SIS/SMS COVID-19 UPDATE
April 16, 2020
Culture. Relationships. Future Ready
Good Afternoon Parents, Students and Staff,
I hope this update finds everyone healthy and safe. Just know that I miss seeing our entire Stayton Intermediate/Middle School community on a daily basis. I have had the opportunity to say hello to a few students and parents as they are picking up packets or chromebooks. It has made my day to see families.
Mrs. Nau is going to share some links to some picture books I have been reading, videotaping and sending to our teachers. Some of the teachers are attaching them to their google classrooms for their students. Please feel free to share the videos with other children you may have at home. I am doing this because it helps me feel better connected to the kids. I just want them to see that reading is fun, and that I haven’t forgotten about them.
Today is the fourth day that your students have been participating in distance learning. I have had the opportunity to go into classrooms and remotely watch as students and staff engage in activities designed to continue student growth and development towards grade level standards. I do want parents to know, as a staff we have spent a lot of time making sure our staff does two things consistently, connect with kids and keep open lines of communication with all stakeholders.
Our staff is continually focusing on our four pillars that we strive to attend to each day. We work extremely hard to make sure our school community understands that we are working to develop our next group of community leaders. We do this by designing lessons that focus on the whole child, not just the academic side. It is crucial and we as educators understand that building relationships, trust and meeting students at their levels are crucial to this distance learning being a success. Our four pillars are:
Culturally Relevant Teaching (CRT)
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Mrs. Nau will also share some pertinent information about office hours, deliveries of packets, pick-up and turn-in of packets, library book return, picking up belongings as well as our most recently updated SIS/SMS Staff Directory during Closure. Please do not hesitate to contact anyone if it will help relieve any concerns or answer any questions to better support your student at home. That is what we are here for.
Finally, I just want everyone to know our staff is working tirelessly to serve your students needs. I am so proud of the way my staff has rallied and come together to support each other and our families in this difficult time. Your students are blessed to have incredible professional educators in their corner. Thank you and as I stated above, don’t hesitate to reach out. Have a great rest of your week and a wonderful weekend.
THINGS WE HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN ABOUT
SIS teachers will be bagging up their students' belongings between now and the beginning of next week. We will then communicate a staggered pick up schedule class by class, so look for more information about this next week. You will also be able to drop off library books or teacher books at this time or during office hours at the front doors of the SMS office.
Once we have taken care of SIS students then we will work on a process for all SMS students.
SIS/SMS OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY IS THE DAY FOR PACKET PICK UP AND DELIVERY
We will also have a crate to turn in completed homework packets as well as returning library books and even a cart of free books to take.