Distance Learning Communication

KMS Distance Learning Communication
Posted on 10/23/2020
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Dear Cavalier Families,

Based on parent and community feedback last summer, the North Kitsap School District decided to provide our students with a more manageable learning experience this year and focus on a quarter system in which each student will dive deeply into three class periods per quarter instead of the typical six periods in a semester.  In order to make this experience meaningful for students, our teachers have been delivering instruction focused on “priority standards” that are based on three factors:

·         Endurance:  Knowledge and skills that are relevant throughout a lifetime

·         Leverage:  Knowledge and skills needed to learn other things

·         Essentiality:  Knowledge and skills that are needed for success in the next grade level or course

Because of the nature of how we are teaching and the timeline that has been established, we have a grading period that ends on November 6th and we will start a new “term” on November 9th. What this means is that your student’s grades for the first term will be final when teachers submit their grades on November 6th. The good news is that your student still has two full weeks before teachers submit their grades. This isn’t to say that we don’t understand the struggle that many of our families are currently experiencing due to the pandemic and remote learning. On the contrary, we have built-in many supports for students during these tough times to provide extra support and help. These include:

·         Regular teacher office hours Monday-Friday from 11:40-12:25

·         Intervention, reteaching, and one-on-one help on Mondays and Thursdays during their regularly scheduled class periods.

·         Teachers posting a short video every day, Monday-Friday, highlighting the learning for the day and the assignments that are assigned and due. These are archived in each teacher’s Microsoft Classroom so that students can go back and review what they missed or forgot.

·         All assignments are posted in each teacher’s Microsoft Classroom that can be accessed 24/7.

·         All teachers have a “progress monitoring” period on Tuesdays and Thursdays to update their grade books and keep your student’s grades up to date.

All this to say that we appreciate your support from home and your help to keep your student engaged in the learning. Our wonderful teachers have been working hard to inform you and your student of their progress and to direct them to come to their intervention/reteaching Zoom meetings on Mondays and Thursdays in addition to their live Zoom meetings on Tuesdays and Fridays. If, in-spite of this,  your student is currently struggling, please let their teacher know via email. They are eager to partner with you to ensure the success of your son or daughter during remote learning. Kingston Middle School has highly skilled and very motivated teachers that want the very best for your student. We are proud of the level of support we offer to our students and we are working hard to engage them in relevant and rigorous learning. If there is something we can do to support your student, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Sincerely,

Aaron Lee

Principal

Kingston Middle School




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