Middle School Weekly Schedule and Recommendations for Continuous Learning During School Closure
Phase Four May 4 - June 19, 2020
Dear Kellogg Students and Families--
You are in the forefront of our minds every day as we move forward with new distance learning for the remainder of this school year. The Shoreline School District will be following the recommended guidelines for continuous student learning as shared by The Office of Superintendent of School Instruction (OSPI) on April 6th 2020. These guidelines include a recommendation for maximum time commitment for student learning each day:
- Pre–K: 30 minutes
- Grades K–1: 45 minutes
- Grades 2–3: 60 minutes
- Grades 4–5: 90 minutes
- Grades 6–8: 20 minutes per class (2.5 hours maximum per day)
- Grades 9–12: 30 minutes per class (3 hours maximum per day)
Our primary goal is to support our middle schoolers’ emotional well-being as well as their academic growth. The Home Learning Resources available on the district website and teacher’s Canvas Pages include a collection of teacher-developed online and offline lessons that are designed to meet or exceed OSPI’s recommended time commitment for middle school learners. Starting in Phase Four, all new learning for our Kellogg students will be only on teacher’s Canvas Pages through the remainder of the year.
To assist you in establishing daily and weekly routines that work best for your family, we have revised our sample middle school schedule to reflect the recommended learning time of 2.5 hours per day. For some of our families, this schedule is exactly the right fit for their students and circumstances. For other families, the schedule and OSPI’s minimum time commitment represents too much or too little time for their students and circumstances. Please remember that instruction will not occur in the same way or at the same pace while students are learning at home. Therefore, we encourage you to make the adjustments that work best for your situation.
Students and families are likely to have questions and support needs on a regular basis. Please contact our teachers regularly via district email or through Canvas. Need help with Canvas? Please visit the Canvas help site for video tutorials and written instructions.
How to be a Successful Home Learning Middle School Student
- Set your schedule and stick to it.
- We suggest starting your school day by checking Canvas and making a daily To-Do List between 9:00 to 9:30 AM.
- Teachers will be uploading lessons for each week on Monday mornings or otherwise indicated on their Canvas page.
- Organize your work space.
- Set up a dedicated and uncluttered space at a desk or kitchen table.
- Eliminate distractions
- Clean up and pack up when you are done for the day.
- Check your K12 email
- Reply to your Monday email from your tutorial teacher or other assigned teacher reaching out each week to check on your well-being, learning progress, and needs.
- Reply to any Canvas email messages or feedback from your teachers.
- We want to hear from you!
- Ask for help when needed
- Re-read the lesson directions and use the tools at your disposal.
- Teachers will have their available hours for help posted on their Canvas pages. Reach out to your teachers for help and connection as needed.
- Stay motivated and positive.
- Give yourself small rewards for staying focused and completing/submitting assignments.
- View the challenge of home learning as an opportunity to build your skills and become a more independent learner.
Sample Kellogg Middle School Student Schedule
Out of bed and dressed for the day BEFORE 9 AM.
Check Your weekly assignments Monday morning on teachers’ Canvas pages.
Make your “To Do” List While You Eat Breakfast.
9:30 - 9:50 AM
9:50 - 10:10 AM
10:10 - 10:15 AM
REST YOUR EYES
10:15 - 10:35 AM
World Language or Elective #1
10:35 - 10:55 AM
10:55 - 11:00 AM
REST YOUR EYES
11:00 - 11:20 AM
11:20 - 11:40 AM
Health and Fitness or
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
How You Spend the Rest of the Day is Up to You and Your Family
Suggestions Include: Helping with Housework, Spending Time With Siblings or Pets; More Reading;
Virtual Social Time with Friends; More Physical Activity; Games; Arts, Crafts, and Music;
Teaching Yourself a New Skill
Students in grades K–8 will be challenged to demonstrate effort and success in learning standards established by their teachers. Students will move on to the next grade, unless by mutual agreement between parents/guardians and teachers they agree to repeat a grade or a portion of learning missed. Districts will retain complete decision-making on middle school grading practices for students not taking high school credit-bearing courses.
Middle School Phase Four (May 4 - June 19) Learning Plan
Our goal is to keep your brain engaged in learning and your school habits fresh as we go through this experience. We want all of our students to engage in all home learning assignments to the best of their ability and specific situation. Our teachers have redesigned our courses to focus only on essential standards, skills and competencies for the remainder of the semester. The home learning assignments are important preparation for learning at the next level the following year. The expectation is that ALL students are doing Home Learning during this school closure.
Shoreline Middle School Plan:
- Kellogg teachers will be posting weekly assignments Monday mornings, unless otherwise noted, in Canvas. All lessons will be housed in “Home Learning” modules within each teacher Canvas page. Teachers will also post their available times each week for contact on their Canvas page.
- Students MUST be checking k12 email accounts and Canvas for notifications, updates, weekly tutorial teacher contacts. We need to be connecting with students each week to ensure that we are reaching ALL students and will be tracking student engagement each week. Communication with home is vital to this.
- Weekly module dates are there only to help with pacing your learning. No Home Learning assignments will be considered late or penalized if turned in after a due date.
- When students finish and submit Home Learning assignments they will receive feedback from teachers on their work and will receive credit for having completed them. Assignments and work will receive no letter grades for the remainder of the school year. The Canvas gradebook will show “Complete” when an assignment is finished/submitted. Final grading practices for middle school classes is still being decided at the district level.
- Students taking classes for high school credit will adhere to the district guidelines for grading which is explained on teacher Canvas pages and communicated separately.