Dear YSHS and MMS Students & Families,
I hope this communication finds you doing well. I want to thank you for continuing to trust our schools as we adjust to teaching and learning remotely. I am very proud of our students, families, and staff for embracing the challenge and responding with patience and flexibility. Having completed the first few days of school, I want to share some insight we have gained and some tweaks we will be making.
Learning Space and Routine:
One of our goals when organizing our online format for the first quarter was to provide the students with predictable structure and routine. We encourage students and families to extend this strategy into their homes. Students should wake up, have breakfast, and get ready for the day before their first synchronous class starts. Students should do their work in a space that is comfortable and effective for learning, using a desk or table to be organized and focused. Students should avoid waking up just as their first synchronous class is beginning and attempting to participate in the class from their beds. Planning for the day will increase the likelihood of engagement and success.
Our transition to online learning has exposed some technology challenges. We are actively adjusting our approach to minimize the demand on the Chromebooks and the internet infrastructure in and around Yellow Springs. As we evolve on the school end, working to align our instructional strategies with the technology capabilities, here are some tips to help students stay connected:
Logoff and restart Chromebooks frequently, at least daily
Minimize the number of tabs that are open
If on Zoom or Meet, close all unneeded tabs
If on Zoom or Meet, turn off gridview
Work in close proximity to your wifi router
Progress Monitoring in Abre:
This year we are transitioning from Progress Book to Abre. Your parent token to connect your account to your student was included in our August mailing. If you need an additional copy of this, please contact the office at 767-7224. When looking at your student’s progress, please be aware that marks in Abre default to a 0% until a teacher has entered a grade for that assignment. We are in communication with Abre to get this changed, but in the meantime, you will see grades that appear much lower than they actually are simply because an assignment has been posted but it has not been graded.
Again, I want to thank you for your support. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com or contact our front office at 767-7224.
Jack Hatert, Principal