Happy Friday to you!
We are putting the finishing touches on preparations for concurrent instruction here at Redmond Middle School. Concurrent instruction enables our teachers to integrate our new Smartboard technology into their Teams and OneNote technology providing the best learning experience for both our remote and in-person students. Over the past few days you should have received information about a new bell schedule (impacting all students at RMS), lunch schedules and attestation information (impacting our in-person students). Families and students have questions about how the learning experience will be for remote and in-person students. Here are the top 10 (and if I missed your question please email me):
1. Where do students go for Asynchronous Learning Time from 1:25-2:25?
2. What is Concurrent Teaching?
- Answer: Concurrent teaching is a strategy where the teacher teaches both remote students and in-person students. Teachers have received training to use their technology in teaching both groups harmoniously. In-person students will still be able to participate in the chat (we are working on break out rooms).
3. Can in-person students bring water bottles, snacks, and lunch?
- Answer: Yes! Students can step outside the classroom to have a drink of water and fill up their water bottle. Snacks and lunch can be eaten in the cafeteria (where we have set 6’ apart chairs facing the same direction for safety). Students who would like to have lunch made by our fantastic kitchen staff will have a choice between two vegetarian options and two meat options. Lunch is free for the remainder of the year. Students will not be able to purchase ala carte items or vending machine items this year.
4. What happened to intramural sports?
- Answer: We are planning to host intramural sports this spring. We are currently working with transportation to determine whether buses will be available to bring students home (if they need a ride). We would like our intermural participants to stay with us during asynchronous time so we can help them with their work prior to intramurals. You will be receiving more intramural information next week!
5. How do in-person students access the restrooms?
- Answer: We will have adults monitoring restrooms to help ensure that everyone follows COVID safety guidelines of having only two students to use the restroom at a time. Students can excuse themselves from class to access the restroom or use the restroom during passing periods.
6. How can students access their counselor?
- Answer: Students who are remote as well as students who are in-person may email their counselor to set up an appointment after synchronous learning or on Wednesdays.
7. What happens if my student forgot their Skyward password?
Answer: Skyward password retrieval is located under the Skyward password box- your student simply enters their email. If you have any additional computer questions, please reach out to Ms. Metcalf, our librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org
8. How do we drop off students?
- Answer: Follow the traffic patterns on 166th (there are two entrance driveways- one by the reader board and one by the NE 104th St. traffic light). You can drop off your student anywhere there is sidewalk – we will help them get into the attestation line. Please have your student wear a mask (also required for bus riders).
9. Will students get masks at RMS?
- Answer: Yes – every student will be provided two cloth masks (and we also will have disposable masks for students who need them)
10. What are the in-person students going to do at lunchtime?
I hope that I was able to answer at least some of your questions. Your students are pioneers in this endeavor – and I know that students who are at home and those who are at RMS will work together to have a fantastic last eight weeks of the school year!
As always, it is a great day to be part of the sleuth!
Dana Greenberg, Principal
Redmond Middle School
Ramadan began on Tuesday, April 13. For students observing Ramadan who would prefer not to be in the cafeteria at lunchtime, please note that we will have the library open and available. The library will be a quiet space at lunchtime for the remainder of this school year- activities will be limited to reading, doing homework, or using computers.
Our journey through the Rings of RMS continues…
As a History teacher I am very fond of saying history repeats itself about every 100 years. When I looked at today’s tile in history I noted that this time I was a few years off. Tile 18 commemorates the 1918 Spanish Influenza. Schools across the country closed during the second wave of influenza. At the time they thought they were limiting the contagion. However, New York City and Chicago public schools remained open. Health officials thought that newly robust school hygiene and medical inspection programs (established during the Progressive Era) would keep students relatively healthy and statistics show that they were successful.
Remember, students designed these tiles. If anyone in our Redmond community knows the artist of a specific tile, please let us know so we can credit them in a future issue of The Gram.
The tree ring contains tiles from 1901-2000. We will continue to post tiles and explore the historic events associated with each tile. When you are able to visit RMS, we encourage you to look down and find your favorite tile profiled in the Grizzly Gram!