East Side Press Family Newsletter

November 9, 2020

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Cohort Calendar Dates To Remember

Upcoming Schedule Modifications: November + December 2020

To more closely balance instructional time between cohorts, we will be modifying the learning schedule for Phase Into Learning and Tosa Connected students during the weeks of November 23 and December 21, 2020 as follows:


Monday, November 23 - no change

Cohort A - synchronous

Cohort B - asynchronous

*Overnight deep cleaning will be conducted.


Tuesday, November 24

Cohort A - asynchronous

Cohort B - synchronous


Wednesday, November 25 - no change

No classes for all students; Thanksgiving break begins


There will be no cohort schedule modifications during the week of November 30, 2020. Staff will participate in professional learning and students will not have classes on Monday, November 30. Staff and students will resume their normal hybrid schedule on Tuesday, December 1.


Monday, December 21 - no change

Cohort A - synchronous

Cohort B - asynchronous


Tuesday, December 22

Cohort A - asynchronous

Cohort B - synchronous


We will continue to identify necessary shifts each month as we move through the school year and various instructional models.

Senior Cap and Gown Orders---What Do I Do If I Forgot

Dear Senior Parents and Class of 2021


Jostens has collected the in school orders for graduation materials. If you missed the opportunity, you can complete the order packet and send it directly to Jostens. There is also an online ordering opportunity. Please use the steps below to order items:


  • -go to jostens.com and choose the tab for “Shop High School”
  • -enter your correct school name and choose it. (Wauwatosa East High School)
  • -choose the “Graduation Tab”
  • -from there you can go to available packages or scroll down to individual items

Parent Teacher Conferences--November 10.

Thank you to all the families who attended the first night of virtual conferences on November 5. The second night of conferences is this week Tuesday.


Here is the link to sign up for East parent/teacher conference on Tuesday, November 10th. Parent Teacher Conference Signup 11/10 Please make sure to select the academic department at the top of the menu before selecting a teacher. (Art is the first department on the sheet)


Here is the link for conferences for Tosa Connected families


Please sign up for conferences using the Tosa Connected Sign-up sheet here.


How to sign up for Virtual Conferences and participate via

Zoom:

  1. Open the sign-up sheet using the link above

  2. Locate your child’s teacher (tabs are organized by department)

  3. Pick one 10-minute time slot that works best for you

  4. Enter your student’s name, your name, email address, and phone

  5. Click “Sign-up” button

  6. Click on your teacher’s Zoom link at the time you signed up

  7. You’ll start in the waiting room, and the teacher will let you in at your chosen time

Canvas Observer Accounts For Families

Families are encouraged to create a Canvas Observer account to actively engage in their student’s learning. Please review the Canvas Observer course for a getting started tutorial and other helpful tips. The link to the course can also be found on the District website.


YEARBOOK

Senior Pictures due November 13th!!

Tosa Connected Students: We want you represented in the yearbook too! Please submit pictures of you doing your school work, Zooming, what your work space looks like; anything TC related! Send those pictures to donoje@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us


Please direct any questions to yearbook advisor, Jen Dono: donoje@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us; Phone: 414-773-224.


(Mr. Hughes, Class of 1987)

Zooming Into Class

As we continue to gather more requests by students and families to Zoom students into classes while they are absent we wanted to communicate our Zoom Guidelines. As of right now, students will ONLY be able to Zoom into class if they have been placed into quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 positive test result. Parental/guardian consent is required for students to Zoom into class. All other absences including non-COVID-19 Illness, parent excused, pre-planned, etc. will NOT be allowed to Zoom into classes. At this time, we do not have the technology or personnel capacity to Zoom students into classes for other reasons.


These guidelines have been developed in an effort to provide a framework for supporting student learning in the event that they must remain home for quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure during the 2020-2021 school year.


As a reminder, families will have the option to switch models of instruction prior to the start of second semester.


Is Your Child Getting Enought Social-Emotional Support

Wisconsin Public School Educators and other experts present high-quality virtual workshops designed for parents and families to help your children stay well and keep learning. This week's workshop discusses social-emotional support for students.


There will be two session times for you to choose from:
5:30-6:30 p.m. specific to PK-5 grades
6:45-7:45 p.m. specific to 6-12 grades


Register

District Communication To Families

Communication Reminder

Both inside and outside of the classroom, students learn how to think critically, evaluate issues, form opinions and express their opinions to others with evidence - and most importantly, respect. However, conducting these discussions in a productive way can be very difficult, and during a time when emotions are highly-charged, it becomes easier and more common for these conversations to move from passionate to disrespectful.

We encourage students, families and staff to have conversations about important topics and events in a respectful, productive way. With that in mind, we offer the following suggestions for both online and in-person discussions on emotional subjects:

  1. Listen first, speak second. Seek to understand an issue or a person before making comments. And when you speak your truth, do so with integrity and grace.
  2. Even in disagreement, be respectful of others. This especially includes the use of disrespectful language. If a discussion turns unproductive, you always have the option to leave the conversation.
  3. Remember that what you say never goes away. It can come back, even years later. Choose your words with care and understand how they will reflect back on you in the future.

We have faith in the character and integrity of our school community, and we know that it’s our students, families and staff that drive change and make our community a better place.


Elementary Model of Instruction Change Window

Families can change their elementary student’s model of instruction for Trimester 2 through 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Please click here for details and instructions. If you do not wish to change your elementary student’s model of instruction for Trimester 2, you do not need to take any action.

Information regarding the Model of Instruction Change Window for secondary students will be provided next week.


Upcoming Schedule Modifications: November + December 2020

To more closely balance instructional time between cohorts, we will be modifying the learning schedule for Phase Into Learning and Tosa Connected students during the weeks of November 23 and December 21, 2020 as follows:

Monday, November 23 - no change

Cohort A - synchronous

Cohort B - asynchronous

*Overnight deep cleaning will be conducted.

Tuesday, November 24

Cohort A - asynchronous

Cohort B - synchronous

Wednesday, November 25 - no change

No classes for all students; Thanksgiving break begins


There will be no cohort schedule modifications during the week of November 30, 2020. Staff will participate in professional learning and students will not have classes on Monday, November 30. Staff and students will resume their normal hybrid schedule on Tuesday, December 1.


Monday, December 21 - no change

Cohort A - synchronous

Cohort B - asynchronous

Tuesday, December 22

Cohort A - asynchronous

Cohort B - synchronous

We will continue to identify necessary shifts each month as we move through the school year and various instructional models.


School Board Meeting Update

Due to the special session held earlier this week, there will be no School Board meeting on Monday, November 9, 2020. The next School Board meeting will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7 pm. Members of the community are encouraged to attend virtually via Zoom. The link to join will be posted here 24 hours prior to the next scheduled meeting.


Resource Library Updates

This week, two new documents have been added to our Reopening Resource Library. Please click the links below to view each document.


LAUNCH Program Information Sessions

Families and students are invited to attend an upcoming LAUNCH information session on Wednesday, November 18 at 8 am, 12 pm or 4 pm. For more information, please click on this LAUNCH flyer.


LAUNCH provides the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through a profession-based, inquiry learning method. When this program concludes, students will have been exposed to industry brands, built a professional network of support, and developed credentials that will foster continuous improvement via lifelong learning, unlock and access human potential, collaboration and problem-solving skills. Students will learn how to learn for themselves! In addition, LAUNCH will connect students to internships and job opportunities that connect to their professional plan.


Information in Infinite Campus vs. Canvas

As a reminder, for middle school and high school families, student grades and missing assignments can be accessed through Infinite Campus. This information is not reported in Canvas. To access your Infinite Campus parent portal, click here.


Recreation Department

Have you checked out the many Fall Activities available through the Rec Department? From photography to knitting and dance to yoga, there’s something for everyone, so sign up today! Please be advised all activities are subject to change.

No school? No problem! Need something for your JK - 6th grade child to do on November 30 when school’s out? Rec Department day camps will save the day! Click here to sign your child up for a full day of fun!


Parents United

Parents United is a great resource for families that presents timely and relevant information in a neutral forum. The lectures and presentations offered each school year provide links, knowledge and networking to the community for the ultimate benefit of students. The next presentation, titled Parenting and Teaching with Love and Logic - Part 2, will be held on November 17, 2020 at 6 pm. In the meantime, you can view Parenting and Teaching with Love and Logic - Part 1 here. You can view the full Parents United calendar of events here.

Reminder-School Building CLOSED On Wednesdays

Tosa East is CLOSED for deep cleaning on Wednesdays. All staff work virtually on Wednesdays and all students have asynchronous work to complete on Wednesdays.

TOSA CONNECTED

  • Needing a little support with your Wauwatosa Virtual Academy (WVA) courses? Check out this resource sheet.
  • Don't forget that our Academic Resource Center (ARC) staff is available to provide support. Please check out their schedule here.
  • If you are unable to attend your live virtual class, please make sure that you call the East attendance line (414-773-2002) to report the absence.

Speak Up Speak Out

  • The Wisconsin Department of Justice is thrilled to introduce the SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT (SUSO) Resource Center! SUSO was created to help keep students safe by offering a comprehensive, one-stop place to turn with safety concerns, including a threat reporting system. Visit https://speakup.widoj.gov/ to learn more. #SpeakUpWI

CLUB CENTRAL

Interested in joining a club? Contact an advisor today!

Student Council

Black Student Union (BSU)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Amnesty International

Key Club

Yearbook

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

The Cardinal News (School Newspaper)

Philosophy Club

Psychology Club

International Friendship Club

Tosa East Players

DECA

Chess Club

Linguistics Club

COUNSELING CORNER

Student Services Team

Mrs. Bratcher - School Counselor

Mrs. Carter - School Counselor

Mr. Linscott - School Counselor

Ms. Merg - School Counselor

Ms. Phillips - School Social Worker

Ms. Schmidt - School Counselor Intern

Mrs. Sommers - Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Taylor - Career Center Coordinator

*Please click the button below to see what is happening in our TE Student Services Department.

LIBRARY LEDGER

Reducing Eye Strain

Eye strain can be a problem when students are learning from a screen for extended periods of time. It can also be a concern for students recovering from concussions or other head trauma. The following tools may not eliminate eye strain, but they can often help.

  • Screen Shader: Use this Chrome extension to tint your screen and ease eye strain.
  • Visor: This is both a screen dimmer and reading aid that can help guide reading by highlighting one line at a time on the screen.
Library Media Specialist

Ms. Sarrah Oliver

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ATHLETIC AREA

  • As a reminder, only 2 family members per athlete are allowed at most events.

Athletic Department Staff

Athletic Director: Michelle Guyant-Holloway

Administrative Assistant: Sue Flatley

STAFFING STATION

Wondering where to direct your question(s)?

Tosa East Administrative Team

Principal: Nick Hughes

Associate Principal: Betsy McGinnity (oversees alphabet with last names A-K)

Associate Principal: Jordan Stein (oversees alphabet with last names L-Z)


Additional Staff Resources

Athletic Director: Michelle Guyant-Holloway

Student Services (transcripts, address changes, etc.): Janice Morgan

Attendance: Janice Morgan

  • (414)773-2002

Infinte Campus Parent Portal Access: Elizabeth Hughes

School Fees (including athletic fees and enrollment fees): Sue Flatley


Our Tosa East Main Office is open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from 7:00am-4:00pm.

  • Main phone line: (414) 773-2000
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