•  Thursday March 26, 2020

    Dear Students and Parents, today I have updated my Course Expectations Page on this website.  Please read through it carefully.  Also, if you have not yet done so, please read my message below.  

    Wednesday March 25, 2020

    Dear Students and Parents:

    Introduction:
    Soon, by which I mean next week, Monday March 30, I will begin rolling out information, check-ins, and units on google classroom as well as a new platform we will be using called Schoology. I am brand new to schoology so it will be a challenge for me to figure it out and get you support with using it. Please know that we will move very slowly through this process. Very slowly. Like, how slow? Like, don't worry about grades or work for at least two weeks. What about two weeks from now? I'll have more info, and we will still move slowly. Since schoology is new to all of us, for the rest of this week, we will be using google classroom exclusively. Also, once we start on schoology (March 30), we will use both google classroom and schoology until everyone gets the hang of it.

    Background:
    Why have I not reached out or responded to your emails? Since we left school, the district required all teachers to not communicate with students until they figured out their distance learning plan. That restriction has now been lifted, and we can resume communication. The district was worried about being fair to students, and they wanted to make sure that teachers do not tell students information which may contradict what the district, city, state, and federal government are telling you and your families.

    The Survey:
    I know very little about what is going on or how to best help you with Distance Learning. The 'Distance Learning Plan' is still largely undefined and evolving. The district's priority right now is getting food to students and loaning chromebooks to students that need them. Curriculum and pacing for it is a big unknown. This is why I am asking you to complete the survey I'm linking below. It will give me a better idea of what I can do to help you as we move forward with distance learning online.

    You will notice that many questions look similar to one another, but they have minor differences. Those minor differences are a BIG DEAL for me as they will help me understand your access to technology in detail. Please read all the prompts carefully.

    Also, please know I am very sensitive to the fact that everyone is in different places (emotionally, psychologically, and physically), and the idea of distance learning may raise for some anxieties about unrealistic work loads and obligations to learn new concepts and skills all on your own. This is why I am asking you to complete this survey as well. I need to know what your situation is so I can best serve you and meet your learning needs.

    If you cannot complete this survey, you likely also do not know I have posted this message, in which case this message may not help you. For those of you who do have access, if you could reach out to others from class and let them know I am posting a survey, I would deeply appreciate it.

    Please find the survey here:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecr1-6-YLRunSDAsXMe8UlF97qR2jeIiKywlxSqFc5GoYDWw/viewform?usp=sf_link

    On a personal note, I miss you all, and I hope you're all okay. Remember, we are all, yes ALL of us, in this together. It may not feel like it because we are at home, quarantined, apart from one another. What could be more opposite to together than quarantine? Still, we are in this together; we're all on quarantine. Reach out to one another and check in.

    Talk to you soon!
    Mr. O 

     

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    For the duration of the remainder of the time we will spend Distance Learning, I will be available my email:

    poppenheim@fcusd.org