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Principal Updates 5/3/20

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Hello CHS families,

As we head into week two of Distance Learning, I wanted to provide some important updates. 


 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Be sure to let our Clairemont High School staff know just how much we appreciate them. An encouraging email, thoughtful note, gift card, etc. can go a long way to let them know how thankful we are for them. 


 

WE MISS YOU 

For those of you who have yet to see the fabulous WE MISS YOU video made by CHS staff for our students, be sure to check it out here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P966mZRIvH8&feature=youtu.be


 

SDUSD’s DISTANCE LEARNING WEBSITE FOR FAMILIES

 

SDUSD has launched a new website: Distance Learning Guide for San Diego Families. Please be sure to check it out at your convenience. 


 

DEVICE EXCHANGE CENTERS 

Starting May 4th, 4 Device Exchange centers will remain open for the duration of Distance Learning. If you have a district provided Chromebook that is no longer working and you would like to exchange it for a new one, you can do so Monday - Frady from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at one of the following four locations:

  • Clairemont

  • Hoover

  • Lincoln

  • San Diego (Special Delivery will move from Scripps to SDHS). 


 

TECHNICAL AND INTERNET SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES 

  • Families are encouraged to visit our Technology Support for Families website for technical support resources including basic Chromebook troubleshooting, how-to login videos, and FAQs 

  • The family support phone lines includes a Distance Learning Family Support Number: 

Phone Number

Services Offered

Hours

619-260-2460

Press Option 1

(English/Spanish)

Help for families navigating Internet Options 

(Cox, Spectrum, ATT, Request for Hotspots, etc.)

7:30am-3:30pm Mon-Fri

619-732-1400

Dedicated/Direct

(English/Spanish)

Dedicated technical support for families during Distance Learning

6:00am-7:00pm Mon-Fri

9:00am-1:00pm Sat

 

 

HOW WILL STUDENTS BE GRADED DURING DISTANCE LEARNING? 

At the San Diego Unified Board of Education meeting on 4/14, AR 5121.1 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Progress During Emergency School Closures, and Exhibit (E) 5121.1, Emergency Waiver were presented and approved. These documents will guide grading policies during Distance Learning. While we encourage students and families to familiarize themselves with these documents, a few of the main points are as follows. During Distance Learning: 

  • Semester classes (A/B classes) Per the Board approved grading policy, students will be “Held Harmless” and will not receive a lesser grade than the grade they had prior to the first date of the long-term school closure

    • Assignments and activities may only result in improving academic and citizenship grades

    • Educators may offer make-up opportunities for tasks assigned prior to the school closure

    • If students make-up work such that the grade they had prior to the school closure improves, this new grade will be what they are “Held Harmless” against

    • Students who earn a “D” or “F” due to limited access or non-participation can be issued an In Progress (IP) grade or No Grade (NG) at the teacher’s discretion

    • An “IP” should be issued when a student agrees to submit assignments within the first 12 weeks of the following grading term (either summer school or the Fall of 2020) after the end of the school closure to improve their grade. 

      • Students who receive an IP will be issued a Course Competency Completion Form completed by their teacher identifying the work they can do to improve their grade. After submitting the work, it will be graded by the teacher and if a grade change is warranted, the teacher will work with the school registrar to change the student’s grade.

    • An “NG” on a transcript will need to be made up to satisfy graduation requirements. The course can be made up either during summer school or later during a student’s high school career.

 

  • Quartered Classes (Q4)

    • Quarter 4 grades will begin on Monday, April 27th. All student grades for Quarter 4 will start new on this date. 

    • Students who earn a “D” or “F” during Quarter 4 due to limited access or non-participation in distance learning can be issued an In Progress (IP) or No Grade (NG) at the teacher’s discretion.

      • An “IP” should be issued when a student agrees to submit assignments within the first 12 weeks of the following grading term (either summer school or the Fall of 2020) after the end of the school closure to improve their grade. 

        • Students who receive an IP will be issued a Course Competency Completion Form completed by their teacher identifying the work they can do to improve their grade. After submitting the work, it will be graded by the teacher and if a grade change is warranted, the teacher will work with the school registrar to change the student’s grade.

      • An “NG” on a transcript will need to be made up to satisfy graduation requirements. The course can be made up either during summer school or later during a student’s high school career.

 

If a Senior earns an “IP” or “NG” due to limited access or non-participation in distance learning, they will be assigned to summer school as they will not have the opportunity to make up the course during the 2020-2021 school year. 

Teachers will be sharing additional information about grading policies during the first week of the official launch of Distance Learning (April 27 - May 1). Students and families are encouraged to reach out to their teachers and/or counselors with any additional questions about grading during Distance Learning. 


 

HOW WILL ATTENDANCE WORK DURING DISTANCE LEARNING? 

Last week, SDUSD sent out Educator Guidelines to all staff which included the following information on how to track student participation during Distance Learning. 

How to track participation

Teachers should monitor student participation throughout the week (M-F)


Participation can be counted any time during the week.

  • If you do not have any contact with a student within a week, you would mark them as Absent (“A”) on Friday,

  • Please enter participation on Fridays. You only need to provide one mark per student, per week based on your schedule.

Student Contact = Participation


Student contact is defined as their participation in Distance Learning activities.


It is understood that students may not “see” all of their teachers on a daily basis, however we ask educators to track their student’s non-participation in PowerSchool when they have contact.

Examples of student contact:


  • participating in a live class,

  • participating in a virtual discussion or chat,

  • assignment submission (paper or electronic),

  • posting of comments on discussion boards,

  • logging into a teacher’s virtual classroom,

  • attending an online meeting,

  • emailing the teacher, or

  • other forms of participation in distance learning activities assigned for the day and/or any other trackable formats that the teacher uses.

 

One important update to the participation tracking information is that CHS will be inputting attendance in PowerSchool on both Fridays and Mondays. This will allow us to accurately track attendance for both our A and B days.


 

MESA COLLEGE REGISTRATION WORKSHOP FOR CURRENT SENIORS 

Attention all 12th grade students. If you plan to attend Mesa, City, or Miramar College next school year, please plan to attend the Mesa College Registration Workshop. The dates for these workshops are as follows:

  • Friday, May 1st at 2:00 pm (space is limited)

  • Wednesday, May6th at 2:00 pm 

Students must complete the Google form  by Wednesday, April 29th if they would like to participate. After completing the form, a follow up email with the Zoom invitation will be sent. 

https://forms.gle/445eFRc9cb1iTN6c7 


 

TAKING A MESA COLLEGE COURSE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR? 

CHS will be holding a virtual workshop for students who will be taking Mesa College Courses next Fall. The workshop will be on Thursday, May 7 at 2:00 pm/ Please save the date! An email with more information will be sent in the next few days to students who requested Mesa College courses. If you have any questions please contact your student’s counselor. 


 

ACADEMY ACCEPTANCE

Last Friday, May 1, CHS sent out Academy Acceptance email/video announcements to all future 9th graders. A huge shout out to Mr. Sparks for editing the videos within such a short timeline. Students and families who did not receive an email are being asked to email Academy Coordinator, Liz Rush (erush@sandi.net) at their earliest convenience. 


 

INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING A SENIOR? 

Let’s all shower our seniors with some extra love. Adopt a senior or 2 or more... Send a letter, card, gift, gift card, snack, anything to let them know we’re all rooting for them. It’s a stressful time with cancelled proms and graduations postponed. Let’s share the love! 

The following Facebook Group allows parents or faculty to post pictures and descriptions of a senior and neighbors can “adopt” them to bless them during this time. Seniors can fill out a simple “wish list” and coordinate a safe delivery of a gift. If you are interested in sending our Seniors a little extra love and support during this time, be sure to nominate them at the group below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/879378105835991/ 


 

THE 2020 CENSUS AND YOU 

Being counted in the Census means equal representation at all levels of government and money for our communities for vital programs and services in education, housing, healthcare, transportation and so much more for the next 10 years. The US Census Bureau is working to increase the count and to make sure that everyone is counted in this 2020 Census.  

You can participate in the census in one of three ways:

  • Online at www.my2020census.gov

  • Over the phone by calling 844-330-2020 or

  • With the paper questionnaire form 

Educational materials have been developed for children to help familiarize them with what the Census is used for and the benefit of an accurate count. They are segmented by grade and subject. There are maps, games, videos, fun facts. These resources can be accessed at the link below: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources/k-12.html 


 

 

Have an amazing second week of Distance Learning and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns. We are in this together and will get better each and every day. 

Sincerely,

Principal Williams


Mr. Ethan Williams
Principal
Clairemont High School
ewilliams4@sandi.net
(619) 605-2600