I hope this note finds you healthy and safe during these extraordinary times. As you most likely read, Dr. Reid has announced that we will resume remote learning on Monday, March 30. While we will be returning to remote learning, it will not look the same as our first iteration. Let me explain.
First, all our middle schools will be on the same schedule where the beginning and ending times are the same across all levels K-12. That schedule can be found here at the bottom of this letter in the "Northshore Learns Schedule" section.
Second, instruction will hopefully look different as well. During Northshore Learns 2.0, teachers will be focusing on the big ideas and concepts in each of their classes as opposed to trying to replicate what would happen in a brick-and-mortar setting. Teachers have been asked to think about engaging projects, interesting explorations, etc. as students will only be meeting with their classes once a week. They will also be offering tools to guide student’s independent learning from one week of class to the next. These might include checklists or rubrics. Beginning this Monday, teachers will reach out to their students in the ways they did previously (Zoom, Google Classroom, etc.) to explain what is going to be happening in each of their classes, and to check in with students to see how they are doing. Many teachers will send email links prior to class on Monday so please have your student check their school email Monday morning.
Third, students are expected to be “attending” classes per the schedule to the extent possible. Teachers will be taking attendance – but only for the purpose of making sure they can check and connect with each student. Our big worry is for those students who are not connecting at all. Northshore Learns 2.0 is as much about the social and emotional connections our teachers have with kids as it is about formal academic learning. If a student cannot attend the class as scheduled, teachers will be posting materials which students can access at a later time. Teachers will be using their Office Hours to connect with individual students or small groups of students to provide extra help, give feedback, or just check and connect. Teachers will let students know about how they plan to use Office Hours during the launch next week.
Fourth, given that instruction is going to look different, and given that teachers are going to be focusing on just big ideas and concepts, grading will also be different during Northshore Learns 2.0. All grades during this remote learning time will be either “pass” or “no credit.” We want kids to engage with the projects and explorations for the sake of learning and not because they need to earn a grade. I’m sure you have questions about how these pass/no credit grades will blend with previously earned grades and honestly, we don’t have those answers yet. But we will in the near future.
Our Skyview Socials are being discontinued now that we are able to connect with students in our online classes. Our teachers and staff are looking forward to those classroom interactions that are so important for a student’s social and emotional support!
In conclusion, we know that even after reading this, you may have questions. I’ll be working to get you answers and more guidance in the days and weeks to come. It is important to remember that this is a fluid and changing situation, and we are all doing the best we can. We hope that everyone will give our staff grace and understanding as they work to provide meaningful tasks and feedback to their students during this time. If there is an issue or a concern, please contact your teacher directly. They will work with you.
In the meantime, please do have your student get ready to return to remote learning on Monday. Our team is looking forward to connecting with students again!
Northshore Learns Schedule
During Remote Learning we will be following the Monday - Friday schedule below.