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  • E-Learning Expectations for Skyview Parents and Students

    Posted by Catherine Tinucci on 3/26/2020
    Dear Skyview Parents,
     
    I know that this is a crazy and unprecedented time for students, parents and families.  It is the same for us as educators and I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to continue quality learning for your student at Skyview Middle School.  This email is intended to follow up on the District communication that has come out to give details and specific information to get your student started on E-learning which has become our new normal.  Please share this email with your student(s) and help them to engage in the following expectations.
     
    Teacher/Student expectations
    • E-Lessons begin Tuesday 3/31: Teachers will be working from their own homes to deliver E-lessons.  They will initially be in contact with your child through email, Schoology, or Google Classroom.  If your child has not heard from a teacher by end of day Tuesday 3/31, please email that teacher directly with that information.  
    • Teacher schedules: Teachers will maintain a 8:00am - 3:00pm work day.  They will hold "Office Hours" from 9:00-11:00am and again from 2:00 - 3:00pm.  This time is set aside for direct student support, answering questions  from students and engaging students.  You may seek support as a parent at any time, but know that teachers will be tied up in supporting students during these office hour time slots.
    • Student schedule: Our students will be on a Tuesday through Friday (4-day learning week) schedule.  Teachers will be using Mondays to plan, learn, and address issues as a staff.  Students will be expected to complete daily assignments Tuesday through Friday.  Every day, there should be either a check in document, assignment to complete and turn in, or a discussion to participate in.  It is very important that your child engage in this for ALL of his/her classes.
    • Attendance: Attendance will be taken by doing one of the above items.  Students will be considered "In Attendance" if they turn in an assignment by the due date, respond to a discussion thread, or fill out an attendance form for each of their periods.  They will be considered "Absent" if we do not hear from them in any way.
    • Sick students: If your child becomes ill and cannot participate in their e-lessons, please use our regular path for informing school.  You can call our attendance line (495-5560) and leave a message for Ms. Regina Webb, or you may email her directly.  It is helpful if you will also inform your child's teachers.  Please give us an expected length of time that your child will not be able to engage with his/her e-lessons.  Make up work will be treated as if we are in normal operations.
    • Assignments: Assignments given the first week as we ease into this new learning should take approximately 15-30 minutes of time per class.  As we go further into E-learning, that time may be extended as we will be moving toward the learning of new content and replicating the learning expectations of a regular classroom experience as much as possible.  If your child is struggling to complete assignments in this amount of time, please contact his/her teacher.
    • Contacting someone for help:  Please do not hesitate to directly contact teachers, counselors or administrators for any questions or concerns that you may have.  Because we are all working from home, we need contact through email.  We will expect our staff to respond to emails within 24 hours.  Please see below for a list of emails that may be helpful.
    • Retrieving student personal items:  Because of the high attention to the cleanliness and security of our building, we will NOT be allowing students into the building to retrieve personal items AT THIS TIME.  IF we move to a closure for the remainder of the year, we will have a specific communicated plan that will be sent out to parents through our regular communication channels.  If you have a direct need for learning devices left at school, this will be handled on a case by case, limited basis.  Please contact Cathy Tinucci for this circumstance.  
    • Communication:  As we have seen these last couple weeks, information changes very quickly.  We will do the best we can to inform you of pertinent school level plans and information.  This information will come to you in an email.  It is critical that we have your correct email information.  If your email needs updating, please contact Ms. Christy Marry (school registrar) directly.  We will be following the district communication direction and you should expect direct District information when there are pertinent announcements.  I have linked both the district and school websites below for your quick reference.
    • Access to Technology and Internet:  Please let us know if you do not have home internet and your child does not have access to suitable technology.  The District is setting up an avenue for loaned equipment and internet access for those without.  
    I hope that all of our Skyview Families are safe and healthy.  If your child is experiencing any emotional/mental health issues, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for support.  Our counselors will be working full time as well beginning Monday 3/30.  I know that as the information and communication comes out, we will need to be flexible and supportive in our approach to educating your children.  Please give us some grace and understanding as we work through issues and teach ourselves how to be efficient, impactful, and maintain a high level of standards for educating our students.
     
    Respectfully,
    Cathy Tinucci, Principal
     
    Useful Links:
     
    Important emails:
    Cathy Tinucci, Principal - ctinucci@d49.org
    Scott Bonynge, 6th grade Assistant Principal -sbonynge@d49.org
    Patricia Gioscia, 7th grade Assistant Principal - pgioscia@d49.org
    Meghan Sanders, 8th grade Assistant Principal - msanders@d49.org
    Nicole Hunt, 6th grade Counselor - nhunt@d49.org
    Jason White, 7th grade Counselor - jwihite@d49.org
    Jennifer Williams, 8th grade Counselor - jwilliams@d49.org
    Regina Webb, Attendance Secretary - rmwebb@d49.org
    Tammy Kosley, General Building Secretary - tkosley@d49.org
    Christy Marry, School Registrar - cmarry@d49.org
    Laurel Miller, Administrative Secretary - lmiller@d49.org
     

    HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT E-LEARNING FROM HOME:

    • Please provide a quiet learning environment as free from digital and personal distractions as possible.
    • Check in with your child about student learning/assignments daily.
    • Establish routines to structure the day-with expectations for time “in school”
    • Allow access to technology.
    • Reach out to teachers or your principal when you need help. 
    • Communicate about your students' attendance and if they will be absent due to illness or other emergency. 
    • Be aware of deadlines, expectations, and norms.
    • Look for school/district communications and respond when appropriate.

    --

    Catherine J. Tinucci, Principal
    Skyview Middle School
    719-495-5561

     

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  • HRS Certification

    Posted by Tammy Kosley on 1/6/2017

    Skyview Middle School achieves Level 1 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools™

    Bloomington, Ind., [December 19, 2016] -  Skyview Middle School is pleased to announce the achievement of Level 1 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools™. Level 1 certification means Skyview Middle School has created a “Safe and Collaborative Culture,” which is the foundation for every level that follows.

    Without such a culture, student achievement will be compromised. Day-to-day school operations are addressed and evaluated in Level 1. The high reliability school (HRS) program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a researchbased five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.

    This framework, based on 40 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become an HRS-where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond. “As you move through the levels, it represents a complete transformation in how schools are run,” says CEO Robert J. Marzano.

    Schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Research analysts in cooperation with school data teams. Using the HRS framework and indicators, schools can drive sustained, positive, and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system.

    About Marzano Research
    Marzano Research is a joint venture between Solution Tree and Dr. Robert J. Marzano. In service to educators, the company synthesizes Dr. Marzano’s scope of educational research, world-renowned for its breadth and depth, into accessible components teachers and principals can use for concrete gains in student learning. Continuous action research ensures Marzano Research strategies are always at the forefront of best practice.

    Contact
    Name: Cathy Tinucci - Principal
    School: Skyview Middle School
    Address: 6350 Windom Peak Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80923
    Phone: 719.495.5566
    Email: ctinucci@d49.org

    Download the High Reliability School Certification (pdf).

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