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Monday, March 30, 2020

Good morning East Middle School Students and Parents,

Here we are, about ready to start something together that we have never done before: remote, online teaching and learning.  One of the habits that happy and successful people engage in is Taking Responsible Risks.  This week, I ask that we all work together in the face of COVID-19 and accept that remote, online learning is the most responsible risk we can take together.  This will be new for all of us, so let’s give ourselves some grace; and remember that while our school building is closed, East Middle School is definitely open for learning!

EMS’s Staff has been working tirelessly to get prepared for this week, and we realize that you have many questions about how this will all work out.  We have a great many questions ourselves! Because of those questions and people’s uncertainties, we are entering into this week, bravely and slowly. We will strive to answer all your questions.  Please ask them and keep a close eye on your computers, Chromebooks, iPad, Macbooks and phones, as we will be reaching out to you to connect.

Here are some “Pro-Tips”  for this week:

  1. Teachers will generally be available to students Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM for online instruction.  This schedule will be kept through at least April 17th, 2020.  Student connections will occur through Schoology, Google Meets and D51 Student Gmail.

  2. Before 9:30 AM and after 12:30 PM, teachers will be collaborating together, designing online lessons, and assessing student work.  Please send them an email and they will connect with you as soon as possible.

  3. Students may have up to three (3) lessons from each of their teachers this week.  Most teacher’s lessons will lead to one assignment to complete. A lot of this week will be related to establishing online learning norms and expectations and assessing if students and families have what they need to succeed.

  4. Students, monitor your screen time:  We anticipate you completing between three to four (3-4) hours of school work each day.  This should be enough time to do what is required of your teachers. If you need a lot more, let us know and we will work with you.

  5. Students and parents, set routines that support learning and getting the work done.  If students work between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM, and then have lunch and come back for another hour or so of work in the afternoon, they should be set for success to relax into the evening, hopefully with parents.  Establish routines with bedtimes and wake-up times. Get eight (8) hours of sleep.

  6. Be active when you are not completing your online school work.  Get off the screen and ride your bike, hike a trail, play in the yard, stretch, play with your dog, do something helpful for someone else, read a paperback book or magazine, be creative and artistic. When you’re in public, keep six feet distance from others to prevent the spread of COVD-19.

  7. Parents, try to allow for your child to have some voice and choice about when they engage in their learning and school work.  Avoid power struggles about when work gets done, and prioritize that it does get done. Students, be the kind of person that your dog thinks you are.

  8. Parents and students, please look for phone calls from EMS staff members identified on your phone as “Unknown” or “No Caller ID”.  As staff members work from home, please understand we will be using our personal phones to make connections with you. Because of this we will be using a phone calling feature that allows us to protect our personal information.  If we can’t reach you at first, we will leave a message identifying when we will be calling you again. Please note, we are not robo dialers trying to sell you the next best thing, other than a great education!

I hope that these tips help you feel happy and be successful this week.

Before we get too far into our morning, I’ll leave you with this:  Another habit that successful people engage in is Working Interdependently.  Basically, this means that successful people work together.  Students and parents, please work with us today and this week.  If there is something we can do to meet your needs, please let us know.  We are in this together, and together we are better.

Timothy Fifer

Principal at East Middle School

School Hours

8th Grade Lunch-10:44am-11:14am
7th Grade Lunch-11:30am-12:00pm
6th Grade Lunch-12:18pm-12:48pm