Dear Middle School Students and Families,
THANK YOU for your teamwork, perseverance, and feedback throughout our first week of distance learning! The teachers and I were all thrilled to see students again, and I enjoyed following the variety of interesting lessons and discussions that took place via the Daily Plan documents posted each morning and the Office Hours videoconference periods in the afternoons. Two hallmarks of Norwood are connection and innovation, and both were very much on display. I am especially grateful to the teachers for their efforts and enthusiasm for this new undertaking.
This week and looking forward, we will make small adjustments to build on our successes. I continue to welcome your questions and ideas along the way, especially you, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! Everyone’s input has been incredibly helpful.
SURVEYS FOR STUDENT AND PARENT FEEDBACK
Speaking of input, we are in the process of developing short surveys to collect feedback on the Distance Learning program and how it’s working in your home. You never have to wait for a survey to share what you’re thinking or wondering, but just wanted you to know they’ll be coming soon.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION – STUDENT ACTIVITY LOG
We all know staying active is essential to our well-being while we are isolated in our homes. As we move to requiring physical activity of all our students, the PE teachers are developing an individual student log where each student will be able to track and report their own daily physical activity. Stay tuned for more information from the PE teachers.
REQUIRED ATTENDANCE IN SOME OFFICE HOURS PERIODS
Starting in 7th and 8th grade this week and then expanding into other grades, middle school students will be hearing from their teachers about required attendance in some Office Hours periods. While lessons will continue in the Daily Plan documents, we will take advantage of videoconferencing in Office Hours for some activities and discussions that work best in real time. On the third page of the attached Middle School Distance Learning Schedule, the periods in red are those that teachers have the option, at their discretion, to require. The maximum is two academic subjects per student per day. Arts teachers may also require attendance in some Office Hours periods. Procedures for reporting absences are included there on the third page. We completely understand some students may not have complete control of their daily schedule during Distance Learning; teachers will coordinate with students who need to be absent for any reason.
Questions, concerns, suggestions? Please send me an email anytime. Thank you and take care!
Associate Head of School
& Head of Middle School
8821 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20817