Virtual School at the Lower School

Although we haven’t been in the school buildings for over a month and the way we are learning has really changed, it’s important to note we are still learning.  Family members, you have been incredibly helpful as we have moved to this virtual learning environment. Your help has been so important. And we understand that juggling jobs while taking care of family members continues to be a difficult balancing act for some and many of our teachers share in that need for balance while teaching students and yet helping with virtual school for their own children.
We are moving into a phase that will take us into the end of the school year. This next phase will begin on April 20th. While much will remain the same, there will be a few changes that I need to share.

  • There will continue to be check-in and First Community Circle from 8:45-9:00 am; however, the afternoon check-in is no longer required. If a teacher wishes to continue with that time, it is permitted, but at this point it is optional.
  • It is expected that the work that is assigned will be completed. Assigned school work is not optional. Teachers will continue to provide feedback on assignments given and performance on the assignments will be reflected on the report card comments at the end of the school year. In fifth grade, the third-trimester grades on report cards will reflect the work done in the virtual learning classes.
  • Homework may now be assigned at the Lower School and will be posted on myMA.
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm remains wellness time school-wide
  • curioSity “S” day will continue but on that day we will have a morning First Community Circle at 8:45 am and an afternoon check-in at 3:00 pm is required so that students can share what they learned that day.
  • Faculty will continue to be available to respond to email until 4:30 pm Monday -Friday.
As students continue with the virtual learning clarifying time spent on school work is important. Time that students spend online in Grades 1 and 2 in live sessions or in asynchronous classes each day may be around 1-hour but there will be assignments each day that may take between 2 and 2 1/2 hours to complete. In Grades 3 and 4 the online time may be between 1 and 2 hours each day, but students can expect to have assignments for each day that may take up 2 to 3 hours to complete. The fifth-grade schedule will continue as in  Phase 2.
Thank you for your continued work with your children at home. We truly appreciate the help and support from our families.

Merle Smith Campus

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