Upper 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.
Grades for the 4th quarter will be reported based on class engagement, participation in both synchronous and asynchronous learning, and meaningful effort on assignments and assessments. Students will be able to improve on their 3rd quarter grades by demonstrating increased mastery of concepts/skills, and the grade, in most cases, is protected from dropping as long as students sustain their effort and engagement through the 4th quarter. Students will:
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, she will not be able to maintain 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 a rare occurrence, 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.
Teachers will post a week’s worth of course information to their PowerSchool pages by 5:00 p.m. each Sunday. That information will include the days when class will meet synchronously as well as assignments, assessments and due dates for the week.
We expect girls to attend scheduled classes or have a parent notify the school in the case of an absence. Parents/guardians, please contact Mrs. Radolovic at kRadolovic@LaurelSchool.org by 9:00 a.m. on any day that your daughter will be unable to attend synchronous classes due to illness or appointment. 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. Advisors and Deans will follow up as needed.
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 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 Deans and the Director of the Upper 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.
Students enrolled in AP classes will continue to work through the curriculum at the direction of their teachers. The College Board is giving students and teachers lots of information and opportunities for practice, and as it continues to roll out testing details, our AP teachers will continue to prepare the girls for the end-of-year tests. AP tests this year will be optional; we encourage students to wait for more clarity around the nature of the tests and talk to their teachers and the College Guidance staff before making the decision to take or opt out of a given AP exam. The College Board has announced that it will give full refunds to any students who wish to cancel their AP tests.
If your student is missing critical materials, please have her reach out to her homeroom teacher or advisor. Upper School parents can find contact information for your student’s advisor in the MyLaurel online directory.
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