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Silver Springs Elementary School - November 30, 2020

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming Events:

November 30th - Report Cards Viewable in MiSTAR

November 30th - 2nd Semester Election Forms Due

December 2-3-4 - Parent Teacher Conferences Week

December 3 - Half Day Dismissal

December 4 - Half Day Dismissal

December 16 - Picture Retake Day


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Have a great week!

Katie Booth, Principal

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Important Adjustments to our In-Person Learning

On Tuesday, November 23, 2020, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved several short-term adjustments to the District’s current COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan. All students will attend school virtually Monday, November 30, 2020 through Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Students that selected in-person learning for the first semester will return to in-person instruction on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.


In addition there is an anticipated week of full Virtual learning the week following the December winter recess, from January 4, 2021 through January 11, 2021.


The following chart outlines the overall plan for high school, middle school, elementary school, and our Cooke Center program from November 30, 2020 through the end of January, 2021, barring any significant changes in the risk level for COVID-19:



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Second Semester Student Selections due Monday, November 30th

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the continuation of the District’s current COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan options available to students and families at each level for the second semester, which begins on February 1, 2020.


Families will have the option to either continue with their current selection(s) of a full virtual or in-person scenario or elect to make a change for the second semester. Forms for designating which option families select for each student will be available early next week, and are due back no later than Monday, November 30, 2020, so that the District has adequate time to plan accordingly, based on the number of families electing in-person or virtual options.


In making the decision to continue the options currently available, the Board considered the results of the November 2020 Parent, Staff and Student Input Surveys, along with weighing a number of factors, including instructional delivery, support for students with special needs, social and emotional health and well-being, health and safety measures, health department guidelines, and operational considerations. The in-person scenarios approved at each level allow for ongoing implementation of each of the required safety protocols outlined in the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap and reviewed by the Wayne County Health Department.

Parents/families across the District’s programs may elect a Full Virtual/Distance Learning option for second semester, OR an in-person scenario as follows:


  • Elementary students attend full time, Monday through Friday, in-person in smaller cohort class groupings that may include rotating teachers;

  • Middle School students attend school on a hybrid schedule every other day, rotating between in-person core content (Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies) courses and virtual learning for elective courses. Students enrolled in self-contained special education classrooms (ASD/Cross Categorical) attend full time.

  • High School students also attend school on a hybrid schedule every other day, rotating between in-person instruction and virtual learning. Students enrolled in self-contained special education classrooms (ASD/Cross Categorical) attend full time

  • Cooke School students attend school full time, Monday through Friday.


Parents will receive the Official Parent Designation of Schooling Election form on or about Monday, November 23, 2020, via the email address provided in MiStar, our Student Information System. You may review and/or update your student’s account in the MiStar Parent Portal. Completed digital election forms are DUE by November 30, 2020. Parents/families who do not elect an option by November 30, 2020, will be enrolled in the scenario that the student participated in during the first semester as a default.


Please note the following:

  • Families may not change their selection mid-term, absent a change resulting from a mandate, order or Board approved change in format.

  • Every effort will be made to maintain as much consistency as possible, however, be aware that there may be necessary changes in class groupings and/or teacher or other staffing assignments in order to accommodate changes in enrollment in virtual or in-person options.

  • Families selecting in-person instruction are required to comply with physical distancing, mitigation, and screening requirements, including abiding by the requirement to wear a mask as outlined in the district’s COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Plan.

  • Families are required to immediately report to the school principal if a student tests positive for COVID-19, any other household member tests positive for COVID-19, a student has been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, a parent suspects a student is positive for COVID-19, or if a parent suspects a student has been in close contact with another person who may be positive for COVID-19; along with abiding any requirement to quarantine based on guidance from the local or state Department of Health and Human Services.

We anticipate that the current learning plan options will remain in place throughout the second semester, unless there are any significant changes in health and safety guidelines or risk levels that would allow for a full return to school, or conversely, necessitate a shift to virtual learning for a period of time. The Northville Public Schools COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan will continue to be reviewed by the Board of Education on a monthly basis.


If you have questions regarding your learning option selection, please contact the Office of Instruction at 248-344-3520, or send an email to NPS@northvilleschools.org, and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate office for a response. Thank you for your partnership as we work together with our students, staff, families and community to promote the learning, safety, health and well-being of all.


Sincerely,

Mary Kay Gallagher

Superintendent

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Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences

Report cards will be viewable in MiStar on Monday, November 30th. This year's report card will look different than in years prior. This year we are introducing a standards based report card. Please see the information below about our new report card and information sessions being offered to families.


Also coming next month is our annual fall parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences are one of the most important methods of communication between our families and the school. We are very much looking forward to your participation in parent-teacher conferences on December 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. We strive to ensure that we meet with every child’s parent during this time.


This year parent-teacher conferences will be done virtually via Zoom. Teachers sent out a link on Monday, November 16th to sign up for conferences. Please contact your child's teacher if you did not receive the link.


We encourage your active participation in these conferences. Please be sure to bring any questions or concerns you may have so that we may address them.

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Parent Report Card Parent Guide

Dear Parents and Guardians of K-5 Students,


In striving to provide a rigorous, student-centered and engaging learning experience for every student, the district has revised the manner in which we report on student progress in the K-5

level. To that end, the district has adopted a new, more rigorous way to identify what every child should know and be able to do in each subject area and grade level and has adopted a new K-5 Standards Based Report Card.


Our newly adopted Standards Based Report Card describes what a student should know and

be able to do at the end of each grade level in Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science,

Fine and Performing Arts, World Language and Physical Education. We firmly believe that the

Standards Based Report Card is a significantly more effective tool for communicating student growth within the grade level learning standards.


The new Standards Based Report Card is beneficial for students, parents and teachers.

Teachers are able to use ongoing assessments as a way to guide classroom instruction.

Students are able to practice their mastery of standards without the penalty of receiving a poor grade. The process of reteaching creates an opportunity for both teachers and students to learn from their mistakes and continually learn. Standards Based reporting allows teachers the opportunity to more clearly communicate with students and parents.


This guide provides information about the process being used at your child's school, including frequently asked questions and additional background information, a description of proficiency levels, a sample report card, and further detail on the content area standards on

the report.


Please feel free to contact my office at 248-344-3520 or your child’s school if you have

questions or concerns.


Aaron Baughman

Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services


*Click on the K-5 Parent Report Card Guide below to take a look inside*

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