Stoops' Scoop

October 20, 2020 - Edition 17

Community Listening Sessions Continue

Mt. Angel School District has been hosting Community Listening Sessions to update families and the community on Distance Learning and answering questions submitted by parents and families. The next session is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 5th. This session will include one teacher from each building presenting best practices for parents and students learning from home. To help building principals prepare for Nov. 5th, please use this link for submitting questions in advance. Please submit your questions at this link: .

Here is the ZOOM Link to the Community Listening Session; We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday evening.

District Calendar Revised October 12, 2020

Revised District Calendar: The school board approved another revised district calendar at the October board meeting.

This calendar addresses the changes of replacing parent-teacher conferences with Virtual Home Visits, balances grading periods, and maintains 165 student contact days and contract days for licensed and classified staff. Previous calendars included 32 hours for parent-teacher conferences per year. Adding 6 Virtual Home Visit evenings totals 24 hours. The revised calendar moves the last day of school for students to June 22, 2020. We are hopeful that we will not encounter any inclement weather days that might prompt additional changes before the end of the school year:)

Mt. Angel Middle School Moves to 4 Days of Synchronous Instruction on October 26th

Mt. Angel Middle School will be moving to 4 days of synchronous learning, beginning the week of October 26th. I appreciate Mr. Tiecke responding to the community’s feedback and working with his staff and other administrators to make this possible. Beginning next week all 3 buildings will be providing synchronous instruction 4 days per week. This is great for our kids, they value the daily interactions and support from all of our staff online. In the event a teacher is unexpectedly absent due to illness or other reasons on a day of synchronous instruction, students would be notified that asynchronous instruction may occur on those days if substitutes are unavailable.

Online Learning Tips

Learning from a distance is a big shift for everyone. The physical separation of teacher and students, connectivity issues and families needing to help from home are just a few of the challenges. Here are a few tips and reminders that may help you with learning from home:

  • Have a schedule for each student, write it down and keep in a location visible at all times.
  • Designate a space for learning that limits distractions.
  • Have students wear ear buds or ear phones to limit distractions from surrounding noises.
  • Encourage your student to write down questions for teachers and ask questions often.
  • Access teachers for help during office hours.
  • Treat asynchronous instructional times for learning the same as asynchronous learning times.
  • Save your internet connectivity by turning off all other devices that us Wi-Fi while attending classes online. This may include phones, Alexa, Surveillance systems, smart tv's etc..

Required Attendance

As a reminder to all families and students, daily attendance is required on synchronous and asynchronous instruction days. Students are marked present for participating in synchronous instruction classes, turning in or submitting assignments, and for communicating with their teacher each day. If students are not able to attend a class the parent or guardian needs to contact the school office in advance. Regular attendance is the first step to success for all students. We look forward to seeing every child every day, even if it is from a distance.

Limited In-Person Instruction

We continue to plan for limited in-person instruction to meet the needs of a limited group of students. This continues to be challenging since this must occur in addition to core instruction and students can only attend for up to 2 hours per day. Availability of staff, cohort limits and transportation also have limits that add to the challenges. We are bringing individual students into our buildings beginning October 26th for assessment/evaluations. This also occurs under the limited in-person guidance. We have designated a space in each building that has been setup to accommodate the assessments/evaluations while maintain health and safety practices for staff and students.

Distance Learning Extended to February 15th

Planning for reopening to hybrid (in-person) instruction: We originally planned for our earliest date to open to hybrid instruction would be November 9th (the end of the quarter on our original calendar). Now that our county metrics are clearly headed in the wrong direction we are moving the date out to the end of the semester, which is now February 15th. At this point we have no reason to believe we will meet the county metrics by this new date, but we are communicating the new date to confirm that November 9th is no longer a targeted date. Should the metrics take an unexpected change in the right direction, or the State make unexpected changes to the metrics thresholds, we can always consider moving this date up.

Do you know someone who is not enrolled in school?

Reminder: Registration is still open online for all grades at: . Instruction started on September 28th. If you or someone you know is not yet registered or enrolled in a school, please send them to this link or have them contact one of our school offices as soon as possible.

Registration Contact Information

Creating a Learning Space in Your Home

We just began week 4 of distance learning. We hope you have adjusted to learning from home and have space available with access to the internet and limited distractions. If you have not utilized this resource yet, we encourage you to take a look at their resources. A resource guide for Creating a Distance Learning Space in Your Home can be found here on our website: . There are also links to additional resources at the end of the second page of this document. Kids need a place to learn that helps them focus and engage in learning. We hope you find this resource useful.

USDA Extends Food Service Waivers through end of 2020-2021 School Year

We are pleased to announce that the USDA has again extended the waiver to continue with our ability to provide free meals to children up to the age of 18. We continue to offer two programs. Grab and Go at St. Mary’s Elementary between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. And meal delivery on school days (M-F) between 9 am – 12:30 pm to addresses within the Mt Angel School District boundary. See for specific address delivery times. Important changes to the delivery program that we need to mention. We cannot leave food unless we are sure someone is home at the time of delivery. Acknowledge the delivery by opening your door, or look out the window to make contact with bus drivers. Also, unless you wish to open your door to accept delivery, please place a cooler or container on your doorstep and we will place your meals in the container. Some food may be perishable. Be sure to eat, refrigerate or freeze the food as needed. If you receive meal delivery, you cannot pick up duplicate meals at the Grab and Go site.

If you are not already pre-registered for meal delivery you may complete a form online at or by calling the district office at 845.2345.

Season 1 Sports Activities are in Session Through December 28th

Season 1 sports activities are moving to their second mini-season of workouts and conditioning. Activities are limited to outdoors only, no transportation or full participation allowed. No full contact sports are allowed at this point and distancing is being maintained as per guidance from ODE, OHA and OSAA. The Mt. Angel School Board will receive an update at the November 9th board meeting, and consider future scope of activities. To date, Mt. Angel Schools have not experienced any cases of COVID-19 illness.

Proposed Instructional Models for MASD

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Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year Has Changed, Again!

Mt. Angel School Board approved a revised calendar for the 2020-2021 school year at their regular board meeting on Monday, October 12th. You can find the new calendar on our website here:

The revised calendar restructures Parent-Teacher conferences into Virtual Home Visits which will include six evenings in November, February and April.