Middle School Expectations

  • Calendar, Grading, & Accountability

    How long will students be out of school?

    Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all schools to remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year. The last student day will be June 5. 

    How will each week of remote learning be structured?

    We will have designated days for instruction based on a rotating block schedule and even-odd period day calendar. There will be assignments and expectations for the completion of schoolwork. It will be important for students to access the Schoology pages for each class daily so that they are aware of what they need to do.

    How does the even-odd period day rotating schedule work?

    Please click here for a detailed explanation of the even-odd period day rotating schedule.

    When will the 3rd marking period end?

    The 3rd marking period will conclude on April 7th. We’ve extended the marking period to give students the best opportunity to complete outstanding assignments. The fourth marking period will begin on Monday, April 13th.

    Will student attendance matter?

    Yes! Beginning April 13 there will be a new attendance taking policy for all secondary students.  It is very important that we can account for students. Otherwise, we cannot issue course credit.

    Secondary students will log into their Schoology Homeroom Course to check-in for attendance. We are offering this new attendance procedure during the school closure to simplify the attendance process. Students will enter attendance for each instructional day on the day of instruction. The system will not allow students to enter multiple days of attendance at one time.

    You will find the check-in form at the top of your Homeroom Course. Students must be signed into their WCASD Google Credentials and will be asked to verify:

    • Today’s day of the week is…
    • My Homeroom number is…
    • I am on Schoology to complete my work. I will reach out to my teachers as needed.

    Watch this 1-minute walk-through video: Check-in for Attendance in Schoology Homeroom

    Will student assignments be graded?

    Yes. For the 4th Marking Period, we’re moving to a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (Pass/Fail) grading system.  Please click here for detailed grading information. Please reach out to your principal with any questions.

    What will be the last day of school for students?

    We expect the last student day to be Friday, June 5.

     

    Communication

    How can students communicate with teachers?

    Students may choose to correspond with teachers via Schoology or reach out directly through email. Our faculty is checking email routinely and will respond within 24 hours, if not sooner. Teachers will also be establishing “office hours” during which time students can speak with them via Schoology or conference call.

    How do students communicate with their counselor and grade level administrator? 

    Email is probably best. Our faculty is checking email routinely and will respond within 24 hours, if not sooner. Check our school homepage for contact information.

     

    Events & Other Items

    What about athletics and other end of year events?

    At this time, we are reluctant to cancel athletic or significant end of year school events, so we are looking to reschedule or possibly provide in a different way. Our interest would be to preserve as many of these important activities as possible, but that depends on many factors. Stay tuned.  

    What if a student is having an issue with a laptop?

    You can call our help desk at 484-266-1050 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM or email one2one@wcasd.net.

    What about the Keystone Exams (KE) and PSSAs? 

    The KE and PSSA tests have been canceled for this year. We do not yet have specifics about how students enrolled in Algebra 1 will make-up this exam.