Importance of Student Engagement
It is very important for you to engage daily and to complete assigned work to keep skills practice up and engage in relevant content for future learning settings.
Please stay connected and will we support you in making progress--academically, socially, and emotionally. We recognize the value of staying socially connected. Teachers are encouraged to build in different opportunities for you to engage with each other in non-academic ways, as a means of continuing to foster positive relationships
Length of Assignments and Workload
We are constantly vetting feedback on the workload for students and staff. You should expect to engage in coursework for each class for approximately 30 minutes.
In the effort to be mindful of the work around e-learning, we will begin taking each Friday to focus on supporting student engagement and refining our work around distance learning. Each teacher will have their established office hours and no additional instructional material/lessons in the effort to promote mastery of the essential work assigned for engagement. Students can also use those days to contact counselors, prepare for AP test(s), or engage in other pursuits that promote wellness.
Some guiding principles of student support days:
- Teachers and staff will work to support students and their learning through communication they have already accessed with students and families.
- Teachers will collaborate with colleagues on best practices for distance learning with district-based support and PLC teams within their respective departments.
This will allow students that did not have needed access the chance to have more support and time to finish assignments.
Expectations for Feedback
Teachers and staff members will give feedback in a variety of ways. At times, you will receive individualized feedback regarding work. There are also times when you will receive small or large group feedback. All feedback is intended to support student learning.
- Please communicate to your teacher how the work is going relative to workload and stress. It is important to allow us to adjust on the feedback we hear as we do this work.
- Our staff is focusing on how students can be successful with engagement during this period and providing feedback around the intended learning. We do want to support students in continued acquisition of skills that will support future ready citizens: critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.
- Distance learning period will be a separate grading category/assignment type in Tyler SIS where all grades will be placed while school is conducting distance learning. It will have different weight, with the period prior to distance learning being ⅔ of semester grade and the distance learning period being ⅓, including the final. Students should work with their individual teacher to raise their grade for the semester in addition to the work they are doing during distance learning.
- This determination was made after consulting DESE guidance and with the awareness that distance learning is impacted by many variables for students: consistent access to digital devices or the internet at home, changes in student support in distance learning, and additional demands on students.
- Teachers and staff are working with students to maintain their previous level of achievement through a myriad of supports and assessment design. Administrators and teachers are in communication when students are not able to engage and will work to excuse or reduce work missed due to lack of access. Under our current circumstances, we are working to monitor and adjust as needed for students to be successful for the remainder of the distance learning period.
- *In the case that there is an undue hardship (i.e., health-related issues, persistent access issues, etc.), administrators will have the latitude to work on behalf of students to make determinations to ensure students are successful.
We do plan on most courses conducting a comprehensive demonstration of their semester's work. Some courses have an AP test, while others have the need to continue skill and content work to support future settings and courses in lieu of a traditional final. Staff members will share their plans soon. The form will be determined by their teacher in conjunction with their colleagues and will be calculated as part of the Distance Learning category.
Check-out Process for Seniors
Seniors, pending they meet all graduation requirements and necessary coursework, will complete classes by May 8.
After reviewing survey results from parents and students, we have revised what was originally our finals week (May 18-22).
If underclassmen enrolled in courses predominantly composed of seniors have successfully demonstrated competency in the course through engagement, assessment, and task completion, they may complete the course in the same time frame as seniors. Underclassmen should contact their individual teachers if they have questions.
Week of May 11-15
- Teachers may teach new content or have students turn in a culminating project or activity with teacher or peer feedback.
- Friday, May 15 will be a student support day/turn-in work
Finals/Culminating Reflection Schedule
Monday May 11
Tuesday May 12
Wednesday May 13
Thursday May 14
Friday May 15
End-of-Year Plan by Department:
World Language: Continued Learning
Math: Continued Learning
English: Culminating Reflection
Fine Arts: Teacher feedback on projects
Industrial Technology: Continued Learning
Innovation: Capstone Projects
FACS: Capstone Projects
Business: Capstone Projects
PE: Continued Learning
Science: Culminating Reflection
Social Studies: Final Assessment
Week of May 18-22
- Recap and finalize learning for all students and not for new learning or new assignments.
- Teachers will schedule time during their set office hours to connect with students.
- Teachers will make additional efforts and outreach, and support for students, particularly those who are at-risk of not completing essential learning for the semester.
- Teachers will communicate any missing work and other “wrap-up” types of work with students.
- Students can submit incomplete or missing work.
- Students who have completed course expectations will not be expected to meet or check-in. The only students expected to complete work during the week are students who have incomplete or missing work or working to raise a grade.
Advanced Placement Tests move online
More information will be forthcoming from AP on assessments and schedule. Please follow the information from the AP College Board and your teacher.
While we understand the desire to engage in Spring Sports and school-wide activities, as long as school is closed, we are unable to organize or engage in extracurricular activities. Pending the timeline for reopening school, we will do everything possible to help salvage seasons and traditional school events to the greatest extent possible.
At this point in time, we are still planning to have educational programming for our students this summer. However, and with respect for the health and well-being all, our summer programming will be online.
Our high school students (rising 9th through rising 12th grade) will take online classes in a virtual format. High school summer school courses will run from June 1st through July 2nd. WGHS students who have already enrolled in a summer class will maintain enrollment in these virtual courses. Space is still available in some courses and interested students should reach out to their counselors regarding enrollment.
All summer school programming is dependent on full state funding. Any possible cuts to funding may cause us to alter what we are able to offer.