Updates from Mrs. Schroeder
Good Evening Crestdale Families,
I hope your week is off to a great start! I wanted to get information out to you about the remainder of the school year so you are well informed and can plan for the upcoming weeks.
Student Medication – Student medication must be picked up on Wednesday, 5/27 if it hasn’t been picked up already. Nurse Cox will be on campus between 9am - 3pm on these dates to hand medications back to parents.
Final Day of Instruction – The last day that teachers will be providing feedback for students and hosting Office Hours will be Friday, May 29th. Teachers will continue posting work for students who choose to work on their designated content days through Tuesday, June 9th, just note that this work will not be graded or provided with feedback as teachers will be wrapping up their school year.
Parent Conferences – If you would like to meet with your child’s teachers for an end of year conference, please email your child’s counselor so a virtual or phone meeting can be arranged. End of year conferences will be held on the following days:
6th Grade (counselor: Ms. Stipp): June 4th and June 5th
7th Grade (counselor: Ms. Burger): June 3rd and June 5th
8th Grade (Cheetahs: Ms. Burger/Pumas: Ms. Stipp): June 3rd and June 4th
In keeping with state and district guidelines, the following digital events have been planned to celebrate the accomplishments of our current 8th grade class and celebrate their next steps as high school freshman!
o "Moving On" Video - This video will take place in lieu of our traditional Moving On Ceremony. This video will include a celebration of individual student achievements and a listing of each student in the 8th Grade class by first name and last initial. The video will be linked to all social media and sent out via our Blackboard Connect messaging system by June 9.
o Farewell Video - This video will be a special send off to our 8th Grade students from faculty and staff, including individual messages and a slideshow of special memories. The video will be linked to all social media and sent out via our Blackboard Connect messaging system by June 9. If you have questions or concerns about your child being shared in either of our presentations, please contact Mr. Rusk.
o Athletics Slideshow – Our Athletics Boosters is creating a slideshow for our 8th grade athletes. If you have a child who is an 8th grade athlete and you would like them featured in their slideshow, Please email your photos to: email@example.com no later than tomorrow, May 20th.
o Yard Signs - A local Matthews company has worked to create yards signs for our 8th grade students as a way for you to celebrate them moving on to high school! Check out our school's social media for the link to order one of these in the upcoming days!
Picking Up/Dropping Off Remaining Items - Students will be assigned times based on grade and team to come to campus for a drive through pick-up/drop-off through carpool. Students will not be permitted inside the building. Stations will be set up for the following items:
*If you are unsure of your team, please follow the listing of your first block teacher.
(Bollinger, Grier, Han, Jakiela, Martelle, Noel)
(Cismas, Curtis-Sowell, Farley, Hrabovsky, Kowalski, LaSanta, Sherfinski, Wojtalewski)
(Handy-Williams, Hovan, Johnson, Kondas, Metzler, Thompson)
(Archer, Bowers, Henrik, McMillin, Reavis-Bey, Santonato, Waller)
(Brown, Hayes, Jameson, McIntyre, Menendez, Simon)
(Fayssoux, Grimes, Koban, Quarry, Santonato)
Items to be picked up during your child’s time:
Yearbooks (these may also be purchased with cash if they would still like one for this year – supplies are limited)
8th Grade Moving On Certificates
8th Grade Awards – students receiving awards will be notified
Items to be dropped off during your child’s time:
Instruments – only 8th grade students and students who are not taking band or orchestra next year are to turn their instrument in (teachers will be sending out information about how instruments should be cleaned prior to their return)
Books – this includes books from the Media Center, teachers’ classroom library books, school novel sets from ELA classes
Calculators – any calculators borrowed by a child’s math teacher
Thank you all for your grace, help and partnership during these past few months. Without the support of you, we would not have been as successful as we have been at Crestdale. I could not be more proud of our students, staff, and parents - taking on so many roles during this time is not an easy one and we all jumped in and partnered together. I always talk about how proud, thankful, and blessed I am to be at Crestdale, and it is during our most challenging times that makes this resonate. I miss seeing our students, parents and staff more than anything, and I am eager to find out what is next to come. Like everyone else - I cannot wait to see everyone again!
If you have any questions about any of these items, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I hope you all have a great night!
Good Evening Crestdale Families,
I hope you are all having a nice week! I wanted to get some information out to you about picking items up next week so you can plan accordingly. Please note, this is not a list of all items, just several that we are going to start with to ensure social distancing is taking place and that all items are taken care of by the end of the school year.
Student Medication – Student medication must be picked up onWednesday, 5/13, 5/20, or 5/27. Nurse Cox will be on campus between 9am - 3pm on these dates to hand medications back to parents.
Collecting athletic uniforms – If you have an athletic uniform (track or any other from a prior season) it must be returned between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday, 5/13. We will be in the school’s bus lot during this time, collecting student uniforms through carpool. To ensure social distancing, we are asking parents to drop their child’s uniform in a bin after being checked off by our staff member in the carpool line.
Athletic spirit wear – If you ordered athletic spirit wear for your child’s Spring Sport, we will also be handing those out between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday, 5/13. We will be in the school’s bus lot during this time, handing out spirit wear. To ensure social distancing, we are asking parents to pull up through the carpool line, provide your name to a staff member or volunteer, and we will have your items for you.
PVSA Awards – If your child was contacted by our PTO as a PVSA recipient, parents may come by to pick these packets up between 9am – 3pm on Monday, 5/11 or Tuesday, 5/12.
Library Book Turn In – All students with books that were signed out through our school’s Media Center must have those brought back to school this week, Monday – Thursday, 9am – 3pm. If you have a book, there will be a box for book returns just inside the main door for you to drop them in. Again, the final day for book returns is this Thursday, 5/14.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be communicating about yearbooks, Chromebooks and other items, these are just a few to get us started. If you have any questions about any of these items, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you for all of your help, have a great night!
Good Evening Crestdale Families,
I hope you have all had a great weekend! I want to reach out with some clarification about the grading policy that the state shared last week. The North Carolina State Board of Education recently adopted a new policy regarding grading course work that Crestdale and all schools in the State are required to follow. Below is the necessary information that parents need to be aware of as we continue in a virtual learning environment.
Students will receive a Pass “PC19” or Withdrawal “WC19” for the final course grades for all middle school courses.
Based on students’ final (F1) grade in PowerSchool (Parent Portal) at the end of Q3:
If a student was passing, they will receive a PC19
If a student was failing, they:
Receive a WC19
Continue turning in work until they are passing, receiving a PC19
Students in Middle school students enrolled in high school courses (Math 1, Math 2, Spanish 1) will follow one of the grading options listed below. Students will receive course credit but, as in existing policy, the grade will not be counted in the GPA calculation.
Students will receive 0.5 credit for their 1st semester grade – that grade will show up numerically on their transcript. Students and their families will then choose how each 2nd semester grade will appear on their transcript for their currently enrolled year-long courses.
Teachers of these courses will begin entering grades that students have been and will be completing for 4thquarter by next week. This will allow students and their families to make one of the following options in June:
o Receive a PC19 for 2nd semester.
Receive the numerical grade that the student had at the end of Q3.
Receive the numerical grade student has for 2nd semester (an average of Q3+Q4).
Receive a WC19 – this will only be entered if student has a failing grade for 2nd semester (an average Q3+Q4).
As I mentioned last week, it is imperative that each of our students continue to work hard, do their best, and submit their best work to their teachers. The work being provided to students is new material that is preparing them for the upcoming school year. A lack of engagement during this final phase of learning will impact the level of preparedness a student will be entering the upcoming school year. Please continue to work with and communicate with your child’s teachers with questions and for support. Parents will receive a document at the end of the year stating how their child progressed on specific standards during remote learning for each of their classes. Teachers, counselors and administrators will use information on student learning during this time to plan for the upcoming school year.
In meeting with student leaders last week, it was great to receive feedback on teachers’ lessons, the weekly instructional plan that we have outlined for learning, and how teachers are meeting the needs of their students. We will continue to instruct as we have been, and will make small adjustments based on the feedback that we continue to receive.
If you have any questions about student grading, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you, as always, for all of your support! Have a wonderful night!
Good evening, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle School.
We are fortunate to share that Mac's Speed Shop, in partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank, will be handing out free meals tomorrow from 10:30am - 12:30pm to all families in need at Crestdale Middle School. Families who come to Crestdale Middle School during this time will receive one meal for each member of their family, both adults and children. If you are in need, please come by the school starting at 10:30am. This event will take place while supplies last.
Thank you, we hope you have a great night!
Good Evening Crestdale Parents,
I hope you have had a great weekend! This past Friday, the NC Governor has extended the Stay at Home order until May 8 (which originally was to expire on April 29) and informed us that we will not be returning to the school building this school year. I know I can speak for our entire Crestdale staff when I tell you how saddened we are by this information because we were counting down the days until we were able to see our students this year. While we all try to wrap our heads around next steps, and while we await what guidance will come from the district, I wanted to share a few items with you prior to us starting this week.
The Governor emphasized that learning will continue for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue the method of learning that we currently have unveiled at Crestdale until the end of the traditional school year. This means that all of our teachers will continue to follow the schedule that we released since implementing new learning, and they will post lessons that contain new instruction each day of their two days of the week. Students will be expected to continue to complete their assignments and participate in the online instruction provided by our teachers.
It is imperative that each of our students continue to work hard, do their best, and submit their best work to their teachers. The work being provided to students is new material that is preparing them for the upcoming school year. A lack of engagement during this final phase of learning will impact the level of preparedness a student will be entering the upcoming school year. Please continue to work with and communicate with your child’s teachers with questions and for support.
As I continue to speak with parents, I am overwhelmed with the amount of support that they are providing our students at home. Knowing how difficult this time is for everyone, the collaboration between our families, teachers and students is what is contributing to the amount of academic success that we are seeing from our students. I cannot thank you all enough for what you are doing!
We know that our families and students are eager to better understand how their final course grades will be calculated this school year. The NC Department of Public Instruction released guidance to school districts this past Thursday. CMS district leaders are reviewing that guidance and making district-level decisions which will then be communicated to schools. As soon as they communicate that information with me, I will share that with you so that we all have a better understanding of what this means for our students.
Picking Up/Distributing Items
We will be in contact with you later in May to implement a plan to collect Chromebooks, textbooks, athletic uniforms, instruments, etc. We also need to have students come to school to clean out lockers and pay school fines / fees. We are working on some plans to handle these items and still follow the social distancing guidelines to protect our health and that of our students. Please stay tuned for this and much more information.
Yearbooks are still available to be purchased online through our OSP link on the school’s website. We have very few left for purchase, so please be sure to log on and purchase yours soon if your child would like one! The distribution of yearbooks and prior purchased athletic gear will be another part of our plan that will be communicated in the upcoming weeks once the Stay at Home order has been lifted.
Our food pantry is still going strong each Saturday from 9am – 12pm and that is thanks to ALL of the support that you all are giving. There are absolutely no words for the generosity that is being shown throughout this community, it brought me to tears this weekend. From the store deliveries being annonymously sent, family members stopping by to donate in person, to the community collection events, it is absolutely amazing. We are able to continue helping and supporting others thank you to all that you are doing. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for continuing to help us. We will continue supporting our community with our food pantry as long as our donations continue to come in!
Grab and Go Lunches
Please don't forget that Crestdale is now a site for Grab and Go lunches each Monday - Friday from 11:30am - 12:30pm.
Rising 6th and 8th Grade Students
We recognize that this year has greatly impacted the transition of our 8th graders and incoming 6th graders. Please know that we are working on ways to assist in this time of transition and make the ending of this year special for our 8th grade students – that is very important to us. Working within the limitations of the state and district may provide us with some challenges, but hey, we’ve gotten pretty good at working with those ;-)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Good evening, this is Jennifer Schroeder calling from Crestdale Middle School. I hope you all had a relaxing Spring Break, and a great first day back to virtual learning!
I am calling tonight to let you know that Crestdale Middle School will be a pick-up site for Grab and Go meals from 11:30am - 12:30pm starting tomorrow. We are responding to the needs of families close to our school and hoping this helps our families in being able to pick up lunches and breakfast for the following day. Families are welcome to continue going to Crownpoint Elementary or another Grab and Go location, we are simply providing this for those who find it easier to get to Crestdale Middle.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let us know. Have a great night!
Good Evening parents, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle School.
I want to remind you that we will have our food pantry open to families in need tomorrow, Saturday April 11th and the following Saturday, April 18th, at our school from 9am - 12pm. In addition, if you would like to donate non-perishable foods or grocery store gift cards, you are welcome to drop off items at the same time.
Thank you all for your support, we hope to see you tomorrow. Have a nice night.
Good Evening, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle. I hope you are all having a great Sunday.
I want to remind you all that tomorrow starts our new instruction for students, you should have received a detailed email about this on Friday. One adjustment that the district has made since Friday, is they have requested that grades not be entered into PowerSchool at this time. However, teachers will be providing scores to assignments in Canvas so parents and students receive feedback on their work and can assess their level of understanding. Teachers will be reaching out to families of students who are struggling to offer support, however, please reach out to teachers directly if you have concerns or questions about any of their classes.
We will be providing instruction this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and then off for Spring Break through April 17th. I also want to thank everyone who donated to our Saturday food pantry, we were able to help many families in need this past weekend!
Moving forward, for the safety of our Front Office staff, we will only be able to accept donations on Saturdays from 9am - 12pm. We will be at the school this coming Saturday, so please come by if you would like to donate or pick up food.
I hope you and your family have a great week, take care!
Good Afternoon Parents,
I hope you and your family are doing well. I am writing to update you on our instructional plan moving forward. As I mentioned in my ConnectED message on Tuesday, information would be posted to our school’s website the following day, but I am hoping to outline things for you to add clarity. I appreciate the feedback that many of you have provided me over the past three weeks, which helped us in the creation of our schedule moving forward. I also appreciate the questions over the past few days, hopefully many of them are answered through this message. I thank everyone for your support and flexibility during this time, as you all are aware, information has been changing frequently and I am doing my best to share it with you in the most concise way possible.
As mentioned in prior communication, the CMS Board of Education voted to return Spring Break to its original week in the CMS School Calendar. Therefore, April 13th – 17th will be Spring Break and students will not be required to work from home that week. In addition, next week April 9th is a Teacher Workday, and April 10th is a Holiday, so students will not be required to complete schoolwork on those days either.
Our 4th quarter officially begins on Monday, April 6th with new instruction for our students.
Teachers may be assigning informal grades to work students are completing.
Beginning Monday, April 6th, all teachers will begin providing new instruction to their students.
Each teacher will post work for their course two times each week on specified days by 8:30am.
Students will have two courses to focus on each day, and it is expected that teachers assign 1 hour of work each day. With students beginning new instruction, we want to allow our students to focus on a limited amount of material each day, and not overwhelm them with the typical five or six classes.
The schedule for the week is as follows:
Monday – Math and Social Studies
Tuesday – Science and ELA
Wednesday – Electives and Math
Thursday – Social Studies and Science
Friday – ELA and Electives
Students should check teacher online classrooms on each of the days above for new announcements and assignments – remember, these will be posted by 8:30am.
Teachers will also host “Office Hours”, as they have been for the past three weeks, on the day of their lessons being posted. This will give students a two-hour window when they can check in with their teacher for help with their work. Please note that each teacher has an “Office Hour” in the morning and one in the afternoon during the week to help accommodate student and family schedules – we completely understand this is a challenging time for everyone.
Here is a link to a document with tips for parents and students to assist with at-home learning, along with Office Hour times for all content areas.
Here is a link to a document with a recommended daily schedule for your child. Remember, step one is for students to log on to their teachers’ websites for the day (only those whose courses are to be learned that day).
Here is a video that Ms. Noel and I worked on to help parents navigate Canvas. It can be tricky, so watch her guide you through as a parent J
If you have a question, your first go-to is your child’s teacher. They can help you get through any difficulties you are experiencing.
When in doubt, email me directly and I will get your email to the appropriate person.
As mentioned before, all teachers have an active Canvas page. This includes our Counseling Team, Exceptional Children Team, and ELL Team. These pages will contain instruction, resources and office hours for direct communication.
All teachers have created a Remind for parents and/or students to join. If you haven’t joined your teachers’ Reminds, please be sure to do so – information on how is on their Canvas page. This includes our Counseling Team, Exceptional Children Team, and ELL Team.
I will continue posting “Morning Announcements” each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for our students and families. These will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as our school’s website. I hope you check these out for reminders and engaging Crestdale Challenges!
Please be reminded that all teachers have been posting work since March 23rd. If your child has had difficulty finding their daily work (or A/B day work every other day), please check in with their teacher to ensure they know where to find it. Hopefully our video above will help you navigate better J If there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know.
I continue to be amazed by our wonderful Crestdale staff and how hard they are working right now! Our teachers continue to find ways to be innovative with their instruction and keeping their students engaged and celebrated, our front office staff continues to provide amazing service to our families in need during the week, and our counselors continue to check in with students and families throughout each week and create lessons to help students with time management and stress. I also cannot say enough about our fantastic families. There is so much going on right now, and much being added to everyone’s plates. Despite that, your level of positivity and support has completely overwhelmed both me and my staff. Thank you for all that you are doing in collaboration with us, we know this is not an easy time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with anything that you need.
Stay safe and take care,
Good evening families, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle School.
As I had mentioned in Sunday's call, our district leaders were continuing to work on plans for our next phase of instruction for students. After working very hard, they were able to share this with us this afternoon, and I wanted to update you as soon as possible, prior to them sharing information with families this evening.
Our teachers will begin delivering new instruction this coming Monday, April 6th. Tomorrow, we will post on our school's website what students' and teachers' weekly schedule will look like with new instruction, as some has been adjusted to meet the needs of our many families after receiving feedback these past few weeks. We are very aware of the many factors and needs that families have at this time, and want to be sensitive to those, while providing meaningful instruction for each of our students. It is important to note that with new instruction, grading will begin on Monday for our 4th quarter.
It is imperative that you communicate any technology needs to us by Wednesday afternoon so we can ensure each of our students has what they need by Monday. Please email those needs to me or your child's Grade Level Administrator by tomorrow afternoon so we can get you what you need.
Finally, several parent have asked about the CMS Calendar and Spring Break. Students will receive instruction through next Wednesday, then be on Spring Break through April 17th. If you have any questions, concerns, or needs, please reach out.
Thank you for all of your support, take care, and have a good night!
Good evening parents, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle School.
I hope you all got to spend quality time with your family this weekend, unplugged from the craziness of the week. The district and the state is continuing to work on what our next steps are with student instruction. We anticipate beginning new instruction next Monday, but please stay tuned for detailed information on that as we learn more from our district leaders.
With that being said, we will continue with our Supplemental Instruction during this upcoming week. Teachers will continue to post work each morning to Canvas, and host "Office Hours" with students throughout the week to provide additional assistance as needed. Our teachers are doing an amazing job keeping students engaged in online learning and I could not be more proud and thankful for how hard they are working.
I am also so thankful for the collaboration of our parents at home; I know it is not easy to navigate all of this work during such uncertain times, but due to our students' engagement, it is evident how hard everyone is working. As we continue this week through supplemental learning, please keep your child's wellbeing in mind; do not overload them. This is a great time to get them organized and prepared for next week.
If you have any thoughts or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. I truly appreciate each of you who already has; it is helping is to ensure we are on the right foot as we move into our next phase of learning.
Thank you for all of your continued support, have a great night!
Good evening, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle.
I am calling with updates for today. First, thank you to all of those who participated in the Crestdale Challenge given this morning during my morning announcements on Facebook! We are posting pics and the winner as this announcement goes out, so check out the pictures of your teachers and your friends - what a fun way to start out the week!!
Also, today officially kicked off teachers posting work online. Teachers will continue posting work each day, and students are encouraged to log in to teachers' "Office Hours" to work with them directly on items they need support with. We did learn from the district that the 3rd quarter will end this Thursday. Students have until Thursday to get any missing work in, which includes re-tests and missing tests. Please reach out to teachers directly to make arrangements for any missing assessments for the 3rd quarter.
You also may have heard today that the state has extended our time out of school buildings until May 15th. At this time, I have not received guidance from the district on what that looks like, however, establishing an organized way of getting school work done this week will give us a head start as we move on to the next phase of online learning. I will update you as soon as I learn what that looks like.
This Friday has been named as a Teacher Workday for teachers to get grades completed. Many of our teachers will have work posted for students on Friday if you would like your children to have work to do.
Lastly, we will continue to provide food for families in need each Saturday from 9am - 12pm. You are welcome to drop food off during that time or Monday - Friday from 9am - 12pm. We want to be able to support those in need for as long as we can and the generosity of others is helping us do so.
I cannot thank you enough for all you have provided. Please take care and stay healthy. Let me know if there is anything you need. Have a great night!
Good evening families, this is Jennifer Schroeder, reaching out from Crestdale Middle. I hope you were able to check out my morning announcement that was posting on Facebook and Twitter this morning - it is still posted and I would love for all of my kiddos and parents to see that each time it is posted! I will continue to post morning announcements each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so I look forward to seeing you again on Monday! I also want to remind you that we will be collecting donations and handing out food and toiletries to those in need tomorrow from 9am - 12pm. We will be in the bus lot, by the cafeteria, working in a "drive-thru" format for the benefit of everyone's health. If you would like to donate, or if you are in need, please come by. For those who are able to assist, please review the list below for items that we will be collecting, along with gift cards to any grocery store. If you have any additional quesitons, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you all for your continued support!
dried pasta / rice
canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
instant mac-n-cheese / ramen
cereal / cereal bars / granola bars
peanut butter / jelly
canned pasta (Chef Boyardee / Spaghetti - Os)
canned fruit / apple sauce
feminine hygiene products
Lysol/Clorox wipes / hand sanitizer
Good evening parents, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle.
Hopefully you have had time to read through my email from last night. If you have not, it is also available on our school's website under "Updates from Ms. Schroeder". All of our teachers are working on finalizing their Canvas pages; this is the only online platform teachers will be using moving forward. They are all utilizing the Remind tool to text parents and students reminders, so please sign up for those; directions are on their Canvas pages.
I would also recommend that you like our Facebook and Twitter pages, and sign up for our school Remind for regular updates. Many of you have reached out for instructional tools for your children to start working on this week.
All teachers are beginning to post work on Monday, however several are starting tomorrow, so please begin checking Canvas tomorrow. If there is not anything from your teachers, you are welcome to click on the "Online Learning Tools" link on the left side of our school website for online tools and a daily schedule for your child to begin. If your child is having any trouble logging into their Chromebook, click on the "Technology Support" link on the left side of our school website. If you have any questions, be sure to let me know.
Please take care, and have a great night!
Good Evening Parents,
I hope you and your family are doing well. I am writing to update you on our instructional plan for the upcoming week and a half. I appreciate the questions that many of you have brought to me, hopefully many of them are answered through this message. I also appreciate everyone’s support and flexibility during this time, as you all are aware, information has been changing frequently and I am doing my best to share it with you in the most concise way possible.
Last night, the CMS Board of Education voted to return Spring Break to its original week in the CMS School Calendar. Therefore, April 13-17 will be Spring Break and students will not be required to attend school or work from home that week.
There has not been a decision made yet on when the 3rd quarter will be ending, however, all of our students’ grades have been updated in PowerSchool as of yesterday.
If your child needs to take a retest, we are not permitted to do so yet, but teachers will be providing those students with remediation so they are ready for their retest when we are able to provide it in upcoming weeks.
If your child has missing grades for the 3rd quarter, they are encouraged to work on that during this week. They may turn those assignments in to teachers for their grade to be updated.
Beginning tomorrow, all teachers will be working from home. On Thursday, will enter a “Remote Supplemental Learning” phase. As stated, students should be working on missing assignments this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. By Monday, all teachers will have posted directions and expectations for their students on their online classroom. This will include how the class will operate in an online format, when the teacher will be available for “Office Hours”, when and how instruction will be provided, will there be video learning or “live chat” opportunities, etc. “Remote Supplemental Learning” will run through March 27.
During this time there will be:
No new course content: All assignments will be review, reading, writing, studying, etc. This is to prevent students from losing the academic progress they have gained this year and to keep their thinking and their skills sharp.
Supplemental assignments provided from March 19 – March 27 will not be graded. Supplemental assignments are optional.
Assignments made prior to March 16 which have been due or are due while school is closed can still be due and graded. Students are asked to please check teacher online classrooms to know the specific details for each class.
Students who have missed assignments or have late work to submit from work due prior to March 16 should contact their teacher and submit those assignments.
Students should check teacher online classrooms each school day for new announcements or supplemental / optional assignments.
After March 27, if school closure continues, we plan to share with you our next steps. It is expected that this plan will explain how we will teach new content, how assessments will be completed and grades will be earned, how online platforms will be used for teaching and learning, etc.
Our school building will close beginning tomorrow. All questions, needs and concerns should be directed to us via email. When in doubt, email me directly and I will get your email to the appropriate person.
All teachers have an active Canvas page as of today. This includes our Counseling Team, Exceptional Children Team, and ELL Team. These pages will contain instruction, resources and office hours for direct communication.
All teachers have created a Remind for parents and/or students to join. We encourage you to join these no later than this Friday; they will begin sending announcements on Friday. This includes our Counseling Team, Exceptional Children Team, and ELL Team.
We will not be sending the Crestdale Corner right now; communication will come directly from me.
We will also take a break on Grade Level Newsletters right now; those will begin again in the upcoming weeks.
If your family is in need of assistance during this time, we will be handing out supplies each Saturday from 9am – 12pm beginning this Saturday, March 21st in the bus lot near the cafeteria.
If you would like to make donations, we will be collecting donations each Saturday from 9am – 12pm beginning this Saturday, March 21st. Likewise, we will be collecting in the bus lot near the cafeteria.
Please visit the CMS website for information on schools who are providing breakfast and lunch for students from 10:30am – 12:30pm each day.
It is critical that students are actively engaged in work during this time. Should we continue on this path long-term, it is imperative that we establish strong habits now, and have strong home to school collaboration with our families. Our teachers are working on meaningful, clear and appropriate plans for students. Please help us in getting your child engaged and focused on their work. Attached to this email is a document to help guide students and parents with virtual learning from home. If there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know.
I cannot say enough about our amazing faculty and staff. They have worked together as a team to get Chromebooks out, assist with our donation program, work on their Canvas and Remind programs, as well as their instruction. We will all miss seeing our students tremendously, but are creating ways to stay in touch regularly to continue to foster student and parent relationships. I cannot thank you all enough for your kind emails, thoughts and support during such a challenging time of unknown. I am here to do all that I can for our Crestdale community and hope you don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Stay safe and take care,
Student and Parent Tips.pdf