Welcome to the year 2021 and the start of second semester! I hope everyone had a healthy and happy Winter Break.
2020 was a year like no other. We were challenged to implement distance learning, students were separated from their peers, and we confronted seclusion in ways we had never experienced before. However, through these struggles, we also had the opportunity to grow, push ourselves to new heights, and find solutions to many obstacles we could not have even imagined a year ago. I am hopefully optimistic that second semester will provide opportunities for our students to push forward and end the year successfully.
As a District, we have seriously reflected on our experiences from last semester. We spent time listening to students, parents, and staff to see how we can improve distance learning to effectively meet the needs of our students. As a result of these conversations, we have made some adjustments for second semester. These adjustments include: an earlier 2nd period start time of 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, a revised distance learning schedule, and the opportunity for remediation of first semester D or F grades for all students. We believe this fresh start for our students, along with effective interventions, will lead to increased student engagement and success.
The dedication and fortitude our students have displayed is evident in their strong desire to remediate those classes they may have struggled in during first semester and start this new semester ready to learn and succeed. I realize there will be challenges, but I am confident they will overcome. They have endured an extremely difficult year, and yet they remain strong and confident that brighter days are ahead. I am so proud of them!
We are looking forward to the day when we will be able to safely resume in-person learning on our campuses. We continue to work closely with the County Department of Public Health and other government agencies to make sure all required safety protocols are in place to protect our students and staff members when they return. We will update you on this website as new guidelines are established which will allow us to safely bring students back on campus.
Until we can resume in-person instruction, we ask for your help in encouraging your student to attend classes daily (this includes Monday’s 2nd-period check-in and the completion of any asynchronous work), complete their assignments, and communicate with school personnel if they need anything.
Lastly, please be aware that school will not be in session on the following dates:
· January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
· February 8th – Abraham Lincoln’s Day
· February 15th – Presidents Day
Please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors, administrators, or my office if you need any support. This continues to be a challenging time for our students, and we will commit to do all we can to help them reach their goals.
Mathew Holton, Ed.D.