Affton High School

August 14, 2020

Happy Friday

One week to go until we begin our virtual journey together. I know there are a million questions out there and that there is no way for me to address all of them in such a short amount of time before we start. Please remember, there are still a bunch of moving parts to all of this. If you have an athlete in the family you know that up until this week there are still changes happening within the MSHSAA organization and those aren't the only changes we have been working with in the last couple of days.

The biggest question I keep getting is "When will my schedule be ready?". The goal is Monday. Currently the final touches are being completed and proofreading will happen Monday. I will communicate with all when it is ready to go!

I hope you all are staying healthy!

Do you have a freshmen coming to AHS? Cats Crew is here to assist!

Welcome Class of 2024! Cats Crew has outstanding juniors and seniors who have been been working hard this summer to be ready to support you! We will having Google Meets on Friday August 22nd at 9 am to work with every 9th grade student to make sure you are ready and to support you in any way we can. Be on the lookout for our Introduction video in the future and our Cats Crew leaders will be reaching out to each student soon! Please make sure your student is checking their email for their Google Meet invitations!
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Thanks to teacher volunteers the Class of 2024 got welcomed with yard signs! The new Cougar looks fierce.

Worried about day one?

This is all so new I can't imagine being a parent or student trying to figure out how this is going to work. There are so many people working behind the scenes to make this as smooth a transition as possible. I wish I could individually thank each one of them, but I would forget someone and then I would be in big trouble! Here is a short list of what to expect and how to prepare for our start of school. We have one week left before we hit the ground running!

Day one:

9:00 am to 9:30 am students will need to log onto Canvas and join their advisory course for a live (synchronous) class. This class will be fully designed around helping students know how to navigate their day. We will be discussing how to read their schedules, how to know when to virtually attend class meetings at specific times and how to know when they are able to work on assignments on their own timeline.

9:30 am to 2:30 pm school activities are available to all students in an on demand format (asynchronous). Each of your child's 7 courses will be accessible. Students will have some live (synchronous) time with their specific teachers throughout the day. They will have mapped that out with their advisory teacher and will have created a grid for the day allowing them to ensure they don't miss time expectations and feel confident in how the day plays out.

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm Guided Study live (synchronous). Students will be back in a live session with their advisory teacher. This will allow us to check in with them on how the day went, any conflicts in their synchronous time, and any questions about what is expected of asynchronous time. Essentially we have built into every day a check in to start the day and a check out with students at the end of the day. Our goal is to address questions and to fix problems in real time rather than waiting for students to realize they have an issue.

This will be the general format of every virtual day at AHS. While in advisory the students will experience success readiness training. The format will be social and emotional learning lessons (grit, stress management, organization skills, etc.), college and career readiness (career exploration, review of ICAPs, college selections and deadlines, military awareness and deadlines, trade opportunities, etc.), and team building. The advisories are small groups that will work to develop a family like atmosphere.

Advisories are in place because we heard loud and clear that you need access to teachers, to get assistance in all courses and not have to navigate 7 different teachers but to have one advocate for your student, and to ensure the success readiness assistance is still a priority for our students as it has been in the past. We heard you and we are working to deliver!

BUT how will my student find Canvas in the first place?

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Students will open their chrome book, log in (same process as it has been in years' past) and this will be the page that will open. Canvas is the red button in the middle. Click and go!

Device Pick up and material returns Monday, 8/17, from 3-6

We will be having Drive-Thru to issues devices to new students, or students that have non-working devices. This is for 6-12th grade students, and will be done at the HS.

If you have a returning high school student who has not turned in their books or other school property from the 2019-2020 school year you may drop those items off as well. Please have your student place the items in a bag with their name either on or in it. As we approach the start of the new year getting text books back so students taking those courses this year is key!

Need Help With Internet Access at Home?

Affton School District families, we have several options available to try and meet the needs of each our families who need help with internet access. Please complete this form to request internet service for your home: