School Information for White River Valley Schools--Issue 4
WRV HS Graduates 62 in the Sun!
Highlights of the morning: Tanner Denham was the class Valedictorian, and Christiane Davis earned Salutatorian honors. Both gave great speeches! Senior honor students received their Stephen Campbell academic awards during the ceremony, while Class President Joe Records took care of the graduation traditions. Music was provided by the WRV Concert choir, which included seniors Ian Staggs, Noah Walton, Claire Hostetter, Olivia Hayes, and Cody Bough.
Congratulations to our retirees: Linda Spainhower--44 years, elementary/middle school teacher; Kathy Morrison--40 years, elementary teacher; and Diann Puckett--33 years, school staff!
WRV Prepares to Open School on August 11th
Face-to-face and Virtual Options Available to Parents/Students
Each school will have a dedicated employee to help supervise the virtual instruction program. All students in grades K-8 will have Accelerate Learning self-paced curriculum to help supplement school support. Teachers will be using that platform in-school as well to help students that might want to transition back into the regular school setting. In order to sign-up for the virtual program, parents MUST contact the building principal to get signed-up for that program. Both face-to-face school and virtual school will begin on August 11th. You can contact building principals at their email addresses:
Mrs. Staggs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Walton: email@example.com
Mr. Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org
One question coming up in principal phone calls is that component that says students must be at school to participate in sports or extra-curricular activities. The board has allowed the school administration to put together an appeal process. We don't want students penalized for situations beyond their control, but these will only be granted in special situations. Look for that process after the August 6th school board meeting. Any questions on this topic can be directed to Dr. Hacker at email@example.com.
Four Different Scenarios....
If we get cases here at school, the health department will advise us as to the necessary shut down precautions. If we have a short-term (2-5 day) closure, we will be implementing our short-term e-Learning program similar to last Spring. Teachers will utilize Google Classroom to communicate lessons and be available for students online from 9AM-3PM during the course of the short-term closure. Teachers have been preparing all summer by taking twenty different technology professional development lessons to better serve students. If we have an extended shut down, which would be longer than a week, we will be moving to a program called Distance Education. Distance education is a model that most colleges are using to combat the virus situation. HS and MS students would have class online in real-time with the teachers live. The MS would be online in the morning and the HS would be online in the afternoon for "real-time" classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The elementary classes would be online on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Teachers at all three schools would be online to take students and parent conferences and tutoring one evening a week for communications purposes. Elementary teachers would be online at night on Monday; the high school teachers will be online at night on Tuesday; and the middle school teachers will be online at night on Thursday. The DISTANCE EDUCATION will ONLY BE UTILIZED DURING TIMES OF AN EXTENDED, LONG-TERM SHUT DOWN. Teachers would also still be available to students from 9am-3pm during this situation as well.
IMPORTANT NEWS from WHITE RIVER VALLEY ELEMENTARY--
The following information has been released by Mrs. Staggs for Elementary Students/Parents:
Class Rosters will be available on August 3, 2020.
Back to School Drive Thru:
The elementary will host a back to school drive thru to welcome kids back on August 5th and 6th from 4:30 - 6:00. Parents can drive their children down Main Street in front of the school then turn in the gym parking lot to be led through the Drive Thru Event. Students will receive a snack, a book, and a prize for attending. School supplies can be dropped off at this time as well and staff will deliver them to your child's class. We know this isn't the same as visiting the classroom but with the current COVID situation we believe it is our best option while still providing a back to school event for the students to prepare and feel some normalcy.
If you have an incoming Kindergarten student you can schedule a drop off time later on August 11th so you don't have to fight the crowd. You can call the school at 812-875-3839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a time. Parent drop off times will be 8:30, 8:45, and 9:00.
You will be able to drop the student off at the Kindergarten entrance doors on Main St. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building. This entrance will only be used on the first day of school for Kindergarten at the later start time.
If you plan to send your Kindergarten student to school on the bus that first day, they will start at regular time and we will meet them and at the bus entrance and escort them to their rooms.
Families that have chosen our virtual learning option for 20-21 should receive information by email about the Accelerate program and next steps by July 31st. If you do not receive this info please notify us on Monday, August 3, 2020 so we can get that information to you.
IMPORTANT NEWS from WHITE RIVER VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL--
WRV Middle School will be holding ONLINE REGISTRATION for all returning students on August 3-7. Parents can complete registration through logging on to their student's Harmony account. If help is needed, please contact Ms. Padgett at email@example.com.
VIRTUAL STUDENTS or STUDENTS NEW TO WRV DISTRICT:
Students/parents who are new to the school system or who are choosing the virtual education option will need to contact Mr. Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
"BACK-to-SCHOOL" GOOGLE MEETS PARENT MEETING:
Mr. Walton and his staff will be hosting a virtual "Back-to-School" program on Tuesday, August 11th at 6PM. The meeting will begin with everyone being together with Mr. Walton for introductions and program informations. Break-out sessions with different teachers will then be available.
All WRV will be receiving an invitation link to their email address entered into the Harmony system. Please look for that invitation as we get closer to the 11th.
IMPORTANT NEWS from WHITE RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL--
ONLINE REGISTRATION AUGUST 3-7 for RETURNING STUDENTS:White River Valley High School will be holding ONLINE REGISTRATION for all returning students on August 3-7. Parents can accomplish registering by logging on to their student's Harmony account. If help is needed, please contact Mrs. Mansfield at email@example.com.
VIRTUAL STUDENTS or STUDENTS NEW TO WRV DISTRICT:
Students/parents who are new to the school system or who are choosing the virtual education option will need to contact Mr. Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
FRESHMAN ORIENTATION INFORMATION:
WRV HS will be holding FRESHMAN ORIENTATION for the Class of 2024 on Thursday, July 30th from 9AM to Noon. This is a student-only event. Students should enter the building through the main entrance.
ALL WRV STUDENTS (ES, MS, and HS) WILL EAT FREE in 20-21
Any questions about the CEP program can be directed to our Food Services Director, Mrs. Renee Wiggington at email@example.com