Distance Learning Academy

Weekly Update Grades 6-12 / April 9

Dear Students and Families,

Happy Friday Afternoon! We just concluded our third week of Trimester 3. Parents and students, it is extremely important that we are staying on top of our studies. Please use your time wisely and stay on target with all assignments. If you are not, I would suggest we use this weekend to get caught up so that we can head into next week on target.

This week's newsletter focus is on:

  1. MCA Testing
  2. Student Expectations
  3. Upcoming class virtual meetings

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

By now all Distance Learning Academy families in grades 6-8, 10 and 11 received a letter outlining the specific date, time, and location for each MCA test for each grade. I am also attaching the letter to this newsletter for your reference. Please make sure you are reading the entire letter. There are some really important reminders to ensure your child has a good testing experience.

Remember to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and please Bring a Book to read!!!!

See attached letter below.

Grade 9-12 Class Meetings

As we head into the end of the school year, it is important that I address each grade level. The class meetings will occur the week of April 19th. Look for my invites next week and do everything possible to attend virtually.

Grades 6-12 Student Expectations for Trimester 3!

  • Contact tech support at 651-674-1097 or email helpdesk@isd138.org for technology support
  • Use appropriate study skills i.e. note-taking, ask questions to teachers, collaborate with fellow students
  • Create your student-friendly workspace at home
  • Contact teachers between 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Teachers are available via Google Meets and by phone to review materials Monday through Friday. If you make an appointment, please make sure you follow through and attend the meeting
  • Elective Teachers are available between 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM.
  • Middle School students- please use your school Gmail account when emailing teachers. Practice using this communication tool
  • Use appropriate academic language when communicating with staff
  • Advocate for yourself
  • Please make sure you know how to perform these tasks; downloading assignments, accessing teacher feedback and comments, and avoid distractions
  • Utilizing Google Docs for essay responses and copy and paste from Google Doc into Edmentum
  • Important: A student will generally spend between 30-40 hours in a course per trimester. So, students typically spend between 4-6 hours per day in their studies. The is a generalization that gives you something to aim for.

Long Term Sub for English Language Arts Grades 6-12

Ms. Strain has a long-term sub for the next 7 weeks. Ms. Conlow will be filling in for Ms. Strain during her absence. Welcome aboard Ms. Conlow!

Ms. Conlows office hours are not listed on our website!

Onsite Tutoring and Help! Sign UP!

Please sign up for your onsite tutoring and help sessions. We have increased the amount of onsite support for Math 9-12. Please make sure you are signing up and coming in!



Have a wonderful weekend!

David S Treichel