Dear McAuliffe Families
I hope everyone is healthy and doing well during these unprecedented times; I have been thinking of you and your families as we adjust to new routines. I know that for many of us, and especially for our middle school students, connection, structure, and ongoing learning are vital during times of uncertainty. In order to meet those needs, and to keep student’s minds working while they are away from school, faculty and staff have been working hard to design remote opportunities for engagement. We will launch this program tomorrow, Wednesday, the 18th. Your student’s crew leader will be the first point of contact if you have any questions. Please note that, though we believe these offerings will be valuable to all students, participation is not mandatory.
This email is long, but I encourage you to read all of it so you can get important information about resources for students while they are out of school!
In this email, you will see information about:
- What the program will look like
- How your student can sign up for different offerings
- How you can obtain technology from the school
- How your student can access counselors during this time
- The program includes offerings from 10:00 - 2:05 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 10:40 - 2:05 Tuesdays and Thursdays. This includes:
- Crew 3 times / week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
- Classes in each academic area; there are a set of offerings that take place on Mondays and Wednesdays and another set on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Opportunities for small group connections with teachers from 2:10 - 2:30.
- A set of “just for fun” activities on Fridays.
Students will participate in the classes through google classroom, an on-line program with which most students are already familiar. Class activities will be a mix of technology-based and off-line activities.
How Students Can Sign Up
You can see the catalog
Students can sign up for offerings by logging into Google Classroom and entering the course code listed in the catalogue. They will get a separate email instructing them about how to sign up; they can also expect an email from their crew leader by 9:30 tomorrow that will instruct them about how to access crew. We encourage students to sign up for classes for each time slot! Please work with your student to help them make a schedule that will work for them. Know that unless specified, classes are open to all students. Students should not restrict themselves to only familiar teachers in their grade levels. We will have a “add/ drop” period between Wednesday the 17th and Tuesday the 24th.
Because this is primarily a choice-based program, I am excited about the ways that it will not only build connection and structure, but will also allow students to explore their interests and gain new ones while becoming increasingly comfortable with 21st century technology skills.
If you or your student has a question about sign up or offerings, please ask them to contact their crew leader
Getting necessary technology
Your student will need access to a computer in order to participate in these offerings. They may borrow a chromebook from McAuliffe if that will help them participate.
If you would like to borrow a chromebook, please come to the school between 8:00 -10:00 a.m. on Wednesday the 18th or between 3:00 - 5:00 on Thursday the 19th.
You will need to complete and sign this
; you may bring it with you or sign it when you arrive.
This structure of learning is new for all of us! I invite you to join us as “crew, not passengers” as we embark on this journey together -- please let us know how this program is working at home!
All the best,
Director of Teaching & Learning