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Return to 5 day Learning Info
Sent on 24 February 2021
Dear North Families:
I hope you are well. I want to take this opportunity to discuss the plan for North Middle School's return on March 10th. The district middle school plan is to be open for service and education five days a week. North's current educational programming is remarkably diverse. We offer upwards of six different strands of educational paths for our students. These strands are designed to allow us to individualize each student's schedule to meet their needs. Scheduling students in this model is time-intensive, but the results we have experienced are extraordinary. I am sharing this with you because as we approach March 10th and the full return to school, we must decide our plan of action. Our goal is to implement a program that will create the least disruption to the students’ education and honor the relationships they have built over the academic year.
As we explored North’s options, there are two choices: 1. Remain in the equity model we have now-which includes online, in-person, and hybrid options (depending on family need) or 2. Require families to commit to only attend online or in- person exclusively. Although the latter option will enable classes to be taught fully online or fully in person, it comes at a cost. It will require us to redesign student schedules, resulting in students having some if not all new teachers. Likewise, the diverse programming that North offers, e.g., The GTA, talent development education, and interventions, would be suspended (in part or whole) for the remainder of the year to accommodate this approach. We believe that this option is not viable or equitable and would harm our students' education. Therefore, we have decided to move to a five-day-a-week hybrid schedule-similar to what we are doing now. Although teachers will be required to teach both the in-person and the remote learners simultaneously, we feel this option is best for our community overall.
The equity based five-day-a-week schedule will allow families to choose a hybrid model, in-person instruction all five days, or online learning. In the spirit of support and flexibility for families, we will not require that you commit to one of these options, meaning that families can attend school in person or remotely as needed based on family obligations, work schedule, etc.
We recognize that no option is ideal but believe this is the best approach in terms of opportunity for our students. With only a quarter left this year, we would like to provide consistency with the instructors they know and who know them.
Chris Kilroy, Principal
North Notes 2021-02-28
- Students return to five-day-a-week school beginning Wednesday, March 10th. Please refer to the letter from Mr. Kilroy, sent to your email on February 24th, for more details on how we plan to make this work for everyone.
- Join School District 11 leaders for the final community event in our Beyond the Mask: Trust Building and Listening Tour, March 4 at 6 pm, on Facebook Live. The topic for this conversation is "Taking the Pulse: Community Thoughts for Moving Forward" and we would like to hear the thoughts of our students, families, staff, and community members in our continued effort to grow and strengthen the district in the pandemic era. Please visit D11.org/BeyondTheMask for more information, and to submit your thoughts and questions, to add to the conversation.
- Congratulations to the North Vikings Volleyball teams (both A and B squads) for their victories against Horace Mann and Swigert Middle Schools. Well done!
- Parents and guardians, please see the letter (posted on right hand side of this page) regarding North Middle School’s immunization requirements and recommendations.
- Parents, please be aware that attendance is taken every Monday based upon your student’s completion of the social/emotional lesson for the week. Students should be accessing this lesson through their Discovery class in Schoology. Once the SEL lesson is complete, the rest of the day can be used for completing missing assignments and catching up on work. If you have questions, please reach out to your grade level counselor.
- Whether your student is attending in person or online, it is important to notify the school of any COVID related incidents. This includes any potential exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID or any pending COVID test results.
- Basketball try-outs begin on March 8th. Completed physicals and blue cards must be turned into the main office before students can tryout.
- The North Middle School food pantry is open Thursday, March 4th, and Friday March 5th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Parents, please contact Connie Rogers at 328-2452 to arrange for your child to pick up food pantry items.
- Free Food Distribution is available every other Thursday, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, at Mitchell High School. See the attached flyer for details.
- Peak Education works to empower students from low-income backgrounds to take ownership of their educational journey and to equip them with the knowledge and resources that allow them to reach their full potential. Beginning in middle school, students are provided with opportunities to give back through service learning and are provided support with the college admission and scholarship application processes in high school. Participants gain valuable skills and insights to prepare them for college and prepare them to be leaders in the community. See the attached General Information and Nomination Process flyer for additional information. We are seeking parent nominations of 6th and 7th graders. If you are interested in having your child participate, you may complete the simple nomination form at https://peakedu.formstack.com/forms/nomination.
- Books are available in the library for reservation (instructions on are on our Library Web Page (here). After a book is placed on hold, the student will receive an email when it is ready for pick up. For students working from home, arrangements can be made for pick up without entering the building.
- Morning Learning Center is available every school day from 7:30-8:30 AM. Teachers are here to help with homework, organization (AVID strategies), etc. Students are not required to sign up for this, just show up, and ring the doorbell outside of the annex door.
- Visit the North Home Page to see the tutoring resources available for your students. The times for various clubs are also listed on the Event Calendar: https://www.d11.org/north
Please note the following schedule gives times students should report to class -- whether online or present. While we remain in online only learning, students should still follow the times for classes. When hybrid remonte/online learning returns, this schedule including dates and times will still be the North Middle School Schedule.