Principal's Message 9/11/20
Dear Shorecrest Students and Families,
We are coming to the end of week two of the school year and we are feeling pretty exhausted. Teachers are learning how to pace course content and students are learning how to pace themselves too. This is not a sprint. It is a marathon. We all need to give ourselves permission to slow down and settle into a sustainable pace. This weekend, encourage your student to take a break from screen time, to catch their breath, and to rest. Remember, persistence not perfection is our focus right now.
Parents and Guardians, your students are working hard. So, rather than adding more to their plates, I am assigning YOU a bit of homework this weekend. Family Canvas Support PDF
- Check your student’s progress on Canvas and see what they are doing and how they are doing
- Be 100% positive and encouraging
Attendance Reminder: If your student is absent from a Zoom class they must complete the Daily Attendance Check In Form (link is provided on each teacher’s Canvas page). For questions about attendance, please contact our Attendance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (206)393-4294.
Materials/Supplies Distribution: Over two nights this past week we distributed text books, art supplies, lab and spiral notebooks, planners, music instruments, and literary texts to all Shorecrest students. It took a tremendous team effort to coordinate, bar code, and issue all these materials in a manner that would allow for quick and easy pick up for our families. If you were unable to come this week, we are hosting a Materials/Supplies Make-Up Distribution on Wednesday, September 16 from 11 am to 1 pm in the North Lot of campus behind the theater. This is a drive through event only. Please remain in your vehicles, wear a mask, and bring a slip of paper with your student’s first and last name. A staff member will pick up the slip and return with the needed course supplies. Our staff will be wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and following safety protocols and health guidelines.
Open House: Please hold the date Thursday, October 1 and the time frame of 7:00-8:30 pm for our first ever Shorecrest Virtual Open House. We are planning to coordinate an opening session followed by brief visits to all of your student’s classes so you can meet their teachers and get a feel for what Virtual High School is like. We will send more information in next week’s Friday Broadcast.
Remember to subscribe to the Shorecrest News Network (SCNN) to stay connected with our school-wide videos and virtual assemblies. SCNN Network: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX1x1-90u-vLcPillTmnd7Q
Principal's Message 9/4/20
Dear Shorecrest Students and Families,
Thank you. Together, we have launched the 2020-2021 school year. It has truly been an “all hands on deck” effort. We are grateful for each of you. Your support, good humor, and patience have not gone unnoticed. Everyone is learning and adjusting. Teachers are happy, so happy, to be working with students again. Students are showing up, participating, and doing their part, about 96% of our students were present for the first three days of class.
We are one tough, flexible, adaptable, and resilient community. Continue to take one step, one day, at a time. We will settle into this new routine. Persistence, not perfection, is the goal.
Schedule Changes: We are only allowing schedule changes for Seniors who have graduation requirements to fulfill or students with service needs (IEP, 504, or ELL) or students who were not placed in the correct level (i.e. placed in Alg 2 when they should be in Alg 1). Typically, we do much more to accommodate student preferences so this is particularly challenging for everyone -- including our counselors who want to meet student needs. We simply cannot make schedule changes. Our schedule is delicately balanced with cohort groupings to meet social distancing guidelines so we are able to pivot into Hybrid instruction. It is the most complex, layered schedule we have ever built.
Shorecrest Attendance Policy, 2021-2022: For information on our attendance policy while in Remote Learning, please refer to the Attendance page. Watch this short video for an overview of our attendance policy: https://youtu.be/iC0tv2cMPIk
Shorecrest Grading Guidelines and Timelines, 2021-2022 School Year: Please see this PDF document which contains an overview of our grading terms and grading guidelines. The biggest change to note is the change to when grades are final and placed on transcripts. With the 3 by 3 schedule, students are earning credit (in 0.5 credit increments as before) but, with more frequency. Each time a student completes 0.5 credit, the grade received will be entered as a final, transcripted grade. This will happen four times a year in the 3 by 3. In our traditional 6 period schedule, grades were transcripted and final only two times a year -- at the end of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2. In the 3 by 3, grades will be finalized and transcripted four times a year. You may also watch this video which was shared with students this week: https://youtu.be/SN7ns1z_UrQ
Staying Connected to Shorecrest’s Student Culture: Our ASB Student Leaders have adopted the following goal for the 2020-2021 school year: “We will develop our inclusive, vibrant school culture by reaching out, supporting, and connecting the members in our community through creative and virtual means.” Our students are putting this into action by creating various videos and virtual assemblies. They shared various start of year videos this week to welcome everyone back. Our student clubs will be launching (Virtual Clubs) in the coming weeks. Student Council will begin shortly as will Highlander Home. And, we will still hold regular Class Meetings for each class throughout the year. While all is happening virtually, these are rituals and routines that help us all stay grounded and connected.
At home, we highly encourage you to subscribe to the Shorecrest News Network (SCNN) to stay connected with our school-wide videos and virtual assemblies. Click here to link to SCNN Network on YouTube.
Shorecrest PTSA - Join us for our first meeting over Zoom!
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We recognize that this school year brings new challenges and opportunities, and believe that these will be faced best together. Please join us for our first meeting of the year next week, Tuesday September 8 at 7pm. It will be held over Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99245538945
Shorecrest PTSA strives to connect parents, teachers, and students in our school community. This year, maybe more than ever, we need your voice to enhance our ability to serve all children and families. You can become a member at Shorecrestptsa.org, and learn about the programs we support. If your family is new to Shorecrest, welcome! We look forward to getting to know you, answering your questions, and hearing your ideas.
Principal's Message 8/28/20
August 28, 2020
Dear Shorecrest Students and Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This is a very different sort of kick off, that is for sure, but our school spirit and our sense of community is alive and well.
All of us are looking forward to coming together virtually on September 2 and connecting with old friends, meeting new people, and learning in engaging and innovative ways. Our teachers are especially excited to see and work with students again. They very much missed the regular connection with classes last spring! We know that having some routine and consistency will be helpful for each and every one of us. For Students: Print out and post the daily bell schedule, start creating a workspace for yourself at home, and get excited for a later start time of 8:50 am while we are in Remote Learning. 😉
Despite all the changes we are facing this school year, many things remain the same starting with our commitment to supporting each student’s intellectual and social growth. Our Shorecrest traditions will continue -- from having Highlander Home families to hosting virtual school assemblies -- and Fridays are still SC spirit wear days. We are working on developing virtual student clubs and activities, and look forward to sharing more with you about how to get involved. Stay strong, Shorecrest. We got this!
Lisa Gonzalez, Principal
Parents and Guardians...
You Have a Remote Homework Assignment! Please update your information on Family Access (click here)! Once you log in, it will guide you through. Make sure we have your correct email address to receive school communication, the correct family phone number for phone notifications, and your updated mailing address to receive school/district mail.If you need assistance logging into Family Access, please contact our Registrar, Tina Marier, at (206) 393-4293, or send an email to email@example.com
Getting Started: If you find yourself in LINK OVERDRIVE (too many links, too little time), save yourself the headache and just bookmark the Shorecrest Homepage (click here). As the school year begins, that is where you will find everything you need.
Shorecrest 2020-2021 School Year Start Up Information
Freshmen & New Enrollees Chromebook Distribution is on September 1. All incoming 9th graders and new enrollees will be issued a Chromebook. Please use this link to find the forms you need to complete in order to pick up your Chromebook: https://www.shorelineschools.org/chromebooks
Current/Returning Students do not need to complete Chromebook forms or go through a check out process this fall as you should already be in possession of your school-issued Chromebook.
Technical Support: For Chromebook technical support please complete an online tech support form (click here). Returning students, this is the time to be sure your Chromebook is ready for our first day of school on September 2.
Student Schedules: 2020-2021 class schedules will be available to view on Family Access or Canvas on Monday, August 31. To access schedules, go to the Shorecrest Homepage (click here). Here you will find the links to access schedules under the Students Tab at the top of the home page on the SC website. If you have trouble logging in, please contact our registrar, Tina Marier, at (206) 393-4293, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Day of School: The first day of school is Wednesday, September 2. The first class begins at 8:50 am. The last Zoom class ends at 3:00 pm and students have 3:00-3:30 to work independently on asynchronous activities and access help from teachers. We will be sending out on September 1 (day before the first day of school) an email with information with specific instructions on How to Log On to Your First Zoom class of the 2020-2021 school year. This will be sent to K12 student email accounts and to family email accounts. Please be sure to have updated your email addresses and phone numbers in Family Access!
School Supplies and Course Materials: We will be distributing texts and other course supplies/materials the week of September 8-11. Please stay tuned for more information on pick up days and times. Your teachers will let you know the supplies/materials you will need at home in the first days of the school year. We recommend that you have: colored pens, highlighters, pencils, erasers, spiral notebooks for note taking, and a paper planner at the ready for day one! (We have a limited supply of Shorecrest planners for sale - $6 each. They can be purchased through the district Online payment system, Touchbase. And they would be available for pick up with the textbooks and course materials on September 8-11.) If you have materials from the 2019-2020 school year to return, we will incorporate drop off into our distribution days for this school year. For now, hold tight, and wait for additional information.
Free and Reduced Price Meals, Scholarships and Financial Assistance: Students may apply for free and reduced price meals and because of COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits outside of school. P-EBT is a new and temporary food benefit to help families buy groceries when schools are closed. New applications for Free and Reduced Price Meals must be completed at the beginning of EACH school year. Applications will be mailed to all families. You may also apply on-line at Shoreline Meals Application. High School students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will have access to a variety of other fee waivers or fee reductions for PSAT, SAT, and AP testing. Please apply to receive these additional benefits even if you do not plan on picking up meals or eating at school.
Weekly Meal Boxes: During the remote learning period, we will offer weekly meal boxes through an electronic pre-order system. To pre-order meals, please complete this form on the district website: Pre-Order Meals Form
Financial need will not be a barrier to any program or activity at Shorecrest. If your student/family is in need of financial assistance to help reduce or eliminate the cost of any class, field trip, athletic, or activity related fees, please complete the following secure Google form Family Needs Survey. You will be contacted by a SC staff member either by phone or email to confirm financial assistance. This information will remain private and confidential.
Athletics Updates: Fall sports have been postponed. The most current information regarding athletic programs under the Washington State Safe Re-Opening Plan and Department of Health Guidance is being posted on our district website at Athletics Information
Voluntary Student Accident Insurance: Please click here to see the explanatory letter and link’s Shoreline School District’s affordable Voluntary Student Accident Insurance for 2020-2021 offered by Myers-Stevens & Toohey. This parent letter and the insurance options will also be up on the district main website and your school website (by Curtis) under the “Community” tab in the next few weeks.
Shorecrest Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM on School Days
- Main Office: (206) 393-4286
- Counseling Office: (206) 393-4296
- ASB Office: (206) 393-4291
All school business will be conducted online, by phone, or by zoom appointment. Any in-person meetings will need to be scheduled ahead of time and follow Department of Health guidelines. Drop-in appointments are not possible at this time as our building remains closed to the public. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Need to Talk with a School Counselor? Please go to the SC Counseling Page to schedule an appointment with your student’s counselor.
Schedules, Electives, and Updated Class Offerings
P.E. Courses -- We are offering three P.E. courses this school year including Strength and Conditioning, Walking and Yoga, and Individual Sports. Due to health/safety guidelines we are unable to offer Senior Lifetime Sports, Team Sports, or Volleyball.
Zero Period Courses -- We are postponing any Zero Period courses until Term 2.
English 9, 10, IPS, and Chemistry -- Honors and Standards sections are combined for all of these courses. If you see an Honors course in your schedule that you did not request, know that you are in a course that has a blend of students who selected Honors and some who did not. You will have the choice to pursue the Honors course extensions and challenges or to continue with the Standard course content.
Art -- We are unable to offer Ceramics this year due to the challenges in doing so in a remote learning environment. We have increased the number of Introduction to Art sections to meet student needs and fulfill graduation requirements.
Principal's Message 8/18/20
August 18, 2020
Dear Shorecrest Students and Families,
Our district just released our daily/weekly schedule for Remote Learning 2.0. This schedule includes a blend of asynchronous (individual work, not on-line together at the same time) and synchronous learning experiences (together, on-line learning at the same time, “live”) for our secondary students. This schedule will be posted and available on our district website as well as our Shorecrest Homepage.
In addition, we will also be implementing a class schedule at the middle and high schools that better supports our students in a school year when we anticipate transitioning from Remote to Hybrid to Fully In-Person models of instruction. This new schedule is one we are calling the 3 x 3.
In a 3 x 3 Schedule, students will:
- Participate in 3 classes vs. 6 classes at any given time;
- Experience a reduced workload in the number of classes they will need to manage while also navigating a new on-line learning environment;
- Access deeper and more concentrated learning experiences;
- Experience smaller class sizes in order to personalize learning as well as support social interactions between students and between teachers and students.
- Continue to earn credits needed, fulfill graduation requirements, and prepare for post secondary plans.
To help understand what this model means, take a look at these sample year-long schedules to see it from the student experience.
Our efforts will be spent on balancing student schedules to ensure that there is an equal distribution between core classes and elective classes between terms.
Students who receive ELL or IEP related services in this model will have courses balanced between the terms to ensure their needs are met. For example, beginner ELL students will have ELL 1 & 2 both terms. Students who receive support in Math, English, Social Skills, or Study Skills will continue to have their needs met through our various support models including Co-Taught Classes, Skills specific courses, and through Highlander Home. IEP Managers will follow up with families to ensure that IEP goals and minutes are addressed within the 3 x 3 schedule.
There will be no schedule changes this school year due to the delicate balance of maintaining class sizes in our anticipated pivot to hybrid learning. The only exception will be for Seniors who have graduation requirements to fulfill and to students receiving student services such as students who qualify for ELL services, students with IEPs, and students with 504s. We are unable to make changes based on preference requests such as requesting a change in elective or making a change from an AP course to a Standard Course.
When will Schedules be Available?
We will have schedules accessible for students and families on Family Access and Canvas on August 31.