Unfortunately this past Tuesday's snow day eliminated one of our Kindness Week days, but students and staff still found ways to share their random acts of kindness for the rest of the week. Thank you to Mrs. Concklin and the Builder's Club for coordinating Kindness Week and sending an important message to our NBJH community.
A few quick 'Shout Outs' to some of our families. Thank you to the Elrod/Collison family for bringing in some tasty treats last Friday for the NBJH staff. And thank you in advance to Lauren Schuster and Amy Melnick for assisting with this week's RLA Materials Pickup. On that note, two quick reminders about Wednesday's pickup: 1) Note the time change to 4:30-5:30pm now that we have a little more daylight. 2) All 8th graders enrolled in Computer Art should plan to exchange their current laptop for an updated one.
Remember there is no school for students next Monday, so we hope students enjoy the 3-day weekend. (Students WILL be in session on Monday, March 1st.)
Technology Concerns - update
It has been quite impressive to observe how our students and staff have leveraged technology to create rich, authentic classroom learning experiences this year. From Zoom to Notability to screencasts, students have an unprecedented quick and easy access to information and websites. When used appropriately, technology has the power to transform student learning.
One of the challenges we face with this increased demand for technology is to effectively balance technology with other instructional methods as well as ensure students are using it appropriately. In recent weeks, and across all three grade levels, we have noticed a recent uptick of inappropriate technology usage. Whether students are using devices they shouldn't (e.g. cell phones, smart watches) or they are using school-issued devices in an unacceptable manner (e.g. using gaming sites, air dropping photos to peers), we are finding that classroom learning is being disrupted.
As a result, we will be clarifying our expectations for appropriate use of technology for all students -- in-person and remote learners. Administration will be recording a message for the daily news, and X-Block teachers will be sharing information during an upcoming X-Block. We will review the guidelines and expectations in our Student Handbook as well as potential consequences for future tech violations. Consequences may include the loss of privileges of school-issued devices.
We ask for your continued support as we look to effectively incorporate technology into classrooms while ensuring students are making good decisions about their learning.
5Essentials for students
Just as we have asked parents to complete the 5Essentials school survey, our staff completed the survey last week and our students will complete it next week. We will be administering the survey to in-person students during X-Block on Tuesday and to RLA students during their weekly X-Block time.
Winter MAP Reports
As we wrap up our make-up testing for the MAP assessment, we anticipate being ready to send reports home in the next two weeks. You should receive your child's MAP report on March 4th or 5th.
Resilience Builder Program (RBP)
Family Service Center of Glenview/Northbrook is offering a 10-week small group program for middle school students to help develop resilience during these challenging times. The sessions will be held virtually starting in March. Please see the RBP flyer for more details. Families interested in signing their child up for the program can contact Dr. Meek at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Carol Feiss at email@example.com.