Jaguar Messenger

Week of 4-13-20

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Message from Ms. Amrhein

I hope everyone is holding up during this first official week of Remote Learning. I have two elementary-aged children myself, so I fully understand the learning curve that goes along with adjusting to this shift to Remote Learning. It has been an interesting week in the Amrhein house, I can say that for sure! From the Jackson perspective of Remote Learning, I can assure you that our teachers are working tirelessly to create and communicate manageable learning plans that take into account both school and home responsibilities. This is certainly a new journey for us all and we are in this together. Times such as these bring about a range of emotions. We ask that you work in partnership with us as we all learn together. This is a new way of instruction for our teachers, just as this is a new way of learning for our students. Patience, communication, and empathy are vital elements as we all work together in this partnership. I have been regularly checking in with staff and they have shared many positive comments about students' initial experiences. It definitely seems our Jackson community is coming together and we will continue to grow and improve throughout this time. Please continue to reach out to your child's teachers and support staff to address any needs you have during this time. District has communicated Remote Learning information to both elementary and middle school families. This messenger is a repeat of information that has been communicated home, with the purpose of consolidating 'middle school specific' information in one place for our Jackson families. I hope you find it helpful and please let your child(ren) know that we miss them and look forward to being back together in our building as soon as we can! Go Jaguars!
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Staying Informed

Don't forget to visit closure.d45.org to stay up-to-date with all information shared by District 45. On this site, you will find links to the following:
  • Meal Delivery
  • e-Learning (Remote Learning)
  • Special Education Services
  • Building Access
  • Communications
  • Social Distancing Considerations
  • Community Resources
  • Contact Information
  • Resources for Discussing COVID-19 with Your Child

Please visit the site for the official details from D45 and to find many resources you may need during this state-wide closure of schools.

Attendance

Students are enrolled in their grade level Homeroom Google Classroom. Each Remote Learning day, students should access their Homeroom Google Classroom where a daily attendance link will be posted. Students should mark "done" when submitting their daily attendance. Students should submit attendance before 1:00 p.m. on Remote Learning Days. Reminder: Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th are non-school attendance days. There will be no Remote Learning plans for these days.

Daily Learning Schedule

Students should access their grade level Homeroom Google Classroom each day to find both their assignments and a schedule of learning for the week. The schedule of learning for the week looks like an assignment notebook page and may be updated throughout the week. In addition, individual teachers will post information for students in their own Google Classrooms.


We encourage your child to communicate directly with his/her teachers through Google Classroom. Also, please feel free to communicate with your child's teachers, as needed, with any specific questions.

Grading

As we move to Remote Learning Days, teachers will be documenting assignments given to students. Per ISBE guidelines, “grading at the elementary and middle school level should focus on the continuation of learning and prioritize the connectedness and care for students and staff.” Students will have the opportunity to redo, make up, or try again to complete, show progress, or attempt to complete work assigned. Teachers will give feedback on work that students complete, and we will follow the ISBE recommendation to move to pass/incomplete grades versus traditional letter grades.

Communication Between Staff & Students

During Remote Learning Days, teachers will prioritize connections with their students. Teachers may use a variety of platforms based on their comfort level and methods previously used in the classroom. Google Classroom, Google Meeting/Hangouts, Zoom, email, and other methods may be used. Both middle schools have assigned specific teacher/student contact days, in order to make sure students have access to one of their teachers on designated Remote Learning Days. Teachers have shared how they will connect with students through their individual teacher Google Classrooms. Below is the teacher-student communication day schedule for each week:


  • Monday: Math Teachers
  • Tuesday: ELA & ESL Teachers
  • Wednesday: Social Studies & Spanish Teachers
  • Thursday: Science Teachers
  • Friday: FPA, PE, & Fine Arts Teachers


Please be aware that the use of third-party virtual platforms may create potential privacy risks. Each platform will have its own privacy systems in place, data collection guidelines, and unique set of terms and conditions. We encourage you to review those if you feel the need to do so.

State & Local Assessments Update

Executive Order 2020-15 suspends state assessments for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. With this order, state assessments, including the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), DLM-AA, the 8th grade Illinois Science Assessment (ISA), and Constitution Exam are all suspended for Spring 2020. We also do not anticipate moving forward with local assessments, such as MAP, this spring.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

PowerSchool is a proactive communication tool parents/guardians can use to stay informed about their child’s academic and work habits progress in school. Please click on the PowerSchool Parent Quick Guide link here for more information about how to navigate the PowerSchool portal. There is a mobile app version of the PowerSchool Portal for families. The interface of the mobile app is slightly different from the web version. If you experience any difficulties accessing PowerSchool, please email Mrs. Aparicio, the secretary who oversees PowerSchool for our Jackson families. Her email address is vaparicio@d45.org.