Castle Chronicles

The Instruction and Accountability Newsletter of Poet Nation

The School Doors May be Closed But Learning Must Continue

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

~Unknown


The threat of exposure to the corona virus has changed our ability to practice traditional forms of teaching and learning. However, we still have a long way to go before summer break and beach living. Each of us must ask ourselves what will be the response to this situation. We must finish strong because our students are counting on us. Our faculty and staff along with our motivational "Keeper of the Castle", Dr. Antonio William have a heart for our students, parents, and community. Dr. Williams has lead us with the theme, "Rebranding the Castle". Together we have built a cultural of pride that starts with our school's creed. A phrase coined in our motto that states, "My school will be what I make it". Our student body, faculty, parents, and stakeholders have made efforts to rebrand and restore our historic school. With funding from donations from our school community (faculty and staff)and our local community, we have tried to make the school visually attractive and conducive for learning. The student restrooms on the first floor have been renovated along with the first floor teachers' area. Our librarian, Mrs. Huntley painted old lockers outside the library and transformed them into a work of art that shows her love for literature and reading. Art teacher, Mr. Morrison along with his students have painted murals in several places in the school and plan to continue using art as a tool to uplift students as they travel the hollow halls of our school. Throughout this year, teachers decorated their classrooms, doors, and the hallway with student work samples and motivational decor. The end of this school year will be what we make it, we must finish strong.
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Leadership Team's Mission

COVID-19 is forcing schools around the world to close resulting in many teachers having to rely on technology to deliver effective instruction. The leadership team's MISSION is to SUPPORT TEACHERS with these efforts by providing tools that let them:

  • Easily create a variety of assignments in all subjects
  • Include activity instructions and relevant resources
  • Monitor student writing progress in real-time
  • Provide personalized feedback
  • Engage students in online interactive peer review
  • Assess using standards-based rubrics


Contact the administrative team or your department chair via email for questions.


Leadership Team

12th Grade- Dr. Williams

11th Grade- Mrs. Tolliver

10th Grade- Mr. Seals

9th Grade- Ms. Tucker

Mathematics- Mrs. Smith

English- Ms. Washington

Science- Ms. Phelps

History- Dr. Green

PE & Health- Coach Tolbert

Career Tech- Ms. Barnett

Arts- Ms. Hare

Other Electives -Mrs. Huntley & Mr. Ellis

Special Education- Mrs. Ford

School Activities- Mr. Ellis

The Kids Are Home Now What?

Maintaining communication with our students and PARENTS!


This is put together for YOU to use! However, you may know of additional resources. Please share additional resources you find useful to help you, your students, and your families. We WILL get through this together, because our school community is filled with amazing people, just like you!

If your students are already on Google Classroom, you can easily share with them just about anything you want. If you don’t have Google Classroom set up, but want to do that, it’s pretty simple to do. Your students will need to use their google account, which is already set up; and they’ll need a class code, which you can provide in an email, along with a link to the classroom. You and your students will be able to post in the stream. You can post assignments, materials, videos, and links to other things, including the other resources listed below!


Here are some tips to easily manage your class using Google:

  • Ask your students to use their school Gmail ID exclusively for the class
  • Use the Google Drive to upload recorded lectures and notes and share them with your students for reference
  • Use Google Hangouts to give individual private feedback and chat with your students about their problems
  • Create copies of test papers, one for each student and share it individually with them to prevent overlapping during a test
  • Use Google Sheets to track the daily progress, attendance sheets, mark sheets, etc.
  • Use the calendar to mark important test and assignment dates and set reminders for students
  • Have group chats with students about their weekly experience and on how to further improve your course materials
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Making the most of school closure

Family Resources

Connectivity

  • Charter Communications announced on March 13, 2020 that for 60 days the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription. Installation fees will also be waived for these households. Enroll by calling 844-488-8395. Charter will also continue Spectrum Internet Assist, a program offering low-cost broadband internet of 30 Mbps for low-income households without school-aged children.

  • Comcast, which owns Xfinity, will offer 60 days free and increased speeds for new families who join the Internet Essentials program, an internet access program for low income families that is normally $9.95 a month.

  • AT&T announced on Friday it would not cancel service and would waive late fees for any wireless, home phone, broadband residential or small business customer experiencing hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic and can't pay their bills. Qualifying low income households can apply for $10 a month internet access through the Access from AT&T program. Fixed Wireless Internet and Wireline customers can use unlimited internet data. AT&T will also keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open.

A Sample Day with Ideas to Help Fill the Time

*disclaimer: what follows is a pretty packed day with a lot of transitions. The purpose here is not to impose a structure but to offer ideas for how to break up the time. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family.


8:00 Make breakfast together

9:00 An hour of schoolwork

10:00 DIY Science project

11:00 Exercise! Here are some Indoor suggestions

12:00 Creative lunch-making

1:00 Second session of schoolwork

2:00 Round 2 of physical activity - we all need it...

3:00 Healthy snack & DIY Crafts project

4:00 Write, rehearse, and perform a play or mock commercial, or dress up time.

5:00 Movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

Listen To This and Change Yourself | Kobe Bryant (Eye Opening Speech)

Teaching Remotely in Times of Need

Teaching Remotely in Times of Need

This set of slides created by Dr. Torrey Trust of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst provides a collection of tools and strategies for teaching remotely/online.


Teaching Remotely for Grades K - 12 | Free Resources and Strategies

Day-by-day cross curricular projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing: includes a free login for Book Flix & for Watch and Learn Library


Educator Resources

Amazing free resources (in literacy, math, science, social studies, organizational capacity, & school culture), SERP seeks to support, “a coherent approach for turning evidence-based ideas into effective programs & practices that fit within the routine of the classroom, & can therefore readily spread.”


How to build community in your online class

This article describes six fun and engaging activities for MS - HS that will help you to build community remotely. If students are logging on for class, at first things will feel weird. These activities will help you to recreate a sense of community.

Virtual Learning..."HOMEWORK"

The prospect of facing school or district closure and preparing to transition to online teaching is overwhelming, at best. We know. How do we create community and establish consistency in the face of so much upheaval, and from a screen, no less? Where to even start? In hopes of relieving some of the stress, I've compiled a manageable set of excellent resources to help you build your online instructional skills and foster a productive, supportive virtual community. Best of luck and stay safe.
Montgomery Public Schools for Employees

Click on this link to access Clever and Other Resources. Edgenuity can be accessed through clever.

Montgomery Public Schools for Students

Click on this link to access Clever and other resources for students. Edgenuity can be accessed through clever.

Montgomery Public Schools for Parents

Click on this link to access parental information.

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WE Are the Authors of OUR Life Stories (So Write One WE’LL Be Proud Of)

Below are some pictures from this year to remind us of our mission.