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Middle and High School Distance Learning

SIXTH - TWELFTH GRADE
Your child's teacher is the best resource to help you with the work your child is completing. Connecting to Schoology or Google will give you a direct connection to what is expected from each one of your child’s teachers. 

Our goal during this extended school closure is to ensure that everyone is successful – students, parents, and teachers.   
Beginning on Monday, April 27, we will transition to a four-day instructional week with all core content subjects being taught Monday-Thursday. Just as they are now, teachers will be available Monday through Friday to answer questions and provide support as students finish their assignments for the week and submit them for review. 

In addition to supporting students, teachers will also be using Fridays to plan for the upcoming week, participate in virtual meetings with colleagues, and engage in professional learning workshops to enhance their online instruction.

Weekly Learning Plans
All middle school students will receive Weekly Learning Plans from their teachers. Learning Plans will be posted on Schoology for students in grades 6-8. Learning Plans will be posted by Friday at 3 p.m. for the following week, beginning this Friday, April 24. Students in grades 9-12 will continue to receive assignments from their teachers through Schoology.

What will be expected of my child each day?
Middle School students will have daily assignments in the four core subject areas of English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. In addition, they will have specials as scheduled by the teacher. Zoom or Google hangout sessions will occur weekly per subject for instruction on new content.  Sessions times will vary depending on grade level and content but will not exceed 30 minutes. Teachers will utilize designated session times to prevent conflicts for staff and students.  

High School students will follow a daily schedule for each of their courses beginning the week of April 27, with modified blocks. Recommended time for each day should total 3 to 3.5 hours.  Zoom or Google hangout sessions will occur weekly per subject for instruction on new content.  Session times will follow the designated schedule, and content but will not exceed 30 minutes.
 
Parents, please contact the teacher for modifications your child may need based on family demands so adjustments can be made accordingly. As a reminder, if you do not feel your child is being challenged, please share that with their teachers and request supplemental work for them to complete.
 
When and how are assignments due?
Each week’s assignments should be submitted upon completion no later than 3 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted by the teacher. Specific details on how to submit assignments will be provided by each teacher and may or may not involve submitting work using an online platform like Schoology or Seesaw.

What can I expect in terms of assessments and grading?
The intent of Distance Learning is not to see how much we can assign to students, but rather how meaningful assignments can be used to meet the learning objectives of the course/grade level so students are prepared for next year and beyond. Teachers have been encouraged to focus on the most essential elements of the curriculum and select content and assignments that are conducive to an online learning environment.

With our focus on learning, not grading, student effort will continue to be recognized using the following scale:

Highly Engaged – means a student is actively participating by attending sessions, completing work/tasks, and is proactively communicating with the teacher and classmates. 

Moderately Engaged – means a student is meeting minimum expectations and/or is partially engaged, attends some learning sessions, and completes some work/tasks. 

Not Yet Engaged – means a student is not engaged in the learning process, does not attend learning sessions, and does not complete tasks/work. 

An additional accountability piece will be occasional quizzes and the weekly recording of work completion in PowerSchool for grades K-12. This will help you and your student better understand their level of engagement.

Assessment Testing

On March 20, The College Board posted some very important information concerning this year's AP Exams. The link below includes information about the exams (which will not be conducted face-to-face this year) and ways in which tests will be adjusted to reflect school closures.

State Assessments
All PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Additonally, standardized testing for students in career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled.
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