Friday, January 15th, 2021Greetings Tiger Families,We hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy, and feeling positive with the calendar change to a new year. Although 2021 picks up with us operating as we did in 2020, we remain hopeful for things to track in a direction that sees COVID cases on the decline, vaccinations on the rise and winter keeping things on the mild side for the remaining weeks to come. We have made many a resolution to be open and flexible to best meet the needs of students while following safety guidelines and procedures, and we will continue to do so as we adapt to the challenges presented to us as this school year unfolds. As always, we greatly appreciate the support of the families and community despite the frustrations and emotions associated with the many sacrifices made to see the 2020-21 school year continue.With that said, the first half of the year is almost complete and the fall semester comes to a close for all students Tuesday, January 19th. Teachers will have a longer window to finalize grades with the second semester starting on Thursday, January 21st with each cohort day observing the 9-bell schedule since there are many new classes starting. With an opportunity to see teachers possibly one last time before gradebooks are closed, students are encouraged to make sure they have everything submitted or a plan for submitting all coursework so grades can be finalized by the end of the school day Tuesday, January 26th for posting first thing in the morning of Monday, February 1st. Our intentions are to mail home a copy of the report card later that same week.** Please note that we discovered a glitch in the Skyward grading today. It may have caused some discrepancies in some student’s grades. We are working with Skyward to remedy the problem. If you notice your student’s quarter or semester grades are not correct, please have patience. We are working to fix them.As the new semester approaches, we want to take a moment to reiterate expectations for students as it pertains to learning and the schedule:
As shared previously, the following are items in which parents/guardian are highly encouraged to have in place and/or utilize to support their student’s 100% virtual experience:
- Check each Canvas course daily (under “announcements”) for the weekly learning opportunities and complete coursework requirements on time. We expect students to continue to follow the rotating Orange (AM)/BLACK (PM) days to access classes every day to stay on top of their learning.
- Students should virtually attend all “live streamed” and open office opportunities, when offered; these opportunities are highly dependent on the course curriculum and staff member. Student/families should reference the student’s Canvas courses for information regarding upcoming streamed opportunities and/or recorded lessons.
- Students should be communicating with their respective teachers to determine remedial coursework opportunities and to maintain in good academic standing.
Please remember that there is still much uncertainty with our operating procedures as it pertains to COVID. We are all aware vaccines are starting to be distributed in the area and this will begin to impact the community’s physical response to the virus. We continue to coordinate with the health department to guide us in responding to exposures and positive testing, as well as changes in operating procedures. We knew our modified schedule would be temporary, but obviously, no definitive timeline when working with so many unknowns-we could be forced into another emergency closure or could start bringing back more students at a moment’s notice. As communicated this past fall, we hope to see things improve enough where students may increase their time on campus at some point; if we are able to make that happen or other changes are needed, we will continue to communicate as quickly and concisely as we can with all important information to make sure families are able to make the necessary adjustments.On behalf of the MHS Faculty and Staff, we want to extend our appreciation to you for the continued support and cooperation with balancing your child’s education, safety and overall well-being during this remote blended learning model experience.Sincerely,MHS AdministrationMike Nicksic- PrincipalJamie Defelice- Assistant PrincipalJackson Hein- Assistant Principal
- Provide your student with a designated space to work and access to internet daily; create a schedule or structured routine centered around learning and assignment completion.
- Log into Skyward Family Access frequently to monitor assignment completion, grades and receive announcements.
- Become an “observer” in Canvas for each of your student’s classes to see messages, monitor coursework and maintain deadlines/due dates.
- Provide teachers with updated phone and/or email contact information to keep the lines of communication open.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Greetings Tiger Families,
We hope this message reaches everyone in good health. As we approach the Winter Break, we must say we are more than elated to have made it through the fall semester at this point without needing to move to a 100% remote learning option. We are optimistic with the measures in place and the Cohort Model we are using, that we will continue to keep our doors open.
The second semester Cohort Calendar can be found here and available on the Marshfield High School website under “School News” and “20-21 Family Resources”. It is also on Canvas. Key points to note:
- The first week of the second semester we will run our traditional (9) Bell Schedule so staff can meet new students for second semester courses
- The last day for seniors will be Tuesday, May 25th, 2021. Wednesday, May 26th through Friday, May 28th, will be remediation for seniors needing to finalize any course requirements in order to walk in Saturday’s graduation celebration.
- Friday, May 28th, will be rehearsal day for seniors. Only seniors who have met all obligations will be allowed to practice and walk. Details to come later in the year regarding the time and expectations.
- We will run the traditional (9) Bell Schedule on Wednesday, May 26th through Tuesday, June 1st, for underclassmen to see their teachers one last time. Wednesday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 3rd, the last day of the 2020-2021 school year, will be used as remediation days for underclassmen who need to complete any course requirements.
As the spring approaches, we will re-evaluate the situation as it relates to the pandemic. Any changes to the schedule and Cohort Model will be addressed as time passes. Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times. We wish everyone the best during the Holiday Season. Be safe and good health to all.
Thursday November 19th, 2020
Dear Tiger Families,
This letter is a follow up to the message shared for all families in our district last week. As much as we have worked diligently to keep our schools open and the learning process, although modified, flowing, it is obvious that the situation surrounding us with COVID-19 continues to impact our area of the state with increasing numbers. At this moment, our intent is to follow our current cohort model for in-person instruction as long as possible. However, the potential for a possible shift to 100% remote, on-line instruction is very real, so we want to take a moment to review our expectations for staff and students if it is determined that shift to 100% virtual is necessary.
The following are basic expectations we strongly recommend students do on a daily or weekly basis:
- We expect students to continue to follow the Orange (AM)/Black (PM) rotating block schedule to access classes every day to stay on top of their learning and coursework requirements. Following the Orange (AM)/Black (PM) rotating block schedule will create a consistent routine at home, helps with time management and pacing purposes, and ultimately provides students with ample opportunities to communicate, connect and learn with that respective staff member for each course.
- Students should check each Canvas course daily for the weekly learning opportunities and complete coursework requirements on time. Students have been most successful if they start by reading the “Canvas Announcements” for coursework and teacher communications and then check their “Canvas Calendar” for upcoming due dates.
- Students should virtually attend all “live streamed” and open office opportunities, when offered; these opportunities are highly dependent on the course curriculum and staff member. Please note, if we shift into a 100% remote, online instructional model, all MHS staff will be available via Microsoft Teams during the scheduled time frame, again following the Orange/Black rotating block schedule.
- As always, students should be communicating with their respective teachers to determine remedial coursework opportunities and to maintain in good academic standing.
In addition, the following are items in which parents/guardians are highly encouraged to have in place and/or utilize to support their student’s 100% virtual experience:
- Provide your student with a designated space to work and access to internet daily; create a schedule or structured routine centered around learning and assignment completion. If there is a significant barrier to internet access, please call the main office directly at 715-387-8464 so we can provide assistance.
- Log into Skyward family access frequently to monitor assignment completion and grades. As a friendly reminder, Skyward should be referenced for the most accurate reflection of your students grades whereas Canvas is the primary learning and coursework communications platform.
- Become an “observer” in Canvas to gain access to your student/s course communications, monitor coursework submission/s and upcoming deadlines/due dates.
- Provide teachers with updated phone and/or e-mail contact information to keep the lines of communication open.
Lastly, on our end, our staff will provide the following for all students in a remote format:
- Staff will follow the current Orange (AM)/Black (PM) rotating block schedule in relation to the “Cohort Calendar”. “Reinforcement” days will still occur as outlined on the “Cohort Calendar”.
- Staff will be available during their scheduled class times on those days for Live Streaming/TEAMs Meetings (students will have open access).
- Staff will post a weekly communication under Canvas “Announcements” that outlines the live streamed opportunities offered, clarifies expectations, and elaborates on where/how to find and complete coursework.
- Staff will offer a minimum of 1- live steamed opportunity each week for each course OR upload teacher created content (video/audio) so students can learn directly from the staff member.
- Staff will assign “Due Dates” for all required coursework in Canvas. Students/families can reference the Canvas Calendar to determine what a student should complete and when it needs to be completed by. Again, we hope this practice helps students create/maintain routines that assist with beneficial organizational
If we transition into the 100% remote, on-line instructional method, please understand students do not have unlimited access to a teacher. Teachers will be available during their normal hours of the day just as if we were in-person; students and families who do not participate during those hours should not expect immediate feedback or special considerations from the teachers. Communications will be handled professionally during the next business day opportunity a staff member has available. Understanding this will help families decide upon suitable routines, expectations, and successful collaborations with teachers to put students in the best position to be as successful as they can with the remote learning model. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this information, please call the main office of Marshfield High School at 715-387-8464. Thank you for your continued partnership in education. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Mike Nicksic - Principal
Jackson Hein – Assistant Principal
Jamie Defelice – Assistant Principal
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