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Week 1 of Distance Learning at Mayfield

A Message from Dr. Frischkorn

Dear Mayfield Intermediate School Community!


Our school community is about to begin our first week of distance learning. The goal of our distance learning plan is to offer students the opportunity to continue learning. Our teachers and central office staff have done an amazing job at getting resources put together for students in a short period of time. The work sent home will not be graded work. The work is simply guidelines for families to continue to help there child develop academically during this extended closure. These academic reviews are to help students retain and review information that was taught during the year. Again, this is a very fluid situation with new information coming out by the hour it seems.


Please review the message that was sent to Manassas City families on Sunday, March 15, 2020.


Manassas City Public School's message to families:


MCPS Closing Reminder and Update – March 15, 2020


All Manassas City Public Schools are closed to students until April 14th, due to the growing health concern caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus). This closure may be extended depending on the situation.


The past few days have seen unprecedented actions worldwide to deal with the spread of coronavirus, including here in our own community. I want to thank you for understanding, patience and willingness to adapt as we navigate this challenging period. We will get through this together, working to keep Manassas City Public Schools and our community as healthy as possible, and keep our students engaged and learning.


MCPS staff members have spent significant time making preparations for this school closure. Our goal is to ensure that all students have materials and resources that will allow them to continue to read, write and engage in the content they had been learning in school. During this period of school closure, I ask that parents, guardians and/or child-care providers encourage students to use the materials and resources provided. All of those materials, as well as parent guidance, can be found on your child’s school website for PK-8 students and Schoology for high school students.


Elementary, Intermediate and Middle Schools:


Friday, students in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade received a package of learning activities and reading resources. These materials include a letter with guidance for families, many brief learning activities and a list of additional online resources to access practice activities designed to last for the duration of the school closure. All completed activities will be counted towards class participation. All materials, as well as parent guidance, can be found on your child’s school website. You can email your child's teacher with any questions.



Always Learning!


Dr. Donald Frischkorn

Principal


#MayfieldISProud

"Grab and Go" Breakfasts and Lunches Start March 18th

Free "Grab and Go" breakfasts and lunches will be provided (Monday - Friday) for anyone 18 and under beginning Wednesday, March 18th through April 3rd from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at the following locations:

  • Osbourn High School - 1977 Eagle Way, Manassas
  • Round Elementary School - 10100 Hastings Drive, Manassas
  • Weems Elementary School - 8750 Weems Road, Manassas

Take Home Work Activities

The two documents directly below were created by our school division's content specialist. The documents provide students with activities for them to work on while they are home during this extended closure. These are the same packets that were sent home with students on Friday, March 13, 2020. If your child was not present at school, please have them download the materials. They can read the materials on a smartphone, computer or tablet.


Our teachers are currently working on more learning activities for students. I will send out updated learning activities as our teachers complete them. In the meantime, please continue to use the documents below.


These materials are designed to help students maintain continuity in their learning.

Tips to Help you Child During Distance Learning:

Here are some tips to help you support your child during distance learning:

  • Establish routines and expectations. Balance screen time and non-screen time activities.
  • Students should take brain breaks and move regularly as they study.
  • Discuss what your child is learning and ask questions.
  • Establish times for quiet and reflection.
  • Remain mindful of your child’s stress.
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Take Time to Read at least 30 Minutes a Day

One of the most important things that students can do during this extended period being away from school is to read. This takes no technology or internet connection. All our students were sent home from school on Friday, March 13th with several library books. There are many ways to have students read. They can read to you, they can read silently in their favorite place in the house, or they can read to a friend or family member. If they finish the books that they brought home with them, they can read the books again. Reading the books a second time can help students with their reading fluency and their reading comprehension.


Again, reading is one of the most important and best ways to continue your child's education during this extended time away from the classroom.

Access to Technology

We understand that not every student has their own laptop at this time. However, they can still access all the online resources from any computer. It does not need to be a school computer. Students can also access a lot of the resources using a smartphone. As of Sunday, nearly 1,000 people have viewed our "Classroom to Online Learning Opportunities" newsletter that was texted to 1,000 people. Students can access Clever (information on Clever is below) on a smartphone and log in using their student log in information.


Again, if you don't have access to technology, the best thing you can have your child do is continue to read. They also have access to their consumable workbook materials for social studies and science.

GRADES WILL BE AVAILABLE MARCH 19 VIA POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL

PowerSchool Mobile App

MCPS' student information system, PowerSchool, provides a mobile app that gives parents and students the ability to access real-time information on grades, attendance, assignments, scores, email alerts, and much more. It is an easy-to-use application with an easy to understand interface. The PowerSchool Mobile app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play markets.

If you have established an account in the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can use the same login and password with the mobile app. If you need to establish an account, you will need your Parent Portal web access ID and password. You can obtain this by visiting your child's school and asking the school registrar for the Parent Web ID letter. Students can also use this app, but they will need their login and password to access the information. Students should visit their school’s office to obtain an ID and password.

Clever

Clever is a single sign-on platform that students can log into and have instant access to all their online resources. One username and password unlocks any app on any device for students, teachers, and staff. Clever offers single sign-on for thousands of resources, while personalized portals show only what’s relevant for each student.
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Schoology

Schoology is our school division's online learning management system. Schoology brings together the best K-12 learning management system with assessment management to improve student performance, foster collaboration, and personalize learning.


All students have access to Schoology via their student ID and login information. The students can access materials from all of their scheduled classes. Teachers can upload documents and assignments and well as provide students to opportunity to participate in virtual discussions with the teacher and their classmates.

i-Ready

All students in grades K-8 have access to i-Ready for mathematics and reading. I-Ready provides Actionable assessments and engaging instruction that drive student gains in reading and mathematics.

Students can log-in to i-Ready anytime during the day and access lessons in both reading and math that are differentiated and focused on their learning levels.


Click here to log-in to i-Ready: https://login.i-ready.com/

IXL

IXL helps students excel! Featuring a comprehensive curriculum, the IXL Real-Time Diagnostic, and actionable analytics, IXL delivers everything teachers need to help students reach their full potential. Released in 2007, IXL has set a new standard for online learning by delivering a truly personalized learning experience. Trusted by schools in 95 of the 100 top districts and used by over 8 million students, IXL is proven to accelerate learning. In studies of 42,940 schools across 12 states, IXL schools consistently outperform non-IXL schools, ranking as much as 16 percentile points higher on state assessments. (retrieved from https://www.ixl.com/company/ixl on March 11, 2020)


IXL is also offering students free online lessons for language arts and science.

Virginia Department of Education

The Virginia Department of Education has online resources available for all grade levels. Please click on the picture below and to access these great resources. Find your child's grade level and then you can see all the information that your child needs in order to be experience academic success.

SOL Testing Dates

SOL testing days will continue as scheduled. If we need to adjust our schedule, we will keep you informed. Prior to SOL testing we will give our students plenty of opportunities to become familiar with the testing protocol so that when they take the test, it's all about them showing off how much they learned this year. Please look at the calendars below.


5th Grade SOL Exams: Reading, Math and Science

6th Grade SOL Exams: Reading and Math


March- Students will be administered the Student Growth Assessment (SGA). The SGA assesses students on all the content that has been taught throughout the school year. The SGA provides valuable information that teachers can use to help offer students further assistance prior to the SOL exams in April and May.


April- Students will return from Spring Break and have 2 weeks of time that can be used to help familiarize the students with the SOL testing website. Students will be provided time to use their laptops to make sure that they understand how to use the tools that are available to them while they take the SOL exam. SOL testing will begin during the last week of April. To keep it simple, 5th grade students will have SOL exams on 3 consecutive Tuesdays. 6th Grade students will have SOL exams on 2 consecutive Thursdays.


May- Students will finish up SOL exams in early May. Students who are eligible will have the opportunity to take an expedited retake. Students who score between 375-399 on their first attempt on the SOL will be provided the opportunity to try the SOL exam again.