Elton Gregory Middle School
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Our goal with this newsletter is to help provide you and your family with information and resources to support your family's transition to accessing learning opportunities from home. As information becomes available we will continue to send out updates to our school community.
Message from Superintendent McIntosh
As we transition to this new online life we are launching our continued learning plan in three phases:
PHASE 1: EngageRedmond Launch
On Friday, March 20th we shared our new website, EngageRedmond, which is a website created to share engagement activities for students kindergarten through 12th grade. I hope that you have found this useful in the past few weeks to keep your student’s bright minds engaged at home.
PHASE 2: Establishing Connections
Beginning Monday, April 6th, you can expect this website to be a central hub for communication with your student’s classroom teacher and other school staff. You can expect regular communication outreach from your student’s teachers and other school specialists on a weekly basis. This may occur by email, phone, Google classroom or other multimedia tools that will allow your student and their teacher to engage in two way communication. From the EngageRedmond website families will be able to access their school/teacher and weekly learning support plans. Teachers and school staff will be available for questions and guidance during the closure and will communicate their hours of availability to you.
Please know during Phase 2, teachers will not be providing direct classroom instruction, taking attendance, issuing grades or providing specially designed instruction outside of the resources listed on their EngageRedmond page.
In addition, other members of your school team, including nurses, school counselors, specialists, speech pathologists, FAN advocates, and community liaisons will be working and available to support you and your family.
As we prepare for online distance learning to launch you can expect a series of communications from our district as we prepare to go live with distance learning. It is the district’s goal to quickly identify what resources both our staff and students have in access to devices, internet and other tools.
PHASE 3: Distance Learning Goes Live
In mid April, our district will shift from providing supplementary education to providing Distance Learning for All.
With this new state direction, our teachers have the ability to do what they do best—connect with every student; be allowed to provide instruction, report on progress and provide official grades; and ultimately provide our students with credit-earning options in high school for the last term of this academic year.
As we move forward with this plan we will work with families to identify obstacles and barriers to instruction. Your district and school teams are here to work with you on an individual basis to provide as much support as we can to ensure your student’s ability to learn at home.
Meals for Children 18 & Under
Redmond School District has established a food distribution program to provide a free, prepackaged breakfast and lunch to any child 18 years and under during the statewide COVID-19 school closure.
Beginning Monday, March 16th, children ages 18 and under can receive one free prepackaged breakfast and lunch at Redmond High School from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Food distribution will occur in the school visitor parking lot.
Meal distribution dates and time are as follows:
- March 16 – April 28: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday – Friday
No identification will be required to receive a meal. Children are not required to be present to receive a meal. Parents or guardians may also pick up a week’s worth of meals at one time.
Each teacher is posting weekly learning plans that provide a more structured educational routine. The learning plans will be updated each Friday by 3:00 pm.
Navigating EngageRedmond Website
Contacting Staff in Redmond School District
This will work to connect you with any RSD employee. Click here for a link to the staff page for EGMS which also has links to each staff members email.
Teacher's have specified their office hours on their learning plans located at the EngageRedmond website.
Student Logins and Passwords
6th grade ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
7th grade ~ email@example.com
8th grade ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Students have chosen their own passwords. If you student forgot their password or needs to change it they should navigate to this website:
iReady Math ~ Important note for all students
Signing in to the Chrome Browser - The first step
Managing Multiple Chrome Users
"Need Help" button for further questions. Please utilize this resource as you need help troubleshooting technology issues that may come up from time to time.
Google classroom is an online learning environment where teachers share resources and assignments with students. Students are able to access those resources and turn in their work for feedback. Many classrooms were utilizing this tool before the closure took place.
We are asking teachers to post the same assignment and resources on their learning plans as they post in their google classroom to allow for easier parent access.
If you notice your student's teacher is referencing Google Classroom on their learning plans and you would like guardian access into your students google classroom, you will want to email that teacher requesting guardian access. This will give you daily or weekly updates on assignments and other postings.
ParentVue and StudentVue Access
If you need access into your ParentVue account please reach out to our registrar Tracy Osborne to get an activation key. Then click this link, then click on "Create New Account," and then click on "Activate Account."
If you have forgotten your password then you will click on "Create New Account" and then click on "Forgot Password."