March 29, 2020
I hope this message finds you and your family well. I recognize that this experience must be challenging given that many of you are working while facilitating home education. I have been in education for well over two decades and find the experience difficult to manage. All of us at GPS recognize this and appreciate your efforts.
As you know, our staff has been working diligently to not only create meaningful learning experiences but to also connect with students regularly. I have been impressed with the myriad, creative ways staff are reaching out to their students, despite their own personal responsibilities. I am also awed by the many resources they have found and shared to support remote learning. You will find many of these resources on the newest choice learning opportunities that may be accessed HERE or on the district website under "Learning Opportunities During Covid19 Closure."
This new set of learning experiences is similar to the first set in that they are skill-based and multimodal. However, there is one important distinction: teachers have selected one or two activities that must be completed this week. This selection was purposeful in that these activities will help students prepare for the next phase of remote learning. As you know, school has been closed until May 4th. As a result, on April 6th we will begin assigning work via live and recorded videos, podcasts, readings, and various activities to continue student learning. Teachers will monitor progress, provide support for students with diverse needs, and offer feedback to ensure progress. A more detailed plan with specific guidelines for each grade level is forthcoming.
In the meantime, please reach out to teachers or myself with any questions, and take care.