Important Updates from EMHS

Hello parents,

As you are likely aware, our provincial government recently announced additional measures to slow the spread of COVID 19 in our communities and province. While this will mean that we are going to be making some changes to how we deliver our programming in the upcoming weeks, working together, we know we can continue to provide a quality learning experience for our kids!

Grade 7-9 Students Starting Online Monday, November 30th

The first change that we are currently preparing for is transitioning our gr 7-9 students to online learning as of this Monday, November 30th. Rest assured that our school administration and staff are working hard to facilitate a smooth transition on Monday.

In the next day or two you will hear from your child’s homeroom teacher more information about how this transition will take place. You will be given the learning management system (e.g. Google Classroom; Class Dojo etc.), an initial schedule for learning, information about gmeets and work expectations, attendance and much more. We really appreciate your patience as we sort out these details for you and your children.

What to expect in this online learning

It is imperative that students and parents recognize how different this learning experience will be as compared to our emergency remote learning last spring. Some of the expectations in place are as follows:

  1. The online school day will model the in person school day in time frame. Students will be expected to be participating in gmeets or independent learning activities between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Students will NOT be required to be in gmeets for this entire time. Synchronous (gmeet) learning sessions combined with Asynchronous (independent work time) and “office hours” will form the majority of a student’s schedule.
  2. Programming will be provided for students for all core subject areas including English Language Arts, French Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science and Wellness.
  3. The expected hours of instruction will range between 16-20 hours/week to achieve the learning outcomes in all core subject areas.
  4. Students will be assessed on their understanding of the concepts explored during this time and learning will continue to be assessed in anticipation of the term 2 report card.
  5. Attendance will be taken at all gmeets and is expected. We understand that unexpected circumstances will arise which may result in a temporary absence from a class or classes. It is important that parents and students reach out to teachers to ensure they know what learning is being missed and how to access the material.

How you can begin to prepare for online learning for your child

  1. Please ensure that you have access to technology and WiFi for your child to complete his/her work. While phones can manage a few of the learning tasks, they are not the appropriate technology for the demands of this programming. A laptop or desktop that has internet connectivity, a camera and a microphone and an adequate processor is essential. If you are experiencing issues in this regard, please reach out to your child’s teacher to determine alternate plans.
  2. Create a functional workspace for your child. A table near a plug in, in a well lit area without distractions such as TV or other siblings (if possible) is ideal. Where this isn’t possible, just ensuring that your child can work somewhere with a table and chair to support good posture and engagement in lessons is helpful.
  3. Communicate regularly with both your child and his/her teacher. Reach out via email and ask your child’s teacher if he/she is completing assignments in a timely manner and to the best of his/her ability.
  4. Ensure your child’s teacher knows if he/she is struggling with the content. When kids are learning in person, teachers are excellent at recognizing the signs of struggle. It can be much more difficult to do so in an online learning environment. Please let us know as soon as you see difficulties so we can help.

Another important note:

Despite some of the rumors circulating out there, Christmas break HAS NOT been extended. We know that students in grades K-6 will also be joining online learning from January 4th – 8th, 2021. More information will be coming in the next few weeks for this transition.

Supports – We are in this together 🙂

Our amazing staff at EMHS. Right from our School Secretaries to Administration to our Awesome Teachers and our Fantastic Counselor, Mr. Kinney, everyone is here to help you and your child.

Please reach out to us at any time if you are struggling with the tech, learning or the emotional toll that this pandemic is having on us all. There are supports available that we are happy to connect you and your child with.

We’ve done this before, we can do it again working together.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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