April 7th - US Conference Day CANCELED
April 10th - No Classes Good Friday
MESSAGE FROM BRENT HILPERT TO STUDENTS WEEK OF 4/6-4/9:
I hope that everyone had a nice weekend and that the first full week of virtual classes went well. This week will be a 4 day week with no classes on Friday for the Good Friday holiday. Classes will still meet twice over the 4 days. All learning plans will be posted on the bulletin board for each class by 6:00 on Sunday night.
We would like to get student feedback on virtual learning thus far. Please complete the short survey. This will be very helpful as we plan future weeks.
I have been excited by the ideas for ways we can connect as a community during this time. The student council has come up with some good plans and Mr. Renton has founded the rocket league that will begin practice matches this week. If you have other ideas for things we can be doing as a community, I encourage you to email me those ideas.
Please remember to follow the guidelines for class behavior and participation that were in this email last week and have your parents email me if you have to be absent from a class session.
Have a great week as we begin Passover on Thursday and celebrate Easter on Sunday.
MESSAGE FROM BRAD GILMAN TO STUDENTS:
Good afternoon Upper School virtual learners-
I never imagined writing that salutation! As I wrote to you last week, we now begin a new, unique, and fascinating style of teaching and learning. Your resilience to this new paradigm will be a significant factor in your success. Embrace it for at least during the next month we will be using this virtual learning model.
I want to share with you some thoughts following our first day:
1. As I wrote in my email last week to you, teachers plan to conduct two Zoom classes per week with each being a minimum of 30 minutes. This means that teachers CAN exceed the thirty-minute time if they wish, and you must remain engaged. I am meeting with department chairs tomorrow to clarify a maximum time and review whether 2 classes per week meet our standards. Remember that a normal week contains 4 class meetings and 220 class minutes per week.
2. I am asking teachers to double-check that their posted class meeting times on their bulletin board are identical with any supplemental email they might send you and fit our existing schedule.
3. I also reminded teachers to keep to the two Zoom class meetings per week. You will be notified if we make any changes to that current arrangement.
As we continue to move forward with this new model of instruction, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns. Obviously, no one wanted this pandemic, and certainly no one could have imagined its implications. We have no choice but to move forward with the understanding that at some point “this too shall pass.” We are thinking of you!
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Head of the Upper School
Dean of the Upper School
DR. CHARLES ECHOLS
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