Raptor News

Otho E. Stuart Middle School

Thank You for the Feedback!

We are very thankful to each of our community members and Raptors who completed the Parent/Student Feedback Survey. This information has already helped us made significant adjustments to our Instructional Model. Please make sure that you take a minute to read the information below to better understand the outcomes of the data.

We are currently working with our partners at BOCES to dig deeper into this data. Through this partnership we will be interviewing at least 25-30 Stuart parents/legal guardians who can help us better understand the impact our work is having on our Raptors. If you are interested in participating, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM. Someone from BOCES will reach out to you to schedule a 30 minute interview.

Participating in THIS project is the best way to help us do better and make sure that the learning environment in which your Raptor is learning is flexible, adaptable and responsive to their social, emotional and academic needs.

Together, we will continue to RISE! Have a great weekend Stuart!

Fabricio Velez, Principal

Parent and Student Systems Survey

Thank you so much for completing our survey this week. At this point we have received more than 600 responses to the survey. The data we receive through these forms is very valuable in helping us in adjusting instruction and supporting our Raptors. We were very happy to hear that almost 90% of our Raptors understand how to access materials and more than 80% of our Raptors understand teacher instructions to complete assignments. We are continuing to refine our practice and make our lessons easier to access and understand.

Big picture

Virtual Raptor Cafe - Student Support During the Day

The survey results made it clear that our virtual Raptor Cafe is currently not being utilized. Only 13.6% of respondents said they are using the Raptor Cafe Support, while almost a quarter of the respondents reported not knowing what it is.

Raptor Cafe, our student support time during asynchronous learning days, is available to all students when they are at home. This time is supported by certified teachers to help students navigate through their lessons and troubleshoot problems that come up as they go through their learning.

If your student is needing support from a teacher during their asynchronous day, they can log into a video meeting with a teacher during their grade level time each day.

Please know that your child can access this resource during the scheduled times every day.

8th Grade: 12:34 PM - 1:34 PM

7th Grade: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

6th Grade: 12:34 PM - 1:34 PM AND 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

ESL/Gifted & Talented: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Please click HERE to access information on accessing support for your Raptor.

Big picture

Asynchronous Workload

An asynchronous learning day is meant to provide a full day of learning for students. Students should be spending between 3 and 6 hours on school work on their asynchronous days. Over 55% of respondents fell into this category.

Students should spend the same amount of time for class work on asynchronous days as they do on their synchronous days. Because of the block schedule for Science and Social Studies, this does not mean that they should spend the same amount of time on every subject.

The suggested amount of time for each class on an asynchronous day is as follows:

  • 1 hour for Math

  • 1 hour for Language Arts

  • 2 hours for Science OR Social Studies

  • 1-2 hours for Exploratories

Almost 35% of respondents stated that they spend more than 6 hours on school work on their asynchronous days. If your student is consistently spending more than the suggested amount of time on classwork, this is a good opportunity to have a conversation with your student and figure out why that is happening, then reach out to the teacher for support as needed. Remember, if your student is reaching a frustration point and consistently spending more than the suggested amount of time on classes, please have them stop after they reach the suggested time and connect with their teacher the next day.

Suggestions on communicating with our grade level team:

1. Always communicate with your child Academic Adviser. They are your first line of communication as they are the ones who know your child best.

2. If you do not get the support you need or things do not improve, please communicate with the grade-level counselor.

3. If you feel that things still have not improved, do not hesitate to reach out to the grade-level administrator. They will be very responsive and ensure that your child receives the support he/she needs.

6th Grade:

7th Grade:

8th Grade:

Big picture

Missed FIT Team?

If you missed our FIT Team meeting today and would like to see the recording of it, please click HERE. When prompted, use password: 2pu^jg0e

If you'd like to attend the next FIT Team meeting, it will take place on October 23rd (fourth Friday of the month). Click HERE to join us (or on the link below) via Zoom.