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News from the Principal - November 2, 2020

As you know, the ISD 196 School Board approved the proposal to switch from the hybrid model to full distance learning starting Thursday,  November 12th.  Per the message Friday, October 30th, school is in session this week as planned, including no school for students Friday, November 6th.  In order for teachers to prepare for this transition, there will be no school for students Monday, November 9th, and Tuesday, November 10th.  

You might wonder, what should my student do on Monday and Tuesday next week?  Students should use these days to review their course work in Schoology.  They have time during these two days to catch up on any missing work they may have in their classes.  If they are not sure what work to do, or where to start, the first step is always sending their teacher a Schoology message for guidance.

Click on this link Distance Learning Schedule for Students and Families to view the Distance Learning Schedule. Cohort C students with the last names A-K will join Cohort A and Cohort C students with the last names L-Z will join Cohort B students.  Monday and Thursday will remain Cohort A days and Tuesday and Friday will remain Cohort B days.  Students will now Zoom with their teachers during their assigned Cohort days (2 days of the week).  

On their non-cohort days and Wednesdays, students will practice and engage in their managed independent learning skills.  We recommend that students follow the same schedule everyday, 35 minutes of class (on Zoom or independently working) with 15 minute breaks.  They should review their course content from the previous day, complete any work assigned, complete any outstanding assignments, and if they have any questions, Schoology message their teacher.

A Distance Learning Week at a Glance

Monday through Friday,  students should start their school day by taking attendance in the Campus app.  Directions for taking attendance can be found here Student Attendance Check-In Directions 

Monday

Cohort A students attend synchronous classes via Zoom

Cohort B students follow their schedule and access their lessons in Schoology

Tuesday

Cohort A students follow their schedule and access their lessons in Schoology

Cohort B students attend synchronous classes via Zoom

Wednesday

Wednesday is a school day.  All students will practice and engage in managed independent learning skills.  Students will take attendance like they do every other day.  They will check ALL their Schoology course folders for directions, lessons, and content needed for the course.  

Wednesday is a review day where students ask: What have I been learning about? What do I need to look at again? What assignments am I missing and need to complete? If everything is completed, is there an enrichment assignment I would like to do?

Wednesday is also a preview day where students ask: What have I been learning about?  What new content has been posted?  How do I plan for and pace the new content my teachers are pushing out today?  What does the “Peek of the Week” tell me about what is to come?  What questions do I have and what support do I need to be successful this week?

Wednesday is a great day to reach out to teachers, counselors, administrators, and other staff to let them know what questions you have and what support you need.  You can send a Schoology message or email them. 

Thursday

Cohort A students attend synchronous classes via Zoom

Cohort B students follow their schedule and access their lessons in Schoology

Friday

Cohort A students follow their schedule and access their lessons in Schoology

Cohort B students attend synchronous classes via Zoom

Nutrition Serviced During Distance Learning 

Beginning November 9th, ALL students are eligible for free seven-day meal kits to support their distance learning.  Families with children in multiple schools are encouraged to pick-up all seven-day meal kits at one school. 

Please complete this Seven-Day Meal Kit Interest Survey. The survey only needs to be completed once.  This will allow the Food and Nutrition Services department to prepare the number of meal kits needed. The survey only needs to be completed once.

Meal kits will be available for pick up next week at the lower level entrance at Black Hawk Middle School at the following times:

  • 11/9 Monday 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM

  • 11/10 Tuesday 7:30 AM- 9:00 AM

  • 11/11 Wednesday 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (Digital Academy Meals will continue)

  • 11/12 Thursday 7:30 AM- 9:00 AM

  • 11/13 Friday 7:30 AM- 9:00 AM

Any child 18 and younger, or parent/guardian of a child is able pick up a seven-day meal kit. For contactless distribution, the seven-day meal kit boxes will be placed on a 6-foot table with a bag of milk on the side. Families will be able to take as many boxes as needed for their children. Food and Nutrition Staff will monitor and replenish the table as needed.

Principal/Parent Listening Sessions

In an effort to be responsive to the shift from the hybrid model to full distance learning, the Principal/Parent listening sessions will be moved up one week.

Two Principal/ Parent listening sessions will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.   A morning session will be held via Zoom from 9 - 10 AM and an evening session will be held via Zoom from 6 - 7 PM.  Please consider signing up, submitting your questions, and joining in the conversation.

Principal/Parent Listening Session Sign Up

Picture Day

Lifetouch will be taking school pictures on the dates listed below. 

Monday, November 2           Cohort A (During School Time)

Tuesday, November 3           Cohort B (During School Time)

Wednesday, November 4     Cohort C (By Appointment Using SignUp Genius Link Below)

Digital Academy/Cohort C students:  If you have not already, please sign up for a specific time between 11 AM and 4 PM.  Students should be dropped off at the lower level doors shortly before their time slot.  Students must wear a face covering and come in alone.  Parents, please wait by the curb in your vehicle for your student to complete the photo. 

 

Ordering information will be on our website when we have the information from Lifetouch. 

Digital Academy Picture Time Slot Sign-up

More info on Lifetouch Picture Day>

Dakota County Library

Dakota County Library is hosting our annual Teen Fan Fiction Contest from November 2 through November 30, 2020.

Who: Teens living in Minnesota ages 12-18. Submissions will be divided into two age categories: 12-14 and 15-18. 

What: Submit an original fan fiction story of 3,000 words or less. 

When: Entries will be accepted between November  2 and November 30. Winning entries will be contacted by the end of December 2020, and will be published on the Dakota County Library website. The top three stories in each age category will be awarded prizes.

How: Submit your original story along with the entry form, available at this link and attached:https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/libraries/Programs/Teens/Pages/teen-fan-fiction-contest.aspx . Please review contest guidelines (included on the website and entry form) before submitting. Entries can be either dropped off at any Dakota County Library location or emailed directly to Sadiq.Ahmed@co.dakota.mn.us.

 

Important Dates In November-December

November 3

Last day of hybrid learning Cohort B

 

Picture Day Cohort B

November 4

Conferences & Students take attendance in Campus, opportunity to catch up on late and missing work, and check for extension and enrichment opportunities 

 

Picture Day - Cohort C

November 5

Last day of hybrid learning Cohort A

November 6

No school for students - opportunity catch up on late and missing work

November 9

No school for students - opportunity catch up on late and missing work

November 10

No school for students - opportunity catch up on late and missing work

November 11

Students take attendance in Campus and check Schoology for new content

November 26 -27

No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 4

End of Trimester I

December 9

No School - Teacher Workshop

December 23 - Jan 1

No School - Winter Break