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End of Year Update from Principal Sabins

Good Morning Marauder Families!

 

I know this is not how any of us expected to end our school year together, but I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your patience, grace, and commitment to continuing your education during these trying times. I know that a shift to distance learning brought unexpected challenges for all of us, but you rose up and met the obstacles head on! Hopefully we are able to find solutions to re-open safely in the near future, so please stay tuned for updates over the summer as we design a plan for next year.

 

We have had a few questions about the grading policy so I want to clarify the policy again in hopes of answering any questions you may still have. The hold harmless policy for grades ensures that students final grades cannot be lower than the grades on the 4th progress report (p4). The grades for the class during the final grading period can fluctuate up and down based on scores on the assignments given, but know that the final grade for the class will not be lower than the grade from the P4 progress report.

 

Example: A student earned an 89% on the P4 progress report. Below are two possible scenarios.  

 

1.     During the final grading period the student participated in distance learning and raised their grade up to a 94%. On the final report card the student will be given a 94%

 

2.     During the final grading period the student was unable to participate and the grade fell to a 78%. On the final report card the student will be given a 89%.

 

I hope this helps to clarify a bit more.

 

Please note that due to COVID-19 safety concerns the district will not be mailing home physical copies of the report cards. The report cards will be available via PowerSchool. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Shirley Lemmon at slemmon@sandi.net.

 

Message from our MMHS Foundation: Hello, my name is Sabrina Bazzo and I am the Community Liaison for the Mira Mesa High School Foundation and an 18 year parent volunteer leader in the San Diego Unified School District. We have teamed up with the high school principal as well as other leaders in the education community to put together a volunteer virtual tutoring program for students in the Mira Mesa public schools in order to assist those that are struggling with the transition to online learning. We have a team of 15 tutors (and growing!) that are all current or recent alumni from Mira Mesa High School, see attached list. So far, in just one month this amazing group of individuals has helped approximately 20 students (and counting!) during regular Zoom sessions of 2-3 times per week from both Sandburg Elementary and Mira Mesa High School. We would like to continue to grow this program at both of those schools as well as branching out to other public schools in Mira Mesa. All of our tutors have committed to helping students during the summer months as well. If you have any kids in K-12 grades this summer that will need extra help in order to keep up their skills to be prepared for the fall OR if you have a current MMHS high school students or recent alumni familiar with using Google classroom that is interested in volunteering to help please contact me at: sabrinabazzo@gmail.com, 619-540-6307. Thanks very much and we appreciate your support in helping to keep our kids on track academically during this difficult time. – Sabrina Bazzo

 

Summer school will be available this year through a distance learning platform. One of the requirements to access the program is using chrome as your browser so if you are logging in to the summer school program please make sure you are using the correct browser. If your student needs a replacement computer please see the information below. For all updates for parents on distance learning please visit the districts distance learning website at https://www.sandiegodistancelearning.org/

 

Know a student who still needs a computer?
San Diego Unified students can pick up a Chromebook laptop at their closest distribution site, located at the IT Exchange Center at Clairemont, Hoover, Lincoln, or San Diego High Schools, weekdays from 9a.m. to 4p.m.

Need help using your new district-issued Chromebook?
For technical support, call the Distance Learning Support Line at (619) 732-1400. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Note that many issues with Chromebooks can be resolved by restarting the device. For more simple steps that will resolve the majority of issues not related to damage, please visit our Technology Support for Families page.

 


 

Internet Access

Need help connecting to the Internet?​ San Diego Unified and Cox Communications have created a breakthrough partnership program called Connect2Compete. It provides free WiFi through the end of the school year for students who live in the Cox service area and are not already connected. Some restrictions apply, get details at cox.com.


 

Spectrum is offering 60 days of free broadband and WiFi service to households with K-12 students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Some restrictions apply, learn more at spectrum.net.

Food & Nutrition Services

 

San Diego Unified Food & Nutrition Services wants to share an important notice that we are serving free meals for kids all summer long. Meals are available at no cost for all kids 18 years & younger at our 26 locations throughout the district Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals include breakfast, lunch, supper and weekend meals. That means if you come every day, Monday through Friday, each child can receive 20 meals per week all summer long. Additionally, extra boxes of food from Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank are available one day per week at each site. Food box days vary per site, so go to the location closest to you and inquire there which days are the food bank days. Meals are available for ANY child 18 years and younger. Children do not need to attend the school where the meals are being distributed in order to receive the meals. Children do not need to be present during food pick-up, but a student ID or photo of the child/children will need to be shown. All meal distribution sites are drive-thru/walk-up distribution of packaged, prepared food. All food must be consumed off-site.

 

Meal distribution location closest to MMHS.

 

 

For updates, please visit sandiegounified.org and click on Find Food For My Child.

 

Thank you, Marauders! Until we see each other again, I hope you and your family stay safe, healthy, and happy. We will get through this together!

 

 

Stay Strong Marauders!!

 

 

Jeff Sabins
Principal
Mira Mesa High School