. 

     

    Daily learning can look very different, household-to-household. To help families prioritize and/or make decisions that fit their unique needs, we mapped out an overview of the learning opportunities provided each day in the chart below. Within this chart, we have placed ** next to activities that are required. In the weekly plans that teachers are sending families, highlighted lesson components have a required assignment that will be graded. Note, learning activities can be broken up and completed in any order. 

     

    In the weekly “Ways to Stay Engaged” plans, you will find several links to resources for each subject area. Please note, the intention is not for each of these resources to be printed. There are many alternatives to printing, which include, but are not limited to:

    • Using a white board and marker
    • Using blank paper and pencil
    • Typing in a Google Doc or other similar alternative
    • Discussing the answers with an adult
    • Reading Text: read the book on the screen or listen to the book on Raz-Kids

     

    During the week of April 20-24, you can expect to see the following:

    • Newly refined Weekly Stay Engaged plans email from your student’s teacher
    • Whole class Web conference (Hello)
    • Check in from your child’s teacher for parent and student Schoology accounts
    • A link to a video from your student’s teacher that highlights some assignments (Monday Review)
    • Connections with your teacher via email, Schoology, Google Doc, or web conference
    • Video connection with specialists (ie. PE, music, etc.)
    • Teacher instructional video
    • Teacher feedback on Tuesday’s Raz-Kids turn in quiz

     

    Middle Schools and Mount Si High School:

     

    Important update: Beginning Monday, April 20, we will implement a schedule of regular class period meetings at CKMS, SMS, TFMS and MSHS for teachers and students. While these class period meetings are not required of students, teachers will engage students with the new content and learning for the week, allow for questions, and connect students with one another. Important learning will occur during these times, which will be vital for student success next year. Teachers will also offer support for the completion of the weekly assignments, which are required and graded. Please encourage your child to participate so that learning can continue during the closure. Teachers will provide instructions for how to access their class periods in their Monday morning Schoology updates.

     

    Please note that some of our teachers are still facing technology barriers related to connectivity, as well as limitations with how they can interact with students as a result of working with old devices. Class periods may not always go as planned, and you may notice differences in what teachers offer due to some teacher device and connectivity limitations. We will do our best, and we appreciate your patience as we figure this out. All teachers are excited to learn new skills and reconnect with their students, so please bear with us while we work out the kinks!

     

    Middle School Schedule:

    MSHS Schedule:

    Two Rivers School

    • Two Rivers staff members will continue to reach out and work with students on an individual basis.

     

    How you can support your child with learning from home:

    • Please be sure your child logs in to Schoology every Monday. 
    • Monitor your child’s grades in Skyward. Please reach out to the teacher if your child needs help.
    • Encourage your child to attend class sessions and take advantage of the afternoon appointment time available for additional help.
    • Contact your child’s school counselor for support if he/she refuses to do the assigned work.
    • Review these Microsoft Teams classroom expectations with your student. 
    • Review the weekly tasks with your child, and help your child build a schedule for managing the week. A middle school and high school example are below.

     

    Middle School Student Weekly Schedule example

     

    High School Student Weekly Schedule -  example #1

     

    High School Student Weekly Schedule - example #2

     

    During the week of April 20-24, you can expect to see the following:

    • Scheduled Class meetings -- please have your student participate!
    • Designated time during each week for students to schedule meetings with their teachers for extra support.
    • New work posted on Monday, April 20, in Schoology. 
    • Feedback to students on assigned work.

     

    Below we have listed some of the work completed to date as well as steps for next week for our Continuous Learning Plan. We again ask that if you have not received information from your teacher, or are having challenges with devices or connectivity, that you please contact your building administrator. Thank you again and we sincerely hope you are remaining safe and healthy during this time! 

     

    Be sure to visit our COVID-19 Resources webpage for Food Services, Child Care for healthcare workers, and Mental Health and Crisis Resources if you or anyone you know may need support.

     

    Sincerely,

    Ginger Callison, Dan Schlotfeldt, Nancy Meek, Executive Directors for Teaching & Learning and Student Services

    Rob Manahan, Superintendent

     

    Summary of Teaching and Learning Activities

     

    Elementary (Kindergarten through grade 5)

     

    3/16 - 3/20

    • Set up a teacher and student accounts for Zearn (Math)
    • Add students to STEMScopes account (Science)
    • Complete online Schoology Training course 
    • Review upcoming Eureka/Zearn units
    • Attend Virtual staff meetings, via Zoom/Teams  
    • Develop communications for student/parents

     

    3/23 - 3/27

    • Review the weekly Engagement Learning Activities.  Prepared to answer student questions. 
    • Build one “Team” in Microsoft Teams and practice
    • Download class usernames and passwords for necessary student access
    • Link weekly Engagement Learning Activity plans to Clever 
    • Email parents the directions for Clever
    • Check in with each student via email, or Teams. 
    • Monitor usage reports for all online tools. Check in with students that are not using resources.
    • Document family device needs and send to your principal 
    • Ensure class is in Zearn and Stemscopes.

     

    3/30 - 4/3

    • Review the weekly engagement activities. Be prepared to answer student questions
    • Share with families your class code and logins for Raz-Kids (Reading)
    • Assign the text passages in  Raz-Kids for student read alouds 
    • Check in with each student via email, Zoom, or Teams
    • Continued professional development around Schoology 
    • Record and link  a  video of teacher read aloud to Clever 
    • Communicate with families regarding daily  “Check and Connect” time for students
    • Begin conducting class Zoom/Team meetings
    • Work with grade level teams to create digital and non-digital differentiation opportunities

     

    Secondary (grades 6-12)

     

    3/16 - 3/20

    • Staff took 9 hour Schoology course
    • Teachers sent an email message to all families
    • Outreach to students with missing work
    • Test retakes offered to students when possible (emphasis on students with D/F grades)
    • Message to families about optional learning opportunity availability during upcoming week 
    • Teachers organized into small teams, new expectations for practice shared.
    • Addressed student/staff tech needs

     

    3/23 - 3/27

    • First small team meeting (most teachers had 2 - 3 meetings this week). Developed process for  providing the same learning opportunities to students taking the same course, regardless of assigned teacher or school.
    • First learning opportunity shared with students through Schoology (Goal: At least 2 hours of student work/course). Learning opportunities posted on Tuesday, 3/24 in Schoology.
    • Added supplemental resources to Schoology
    • Teachers learned to record a video; all teachers posted a video 
    • Teachers learned to use Schoology analytics to see which students are not logging on to Schoology. This will allow us to reach out to families and engage as many students as possible before requiring and grading work.
    • Teachers created a list of students who did not log in to Schoology during the week of 3/23 - 3/27.

     

    3/30 - 4/3

    • Advisory teachers emailed parents whose students did not log in to Schoology last week.
    • Second set of student learning opportunities posted in Schoology on Monday, 3/30. These were optional, but highly encouraged. Goal: All students log in to Schoology. 
    • Students were asked to return their learning opportunities to teachers, and received feedback from their teachers. This allowed teachers to practice sending/receiving/returning work before assigning work that counts toward a grade. 
    • Surveys were sent to students about their experiences with the first two learning opportunities--we will adjust based on their feedback.
    • Teachers continued to answer student and parent questions over email.
    • Teachers read about instruction in a virtual environment.
    • Developed a plan for each senior who needs to meet the assessment requirement for graduation.

     

    4/6 - 4/10

    • New set of learning tasks assigned in Schoology on 4/6
    • Learning tasks required and scored. Scores will be entered into the gradebook and will count toward the Semester 2 grade.
    • Teacher video introducing the assigned work for the week, or providing a link to learning related to the assigned work.
    • Teachers learned to use Microsoft Teams, and some scheduled Teams meetings with their students.
    • Teachers continued to work on identifying priority content, and finalizing a list of the concepts they will teach for the remainder of the year.

     

    4/20 - 4/24

    • Scheduled class periods and designated office hours (by appointment) for teachers and students.
    • New set of learning tasks assigned in Schoology on 4/20.
    • Learning tasks required, scored, and entered into the gradebook.
    • Close teacher progress monitoring of grades for seniors. Parents/counselors will be notified when students drop below 60% in a course.