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Woodland Middle School

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Overview of Distance Learning 2.0

Click here to see the operating class schedule for Woodland Middle School

Opening the Year

  • Each student will have an intake meeting either in person (or via Zoom when not possible) with his/her homeroom or a core teacher between September 1-3.  An invitation will be sent via Skyward to schedule your one-on-one intake session. 
  • During these intakes, students will be able to:
    • Pick up their Chromebook and charger
    • Get curriculum/materials necessary to start the year
    • Meet their homeroom teacher
    • Learn about the remote learning system and introduce you to the plan.  
    • Get school picture taken for ID card (pending)

How will students be scheduled?

  • Students will be scheduled into teacher’s classrooms as they normally would so it will be easier to move into a hybrid or regular model as the state and county restrictions are lifted. 
  • Individual student schedules are available on Skyward (see the Class Schedule below for general class schedule overview).

Procedures 

  • Middle School students will access their Google each morning to preview the day’s lessons.  Each Monday teachers will provide an overview of the week's lessons and outline during live sessions.
  • Students will attend 40 minute live synchronous classes twice a week for each period along with a 15 minute live overview of the week from each class on Mondays.
  • These lessons will be recorded for those who cannot be present at the time they are live.  However, unless there are extenuating circumstances, students are expected to be in the live sessions just like when they are in school.
  • Lessons will be posted on Google Classroom each morning.
  • Students will be notified via Google when new assignments and lessons are posted. 
  • Students can view each week's lesson plans in Google Classroom.  Students should review this page multiple times each day and week for updates.
  • Students will receive traditional grades (A-F). Grades will be posted on Skyward.
  • We will be taking attendance daily per state guidelines.
  • When students have questions or challenges, they are strongly encouraged to reach out via email immediately.
  • Through the use of student email, Google Docs, Google Classroom, and Google Meet, students will be able to receive timely feedback and learning support directly.

What can I expect each week? 

  • Classroom teachers will provide planned and scheduled lessons, assignments, and independent practice in their instructional area
  • Teachers will be posting assignments on Google ClassroomAssignments will be posted and turned in via Google Classroom with a prioritization of essential learning standards.  
  • Staff will maintain office hours two times per week where they will be available for two way communication.
  • Staff will work to respond to correspondence within two work days
  • Positive incentives will be used to recognize students for progress utilizing remote ticket certificates that can be used at the student store upon return to school

What are the expectations for student attendance at the live virtual classes?

  • Log in promptly
  • Enter the virtual meeting space prepared for the lesson as they would in a normal school setting.  
  • Properly dressed 
  • Appropriate school behavior

Will my student be able to visit and tour the school before they begin this fall?

  • Unfortunately, we won’t be having our annual Lunch and Lockers this fall due to social distancing.  We will have to provide tours to students once we are able to return.
  • All students will be able to pull up their classes online via Skyward early next week.  Please feel free to contact the WMS office if you need assistance.

How will grading work this year?

  • We will be posting grades regularly on Skyward and it is the expectation that students complete all assignments.
  • Each teacher will clarify the best methods to turn in assignments and expectations for their classes.
  • Students will receive letter grades (A-F).  Students receiving an F in any class are expected to make up the lost learning utilizing previous assignments.

Weekly Class Schedule Template

Click here to download a printable PDF of the Fall 2020 Daily Schedule

The Distance Learning Weekly Schedule is shown below and includes:

  • Classroom Live Lessons/Weekly Overviews
  • Teacher remote “office hours”
  • Independent Learning/Family guided time/Free Choice
  • The first table shows Monday which serves as an Overview of the Week Ahead. The second table shows the schedule for Tuesday through Friday.

 

MONDAY

Overview of the Week Ahead

8:45-9:45

Staff Meeting

10:00-10:15

1st Period (Live Overview of week)

10:20-10:35

2nd Period (Live Overview of week)

10:40-10:55

3rd Period (Live Overview of week)

11:00-11:15

4th Period (Live Overview of week)

11:15-11:45

Lunch

11:50-12:05

5th Period (Live Overview of week)

12:10-12:25

6th Period (Live Overview of week)

12:30-12:45

7th Period (Live Overview of week)

12:45-1:45

Teacher Prep

1:50-3:35

*Assistance Time

Students have a flexible schedule to

-meet as a group

-learn online

-complete class assignments

-work with adaptive software

-Independent work 1-7

-physical activity (Get Active)

-utilize individual or small group support

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

8:45-9:25

Homeroom/1st Period
(Live Lesson unless otherwise noted)

2nd Period
(Live Lesson unless otherwise noted)

Homeroom/1st Period
(Live Lesson unless otherwise noted)

2nd Period
(Live Lesson unless otherwise noted)

9:35-10:15

3rd Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

4th Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

3rd Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

4th Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

10:25-11:05

5th Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

6th Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

5th Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

6th Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

11:15-11:45

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

11:50-12:30

7th Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

Teachers "open" office hours

7th Period
(Live Lesson unless noted)

Teachers "open" office hours

12:45-1:45

Teacher Prep Time/Student work/feedback

Teacher Prep Time/Student work/feedback

Teacher Prep Time/Student work/feedback

Teacher Prep Time/Student work/feedback

1:50-3:35

*Assistance Time

-meet as a group

-learn online

-complete assignments

-work with adaptive software

-independent work (2,4,6)

-physical activity 

-utilize individual or small group supports

*Assistance Time

-meet as a group

-learn online

-complete assignments

-work with adaptive software

-independent work (2,4,6)

-physical activity 

-utilize individual or small group supports

*Assistance Time

-meet as a group

-learn online

-complete assignments

-work with adaptive software

-independent work (2,4,6)

-physical activity 

-utilize individual or small group supports

*Assistance Time

-meet as a group

-learn online

-complete assignments

-work with adaptive software

-independent work (1,3,5,7)

-physical activity

-utilize individual or small group supports


Technology

  • Each student in middle school will receive a Chromebook and charger. All families will be expected to sign the Acceptable Use Policy of the district before receiving a chromebook.
  • Platforms Definitions and How to Videos will be available on the district website as we approach the beginning of the year.
  • Please notify the school immediately if you need assistance with a hotspot or are having connectivity issues.
  • Woodland Public Schools will continue to offer wifi access at the following locations:
    NOTE- Students can bring their Chromebook to upload and/or download large files if they only have slow internet at home. This access will only work for district devices, not anyone's personal device.
    • High School: Exterior access point at the side entrance in the south wing facing the car park.
    • Middle School: Exterior access point at the commons pointing towards the car park (where the buses line up).
    • TEAM: If you park outside the portable you'll get a signal.
    • CES: If you park outside the portables you'll get a signal.
    • Yale: Turned up interior radios so you get a signal out front.
  • The Chromebook your middle school student is receiving this year is not just for the current health crisis and our temporary remote learning, but for their entire middle school career. As such it is crucial they take good care of it, parents will be asked to pay for any damage or loss. Students will be given a protective carry case for when they bring the device to school with them. 
  • Woodland school district does have a low cost assurance program to cover you against this potential, please see the link below for full details. When you pick up your student's device you will be asked to sign our Student/Parent Agreement and either opt into or out of the assurance program.  https://www.woodlandschools.org/digital-learning

Communication

  • Our primary communication tools are phone calls and emails.
  • Teachers will also use Google Classroom to communicate directly with families.
  • Skyward will be used to communicate building-wide messages.

Meal Service - Breakfast and Lunches

  • Free meals for all children ages 0-18 will continue through Thursday 9/3/20.  Meals are available for pick up at WMS between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm.
  • When school starts (9/8/20) meals will no longer be free for all children.  Meals can only be served to students enrolled in Woodland Public Schools.  Students that qualify for free or reduced meals will be able to receive free meals. To learn if your family qualifies or how to apply, visit our Food Services webpage at WPS Food Services.  Meals will be available to students at the regular meal prices (20-21 meal prices are located at  https://www.woodlandschools.org/page/45 ).
  • At least for the first week of school (9/8-9/11), all schools will be open for meal pick up.  Meals will need to be accounted for by each student, however, parents will still be allowed to pick up meals.  Students will not need to be with them.
  • We are gathering information on student meal needs through a survey.  Please complete the Fall 2020 Meal survey

Sports/Clubs/Extracurricular Activities

  • Fall sports have been postponed 
  • The WIAA is proposing a general sports condensed plan for high schools.  We anticipate Middle school sports will be in a similar boat. We will probably not start sports until after January and would have 3 condensed seasons with some sports most likely overlapping.
  • It is important for students to stay active so please encourage safe play time both inside and outside.
  • Teachers and coaches may elect to offer remote opportunities as appropriate

Social-Emotional Tips

  • This upheaval is tough on students so make sure to celebrate progress.  
  • Feed the positive and remember that perfection is not necessary.
  • Build time for fun each day whether that is board games, watching a movie, or playing outside.

When will we be able to return to school?  What is a Hybrid Model?

We have been working to create a plan for a hybrid model in the event that students are permitted to return to school with appropriate social distancing and safety protocols.  A hybrid model means that students would alternate between in-person, remote, and asynchronous (independent) learning. Students would attend school on A/B days based on the alpha of their last name:

  • All students will attend class remotely online on Mondays.
  • Students with the last names A-L will attend school on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Students with the last names M-Z will attend school on Thursday and Friday.
  • The chart below is an example of what it looks like: 

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Virtual/Remote

    Group A

    Group A

    Group B

    Group B

  • Classroom teachers will provide planned and scheduled “Extension Learning” (lessons/assignments/independent practice) in their instructional area for students to work on during their days not at the school.

What is the general continuum of school reopening?

  1. Remote Learning-learning takes place remotely using technology with teacher guidance.
  2. Hybrid Model-Students learn both in-person and remotely based on A/B day groupings of last names.
  3. Full Time In-Person Learning with safety requirements- All students return full time with protocols to meet health requirements.
  4. Back to “Normal”- Students return in person and restrictions are lifted.

Who can I contact for help:

  • Academic Concerns: Please contact your child’s teacher directly
    • Email is the best. 
    • Call the classroom teacher’s district phone number/extension and leave a message
    • Please click HERE to access WMS Teacher email information
  • Hardships (food or housing): Please contact FCRC coordinator - Gabby Meador - click HERE to be taken to her contact information
  • Social/Emotional Concerns: If you are in need of support for social or emotional issues, please reach out to one of our counselors listed below.

For more information, visit the COVID HQ website.