April 24, 2020

 

Dear Wagner Families,

 

I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. 

 

It has been just over a month since Wagner’s doors were closed and we made the leap to remote learning.   Thank you for your patience, support, feedback, and overall willingness to engage in our remote learning experience.  In so many ways, remote learning cannot fully replace in-person teaching, for both our students and families, as well as our staff.  However, we are working hard to find the best balance for our school community, within the Department of Education guidelines.  Please know we truly miss seeing your children!

 

Thank you to the families who filled out the survey last week and those who have shared their feedback directly with Wagner staff and administration.  We also appreciate that over 800 students filled out a survey that was administered by the Mathematics Department.  Please know that we were able to read through the feedback carefully to guide our thinking and our work moving forward into longer-term remote learning. We will continue to provide opportunities for you to share your feedback along the way. 

 

There were a few trends that emerged from this information:

  1. Overall, teachers have created learning experiences that are allowing the majority of our students to engage in learning for multiple hours a day. 
  2. Additional opportunities and space for students to interact with their peers in this time of physical distance is important.
  3. A desire for additional real-time interactions between students and teachers.

 

We want to keep things as consistent as possible for your families and for our staff while making thoughtful adjustments that are responsive and make sense for our school community.

 

In order to honor the flexibility that our families and students need during this difficult time, I have asked for teachers to provide instruction and resources that can be accessed at any time, including recordings of teacher led instruction, teacher support in using materials for the day, and resources to support diverse learners. We believe this is the way to provide the most effective learning experiences for Wagner’s community at large.  We recognize that entirely print-based lessons are not accessible for all students. Therefore, as our teachers reflect and build their own skills and knowledge, these learning experiences increasingly include teacher created videos modeling strategies and content so that students and families can access materials when they are able to do so, as well as opportunities for real-time interactions during the school day. 

 

Teachers are offering daily office hours where students can ask questions and get an immediate response.  Students should feel free to reach out to any teacher during posted office hours to get support in their learning.  Office hour schedules are available from Ms. Gonzalez on a weekly basis and are posted in Google Classroom.  Additionally, our Service Providers host office hours for our Students with Special Needs and our English Language Learners.  These hours are also posted weekly in Google Classroom.

 

Our foremost concern is the health and well-being of our students and families.  In order to honor the needs of our community for increased support with maintaining socio-emotional well-being, we will continue to refine and prioritize Wellness Wednesday.  This is an uncertain and stressful time for everyone, especially young people, and it is important that we have a balance of routine as well as time to process, think, and breathe.  We are working to increase the available offerings and possibly include opportunities for students to engage with each other on these days.  We really encourage students to check in on their progress and address any outstanding assignments or questions with their teachers during this time.

 

We recognize that there are still outstanding questions in this process, and that many decisions will need to be made in the upcoming weeks.   While awaiting formal guidance from the DOE, we are actively having discussions around grading policy, promotion, 2021-2022 course placement, graduation and other end of year activities. We will continue to provide regular updates as they come.  

 

Please stay safe and have a peaceful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

Jen

 

 

Jennifer Rehn Losquadro

Principal 


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