November 3, 2020
1. A video about our transition to the hybrid model: Brief November 3 video address
2. November Parent/Teacher conference information: November P/T conference information
3. Grade level summaries from our Counseling Department: Counselor updates
4. Loom video about our transition to hybrid: Video of Dr. F talking about procedures for hybrid model in school
5. Google slides (no video) about our transition to hybrid: Google slides about in-school procedures for hybrid model
Welcome Back Letter 8.18.20
WC East Families!
This is my official welcome back correspondence! There are two items here: a brief video and a letter. Please take a little time to view both. I think you'll find them informative. Here, I talk about things like: the bell schedule, cycle days, orientation, textbook pickup, student expectations, and contact information.
Our staff is working hard and we look forward to working with you this school year! Kevin Fagan
August 13, 2020
Dear WC East Students and Parents,
We look forward to welcoming students to the 2020-21 school year. While we had hoped for in-person instruction to start the school year, we are prepared to begin with Remote Learning 2.0 and return to school as soon as we can do so safely. In preparation for Remote Learning 2.0, we wanted to share the details for our daily schedule and provide context for when student schedules are released on or about August 20.
During Remote Learning 2.0, the student day will operate on a block schedule, where students will be in class for 85 minutes rather than the usual 45 minutes. The block schedule increases the opportunity for teachers and students to interact in real-time. Once we transition to a hybrid model, it also allows for enhanced social distancing by reducing the number of times students transition from one class to another. Lastly, a block schedule allows for a consistent schedule, regardless of whether teaching occurs in person or remotely.
Classes will meet every other day. Each cycle day will take two days to complete, so it will take ten school days to complete the 5-day cycle rotation. For example, Day 1AM consists of periods 1-4; Day 1PM consists of periods 5-8; Day 2AM consists of periods 1-4, Day 2PM consists of periods 5-8, etc. Please click here to familiarize yourself with the new schedule. The four-period block schedule provides us with the safest and most flexible options during this pandemic year.
Within the next week, we will also email students and families important information for the opening of school. The email will include details for the distribution of textbooks and materials, attendance procedures, and student expectations for remote learning this fall. I’ll also be sending a communication about our upcoming new student orientation on August 19 and our new parent orientation on the evening of August 25.
We are on the brink of a new school year and I wanted to reach out to you about a few things, but instead of sending a long email, a made a 5 minute video. In the video, I talk about things like student schedules, books and laptops, new student orientation, and meetings with counselors. I also talk about my own availability to students and parents via Zoom while we are in a remote setting. I will be publishing a schedule for those meetings on our homepage. Here's the link to today's video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pinh4ckygfblfkx/Video Aug 07%2C 12 48 53 PM.mov?dl=0.
Have a great weekend. Kevin Fagan