Principal Weekly News for 5th Grade Parents

  • 5th-Grade Math Acceleration, week ending March 20, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/20/2020

    Good Evening,

     

    This is the end of week 7 of Semester 2.  I hope everyone is healthy and beginning to figure out how to “school remotely”.   You are all Super Stars!  You have been taking online math all year and now have an advantage.  You have already learned how to pace, access material, and study independently. You can use these skills to your advantage when your classroom teacher sends you work.   As far as online courses go, you will not receive any special instruction.  Students are expected to work in their online courses the same as usual when school is in session only the location of online learning has changed. The proctored tests can be taken once schools are back in session. 

     

    If your child doesn’t have regular access to a computer or internet, be sure to contact the administrator of the building where the student attends.  Arrangements are being made through the school buildings to help students with this need.

    Upcoming Dates:

    NO PROCTORING until school resumes in buildings

    March 30 - April 3 –Spring Break, classes not monitored by teachers, no Weekly Moodle Check-in this week, next Wednesday Weekly Moodle is due April 8, 2020.

    Tentative Dates (dependent on school buildings reopening):

    April 10- Last day for Math students to move to another class this year

    April 28 – Parent Teacher Conference Skyline Commons 5:00-6:30 pm (proctoring open)

    April 29- Parent-Teacher Conferences – by Zoom invite 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    May 5 – Proctoring Center closed, no school

    June 4 - Last day to return paperwork for an extension

    June 11 – Last day of the term, classes close

     

    A2Virtual+ Advisory Board

    With everything that was going on last week, this was not probably first on anyone’s mind.  However, I am still in need of parents to join our Board.  Please consider helping us out.  A2Virtual+ has an Advisory Board that meets twice a year.  Our next meeting is April 16 from 11 am – 1 pm.  Volunteer Board members should be available to commit for two years, through June 2021.  Next year A2Virtual+ will be reviewed for Cognia accreditation (formerly AdVancED) and board members will need to participate.  We have parent members as part of our board.  We now have two openings.  If you would like to volunteer to be on the A2Virtual Advisory Board, please submit your self-nomination here.  We are adding student members and looking for at least one student to represent grades 5-8 and another from high school.  If you are currently in grade 5-11 and would like to participate, please nominate yourself here.  Nominations will be open through April 5.  I hope that you would consider being a valued member of our Advisory Board.

    Reference:  Moving ahead in your math course before April 10 with Remote learning:

    Math students who are planning on accelerating before April 10, please keep in communication with your instructor.  We will not be running any proctoring sessions during the time that Ann Arbor is working remotely.  Students will be required to take all proctored tests to receive credit in the course.  However, in order to allow students who are ready to move an opportunity to keep up the momentum, we have created a provisional movement opportunity.  For students who have completed the course according to the math acceleration guidelines (with the exception of the proctored tests), the instructors will have students complete a comprehensive test, un-proctored (at home) which will determine if the student is ready to move on.  Students should not use any outside help when taking this comprehensive test. We are working on the trust factor.   Students who get a 90% or greater will be allowed to move into the next course on a provisional basis with the understanding that before credit will be awarded, all proctored tests will be taken once proctoring sessions resume and before May 7, 2020.  Students must be awarded credit and a grade in the previous course before credit can be awarded in a more advanced course.  Students will not receive any credit until all proctoring has occurred.  If your child(ren) is going to accelerate you will be asked to sign a contract acknowledging this before they are moved to the next course.  All of this will be handled by the current math teacher.  This is a temporary provisional course movement that will only be offered until we return to proctoring sessions. 

     

     

    Have a great week, be productive, be safe-

     

    Cindy Leaman

     

     

    Quick Reference:

    Link to 2019-20 Parent Online Guide

    Link to IEP/504/ATM Guidelines

    Drop-In/Proctoring Centers: On hold until school buildings reopen:

    Tuesday:  4:30-7:00 PM Skyline HS Media Center

    Thursday: arrive between 7:15-8:15 AM Balas (2555 S. State St.)

     

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  • 5th-grade Math Acceleration, week ending March 13, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/13/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening,

    This is the end of week 6 for Semester 2.  As we look at the next two weeks that the school district buildings are closed due to COVID-19 please be assured that the online classes will remain open and available to students.  As always, you can expect exceptional support from our awesome staff.  Students will still have to have a minimum of two proctor exams; the only change will be that proctoring will not be available until school resumes.  Students should continue to work in their courses a minimum of 5-7 hours a week.  Students can work more in the course(s) up to finishing everything except the proctored tests.  The proctored tests can be taken once schools are back in session.  Working ahead in the online course will lessen the school load once schools resume sessions.

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    March 13-April 5- NO PROCTORING

    March 13-March 27- Schools closed work on your courses at home

    March 17 – Information Night has been canceled.  See the message below.

    March 30-April 3 – No proctoring Spring Break, classes not monitored by teachers

    April 10- Last day to move to another class this year

    April 28 – Parent Teacher Conference Skyline Commons 5:00-6:30 pm (proctoring open)

    April 29- Parent-Teacher Conferences – by Zoom invite 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    May 5 – Proctoring Center closed, no school

    June 11 – Last day of the term, classes close

     

     

    Parent Note for the week:

    The only available classes for students in the summer until 8th grade is the second semester of math.  (Math 6B, Math 7 B, and Algebra 1B).  After Algebra 1 we do offer both the A and B sections.  In the informational presentation, we will discuss online options in Middle School and how to accelerate in other subject areas.  Math is the only competency-based mastery program and the only course that we allow students to roll-up into another section at the pace of the student.  However, there are other ways to accelerate and we will cover this in the presentation.   Summer Term information is now on our webpage under the new student tab.  The scheduled informational meeting on March 17, 2020, at Skyline in the auditorium from 6:30-7:30 pm has been canceled.  We will be offering a recorded presentation and there will be a Zoom Q & A session.  We will notify you when this has been set up.  Students will be able to sign up beginning May 1, 2020.  There is a limit to the number of students we accept in each class during the summer term.  Class enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.  The summer term is 5 weeks, from June 29-July 31.  Students who are going on vacation or going away to camp during this time should not take a summer class.  There are no extensions or withdrawals and the final grade will go on the transcript.  You must also be in town for the proctoring. 

    A2Virtual+ Advisory Board

    A2Virtual+ has an Advisory Board that meets twice a year.  Our next meeting is April 16 from 11 am – 1 pm.  Volunteers should be available to commit for two years, through June 2021.  Next year A2Virtual+ will be reviewed for Cognia accreditation (formerly AdVancED) and board members will need to participate.  We have parent members as part of our board.  We now have two openings.  If you would like to volunteer to be on the A2Virtual Advisory Board, please submit your self-nomination here.  We are adding student members and looking for at least one student to represent grades 5-8 and another from high school.  If you are currently in grade 5-11 and would like to participate, please nominate yourself here.  Nominations will be open through April 5.  I hope that you would consider being a valued member of our Advisory Board.

     

    Students who still want to accelerate to another class this school year-

    Math students who are planning on accelerating before April 10, please keep in communication with your instructor.  We will not be running any proctoring sessions during the time that Ann Arbor is working remotely.  Students will be required to take all proctored tests to receive credit in the course.  However, in order to allow students who are ready to move a chance to keep up the momentum, we have created a provisional movement opportunity.  For students who have completed the course according to the math acceleration guidelines (with the exception of the proctored tests), the instructors will have students complete a comprehensive test, un-proctored (at home) which will determine if the student is ready to move on.  Students who get a 90% or greater will be allowed to move into the next course on a provisional basis with the understanding that before credit will be awarded, all proctored tests will be taken once proctoring sessions resume and before May 7, 2020.  Students must be awarded credit and a grade in the previous course before credit can be awarded in a more advanced course.  Students will not receive any credit until all proctoring has occurred.  If your child(ren) is going to accelerate you will be asked to sign a contract acknowledging this before they are moved to the next course.  All of this will be handled by the current math teacher.  This is a temporary provisional course movement that will only be offered until we return to proctoring sessions. 

    Take care, stay healthy, and have a great, productive week,

     

      

    Have a great week-

     

    Cindy Leaman

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  • 5th-grade Math Acceleration, week ending March 6, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/6/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening,

     

    This week ends the fifth week of Semester 2.    Students need to keep pace and work with the goal of finishing all course requirements by June 11, 2020.  5th-grade Math Acceleration students are not given an extension for additional time beyond June 11 so pacing is crucial.  If your child’s fifth grade participates in a camp experience at the end of the school year, take this into account when planning. 

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    March 10 – Proctoring Center closed, no school

    March 17 - Math Club at Skyline 6 PM

    March 17 – Summer term and 20-21 School Year Information Night at Skyline, 6:30 pm

    March 30-April 3 – No proctoring Spring Break, classes not monitored by teachers

    April 10- Last day to move to another class this year

    April 28 – Parent Teacher Conference Skyline Commons 5:00-6:30 pm (proctoring open)

    April 29- Parent-Teacher Conferences – by Zoom invite 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    May 5 – Proctoring Center closed, no school

    June 11 – Last day of the term, classes close

     

     

    Parent Note for the week:

    The information night on March 17 will address the summer term and next year.  The only available classes for students in the summer until 8th grade is the second semester of math.  (Math 6B, Math 7 B, and Algebra 1B).  After Algebra 1 we do offer both the A and B sections.  At the informational meeting, we will discuss online options in Middle School and how to accelerate in other subject areas.  Math is the only competency-based mastery program and the only course that we allow students to roll-up into another section at the pace of the student.  However, there are other ways to accelerate and we will cover this on March 17.

      

    Have a great week-

     

    Cindy Leaman

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