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Hickory Center Families,

At the beginning of this school year, I don’t think any of us predicted that 2020 would bring a pandemic. Schools and businesses are closing, schedules are uprooted, and grocery stores are low on toilet paper (of all things). But we can always find the silver lining if we look for it. Our country is pulling together to drastically slow the spread of this virus. We are sacrificing normalcy to keep the number of those contaminated as low as possible. I also feel fortunate that our district is taking proactive measures to keep our students safe rather than waiting for a confirmed case to close schools. It won’t be convenient, but it’s a measure to keep as many people as safe as possible.

Remote Learning

As Dr. Himsel’s email explained, we will be starting “remote learning” on Wednesday, March 18th. The goal is to continue instruction so that students can stay on track with the grade-level gains they have been making all year. It won’t be the same as being in a classroom with a teacher, but we are going to keep our routine and make the best of this unique situation. Teachers will use Google Meet (think of it like Skype or Facetime) to deliver instruction to the class, and they will be available throughout the school day to help students with any questions they might have. I will still deliver morning announcements, students will be able to see and interact with their teacher each day, they will still have their related arts classes, students who qualify for them will still receive special education services, etc. We are going to strive for routine as much as possible.

Spring Break

Spring break is still scheduled for March 27th through April 5th. Students will not have class during spring break.

Schedule

The schedule for Remote Learning is listed below. As I mentioned above, routine is going to be extremely important for our kids. Please do everything you can to ensure that students are ready for class at 8:00, they tune in for their related arts class at 10:00, and they check in with their teacher at noon. I told my own kids that remote learning is still a school day, so they will go to bed at their normal time throughout the week. ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE. 

Remote Learning Schedule

8:00

Live Instruction via Google Meet

8:30-10:00

Teacher Office Hours / Students Work Time / Break
(Students will likely not be working this whole time. They are given this window of time to complete work that was assigned, but they can also take a break, eat breakfast, or contact their teacher during this time.)

10:00

Related Arts Block (See Schedule Below)
Related Arts classes will be about 15-20 minutes long.

12:00

Closing check-In with classroom teacher via Google Meet

12:30-2:45

Teacher Office Hours(Students will likely not be working this whole time. Many will have completed what was assigned during the 8:30-10:00 chunk.)

*Other Teachers (Speech, PEAK, Literacy, etc) may schedule check-ins between 12:30 and 2:20

 

Special Area Schedule: 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Art

K-1

2

3-4

5

Music

2

3-4

5

K-1

P.E.

3-4

5

K-1

2

Guidance

5

K-1

2

3-4


Curriculum / Instruction

  • We will focus learning on what is most essential – math, reading, and writing.
  • Teachers will integrate science and social studies into the three areas above as necessary.
  • In order to make these lessons meaningful, students will not be given a lesson for every subject each day. 
  • Over the course of the week, students should engage in learning in all subjects that would normally be taught. 
  • Attendance will be taken each day. Please encourage your child to be present during the live instruction if possible to maintain a regular routine.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we improvise under these unique circumstances. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or to your child’s teacher if you have any questions. Hang in there!

Roanne Marlow
Principal
Roanne.Marlow@nacs.k12.in.us