New Year, New Schedule, New Expectations
As you know the high school schedule will change on Monday, January 11th. This schedule was designed to provide additional supports to our students. We heard from our kids and parents that more instructional time was needed. The new schedule is attached.
Please review the schedule with these points in
- The new schedule provides an additional 5 minutes of
direct instruction. I have asked the teachers to use this extra time
to open lesson with activities to build relationships and get students
ready for new learning each day. Please require your child to open their Google Meets
on time to participate in the warm-up activity as an important part of the
- A “Small Group” period of 20 minutes has been added to
the end of each class meeting. This time is intended for reteaching,
answering questions, beginning homework, clarifying directions, and
providing assistance. No new content will be taught during this
20-minute period. Teachers may invite specific students.
However, all students should plan to attend. Please require your child to use
this time when needed for extra support.
- Community Wellness will continue Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Fridays. Our teachers develop interactive lesson on the Arundel
Attributes, Communication, Courage, Openness, Ownership, Integrity, and
Reflection. These lessons connect our students and teachers and
review important success skills that are especially important to student
success during this unusual time of virtual learning. Attendance is
taken. Throughout the month of January, this time will be used for
important course selection information. Please require your child to
participate in these sessions throughout the week.
- We have restructured Wednesday to be a robust morning
of over 100 clubs, tutoring, learning lab opportunities and program
meetings. That schedule will be posted by the end of the week.
require your child to start Wednesdays at 8:30 with Community Wellness and
stay engaged for clubs and other opportunities for connections and
- Teachers continue to work to make engaging lessons that
meet the needs of every student. They are using their creativity, perseverance and countless hours to plan and implement lessons using a
variety of tools to reach students. It is very difficult to gauge the
success of a lesson or the attentiveness of students in a virtual
environment because the verbal and non-verbal information we get as we
observe students interacting with the content is obstructed. If
students log onto the lesson without turning on their cameras, this
information is completely lost. Without discussion and conversation,
there is no feedback. Great instruction is based on a vibrant
feedback loop. Our teachers are giving information but often have no
way to know if that information is received, understood, and stored.
Needs are not observed, and Instruction cannot be adjusted. Please require your child to turn
on their camera, respond by unmuting their mic, and participate in all
activities in each lesson. We must “hear” from students to close
that feedback loop and be responsive in our practices.
have worked together as a school community for the last 10 months to make this
difficult situation work for our children. Our parents have
supported. Our teachers and counselors responded. Our
administrators have reached. Our students have stepped up. We are
still the proud Arundel High Community we were a year ago before the public
health crisis took so much away. We must start this new year by renewing
our Wildcat PRIDE and uniting in our expectations.
you have questions or concerns, please join me at an open meeting tomorrow
morning, Monday, January 4th at 8:00 AM. Please go to Google
and paste in this URL in the browser to access the meeting. meet.google.com/jrh-axkt-jud
you. We are ARUNDEL. Hope to see you soon.
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