Holland Middle School

Distance Learning

Message From Rich & Tim

HMS Community,

We hope this message finds you well. As the district embarks on Distance Learning (DL) we recognize that many of our families have worries such as child care, maintaining personal jobs from home, combined with all the other stress that comes from the situation are all in right now. We also know that some of our community members are on the front lines as First Responders or are working in grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and hospitals. Thank you to these local heroes in our community.

I want to assure you that our HMS staff understands the obstacles that you are facing. They also share many of the same challenges and are doing all they can to balance their responsibilities at home while providing the best DL possible for our students. We recognize that under these circumstances, the roles of our teachers and support staff have changed drastically. We are learning and adjusting! We recognize the importance of giving you the time and resources to adjust to the same. As such, the district has not set a quantifiable number of hours your child(ren) are required to work daily. To this end, our staff has been working hard to plan and provide activities which are meaningful, purposeful, and geared toward helping students maintain the skills we have covered to date. We will grow with DL by incorporating new concepts and skills after Spring Break.

Our highest priority continues to be the health and safety of our HMS students, families, and community. Challenges related to school, curriculum and calendars will work themselves out once we get more into the flow. Please rely on our great staff to help navigate challenges related to school. Stay safe and we are here, albeit remotely, to assist!!!

Rich & Tim

Spring Break

Just a reminder that all CRSD schools are NOT in session 4/6/2020 - 4/10/2020. There is NO expectation that students need to complete any distance learning during the district scheduled break!

Student Expectations for Distance Learning

These expectations can be found on the Distance Learning tab on the CRSD website.

As we begin distance learning, it is important to establish expectations so that we can maximize the success of our students. As such, please review the following Virtual Classroom Expectations as established by Council Rock School District. The basic tenets are: Be Honest, Be Respectful, Be Responsible

Daily Responsibility of Students:

Our expectation is that you will login using their Council Rock student credentials (to either Google Classroom, Canvas, district website, or other platforms the teacher has indicated) and check for assignments at least once daily, Monday through Friday. It will be easier if you set up a regular time of the day to log on. Have a space in your home set aside to do your work i.e. kitchen table, desk.

● Review the weekly overview and assignments on Monday and check daily for each day’s assignments to help you to complete your work.

● Read, watch, or listen to the directions and work carefully.

● Know when your teacher will be online and ask for help and explanations if needed. (Please be aware that the timeliness of email responses will vary.)

● Share work and discuss ideas with your teacher and with other students, when appropriate.

● Submit completed assignments by the established deadline. If you are having difficulty submitting, let your teacher know.

● Look for assignments that your teacher has reviewed, and/or commented on.

● If you have technical difficulties, ask your parents for help or have your parents contact chromebooksupport@crsd.org

Arts Rotation

As we embarked on distance learning our students began a new Arts Rotation (all of the students know what that means). This is just a friendly reminder that all of our Arts teachers have fully prepared distance learning activities for their assisgned classes, including Health and Physical Education. The teachers of these respective courses have reached out to your child(ren) to introduce themselves. Please let us know if you have any further questions.