Your well being remains very much on the minds of our faculty and staff and we want you to know we are here to support you in any way we can. This update includes details about our various efforts to improve the distance learning experience for our students and their families. We know it's a lot to digest, but we wanted you to have this information in one place for your convenience. At our recent grade-level parent meetings we covered many of these topics, so if you weren't able to make the meeting, you can find that info here.
We are grateful to our students and families who have brought positivity, resilience and patience to our classes and community events. We have held grade-level meetings with students to discuss both the academic and social experience for our students and have worked to continuously find ways to improve the distance learning experience as much as possible.
Thank you to the class of 2020 for helping us brainstorm ideas so we may continue celebrating our Seniors during this challenging time. For the rest of us, don't forget to show a Senior your love and support!
MODIFIED SCHEDULE FOR MOD 6
It's been a number of weeks since we implemented our modified schedule. Hopefully, you notice some benefits at home. In addition to reducing the number of synchronous class hours, we have created extra time for office hours and independent work, especially on Wednesdays, when added time in the middle of the week is particularly helpful.
Wednesdays have become an important time for coming together as a community.
Advisories have continued to meet throughout the week, providing an opportunity for social connection and support. Advisory time is also used for individual meetings between Advisors and Advisees.
The modified Mod 6 schedule provides extra time for students to focus on learning in their ABC blocks, as Z blocks wrap-up on April 28th. Mod 6 will continue until May 8th, though students will have an additional 10 days to submit assignments and projects, as well as opportunities to attend office hours and get help. The deadline for Mod 6 course work is May 18th.
MODIFIED SCHEDULE FOR MOD 7 & TALKING LEAVES
Mod 7 will focus primarily on two programs: SIP and Talking Leaves.
groups have continued to meet and are considering ways in which their topics have been impacted by COVID-19. Many groups are finding new dimensions to the issue, and in some cases, an increased urgency to make positive change.
Below are a series of deadlines to help students make progress with their essay:
Thesis: was due April 24th
Outline, including textual evidence: May 14th
First Draft: May 21st
Self-Assessment: May 22nd
Final Draft: May 28th
Presentations: June 1st-June 4th
These deadlines, with the exception of a draft thesis statement, are all due during Mod 7. There will be at least one hour three days a week (10:50-12:00PM) for students to work on their Talking Leaf, and opportunities to meet with their teacher or Advisor. Information about Talking Leaves will always be on the Family Portal under Groups --> Talking Leaves.
Talking Leaves presentations will be held via Zoom during the week of June 1st. We will publish schedules for presentations in the coming weeks.
Parents, we hope that you can attend your child's presentation and invite family and friends.
Here is the latest modified schedule for Mod 7: