UAMS Remote Learning Updates
April 5, 2020
Message from the Principal
Well, you all made it through your first three days of remote learning. Congratulations!!
I am very proud of how we have come together as a school to make this possible. While I would absolutely prefer to be at school to see each one of you every day I am happy with how you have handled this process.
I wanted to clarify some expectations with all of you. Your teachers are working very, very hard at preparing your lessons in order to continue to educate each of you. Please do the same for them. Please do the work and do it to the best of your ability. We have not yet decided as to how we will be assigning grades. I am certain however that if you don't do the work you will not get the credit.
Learning is not about GRADES...it is about self-improvement! Think about all of the things that you have learned in your life and were never graded on. Did you learn to ride a bike or learn to swim? Were you graded? So if you find yourself asking "Why do I need to do this?" think about these words and hopefully you will see my point.
I hope you all have a great week and we look forward to hearing from you on Monday!
Are you in need?
Zoom Schedules (will update as needed)
**All Zooms are being prerecorded and available to view at your request!**
Message from your 8th grade ELA teachers
We wanted to reach out to you all as we wrap up our first week of remote learning. We hope this email will help you to best support your child during this transitional time.
If you have not done so already, please sign up for Remind 101 text notifications. You may do that by texting @b4be63h to 81010.
All communication to your child about classwork will occur through their school email or on Google Classroom. You may sign up as a guardian of their class to check in on their work. You can do this through your child’s Google Classroom account. We can add you as a guardian as well, by simply replying to this email with the name and email address you’d like to connect to your child’s class.
We will also have weekly Zoom meetings on Thursdays. Your student will get an invite through their Google Classroom.
Please help support your child and encourage them to turn in work. Together, we can help make this as successful as possible during this difficult time.
Kirstie Smith & Shana Hallinan
8th Grade English Language Arts
Annual FFA Plant Sale Cancelled
Using School Counseling Services During the Shut Down
Please know that you can still contact me for help and concerns just as you would during a normal day. I have made things a little more efficient for you to stay in contact with me. I encourage students, parents, and teachers to gmail me directly if you have any questions, concerns, etc. Students can also fill out my virtual check-in form entitled that form entitled "Checking in with Ms. Jenkins" found in your google forms.
Also, I will be setting up zoom sessions to check in with students who need a one on one check in. You can indicate you would like one of these session by checking "yes" on the question at the end of the form, or just email me. I will send out more details and will get you scheduled with an appointment. Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.
In addition to my services, our SAP counselor is also offering tele-therapy sessions, so feel free to refer anyone you think might be having some issues. Our SAP team will be meeting throughout this time so we can continue on as needed! Keep in mind that some of my go-to resources are also shut down at this time, but emergency services will always be the fall back.
Finally, if anyone is experiencing any difficulties and needs to connect with someone right away, I encourage you to visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. This site offers voice and text chats available 24/7 for those who are feeling down. It does NOT have to just be suicidal thoughts. Services like this exist for a reason, and times like this are reason to affect our mental health negatively. Hang in there, and know you are supported!
Skills for Adolescence
I will post daily updates on my stream in google classroom. We will be getting back into our career lessons, and I have some new and exciting things for you to try out for me! Please check the class daily to make sure you are all caught up. I am taking work at any time - there really is not "due" date. Also, I have settled on Fridays at 2:30pm for a Zoom class. This is optional, but I would love to see you all! I will send out the calendar invite later in the week.
Have a fantastic week!