The School is Closed Edition~
I hope everyone is still healthy
and is finding a way to be entertained. The latest announcement from
San Juan is that schools are closed through May 1; I would imagine you
have heard that already. The plan is that the district is putting
together online instruction for all schools. It looks like the week
after Spring Break will be used for teacher training with
implementation to follow the week after that. If that timeline changes,
I will let you know.
In the meantime, please continue to have your children using and
getting used to Google Classroom. Many students have been doing a great
job but several have yet to post anything. The benefit to posting is to
become familiar with the platform as it will be heavily used in the
future. Additionally, it’s good for kids to stay in the classroom
mindset; if they take all the time off from March13 until after Spring
Break, it will be hard to engage again. Not all questions have to be
answered to keep the “school thinking” in place, but some work would be
good. I also am aware that some families have instituted their own
program, and that is great, too.
I have responded to every post that has been made in Google Classroom,
and your child can see his/her comment online. New assignments have
been put online for this week, but they are less tied to our studies
and are more open ended this week.
There are five more math pages your student can do this week as
enriched practice. They have been chosen based on the needs that I saw
in the classroom, and they provide good practice. Those pages are on
the homework page of the classroom website.
There are ten new links put on the “Resources while we are closed” page
of the website, some of which have many links that you can use at home
for your children. The new links are noted with a “new” graphic.
Students should be done with the photosynthesis project. That was
assigned prior to leaving, and it should be completed by now. Since we
are not coming back to school until at least May, please have your
child submit the document, along with the scored rubric, via a photo to
email@example.com. I will
collect and assess the work in that manner. This doesn’t have to be
right away, but as kids complete the work, please submit it. I know
that multiple students are done and have been waiting for further
direction as to how to submit the work. I was hoping they can turn it
in right after Spring Break, but that is no longer an option. Thank you-
The poetry writing should also be done as that was assigned prior to
leaving school as well. Several students are putting together some very
impressive webpages through Zoom instruction. Those students and I will
continue to meet and create those pages. For the rest of the students,
they can begin putting their poetry together in Google Slides through
the portal. I explained the process in Zoom the other day, but not all
students were there. Briefly, the students need a title slide and one
poem per subsequent slide with a picture to accompany it. They can
select any colors that they want and they can select any font that they
want. I will be answering further questions in Zoom meetings this week.
However, that work should continue since it was assigned previously.
The due date will be shortly after mandatory learning begins again. It
is to your child’s benefit to work on that now.
Again, any school work we do right now is not mandatory, but we will be
back to school eventually. As long as you have your students working on
things in one way or another, that is good. I hope that some of what is
offered through the Resources page of the website and Google Classroom
is utilized, but the key is to keep engaged in school. I will continue
to offer Zoom meetings this week; they may be modified a bit, though.
If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Have a great Sunday-