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First Week of School Information and Updates

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Launch to Learn Week (Aug. 26 - Sept. 3)

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! While this year will certainly look different, what remains the same is how much we can’t wait to connect with you and your students. Our staff has missed seeing your child and is ready to get back to teaching.

During the first week of school, all Wenatchee School District schools will be participating in Launch to Learn Week activities. The purpose of this time is for students and families to get acquainted with teachers, become familiar with our new learning tools Canvas™ and Zoom, and to ask questions. More importantly, with a new year, new classes, and new faces, building relationships will be foundational to the work that goes on this week. We’ll be doing this together and we encourage you to communicate with your child’s teacher and school if you have questions or experience challenges along the way.


Our building principals and district administrators have created some flexibility regarding student learning opportunities. At the high school level, Wenatchee Internet Academy provides more flexibility around daily schedule times. At the elementary and middle school levels there is limited flexibility. Students and parents must communicate with teachers during Launch to Learn Week regarding any challenges they anticipate with participation in the daily school schedule. The teacher(s) and building principal will meet with the parents to discuss what flexibility will look like for their child. School schedules are now posted on school websites.

ELEMENTARY

During the first week of school, in-person teacher meetings will take place to support students and families. Parents who cannot meet in person can schedule virtual meetings with the teacher. Teachers will contact families to schedule a time to meet. At the meetings, teachers will focus on reviewing the daily schedule, establishing routines and structures, helping students log in to their Canvas and Zoom accounts, distributing technology and educational resources (books, etc), determining family needs, and conducting any necessary assessments. Student account login information will be mailed to parents and an additional copy of login information will be provided during teacher meetings.


Launch to Learn Resource Packets
Resource packets customized for each grade level will be available for drive-through pick up at elementary schools during Launch to Learn Week, August 26-September 3, between 11 AM - 1 PM.

The purpose of this packet is to support remote learning when students and parents are not meeting one-on-one with teachers. The packets will include learning activities for reading, handwriting, math, science, and specialists. We are asking students to complete the packet and return it to their teacher for evaluation. This will provide an indication of how we can best support your child.


Device Distribution

Each school will be distributing Chromebooks and iPads differently. Check your school’s website for details on distribution dates, times, and availability. Please note, we are currently awaiting a shipment of devices. At this time we may not have a devices for every student.


Principal Welcome and Launch to Learn Week Videos

Columbia
Columbia (Spanish Audio)


Lincoln

Lincoln (Spanish Audio)


Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark (Spanish Audio)


Mission View

Mission View (Spanish Audio)


Newbery

Newbery (Spanish Audio)


Sunnyslope

Sunnyslope (Spanish Audio)

Washington

Washington (Spanish Audio)

Valley

Valley (Spanish Audio)

MIDDLE SCHOOL

During the Launch to Learn week, virtual teacher meetings will take place to support students and families. Parents who cannot meet virtually can schedule an in-person meeting with the teacher. Teachers will be contacting parents in the days ahead to schedule these meetings.


Launch to Learn week activities will focus efforts on building relationships, reviewing the daily schedule, establishing routines and structures, helping access student's Canvas and Zoom accounts, distributing technology and educational resources (books, etc), and conducting outreach to parents/students.


Device Distribution
Each school will be distributing Chromebooks and iPads differently. Please check your school’s website for details on distribution dates and times.


Principal Welcome and Launch to Learn Week Videos

Foothills

Foothills (Spanish Audio)


Pioneer
Pioneer (Spanish Audio)


Orchard
Orchard (Spanish Audio)

WENATCHEE HIGH SCHOOL

At the high school level, Launch to Learn Week will be very student-focused and will include activities and interactions that center on building relationships, reviewing the daily schedule, establishing routines and structures, accessing Canvas, and distributing technology and educational resources (books, etc).


Students will be attending virtual classes during the first week. School advocacy staff will engage parents if their child does not attend or is experiencing barriers to learning. WHS will mail a letter with student login information to access their online classrooms in Canvas.


Parents will be provided with a video overview of the new learning management system Canvas.

During week two of school, parents will have the opportunity for additional support from the school.


Device Distribution

Wenatchee High School drive-thru device distribution for the students who don’t have a device at home (We are awaiting a shipment of devices and currently do not have enough for every student at this time) will take place on August 24 and 25 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. Students who are unable to pick up a device during those times should contact the school office to make arrangements (509) 663.8117



Principal Welcome and Launch to Learn Week Overview Video

Wenatchee High School
Wenatchee High School (Spanish Audio)

WESTSIDE

WestSide High School’s Launch to Learning Week will focus on many different aspects of engaging the student population. Most importantly, the staff will spend time checking in with students and families. During Launch to Learn week, WestSide staff will focus on working with our students in small numbers to help orient them with the new learning tools Canvas and Zoom. During the first three days of school students will receive an email with a Zoom line to participate in an online orientation session.


Device Distribution
Chromebooks will be distributed during WestSide’s Back to School Bash on August 24 from 3-6 p.m.


Principal Welcome and Overview of Launch to Learn Week Video

WestSide
WestSide (Spanish Audio)

WENATCHEE VALLEY TECH

Launch to Learn Week will be very student-focused at WV Tech and will include activities and interactions that center on building relationships, reviewing the daily schedule, establishing routines and structures, creating Canvas accounts, and distributing technology and educational resources (books, etc).


Students will be attending virtual classes during the first week. Students and parents will be contacted by their teachers to schedule virtual meetings.


Device Distribution

Students will need to pick up a Chromebook from their home high school. If they are unable to obtain a device at their home school students should contact WV Tech to make arrangements (509) 662.8827


Principal Welcome and Overview of Launch to Learn Week Video

WV Tech

WV Tech (Spanish Audio)

WENATCHEE INTERNET ACADEMY (WIA)

WIA
During the Launch to Learn week WIA teachers will schedule virtual meetings with students to support students and families on August 27 and 28th. Launch to Learn meetings will focus efforts on establishing a required learning plan, building relationships, reviewing the daily schedule, establishing routines and structures, helping students access their Canvas and Zoom accounts.

Principal Welcome and Overview of Launch to Learn Week Video

WIA
WIA (Spanish Audio)

Device Distribution
Students who currently have a school-issued Chromebook or iPad may keep that device for learning through WIA. For students who do not currently have a device for learning WIA will communicate with enrolled students and families a schedule for Chromebook pick up locations.