Northwood News Second Semester

What's Happening at 570 North Abbe Road?

Welcome back.....

Dear Northwood Families,

I cannot tell you how excited we are to have the students back in school. We have a gorgeous school and it has been unoccupied for the past couple of months. The entire staff is excited to see students in person and not through a screen.


I know that this has been a school year like no other. We have changed student schedules three times now. Please understand that all the changes are made to keep the students safe, while also providing them with the best education possible.

Just a reminder that students are to wear a mask and maintain social distance.


As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Stay safe,

MB


Michael Basinski

Principal

Northwood Middle School


Just a reminder: Please remember that Track A students come back to school on Tuesday, January 26th. School starts at 7:30. There is no school on Monday, January 25th due to a teacher records day.

What should I do and when should I do it?

2 PLUS 2 MODEL:

  • Cohort A: Attend school in person Monday and Tuesday. Attend school in Google Classroom from home Thursday and Friday.
  • Cohort B: Attend school Thursday and Friday. Attend school in Google Classroom from home Monday and Tuesday.
  • PLEASE NOTE: On the days that students are attending school virtually, at home, through Google Classroom they will log on at the start of the school day and follow their normal schedule through to the end of the school day.


GRADE 5-8 SCHOOL SCHEDULE:

  • Middle School 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.


*The 2 Plus 2 Model does provide for four days of scheduled instruction. Attendance will be taken all four days and assignments will be graded.*


Track A:

Monday/Tuesday- In School learning

Wednesday- Learning at home utilizing teacher office hours.

Thursday/Friday- Learning from home, while logging into google meets, following the schedule


Track B:

Monday/Tuesday- Learning from home, while logging into google meets, following the schedule

Wednesday- Learning at home utilizing teacher office hours.

Thursday/Friday- In school learning

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Dear Northwood Family,

Welcome Back. We are excited to see all of you again! I have just a few announcements as we are returning back to school.


· Get plenty of rest before the first day back. Even though we have not stopped attending our classes, getting up and leaving your house is going to feel much different to you.


· You will be able to view your students' Semester 2 schedule on Powerschool late Monday afternoon / evening.


· 8th Grade - Online JVS Applications should be completed as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2021.



If you are experiencing an emergency situation please call….

Medical or Life Threatening Situation: 911

NORD Center 24/7 Crisis Hotline (free and confidential) for mental health or sexual assault: 1-800-888-6161

United Way First Call for Help (food and utilities): 211

Lorain County Children's Services: 329-5340

Sincerely,

Mrs. Marzec

School Counselor

marzecjill@elyriaschools.org

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3rd Set of Virtual Conferences

Virtual conferences will be on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 2:30-7:30. Please watch your emails for a sign up link. Conferences will be one-on-one, with a teacher and last eight minutes.

Teachers may be contacting you to set up a conference.

Community Engagement Liaison

For those of you who do not know, we have a community engagement liaison. Her name is Leticia Palos. Her email is palosleticia@elyriaschools.org. Ms. Palos is here as a bridge between the parents and the school. She is always willing to help families with any issues they are having with school.

Student Daily Schedule

Track A and B


Warning Bell 7:25


HR/ 1st Period: 51 min: 7:30 a.m. – 8:21 a.m.


2nd Period: 47 min: 8:23 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.


3rd Period: 47 min: 9:12 a.m. – 9:59 a.m.


4th Period: 57 min: 10:02 a.m. – 10:59 a.m.


4A:27 min: 10:02 a.m. – 10:29 a.m.


4B:27 min: 10:32 a.m. – 10:59 a.m.


5th Period: 57 min: 11:02 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.


5A:27 min: 11:02 a.m. –11:29 a.m.


5B: 27 min: 11:32 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.


6th Period: 47 min: 12:02 p.m. – 12:49 p.m.


7th Period: 54 min: 12:51 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Track C


1st Period: 35 min: 7:40 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.


2nd Period: 35 min: 8:30 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.


3rd Period: 35 min: 9:20 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.


4th Period: 35 min: 10:10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


5th Period: 35 min: 11:10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.


6th Period: 35 min: 12:10 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


7th Period: 35 min: 1:00 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

District Smore- Information from Amy Higgins


Fifth grade students at all schools will follow the middle school education model below. The middle school plan for students in fifth grade through eighth grade is for two days in person attendance (following the cohort A/B attendance schedule by last name) AND two days at home attendance through Google Classroom.


We're distinguishing this attendance model by calling it the "2 plus 2" model.


In the middle school "2 plus 2" model, students are receiving four days of instruction: two in-person attendance days and two virtual learning days in real time taught by their classroom teacher.


On the virtual learning days, students in grades five through eight will log into their teacher's Google Classroom at the start of their school day and follow their regular school schedule online with their teachers.


For example, a student whose last name begins with "A" will attend school in person on Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday and Friday, student "A" will sign on to Google Classroom and follow their regular schedule virtually from home.


Attendance will be taken all four days and assignments will be graded so its essential that students follow their schedule while working remotely from home on their non-attendance days.


We are confident that middle school students (and fifth graders) will adjust well to the "2 plus 2" model and the combination of scheduled in-person and virtual learning will provide them with a full four days of instruction.


In most cases, students in the primary grades of kindergarten through fourth grade require more "hands on" assistance with technology and thus, the "2 plus 2" education model is not feasible.


With that said, we will continue monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and when the county moves to a more stable level where less emphasis is placed on distancing, will bring more students back for more in-school attendance days.

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Chromebook Care

It is SO important that your child starts practicing good Chromebook habits during their remote learning days. Here are some guidelines to follow:


  1. Students are responsible for taking care of their Chromebooks. Please make sure to treat it gently and handle it with care.

  2. Always hold your Chromebook with two hands.

  3. Always store your child’s Chromebook in their red Chromebook bag with it’s charger.

  4. Keep it in an area where curious animals or younger siblings will not get to it.

  5. Always keep the charger in the bag when you are not charging it.

  6. Have a designated work zone for Chromebook use.

  7. Please keep drinks and food away from the Chromebook at all times.

  8. Do not place any heavy objects on top of the chromebook.

  9. Do not lend your chromebook to another student. Each chromebook has been assigned to a specific student using a chromebook number.


ALWAYS
have your chromebook charged and ready to go :)

Second Harvest School Pantry

The Elyria Schools and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will continue hosting monthly food pantries in a convenient, drive-through format at Ely Stadium in Elyria.


COVID-19 has made these services even more critical. The program will carry through the 2020-2021 school year at Ely Stadium, 1915 Middle Ave., on the following dates from
3-5 p.m. (Please enter the stadium complex off Oberlin Road near Rural King.)


Please note that the time and some dates are changing.



2021

Feb. 1, 16; Mar. 1, 16, 29; April 19; May 3, 17; June 7, 21; July 5, 19

Orchestra Concert

Thank you to Mr. Behrendt and the orchestra classes for this wonderful virtual concert.