September 24, 2020


Dear Families,


We have thoroughly enjoyed the first official week of school with your children!  It has been a learning process for us all, and we appreciate your patience and perseverance as we begin a year like no other.


We wanted to take this opportunity to explain our current program for blended and remote learning.  As with many things this year, we will continue to be flexible and responsive as needs arise and changes are announced.  As the situation changes, we plan to revise and adapt our current program to best serve our students.  Although our resources are exceptionally limited, we will continue to evaluate these resources to provide more face time for your students with our teachers.  Our goal is to provide as much synchronous instruction as our resources allow.  Our first and most critical priorities are safety and instructional consistency for teachers and students.  Our program allows students to remain in consistent classes with consistent teachers, whether in a remote or blended setting, and minimizes student and teacher exposure. 


When students are attending school remotely, we will not be having a full school day of live lessons in every content area, rather, student programs include work time designed for students to engage in work for classes that do not have a scheduled zoom meeting that day.  We also hope this allows time for students to take breaks from screens throughout the day.  We do not intend for students to sit in front of a device for 5-6 hours a day.


All students begin each day with Advisory. This is an important part of a student’s day, as it is where announcements and information are shared, attendance is taken, and strong relationships with their Advisory teachers and classmates are built.  When students are in-person, Advisory will take place in the classroom, while all students learning remotely that day will have a daily Zoom advisory with one of their current Advisory teachers.


Student schedules rotate between Day 1 and Day 2. Schedules are posted in each Advisory Google Classroom, and contain Zoom links for any synchronous lessons.  These are posted in the “Classwork” section.  These schedules indicate when students have live synchronous sessions (Zoom links included) and when students have independent work time.


At this time, all students receive synchronous instruction every other day in Core Classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, ELA).  Links can be found on the schedule posted in Advisory, as well as the individual content Google Classroom.  Additionally, there are daily assignments posted for students to complete on days when they do not have a synchronous session.  Students should be checking Google Classrooms daily for assignments.


Other classes, which typically meet less frequently than Core courses, have been designated on students’ schedules as Subject Support (e.g., Visual Art Support).  These teachers will be inviting specific classes to a synchronous meeting time over the next week or so, to be held during one of the subject "Support" blocks on the students' schedule. Students will receive an invitation to the meeting through their Google Calendar.  If students are not invited to a synchronous session, assignments will be posted for students to complete throughout the week during these times.


We recommend working with your students to determine a plan for “work time.”  One recommendation is to check the “To Do” lists in Google Classroom for materials to be completed.  We also hope that students will use this time to take breaks to rest their eyes, eat lunch, and recharge throughout the day. 


Once Blended Learning begins, students should ONLY come to school on the days designated for their Cohort. Please see the attached calendar for days.  All students who are not in-person should continue to follow their designated schedules and attend any synchronous sessions as posted in the Advisory classroom.  


Resources:

To learn more about Google Classroom, please review the  Guide to Google Classroom for Families (English) or  Google Classroom Student Tutorial, available in 14 languages.  


We are looking forward to seeing your children next Thursday at Wagner.


Stay safe,

Jen


Jennifer Rehn Losquadro

Principal

To download the September 2020-January 2021 Calendars, click on the pdf below:
September_January_2020_Cohort_Calendar.pdf

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