In this challenging time, our aim is to continue offering an academic experience for Mountain Sage students with one priority in mind: the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. In this document you will find guidance regarding work expectations and grading for the various levels of our program for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year, framed by our priority of health and safety. Please note, we are not creating new policy for future online or hybrid learning, but providing accommodations and support for student learning through this difficult time.
We understand that students and families may not be able to fully engage in remote learning equally due to a number of possible stressors. Rest assured that teachers will continue to connect with students on a regular basis, and will follow up with both students and parents/guardians to determine what support may be needed should a child demonstrate or express having difficulty. At all grade levels, teachers are striving to support student learning in fair and compassionate ways.
Elementary (Kindergarten through Fifth Grade) Elementary Work Expectations We encourage all elementary students and their families to participate to the greatest degree possible so that students are as prepared as possible for whatever next year holds.
Parents of kindergarten through second graders are highly encouraged to stay engaged, use Google Classroom as a key educational resource, and to consider how they can best promote reading, writing, and math skills for their child during this time.
Parents of third through fifth graders are highly encouraged to stay engaged and use Google Classroom offerings to help keep up math, reading, and writing skills as well as skills offered by specials teachers, and to engage in at-home projects that are central to their grade’s curriculum (the shelter project in 3rd; the animal project in 4th; the state report in 5th). There is no pressure to get every offering completed, and students can expect to receive positive, specific feedback for their engagement and participation. Teachers welcome parents to substitute certain online learning opportunities for other more hands-on opportunities they create for their child.
Parents of all K-5 students can keep track of which teachers are posting assignments on what days by referencing the posting schedule, here.
Elementary Grading At year’s end, report cards will be available in ParentVue and will include students' grades from the start of the 2019-20 school year through March 13, the last day children were in school before the closure. From March 16 through the end of the school year, teachers' goals are to help students progress as much as possible, knowing that remote education is not the same as in-class experiences; grades will not be given during this time.
Middle School (6th through 8th Grade) Middle School Work Expectations We ask that all middle school students login to Google Classroom on school days and give a good faith effort to complete all assignments. Students and parents can keep track of which teachers are posting assignments on what days by referencing the posting schedule, here.
Students should be spending roughly 2-3 hours per day on schoolwork during this time. We recognize that students complete work at different speeds and some students may not complete every assignment. Students are highly encouraged to complete as much as they can to continue to improve essential skills, and to communicate their constraints, challenges, and/or need for adjustments directly to their teachers via Google Classroom. Students will not be penalized for missing a deadline. Deadlines will be extended and, when necessary, assignments will be excused or adjusted.
For the remainder of the semester, students will receive positive, specific feedback and a chance to improve their grade in all subject areas. All middle school students should continue to participate to the greatest degree possible so that they are as prepared as possible for whatever next year holds for them.
Middle School Grading For all classes, the third-quarter grades (ending 3/13/20) will be the minimum grades a student can receive. Student work in the fourth quarter may only improve a student's final grade from the third quarter. We encourage all middle school students to take advantage of this unique opportunity. At year’s end, parents/guardians and students will be able to access final grades and comments from all teachers in ParentVue.