Distance Learning Academy

Weekly Update Grades 6-12 / April 16

Dear Students and Families,

Some of you have noticed that I am out of the office Thursday and Friday. I am on vacation. Hence why I am late in communicating our weekly update. My 10th-grade son and I are in Indianapolis for the weekend as we start the search for colleges. It is fun, exciting, and a little nerve-wracking.

This week's newsletter focus is on:

  1. MCA Testing Reminder
  2. Student Conferences - Personalized
  3. Student Expectations - Staying strong and committed to our number one priority
  4. Upcoming class virtual meetings
  5. Traffic Flow at the mall

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

By now all Distance Learning Academy families in grades 6-8, 10 and 11 received a letter outlining the specific date, time, and location for each MCA test for each grade. I am also attaching the letter to this newsletter for your reference. Please make sure you are reading the entire letter. There are some really important reminders to ensure your child has a good testing experience.

Remember to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and please Bring a Book to read!!!!

See attached letter below.

Personalized Student Conferences - April 22nd

Spring conferences are a time for our teachers to reach out to our families and connect with them to ensure we are keeping you informed on your child's progress. This is also a time for our teachers to connect with our families whose child needs a little more support. Our teachers will be making calls from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM to our families of these students. If we do not reach you, we will leave a message. We will also follow up the voicemail with an email to the parents/guardians. We would really appreciate a return phone call and an email in return. Our partnership is crucial to the success of our students.

If you do not receive a phone call would like to talk to our teacher(s) please know we welcome calls every day to discuss your child's progress. In short, every day can be a conference day!

Grade 9-12 Class Meetings - Mark your calendars

As we head into the end of the school year, it is important that I address each grade level. The class meetings will occur the week of April 19th.

  • The 12th-grade class meeting will be occurring on Wednesday, April 21 from 10:00 AM - 10:45
  • The 11th-grade class meeting will occur on Wednesday, April 21 from 11:30-12:00

Google Meet Invite coming on Monday when I get back in the office.

Grades 6-12 Student Expectations for Trimester 3!

  • Contact tech support at 651-674-1097 or email helpdesk@isd138.org for technology support
  • Use appropriate study skills i.e. note-taking, ask questions to teachers, collaborate with fellow students
  • Create your student-friendly workspace at home
  • Contact teachers between 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Teachers are available via Google Meets and by phone to review materials Monday through Friday. If you make an appointment, please make sure you follow through and attend the meeting
  • Elective Teachers are available between 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM.
  • Middle School students- please use your school Gmail account when emailing teachers. Practice using this communication tool
  • Use appropriate academic language when communicating with staff
  • Advocate for yourself
  • Please make sure you know how to perform these tasks; downloading assignments, accessing teacher feedback and comments, and avoid distractions
  • Utilizing Google Docs for essay responses and copy and paste from Google Doc into Edmentum
  • Important: A student will generally spend between 30-40 hours in a course per trimester. So, students typically spend between 4-6 hours per day in their studies. The is a generalization that gives you something to aim for.

Traffic Flow change

Starting next week traffic entering the mall will be re-routed to the main entrance. The mall closest to the old Gap store will be coned off at 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM.

The safety of our students and staff is the priority for our school. Thank you!

Long Term Sub for English Language Arts Grades 6-12

Ms. Strain has a long-term sub for the next 7 weeks. Ms. Conlow will be filling in for Ms. Strain during her absence. Welcome aboard Ms. Conlow!

Ms. Conlows office hours are not listed on our website!

Onsite Tutoring and Help! Sign UP!

Please sign up for your onsite tutoring and help sessions. We have increased the amount of onsite support for Math 9-12. Please make sure you are signing up and coming in!



Have a wonderful weekend!

David S Treichel