Good afternoon MRHS students and families,
I hope that you all are doing well as we pass the mid-way point in our distance learning. I appreciate your willingness to adapt to the ever-changing educational landscape we are currently experiencing.
As many of you have heard state superintendent has modified our grading for the 2nd semester of the 2020 school year. If you have not seen the video from Chris Reykdal, please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op2-wokFU6A . This modification means that the Highline School District has revised its grading practices for the second semester as well. Our new grading guidelines are as follows;
Guidance for grading and credit-grant for second semester during the 19-20 school year
· Grades – Based on guidance from OSPI, students must receive “letter grades” and the impact of school building closure can have “no harm” to the grade students were on track to earn based on their learning through March 17. Specifically, this means
o All students will receive a grade of A, B, C or Incomplete
o Students who were on track to earn an A, B, or C will earn at least those grades
o Students on track to earn a D will earn at least a C
o Students who were on track to earn an F will receive an Incomplete but can improve
I know a change like this will inevitably lead to more questions. If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this email.
You can rely on your teachers to continue to do the following;
- Weekly communication to students/families
- Weekly assignments by classroom teachers
- Weekly support/feedback to individual students, informed by evidence of student learning
- Teachers are expected to meet in collaborative teams on a regular basis to identify strategies for the effective delivery of new instruction paired with meaningful assignments designed to demonstrate understanding and mastery of new content and skills.
In addition, each of your teachers will be providing students with a modified distance learning plan this week. This will help students and families to understand what will be covered through the end of the semester and year.
We are also committed to “two-way communication” each week with our students. Last week we had 70% of our students communicate with their teacher. We would like to improve our communication percentage every week. When you reach out to a teacher, engage with, or complete an assignment or attend a zoom meeting, all of these are types of “attendance” within our new distance learning.
I know that these are uncertain times. Please know that our MRHS staff, and all of us in the Highline School District are here to support our students and families.
Stay safe and well,