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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.
David Thesenga, a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Timberline Pk-8, will be joining scientists as a member of their research team this fall through PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating). This is a huge honor as PolarTREC chose him from among hundreds of teacher applicants nationwide. PolarTREC's goal is to bring K-12 educators and polar researchers together to increase understanding of polar science and advance polar science education.
Mr. Thesenga's project is titled Flow and Fracture Dynamics in an Ice Shelf Lateral Margin: Observations and Modeling of the McMurdo Shear Zone. The objective of the project is to understand the behavior of the McMurdo Shear Zone in Antarctica. The study spans 4 years, although David will only physically be in Antarctica for 6 weeks. The team's research will include field observations, remote sensing by satellite, and numerical modeling. The McMurdo Shear Zone is important because a potential weakening of this area would contribute to sea level rise. The team was trained in Fairbanks, Alaska in February and leaves for Antarctica September 30. While in the field, Mr. Thesenga and his team of researchers will connect with Timberline students and the public through online journals, message boards, photo albums, podcasts, "PolarConnect" calls and presentations from the field, and online learning resources. David will also create instructional activities to transfer scientific data, methodologies, and technology back into his classroom after the field experience.
To follow the research team and their study, visit: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/ice-shelf-flow-and-fracture-dynamics