AAK Reopening Update

A. A. Kingston Middle School

Dear Families,

Thank you for your positive feedback and patience during the reopening process. We have been working hard as a district to create a reopening plan that is academically rigorous, socially and emotionally sensitive, and safe for all students.

It has been a big help from all of you that have responded with a commitment for the start of the school year. I understand that this decision was not one that came easy, and now that we have more accurate numbers we can begin the next steps.

Next steps:

* Work with staff to fine tune the new style of education that will be necessary for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

* We will be creating our A and B groups for students in grades 6-8 (5th grade students that selected in-person instruction will attend 4 days a week).

* Factors we are considering when grouping:

  • Student needs (Accelerated courses, Spec. Ed services, etc.)
  • Siblings across the building and at the HS.
  • Transportation (working to limit the number of students on a bus)
  • Class size (making class sizes as low as possible)

* Finalize student schedules

As you continue to look through the reopening update, you will find more information about what the hybrid and at-home learning models will look like, and you will also find information about the AAK Latch Key program.

Thank you

Mr. Cook

What to expect during hybrid Learning

  • Instruction will be provided using a flipped classroom model (students will receive the initial instruction through videos/activities to be done outside of the classroom. In the classroom, they will be provided support and expand on these concepts.)
  • Students will be taught how to access materials using their Chromebook so they will be prepared for learning at home.
  • Students will participate in specials and recess. They will also eat lunch in the cafeteria with modifications.
  • Students will be required to wear masks on buses and in school. Teachers will provide mask breaks throughout the day.
  • An updated supply list may be forthcoming.

What to expect for At-Home learning

At-home learners can only change to in-person learning at the end of each quarter and ONLY IF space allows.

  • Students will be provided with initial instruction through videos and activities that will be provided weekly.
  • Students will have mandatory meetings each day with teachers. Some days students will have one meeting and other days students may have multiple meetings. Attendance is required for all students and if students do not attend their daily mandatory meetings, they will be considered absent from school on that day and will miss out on the learning.
  • The quantity of instruction and assignments will be equivalent to a student in the hybrid learning model. Assignment and assessment deadlines will be similar to that of students in the hybrid learning model.
  • Grading will be done in the same manner as it is for students in the hybrid learning model. Progress reports will be issued at the five week mark of each quarter and report cards will be issued at the end of each quarter.
  • Families may need to pick up learning materials periodically to help support at-home learning.
  • Meals can be orderd and purchased for at-home learners. Families will need to pick up their orders on a regular basis.
  • An updated supply list may be forthcoming.