Wright-ings E-Notice

Daniel Wright Junior High School E-Notice - Aug 13, 2020

DW Remote Learning Schedule

Dear Daniel Wright Families,

As the opening of a new school year approaches we are disappointed that we won’t get to meet our students in-person and we will be starting the year with full remote learning. Please know that we are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for our students and continue to take great pride in being “Leaders in Learning”.

This communication contains a lot of information on the opening of school in a full remote scenario and we encourage you to read it in its entirety. We realize that you will continue to have questions about the transition to in-person learning. More details regarding our in-person planning will be shared in a future communication.

Because we plan to move in and out of different learning formats throughout the school year, the entire team has worked to develop a daily learning schedule that provides consistency and rigor, but has also can be adapted for each scenario.

The schedule below will be used for all students while we are in a full remote situation. When we are able to transition to in-person learning, students who remain remote will continue with the outlined schedule and students who are in person will execute the usual daily bell schedule. To help facilitate continuity and enhance safety for all students during transitions between learning formats we have done the following:

  • DW teachers will have both remote sections and in-person sections in their scheduled day. This model allows students to remain meeting with the same teachers even when we move between learning situations.

  • Our remote learning schedule and in-person schedule mirror each other allowing for staff and students to continue with the same daily routine regardless of what learning environment they are placed in.

  • We created groups of students (pods) that have been assigned to the same teachers and periods throughout the day. During remote situations, these specific groups of students can collaborate on daily work. When we transition to in-person learning, maintaining student pods will lessen movement throughout the building and reduce the exposure of students to many other learners.

  • All DW staff will use Google Classroom as their learning platform to allow students and parents to easily access online lessons and resources.

Some highlights of the remote daily schedule include:

  • Daily, 30 minute synchronous opportunities for students to connect and learn with each subject area teacher including CAPE teachers (creative arts, health & physical education) and band, orchestra, choir staff.

  • Two designated flex times in the daily schedule for students to reach out to teachers with questions and receive additional supports.

  • A specific lunch break for each grade: 11:10 to 11:50 a.m. for seventh-graders and 11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. for sixth- and eighth-graders.

  • Specific synchronous time for Band, Orchestra and Choir.

  • Attendance will be taken during each synchronous period throughout the day and indicated in PowerSchool.

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As always, at Daniel Wright we are focused on developing a culture and climate that supports the academic, social and emotional needs of all middle school students and we realize that this is more important than ever in this unusual time.

Therefore, we will continue with an advisory program and social/emotional lessons at all three grade levels. Advisories consist of one staff member assigned to a small group of students that they will connect with each morning. Additionally, advisories will come together on scheduled Wednesdays for lessons centered on social and emotional learning. The time for each of these lessons is indicated in the schedule as SEL activities and specific dates will be shared out with students once the school year begins.

Upon verification of residency, completion of registration and payment of school fees, students will receive online access to their class schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will be able to view their daily schedule on Friday, August 21. Online viewing and at home printing through our student information system, Unified Classroom, can be accessed by clicking on the Unified Classroom tab on the DW website. We realize that this is very close to the first day of school, August 25th, and we ask for your understanding as we continue to accommodate changes in family’s learning requests. Additionally, we will be unable to make changes to scheduled creative arts courses or core content courses as each student has been specifically assigned to a section that is linked to their cohort or pod. We will be able to add band, orchestra or choir to a student’s schedule if requested.

Some general information regarding the school year includes:

  • Lockers will not be assigned during full remote learning, however students are encouraged to use this Virtual Locker Template to create a personalized virtual locker to share with their advisory teachers and classmates during the first week of school.

  • Sixth-grade meet-the-teacher and Curriculum Nights will not occur in person as it has in the past. We continue to plan creative ways to provide activities such as this in a virtual format.

  • Once construction at Daniel Wright is completed we will be sharing a video virtual tour of our new spaces!

  • We are finalizing plans for students to pick up curricular materials such as novels, handbooks, workbooks, textbooks, etc. The tentative dates for pick up of materials at DW is Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28. More details will come!

  • The first day of school is Tuesday, August 25. Students will receive an email from their teachers that will include access to Google Classroom and the zoom links for each period Students should log in at 8:30 a.m. on the 25th of August.

Our entire team is looking forward to the new school year. We are excited to welcome the following new staff members and announce new placements of veteran staff:

Ms. Michelle Breyne, Teacher Physical Education

Ms. Kristen Carruthers, Social Worker

Ms. Michelle Heath, Teacher 6th grade Spanish

Mr. Justin Joneikis, Teacher Physical Education

Ms. Diane Lazzar, Teacher Health & PE

Ms. Esther Lee, Teacher 6th grade ELA

Ms. Maria Lee, Teacher 7/8th grade Math

Ms. Lyndsey Major, Teacher Art

Mr. Kyle Manders, Teacher 6th grade ELA

Ms. Nina Nusbaum, Assistant Principal

Ms. Amy Stenberg, Teacher 8th grade Social Studies

These unprecedented times have forced us to tackle new challenges, learn differently, experience new emotions, adapt and be flexible. Like all of us, Daniel Wright Junior High is going through a transformation that will bring a new life to our school building and a timely change in the school mascot’s name; I am pleased to announce that we will now be known as the Daniel Wright Warriors! As the new DW WARRIORS, together we will confront these extraordinary events with resilience, perseverance and compassion.

Thank you for your patience as we prepare for the opening of the school year.

We hope that you and your family enjoy the rest of the summer!

The Daniel Wright Administrative Team,

Michelle Blackley, Principal

Nina Nusbaum, Assistant Principal

Melody Littlefair, Assistant Principal

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum