TROJAN REPORT FOR FAMILIES
I wanted to send out a newsletter to families to give an update about how the school year is going so far, some things to expect in the coming months and some celebrations regarding our students and community. This is a school year like no other and I wanted to inform you about some things to be looking for, some areas where we need to improve and areas where if we work together we can create amazing opportunities for our student body. We continue to have conversations in the district in regards to the workload that teachers are assigning and finding the happy medium between appropriate rigor and not overwhelming our students. I want to thank you for your partnership and I look forward to continuing our collective commitment toward greater student achievement in our district.
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR UPDATES AND INFORMATION
This year we will be holding our parent/teacher conferences virtually to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our families and staff safe. We have created a sign-up sheet for families where they can pick what time works best for them to meet with their son's or daughter's teachers. The dates for parent/teacher conferences are Wednesday, October 21st and 28th from 4:00 - 7:00. Below you will find the sign-up sheets for middle and high school. You will click on the teacher and the time slot you would like to meet with each teacher. When you are finished checking the different boxes for the time slots you will go to the bottom of the page and click "submit and sign up." You will type your name on the page, email address and a phone number and then submit your form. You will receive a confirmation email from Mrs. Jaeger who was kind enough to set this up for us with your conference schedule. There will also be a link for conferences on our district website under the North Crawford Junior High or North Crawford High School tabs on the top of the page.
Middle School: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48ada82aabf9c43-middle
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AT HOME
There are still quite a few students who aren't checking in when they are at home during their virtual days. It is important that our students start getting in the habit of checking into their classes on their distance days and doing what they are supposed to for those classes. Students should be signing in 4 times a day on Monday and Tuesday (8th, 11th and 12th graders) and on Thursday and Friday (7th, 9th and 10th graders) depending on what days they are learning virtually. On Wednesday they should be signing in at 9:00 and 10:00 for their advisory sessions. If you are still having trouble with this please let me know and we can help you work through it. I will be in contact with numerous families this week to address some of the attendance concerns that I have.
MANDATORY ZOOMS AND COMMUNITY CENTER SUPPORT
I just wanted to make everyone aware that we will be having mandatory zoom sessions for students on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 for students who are missing assignments. We wanted to provide an opportunity to give additional support to students who are falling behind and to provide a teacher or educational aide who will be able to answer questions and help them navigate their virtual learning and their current academic challenges. We also will be holding virtual support days at the Gays Mills Community Center hopefully starting the week of October 26th. This will be mandatory participation for students who are behind in their work or may just need additional support. This will hopefully be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Keep a look out for further communication in the very near future.
Reminder about what students' responsibilities are at home. video
COVID-19 SAFETY AND PROTOCOLS
Just wanted to send a reminder to families about our policies regarding masks and visitors. We really want to limit the amount of traffic that we have in the building this year and wanted to give a reminder that if you are in the building you should wear a mask and maintain physical distancing whenever possible. With the cases skyrocketing within the state and in our immediate vicinity it is very important that we all work together to mitigate this disease and give us the greatest chance of keeping our students in the physical building. It will take some discipline and patience but the well being of our community is vitally important. I have approached this disease from the science lens since it first came into view last spring. Since we are an educational institution I take the stance that educated people who have been studying and researching infectious diseases for their whole career have the greatest insight into what is the best approach to mitigate the disease. We will continue to follow the guidelines provided to us by our Crawford County Health workers and the DHS.
A few additional clarifications in regards to students who are quarantined and families that have a confirmed case. It is very important that if you are tested and awaiting results, you communicate that information to us here at school. Our nurse John Powell is working diligently to make sure that we are keeping all of that information up to date so when you get those results please notify him or the office immediately. Also if there is a positive case in your household that is an immediate quarantine for all students in that home. Any students that are quarantined or forced to go full virtual must still follow all of the protocols from the health department and complete the work from the teachers so they don't fall behind and we help mitigate the spread. Also there is no requirement for siblings to be quarantined or to learn virtually simply because their brother or sister is. Those days will be considered parent permission days if you decide to keep them home and is not the current approach or recommendations to these situations by the Crawford County Health Department.
Although this year's homecoming activities weren't traditional the students still seemed to have a great time with dress up days, skits, decorating and the competitions and games in the afternoon on Tuesday and Friday. It was so refreshing to see them having some fun and taking some pride in being North Crawford Trojans!
10/20 Picture retakes
10/21 Parent/teacher conferences 4:00-7:30
10/22 Vacation day
10/23 Vacation day
10/28 Parent/teacher conferences 4:00-7:30
DRIFTLESS VIRTUAL ACADEMY UPDATES
Mandatory Zooms for DVA students: One thing that we have implemented to provide additional guidance and support for our students are the mandatory zooms that we have daily for our students that are missing any work for their classes. These are mandatory meetings that students must attend or they will fall into our attendance disciplinary policies and may receive a truancy citation for their refusal to attend and/or do any work during these sessions. Please be aware that we have added an additional mandatory zoom session for students that are falling behind. As of today the two sessions that students may be required to attend are from 8:00-11:00 and 12:00-3:30.
Parent and Student Responsibilities: Here are links to the Parent and Student Responsibility information sheets.
Attendance Concerns: I will be contacting numerous families this week in regards to setting up parent meeting to ensure your son/daughter are doing everything that they need to in order to be successful in the DVA program.
Questions and concerns: If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Sailer or Mrs. Bransky.
Mr. Sailer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Bransky: email@example.com