Your new roadmap to the school day. Fifth and Sixth Grade teams have put a daily schedule on those grades’ PowerSchool sites; these schedules will link to the appropriate PowerSchool page during each block.
Middle School students will access their classes on PowerSchool. Each class will have content posted for students to complete. Teachers will be available for communication with their students via email or Google Hangouts Meet (video and/or audio) for virtual office hours. Students and teachers will leverage familiar tools in the Google Suite as well.
Fifth Grade will remain ungraded. For graded courses in the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades, grades for the 3rd trimester will be a combination of the work completed before Spring Break and continued class engagement, participation in both synchronous and asynchronous learning, and effort on assignments and assessments. We ask that all students:
engage by participating routinely and effectively both in synchronous classes and in asynchronous work
submit assignments appropriately and on time
communicate proactively with teachers in the case of challenges
prepare effectively for and complete assessments
If a student is not engaging at this minimum level, her 3rd trimester grade will be lower than the grade she was earning when we transitioned to School@Home. We are proud of the remarkable work being done by our students and our faculty and anticipate a drop in grade would be only a rare occurrence, and only after clear and concrete feedback from the teacher(s) to the student and parents about the nature of the concern and the way to adjust and recoup.
Middle School students will access their classes on PowerSchool by going to classes.laurelschool.org. Each class will have content posted for students to complete. Teachers will be available for communication with their students via email or Google Hangouts Meet (video and/or audio) for virtual office hours. Students and teachers will leverage familiar tools in the Google Suite as well.
Teachers will post a week’s worth of course information to their PowerSchool pages by 5:00 p.m. each Sunday. Posted plans will include the days when classes will meet synchronously as well as in class and homework assignments, assessments, and due dates for the week. Physical Education, Visual and Performing Arts, and Computer Science courses will continue to meet. Math Studio and Electives have been suspended due to time constraints.
We expect girls to report for school promptly each morning. Each morning that we have School@Home classes, Middle School students will receive a roll call email at 8:30 a.m. By 8:55 a.m., girls should respond in email via Google Form that they are “present” and ready for the day. Parents/guardians, please contact Ms. Lupton at cLupton@LaurelSchool.org by 9:00 a.m. on any day that your daughter will be unable to attend synchronous classes due to illness or appointments. Teachers will be noting attendance and will contact any student who begins to show a pattern of missing scheduled synchronous classes, copying the advisor and parents/guardians.
Ideally, girls will set up School@Home in a quiet and consistent workspace free of distractions, including personal devices. We are sensitive to the fact that not everyone will have private space and that students may be in situations that make it difficult to learn at certain times, due to having trouble with the format/pace of remote learning or needing to take care of younger siblings. As always, we are grateful for your partnership and communication as we all navigate this new landscape together. Let us know, or encourage your daughter to let her teachers or advisor know, if she needs support or advice in adjusting to the format. We will work with students to make sure that they feel confident in their learning.
We hope girls and parents alike will help us enforce our usual Middle School cell phone policy which requires personal devices to be powered off during the school day. Always remember that you are a Laurel girl twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, in school, out of school and on the Internet.
We will hold virtual advisory meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-8:50 a.m., either in whole groups or in a series of one-on-one conversations. As always, girls and families may reach out as needed to advisors for support, help or clarification. The Grade Level Deans and the Director of the Middle School also stand ready to help, strategize, and talk to students and parents alike as we learn how to be together in this new way.
Office Hours will be 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment. Study Halls will not be proctored, though Supported Study will still meet for those Fifth and Sixth Graders who are enrolled in it.
If your student is missing critical materials, please have her reach out to her homeroom teacher or advisor. Middle School parents can find contact information for your student’s advisor in the MyLaurel online directory.
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