I hope you are all having a restful spring break. I know many folks would like to be in a sunnier location or even able to go out to eat but most importantly, I hope you all are safe and healthy.
As we head into another stretch of NTI, we are making a few little changes to hopefully help our students manage their learning and be able to be supported to the best of their ability.
First of all, we have set up a schedule for standing Google Meets for each content area. Teachers will be posting these times for students to have access to them everyday. Think of it as a standing "office hour". The intent is that students can jump into that google meet to see their teacher in person and ask clarifying questions. This is not a time for the kids to just socialize and the teachers will be making that clear.
Google Meet Schedule:
The times are as follows:
Social Studies: 11:30-12:15
English Language Arts: 1:30-2:15
Related Arts: 2:30-3:15
Teachers will provide their Meet address to the kids. These "meetings" will be open everyday, Monday- Thursday for students to pop in and out of to ask questions and gain clarity. Your child is still able to email and send messages to the teachers and teachers may set up additional meetings for students to attend- but we wanted a clear time for Q&A for our students.
Blue & White Schedule
Next, we are going to simplify our instruction a bit. We are going to alternate "Blue/White" Days so students will only get new instructions from 3 classes a day. Then the next day, they will get the other three.
On Blue Days (Monday and Wednesdays), Math teachers, Social Studies Teachers, Ms. Cronin, Mr. Paul, Mr. Ford, and Ms. Smith will be "pushing out" new instruction. They will be loading activities, videos, and projects for the students to work on.
On Blue Days, ELA, Science, Mr. Wise, Ms. Wright, Ms. Lauterbach, and Ms. Read will be available to answer questions, support students one-on-one, grade, add grades to IC, and plan. They are NOT giving new instruction on this day.
On White days, (Tuesdays and Thursdays), ELA, Science, Mr. Wise, Ms. Wright, Ms. Lauterbach, and Ms. Read will be "pushing out" new instruction. They will be loading activities, videos, and projects for the students to work on.
On White days, Math teachers, Social Studies Teachers, Ms. Cronin, Mr. Paul, Mr. Ford, and Ms. Smith will be available to answer questions, support students one-on-one, grade, add grades to IC, and plan. They are NOT giving new instruction on this day.
We feel like this will help students to balance more of their learning and make it easier to keep up.
Friday Family Days:
You might be wondering about Friday? We will be having Friday Family Day. This is the day our counseling team will be connecting with kids, teachers are all available for support and help and students are expected to make sure they have their week's work completed. It will also be a day that our Pride Families are going to meet. Teachers will be reaching out and connecting with their families to plan what that looks like. We want a day that students can take care of themselves and ensure no one is getting behind, or too anxious about our NTI days. We may also be planning some virtual field trip experiences for the students to jump onto.
If you have questions, let us know. We are truly trying to keep this process simple and healthy for student learning.
From the Nurse's Desk:
Hello OCMS Families,
There is a lot of good information and a lot of misinformation out there about how to stay healthy and feel protected during these news-filled days of flu and Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In all of the news stories and literature about prevention, two main interventions are repeated and repeated. First, thorough hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer is the #1 protective act one can perform. Next, avoid placing your hands to your face. That is, to avoid in particular: your eyes, your nose, your mouth, your ears. These are all membranes that can be a direct route of transmission of colds, bacteria and viruses. Current virus examples are the flu and the Coronavirus.
Here are two videos that are short, clear and useful.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me! I am happy to help
Lisa Adams, Nurse at OCMS
Counselors are busy starting scheduling for next year. If your student is heading into 7th or 8th, they had the chance to indicate what related arts classes they wanted. The counselors are now trying to meet these requests. If you have questions, here is how you can get a ahold of any of the counselors:
Ms. Burns (currently supporting 8th grade but will be with our new 6th graders next year): firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Hensley (currently supporting 7th grade but will be with our 8th graders next year): email@example.com
Mr. Thomas (currently supporting 6th grade but will be with our 7th graders next year): Kyle.firstname.lastname@example.org
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