• 6 April 2020

    Kodiak Families,

    Students have been out of school since Friday, March 13th. The United States was just beginning to coordinate a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. West Ada School District made judgments and decisions about the safety of students and staff based on information changing daily. Central District Health and the State Board of Education was gathering information in alignment with the governor’s stay at home order. The determination was made on Sunday, March 15th to cancel school through Sunday, March 29th. With the rapidly changing and evolving situation along with guidance from the State Board of Education, it was decided to cancel school through Sunday, April 19th. The State Board of Education will make determinations if further school cancellation may be necessary.

    During this time of school closure staff has missed our students dearly. We are excited for school to resume, but the safety of students and staff is our priority. We know school is often constant in many student’s lives. School provides a meaningful outlet not only academically but socially. During this time, grade level counselors are available via e-mail. Counselors have many resources to offer throughout this time of uncertainty.

    While schools have been closed, West Ada School District has worked to develop a plan to deliver content remotely. The purpose of remote delivery is to provide ALL students with equitable access to the same learning resources. Remote learning does not simply mean online learning. Rather, remote learning provides students with digital and hard copy resources to continue learning. School may be physically closed however, the learning will continue. Victory Middle School staff began the work of transitioning to remote learning on Wednesday, April 1st. We have chosen to provide students and parents with one resource packet per grade level. The next several pages outline the remote learning plan. Please reference the DRAFT resource packet as you review the remote learning plan.

    Thank you for your continued patience and words of kindness as we continually strive to find a remote learning solution that is best for all families. We are confident our remote learning plan will be a meaningful way for students to continue the learning process. The intent is not to burden or overwhelm families. Thank you for continuing to check the West Ada School District website for important updates. We have also added a remote learning tab at the top of the Victory Middle School website to allow families to gather electronic resources. The remote learning channel will be viewable to VMS parents and students on Friday, April 10th. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Go Kodiaks!

    Partners in learning,

    Will Schumaker, Principal

    schumaker.william@westada.org

    Victory Middle School

     

    Remote Learning Plan

    Beginning Monday, April 13th parents and students will have access to a content-rich packet that will outline a recommended daily schedule. The packet will have a menu of resources in math, ELA, science, social studies, physical activities, and electives.

    • Parents and students will receive an e-mail each Monday with links to the resource packet for the week.
    • The resource packet will be in PDF formatting and word formatting to allow students to work directly in the packet using a computer.
    • Students can access the Office 365 suite from home via the West Ada School District website.
    • If students are having issues logging in, please contact the IT help desk at (208)350-5300.
    • We recommend parents do NOT print the packet from home. Rather, printing only parts of the packet or having students work on a separate piece of blank copy/lined paper is preferred.
    • The resource packet will NOT be graded and will not need to be handed in for credit.
    • Students without adequate access to the internet and/or computer will be provided a hard copy.
    • The hard copy and electronic resource packet are identical

     

    Remote Learning Plan Phase 2

    Phase two will introduce new fourth-quarter learning. Phase two will start on Monday, April 27th and end on Tuesday, June 2nd.

     

    Suggested Student Daily Schedule

    Students will have the option to follow a recommended daily schedule. Teachers will be working throughout the day to collaborate remotely with their colleagues. Teachers will be available to answer student e-mail questions during their “online office hours” from 1:00 to 2:30 Monday through Friday.

    Suggested Student Schedule

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    8:00-8:45

    Physical Activity

    Physical Activity

    Physical Activity

    Physical Activity

    Physical Activity

    8:45-9:45

    MATH

    MATH

    MATH

    MATH

    MATH

    9:45-10:45

    ENGLISH

    ENGLISH

    ENGLISH

    ENGLISH

    ENGLISH

    10:45-11:00

    Break

    Break

    Break

    Break

    Break

    11:00-11:45

    SCIENCE

    SCIENCE

    SCIENCE

    SCIENCE

    SCIENCE

    11:45-12:15

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    12:15-1:00

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    1:00-2:30

    ONLINE TEACHER HOURS

    ONLINE TEACHER HOURS

    ONLINE TEACHER HOURS

    ONLINE TEACHER HOURS

    ONLINE TEACHER HOURS

    2:30-3:00

    ELECTIVE CHOICE

    ELECTIVE CHOICE

     

    ELECTIVE CHOICE

     

    ELECTIVE CHOICE

     

    ELECTIVE CHOICE

     

     

    Packet Access

    Teachers have contacted students to determine if families have access to an adequate device and internet at home. This information has been documented in PowerSchool and will be used to help us implement our remote learning plan.

    • For students with adequate access to the internet and a computer at home, the packet will be available on the Victory Middle School website within the remote learning tab.
    • For students who do NOT have access to the internet and/or a computer, we will provide a hard copy packet that can be picked up from the front of the school.
      • Only enough hard copy packets will be printed based on the number of students that do NOT have adequate access.
      • Technology devices will not be provided to middle school students at this time.
      • Parents and students will be able to come to Victory Middle School starting on Monday, April 13th after 9 AM to gather a hard copy packet.
      • The packets will be placed in a filing cabinet at the front of the school near the main entrance.
      • Parents can pull up in the student drop off lane and walk up to the labeled grade level filing cabinet and gather their packet.
      • It is recommended that parents and students use a glove when gathering materials from the filing cabinet to limit the possibility of virus spread.
      • Parents/students are REQUIRED to practice social distancing at the cabinets. Please stay back a minimum of 6 feet from other people when collecting materials. Tape on the ground will indicate the appropriate social distancing.
      • The cabinet will be disinfected by our custodial staff on a regular schedule.
      • The hours for hard copy packet pickup are:
        • Monday 9 AM to 4 PM
        • After 4 PM on Monday, the packets will be placed inside until the file cabinet.

     

    Weekly Resource Packet Schedule

    Below is the weekly tentative schedule we will follow for the distribution of electronic and hard copy resource packets. Please be mindful this may change as the virus progresses. ALL resource packets will be made available Mondays at 9 AM.

    Date available for pickup:

    End date of the lesson:

    Weekly Focus:

    Monday, April 6th

    Friday, April 24th

    Students begin checking PowerSchool for missing assignments. Coordinate with the teacher to turn in missing work electronically. Coordinate to re-do any assignments/assessments to improve the overall grade.

    Monday, April 13th

    Friday, April 17th

    Phase 1 remote learning resource packet made available

    Monday, April 20th

    Friday, April 24th

    Phase 1 remote learning resource packet made available

    Monday, April 27th

    Friday, May 1st

    Phase 2 remote learning resource packet made available

    Monday, May 4th

    Friday, May 8th

    Phase 2 remote learning resource packet made available

    Monday, May 11th

    Friday, May 15th

    Phase 2 remote learning resource packet made available

    Monday, May 18th

    Friday, May 22nd

    Phase 2 remote learning resource packet made available

    Monday, May 25th

    Tuesday, June 2nd

    Phase 2 remote learning resource packet made available

     

    Semester 2/Quarter 3 Grades

    As of Friday, March 13th student grades were frozen. This means students will receive the grade currently shown in PowerSchool. However, students will be allowed to improve their grades if they are below a letter grade of an “A” by completing any missing work or re-doing assignments/assessments from semester 2/quarter 3. Student grades will not decrease as no NEW assignments or assessments will be added to the PowerSchool gradebook after March 13th.

     

    Semester 2/Quarter 3 Assignments

    As a part of reviewing previous content, beginning Monday, April 6th we are asking all students to log into PowerSchool and check for any assignments or assessments in which students are still missing OR any assignments/assessments that can be re-done in order to improve the grade.

    • Students will have an opportunity to turn in missing assignments and re-do assignments from semester 2/quarter 3 to improve their grades.
    • Teachers have removed the NHI (Never Handed In) indicator and replaced it with a grade of 0% and a yellow missing indicator for any assignments that were not handed in during semester 2/quarter 3 (January 21st through March 13th).
    • As of Friday, March 13th the grade in PowerSchool is the grade students will earn for semester 2 UNLESS they work to improve the grade by turning in missing work and re-doing assignments.
    • Please coordinate with the teacher via e-mail to turn in missing work. Assignments/Assessments should be turned in electronically if possible.
    • If missing work cannot be turned in electronically, we will have a location at the front of the school for missing work to be handed in. The hand in location will be checked on Mondays. The materials will be scanned and e-mailed to the appropriate teacher. When handing in missing assignments as a hard copy, please use the folder provided and include a completed form provided at the hand in location.

     

    Communication

    The staff is working remotely from home. We are asking for as much electronic communication as possible since the staff does not have easy access to a school phone. However, if you are unable to communicate through electronic means, please call the Victory Middle School main line at (208)350-4443.

    • The main phone line will not be answered. Please leave a voicemail.
    • Monday through Friday a staff member will be checking the mainline voicemail. NOT the attendance line.
    • The pertinent information will be gathered and e-mailed to the appropriate staff member.
    • The staff member will either e-mail you back or use Microsoft Teams to call you. Please note the phone number will show on your caller ID as (208)901-7702.

    Communication will continue to be sent from West Ada School District, Victory Middle School, and from teachers. Please continue to check the West Ada School District website for updated COVID-19 information.

     

    Collection of Personal Items

    Many of you would like to gather personal items from your student’s locker, PE locker, lost and found, etc. To protect the staff’s safety and follow the governors stay at home order we are not allowing students or parents to gather personal items from the school. Notification will be sent to parents and students when it is safe to return to the building. The remote learning plan will not require any resources from your student’s locker. We have implemented a social distancing plan in alignment with Central District Health’s guidelines. This includes limiting access to the facility, staff working remotely, and students staying at home.