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Continuous Learning Update for the Week of June 1 - 5

May 29, 2020

 

Hello Snoqualmie Valley families,

 

Thank you for continuing to reach out to us during the closure and letting us know how we can support you this spring.  

 

Questions about grading?  Please refer to the SVSD Grading Information for this Spring (from April 29). Also, Superintendent Rob Manahan posted this video on May 21.

 

Elementary Students

Each week’s Stay Engaged Plan is designed around grade-level priority standards to help students be prepared for the following school year and guide teachers toward determining a grade for the third trimester. All required work in the Stay Engaged Plan is important for students’ progression.

  • Yellow highlighted **required assignments are the minimum requirement for students. Teachers will provide feedback on these highlighted assignments.
  • **Required work is important and will help to guide feedback given on highlighted work.
  • By highlighting specific work to be turned in, we are helping families prioritize what has to be turned in. 

A Monday morning week-in-review video from your child’s teacher will be available to all students Monday by 9 a.m. This video will review all due dates for highlighted assignments in the weekly plan and the dates by which students will receive feedback from the teacher.

 

Please contact your student’s teacher with questions or concerns. If you have concerns related to an IEP or 504 plan, please reach out to your child’s case manager (IEP) or the school counselor (504). 

 

Elementary Parent Survey regarding Virtual Learning

Thank you to all families (in grades K-5) who took our survey regarding their experience with remote learning. Here were some key takeaways:

  • Over 1,100 responses were collected.
  • 89% said that their students were keeping up with the work.
  • 75% of parents said that their student was connecting with their teacher the majority of the time.
  • 69% of families felt “live video connections” with teachers and classmates was most beneficial in distance learning.
  • 92% of families responded that their students were understanding and completing reading lessons.
  • 74% of families responded that their students were understanding and completing writing lessons.
  • 90% of families responded that their students were understanding and completing math lessons.
  • 75% of families responded that the level of success their students was having was either good, very good, or excellent. 

 

MSHS and Middle School Students

Please be on the lookout for a second progress report updating you on your child’s current grades. You should receive this no later than Monday, June 1.  Students should continue to check Schoology every Monday morning for weekly class assignments and activities.

 

Student Surveys about Virtual Learning

Thank you to all students (in grades 6-12) who took our Student Survey #1 about their overall experience with remote learning. We had a chance to review the results this week. Here were some key takeaways:

 

Middle School Results

  • 1,001 middle school students completed the survey.
  • 82% of respondents said they are keeping up with their work. 18% said they are overwhelmed.
  • 58% of respondents said the biggest barrier to learning from home is staying motivated (most common response).
  • 90% of students are spending 0-2 hours/course on average each week, which is our target range. Science is taking the most time (18% reported spending 3 or more hours on Science).
  • 75% of students described the work in their courses (on average) as “Too easy” or “Just right”. The courses students identified as most difficult to learn from home were Social Studies, Science and World Language.
  • 85% of students can complete the assignments without help.
  • 23% of students do not attend class because they can complete the assignment on their own (most common response).
  • 38% of students cited “having the assignment explained” and “the chance to ask questions” as the most helpful part of remote class meetings (most common response).

High School Results

  • 922 high school students completed the survey.
  • 75% of respondents said they are keeping up with their work. 25% said they are overwhelmed.
  • 68% of respondents said the biggest barrier to learning from home is staying motivated (most common response).
  • 88% are spending 0-2 hours/course on average each week, which is our target range. Language Arts is taking the most time (23% reported spending 3 or more hours on Language Arts).
  • 81% of students described the work in their courses (on average) as “Too easy” or “Just right”. The courses identified as most difficult to learn from home were Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math. 
  • 82% of students can complete their assigned work without help.
  • 41% of students don’t go to class because they can complete assignments on their own (most common response).
  • 29% of students cited “having the assignment explained” and “the chance to ask questions” as the most helpful part of remote class meetings (most common response).

 

After receiving this feedback from students, here are our next steps:

  • Teachers met this week with their subject area departments to review the student survey data and identify adjustments specific to the courses they teach that may be helpful to students.
  • We are in the process of gathering individual teacher data from a second student survey. Each teacher will review student feedback with the purpose of identifying what is working in their specific classes and what may need to be adjusted.
  • We created a parent and a teacher survey based on student responses. We would greatly appreciate your participation in the parent survey (link is below). This survey will close the evening of Friday, June 5. 

Secondary Parent Survey 

 

Your feedback will be extremely valuable for us as we continue working on improving our approach to remote learning. We will continue to adjust what we do based on your feedback and our ongoing learning about working with our students remotely.

 

Two Rivers Students

For families interested in enrolling in the Two Rivers Big Picture High School for the 2020-21 school year, the school is now accepting applications for students entering 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. For students wishing to know their admission status prior to school ending, the deadline to apply is today -- Friday, May 29. There is still space for students to enroll. We will accept applications until the program is full. Click here for details.

 

Did you know?  You can find a running log of the District notices related to the pandemic and school closures posted here.

 

Thank you for your continued partnership,

 

The SVSD Teaching and Learning Team