We hope all of you are finding ways to stay safe and healthy during this time of unique challenges. The Covid 19 virus has significantly impacted our lives, particularly in learning. Last Thursday, we shared a new 5 x 5 learning grid that identified new standards and learning targets for your student(s) in their respective curricular areas. With the challenges we are facing we have worked to be equitable in the learning plans we are presenting and we have paper and pencil learning grids available at BMS for students and families that do not have technology access. Grids will be shared weekly on Fridays for learning targets for the next week.
As we move forward in this new learning process, there will be a need for your students to have opportunities to virtually meet with their teachers through a couple of different online formats. We have been using Google Meet and Zoom to address most of these meetings in our district. Please know that if your student is having trouble with a learning standard, they need to reach out to the teachers via email to schedule a virtual meeting or to access a teacher during the teacher’s scheduled office hours. We do ask the students or families please give the teachers adequate time to respond to requests for assistance. In order to avoid inundating you with emails asking permission, we would like you to contact Chad Uhde at (563) 359-3686 ext. 5004 or via email at email@example.com if there is a particular reason or you are not comfortable with your student(s) partaking in a virtual meeting.
Teacher and Administrator Office Hours (Beginning 4-15-2020):
Honors Algebra Parents and Students, (if this pertains to your student please read)
My name is Ashley Korves and I am your student’s honors algebra teacher. Because your student is getting high school credit for taking algebra this year, they will have to continue with class and assessments despite the building closures. This document explains how we will proceed with their learning and assessments to help them earn their high school algebra credit. Please share this document with your algebra student and review it together so that both you and your student understand what is expected of them and how they can be successful with this new way of learning.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that I know you and your student are aware of the expectations for algebra.
8th Grade Honors Algebra
The fourth quarter of Algebra will be done on a credit/no credit basis. This means that your student needs to complete assignments and assessments during each interval in order to earn credit. If your student does not complete the assignments and assessments, they will have to repeat algebra next year at the high school. Your student will not need to complete the 8th grade math assignments that are emailed to you weekly with their work for other subject areas. Your student will be working on the algebra assignments in Google Classroom instead of these math assignments.
The fourth quarter will be broken into 5 intervals (assuming that we do not go back to school at all this school year). Below is a list of the time frames for each interval.
Interval 1 - 4/15 - 4/24
Interval 2 - 4/27 - 5/8
Interval 3 - 5/11 - 5/22
Interval 4 - 5/25 - 6/5
Interval 5 - 6/8 - 6/12
Your student’s teacher will be putting 4 assignments in Google Classroom for each interval. Students will have until the last day before the end of the interval to complete these assignments. On the last day of the interval, there will be an assessment. Wednesdays from 1-1:45 pm your student’s teacher will be in a Google Hangout to answer any questions that your student has. If your student is doing well on the formative assessments and does not have any questions, they do not need to attend this Google Hangout. The purpose of this time is for your student’s teacher to answer their questions. Please make sure that your student is writing down examples of specific problems they need help with. If your student has questions that they would like answered before the Google Hangout on Wednesdays, please encourage them to email their teacher. Thursdays from 1-1:30 pm your student’s teacher will have a class for extra help in a Google Hangout. This time will be used for your student to work on extra practice problems with their teacher. Your student will need to email their teacher by at least 12:55 if they would like to be included in the Google Hangout.
Class Set Up
The first two assignments in Google classroom are to do any of the 7x7 Algebra assignments that students have not done over the past 2 weeks. The rest of the assignments in Google classroom for each interval will follow the format below.
All of these steps are designed to help prepare your student for the assessments they will be taking on the last day of the interval. Your student will not need to turn in anything by email or on paper because teachers have access to their progress in the online platforms (Delta Math, Mastery Connect, and Mangahigh) we are using.
There will be one or two assessments for students to complete the last day of each interval. The assessments will be posted after the Google Hangout on Thursdays and students will have until midnight Friday to complete the assessments. For each assessment, students will be required to get 3 problems in a row correct. The assessment will continue giving them more problems to attempt until they are able to get 3 in a row correct. Because the assessment will allow students to continue attempting problems, there will be no once check/test corrections on these assessments.
At the beginning of each interval your student should be watching the videos, completing the Delta Math problems, and doing the formative assessments. Please check in with your students and ask them how they are doing. If they did not do well on a formative assessment, please encourage them to review the videos again and do more practice on that subject. If they have done this and are still confused, please encourage them to attend one of the Google Hangout opportunities or email their teacher for additional help. If you need to contact your student’s teacher, our email addresses are:
Attached is some important information for students and parents about a worthwhile learning opportunity that we are fortunate to make available to our students. We hope that you and your student will enjoy using this program.
Once again, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school and we will make sure to get you an answer.
Lisa Reid, Principal
Bettendorf Middle School