High School Parents-
ONLINE PRINCIPAL MESSAGE #1 – Beginning Online Learning
I am writing to give you an update on what to expect over the next few weeks. This will be a general email and there will be other specific audience emails, i.e. IB Senior Mocks, will come out shortly. I want to begin with a brief story.
STORY: A young student saw a posting for a job cleaning a newspaper office and decided to apply. The young student rode their bike to school and parked it backwards in the rack so they could get to the interview as soon as possible. School ends and the young student rode as fast as they could, only to arrive and see 24 other young boys or girls in line for an interview. The young student became the 25th person in line. A few minutes later, the young student went into the office and asked the secretary for a piece of paper and a pen. Quickly scribbling out a note, the student asked the secretary “please give the note to the person doing the hiring.” The student returned to the 25th spot in line. The person interviewing each finally reached the 25th student and offered them the job. The secretary had watched the entire process and she was confused because the boss had never interviewed so many before. She finally asked the boss why he interviewed every child and then offered the job to the 25th student in line. He handed he the note written by the 25th student, which read, “I am the 25th student in line and the best person for the job. Please do not hire anyone until you speak with me.”
POINT: The 25th student in line had found a way to get what they wanted even in a difficult situation.
Every student at ISP, will be given the opportunity, through online learning, to learn, grow, practice, and demonstrate their progress. The students who really want to learn and find a way to get the most out of this difficult situation will be able to. We hope that is every student!
We will run a modified Wednesday bell schedule. Students received the schedule through the daily bulletin. Days will rotate just as they do during physical school schedules, 1-2-3-4. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, will be the first day of online classes and will be a day one. Classes will begin at 8:00am and will end at 12:05 daily. From 1:00-3:15, teachers will be available for small groups and other tutorial help for students.
STUDENT LEARNING EXPECTATIONS:
- Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences.
- Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully.
- Dress code - Students must be in ISP uniform top while video conferencing
- Regularly monitor online platforms (Canvas, email) to check for announcements and feedback from your teachers.
- Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work.
- Do your best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates
- Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.
- Collaborate and support your ISP peers in their learning.
- Establish routines and expectations
- Define the physical space for your child’s study
- Monitor communications from your children’s teachers
- Check in regularly with your child and asking about their learning
- Take an active role in helping your children process their learning
- Establish times for quiet and reflection
- Encourage physical activity and/or exercise
- Remain mindful of your child’s stress or worry and communicate with a counselor if necessary
- Monitor attendance of your child. Daily notifications will be sent from the HS Office if a student misses a class.
EXPECTATION FOR TEACHERS:
- Communication: Teachers are expected to be working in their courses on Canvas every school day. Post all instructions, assignments, and learning materials to Canvas. Each week, post an update with an overview of the learning objectives and expectations.
- Work Load: Aim for 3-4 hours of class work per week maximum, including: time for reading/watching/listening, engaging with peers via discussion boards and docs, attending class virtually via Big Blue Button or, “homework”/learning tasks, etc. IB courses may assign additional work or practice tests as needed.
- Attendance: Take roll every day your class meets. The HS Office will be sending out attendance notification at 12:00noon daily.
- Office Hours: Be available to answer student questions for the duration of Office Hours, 12:00noon to 3:15pm, every day.
- Preparation: The expectations for teacher preparedness will be the same as they are in a physical school setting. It is also a new platform and there will be the expectation for growth and development on the part of the teacher.
This will be a new experience for almost everyone in the ISP community and it will change and evolve as we learn. Please demonstrate patience, flexibility, and understanding, knowing that there will be occasional glitches on the part of all involved in the process. Assume that everyone is working there hardest to make online learning a positive and productive experience.
Future emails will address frequently asked questions that arise. We will be meeting virtually with faculty to improve our practice. We will also solicit feedback from students about what is going well and what needs to be changed. Learning is a partnership and we are working to meet the needs of all learners.
We will be addressing topics like IB Mock Exams, Parent-Teacher Conferences, IB May Exams, etc. in the next couple days. We will also be sending weekly update emails in an attempt to keep all stakeholders well informed. If possible, we will also try to host a live video Principal Coffee next week.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Eric Monson, High School Principal