eDCSD Weekly Update

Middle School

Middle School Weekly Update - 10/5/18

Dear eDCSD Middle School Parents and Students,




Fall Break begins today through Sunday, October 14th. We hope that you have a relaxing week and take time to recharge. We return to school on October 15th when second quarter begins. Please read below for events and announcements.


Announcements


Support Opportunities this Week

Due to fall break, there will be no virtual classes, help sessions or blended learning this coming week. All activities will resume when we return from break on October 15th.


What Happened Last Week at Blended

This past week at blended, the students had extended help session time with teachers, played basketball, and had group time with the middle school counselor.


Fall Break

There is no school Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 14th for fall break. Students will not have access to courses over the break and teachers will not be available. Quarter 2 begins on Monday, October 15th.


Parent Canvas Accounts

Parent Canvas accounts are now active. Please use THIS link to access the Canvas Parent Login Page. Login information was sent to you in an email last Friday. If you cannot find that email, please email jjpayne@dcsdk12.org. Refer to THIS help guide in order set up your account and personalize your settings.


Parent Academy Resource

Youth Education and Safety in our Schools is offering a free Parent Academy on Change the Digital Culture in our Homes. Please see the flyer below and RSVP for the event on October 16 from 6-8:30 pm in Lone Tree.


Office Hours

The eDCSD office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am- 3:30 pm. Please keep in mind that many of our staff (teachers, counselors, and learning coach) work from home most days so if you need assistance, you can always call the office at 303-387-9465 or send us an email. During fall break, October 8-12, the office will be closed.


Technology Support

If you are experiencing technology issues and need support beyond what your student’s classroom teacher can provide, please contact our tech support, Jenny Payne at jjpayne@dcsdk12.org.


Your Partner in Learning,

Laura Sharp, Assistant Principal


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Weekly Update 9/28/18

Dear eDCSD Middle School Parents and Students,



The quarter is almost over and fall break is just around the corner. This Sunday, September 30th at midnight is the deadline for students to turn in all regular coursework. Finals week is October 1-4. All finals are due by midnight on October 4th. Fall break begins on October 5th. Please read below for events and announcements for the coming week.


Announcements


End of Quarter Notice

eDCSD is on a quarterly grading period system. The end of the grading period is Thursday, October 4th, for the first quarter. All regular work is due by this SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT MIDNIGHT. Monday, October 1 through Thursday, October 4 is final exams and students will only be permitted to turn in final exams. All finals are due Thursday, October 4th at midnight. There is no school on Friday, October 5th for a teacher grading day.


Support Opportunities this Week

Virtual Classes

  • Monday - Science and Social Studies Virtual Classes 9-11 AM

  • Tuesday - Math and Language Arts Virtual Classes 9-11 AM


Blended Learning

  • Thursday, October 4th 9 am - 12 pm.

  • Please bring your computer, a water bottle, and lunch.


Virtual Help Sessions

  • You can find the schedule HERE

  • Links to these sessions are found on your course Canvas Pages

  • Can’t make these times? You can email, call or send a Google Chat to your teacher.


Blended Learning (Full Time Students)

Middle School Blended Learning will be on Thursday, October 4th from 9am to 12pm. We are located at 312 Cantril Street, Castle Rock 80104. Please enter on the east side of the building through door K.

What Happened Last Week at Blended

This past week at blended, the students had a lesson with the middle school counselor, had help session time, and went on an adventure through Castle Rock, learning to read a map while using a compass to navigate.

What is Coming Up at Blended

Next week at blended, students will have a lesson with the middle school counselor and extended help session time with the teachers to finish off the quarter strong!

Bus Sign Up for Blended

If you will need transportation to/from blended, you will need to sign up weekly. The link to sign up will be in the Friday email HERE. We have limited seating so sign ups are first come, first serve. Sign ups will close when the bus is full. If you do not get a seat, please call the office to be placed on a waitlist for the week. Remember: you must sign up weekly for pick ups.


Fall Break

There is no school Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 14th for fall break. Students will not have access to courses over the break and teacher are not available. Quarter 2 begins on Monday, October 15th.

Parent Canvas Accounts

Parent Canvas accounts are now active. Please use THIS link to access the Canvas Parent Login Page. Login information was sent to you in an email last Friday. If you cannot find that email, please email jjpayne@dcsdk12.org. Refer to THIS help guide in order set up your account and personalize your settings.

Parent Academy Resource

Youth Education and Safety in our Schools is offering a free Parent Academy on Change the Digital Culture in our Homes. Please see the flyer below and RSVP for the event on October 16 from 6-8:30 pm in Lone Tree.


Office Hours

The eDCSD office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am- 3:30 pm. Please keep in mind that many of our staff (teachers, counselors, and learning coach) work from home most days so if you need assistance, you can always call the office at 303-387-9465 or send us an email. During fall break, October 8-12, the office will be closed.


Technology Support

If you are experiencing technology issues and need support beyond what your student’s classroom teacher can provide, please contact our tech support, Jenny Payne at jjpayne@dcsdk12.org.


Your Partner in Learning,

Laura Sharp, Assistant Principal


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Weekly Update - 9/21/18

Dear eDCSD Middle School Parents and Students,





It is hard to believe but we are nearing the end of the first quarter of school! Fall begins tomorrow and fall break is just around the corner. Enjoy your 3 day weekend as there is no school today for a professional development day. Please read below for events and announcements for the coming week.


Announcements


Support Opportunities this Week

Virtual Classes

  • Monday - Science and Social Studies Virtual Classes 9-11 AM

  • Tuesday - Math and Language Arts Virtual Classes 9-11 AM


Blended Learning

  • Thursday, September, 27th 9 am - 12 pm.

  • Please bring your computer, a water bottle, and lunch.


Virtual Help Sessions

  • You can find the schedule HERE

  • Links to these sessions are found on your course Canvas Pages

  • Can’t make these times? You can email, call or send a Google Chat to your teacher.


Blended Learning (Full Time Students)

Middle School Blended Learning will be on Thursday, Sept 20th from 9am to 12pm. We are located at 312 Cantril Street, Castle Rock 80104. Please enter on the east side of the building through door K.

What Happened Last Week at Blended

This past week at blended, students had a lesson with the middle school counselor, played math games and had help sessions with their teachers.

What is Coming Up at Blended

Next week at blended, students will have a lesson with the middle school counselor, have help session time and be using their adventure skills to read map while using a compass to navigate Castle Rock. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothes for the weather as we will be outside.

Bus Sign Up for Blended (Full Time Students)

If you will need transportation to/from blended, you will need to sign up weekly. The link to sign up will be in the Friday email HERE. We have limited seating so sign ups are first come, first serve. Sign ups will close when the bus is full. If you do not get a seat, please call the office to be placed on a waitlist for the week. Remember: you must sign up weekly for pick ups.

End of Quarter Notice

eDCSD is on a quarterly grading period system. The end of the grading period is Thursday, October 4th, for the first quarter. All regular work is due by SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT MIDNIGHT. Monday, October 1 through Thursday, October 4 is final exams and students will only be permitted to turn in final exams. All finals are due Thursday, October 4th at midnight. There is no school on Friday, October 5th for a teacher grading day.


Fall Break

There is no school Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 14th for fall break. Students will not have access to courses over the break and teacher are not available. Quarter 2 begins on Monday, October 15th.

Enrollment Paperwork:

eDCSD does not have express check in. Instead, an enrollment packet is mailed during summer or emailed after school begins. If you received an email from Julie Naab last week, we are still missing your enrollment packet. It is essential that receive this packet in order to fulfill state requirements. Please return this packet by Wednesday, September 26th.

Gifted and Talented Information:

Tuesday night, September 25th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm we will be having a GT 101 parent night at Highlands Ranch High School. We will start out with a GT 101 presentation and will then offer breakout sessions to attend including an overview of the Discovery program, identification, ALPs, etc. See the flyer below for more information.

Parent Canvas Accounts

Parent Canvas accounts are now active. Please use THIS link to access the Canvas Parent Login Page. Login information was sent to you in an email last Friday. If you cannot find that email, please email jjpayne@dcsdk12.org. Refer to THIS help guide in order set up your account and personalize your settings.

Parent Academy Resource

Youth Education and Safety in our Schools is offering a free Parent Academy on Change the Digital Culture in our Homes. Please see the flyer below and RSVP for the event on October 16 from 6-8:30 pm in Lone Tree.


Office Hours (All Students)

The eDCSD office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am- 3:30 pm. Please keep in mind that many of our staff (teachers, counselors, and learning coach) work from home most days so if you need assistance, you can always call the office at 303-387-9465 or send us an email. During fall break, October 8-12, the office will be closed.


Technology Support (All Students)

If you are experiencing technology issues and need support beyond what your student’s classroom teacher can provide, please contact our tech support, Jenny Payne at jjpayne@dcsdk12.org.


Your Partner in Learning,

Laura Sharp, Assistant Principal


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Weekly Update - 9/14/18

Dear eDCSD Middle School Parents and Students,






This week is the last official week of summer. The weather is supposed to be beautiful this week so enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures while it is still here! Also, please remember that next Friday is a teacher development day and there will be no school but students still have access to all classes and resources online. Please read below for events and announcements for the coming week.


Announcements


Support Opportunities this Week

Virtual Classes

  • Monday - Science and Social Studies Virtual Classes 9-11 AM

  • Tuesday - Math and Language Arts Virtual Classes 9-11 AM


Blended Learning

  • Thursday, September, 20th 9 am - 12 pm.

  • Please bring your computer, a water bottle, and lunch.


Virtual Help Sessions

  • You can find the schedule HERE

  • Links to these sessions are found on your course Canvas Pages

  • Can’t make these times? You can email, call or send a Google Chat to your teacher.


Blended Learning (Full Time Students)

Middle School Blended Learning will be on Thursday, Sept 20th from 9am to 12pm. We are located at 312 Cantril Street, Castle Rock 80104. Please enter on the east side of the building through door K.

What Happened Last Week at Blended

This past week at blended, students had a substance abuse class and had help sessions with their teachers.


What is Coming Up at Blended

Next week at blended, students will have group time with the middle school counselor, help session time with teachers, and

Bus Sign Up for Blended (Full Time Students)

If you will need transportation to/from blended, you will need to sign up weekly. The link to sign up will be in the Friday email HERE. We have limited seating so sign ups are first come, first serve. Sign ups will close when the bus is full. If you do not get a seat, please call the office to be placed on a waitlist for the week. Remember: you must sign up weekly for pick ups.

Parent Canvas Accounts

Parent Canvas accounts are now active. Please use THIS link to access the Canvas Parent Login Page. Login information was sent to you in an email last Friday. If you cannot find that email, please email jjpayne@dcsdk12.org. Refer to THIS help guide in order set up your account and personalize your settings.

Progress Grades

Progress grades were posted in Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Wednesday. While live grades are found in Canvas and will provide an up to date view of student grades and activity, the grade in Infinite Campus is a snapshot of your student’s grade the beginning of this week.

Parent Academy Resource

Youth Education and Safety in our Schools is offering a free Parent Academy on Change the Digital Culture in our Homes. Please see the flyer below and RSVP for the event on October 16 from 6-8:30 pm in Lone Tree.


Computer Check Out (Full Time Students Only)

If your student needs a computer, you may check out a device from eDCSD. We encourage your student to use their own device, if possible. If you have questions regarding technology or device specifications, please contact jennifer.payne@dcsdk12.org. We will be available to check out student computers beginning on Aug 8th and checkout will be available from 8am to noon, daily. Please note that a $100 deposit is required for check out and will be collected before checkout. The deposit will be refunded when you return the device.


Office Hours (All Students)

The eDCSD office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am- 3:30 pm. Please keep in mind that many of our staff (teachers, counselors, and learning coach) work from home most days so if you need assistance, you can always call the office at 303-387-9465 or send us an email.


Technology Support (All Students)

If you are experiencing technology issues and need support beyond what your student’s classroom teacher can provide, please contact our tech support, Jenny Payne at jjpayne@dcsdk12.org.


Your Partner in Learning,

Laura Sharp, Assistant Principal


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Weekly Update 9/7/18

Dear eDCSD Middle School Parents and Students,



Next week is Parent Teacher Conferences. If you have not done so already, please take the opportunity to sign up for meetings with your student’s teachers to discuss student progress at the halfway point of this quarter. . Sign up information was sent out from individual teachers this past week. Please read below for events and announcements for the coming week.


Announcements


Support Opportunities this Week

Virtual Classes

  • Monday - Science and Social Studies Virtual Classes 9-11 AM

  • Tuesday - Math and Language Arts Virtual Classes 9-11 AM


Blended Learning

  • Thursday, September, 13th 9 am - 12 pm.

  • Please bring your computer, a water bottle, and lunch.


Virtual Help Sessions

  • You can find the schedule HERE

  • Links to these sessions are found on your course Canvas Pages

  • Can’t make these times? You can email, call or send a Google Chat to your teacher.


Blended Learning (Full Time Students)

Middle School Blended Learning will be on Thursday, Sept 13th from 9am to 12pm. We are located at 312 Cantril Street, Castle Rock 80104. Please enter on the east side of the building through door K.

What Happened Last Week at Blended

This past week at blended, students had a substance abuse class and had help sessions with their teachers.


What is Coming Up at Blended

This next week at blended, students will have the 2nd half of the substance abuse class and will have help sessions with their teachers.

Bus Sign Up for Blended (Full Time Students)

If you will need transportation to/from blended, you will need to sign up weekly. The link to sign up will be in the Friday email HERE. We have limited seating so sign ups are first come, first serve. Sign ups will close when the bus is full. If you do not get a seat, please call the office to be placed on a waitlist for the week. Remember: you must sign up weekly for pick ups.


Parent Canvas Accounts

Parent Canvas accounts are now active. Please use THIS link to access the Canvas Parent Login Page. Login information was sent to you in an email last Friday. If you cannot find that email, please email jjpayne@dcsdk12.org. Refer to THIS help guide in order set up your account and personalize your settings.

Progress Grades

While live grades and activity are best viewed in Canvas through your Parent Canvas Account, you may view a snapshot progress grade in Infinite Campus starting on Wednesday, September 12th. This grade is simply a snapshot of your child’s grade at the halfway point of the quarter. This grade is not permanent and is not recorded to any transcript.

Parent Academy Resource

Youth Education and Safety in our Schools is offering a free Parent Academy on Change the Digital Culture in our Homes. Please see the flyer below and RSVP for the event on October 16 from 6-8:30 pm in Lone Tree.


Computer Check Out (Full Time Students Only)

If your student needs a computer, you may check out a device from eDCSD. We encourage your student to use their own device, if possible. If you have questions regarding technology or device specifications, please contact jennifer.payne@dcsdk12.org. We will be available to check out student computers beginning on Aug 8th and checkout will be available from 8am to noon, daily. Please note that a $100 deposit is required for check out and will be collected before checkout. The deposit will be refunded when you return the device.


Office Hours (All Students)

The eDCSD office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am- 3:30 pm. Please keep in mind that many of our staff (teachers, counselors, and learning coach) work from home most days so if you need assistance, you can always call the office at 303-387-9465 or send us an email.


Technology Support (All Students)

If you are experiencing technology issues and need support beyond what your student’s classroom teacher can provide, please contact our tech support, Jenny Payne at jjpayne@dcsdk12.org.


Your Partner in Learning,

Laura Sharp, Assistant Principal


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Weekly Update 8/31/18

Dear eDCSD Middle School Parents and Students,




We at eDCSD wish you a Happy Labor Day weekend! There will be no school on Monday, September 3rd. Our office will be closed, staff will not be available, and virtual classes will not be held. Please read below for events and announcements for the coming week.


Announcements


Support Opportunities this Week

Virtual Classes

  • Monday - Science and Social Studies Virtual Classes 9-11 AM - No VCs on Monday, September 3rd due to the Labor Day Holiday.

  • Tuesday - Math and Language Arts Virtual Classes 9-11 AM


Blended Learning

  • Thursday, September, 6th 9 am - 12 pm.

  • Please bring your computer, a water bottle, and lunch.


Virtual Help Sessions

  • You can find the schedule HERE

  • Links to these sessions are found on your course Canvas Pages

  • Can’t make these times? You can email, call or send a Google Chat to your teacher.


Blended Learning (Full Time Students)

Middle School Blended Learning will be on Thursday, Sept 6th from 9am to 12pm. We are located at 312 Cantril Street, Castle Rock 80104. Please enter on the east side of the building through door K.

What Happened Last Week at Blended

This past week at blended, students had help sessions with their teachers, had a PE lesson with Mrs. Simington, and had a group lesson on mindfulness with the middle school counselor.



What is Coming Up at Blended

This next week at blended, students will have help sessions with their teachers and will have a middle school appropriate substance abuse avoidance lesson.

Bus Sign Up for Blended (Full Time Students)

If you will need transportation to/from blended, you will need to sign up weekly. The link to sign up will be in the Friday email HERE. We have limited seating so sign ups are first come, first serve. Sign ups will close when the bus is full. If you do not get a seat, please call the office to be placed on a waitlist for the week. Remember: you must sign up weekly for pick ups.

Prevention Press

The Douglas County School District publishes a monthly resource for parents related to health and wellness. As part of the DCSD Strategic Plan, safety (including physical and psychological) is a top priority. This month’s newsletter can be found HERE.

Personalized Learning Newsletter

Please see this LINK for information regarding how we are supporting personalized learning at eDCSD and what supports we have in place for students and parents.


Computer Check Out (Full Time Students Only)

If your student needs a computer, you may check out a device from eDCSD. We encourage your student to use their own device, if possible. If you have questions regarding technology or device specifications, please contact jennifer.payne@dcsdk12.org. We will be available to check out student computers beginning on Aug 8th and checkout will be available from 8am to noon, daily. Please note that a $100 deposit is required for check out and will be collected before checkout. The deposit will be refunded when you return the device.


Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC) Is Looking for New Members (All Students)

Students, are you looking for a leadership opportunity? Want to make positive changes in our school? Looking for a way to get involved? Then consider joining the Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC). PAC is looking for 3-5 students to join our group. Meetings will be held once a month on Wednesdays to discuss school needs, give the Principal feedback on school issues and plan events like the holiday party. As an added bonus, you will get to know other students and snacks will be served. If you are interested, please email gwiley1@dcsdk12.org for more info or to sign up. Make a difference in your school and get involved! THE FIRST MEETING IS WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5 FROM 1-2 PM. If you cannot meet in person but want to join virtually, please let me know.


Office Hours (All Students)

The eDCSD office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am- 3:30 pm. Please keep in mind that many of our staff (teachers, counselors, and learning coach) work from home most days so if you need assistance, you can always call the office at 303-387-9465 or send us an email. Our office will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 3rd.


Technology Support (All Students)

If you are experiencing technology issues and need support beyond what your student’s classroom teacher can provide, please contact our tech support, Jenny Payne at jjpayne@dcsdk12.org.


Your Partner in Learning,

Laura Sharp, Assistant Principal


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