Middle School Learning Guidelines

  • The primary tools for communication between teachers and families will be SeeSaw, Google Classroom and/or email.
  • Teachers will either link materials linked in Google Classroom or share materials directly to each student’s Google Drive.
  • Continuous learning for our early adolescent learners will focus on having a balanced, holistic learning experience. Students will have both off- and on-screen learning activities designed to engage the middle school learner.
  • Learning experiences are designed to be completed independently or in collaboration with other students. Tutoring is not recommended, nor should a parent/guardian be too involved.
  • Resources vary by class and lesson, but will include links to videos, graphic organizers or cloze passages to complete, scanned material to read and engage with, independent research material via Newsela and our databases, reading materials including ebooks and audiobooks via Hoopla.
  • Students are encouraged to be proactive in reaching out to teachers when they have questions or assignments are unclear.
  • Counselors and advisors are always available to support students with academic, social, or emotional needs.

Middle School: Approximate Time Frames for Learning & Resources

All MS Students (Grades 6, 7 & 8)
Overview

The Continuous Learning Plan for Middle School will include home learning engagements and/or activities that students can complete independently either online or offline.

Learning Experience: At the beginning of each week, Teachers will post a video on Seesaw and/or Google Classroom to welcome their students and parents and to briefly explain the learning approach and focus for the week. Middle School students will participate in reading, writing, math, science, social studies and elective classes.
A variety of tasks will be included, and some may include other online platforms (e.g. Freckle,
Khan Academy, CommonLit, Newsela, Flipgrid, etc). If another platform is used as part of an activity, teachers will share specific instructions for parents to access the platform.

Learning Timeframe: Students are encouraged to engage in Continuous Learning in the designed and described ways for approximately three hours/day. The quality of this experience is most closely associated with how deeply the child is connecting to the experience. Over the course of this timeframe, students will engage with varying degrees of independence. The more challenging the task, the more support that might be required. Encourage your child to seek support while allowing your child to accept responsibility and
take on challenges with increasing independence.

Learning Specifics: The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the student learning experience. More specific details will be shared by Teachers, Principals and District Leadership weekly.

3 total hours per day for all classes ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Electives
Limitless Flex Learning Independent & self-directed

  • Read for pleasure
  • Be active
  • Explore personal interests/passions
  • If safe…
    • Explore local sights
    • Seek out social interaction
Links to Resources & Ideas Middle School (Grades 6-8) Educational Resources

Grading and Participation Feedback

Work completed during this mandated statewide school closure shall not negatively impact a student’s grades or otherwise impact a student’s academic standing.

Early Childhood-8th Grade: Grades will not be taken for the remainder of the year. 3rd quarter grades will be the final grades students receive. Elementary students participating in online learning will receive online feedback about their progress on submitted work. Middle school students who have earned an F for the 3rd quarter will be able to pass the class by sufficiently completing either make-up assignments or showing growth to the level of achievement in the 4th quarter. EC-8th grade learning packets will not be turned in for grading. Teachers should check-in regularly with students who are completing packets to ensure they receive necessary support when they struggle.