Dear LHWHS Students and Families,
Thank you for reaching out to express your support of our teachers, distance learning, and to offer suggestions for improvement. We know this is not how our students, particularly our seniors, imagined the end of the school year. We are saddened we will not be spending the remainder of the school year together, but we are committed to staying connected virtually and to finding ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.
As a quick overview… We will continue to focus on distance learning through May 21 for underclassmen. The school year will conclude for seniors on May 8, as previously planned. And we will be communicating information regarding celebrations as we finalize those plans.
As we continue with distance learning, we want to ensure it is as effective as possible. We have heard from our students and parents that staying on top of multiple platforms, assignments, and navigating all the due dates have proven to be challenging. In addition, we understand that while students and parents appreciate the face-to-face Zoom interactions with our teachers, class sessions often overlap and require students to select one class over another.
To assist with organization of assignments, due dates, and weekly expectations, we are launching our Distance Learning Hub. This hub will be part of a larger distance learning hub that the district is creating to house information for all grade levels. The LHWHS hub houses a homepage with distance learning updates as well as a Weekly Updates Hub that provides links to each course. Every Monday morning, teachers will update their hub link with the academic planner for their course for the week. In this weekly planner, students will find office hours, the weekly focus, Zoom times for the week, and a summary of assignments and due dates for the week.
In addition, we have worked with our teachers to develop a general schedule for live classes for our core and elective courses. The schedule creates windows of time each week for live classes for each subject. This will ensure students are not asked to be in two classes at once. Students are still able to request individual or small group meetings with teachers at any time during the regular school week.
As previously communicated, we will continue with a “hold-harmless” approach to grading. However, this does not mean that students should stop participating and engaging in their classes. We are still prioritizing learning and preparation. Students are able to improve their grades during this time. At the end of this week, progress reports will be posted in Infinite Campus reflecting current grades for all of the work completed from January 7 – March 12. If a student seeks to improve their grades during distance learning, they should be in contact with their teachers to outline expectations for how to demonstrate that improvement.
Your patience, understanding, and support are greatly appreciated. The well-being of our students is our top priority, so please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance. We are in this together, Rams!