Dear Class of 2020 Families,
Congratulations! We are proud of you! We continue to plan and brainstorm for how we can best honor and celebrate all of you! Given the current status of our State and the health pandemic, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. will be our Graduation date and time. While we are clear on the date and time, it is unclear if a traditional Graduation Ceremony will be possible. If a traditional Graduation Ceremony is not possible on July 16th, we will still hold a combination of a drive-in/drive-by/virtual Graduation on the 16th. Please see the information below related to these plans.
Graduation (possibly traditional or a combination of drive-in/drive-by/virtual) is scheduled for July 16th at 7:00 p.m.
*8th Grade Trip- possibly July 14th (pending further guidance, information, and planning)
*If an 8th Grade Trip is not possible, we would cancel and provide refunds to the families who paid the fee vs. fundraised.
*If a traditional ceremony on July 16th is possible, 8th Grade Graduation practice would be July 15th at 1:00 p.m.
*If the ceremony is a combination of drive-in/drive-by/virtual, practice may occur on July 15th at 1:00 p.m.
*8th Grade Informal Make-up Graduation (informal traditional, or make-up drive-in/drive-by/virtual) would be July 21st at 3:00 p.m. (this would be for families who already had a planned trip etc., and have to miss).
We will keep you updated as we get closer to July 16th. We will be striving to make this experience as special as we possibly can while following safety precautions. Again, congrats to our Class of 2020! Go Rebels!
Dr. Matt Gordon, Superintendent
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Dr. Matt Gordon, Superintendent
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*Mission - ENGAGE OUR STUDENTS IN LEARNING, CONNECT OUR STAFF AND STUDENTS, and SUPPORT EVERYONE!
*Email Directory - Our Staff's Email Directory can be found here http://www.rankin98.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/District%7CFaculty/Staff%20Directory
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*Resources - Our District's Symbaloo (master list of online resources) can be accessed here http://www.rankin98.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Resources%7CDistrict%20Symbaloo
*Grade Levels/Subjects - Please use the tabs above to navigate to your child's grade level and subjects for Remote Learning Plan guidance.
*Daily Schedule - Parents are encouraged to help our students set up a daily routine to engage in learning. Our Teachers and Teacher Aides will be encouraging our students to do this electronically.
*Schedule for Students
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. E-Learning or E-Learning Packet work (Staff is coordinating schedule for virtual meetings, lessons, and classes).
E-Learning and E-Learning Packet work can take place before and/or after the daily 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. time period.
*ELL learners - We would coordinate a plan for students who have this need. Currently, we don’t have any students who have this need.
*Students with Special Needs - Our Special Education Teachers, Teachers, and Teacher’ Aides are reaching out to students with Special Needs individually to engage them in learning while striving to accommodate and plan for their individual needs. In addition, our staff is trying to continue to make progress on students’ IEP goals.
*Monitoring Student Engagement - We are monitoring how our students are engaging and have created a Google Doc to determine if internet help can be provided or if learning packets need to be distributed. This Doc is helping the District monitor which students are engaging on a daily basis.
*Technology - An electronic device to use at home was made available to all students.
*Communication - Students and parents will be updated about the general nature of our plan. Teachers and Teacher’s Aides are utilizing email, Google Classroom, Zoom, and other technology-based platforms to engage students in learning.
*Assessment/Grading/Credit - Retroactively back to March 16th, our staff has the autonomy to provide feedback, grades, credit, and/or assessment to students for any work and/or activities completed during this entire closure period through our future return. The stipulation is that grades, credit, and/or assessment may not negatively impact a student’s academic standing. Thus, our teachers are going to determine the academic standing (i.e. level of progress and/or cumulative grade) as of March 13th, and then ensure that the grades during this closure period do not negatively impact a student's academic standing.
*Plan Revisions/Updates – Our District is learning daily as we implement this plan. We will continue to review and/or revise our plan to address the difficulties and challenges we encounter. For any significant changes, the Rankin Association of Teachers will be consulted.
*Administrative Support - Superintendent and Principal will be assisting staff, students, and parents throughout this process.
*Superintendent Challenges - These are provided via email and Facebook Live on school days during the closure. Also, please join us on Facebook Live at 9:00 a.m. each school day.
*Transition to In-Person Instruction - The Rankin Leadership Team will collaborate and develop strategies for our staff to assist everyone upon return. Strategies to assist this transition process will strive to address assessment, differentiation, review of content, recognizing and identifying students who need additional support, meeting goals for students with disabilities, and how to provide ongoing support for staff. These strategies will be provided to staff and may vary depending on the date of return, subject area, and/or grade level.
*Questions - Please don't hesitate to contact your teachers and/or Dr. Matt Gordon, Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org.