Distance Learning 1.8.2021
Team Sequoia- Sharing our Smiles!
Report Cards on their way
We at SMS know and understand that the virtual learning platform is not every child's preferred way to learn so we must acknowledge their efforts in our current situation.
Drive-Thru Photo Make Up Day- Wednesday, February 10th 11:30 am-1:30 pm
If you took and purchased photos prior, you must bring the photo package with you on the day/time of your rescheduled photo appointment.
Click Link to sign up for a time slot: https://www.ciphotoca.com/sequoiams
PLEASE take our SMS Parent Survey- First Semester Feedback- Currently have 125 responses...
*Link to Parent survey may also be found on the front page of our Sequoia website.
*You may take the survey directly from this newsletter. Be sure to scroll down once you do to click "Next"
REPOST- Help support our 2021 SMS Resolution "Share Your Smile" Campaign- PLEASE READ!
We are launching our "Share Your Smile" campaign to help our students realize through a positive message of having their cameras on. The reality of teachers no longer having the opportunity to "walk around the classroom" to check in with them to support their needs is very real and has had a great impact on teaching and learning for all. Teachers miss their students and nothing is more difficult for engagement than for a student and/or a teacher to look at a screen full of dark boxes during Daily Live Instruction. "Sharing their smile" not only benefits them In staying present and focused but in addition it supports teachers being able to "see" the faces of their students as well as classmates that they greatly miss and perhaps notice if there is uncertainty or confusion about something that was taught in real time. For anyone who has been a participant in a virtual meeting it is known that there is a level of accountability and focus that is required when you are in view with your camera on just as there is a classroom when there is in-person teaching and learning. Teaching and learning is a reciprocal process online just as there is in a physical classroom in person.
While we are sensitive to and understand that there are situations where students might need to have their cameras off, we will continue to work together in support our students and come up with a plan to help them in anyway we can. Please read our campaign above and share with your child(ren). We thank you in advance for your support. It definitely takes a village...
OUR SCHOOL-WIDE VIDEO BULLETIN- Check it out...
Updated Office hours on Wednesdays- immediately after class at 10:05! See revised schedule below...
On our first day back from break, Tuesday, January 5th will be a Silver day as it normally would have been in our DL Schedule.
Does your child need tutoring? FreeTutoring Opportunity by Northgate Students
Study Buddy is a student-led tutoring program founded in Northern California. Our tutoring program is completely FREE, and all students K-12 are encouraged to join. Tutoring sessions are 30 minutes each, and a student can receive 1-3 online sessions per week. Because of our unique selection of high school tutors, we offer a wide variety of subjects! Ultimately, we hope to give students an additional tool to use during distance learning.
Application Website: https://linktr.ee/StudyBuddy
REACHING OUT TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY...
New MDUSD Parent E-Training offerings. Click link below for free class schedule!
These documents can be helpful to parents, especially in the Distance Learning environment.
Letter from our Superintendent Dr. Clark- January 8th
Good Morning MDUSD Staff and Community,
I have written our first mdusd.org/FridayLetter of 2021, coming to you with the following headlines:
- The Courageous Captains Leading our Next Generation
- New in District Operations
- Family Support Workshops and STEM Webinar to Enrich and Inspire
- Newsletters from CCCOE and MDUSD Education Foundation
- Phase 1A Arrives, Contra Costa Aims for 1,200 Daily Vaccinations
A mix of clouds and sunshine is in store for this weekend.
May yours be peaceful and restful,
January 15th- Coffee with Keck @ 8:00 am.
https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/89333450568. Meeting ID: 893 3345 0568
January 18th- School Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 26- Site Council Meeting at 3:05 on Zoom
Meeting ID: 832 1491 6303
Wed, February 10th from 11:30-1:30 Drive- Thru Photo Make-Up Day