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Hello SPHS Family and Friends,
November is upon us! It is hard to believe, but we are wrapping up the first quarter of the year next week. Please remember that this “quarter” is really graded as a semester. That means that students’ grades will count toward credit. On Friday, November 6, the semester (for “A” Day classes) comes to a close and it is important to end on a high note. Grades will be posted in Infinite Campus by the end of the following week. If you have questions about logging in to IC, please reach out to Lori Burns at 608-834-6729.
On Monday, November 9, students will start a new semester. They will report to Semester 1 “B” Day classes. Most all students will have a new set of classes at this time. It is important for students and families to review schedules prior to that date. Teachers will be sending out emails with zoom links and Google Classroom information very soon.
Several weeks ago, we held Family/Teacher Conferences in a new format. I have received very positive feedback on the signup process for families and we had better than normal attendance. Thank you to all who participated. We are looking at offering conferences again in early January and will share out more information about those in the coming months.
However, we encourage our families to reach out to teachers whenever there is a question or concern. You do not need to wait until conferences to talk with your student’s teachers. We are here to help support and work with you at all times.
As we head into November, there are a few key dates we want our families to be aware of:
Last Day of Semester (Semester 1 “A” Day Classes)
First Day of Semester (Semester 1 “B” Day Classes)
Take care and have a wonderful November! As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Keith Nerby, principal
Help with Chromebook Issues or Request for Devices
Please use the links below if you are in need of chromebook repair or a hot spot.
Greetings From the Attendance Desk!
ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING
TO REPORT AN ABSENCE : Call 608-834-6993 or email email@example.com
MEDICAL EXCUSES (doctor notes, dentist, ortho notes, etc., OR any excuse stating that your student needs to be away from school for one or two days) can be faxed to 608-834-4143 (Attn: Kelly Reindl) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOUR STUDENT needs to be out for an extended period of time, please leave a detailed message and we will call you back to discuss how best we can serve them AND to let you know what information we will need from you.
MARKED IN ERROR? If you feel your student was marked absent and shouldn’t be, please have them email their teacher so they can discuss it.
FUTURE ABSENCES/APPOINTMENTS: Known absences and/or appointments should be reported ahead of time. When leaving for an extended period of time, please email all of your teachers and include me at email@example.com so we are aware of the absence and can mark Infinite Campus accordingly.
**watch for future updates in our newsletters, especially as students start returning to the building**
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO REVIEW OUR UPDATED COVID ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES.
~Kelly Reindl, Attendance Secretary
Interventions During Distance Learning for Students without Disabilities Updates from our District Support Center:
When students were learning in the brick and mortar setting, some students needed learning support in addition to regular, core instruction, and often the term ‘intervention’ was used to describe the type of additional instruction services that students were receiving. Given our shift to distance learning this fall, our shared priority right now is meeting students where they are at, doing what is immediately necessary to lift them up quickly, and moving forward with learning.
In addition, our formal intervention programs were designed and developed to follow a standardized process. When we implement our interventions in a standardized way based on research, we call it fidelity. Our formal interventions cannot be delivered with fidelity, or the way they were intended, when our instruction is taking place in a distance learning setting or a hybrid instructional model. Therefore, we are pausing formal, standardized interventions for the time being. We will resume these services once the COVID pandemic has been cleared and we can ensure that the interventions can be delivered in the ways they were intended. Remember, our shared priority right now is meeting students where they are, doing what is immediately necessary to lift them up quickly, and move forward with learning.
So what supports will students receive who had previously been receiving formal interventions?
-Reading and math interventionists will be collaborating with classroom teachers to strengthen literacy and math instruction and to strengthen our students’ core experience.
-Interventionists will work to collaboratively plan and support the delivery of universal instruction.
-Additional pull out/push in small group or 1:1 instruction could take place in the following ways:
Learning with an interventionist in a teacher’s breakout Zoom room with a small group of students
Learning in an interventionist’s own Zoom in addition to core instruction
Learning in an interventionist’s own classroom in the school building in addition to core for students in support hubs
If your child has previously received intervention instruction and you have questions about what this information means for your child’s learning, please reach out to our student services team.
If your child was receiving interventions as part of a special education evaluation, that portion of the evaluation process will need to be paused and resumed when we are able to once again provide formal interventions with fidelity. The case manager for your child’s evaluation will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Are you interested in playing boys soccer?
If your son is interested in being involved in the High School Boys Soccer program this school year please email firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to have your son involved.
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Electronic Safety Tip Line
The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority for the district. We have been teaching our students to say something to a trusted adult when they see something unsafe. Sometimes, though, there are barriers to reporting safety issues in person. Tip lines are one common approach that schools use to promote school and student safety and well-being. Tip lines are designed to provide students or other members of the school community with a safe and confidential way to report a threat to safety or security.
To that end, we have created an Electronic Safety Tip Line available on the district website. The e-Tip Line allows students, parents, or community members to report weapons, threats of violence, bullying, sexual harassment, potential threat of suicide, drugs, and any other activity that could potentially endanger students, staff, and property. The tip line should not be used to report an immediate danger to someone’s life. Always use 911 to report those emergencies.
We are developing a communication plan to roll this out to students in upper elementary, middle school, and high school. The e-Tip Line is available on the district website from the “Families” menu and “Quicklinks” and can also be found on the district bullying and safety webpages.
The Electronic Safety Tip Line is just one way that students can report concerns about safety. For example, if a student wishes to file a bullying report, the Fillable Bullying Report Form is also available on the website under bullying and reporting.
Anytime children enter digital spaces (online, texts, apps,etc.) they are susceptible to cyberbullying.
What you need to know:
Cyberbullying is real. People can be mean. Technology makes being mean easier.
Awareness and Communication are key. Talk to you child openly and often about their online behavior.
Spot Check. They may not like it, but tell your child to expect spot checks. This will help you better guide them in navigating their online activity.
Develop a Plan. Talk through scenarios of how to deal with cyberbullying before it ever happens so your child has a plan to fall back on if it does.
Set Limits. Bullying can happen at any time of the day, but it can have a greater impact on kids when there is no relief.
Check Yourself. Much of what our children know about digital behavior stems from what they see at home. Model healthy online habits, children are always watching!
Remember that while cyberbullying can be scary, a lot of healthy and positive relationships can come from connecting digitally. A strong focus on kindness and empathy are always important in supporting healthy relationships in the digital world and the real world.
For more information and tips, please check out our cyberbullying resources in the Plugged in Parenting section of our District Website.
Resources from Common Sense Media: