Cardinal Family Newsletter
It's A Great Day to Be a Cardinal!
Dear Cardinal Families,
Happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. It looks like a great week ahead with no snow and warmer weather. Only 26 days until Spring!
This Wednesday will be a Remote Learning Day due to the vaccine distribution to the teachers, and next Thursday March 4, will be conference make-ups from 4-7pm. The google sign- up form is below if you would still like to schedule one. Thank you for your patience with all the rescheduling.
Have a great week and feel free to reach out with any questions.
Febuary 24- Remote Learning Day
March 4- Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)
March 5- End of third nine weeks
March 8-12- Pro-Core (C)
March 22-26- Spring Break
April 2- Good Friday- No School
April 5-23 Ohio’s State Tests – District English Language Arts Window* Grades 3 - High School
April 9 Alternate Assessment Window Closes* Grades 3-12
April 19 -- May 7 Ohio’s State Tests – District Math, Science, Social Studies Window*
Parent Teacher Sign Ups
REMOTE LEARNING PLAN
FFMS Expectations for Remote Learning
EXPECTATIONS FOR REMOTE LEARNING -- STUDENTS
When you were learning remotely in the spring, many of you did your best to be successful, no matter the circumstances. This year, we have had more time to think ahead and to plan for the possibility of remote learning. We have NOT decided to learn remotely at this time. However, in case we do, you need to know the expectations.
REMOTE LEARNING IN THE FELICITY-FRANKLIN LOCAL SCHOOLS
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
You will participate “live” in all your scheduled classes via Google Meet.
Teachers will teach lessons from their classrooms using the technology tool identified for your grade level. You will be expected to log into:
Grades K-1 SeeSaw
Grades 2-4 Google Classroom
Grades 5-12 Schoology
Teachers will teach on screen and/or use an interactive whiteboard.
You will be given opportunities to practice and get teacher feedback.
Digital resources will be organized in ways that allow you to get to them easily.
Of course, teachers will check in and make sure you’re doing well emotionally. Remember, our main focus is your academic achievement.
Teachers will be introducing and assessing new content. It won’t simply be a review of what has already been taught. We have to keep moving forward.
You will follow the daily schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
You and your peers will be learning together in real-time, following your daily schedule (see pages 3-6).
Teachers in grades 2-12 will use Google Meet as their video conferencing tool.
You are expected to be seen on screen during instructional time.
You may use different, school-appropriate backgrounds if you desire so that your family privacy is protected.
Homework and practice are to be completed outside of your Google Meet time.
PLEASE NOTE: Students who are already participating in distance learning through Accelerate Education (K-5) or APEX (6-12) will remain on those programs until the end of the academic quarter. At the end of the quarter, they may switch to the district’s remote learning plan if they choose to do so.
WHAT ABOUT WEDNESDAYS?
Wednesdays will be used as Teacher Communication Days. Teachers will communicate with your parents/guardians if you have poor attendance, are struggling with content, and/or are not actively engaging or participating during class.
Wednesdays will also be used for teachers to provide remediation (scheduled in advance).
You may be assigned and expected to log-in to virtual support meetings on Wednesdays or at other times, as scheduled and agreed upon by your teacher.
You are expected to use Wednesdays to complete assignments, seek assistance, and/or monitor your own progress.
Your grades will NOT be based on only your participation or simply doing your work. The quality of your work will be the basis for your grades.
As always, grades will be entered into ProgressBook, and your parents/guardians will have access to your progress.
You will be expected to attend all classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Your parents/guardians are still required to contact the building secretary if you are absent, just as they would do if you were attending school in person.
Excused and unexcused absences will continue to be defined by the school district.
Make-up work for absent students is up to the teacher. They may record their classes and post them on the digital platform for you to review, or they may ask one of your peers to partner with you to get class notes, etc.
Teachers will make sure you feel supported in catching up if you are absent.
Please remember, students may be assigned and expected to log-in to online support meetings on Wednesdays or at other times, as scheduled and agreed upon by the teacher.
You will be provided with the technology necessary to actively participate in remote learning activities.
Grades K-1 iPads Grades 2-12 Chromebooks
Hot spots are being distributed to families who are in need of them.
Your parents are asked to contact building principals if you are in need of hot spots to connect to the Internet.
All parking lots on the Felicity-Franklin Local Schools campus are now wi-fi equipped if your family chooses to access the Internet that way.
Cafeteria staff will be preparing non-heated meals for district families during the time you are learning remotely.
Because the weather is getting colder and because you need to be online learning, delivery vans will bring meals for the entire week to families on Mondays. No pick-up is necessary.
February Character Trait- Perseverance/GRIT
The way parents talk about ability and learning can have powerful effects on their kids’ beliefs. Below are three ways parents can instill a growth mindset. And remember, developing a growth mindset in yourself and in your kids is a process that takes time. Have a growth mindset about developing a growth mindset!
- Recognize your own mindset: Be mindful of your own thinking and of the messages you send with your words and actions.
- Praise the process: Praising kids for being smart suggests that innate talent is the reason for success, while focusing on the process helps them see how their effort leads to success.
- Model learning from failure: When parents talk positively about making mistakes, kids start to think of mistakes as a natural part of the learning process.
Parent Referral Form for the YMCA Program
Please keep Final Forms Updated
2020-2021 School Calendar
Charge the Chromebooks!
Please make sure your child gets in the habit of charging their chrome books each evening. It is important that they come to school prepared and the chrome books are as important to class as bringing paper and pencils. They will need their computers to fully participate in instruction in most classes.
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