Weekly Family Update # 20
January 3, 2021
Hello Falcon Families,
Welcome to the year 2021! I hope you all had a fantastic Winter Break filled with family, laughter, fun, and feasting. Welcome to back to school! As you read in the last newsletter, we have implemented the next phase of our bell schedule and weekly calendar in anticipation of reopening our school to on-campus students in two weeks. Below is some very important information, so please read carefully.
Please especially take a close look at:
1. Our new monthly calendar.
2. The new weekly bell schedule.
3. Temporary Suspension of On Campus Learning & Programs January 4 through January 15, 2021.
In the coming weeks I will continue to provide more details on the return to campus including the logistical details for students who will be returning to campus.
Don’t forget, we have school tomorrow. We have not closed school or extended Winter Break. Learning continues, but we are all virtual district-wide, K-12.
Tomorrow, Monday January 4, is an odd day and students will start the day with their 1st period class at 8:30am.
Wednesday, January 6th, PUSD IT staff are hosting a simultaneous teaching training for Oak Valley teaching staff. Teachers will be providing independent work for their classes to complete while they are attending the training. Specific information will be posted on Canvas for students in those classes who are affected.
I am excited to welcome our students back soon. Please remember to be safe!
Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!
Beaming with Falcon Pride,
Oak Valley Middle School
PTSA Breakfast of Champions
Thank to the PTSA for sponsoring this event each year!!
Congratulations to all of our winners for the month of Fairness!
Official Results of Awards of Excellence for the PTSA Reflections program have been released!
Te following entries will advance to the next level, Ninth District PTA Level:
Dance Choreography Group: Ella H., Gloria Z. and Mandy W.
Literature: Kavya G.
Photography: Bianca S.
Visual Arts: Sammy L.
Congratulations to the following entries awarded Awards of Merit:
Visual Arts: Bianca S.
Photography: Shriya U.
Solo Dance Choreography: Bianca S.
Congratulations to the following entries awarded Honorable Mention:
Solo Dance Choreography: Shriya U.
Visual Arts: Sophie C.
Music Compositions: Izabella C.
Dates are to be determined for the Virtual Online Council Art Show. Congratulations to all the students who participated!
Temporary Suspension of On Campus Learning & Programs January 4 through January 15, 2021.
At the last Board of Education meeting, on December 17, the Board voted to temporarily suspend in-person learning for the two weeks following Winter Break, January 4 through January 15, 2021. All Falcons will learn from home virtually with their existing teachers during these days. It is important to note that we are not closing school or extending Winter Break. Learning continues, but we are all virtual district-wide. Please note for families with little ones, ESS will close for these 10 days and all preschool programs will be virtual. More information can be found on the PUSD website HERE.
Click here for the latest updates from Poway Unified on school reopenings.
New Weekly Bell Schedule and Monthly Calendar to Begin On Monday January 4th, 2021
Beginning Monday January 4th we will start a new weekly schedule. This is the same schedule that has been posted since the Virtual Forum in October. Students will engage in classes live with their teacher on-campus or via zoom in the simultaneous teaching model four days a week. On-campus students will be divided into two groups, Group A: Blue Group (last name A-K) and Group B: Grey Group (last name L-Z).
Mondays: Odd Day, periods 1, 3, Connections, 5 (lunch), 7 GROUP A
Tuesdays: Even Day, periods 2, 4, Office Hours, 6 (lunch), 8 GROUP A
Wednesdays: Odd Day, periods 1, 3, Office Hours, 5 (lunch), 7 GROUP B
Thursdays: Even Day, periods 2, 4, Connections, 6 (lunch), 8 GROUP B
Fridays: Asynchronous Day/Independent Student Work
Please see the attached weekly bell schedule HERE and below.
There is also a new monthly calendar attached HERE and below. We will follow this same weekly schedule pattern for the reminder of the year, unless the School Board changes our current school model, with the exception of a few weeks where we have to adjust for holidays. Please look at both of these documents closely.
For now, the only thing to remember is that on Monday January 4th, your student will start their school day at 8:30am in Period 1.
Fridays: Asynchronous Independent Work Days
On Fridays, students will be engaged in asynchronous independent work days. This was reviewed at the School Board Meeting on 11/12/20 and 12/17/20. Students should have approximately 40 minutes of work to do for each class and their attendance will be taken for the day based on this work completion. Per the School Board Presentation.
Fridays For Students:
· Review and preview work from the week to deepen learning
· Review feedback and complete corrections
· Independent learning time
· Reduce screen time
· Additional support time with peers and staff
Fridays For Teachers:
· Provide timely feedback to students; including grades
· Review assessments and plan based on student needs
· Complete required COVID attendance tracking
· Professional learning
· Connect and provide support to individual students
Treats for our Falcon Staff! A little sugar to help get through the week.
Thanks to our PTSA for the sweet treats! Our Falcon staff is very appreciative of your kindness.
This week in the "Are You Smarter Than the Principal?" lunchtime challenge, the kids won again! I got 5th place this time. I want a rematch!
No Place for Hate Activity
Upload a picture of your Chalk Talk Puzzle Piece HERE.
8th Grade Yearbook Dedications
Continuing Reopening Information
Click to view the family presentation slides form the live forum on 10/2/20
Click here to view the reopening YouTube presentation from 10/28/20