Washington Technology Magnet School

Family Newsletter November 2020

Message from Principal Bonnick

Dear Washington Families,

Quarter 1 ends next Friday November 13, 2020. Please look over your student's grades with them and encourage them to complete any missing assignments that they may have. If you are interested in learning more about how to use Schoology or Campus we have one on one help available through our Technology Coordinator. More information is below.


Washington Fall Conferences will be held online, your students Foundations/Advisory Teacher will set up an appointment with you on one of the following dates.

Tuesday November 17, 2020 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Thursday November 19, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.


Goals of Conferences


· Share academic progress with families

· Answer family’s questions and concerns

· Ensure that families have Schoology Login information to view their student’s progress

· Provide families with resources on how to use Schoology

· To engage the family, the student, and the teacher in dialogue about the student’s level of college and career readiness (Grades 9-12)

· Share information from the Family School Compact



For Quarter 2 Washington is revising our daily Purple/Gold rotation to make it easier for students, families, and staff, please see the information below related to that change.


In Partnership,

Principal Bonnick

Washington Daily Schedule and Weekly Calendars

Washington is revising our Purple/Gold rotation starting Quarter 2. Click here for the Washington Daily Schedule and Weekly Calendars


The purpose of this of this change is:

  • To eliminate student and family confusion about the schedule by having Purple and Gold on set days so that students are able to attend the synchronous Google Meets being held by their teachers.

  • To allow teacher flexibility to determine what types of instruction will meet the needs of their students.

  • To provide individual and small group targeted interventions.


Schedule changes:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays will be Purple Days where students do coursework for Purple Day Classes.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays will be Gold Day Classes where students do coursework for Gold Day Classes.

  • Fridays will be Eagle Days and will be designated as Purple or Gold Days. This day will be a day for students to get extra help from teachers and catch up on their work.

End of Quarter Grades

Campus is the system we use to track official grades, attendance etc. Schoology is the system we use to help teachers integrate online learning into their classrooms. Campus will continue to be used for attendance, progress marks (mid-quarter), and final grades(end of quarter).



How do I use Campus and Schoology to track my student’s progress?

Teachers use Schoology to do these tasks:

  • Calculate the student’s current grade.

  • Record summative grades for papers, tests, and projects

  • Record formative grades for daily work, practice, homework, etc.

  • Provide feedback or make comments on the student’s work

  • Provide resources (assignment sheets, rubrics, task guides, articles etc)

  • Communicate what is happening in class.


Teachers use Campus to track attendance and report final grades. If you want to find out how your student is doing in class currently and what assignments they have coming up and missing, check Schoology. For attendance and final grades, check Campus. Login to Campus here.


Schoology allows families to set up a weekly/daily “Digest” which is an automatic email that is sent that includes all of the assignments and tests submitted since the last digest. It also includes the grades of those assignments/tests as well as any that are overdue. Directions to set up Schoology Digest.


How do I login to Schoology? Information on how to log into Schoology can be found here

Need to reset your username and password? Want to learn how to use Schoology? SPPS Schoology Help Page If you have questions please email Eric Gunderson at eric.gunderson@stpaul.k12.mn.us or call 651-395-7450.

Online Math Help for Middle School Students

Virtual Drop-In Math Homework Help is now available to all Washington students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade! Join anytime Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 3:00 – 5:00pm. A licensed Washington teacher will be available at this time. Use the Google Meets Nickname to join: FlipsideMath

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

Please complete an application for free and reduced-price meals to help support our schools and programs. Meals are free for all youth at this time. It is very important that families fill out this form because even though we are currently in distance learning, their benefits continue for home delivery of food. Additionally, families could receive other benefits such as free or reduced-price internet service. When we return to in person learning, students will then be able to receive their meals at a free or reduced price right away once we are back in the building.


If a family receives SNAP benefits, they are automatically qualified and do not need to fill out an application. If you have any questions or would like to check to see if you need to complete this application, please contact Nutrition Services: Phone: 651-603-4950. Email: ns@spps.org


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