Hearst Weekly Update - 4/12

April 12, 2020

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Principal's Message

Hello, Owls!

Tomorrow is the wrap up Week 3 of at home learning and we're excited for the learning that will take place in Weeks 4 & 5. We'll have learning materials for the next two weeks available at Hearst for pick up from 8:30am-2:00pm on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15. If you would like work packets and materials for Weeks 4 & 5 mailed to your home, please let your child's teacher know by the end of the day on Monday, April 13, and we'll mail them to you next week.

For those of you who have asked to borrow a device and/or hotspot from Hearst, please know that DCPS sent a message saying that the delivery of the new devices and hotspots will be delayed, potentially until April 20. I'll specifically message families who've requested devices and let you know when they will are available for pick up at the school.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns and to let us know how we can support you.

In partnership,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Quick Updates

  • Reminder: Outside of Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the school building is closed and no one is answering the phone at Hearst. If you want or need to get in touch with staff, please email or connect through Bloomz or Teams. Email addresses for all staff can be found here:http://www.hearstes.org/faculty_staff_directory.
  • Reminder: now that our students are accessing Teams, starting on Tuesday, April 7, all individual, classroom, and grade level information will only be posted on Teams. Moving forward, Bloomz will become a place for school-wide information and announcements, as well as sign-ups for meetings and events. All special subject teachers have channels within the homeroom Teams pages. Please be sure to visit those channels for activities, information, and messages from our special subject teachers.

Hearst's Distance Learning Plan

Weeks Four and Five (4/13-4/24)

Beginning the week of April 13, we will return to the curriculum, picking up where we left off. Most grade levels will be using the ELA content in the DCPS packets as is. However, there are discrepancies between where most grade levels ended math instruction on 3/13 and the math content in the Weeks 4 &5 DCPS packets. To address this, staff have been modifying the Weeks 4 & 5 math content in the packets to address new learning for students. Teachers will be sharing information about these modifications and any additional materials for Weeks 4 & 5 electronically. We'll also have these modified materials available for pick up or mailing. Also, please note that due to the volume of materials for elementary students, there are no student-facing World Language materials week 4 and 5. Instead look for online materials and resources that will be put on the DCPS YouTube channel.

During office hours, staff will continue to focus on live individual or small group Teams videoconferencing or phone meetings with all students. They will check in with kids (and you!) and answer questions related to work packets or materials that have been posted in Teams. Staff may record videos that students can access when convenient to your families. These videos may be used to: host Morning Meeting, present content to supplement or clarify information in the work packets, make announcements, organize student groups, and facilitate online asynchronous discussion forums. As a reminder, we are not engaging in synchronous/live whole or large group meetings or instruction at this time because of the equity challenges this presents for many in our community.

Weeks Six and Beyond (4/27 - ?)

We will continue to modifying the ELA and math work in the DCPS packets to address where our students are in their learning. We will begin to modify the science content in the packets and add writing lessons. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Learning at Home Support

If you have concerns about food, clothing, shelter, self-care, trauma, coping with change, depression, anxiety, academics, or social emotional learning, please reach out to Ms. Brown (tandra.brown2@k12.dc.gov) and/or Ms. Nishimura (brenda.nishimura@k12.dc.gov). Your emails are confidential and they will respond within 24 hours or the next business day. We want to support all of our families during this time and hope our school can be a valuable addition to your support system during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Reminder: Opting Out of Videoconferencing During Distance Learning

During distance learning, students can use their printed learning materials or visit bit.ly/DCPS_ICP for additional lessons and resources. Teachers will also engage with students and families directly via phone, email, or video during this period. To opt out of student videoconferencing sessions with teachers and staff, please contact Jen directly (jennifer.geoffroy@k12.dc.gov). For more information on distance learning, visit dcps.dc.gov/coronavirus.

News and Announcements from DCPS

DCPS FAQ Document for Familes

DCPS updated their Frequently Asked Questions document as of April 8 and it is below.

Empowered Learners Initiative (ELi) Family Information Pack

With ELi device lending underway for students in need, a Family User Guide is now available on Canvas and available to print out as a download. It includes quick links for learning at home resources and support information, as well as how to report a lost or damaged device and family discussion guide on student responsibility and technology usage.

EL Parent Newsletter

The DCPS Language Acquisition Division (LAD) has created newsletters for families of our students who are learning English. They can be accessed here:

Spanish EL Parent Newsletter Link: https://bit.ly/2XovTHR

English EL Parent Newsletter Link: https://bit.ly/2UUR0zX

Video: https://youtu.be/eHFNaimyJ64

Student Tutoring Services Available

A team of seniors from School Without Walls High School started a free online tutoring service called, “Washingtutors,” to help DCPS families with learning at home. Tutoring is available for all grade levels and subjects include Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Computer Science, as well as Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindi.

Meal Sites

Don’t forget that meals are served every weekday throughout the city, including at Wilson HS. Visit: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food for a complete list of meal site locations and resources for students and families. Travel to and from meal site locations are permitted under the Mayor issued Stay-At-Home Order as meal sites are considered an essential service.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

OSSE Distance Learning Family Guides

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education has created Distance Learning Family Guides which can be accessed below.