Virtual Learning Update

March 30 - April 3, 2020

Superintendent's Message

I want to take this time to thank all of our families, teachers, and students for making this transition so smooth. We are learning things every day and we are committed to making this experience as positive for our students and their families as we can.



I wish I could tell you how long this virtual learning period will be, but I can't. What I do know is that it's important for every student to be engaged every day to get the most out of this time.



We have had contact with over 95% of our students this week. Contact is important, but being engaged in schoolwork and with teachers is essential. We will be reaching out to those students who have not been submitting their work.


Keep on the lookout for a brief email survey to tell us about how this experience is working for you and your child. Your feedback will be critical as we work to improve this experience for students and teachers.


Thank you for your support.


Be safe and be well!


Michael Skeldon, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Changes to Check In Expectations for Attendance

Starting Monday, March 30th, all students will be expected to check in for daily attendance using the Google Form found on all of their teachers' Google Classrooms. We hope that utilizing the same method for check ins will help streamline the process and make things easier for students, and will help ensure students are given credit for their attendance each day.


Students are required to check in daily with all of their teachers before 2:30pm. Please know that you do not have to wait until your teacher's office hours to check in using this form. Students can check in anytime between 8:30am and 2:30pm.

Checking In Does NOT Count as School Work

Even though students have checked in with their teachers each day, it does not mean they are off the hook. Students are required to check in as a form of attendance. Students are still required to complete their assignments in ALL of their classes each day in order to get grades.


If your student is struggling to organize their work, feeling overwhelmed or does not understand what is required, please reach out. We are ready and able to help! Teachers have been contacting students as work is not being completed, but waiting all week before you speak up to ask for help will only add to the problem.


We want to see every student be successful! If your student is struggling, let us know!


Please reach out to a trusted teacher, or your school's Principal for assistance. We will make sure you get the help you need.

Rise & Shine! The School Day Starts at 8:30am

We've noticed that many students are taking this opportunity to sleep in, and they are putting off their school work until lunch time, or even after.


It is important to keep in mind that the school day runs from 8:30am - 2:30pm. Students are expected to be utilizing the entire school day (while taking some short breaks) to complete their school work. This will help avoid any time management issues, and will ensure that students are able to communicate with teachers to ask for help and instruction during scheduled office hours.


The early bird catches the worm! We recommend that students start their day at 8:30am, and if they complete their assignments students can then use that free time to catch up on some sleep.

School Spirit Week 2.0!

Take a look at our fun topics for next week's Spirit Week! Dress up, take awesome pics, and send your spirited pictures to sbaffoni@beaconart.org for a chance to be featured on the schools' social media!

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Special Education Updates

Ms. Cindy Giroux, our Director of Special Education, would like to share the following updates for our Special Education families.


  • IEP and evaluation meetings will begin virtually next week through Google Meet. Parents and Guardians will receive invitations to the meetings and individual guidance on how the meetings will be conducted.


  • We continue to provide related services (counseling, speech/language therapy and occupational therapy). The therapists have reached out to their students to set up appointments. Occupational therapy will be available Monday-Wednesday 12-1pm and Thursday and Friday from 12-1:30pm. Students can connect with them through their Google Classroom. Please make sure that if your child receives one of these services that they are connecting with their therapist. These supports are more important than ever to support your child through this process of distance learning.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Giroux cgiroux@beaconart.org or 401-671-6261 ext 4004.

Turnaround Time for Grades

We are asking students and families to be patient with teachers when it comes to grading. Keep in mind, that teachers have been asked to modify their entire curriculum to make it digital and this takes an immense amount of time and planning. In addition, teachers have been focused on ensuring that they are available to answer any student questions and to assist with instruction, as well as updating daily attendance and progress monitoring sheets for each of their students. We ask that you are patient with teachers when it comes to grading at this time. They are working hard to stay on top of it all.

Academic Honesty and Integrity

We hope that all families will talk with their students about academic honesty and integrity. It is important to remind students that it does no good to submit work as their own if they are using online platforms/tools to do it for them, or give them the answers.


Right now teachers are trying to give students meaningful work that is tied to standards that will help them progress through the curriculum. If students are not being honest about the struggles they maybe having, and advocating for more help, then they are not getting their best education.


Students should be honest if they need help and refrain from using online tools to do the work for them. Encourage your students to ask for help, reach out, and to not sell themselves short! We are here for them!

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