MCMS Distance Learning Information

11/16/2020

Transitioning to Distance Learning

Parents,


On 11/16/2020, our MCMS Distance Learning Plan will go into effect. This model will remain in place for at least two weeks until December 4, 2020. At that point, the District will re-evaluate the situation and determine next steps/possibilities for return.


This newsletter contains the specific information you will need if your student will be engaging in the online distance learning option or if they will be using the offline distance learning option. We understand that there will be questions as we make this transition. If, after reading this newsletter you still have questions, please fill out the google form linked at the bottom of the newsletter. Please provide accurate and up-to-date contact information so that someone from our staff can get back to you with assistance.


We know this is not ideal. However, we will do our best to make the most of the circumstances and continue to uphold our MCMS mission of ensuring high levels of learning for all, even from a distance. Thank you for your continued support!

"GO PACKETS"

Please use the instructional “Go Packets” that students took home on 11/13/2020. These “Go Packets” will be the coursework for your child for 11/16, 11/17, and 11/18.


Additional copies of the “Go Packets” are available:


  • Through Canvas on your child’s dashboard in a course titled “Go Packets”.
  • Paper copies will also be available in the MCMS lobby should you need them.
  • "GO Packets" are also linked below.

"GO Packets" will need to be returned by your child on the first day back to in-person instruction once Distance Learning is complete.

The sections below provide specific details of the MCMS Distance Learning that will pick up on Thursday, 11/19.

Online Learning Plan - Beginning Thursday, November 19

Students and teachers have been utilizing the learning management system, Canvas, in class since the beginning of the school year. Every student had an orientation to the program on the second day of school and all teachers are actively using the LMS to communicate assignments, activities, lesson videos, feedback, etc. regularly. Students should be very familiar with Canvas and how to access the information needed in each class.


Assignments: This option provides a near-seamless transition into distance learning as students will simply log on to their Canvas platform each day, watch any instructional videos posted, and complete the assigned activities for each class. They can expect to spend a minimum of 20-30 minutes on each course per day, Monday through Friday. All completed assignments will be submitted via Canvas. Teachers will communicate with students through Canvas as well.


Teacher Availability: Beginning, Thursday, November 19, teachers will follow the schedule listed below to have a Google Meet with each of their classes. Students will access the code to the Meets in their teachers' Canvas. Additional Google Meets may be scheduled as needed by teachers to provide further instruction and/or answer questions. Teachers will then be available from 12:45 - 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to take parent/student phone calls/emails to answer questions and provide learning support. Wednesdays are reserved for professional development and planning for the following week.


Student Schedule: Students will be expected to follow the schedule below via Google Meet with their teachers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Instructional videos will be posted, so this will be a time, on the given days, to get help or clarification on lessons and instruction. Students will follow their regular school schedule using the following times:


1st Hour: 9:30am - 9:45am

2nd Hour: 9:50am - 10:05am

3rd Hour: 10:10am - 10:25am

4th Hour: 10:30am - 10:45am

5th Hour: 10:50am - 11:05am

6th Hour: 11:10am - 11:25am

7th Hour: 11:30am - 11:45am

8th Hour: 11:50am - 12:05pm


Grading: Teachers will collect students' work and provide timely grades and feedback to students throughout distance learning. The grading/assessment procedures will mirror the grading procedures/structures used in the traditional classroom setting.


Attendance: Attendance will be based on assignments that are completed and submitted. While students are highly encouraged to attend the Google Meets taking place 4 days a week with each class, students will not be counted "absent" if they cannot attend a Meet due to unavoidable circumstances. As long as work is consistently being completed and submitted back to teachers, students will not be counted absent.

Offline Learning Plan - Beginning Thursday, November 19

Assignments: Teachers in all content areas will be providing paper packets with 5 days of instructional activities. The first page of each content section in the packet will have a daily "to-do" list for students for the week. Information about what work will need to be turned in and options for how to turn it in will be included on this page as well. Students can expect to spend approximately 20-30 minutes per course/per day on the assigned activities.


Packet Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Paper Packets will be picked up in the MCMS Front Office.

Please park in the front and enter the front foyer where a staff member will get your child's packet to you. Beginning November 30, please drop off the previous week's packet when you pick up the current week's packet. Please remember to wear a mask when on campus.


  • Packets for this week will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.
  • Packets for the week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 30.


Teacher Availability: Teachers will be available from 12:45 pm - 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to take parent/student phone calls/emails to answer questions and provide learning support. Wednesdays are reserved for professional development and planning for the following week.


Digital Packets: If you have access to print the packets each week and have indicated on our parent survey earlier this year that is your preferred method in which to receive distance learning assignments, those will be emailed to the email address we have on file no later than 3:00 pm on Fridays.


Grading: Teachers will collect students' work and provide timely grades and feedback to students throughout distance learning. The grading/assessment procedures will mirror the grading procedures/structures used in the traditional classroom setting.


Attendance: Attendance will be based on assignments that are completed and returned to school. If/when possible, students are encouraged to attend the Google Meets taking place 4 days a week with each class, but students will not be counted "absent" if they cannot attend a Meet due to unavoidable circumstances. As long as work is consistently being completed and submitted back to teachers, students will not be counted absent.

Changing Your Distance Learning Plan:

If you need to change the distance learning plan for your child, you may do so by filling out this google form. (For example: you now have access to the technology needed to engage in the online plan or you no longer want to pick up packets in person and would like them emailed instead, etc.) Changing from paper packet pick-up to either having them emailed or the online plan can take place pretty quickly. Changing from an online format or email format to a paper packet pick-up will have some turnaround time as we get the packets prepared. An administrator will be in contact with you if you change to this option.

Meal Service

MCMS Students will be able to receive meals Monday - Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Riverwood Elementary. Click HERE for a map showing the location for meal service.

Student Medications

Please contact the office at 405-256-5275 if you are needing your child's medication that is being stored in the nurse's office. We will make arrangements for the medication to be picked up by a parent.

Athletics and Extracurriculars

During Distance Learning, MCMS athletics and extracurricular activities will not be able to compete or practice in person. Teachers, coaches, or sponsors will be in touch with participants with any pertinent information throughout DIstance Learning in regard to athletics and extracurriculars.

COVID Reminder

Please remember to report all exposures/close-contacts, quarantines, isolations and/or positive cases to us at COVID19@mustangops.org. This will be vitally important during this time of Distance Learning so that we can keep a pulse on our local data and make well-informed decisions about our return to in-person schooling.

Still Have Questions? Contact us!

Please fill out the google form and let us know what your questions are!

https://forms.gle/HUgLjEQJSQyQjwu4A


or call our office at:405-256-5275 (8:30am-3:30pm, M-F)


Toby Blair, MCMS Principal - blairt@mustangps.org

Matt Mitchell, 7th Grade Assistant Principal - mitchellm@mustangps.org

Lisa Stacey, 8th Grade Assistant Principal - staceyla@mustangps.org

Brieana Cooper, 7th Grade Counselor - cooperb@mustangps.org

Amy Cozens, 8th Grade Counselor - cozensa@mustangps.org