SEPTEMBER 2020
Dear Marquette Families,

This is a start to the school year I would have never imagined. Or, to be honest, wanted. We are all facing the consistent challenges and new ways of living, working, and being each day. The effects of Racism and COVID 19 persist as we prepare for the start of the ‘20-’21 school year.

As I talked to families and worked with staff the last few weeks, I have been awed by the resilience and commitment to make this year successful for our children. Marquette staff members have amped up their commitment to anti-racist teaching practices throughout summer. While we all recognize there is a long way to go to eliminate the systemic racism and implicit bias that permeates schools, we are committed to making these changes. This will be reflected in our materials, curriculum, and ways of working. 

Teachers have committed to learning and using new technology to create more engaging and dynamic learning experiences for students. Staff members are finding new ways to connect with families through virtual experiences, Ready, Set, Zooms!, deliveries, material distributions, and reverse parades. They have been working with child care providers to prepare our spaces and schedules to support students. Overall, we see our current situation as an opportunity to try new things in education and make it better. We have hope.

I ask that we all have patience as we move into this school year. Even with the best efforts of families, staff, community members, and our kids, things will not go as planned. We bring together new tech tools, schedules, and curriculum all at the same time. Students will be experiencing school in different ways, and there will be so many different people supporting them. There will be some frustrations and adjustments. 

Our priority will be to move forward together. Marquette staff will commit to building relationships with kids and families as our priority in September. We will take time to teach kids and families the routines and structures of virtual learning. We will get kids and families the support and resources they need for success. We will do everything we can to support the social, emotional, and academic needs of students. We will do this in a brand new setting and way for us all. 

I look forward to “seeing” kids and families on Tuesday. Thank you for your partnership and commitment this school year. We appreciate your patience, support, and kindness as we begin this new journey.

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.

With hope and patience,
Sally Parks
First Day Plan for Families
Dear Marquette families,

Please see the schedule below for an idea of what your child’s first day of school will look like. We invite family members to join us for one of the grade level first day Zoom meetings, either in the morning or in the evening. The Zoom links for your child’s grade level are listed below.

The main website we will be using for virtual learning is called Seesaw. We will be talking about it on the first day. If you’d like to get a preview before then, check out this video: 

Seesaw Introduction for Families

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Marquette Staff
The First Two Days at Marquette
Tuesday, September 8
What do students do?

When?

Why?






Grade Level Family Zoom Meetings
Morning or Evening

8:30-9 3rd Grade

9-9:30 4th Grade

9:30-10 5th Grade

5:30-6 3rd Grade

6-6:30 4th Grade

6:30-7 5th Grade

Families will learn about what our days will look like, the technology we’ll use this year, and how to get support.


All students should plan to attend the morning session to help them get ready for the first day of learning.


We would like families to choose one of the two sessions to attend with their student(s).

Tech Challenges
Welcome Activities
Morning & Afternoon
(whenever meetings are not scheduled)
Students can get to know each other and learn how to use technology for virtual learning.
Classroom Zoom
Meeting
Afternoon
Time TBD by teachers
Students can connect with their teacher and class and ask questions.
Tuesday, September 8
What do students do?
 When?
Why?



Independent Learning Activities in Seesaw


All Day
8:30-3:30

Students can get to know each other and learn how to use technology for virtual learning.

Teachers will be in Professional Development meetings every Wednesday.
Chromebook Exchange and Pick up
If you have not exchanged your Chromebook yet, there's still time! Exchanging will ensure you have an up-to-date device ready for virtual learning. If you did not have a district Chromebook at home in the spring or are new to the district, you can also go pick up a Chromebook next week.

Some families have chosen to use a device that they already have at home. That decision is up to each family. Some things to consider are that staff knows what the district device looks like and can do and therefore can better support it. It's also very easy for kids to log in to the district device and have the Classlink menu open right up so they can get started. If you do decide to use your own, please make sure it has a functioning camera and microphone.

To get your child a Chromebook, the makeup dates for getting one from East are September 8-11. You'll need to bring the old device (if you have one) and your child's ID number written on a piece of paper. The specific times are in this schedule: https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/chromebooks-exchange-schedule

Contact your child's teacher or librarian Maegan Heindel (mheindel@madison.k12.wi.us) with questions.
Advanced Learning Plan
Greetings AL Families and Prospective Families:

The last few months have been an incredible experience as I have learned about the Advanced Learning Plan, services to students, and previous work done in the Madison Metropolitan School District. I am honored to be serving as the new Advanced Learning Director and looking forward to the work ahead as we continue to work with Advanced Learning in a virtual learning environment. 

With over twenty years of experience in PK-12 districts as an Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Director, I am aware of the adjustment to current practices to meet the specific needs of students, the district and our families. I am proud to say that we have met compliance with the Office of Civil Right plan submitted to the Department of Instruction over the last few years. We will continue to use this plan for continued guidance for our department and for our students and families.

In recent days, Curriculum and Instruction, along with other departments at Doyle had been notified of potential internal shifts and temporary assignments that would need to be filled by members of the Central Office staff due to the Covid pandemic. As a result of these needs, some members of the Advanced Learning Department will temporarily be assigned to a virtual setting/school during our virtual period. These fantastic Advanced Learning specialists will be serving in classrooms continuing to maintain access to high quality instruction and learning.

With the acceptance of the compliance agreement from the Department of Instruction for our OCR and the needed movement at this time, our department will need to think differently about the delivery of services during this time.

Changes and What You Can Expect

  • The AL Department falls directly under the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and will focus 2020-21 on the delivery of instruction in Math, Social Studies/Humanities, and English/Language Arts.

  • Delivery of AL instruction will be via videotaped recordings to AL learners and students with potential-noted as Talent Development students. Talent Development students are AL learners but may be new to AL instructional services.

  • Five days of videotaped lessons will be recorded on Loom and sent to grade level core teachers by Fridays to be embedded in core teacher’s lessons for the following week. 

  • These videotaped lessons will be aligned to scopes-lesson planning developed by Curriculum and Instruction departments specifically in the areas of English/Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies/Humanities by grade levels and developed by an identified grade level group of AL specialists/Team Leaders weekly. 

  • Some AL students will continue to receive online instruction in accelerated mathematics by AL specialists or Teacher Leaders

  • An AL specialist with English as a Second Language experience will be tied to a grade or grade levels to assist in planning lessons and creation of the videos supportive of language needs. These may be the same lessons or an extension to ensure these learners needs are addressed.

  • Many AL specialists and Teacher Leaders will be housed at assigned schools for a location and will be creating videotaped lessons aligned to the scopes and sequence by a specific grade level. Schools without a specialist or TL will receive access to videotaped lessons and be covered by these available specialists for additional support. Those supports will include: 
  • Parent communications, 
  • Being a parent, student, school-building, teacher liaison
  • Progress monitoring students.

We hope to continue working with our Advisory Board to evaluate this delivery process during the first quarter.

Lapham-Marquette - Parent Teacher Group (PTG)
Lapham-Marquette - Parent Teacher Group (PTG)
First meeting of the
2020-2021 school year:
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-7:30pm

Come join us to talk about how the start of the school year is going.
  • Q & A with principals
  • connect with other parents
  • raise questions
  • offer ideas

Everyone is welcome! We value your input and participation.

[Zoom invitation will come in an email from school closer to the day of the meeting.]
Marquette Elementary - 1501 Jenifer St Madison, WI 53703
marquette@madisoon.k12.wi.us
Office: 204-3220 | Safe Arrival: 204-3233 | Fax: 204-0467 
Sally Parks, Principal - saparks@madison.k12wi.us
Anna Brown, Secretary - 608-204-3225, abbrown@madison.k12.wi.us