April 28, 2020
Dear Shorecrest Families,
New rules and procedures
As mentioned in my last email communication, our state has established new rules and procedures in regards to grading, credits, and transcripts for all high schools across our state. We have worked to update and modify our grading procedures for all Home Learning assignments as well as for the determination of final semester grades. Teachers are posting a new Academic Plan for Home Learning (this is school-wide and consistent across ALL courses at Shorecrest) on their Canvas sites today. We have also updated our Student FAQ to provide more clarity. Both of these documents are attached. I recommend printing them BOTH out and having them available as visible resources for your family.
Home Learning assignments will continue to be posted on Canvas in a separate module labeled Home Learning. All teachers, all classes, are using this same framework to make it easy for students and families to find these assignments. Going forward, these assignments will be introducing new content, new learning. This is why all students need to engage in these activities to the best of their abilities. We want students prepared for the next level course and be ready for the fall.
New! Semester Grading Updates:
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 State Superintendent Reykdal published Student Learning and Grading Guidance 2020 including binding rules affecting high school grading and transcripts for all Washington public schools during the pandemic. The key principles of the revised grading and credit rules are as follows:
- All students will be given an opportunity to engage in continuous learning to maintain or improve their mastery of essential standards, earn credits and a grade to progress with high school.
- “Do no harm -" Every student will be given an opportunity to maintain and improve their grade with their March 11 school closure status as a baseline.
- No student will receive a “pass,” “fail,” or “no credit” grade for any course taken during the current school closure (exceptions include TAs, students with IEPs which designate use of P grading,etc.)
- Teachers will assign letter grades A, B, C, D, or an I “incomplete." Pluses and minuses may be used with letter grades. An Incomplete ( I ) will be considered for students who were failing a course prior to school closure and have not engaged in Home Learning since the closure; these are students for whom we will not have any grade data available with which to grant a letter grade. An Incomplete does not grant a student credit in a course and so, a student risks being credit deficient or off track to graduate with an Incomplete.
- All student transcripts in the State of Washington will have a COVID-19 designation for this semester due to the extended school closure due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 designation will be explained to post secondary institutions and employers to provide context to student grades during the disrupted school year.
All of the same course grading rules summarized above apply to seniors as well. All seniors need to complete the semester with a complete transcript, earn all credits in order to get the most from their education, and keep all post secondary options open to them. It is especially important that seniors communicate in the event that they are having difficulty accessing learning remotely or online due to circumstances related to the emergency school closure. In such cases an individual waiver or additional time to complete may be considered in consultation with the student and parent/guardian. All students who were on track to graduate at the time of the school closure can graduate this year. We are still awaiting further guidance from Governor Inslee in terms of our “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and social distancing requirements so we can determine our next steps in planning for a graduation ceremony.
Teachers are working to ensure that all lessons/activities are accessible to all students and that we reach as many students as we can; however, we recognize that students’ circumstances outside of school and their ability to participate in remote learning vary widely. Students and families: please communicate any special circumstances accessing the coursework so that our staff can help.
Tech Help for School and District-Issued Laptops and Devices:
Is your student having problems with a school or district-issued laptop or device? You can submit technology help desk tickets at www.shorelineschools.org/hometechhelp.
If you would like to monitor your student’s progress more closely on Canvas, please go to this site for information on how to set up a parent observer account: https://sites.google.com/k12.shorelineschools.org/canvasfamilies/home
School Playgrounds, Playfields and Tracks Continue to be Closed:
Our schools' playgrounds, playfields and tracks continue to be closed until further notice. Please help us keep our neighborhoods and community healthy and safe by not using or visiting the school facility. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and will let you know as soon as these restrictions are lifted.
Free Meals for Youth 18 and Under:
Youth meal service will continue at all of our meal sites from 11:30-12:30 each weekday FREE to all youth 18 and under. You can find meal location sites, as well as additional food support resources, including supplemental weekend food bags HEREChildren will receive a hot lunch and a breakfast pack for the following day. Each day's menu will be posted on the Food and Nutrition Services webpage that morning. Additional family food resources are available on the School District Website.
Additional School Closure Resources:
You can find a list of District school closure resources with information and resources related to food service, childcare, financial resources, staying healthy and more. You can find and bookmark it at www.shorelineschools.org/closure.
Our SC HomePage will be updated with this new information and students will receive these same updates through their K12 email accounts. All of these recent changes at the state level have required some additional email communication but we hope to return to our regular weekly Friday Broadcasts starting this Friday. Please check out our SC Facebook Page as we will start honoring our Top 25 Seniors this week!
Lisa González, Principal
April 9, 2020
To parents & guardians:
Supporting Your Student On Canvas
As your students transition into an online format, it’s important that you’re able to access the information they have, so that you can support Home Learning. If you have not yet, please take a moment and set up a Canvas observer account so that you can receive communications from teachers about classes, assigned learning activities and any upcoming announcements. You can set up an observer account on the internet, or any device. In order to connect your account to your student’s, you need to get a pairing code to link the two accounts together.
Step 1: Get your student(s) pairing code [directions with pictures]
- Have your student log in to Canvas.
- Underneath the Shoreline Schools logo, click on the icon that says “account”
- Click on “Settings”
- At the very bottom of the page, click on the “Pair with Observer” to receive the case-sensitive pairing code. (The code will expire after 7 days if not used. If it expires, simply request a new code.)
Step 2: Create your account
To set up Canvas using the internet [directions with pictures]
- Go to shorelineschools.instructure.com
- Next to the Shoreline Schools logo, click “create an account”
- Enter your contact info and your student(s) pairing code (from Step 1 -- see above)
To set up Canvas using a mobile app [directions with pictures]
- Download Canvas Parent App from your app store
- Open the app and click “find my school”
- Enter “Shoreline School District”
- Click “create account” at the bottom of the screen
- Enter your contact info and your student(s) pairing code (from Step 1 -- see above).
(Note: if you have multiple students, you can pair multiple codes to your account to track each students’ progress) Help page on how to add additional children
March 27, 2020
Dear Shorecrest Families,
Starting this coming Monday, March 30, students will see Home Learning activities and lessons via Canvas for the following courses (prioritizing Senior needs first):
- Senior Civics
- Senior English classes
- Senior PE (Lifetime Sports + Other)
- Bridges for College Math
- Financial Algebra
- Earth Science
- AP Courses
- UW Astronomy
- UW Pre-Calc
By no later than Monday, April 6 we will have Home Learning activities ready for ALL students in ALL current classes.
Home Learning activities are being planned with the mindset that we will be returning to school on April 27. If anything changes in regards to this, we will update you and our Home Learning plans accordingly.
Teachers will be creating 2 to 3 activities/lessons per week, per class between now and our anticipated return date of April 27.
For ease and access to these Home Learning activities for students and families, the Shorecrest staff has agreed to the following common guidelines:
-- Home Learning Activities will be housed under one module titled “Home Learning” on each teacher’s Canvas site.
-- Home Learning Activities will be entered in Canvas as Assignments and students will see them on the calendar feature with due dates to help them stay on pace and on track.
-- Because we know that each of our families is facing different realities and challenges during this time of school closure, due dates are there to only help with pacing your learning. No Home Learning assignments will be considered late or penalized if turned in after a due date.
-- When a student completely finishes and submits any of these Home Learning assignments, they will receive credit for them. Doing the assignments will help students’ grades, but if a student is unable to complete them for any reason, these assignments cannot harm students’ grades.
-- Our goal is to keep students’ brains engaged in learning and their school habits fresh as we go through this experience. We want to help incentivize and motivate students in completing these Home Learning assignments! Again, the message to students is “If you are unable to do these Home Learning assignments, your grade will not be hurt. If you are able to do them, you will have the chance to improve your current grade. These HL activities will remain available to you to complete even after we return to school if you choose to do them later on when you are able!”
In regards to tests and quizzes: At this time, we will not be giving any at home tests or quizzes. If a student was absent for a test or quiz, or would like to retake something for a higher score, please have them plan on taking it at school soon after our return on April 27. If our return to school is delayed further, we will formulate a different plan.
Reminder: We will not be issuing third quarter grades. We will make a final determination on grading and how to close second semester depending on our return date to school. However, we intend to use Pass or NC (No Credit) grading and also keep the option open for students to choose to keep a letter grade for their transcript. We wish to do no harm to students’ GPAs or transcripts.
For those of you would like to help our Shoreline and Lake Forest Park families, please go to the website our PTSA Council created: https://embraceshorelineschools.org/
SC Resources During COVID-19 Closure
Dear SC Families,
We will update information as we can in regards to how we will serve and support students over the coming weeks. Right now, teachers are updating their Canvas pages with classwork through the end of this week: Friday, March 13. Please have your student check in via Canvas for more information and please encourage them to email/contact their teachers with questions regarding work from this week.
We will have more information in regards to the coming weeks and will update you as we can. We have many questions, many logistics to sort out.
In the immediate, please have your student focus on completing school work for this week (up through March 13) and wait for more guidance beyond that date.
Below are some quick links to information you can find on our SC website or through the district website, but are here for quick access!
Also, if you are concerned about the health and safety of a student, please utilize the Safety Tip Line (top right hand corner of website, icon is of a megaphone) to report concerns and please access local mental health and community resources provided in link below.
Quick Access Links & Resources
Financial & Food Resources PDF document
State Coronavirus Hotline
Hotline answers questions on topics like mass gatherings and other general questions. Use this hotline for calls about coronavirus, don't use the King County hotline or city info lines. The state call center (as well as Public Health’s) cannot access testing results. For testing inquiries or results, the public should contact their healthcare provider.
CHAP (Community Health Access Program)
Serving King County residents who would like to see a doctor but don’t have one. CHAP can connect people to free or low-cost medical providers and also assist with enrolling people in public or low-cost health insurance. The services are free and confidential.
24-hr Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 24-hr Crisis Text Line Text ‘HEAL’ to 741741 24-hr Crisis Connections 1-866-427-4747 Safe Place - Find shelter Text ‘Safe’ to 4HELP Teen Line Text ‘TEEN’ to 839863 Teen Link - Call in 6-10 pm 1-866-833-6546 Trevor Project - LGBTQ Text ‘START’ to 678678 Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860 Call 211 - Help with resources Call or go online
Shorecrest Weather Station
News and Notes
To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, the College Board will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020.
Shoreline School District is committed to providing a learning community that engages all students regardless of financial barriers. If you need financial assistance to access any district programs, please contact your school's family advocate (elementary) or your student’s counselor (secondary). Shoreline School District is committed to providing a learning community that engages all students regardless of financial barriers.