It has not been easy, but here we are after the first 2 weeks and we all have 2 things in common: (1) we have all experienced significant challenges and (2) we have made progress. Everyone involved (students, parents/guardians, teachers) have been resourceful, resilient, and understanding to get us to this point. So, my first point is just to send a sincere 'thank you!' to all of you for your efforts.
Below are a few updates worth knowing for the next few weeks and beyond:
Advisory is an essential part of the Jasper Learning Initiative and you will all find that Jasper activities will increase very soon. For the next few weeks, our teachers will be following this structure:
I personally found the one-on-one meetings over the summer to be incredibly helpful and recommended that the teachers take some time to get to know the students in a similar fashion. We want to take advantage of the Advisory time and have dedicated time for our teachers to get to know the students.
Zoom and Google Meet
As you know, Zoom has been and will be used by our students for their class meetings. There have certainly been challenges up to this point, but everyone is doing their best and we know that you all are too. Directions were sent out earlier for students to authenticate their Zoom accounts. Our understanding is that Zoom is also making improvements on their end.
Google Meet will be used to conduct meetings with parents or members of the community because parents and community members may not have Zoom accounts set up.
With Schoology being new for everyone, including teachers, we recognize that there will be a learning curve and growth with everyone's experience. You will find that Mr. Carolla has his course organized in Schoology by unit and Mrs. McFarland is organizing her course with weekly folders to avoid having her course organized by book chapters/acts. This organization is important to know so that students know where to go. Moving forward, the teachers will continue to collaborate to try and make the Schoology experience consistent for students.
Who are the teachers?
If you didn't get a chance to view the virtual orientation, it's not too late. Check out this page and scroll down to the bottom to click on the teachers to view an introduction video they each made.