RMHS Welcome Back
Parent Communication, Pt 2
RMHS Students and Families
The countdown has begun! The start of the 2020-2021 school year is almost here. Classes will be officially underway REMOTELY (online) on September 8th. Even though we will not be seeing our students in a traditional face-to-face method, we are excited to be able to offer live components with our online learning. Students will be able to see their teachers and experience direct instruction through our Microsoft Teams platform while learning from home. ALL teachers and staff are working hard to prepare for our students to ensure we are providing them with the best education possible while we are in remote learning.
RMHS will communicate with students and families as soon as we are made aware of a change in the learning phase (Red/Remote or Yellow/Hybrid) and how adjustments will be made. Stay tuned…
We would also like to express our gratitude for the passing of the levy on August 25th. The passing of the levy will ensure we do not have to cut any instructional days for our students for this school year. We appreciate your continued support in your child’s education.
Laptop Distribution: September 1st - 3rd
RMHS students will be able to check out a laptop on September 1st-3rd.
All Grades 9-12 will follow the schedule below, based on student last name:
Tuesday, September 1st:
- A-B: 8:00-9:45 am
- C-D: 9:45-11:30 am
- E-G: 12:00-1:45 pm
- H-K: 1:45-3:30 pm
Wednesday, September 2nd:
- L-N: 8:00-9:45 am
- O-R: 9:45-11:30 am
- S-T: 12:00-1:45 pm
- U-Z: 1:45-3:30 pm
Thursday, September 3rd: 4:00-7:00 pm
Alternate Evening Pick-Up: If you are unable to pick-up your laptop during your designated time.
10th-12th grade students will need to bring an old student ID for check-out.
A temporary ID will be available for 9th-grade students at the attendance window.
Masks and social distancing will be required for entrance into the building. Enter and exit the building through the main office doors facing LINDER RD. Students will be directed to the library.
Parents are not required to be present for laptop check-out; however, only parents that are listed in PowerSchool will be allowed to accompany students into the building.
Laptop Expectations when in Hybrid/Yellow Learning: Students will be expected to bring their WASD issued laptop to class and back home daily. It is crucial students take great care of their device. Because this device is being assigned to individual students, parents/students will be held liable for any damage or lost devices. Please read through the following information on responsible usage of district-issued laptops.
To purchase the optional device insurance, please access the form through the SchoolForms section within PowerSchool. Payment for the insurance will be requested within the next two weeks. Click here for directions.
What to Expect with Remote/Red Learning
During Remote Learning, students will be expected to be online EVERY day and follow the traditional bell schedule during Remote Learning. Teachers will communicate their expectations with their classes, but there will be live learning and check-ins with students. Students will be expected to be on-line learning in real-time in order to receive any direct instruction, to obtain teacher feedback, and to be able to communicate back and forth with the teacher. Click here for the bell schedule.
The Team 1 and Team 2 designation applies when we are in Hybrid (Yellow) instruction. Remember, if a student is assigned to Team 1, they will attend face-to-face, live classes in the building; however, on the next day, they are expected to be continuing their learning online, following their schedule.
Student schedules are available to view through PowerSchool. Please remember, students will only have 4 classes per quarter this school year. Students are scheduled 8 classes per semester, but will only attend 4 classes per quarter. If you do not see core classes scheduled for the 1st quarter, they will be scheduled in the 2nd quarter for 1st-semester. To review the 4-by-4 Block for the 2020-2021 school year, please see below.
Microsoft Teams will be our Remote Learning platform for instruction. Teachers will use this platform for delivering content and assignments to our students when they are working remotely. This platform will be utilized during face-to-face instruction as well to help students establish routines and understand how to access learning materials and assignments when they are learning from home. Click here for instructions on accessing Microsoft Teams.
Students will need to login using their West Ada login information. If they have forgotten their login and/or password, students can contact the IT service desk to have the support team provide them with the information. When on the District website, choose the Parents and Students tab, Technology Support Services link. There is a green “Click to Chat” button students and parents may access for live assistance. Click here to be directed to the website location.
Remote Learning Tips:
- Follow the bell schedule daily. Establishing a routine will help students transition easier when we are able to meet in person.
- Find a consistent location to complete schoolwork.
- Allow for breaks from working at a computer.
- Follow proper online meeting etiquette. This will be communicated prior to September 8th.
- Remove distractions from your learning area.
Review of Last Week's Information
4-by-4 Block Model
West Ada has adopted the 4-by-4 Block Model for High School Instruction for this school year. This system will allow for students to focus on four classes only for each quarter (nine weeks). This method will also allow for our high schools to effectively follow a Hybrid Model of instruction when we are deemed in “Yellow”, allowing students to learn face-to-face on an alternating day schedule, but with limited numbers. (See below for the Team 1 and Team 2 explanation). The 4-by-4 Block will allow for easier transitions between Remote (Red) and Hybrid (Yellow) phases of instruction.
The following explains how student schedules will function:
- 1st-Quarter: Students will be enrolled in their 1st-Semester A-Day classes only
- 2nd-Quarter: Students will be enrolled in their 1st-Semester B-Day classes only
- 3rd-Quarter: Students will be enrolled in their 2nd-Semester A-Day classes only
- 4th-Quarter: Students will be enrolled in their 2nd-Semester B-Day classes only
Click here to view the Alternating Day Schedule for Fall 2020 calendar.
Team 1 & Team 2 Designation
Each student has been designated a Team for Hybrid (Yellow) Learning. Students with last names A-K are designated to Team 1; Students with last names L-Z are designated to Team 2. These teams are district-wide, not set by individual schools. Teams will only be changed due to extraordinary circumstances. Changing only one student’s team results in a change in class loads for all eight classes.
Remember: Team Designations apply to Hybrid/Yellow Learning. When we are in the Remote/Red Phase, students attend their classes online each day.
Student Schedule Information
Only schedule change requests submitted online will be reviewed. Click here to access the Schedule Change Request form. This can also be found on our school website in the Counseling section.
Because we have adopted the 4-by-4 Model for instruction this year, students will only see 4 classes on their schedule. These are the classes students will attend virtually or in-person for the first quarter. Students will switch classes in the second quarter.
Printing Schedules: When we transition into Yellow (Hybrid), students will need to have a copy of their schedules as they WILL NOT be printed this year. Students can create their own copy by taking a picture with a cell phone, printing it at home, writing it down on paper, or having access to the PowerSchool app on a smart phone.
RMHS COVID Health and Safety Plan
Each school has created a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan for the school year that has been posted to individual school websites. To view this plan, please click here.
A few things you will notice when you are in the building:
· Frequent reminders to wear masks, wash hands, and use hand sanitizer
· Social distancing guidelines and reminders
· Hand sanitizing stations throughout the building and within each classroom
· Orange Griz paws placed on the floor to help with new traffic flow patterns and social distancing
For information on how to determine if a student should stay home, click here to view the COVID-ILLNESS-DECISION-TREE.