At Home Learning Update - April 23

On behalf of the staff at West Broad Street, I want to thank you for the efforts that you have taken to continue the education of your children at home. We are so proud of the work you are doing to support your children and we are grateful for your continued support of our amazing school community!

As many of you know, Governor Wolf has closed all public schools in Pennsylvania for the remainder of the school year. In response to this decision, our school superintendent, Dr. Gallagher, provided you with information regarding the addition of synchronous learning opportunities in our At Home Learning course in Schoology. I want to take this opportunity to give you more details on that topic, as well as, other updates specific to at home learning.

Synchronous Learning:
The primary goal of synchronous or "live" learning is to provide teachers and students with an opportunity to connect in real time during the school day. Beginning on Monday, May 4th, WBS teachers will begin to invite students to connect with them via Microsoft Teams in a synchronous experience. Teachers will provide you with links via Schoology, for students to join in on a thirty minute Monday classroom connection time. During the connection meeting, teachers will review learning objectives for the week ahead and provide students with an opportunity to interact with one another in a virtual environment. Between today and May 4th, teachers will be piloting synchronous sessions with small groups of students and parents. We will also be sending you more information on navigating Microsoft Teams technology in the coming days.

Student Grading & Progress Reports:
As found in the district's Continuity of Education Plan, formal Third Trimester progress reports will not be issued this year. Parents will instead receive a brief summary report via email from your child's teacher at the end of the school year in June. These communications will provide anecdotal summaries of the student's progress with At Home Learning between March 16th and the end of the school year. Students are encouraged to participate in lessons and complete assignments from their teachers but will not be penalized for work they are unable to complete. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about how the District is adapting to the closure.

Student Learning in Schoology:
This week, the Souderton Area School District posted its Continuity of Education Plan which outlines the student learning expectations district wide. Included in this comprehensive document, is information regarding the amount of student work expected to be completed within our Schoology course. Below is a graphic that may be helpful to you as you continue to maintain a balance of learning in the at home environment.

Time Chart

In the weeks ahead, teachers will continue to provide you with daily lessons in the areas of reading, writing, math, and science or social studies. Each grade level will also supply a sample schedule and opportunities for students to submit work from home.

Looking Ahead:
Lastly, but most importantly, we want to ensure that the amount of work we are assigning your child remains flexible and manageable for you and your family dynamic. Finding a balance in our homes right now is challenging. The health and safety of everyone remains my top priority each day. As educators, we recognize that school will look different when we all return. With that being said, I am confident that we will reassess all students upon returning to school, modify our instruction as needed, and meet our students where ever they are in their learning. Not only is it our professional responsibility to educate, it is our honor and duty to make the necessary adjustments within our entire learning community when we return to school.

Thank you for your continued feedback and support during this time. Please reach out to me or your child's teacher if you require our assistance. We are all in this together and are proud to be #WBStrong! Best wishes to your family for good health and well being.

With Gratitude,

Mrs. Susan Hadfield, Principal