Letter from Team 7

(April 7 2020)

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well. We miss seeing each and every one of your children in our classrooms each day. We know that it’s a trying and perhaps stressful time for everyone! Please know that the 7th grade team is here to help you in whatever ways that we can and you can feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns during this extended closure. We are learning right along with you, so thank you for your patience and support as we implement “learning from home.” Please let us know if something is working or not working so that we can make any adjustments as needed.

Here are some answers to questions that you might have:

Question: Where will the list of assignments be posted?

Assignments will be listed on the 7th Grade Weekly Assignment page that is located on the district website. Please have your child check there each day. This will direct him/her on where to go and what needs to be worked on throughout the week. All actual links and docs, etc. will be in Google Classroom itself.

Question: Should my child be checking his/her email daily?

Yes, have your child check his/her email each day. Feel free to delete anything that is not necessary. Teachers may email looking for assignments or giving feedback.

Question: How will grades work?

With the district switching to a “Complete/Incomplete” model, as recommended, for the 4th Quarter, grading will look different. Work that does not “demonstrate learning” will be returned to students for corrections and will need to be resubmitted. Work that “demonstrates learning” will be kept.

Question: How can we/I keep track if the assignment was submitted or not?

Once 4th quarter begins, check out SchoolTool. If you find a 100% for the assignment, it means they have submitted it and it demonstrated learning. If you find 0% for the assignment, it means that it has not been submitted or needs to be resubmitted to demonstrate learning. This will start at the beginning of the 4th quarter. (April 13)

Question: What about ENCORE assignments? Where will those be located?

Many ENCORE teachers will be posting their assignments on the 7th Grade Weekly Assignment page. For those who do not, be checking their Google Classroom as well, just in case.

Question: There’s so much to do! How do we get it all done? Is it due that week?

Pace yourself and your child. It’s a great time to teach about balance. Make a schedule/plan with your child, knowing that things may change and that’s alright! We know that this is a stressful time and want to work with you and your child to learn and get everything done. We will be using “flexible due dates” to accomplish this goal through the extended closure. We will take work after the due date, but the expectation is that the work is done to demonstrate learning of the material.

Question: My child needs help with the work. How do they get it?

Students can still get help. We are all available via email. We can schedule Google Meet times as well.

Do you still have questions? Please feel free to reach out to any Team 7 member.

Miss BaroneMath baronec@chatham.k12.ny.us
Mr. BoykinSpecial Educationboykinr@chatham.k12.ny.us
  Mrs. Debye-SaxingerELAdebye-saxingerm@chatham.k12.ny.us
Mr. LSocial Studieslaudenschlagerj@chatham.k12.ny.us
Mr. O’DowdScienceo’dowdt@chatham.k12.ny.us

Stay safe!

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