4/12/20 Sunday Alert:
Good evening, this is L&G Principal Bob Thibault making my weekly Sunday evening informational call. As usual, all the contents of this call can also be found in tonight’s email.
First of all, I hope this message finds you well in these increasingly challenging times. I know I speak for the entire staff, when I say that we miss your children and we want to be back in school just as badly as all of you do.
A couple of new things this week - tomorrow marks the beginning of the fourth quarter, and the teachers have worked hard to come up with a grading plan, both for wrapping up quarter three, but also moving forward in the last quarter. Following guidance from the VT Agency of Education, we have worked hard to ensure that all of our students are treated fairly on report cards, during these challenging times. A more detailed explanation of our newly adapted grading policies will go out with report cards later this week.
One other new requirement from the state level, is that tomorrow we begin tracking attendance for our students. Now, we understand that this is going to look very different, but your child will earn a “present” for the day, if there is evidence that they’ve engaged with learning on that day, as assessed by their teachers. In the middle school, house teachers will track this. Don’t worry, though, the state has also temporarily waived most truancy rules, so you won’t get nasty phone calls and letters from us. On Wednesdays, we will send out an automated survey to each student to complete, telling us that they are engaged in learning on that day, since teachers will be busy planning and learning themselves! We ask that you have your child complete the very short email survey each Wednesday. For fun, your child can also join an online “Rebel-Feud” game (in the style of Family Feud) at 1pm - the links to the session are in their email.
The Vermont Agency of Education continues to work through the many complexities of this unusual school year. We’ll soon have guidance on end of year celebrations, like proms and graduations. This is super tough to call right now, as we don’t know when the governor’s stay at home order will eventually end, as it was recently lengthened to mid May. You will also find an attachment on the email from the Agency of Ed, for parents and families.
Tomorrow morning, I will again be online in a zoom meeting - the link is in the email version of this message (Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 879 6484 8001, Password:015696 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87964848001?pwd=T0NmRnlrMGVHa2FrVVQ5NUcyS3lHZz09) and answer questions that you may have. Last week's featured 4 parents, and I look forward to more tomorrow.
This past week, you should’ve received a new Free and Reduced Lunch application in the mail. Two considerations to that - 1) in order to be eligible to continue with universal lunch and breakfast for ALL students, we need lots and lots of applications completed - even if you know you won’t qualify, please complete it anyways to allow us to keep the program funded. And 2) with so many people having life circumstance changes right now, we are hoping we can use the information to help ensure everybody gets the food they need!
That’s all for this week, folks, so please have a pleasant Sunday night, and stay healthy!!
Mary Lindsley will be available for HEY Help via a Zoom meeting. Join her if just to chat.
Middle School Students can join the Zoom meeting Monday - Thursday, 11:30 - 1:00 * The link has been emailed to students.
High School Students can join the Zoom meeting Monday - Thursday, 1:00-2:30 * The link has been emailed to students.
If you have trouble joining these Zoom meetings, please email Mary Lindsley at email@example.com.
Parent Zoom - Mondays at 9 am:
An opportunity to meet with Bob Thibault and ask questions. The Zoom link can be found here, Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 879 6484 8001, Password:015696. These meetings will happen every Monday (except 4/20) at 9 am.