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Principal's Post | September 28, 2020

Greetings Jet Parents! Below are the updates and reminders for this week….. 

 

Instruction and Track Out This Week

Yes, the first quarter is ending already and it’s time for our fall track out! Monday will be a regular virtual learning day, followed by asynchronous days on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, core teachers will assign work, but there will not be specials or other live instruction. Track out officially begins on Thursday and lasts until we return to virtual instruction on Monday, October 19. 

 

Positivity Project | Other People Matter: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

This week, we will study one of the five characteristics of the Other People Matter Mindset - BEING PRESENT AND GIVING OTHERS MY ATTENTION. For resources you can use at home with your child, visit the P2 for Families Portal and use the password P2. 

 

Lunch with Livengood for 3-5 Students

Students in 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade are invited to join me for Lunch with Livengood on Tuesday at noon. This is an optional, virtual gathering where I meet with students, read a book, and maybe play a game if we have time. I will post the Google Meet code/nickname in 3-5 Google Classrooms on Tuesday morning.  

 

Device Distribution

If you requested a device, but have not yet picked it up, please do so this week at Crossroads III,111 Corning Rd, Cary. The distribution times will be:

  • Monday (9/28) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday (9/29) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday (9/30) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

 

Any student who has requested a Chromebook as indicated in the Tech Survey Tool can pick up during these times. The Student Help Desk will be open at the distribution center. Students with a currently checked out Chromebook or hotspot may bring it to the distribution center to be repaired or replaced. If you need to request a device, or confirm you have requested a device, please contact Assistant Principal, Loren Pinkney, at lpinkney@wcpss.net

 

Recording of Google Meets

At the Sept. 15, 2020 Board Meeting, a revision to Board Policy 4700: Student Records was approved. This revision allows students enrolled in any online class to access video recordings of online class sessions (if recorded), upon request. Teachers are not required to record Google Meet sessions but now have the option. The primary purpose is to provide “catch up” opportunities for students who are unable to access online classes in real time due to factors beyond their control. A secondary purpose is to provide opportunities for students to review online class sessions to reinforce materials covered. 

 

As a parent, you can choose to opt out of the release of this information by submitting a written request by October 15, 2020. Please submit an email or letter to our Data Manager, Mark Flynn, at mflynn2@wcpss.net your choice to opt out of your student’s information (name, image, audio video) being shared through audio/video recordings. Please include your child’s name and teacher in the request.

 

For students who cannot be recorded, the teacher will add a live stream to the Google Meet. This will put the student(s) who opted out into a view-only mode in the Google Meet. Teachers will communicate a method to participate in the discussion or chat. The live stream can only be viewed if logged into a WakeID account.

 

Planning for Returning to In-Person Instruction

WCPSS is exploring a few options for a return to in-person instruction for elementary students on Plan B as soon as October 26.  The School Board is scheduled to vote on these proposals this Tuesday.  Here are the details from the Board work session earlier this week: A Phased Approach to Re-Opening

 

Parents will have an opportunity to request a change between Virtual Academy and Plan B. While we cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate all requests to change plans, we will do our best. Changes prior to the end of the semester will be considered for extenuating circumstances only. 

 

Have a great week and an amazing track out, Jets!

 

Take care,

Kathy Livengood