Salk Spark

November

Important Dates:

November 11 - 13 No School - Distance Learning Planning Time

Noember 12 - Last Day of 1st Quarter

November 16 - First Day of Distance Learning and First Day of 2nd Quarter

November 20 - No School, Teacher Workshop Day

November 23 - No School - Virtual Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

November 24 - 27 No School - Fall Break

November 30 - School Resumes

Information Regarding Transition to Distance Learning

Due to numerous local data factors related to COVID-19, and in particular the inability to maintain acceptable staffing levels in our buildings, the time has come to move our middle school and high school students into the distance learning model. The district is well-prepared to begin implementing full distance learning for all students in Grades 6-12 on Monday, November 16, 2020.

While there can be no specific timeline to return to a hybrid or in person model due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the data and availability of staffing daily. Distance learning will remain in place for middle and high school students at least through the first semester, which ends January 28, 2021.

How will distance learning be different than what occurred in the past?

In an effort to provide students a rich distance learning experience, to develop consistent routines and maintain connections; students are expected to attend and participate in each class period virtually following their regular class schedule Monday through Thursday.


Following is the daily class time schedule teachers will follow Monday - Thursday. During these times students will have opportunity to engage with their teachers and classmates in a "live" digital format. Teachers will provide instruction and offer additional support via Google Meet during this time. In the event that students are absent or not available to engage in work on a particular day, students should communicate with their teacher for an opportunity to make up the missed work.


8:15 -8:50 Advisory
8:54 - 9:45 1st hour
9:49 - 10:40 2nd Hour

10:44 - 11:35 3rd Hour
11:35 - 12:05 Lunch
12:10 - 1:02 pm 4th Hour
1:08 - 1:59 5th Hour
2:04 - 2:55 6th Hour


On Fridays, instruction will follow the same process as the previous Hybrid Model, where coursework will be posted in Schoology and teachers will have office hours for individual support.


Students will continue to be expected to "check in" via Campus each day school is in session. Attendance will be recorded for each class based on this check in process.


Refer to the Parent Portal to access your student’s schedule. Please note: November 16 marks the first day of second quarter and the start of new quarter classes. Student should be congnizant of this change and engage in their second quarter assigned courses.


Parents and/or students may contact teachers at any time. However, please keep in mind that staff will not be available to respond to email communication around the clock. Staff will attempt to respond to parent inquiries within 24 hours. Please encourage your student to ask questions or seek clarification specifically during their scheduled class time or during open office hours on Friday. Certainly, emails from students can also be sent to teachers at anytime during a school day.


For additional information about our transition to Distance Learning, please check the District’s website. If you have any questions, contact the District through our discussion feature, Let’s Chat, where you can request information on learning models, transportation, food service and more.

Technology

Each secondary student has been provided a district-issued chromebook for use during this distance learning period. Students in Grades 6-12 will use Schoology on their district-issued device to access their assignments during distance learning. Internet hotspots are available through the school district for families who may not have adequate internet access. Please reach out to Julie Athman, Principal at julie.athman@isd728.org if you have a need for a hotspot. We will work together, along with our digital support team, to assess your needs and determine how we can support you and your learner.


Please refer to our Digital Learning Website for more information here.

Virtual Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - November 23

Salk Middle School Fall Conferences will take place on November 23rd from 12:00-4:30 & 5:15-7:00 PM. Conferences will take place virtually, either by Google Meet or conference call (as per your preference).


Conferences are an essential opportunity for parents/guardians, students and teachers to discuss academic needs and success. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in conferences with their parents/guardians so we can engage them in the discussion of their learning.


We are using My Conference Time for conference scheduling. If you want to meet with a teacher and their availability is limited, please reach out to them via email or phone to make another arrangement.


Families may schedule a conference with the teacher of your choice to conference with on November 23rd. We understand you may want to meet with more than one teacher, but due to the number of families and limited conference slots, we ask that you not schedule conferences with more than three teachers.


Follow the instructions below to sign up for your conference:

1. Go to https://www.myconferencetime.com/salkms/.

2. Click on the teacher you wish to meet with.

3. Sign Up for a conference time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Salk Middle School at 763-241-3455.


We look forward to speaking with you at conferences and making a plan for your student’s success for the remainder of the school year.

Materials Pick-Up

As we transition to distance learning some families have been notified to pick up instructional materials from Salk for student use during quarter 2. If you were sent an email requesting materials be picked up today (Friday, November 13) and you were not able to attend, we would ask that you contact the school office at 763-241-3455 to indicate the time next week, November 16 - 20 between the hours of 7:00 - 3:30 that you might be available to pick up materials. If you were not contacted about materials pick up then your student has the necessary hard copy materials to begin distance learning next week.


We will offer additional pick up dates on Thursdays, December 3, 10 and 17.

Magnet Lottery

Here is the reminder that the priority application window for the 2021-22 school year is Oct. 15 - Dec. 31, 2020. If you live outside of the Salk attendance zone and want the option for your incoming 6th grade student to attend Salk, you must utilize the lottery process.


Other key points to note:


  • Families who wish to enroll their child in a magnet school are required to complete and submit an online application through Northwest Suburban Integration School District.
  • Families need to submit an application for all siblings to be included in the priority sibling registration.
  • NWSISD will conduct a lottery if the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats. (Which has typically been the case at Salk Middle School.) Applicants may choose up to two magnet schools on the application.
  • To be considered, students must live within the NWSISD boundary, which includes the following districts: Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, ISD728 (Elk River Area), Fridley, Osseo, and Rockford.
  • For more information regarding the magnet lottery and application, families should go to: http://www.nws.k12.mn.us/magnet-lottery.html


Please note, the lottery process through Northwest Suburban follows the same process if you have an 8th grade student that is interested in applying to attend a high school magnet within Northwest Suburban. The high school STEM themed magnet options through Northwest Suburban are Blaine High School Center for Engineering Math and Science, Anoka High School STEAM, Brooklyn Center High School STEAM, Coon Rapids High School or Osseo Senior High School Health Science.

Media Center Materials - Still Available

Students can continue to use our Destiny Discover system to search and place books on hold. (Students can access that through this LINK or from the main school webpage) Once a book is placed on hold it will be ready for pick-up on the materials pick up dates listed above. An informational how-to video also explains this process. Your student can also get book suggestions by checking our schoology group page, we will have daily updates.


Still not sure what to read next? A student can fill out the Ask a Librarian Google form and we will give them book recommendations through email. We are very excited to still offer this experience and resources to all students this year. If you have any questions please email me at teri.flatland@isd728.org. Thank you for your continued support!


TA Flatland

Media Specialist


Helpful Links:

Ask a Librarian Google Form Link

Salk Media Center Schoology Page

Destiny Discover System

How to put a book on hold Video

Resources for Support

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