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Principal Message April 13th
Posted 4/13/20

April 13, 2020

 

Dear Monte Vista Community,

 

Welcome back. I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break and that you and your family are staying healthy and safe. A big thank you to all who sent emails to me over the break with questions, concerns, suggestions, or simply to check in. I appreciated the communication and many of them truly brightened my spirits in knowing that our students and their families are doing their best to make the most of the situation. 

 

DISTRICT LEARNING:  On April 9th, you received a communication from our District that included many important details about our Remote Learning Plan. This information can be found on the SRVUSD Website or by clicking this link. One very important part to note is that today, Monday, 4/13 and Tuesday, 4/14, teachers will be planning lessons and receiving more training in virtual learning, so they will not be posting assignments until Wednesday, 4/15 at 9 AM. In the interim, students are asked to access this link on the SRVUSD website and complete the three assignments outlined there. 

 

Once we get to Wednesday, Monte Vista will be following our Remote Learning Schedule which will serve as a guide for students through the virtual school day. 

 

Monte Vista High School Remote Learning School Schedule

 

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:45 - 10:15 

Period 1

Period A 

Staff Meetings

Period 1

Period A

10:30 - 12:00

Period 3

Period 2

Staff Meetings

Period 3

Period 2

12:00 - 12:30

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

12:30 - 2:00

Period 5

Period 4

Office Hours

Period 5

Period 4

2:15 - 3:45

Office Hours

Period 6

Office Hours

Office Hours

Period 6

 

 

REMOTE LEARNING:  Work will be posted for each “class period” and may include a live classroom or pre-recorded lesson, so if a student has work or other commitments, they can access at a different time. The schedule is meant to create a daily schedule and ensure that students are not double-booked in courses. Teachers will also have three hours of office sessions per week when they will be available for one on one or small group work. Teachers will post their class assignments and share their office hours by Wednesday morning. Students should email their teacher if they have any questions. 

 

Over the next seven weeks, teachers will be focused on the most important elements of their courses that will ensure that their students are prepared for the next level in that course or subject area. For example, a Spanish II teacher will be focusing students on work that will meet the course objectives as well as prepare students for Spanish III. Despite the virtual environment, I have asked teachers to go deep into these essential standards in order to ensure our students can hit the ground running when we are physically back at school. Teachers are encouraged to be innovative and creative in this process. I ask that MV students take the time seriously and use it to really gain some depth in their understanding of each class so they are well prepared for next year. The next seven weeks give us a chance to focus on simply learning and not worry about earning points. I ask that our students participate and give themselves permission to go deep into their learning.

 

GRADING:  As noted in my previous letter and from our District’s communications, we will be utilizing a P / NM grading system. Students must receive a Pass grade in order to earn credit for a course, so students need to participate in their classes. In this system, feedback becomes very important, so I ask that our students pay attention to details and take advantage of the opportunity to master each course’s essential standards and outcomes. This practice is in use in similar school districts and colleges and universities have adjusted their admissions policies in order to accommodate students who receive P grades. 

 

AP COURSES:  For students taking AP courses, the next few weeks will be a great opportunity to fully prepare for the upcoming exams. It has been well publicized that the AP Exams will be very different this year, so students are highly encouraged to take advantage of this time by working closely with their AP Course teachers and to access the numerous on-line resources available on the College Board / AP website

 

COVID-19 has affected us all in very real ways. No one could have predicted the things we are currently adjusting to; however, I have great faith that we will persevere and become better for it. Monte Vista’s staff is committed to transitioning to a virtual model that will serve our students to the best of our abilities. We will continue to innovate, refine, and learn together in an effort to get the best out of ourselves.  In the meantime please stay healthy and Mustang strong.  

 

Have a great week!

 

Dr. Kevin Ahern

Principal

Monte Vista High School

"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire” Charles Bukowski