Comet Connection

Kellogg Newsletter | August 14, 2020

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Important Dates

August

  • 31 Back-to-School Event, 4pm & 6pm


September

  • 2 First Day of Distance Learning
  • 4 No School
  • 7 No School


October

  • 15-16 No School
  • 16 District Decision regarding Return to Learn next phase

You Asked! We Answered!

How will Distance Learning look different this fall?

  • Kids WILL need to follow their regular schedule and attend live classes daily. They will not complete an attendance Google form. Instead, they will actually show up for classes online! Special arrangements can be made for students that cannot attend at a specific time, but largely, kids need to be online and connected with teachers daily during school hours.
  • We are preparing professional development about rigorous instruction in an online setting. You will see increased expectations for the fall in terms of content and work production.
  • We plan to spend the first two days of the year helping kids learn about what to expect in their various Google Classrooms, including how to manage those pesky notifications!
  • We will host Advisory in Google Classroom this fall. During Advisory, students will work on relationships, social-emotional learning and other important middle school topics.
  • We will be following the Grading for Learning model. Homework and classwork are considered practice and will be used to practice and prepare for summative assessments. Grades will be based on assessment scores (tests, projects, papers, etc). Students will earn A, B, P, NC grades.
  • As mentioned above, we will make arrangements for in-person interventions for students that are struggling to make progress in Distance Learning.

How will Distance Learning look the same as last spring?

  • Distance Learning will again be hosted in Google Classroom.
  • We are looking at different models for the schedule. Nothing has been decided yet, but we are considering all your feedback from the spring. We know you liked limiting classes to just 4 per day. We are hopeful we can make that work again!
  • Teachers will publish weekly plans once again. We plan to organize them into a shared folder like we did last spring.

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Parent Corner

Comet Families,

As a mom, I am constantly trying to find ways to improve my parenting skills, understanding and connecting with my children while advocating for their needs. In most newsletters, I like to share resources that I find helpful as a parent. This period of development takes strange twists and turns, so it's good to be grounded in what is expected and what should grab your attention. While the internet is full of articles and options, none of us have exactly the right answer! It truly takes a village. The articles you see linked below are yours to explore. Some will speak to you and some may not. Take what works for you and leave the rest. It's just one way I can remind you that we are all in this together.

As the Principal at Kellogg, a mom and a human, I am here to support you every step of the way!

Angi McAndrews

Proud Principal

Kellogg Middle School

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Let's Connect!

Administration

Angi McAndrews, Principal

507-328-5817 anmcandrews@rochester.k12.mn.us

Mike Widman, Assistant Principal

507-328-5815 miwidman@rochester.k12.mn.us

Teri Linander, Assistant Principal

507-328-5816 telinander@rochester.k12.mn.us


Student Support

Tricia Fierst, 6th Grade Counselor

507-328-5811 trfierst@rochester.k12.mn.us

Amy Carstensen, 7th Grade Counselor

507-328-5808 amcarstensen@rochester.k12.mn.us

Danny VanWinkle, 8th Grade Counselor

507-328-5309 davanwinkel@rochester.k12.mn.us

Sara Rich, School Social Worker

507-328-5861 sarich@rochester.k12.mn.us

Akliah Sharif, School Social Worker

507-328-5861 aksharif@rochester.k12.mn.us

Jamie Patrick, Special Education Coach

507-328-5858 japatrick@rochester.k12.mn.us

Erin Widman, Behavior Specialist

507-328-5858 erwidman@rochester.k12.mn.us


Health

Lori Dietrich, School Nurse, LPN

507-328-5813 lodietrich@rochester.k12.mn.us

Sara Gnagey, School Nurse, RN, LSN

507-328-5814 sagagney@rochester.k12.mn.us


Office Staff

Robyn Davis, Office Manager

507-328-5801 rodavis@rochester.k12.mn.us

Lydia Ewing-Green, Registrar & Attendance

507-328-5810 peginther@rochester.k12.mn.us

Amy Clark, Receptionist

507-328-5800 amclark@rochester.k12.mn.us