Cape Cod Tech Schooling Update

Updated March 29, 2020

To the Cape Cod Tech Community,

I hope everyone is well. We are entering our third week of not being on campus. However, learning has continued. With the help of technology, students are still accessing their education and receiving teacher feedback on a daily basis. It will never replace what happens at 351 Pleasant Lake Ave, but it has provided some stability in this chaotic time of life. With the Governor's decision not to return until May 4th, this is going to be a school year to remember.


We have decided to alter the schedule for 10th-grade math and ELA and 9th-grade science. The classes had been meeting every day during academic weeks, but beginning Monday 3/30 will goto odd-even days like other classes. This will allow for a less stressful situation for students.


Parents and guardians, we continue to need your help and support to ensure your student's education progresses during this unusual time. Please make sure your student continues to check in with their teachers via google classroom to keep the educational process going during this extended break from our school. Student participation and effort are mandatory and expected and will be reflected in 3rd Trimester Report Cards.


We have heard from multiple families that they are having bandwidth issues, device sharing issues, no printer access, and just difficulties access online learning. Our teachers and staff understand the difficulties happening at your homes because they are happening at ours too. However, students must access their assignments and let teachers know if they are having difficulty or challenges for any reason.


If you have any questions, please reach out and email or call my office at 508-432-4500 ext 215. We want to answer everything we can. Please understand that questions can not always be responded to right away.


Be safe and be well,

Billy

Superintendent Sanborn's 3/25/2020 Message

To All Members of the Cape Cod Tech Community,

This is your Superintendent Bob Sanborn. As you probably have already heard, Governor Baker has ordered all schools to remain closed through the month of April with a return to school on May 4th at the earliest. Everything we have in place for online education remains. It is essential for all students to check with their teachers via google classroom to keep the educational process going during this extended break from our school. Student participation and effort are mandatory and expected. Our teachers and support staff are going above and beyond to provide an online learning environment and we need the assistance of Cape Cod Tech parents and guardians to ensure your student's education progresses during this unusual time. While the school is closed, our staff is accessible to assist you via email and phone. Thank you and stay tuned in the coming days for further updates. Please stay safe and healthy.

Reports cards will be available on SchoolBrains only!

2nd Trimester Grades and Report Cards

2nd Trimester grades were posted to SchoolBrains. Please visit your student's SchoolBrains Community Portal by clicking here. A "How to" tutorial is found below.
Letter to Parents of Students with an IEP or 504 Plan

March 27, 2020 letter sent by Kate Clemens, Director of Student Services

March 22nd Newsletter: Everything below this was sent March 22, 2020

Parents,

I hope everyone is well and keeping socially distant. Tonight's message is to share that the online work assigned by teachers are formative assessments to gauge student learning and participation while students are out of school. Participation is mandatory and at this point in time will be reflected in all students’ 3rd term report cards. We need your support to ensure students are logging in and completing their work on their Google Classroom. Students must participate in their online learning. We have communicated with families that shared that they do not have internet and have made accommodations for these families. If you do not have the internet and did not receive communication from the school, please contact my office directly at 508-432-4500 ext 215. We will set up other ways to get work for your child. Again, online work participation is mandatory and will be reflected in all students’ 3rd term report cards. Parents, please make sure students are completing their work.
Thank you and stay well,
Mr. Terranova

March 20, 2020 Newsletter: Everything below here was sent on 3.20.2020

Parents and Students,

Again, I hope everyone is well. We have entered Day 5 of our community's Social Distancing. I hope folks are staying healthy and making choices to keep themselves and the entire Cape Cod Community safe. Below is some new information as well as information that was sent on March 17th. I have marked where the March 17th information begins so you can keep up to date on all the changes. (Some information may look like what we sent on Monday, but we made edits or date changes to the information that was shared in that newsletter.) I will continue to use this newsletter with updates so people have all the necessary information at their fingertips.


As I mentioned in my phone message, Mrs. Wahtola our school nurse put together a great message so folks know what to do from a health perspective. Please review and feel free to share this email as this information is pertinent to all.


We will begin our online learning on Monday. Students must complete the assignments by the end of the day or by the determined due date/time by the teacher. These assignments will ensure students are not losing out as the school year is on pause. Parents, please review all assignments with your child and ensure their completion. We have included information below on how you can support your student.



If you have any questions, please email me at bterranova@capetech.us. Please note that administrators and teachers are working remotely, so if you call the school messages may not be returned. Your best way to communicate with school personnel is through email. We are all looking forward to April 7th when Governor Baker has approved our return to school.


Thank you,

Mr. Terranova

Online Learning Will Begin on Monday, March 23rd

Important: Students with no internet

Until further notice, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access. Please refer to the map below for available public hotspots.

https://wifi.xfinity.com/

Or Call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish


Also:

All CLAMS Cape Cod libraries leave their wifi connection on and open to the public without a password, meaning you should be able to access it from the parking lot or next to the building depending on where the signal is located. If you need internet access, this is an area that is available free to the public.

How do parents ensure that their student is doing his/her work?


A parent can receive daily, weekly, emails with a summary of assignments if the teacher has that feature. Most of our teachers do, and all will resend an invitation this week to parents' emails. Parents must accept this invitation otherwise you can not review the information.

The other way is just to ask for your child's log-in and see what they have done.

March 17, 2020 Newsletter: Everything below here was sent on 3.17.2020

Parents and Students,

I hope everyone is well. This is a tumultuous time for our world. For now, we must remember we can only control what we can control. As we move into this new environment I am trying to keep you up to date on information as I hear it. As a school, we have logistical information that we would like to share. Please use these email updates as your go-to fro Cape Cod Tech information. I will update weekly, possibly even more frequently. This will allow for key information to be available in one place.


Also, anything stated today could change tomorrow.

Educational Opportunities While School is Closed


Cape Cod Tech will be offering online educational opportunities to support student learning and engagement through Google Classroom assignments beginning on Monday, March 23rd. This week our educators will develop assignments and activities to provide your child with educational opportunities while our school is closed. They will begin posting them on their Google Classroom sites for next week. Students should check into their Google Classroom sites to review and complete the assignments.

We have developed the schedule below to help coordinate the work that your child will be expected to participate in during the day.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vLpKwp7qciWWxr2Ycp1rYK2woXQbKi-S/view?usp=sharing

We have limited the amount of work, not to overload them with screen time. We expect that your child should have approximately 3 hours of online work per day. This learning opportunity will not replace the expert teaching that they get on a daily basis. However, it will keep your child engaged for the time being so they are not affected by educational digression during this pause in their education.
Please support your child by checking their Google Classroom and ensuring they are keeping up. Students will submit completed work by uploading it to the site.

We recently had students complete a survey to determine if they had internet at home. If your child shared that they do not have internet, we will mail homework to your address. Please expect these assignments early next week. If you do not receive them or if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Terranova at bterranova@capetech.us


I have also reached out to libraries to see where there is internet in the parking lots of libraries. I am aware that Truro and Sturgis (Barnstable) offer this service. I am waiting to hear from others.

Food Service During School Closures

Free Meals are available!

FREE to all children, eighteen years of age and under

Cape Cod communities are committed to making sure that all students of Cape Cod Tech are fed while school is not is session.

There will be "Grab-and-Go" breakfast and lunches in various towns and in others food distributions. Please refer to each districts website for specific information.


Mashpee - https://www.mpspk12.org/

"Grab-and-Go" breakfast and lunch,

Monday through Friday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Quashnet School - 150 Old Barnstable Rd, Mashpee (Door #8)


Barnstable - https://www.barnstable.k12.ma.us/

"Grab-and-Go" breakfast and lunch,

Monday through Friday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Barnstable Intermediate School - 895 Falmouth Rd, Hyannis
  • Barnstable United Elementary - 730 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marston Mills
  • Hyannis West Elementary - 549 West Main St., Hyannis
  • Hyannis Community Center - 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis

Dennis/Yarmouth - Dolphin Drive-Thru https://www.dy-regional.k12.ma.us/

"Grab-and-Go" breakfast and lunch,

Monday through Friday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School - 210 Station Ave, S. Yarmouth
  • Station Ave Elementary School - 276 Station Ave, S. Yarmouth
  • Ezra H. Baker - 810 Rte 28, W. Dennis
  • Marguerite E. Small - 440 Higgins Crowell Rd, W. Yarmouth
  • Mattacheese Middle School - 400 Higgins Crowell Rd, W. Yarmouth
  • Nathaniel H. Wixon School - 901 Rte. 134, S. Dennis


Nauset Public Schools https://nausetdiningservices.org/

"Grab-and-Go" breakfast and lunch,

Monday through Friday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Stony Brook Elementary - 364 Underpass Rd, Brewster (at the front of the school)
  • Orleans Elementary - 46 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans (at the front of the school)
  • Eastham Elementary - 200 Schoolhouse Rd, Eastham (enter the back parking lot where parent drop-off occurs)
  • Wellfleet Elementary - 100 Lawrence Rd, Wellfleet (drive into the first parking lot entrance and pick-up with be near the cafeteria door)


Truro http://www.truromass.org/

Food Distribution - Tuesday's 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • 317 Route 6, Truro


Provincetown http://www.provincetownschools.com/

Food Distribution - Tuesday and Thursday's 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • 12 Winslow St., Provincetown - pick-up at the gymnasium at Grace Hall parking lot

Ninth Grade Tech and Engineering Students

A message from your science teacher:


Beginning Tuesday, March 24 you will see Tech & Engineering MCAS Reviews posted in google classroom every Tuesday and Thursday until we return to school. This is to prepare you for your MCAS in June and is outside your assigned work.


The Tech & Engineering MCAS Reviews are google forms with 3-5 multiple-choice questions. After you answer the multiple-choice questions, you must type in why you chose your answer. Please READ CAREFULLY and THINK when you answer the multiple-choice questions and when you explain WHY you made that choice.


Please make sure you submit your work in google classroom by the due date.

Your scinecne teachers will be available through email from 10AM - 12PM each day.
Make sure you stay healthy and safe. Keep your hands to yourself and wash them often.

Teacher Availability for Student Questions

Teachers will share with students how they will be available for questions and information. A set time will be shared on Google Classroom with your students. Teachers can always be contacted at their school email address which can be found here: https://www.capetech.us/directory

March and April Canceled/ Postponed/Delayed Events


  • March 11: Student Employment Fair Canceled New Date TBA
  • March 16: Spring Sports Begin Delayed to April 27
  • March 17: Parent Council Canceled New Date TBA
  • March 18: FFA State Convention Postponed New Date May 4
  • March 19: College Information Night and SEPAC Canceled New Date TBA
  • March 24-25: 10th Grade ELA MCAS Postponed New Date TBA
  • March 24: Credit For Life Fair Canceled New Date TBA
  • March 26: School Committee Canceled New Date TBA
  • April 2 and ongoing: Spring Advisory Meetings Canceled no new date
  • April 9: Outstanding Vocational Student Awards Banquet Canceled New Date TBA
  • May 1-3: SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference Canceled New Date TBA


Spring Sports Update from MIAA


Update on Spring Sport Season



March 16, 2020

The MIAA Board of Directors voted today, March 16, 2020, to amend the start of the 2020 spring sports season in light of recent mandates from Governor Baker and recommendations from governing health agencies. The updated start date for the 2020 spring season is April 27, 2020.

Additionally, the MIAA Board of Directors voted to have completion of regular season and tournament games by June 20, 2020 with consideration of June 21, 2020 for weather and facility needs.

Details regarding the structure of the spring season will be addressed by the Tournament Management Committee (TMC). An update will be provided and reviewed by the Board by March 25, 2020.

These decisions are based on available information and are made in the best interest of our student-athletes, schools and communities. These decisions will be revisited and adjusted as needed.

Thank you for your patience while dealing with this very fluid situation. Be well.

Comcast Internet Offerings

Starting Monday, March 16, Comcast is putting two substantial program enhancements in place to help families deal with this crisis:

1. Comcast is offering low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95 a month.

2. Comcast is also increasing Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers, which will remain as the speed of the service going forward. This speed increase will ensure Internet Essentials customers can utilize their Internet service for all their increased needs as a result of this health crisis.

To receive the increased Internet speeds, existing customers will not need to do anything. The new speeds will be rolled out nationally over the next few days.

Comcast will send all new customers a free self-installation kit that includes a cable modem with a Wi-Fi router. There will be no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee.

To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers - 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.