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Email Update from the Principal April 5th

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April 5, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to the students and teachers at Daphne Middle School. Each of you are doing a great job keeping students engaged during this time of uncertainty. We are in this together and we will continue to assist you every step of the way.

Together, we will learn as we go, and must all have patience as we adjust processes to best serve our students.  Below we have listed the top 10 questions you may have about the academic path for your child at Daphne Middle School.  Throughout the week, there will be several communications either by phone or email, that will warrant your attention and/or feedback.  Please be sure to visit our website and like our Facebook page.

  

Sincerely,

DMS Faculty and Staff

 

10 FAQ for 4th Quarter Education

 

  1. What’s the plan?

Beginning April 15th, Baldwin County Public Schools will transition to an academic continuity plan for the remainder of the school year to support student learning. April 13th & 14th will be planning and preparation days for teachers. Students will begin April 15th. However, DMS teachers prepared for this before our departure.The curriculum leader sat with each teacher to discuss the format and layout of their Google Classrooms. We wanted to make certain there was consistency.

 

  1.  What subjects will be covered?

Grades 7-8

The ALSDE has identified Critical Core Academic Standards that must be completed in the following core subjects for grades 7 and 8:

 

ELA: English 7, English 8

Science: Science 7, Science 8

Math: Math 7, Advanced Math 7, Math 8, Algebra 1 (8th)

Social Studies: Social Studies 7 (Geography), World History 8

 

*All courses that were not listed by the ALSDE as a critical course will not continue during fourth quarter.

 

 

  1. What will this require of the students?

 

Teachers will provide two assignments per week per course for students to complete. Two assignments will be posted on a weekly basis. These assignments should be aligned to the fourth quarter focus standards. Curriculum supervisors have communicated focus standards to teachers by content area. Each assignment should take no more than one hour to complete. Assignments should be meaningful, targeted, and reasonable in time and length. One assignment can contain multiple standards. Students must have assignments weekly through the last week of school.

 

  1.  How will assignments be structured?
  • Two assignments will be posted on a weekly basis per core course and one assignment/week/elective course. These assignments should be aligned to the fourth quarter focus standards. 
  • Weekly assignments should be posted by Monday morning at 8:00am. 
  • Weekly assignments should be due by Friday at 3pm. *Be sure to communicate with students that are not submitting work.
  • Students will be allowed to submit assignments up to Thursday, May 21st at 3pm without penalty.

 

  • These assignments are for one, cumulative completion grade at the end of 4th quarter.
  • Students will receive either a 100 or an “I” (incomplete)

 

 

  1. What does a typical week look like?

What might a typical week look like for students in grades 7-8?

 

Math:  2 lessons/2 hours maximum

Science: 2 lessons/2 hours maximum

English:  2 lessons/2 hours maximum

Social Studies:  2 lessons/2 hours maximum

Total of 8 Hours of online or paper packet assignments weekly

*Elective teachers may share fun, creative enrichment activities on the school’s Facebook page for students who wish to participate in optional enrichment learning activities.

 

 

  1. My child is having difficulty with an assignment.  How can we contact the teacher?
  • Teachers will need to communicate regularly with students via email, Google Classroom, Remind, or other online formats. Teachers should call the home/parents of students who have not responded to online communication/assignments. Each teacher should have at least one-hour of dedicated “office hours” each day, Monday through Friday, so students and parents can reach them for clarification and questions. These times will be shared within the classroom forum.
  • Teachers should respond to all email communications or posts within the online classroom setting ideally by the end of that school day or no later than 24 hours after the initial communication. 
  • Teachers do have office hours that offer more in depth support.  Teachers will email their office hours as well as how to contact them.

 

 

  1. We don’t have internet. What do we do?
  • Each homeroom teacher will call and communicate with students on whether they have internet.
  • Online assignments can also be downloaded to Chromebooks from a temporary internet location such as the parking lot of a school campus using the students Chromebook.
  • When a timely solution is not available to provide technology access to the student, the district will provide paper packets with lessons for core academic courses. The principal will communicate with parents how paper packets or additional resources can be picked up at schools or mailed to homes. 

 

  1. What do we do about Chromebook issues?
  • Tech support will be available for all students at High School campuses 
  • Rotating, staggered schedule
  • Possibly 9am-3pm
  • By appointment only
  • Ed Tech will send a schedule is below.
  1. What about personal items such as band instruments, gym bags, refunds from field trips, etc.?

At this time no one will be allowed into the building.  The county will set an alternate time to collect any personal items.  Field trip refunds will be given once the county designate a date and time for such.

 

 

  1. How will my child receive a grade?

 

Final Averages for Grades 7-11

 

  • Students will be assigned fourth quarter assignments in order to cover remaining critical standards.  
  • Students who complete all required online or paper packet assignments with a good faith effort will receive a 100 for the fourth quarter grade.
  •  The averages from all four quarters will be weighted equally for the final yearly average. 
  • No final exams will be administered. 
  • If the student does not complete all online or paper packet assignments, the student will receive an 'Incomplete' for the fourth quarter grade and an 'Incomplete' for the final grade. 
  • Final report cards will be mailed after June 5, 2020.
  • The 'I' will remain and credit withheld until students complete all assignments for the fourth quarter. All assignments are due by Thursday, May 21, 2020 3:00 p.m. 
  • Incomplete grades may result in summer school.  Summer school has not been finalized.

 

Student Chromebook Support

Telephone Support

Ed Tech will continue to provide phone support every weekday between the hours of 8am – 4pm.  Parents, Students, and Staff may call 251-967-5333 for support.  Unanswered calls will go to voicemail and will be returned as quickly as possible.

Broken Chromebook Replacements

Each High School will be staffed by Ed Tech 2 days per week in order to replace broken Chromebooks for students.  Replacements will be provided by appointment only.  Students/parents must call the Help Desk at 251-967-5333 prior to visiting the school to try to resolve the issue over the phone.  If the Help Desk cannot resolve the issue, they will schedule a time and place for the student/parent to turn in the old computer and pick up a new one.  The schedule for each school is below.


* It is not required that student/parent visit the High School in their feeder pattern.  If for example a parent from Spanish Fort Elementary calls on Monday with a need to replace a computer, they may schedule a replacement at Daphne High on that day since Spanish Fort High is not open until Wednesday.


* Parents (or high school students 16 or older) may be required to show their Driver’s License.

Day/Time

School

Mondays
10am – 3pm

Baldwin County High

Orange Beach Elementary

Daphne High

Fairhope High

Robertsdale High

Foley High

 

Tuesdays
8am – 4pm

Please call our Help Desk at 251-967-5333 for assistance, or to schedule a replacement.

Wednesdays
10am – 3pm

Orange Beach Elementary

Elberta High

Spanish Fort High

Fairhope High

Robertsdale High

 

Thursdays
8am – 4pm

Please call our Help Desk at 251-967-5333 for assistance, or to schedule a replacement.

Fridays
10am – 3pm

Baldwin County High

Elberta High

Daphne High

Spanish Fort High

Foley High

 

 

 


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