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It has been our intention to return to some form of in-person learning as soon as it was determined by our health departments that it is both safer and feasible to do so. On September 21, during our virtual town hall with county health department officials, we reviewed the current coronavirus data for our community. To this end, our county health agency partners have made the recommendation that it is now appropriate for us to return to a hybrid learning model. Click here to watch the virtual town hall discussion about the data guiding our decisions and current levels in our community. Beginning Monday, October 5, we will be implementing a hybrid in-person learning schedule for all students who are not currently enrolled in the LaunchED program. LaunchED student’s schedules will not be impacted by this change.
Cómo usted sabe, nuestra intención ha sido volver a alguna forma de aprendizaje en persona tan pronto cómo nuestros departamentos de salud determinen que es más seguro y factible hacerlo. Anoche, durante nuestra junta virtual con los funcionarios del departamento de salud del condado, revisamos los datos actuales del coronavirus para nuestra comunidad. Con esto, nuestros asociados de las agencias de salud pública del condado han recomendado que ahora es apropiado que regresemos a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido. Haga clic aquí para ver la discusión de la junta virtual sobre los datos que guían nuestras decisiones y los niveles actuales en nuestra comunidad. Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, estaremos implementando un programa de aprendizaje híbrido en persona para todos los estudiantes que no estén inscritos actualmente en el programa LaunchED. Los horarios de estudiantes LaunchED no serán impactados por este cambio.
The T in STEM is for Technology, and teachers spent a lot of time and effort in the month of October becoming familiar with the incredible amount of technological tools they received last month. Teachers spent an afternoon in professional development learning about some educational apps that are available on the web and as iPad apps. They wasted no time implementing these tools in their classrooms to increase student engagement and collaboration. Students can now be seen watching educational videos on BrainPOP, collaborating with each other as they write using Google Docs, and expanding their mastery of math concepts with Khan Academy.
The month of October also saw students and teachers diving into their learning for the 2014-2015 school year. Teachers began their STEM-integrated units allowing students to work collaboratively to solve challenges using the Design Thinking Process. To ensure their units would maximize student understanding and STEM integration, teachers met with the STEM Coordinator during their grade level team meetings to review, reflect on, and revise their plans and design challenges.