Whitney Wolverines Community News
August 10th, 2020
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A Note From the Principal, Mrs. Lincoln
Dear Whitney Community,
As you know, in the interest of safety for students and staff, the Boise School District Board determined we will start our school year virtually on August 17. Though we will be starting virtually, the goal is to shift to in person instruction as soon as it is safe. At this time, we plan to open for in person instruction on September 8.
Your child’s teacher for the 2020-21 school year will be calling this week for introductions and to determine if your child needs a device to connect with virtual learning. Device pick up will take place at Whitney starting on Wednesday, August 12th-Friday, August 14th from 9-11 and 1-3. If you picked up a device last year you will not need to pick one up this year.
Opening virtually will look different than emergency remote learning. Students will meet their teachers online daily for instruction and activities. Assignments will be submitted and graded through Google Classroom (3-6) and Seesaw (K-2). Your child’s teacher will be providing a schedule before August 17th with more details.
I want to express my appreciation for your support and understanding as we navigate these challenging times. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner is available for curbside pick-up it is FREE but you must pre-order
This is available for all Boise School District students currently enrolled on Boise Online School OR while we are Virtual.
Do you need Childcare while we are Virtual?
The Start of the 2020-21 School Year What Parents Can Expect From Their Teacher
All teachers will foster personal relationships with each student. Teachers will use a blend of different communication methods in connecting with students, including:
- Personalized responses to student discussion boards
- Large and small group Google Meets with students
- Personalized emails
Teachers will create classroom expectations for their students and establish a regular routine and schedule for when students will be expected to log-in to the course and how teachers will be supporting students. For secondary students, connecting online with each teacher will normally occur once per day, per each class. Elementary students will meet online with their teacher two to three times per day (mix of whole group and small group). Both secondary and elementary teachers will be expected to provide small group student instruction as needed.
All teachers will provide timely and meaningful feedback on student work using clear, concise and understandable language. Teachers will monitor assignment submissions and communication with students to remind students of missed and/or upcoming deadlines. Teachers will provide parent/guardian access to their student’s google classroom/seesaw progress via email notifications.
All teachers will record all instructional Google Meets and save them so that those students who are unable to meet during the designated time will be able to view the instruction. Flexibility will be provided for all students as they are not always going to be available during the assigned time to participate in the class.
Teachers will take daily attendance for their classes in Infinite Campus. We will be flexible if a student is unable to “participate” during the allotted time. Students will be marked present if they are progressing through their coursework anytime during anytime during the day. Follow normal school’s absence reporting procedures.
Teachers will be mindful of a student's emotional needs and will reach out to parents if additional support may be needed or requested by the parents.
Boise Pre-K Project at Whitney
We are looking for three and four year-olds to join our classes!
What will children do at preschool?
play, sing, listen to stories, create art, learn ABCs and 123s, work on literacy skills, make friends
Is your child ready for preschool?
Child must have reached age 3 by September 1, 2020.
Child must be independent in the bathroom.
Child must attend at least 90% of the time.
The family must provide transportation to and from school.
If you live outside the Hawthorne or Whitney attendance area boundaries, you will need to demonstrate financial need. (Qualifying for free or reduced lunch.)
There is no cost for this program.
We offer an AM class (8:40 - 11:30) and a PM class (12:30 - 3:15), similar to kindergarten. Classes will begin online.
Our classes meet 5 days a week, and we follow the Boise School District calendar.
If you are interested in our preschool program please fill out the interest form and turn it into the office.
For more information contact Shelia Dengler-Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-854-6580.