MMS Distance Learning Information

11/16/2020

Transitioning to Distance Learning

Parents,


On 11/16/2020, our MMS Distance Learning Plan will go into effect. This newsletter contains the 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 ask for your patience and understanding as we undertake this new challenge together. Our faculty and staff will be working hard to make the best of the situation and continue to provide high levels of learning for all, even from a distance. Thank you for your continued support!

Go Packets for November 16, 17, 18, 2020

Students at school on Friday received "Go Packets" before leaving. This is the work that should be completed during these first 3 days of Distance Learning. If students were not at school on Friday, parents may stop by the MMS Front Office this week between 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to pick up the packet. They are also attached below if you would rather print the packet at home. Students should complete the packet and then hang on to it. It will be returned to teachers on the first day back to school for face-to-face instruction.


7th Grade Go Packet

8th Grade Go Packet

Online Learning Plan - Begins Nov. 19, 2020

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 at the beginning of school and all teachers are actively using the program 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 19th, teachers will be meeting with classes using the student schedule listed below and 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 planning and preparing instruction for the following week.


Student Schedule: Beginning Thursday, November 19th, students will be expected to follow the schedule below via Google Meet with their teachers on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through a link on Canvas. Instructional videos will also be posted, so this will be an extra time, on the given days, to touch base and get 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



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. Students are highly encouraged to participate in the Google Meets that take place four days a week for each class, but will not be counted "absent" if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. As long as work is consistently being completed and submitted to teachers, students will not be counted absent.

Offline Learning Plan - Begins Nov. 19, 2020

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.


Teacher Availability: Beginning Thursday, November 19th, 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 planning and preparing instruction for the following week.


Packet Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Packets for the upcoming week will be available each Monday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm for in-person pick up in the MMS Foyer. Please park in the front (west side) and enter the front foyer where a staff member will get your child's packet to you. 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.


Digital Packets: If you have access to print the packets each week those can be emailed to you at your request. Complete the form below under Requesting an Offline Learning Packet.


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 for off-line learning will be based on assignments that are completed and returned to school. If/when possible, students are encouraged to attend the Google Meets that take place four days a week for each class. Students will not be counted "absent" if they cannot attend a meet. As long as work is being consistently completed and submitted to teachers, students will not be counted absent.

Requesting an Offline Learning Plan

If you need to use one of the offline methods of distance learning for your child, please complete and submit this request form. If you have requested an offline learning plan, your packet will be ready for pick up according to the schedule below. You will drop off the previous week's packet each week when you pick up the current packet.


  • 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.


If you are not able to complete the form, please call the school for assistance. (376-2448)


Meal Service

MMS Students will be able to receive meals Monday - Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the South side of Mustang Middle School. Click Here for a map showing the location for meal service.

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

MPS Middle School extracurricular activities/athletics will not practice, compete, or perform during distance learning. Coaches and sponsors will communicate any necessary information during this time.

Student Medications

If your child has medicine stored in the nurse's office at MMS that you will need during distance learning, please contact our front office (376-2448) or email mooremi@mustangps.org to make arrangements for pick-up by a parent.

Still Have Questions? Let us help!

You can click here to submit your questions.


MMS Phone 376-2448 from 8:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday

Ramae Collins, MMS Principal- CollinsR@mustangps.org

Cody Little, MMS 7th Grade Principal- LittleC@mustangps.org

Heather Wiggins, MMS 8th Grade Principal- WigginsH@mustangps.org

Danna Farley, MMS 7th Grade Counselor- FarleyD@mustangps.org

Angie Larson, MMS 8th Grade Counselor- LarsonA@mustangps.org