Morey Parent and Student Remote Learning Guides

Morey Remote Learning Parent Guide (The Student Guide follows.)

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Who to contact Your child’s SUCCESS Seminar teacher is the first point of contact for any instructional questions or needs: (Morey staff list). This teacher will call you and your child during the week of August 17th to introduce themselves and share contact information.

Morey Support Staff (Dean, Psychologist/Social Workers/School Counselor) continue to be here to support our students during this unusual time.  We want to remind you all that we are here for any social/emotional support, just like a normal school day. If you are feeling anxious or need to talk about anything please feel free to reach out to any of us below so we can connect:

Remote Learning Expectations Students will complete daily live lessons with their teachers. This will allow students to engage with both their peers and teachers. Teachers will be able to provide real-time feedback to students on their work with lessons that are grounded in grade level standards or above grade level standards.

If students are unable to attend live classes, the teacher will upload the video recording of that day’s lesson by 8:00am the next morning. Students should still “check in”(e-mail or call)  with the teacher before 3:00 pm to let them know they are working on the assignments and should be counted as “present.” 

Student Schedule Students will engage in daily live lessons with all of their classes. Students will have live instruction in 3 core classes (Math, Language Arts, Science or Social Studies), an elective class and Success Seminar daily. 

The student’s day starts at 9 am and concludes at 2:15 pm, unless the student is assigned an intervention period. Students will have 45 minutes for lunch. 

Intervention periods are for students who would benefit from additional academic or social & emotional support and for students with IEP or 504 Plans that require support minutes. Students will be notified if they have an intervention period. 

The student’s 60-minute  class will be broken up into two parts:  30 minutes of lesson/lecture and 30 minutes of critical practice (kids working independently in front of class, teacher giving feedback to students, pulling small groups to reinforce skills, etc.)

Sample Schedule:
Coursework Completion All assignments/coursework will need to be submitted in the Summit Learning Platform before the start of the next school day, unless an alternate due date is assigned by the teacher. Any unfinished coursework from the day becomes homework. The first days of school will be spent teaching kids how to access the platform. 
Daily Attendance Students will be expected to engage in all of their live classes, including core and elective classes, unless an asynchronous schedule better accommodates their learning needs. If working asynchronously, students should email or call the teacher before 3:00 pm so they are marked “present.”
SUCCESS Seminar (Advisory) Students will attend daily “SUCCESS Seminar” advisement classes that will cover important social emotional learning for Middle School students. Advisement teachers will be the point of communication for families and students during the school year.  This time is an opportunity for students to make connections with their peers and form friendships that will strengthen when they return to in person classes at Morey.  These teachers will be reaching out the week of Aug. 17th to introduce themselves and share contact information.

Each week in Seminar, students will engage in:

  1. One day mentoring live with teacher
  2. One asynchronous Thinking Project lesson (mindfulness)
  3. One asynchronous Social/Emotional Learning lesson 
  4. One asynchronous Justice lesson
  5. Friday in-person Fun days (build advisory community, socialize, joy)
Summit Platform All school work, assignments, and grades will be found on the Summit platform. As a parent, you can have access to Summit. Please read this Parent Login Guide to login to Summit. When you are ready to discuss your child’s work in Summit, click on this Check-In Guide. This document will give you the same keywords that your child uses to navigate Summit.
SPED Special Education teachers will: communicate accommodations to classroom teachers, provide push-in supports/observations during remote learning, and pull students for small group instruction and 1:1 during critical practice and the intervention block. 
HGT If cohort sizes allow, HGT classes will be accelerated as in a normal year. Proper pacing and lesson development will align with the needs of the particular students in the class. Bertie will work with teachers in these classrooms to ensure that teachers know each student’s academic strengths, interests and social/emotional needs.

ALP goals will be created through student-facing lessons and via collaborative parent conversations.

Depending on a child’s specific social or emotional growth areas, students may receive additional support through one-on-one or small group meetings with Bertie.

Problems accessing remote learning If students have a technology issue (cord, charger, computer), the student or parent should first email our technology specialist, Miguel Rodriguez (miguel_rodriguez2@dpsk12.org) and copy their SUCCESS Seminar teacher. 

If the problem is with logging into the Summit platform, the student or parents should email Bertie Fiz (bertie_fiz@dpsk12.org) and copy their SUCCESS Seminar teacher.

Tips for Parents/Guardians:.

  1. Set up a structure for how and when schoolwork should be done. (It is ideal for this to be a place that is non-cluttered with few distractions). 
  2. Encourage your students to exercise daily – at least 30 minutes to one hour
  3. Monitor leisure screen time and what your child is doing on social media.  
  4. Check your child’s Summit Learning  account weekly at minimum to support academic progress.
  5. Spend time together as a family whether that’s playing games, going for a walk or trying the newest Tik Tok dance. Find ways to connect with your kids. 
  6. Set up systems in which kids have independent leisure time not directed by you.  Togetherness is wonderful but everyone (including you) needs time away from one another, especially in circumstances in which we are required to stay home.
  7. Engage family members in discussions involving feelings about what is happening. We need to model for our kids how to talk about things, especially the hard things. Young people have lots of questions during times like this.  You may not have the answers, and it’s okay to admit that, but it is important for family members to have open discussions.
  8. Remember to give yourself and your family grace during this time as this is new to all of us! Let’s model resiliency for our children and work together to get through this crisis.

Teachers’ emails and additional information is on the Morey website under the “About Us” tab at the top: http://morey.dpsk12.org/about-us/staff-directory/

Helpful Resource during this time:

Morey Remote Learning Student Guide

Daily Schedule Students will engage in daily live lessons with all of their classes. Students will have live instruction in 3 core classes (Math, Language Arts, Science or Social Studies), an elective class and Success Seminar daily. 

The student’s day starts at 9 am and concludes at 2:15 pm, unless the student is assigned an intervention period. Students will have 45 minutes for lunch. 

Intervention periods are for students who would benefit from additional academic or social & emotional support and for students with IEP or 504 Plans that require support minutes. Students will be notified if they have an intervention period. 

Sample Schedule:
Virtual Classroom Norms Students will mute their microphones during their classes and ask questions via chat.

Students should attend their classes in a quiet space free from distractions. 

Students will sign into platforms with their preferred first and last name and preferred pronouns.

Students will use school appropriate language in all communication (chats, emails, written work, comments, PearDeck, GoogleMeets, etc.)

All Google Account pictures should be set to a picture of the student’s face. 

What if you get frustrated? Students ask questions to their teachers via chat function on Google Meets. Check the chat box to see if your classmates have the same questions.

If frustration continues, advocate your needs to the teacher in an email or phone call. If they know what’s happening to you, they can put in supports to make sure you start to feel more successful.

If you have an IEP or 504 and need additional support, connect with your case manager, too. 

Academic Participation Expectations Students will put forth best efforts and attempt all course work provided. 

Participating means turning in work each day (or when the teacher sets the deadline), putting questions in the chat box when unsure, participating in discussions, showing work when it’s time, etc. 

Intervention teachers will connect with you to schedule intervention classes from 2:15pm – 3:00pm. If you are assigned to intervention classes you must attend. 

What if I can’t log in for live teaching? If for any reason a student cannot attend their live class, the student must email their teacher by 3:00 pm in order to not be marked absent.  The student is still responsible for the work, though, and will need to turn it in by 8:00 am the next day.

 

Your teacher will post a recording of their lesson for you to watch by 8:00 am the next morning. So make sure you email/call to let the teacher you’ll be watching the lesson the next day and you’ll turn in your work then.

Self-Direction in Virtual Learning Spaces Check the Summit Launch page for ways to engage with our school community. 

Challenge yourselves and utilize the resources provided by Summit and during critical practice

Remain healthy and active- and move around during the day even if you aren’t in P.E. (It’s good for your body AND your brain!)

Reach out to any Morey adult through Summit or email at any time for support, or just to say hello! (Morey staff list). 

How will I get to know my other classmates? Attend our virtual social events to get to know your classmates from other cohorts. Each Friday Seminar teachers will host fun social events, too.

Pay attention during SUCCESS Seminar when other students present about themselves. 

Social/Emotional Supports If you’re feeling frustrated, anxious, worried, sad, or maybe unsuccessful, students can email our counselor Mr Pedersen (matthew_pedersen@dpsk12.org) or our Dean of Students (matthew_lunger@dpsk12.org) to schedule an appointment or fill out the Support Staff request form
Problems accessing remote learning If students have a technology issue (cord, charger, computer), the student or parent should first email our technology specialist, Miguel Rodriguez (miguel_rodriguez2@dpsk12.org) and copy their SUCCESS Seminar teacher. 

If the problem is with logging into the Summit platform, the student or parents should email Bertie Fiz (bertie_fiz@dpsk12.org) and copy their SUCCESS Seminar teacher.