SCZ E-Learning Newsletter

From the Desk of Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone Leader

A Message From Mr. Dorsey

I wanted to take a moment to give kudos to our staff, teachers and administrators. Everyone has been working hard to support students and the safety and wellness of our Sand Creek Community. I appreciate the time, effort, and research our teachers have been putting in over the last week and a half to make this unprecedented turn from the traditional classroom to E-Learning.

I also want to thank the parents and those at home with our students for putting in the time to implement these lessons and accessing the resources given; we know you are working too and some, getting through tough times, but we recognize your dedication to student success as well.

This is tough for everyone but we will be successful and do this together. We would love to hear how Week 1 of E-Learning was for you and your family. Please let us know how we can improve and what is working well for you and your student by filling out the E-Learning Feedback Form; this form is specifically for the Sand Creek Zone Schools. We would also love to share any kudos with a teacher, staff member or administrator that has gone above and beyond or just someone you would like to extend thanks. Have a great week!

E-Learning Links

Each school offers a unique E-Learning experience. To help put all of their resources and information in one place, they now have their own E-Learning page that can be accessed under Class & Activities on the main page of their website. Below are quick links to those page:

Sand Creek High School E-Learning

Horizon Middle School E-Learning

Evans International Elementary E-Learning

Remington Elementary E-Learning

Springs Ranch Elementary E-Learning

District 49's E-Learning Resource Page

Google Classroom: How-To Video

If you or your student is in need for some step by step instructions on how to utilize Google Classroom, check out this video!

E-Learning Spirit Week

Academics are important but we also know how much a positive culture and climate can impact a student's education. This week, we want to have a little fun! Below are descriptions for our first ever E-Learning Spirit Week!

Take a photo of your student dressed in their spirit day attire; like your school's page (if they don't have one head over to the Zone page) and tag your school (the Horizon Middle School Facebook page or the Sand Creek High School Facebook page) or the Sand Creek Zone on facebook or twitter (@sandcreekzone)! We will pick a winner from each school at the end of the week who went all out! Prizes include Dion's gift cards, Dairy Queen gift cards, and Chick-Fila entrees!

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Class of 2020 Recognition

We have some amazing kiddos in the Class of 2020! As our seniors begin their exit from SCHS, we honor their commitment to a post-secondary choice: career, college, certification or military!

Each day, we recognize students for their commitment to the next step after high school. Check out our daily posts of our seniors by liking us on Facebook:

Sand Creek High School

Sand Creek Zone

If you're a the parent of a Sand Creek senior, and would like your child to be recognized, access the I Committed link here:

Creek Seniors Earn Full Ride Scholarships

Yuki Rockwell, Zone Pillar Award

We would like to recognize Yuki Rockwell, Literacy Coach at Remington Elementary, for a zone pillar award, for his work with Student Success and People. He is highly committed to student achievement in reading and he supports and trains teachers with best practices. Yuki models for teachers and has been consistently recognized in Rounding. He provides after school tutoring for struggling readers and has personally taken on reading groups to support teachers and students in reading achievement. Thank you for your commitment to the Sand Creek Zone!

Texas Roadhouse Family Food Packs

Texas Roadhouse has been supporting the Sand Creek Zone for many years. Between fundraisers, discounted catering and donations, they are one of our most consistent and largest sponsors. Each year, they donate many Dinner for 2's as a reward for any of our staff members receiving a zone pillar award for their dedication to Student Success, People, Service or Innovation and Growth. Please consider supporting them during this time! Pictured are their newest menu item, their Family Packs!


Free Meals at EIES

District 49 will continue to offer free meal pickups for students during the suspension of in-school learning and programs. Students get a lunch for the current day, and a breakfast for the following morning.

These meals are provided free of charge and can be picked up at several District 49 locations including one in our zone:

Evans International Elementary School, 1675 Winnebago Rd. From: 11 - 11:45

Students ages 1-18 can pick up Monday through Friday. Other locations include RMCA, Odyssey Elementary and FSoT.

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Parent Resources

Cook Along Videos

Delish's editorial director Joanna Saltz and her kids will be going live on Instagram every week day at 1pm EST to share cook-along videos.

31 Days of Legos

This calendar offers a great way to challenge your kids (and yourself) to create something new with legos. Building with Legos at home is a great way to work STEM education into your child's day. They allow kids the freedom to express themselves creatively while teaching engineering, mathematics and spatial awareness....all while being fun!

Science Experiements You Can Do At Home

Teaching Life Skills to Our Teens

All parents want their kids to be able to do what we, as parents, often have to do daily. Now that there is some time at home, check out this article on what this family has been working on with their teenagers! Subjects include: cooking 5 basic recipes, ironing a shirt, making coffee, sewing a button, using hand tools and how to unclog a name a few! We hope this sparks some ideas for you to come up with some necessary life learning while at home with your student!

Home Depot is Hands On

Home Depot is still open so while you are there grabbing supplies, be sure to ask the service desk for a kids workshop kit to use for some hands on art. These projects also teach kids to use basic tools and hardware. Check them out!

Free Audio Books on Audible

Take a break from the screen and get lost in the words. These are not vetted by D49 but this site has a lot of great, free books for students to enjoy.

Upcoming Events

4/6: PLC/Work Day for Teachers (no E-Learning for students)

4/7-4/10: Week 2 of E-Learning (Spirit Week)

5/1: 1st Regular Day Back for Students

EIES Kindergarten Round Up

5/7: Senior Walk/Sand Creek Zone Partners Meeting

5/8: SCHS Prom

5/11: Military Signing

5/14: HMS Choir Concert

5/19: HMS Orchestra Concert

5/22: SRES Kindergarten/5th Grade Graduation

5/23: Graduation for the Class of 2020