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MY granddaughter has been using Dreambox as part of her daily lessons. I asked her teacher if this access would be available through the summer break. She thought the contract may expire at the end of June, biennium budget perhaps? Will this be renewed in July? If not, is there another way to utilize the program?
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I would like to know if the district and/or state have seriously thought about a modified year round schedule. I was a teacher for 3 years in AZ which had that schedule. The teachers, parents and students loved it. We started school in early August, took a 2 week break in October, 2 weeks late December/early January and 2 weeks in March with the school year ending late May. With a learning gap that develops anyways with the existing schedule this may be an ideal way to help prevent the gaps and really address the gap that the Covid 19 reaction of closures has caused. I'm truely concerned about how the traditional schedule cannot meet students academic and social needs post Covid 19.
Hello. As we near the end of this semester, my family is trying to decide if we will stay at LC, or move forward with an established, online homeschooling program for the duration of this pandemic. Does the district envision a similar online experience to what our student currently is doing, when we reopen in the fall? I have heard possibilities of halftime online with halftime in person instruction this fall. Thank you.
Is it up to the elementary schools or the district what the online learning looks like. I am finding the software somewhat frustrating. I find it absolutely ridiculous that my child does an assignment online and then I have to take a picture with my phone and email it to the teacher. There has to be an easier and better way of learning. My child should be able to do some assignments independently.
I am currently going through the first steps to enroll my child for 2020-2021 school year. What percentage ethnicities should I claim for my child? I have in the past gotten his DNA tested with Ancestry. I know DNA and culture is a bit different, so I thought I would ask what minimum percentage ancestors "count" in the enrollment/primary school environment.
The way you have secondary subjects set up for online learning is very frustrating. My daughter can not plan her week because each subject information comes on a different day and the weeks for each class are not monday-friday. If all weekly information could come on friday for the next week, or even monday morning for all subjects it would be so much easier.
It is also frustrating that each teacher posts things differently so the kids have to search for information and try to remember which teacher posts thing where. Teams, their website, email, onenote, etc. It is easy to miss something.
Hopefully this is something that can be done to unify this to make it easier for these kids to be successful and be less frustrated.
I am very glad to hear that SPS has finally gotten onboard with a distance learning program. I am excited to hear that each child will have individual tasks and lessons to complete over the course of the week that will then be evaluated and graded by their teacher.
Is there a place where the parents can view all of the information pertaining to our children? One log in, one site that we can visit each child's classroom and view the information that they need? I have five children in three different schools and I am still working full time, from home. My husband has been logging in with the children every morning to view their assignments and guide them through their day, but he is back to work full time, so is now unavailable during the day.
Can you please point me toward the single access point? I have Class Dojo, PowerPoint and my students log into Clever, Team Meetings, Blackboard and there is probably somewhere else they are needing to log in that I don't have the information for. Please help.
I am currently “homeschooling” five SPS students in grades 4 through 12. Every day I receive multiple emails saying that Spokane Public Schools will have more information “soon” or “after the meeting on Wednesday” or “on Sunday”. My question is what is taking so long? We have been out of school for over a month. Teachers and administrators are being paid for full-time work and if they are really working full-time we should be up and running a little better.
This is a challenging time and I appreciate that this is not at all how any of us thought the school year would go. I am an instrumental teacher in Spokane and hear from many of my students that they are not getting instruction time with teachers; the grade schoolers have received "activity packets", but the parents definitely feel left on their own. I continue to teach my students online and I know of a private school where the class has two or three Zoom sessions each week and the teachers also have daily office hours, another school is using Google Classroom, and a third has a 1-1 1/2 hour Zoom session with students 2-3 times per day. I am concerned, as a teacher and taxpayer, about the apparent loss of teacher-student interaction. I know we have a Virtual Learning program in this state; I've seen the ads in previous years and know a District #81 teacher who taught those online classes. It seems these resources----the already set-up VL and our certificated, dedicated teachers---are not being used to their fullest extent. In addition, the verbiage in the descriptions of student expectations at this time indicates that all of the work is optional, that for high schoolers, it doesn't even count towards a grade. The District has been truly conscientious about providing all students with a laptop and internet access. There really are no excuses at this point for families not to have access to Virtual Learning resources. I surely do think that more student-teacher interaction would benefit the students and their parents. Filling 2-4 hours daily with instruction without much teacher input is very challenging and the parents who still have jobs may not be able to support their children's learning in this way. Another consideration: without frequent, instructional student-teacher interaction, I wouldn't be surprised if many families choose homeschooling next fall; being bereft of the daily expertise of certificated teachers may well lead many to think there's not an academic reason to return to school. To summarize: could the District offer Virtual/Distance Learning with their regular teachers to all students? Thank you for all your thought and effort.
Has the district considered expanding or modifying the times when meals can be picked up during the closure? Having every site only open for one hour each day is very limiting to families that may still be working or have another obligation. (ie: I had a doctor's appointment today at 10:30am and was not finished until 12:15pm) If a secondary location was still open from 12pm-1pm, that would have been an option for us, but it isn't available.
Why are all the Shadle Park classes on different platforms. This is ridiculous. I work full time and now I'm supposed to track down log in information for 5 different classes? Please please please, figure out a way to make this a better process. One of my son's teachers gave 20 different assignments. This is beyond my capability in a time of huge stress and change and upheaval. Please talk to your educators. Help our kids by being consistent for heavens sake.
I would like to know what the expectation should be of teachers during this closure
My son who is a a Junior at LC in many AP classes has only had one teacher with any plan or communication. I am very frustrated but realize I don’t know what is expected of these educators so let’s start there