Good Afternoon LMMS Students and Families,
Thank you for your continued support of the LMMS online learning program and EPSD Continuity of Learning Plan. Below, please find information regarding PHASE 3 of the online learning plan which will begin on Monday, April 20th. As always, please continue to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselors, and administrators if you need help or support.
- Mrs. Yencho created a screencast that students and families can watch regarding thes Phase 3 updates – Click here to view the screencast
- In addition, please feel free to refer back to this slideshow at any time – Click here to view the slideshow
Dear LMMS Students & Families,
We hope this new communication finds you safe and well. As you know, Governor Wolf last week ordered all school buildings to remain closed for the remainder of the school year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are sure that this news was met by our students with varying degrees of disappointment, sadness, and anxiety. There are many events that our students and staff look forward to each year that have been cancelled, and our daily lives are limited in ways that a few months ago, we would have considered unimaginable. Here in East Penn, we have been actively planning for the possibility that school buildings would remain closed, and we write today to share with you the details of Phase 3 of our Continuity of Learning Plan. This phase begins on Monday, April 20th and ends on the last day of school for students on Thursday, June 11th. Our goal in all of this is to help our students continue with sequential, meaningful instruction in a way that is as equitable as possible and responsive to the needs of our students and their families.
Thanks to our 1:1 Chromebook initiative, and the active support of our Information Technology and Teaching & Learning Departments, we have been providing ongoing, new instruction to students in all of their courses since Monday, April 6th. We want to reinforce that participation in online instruction is required for all students. Student participation is being monitored weekly. This means that students who engage with their teachers and submit assignments by the due date are considered “present,” while those who do not submit assignments are considered “absent.” If your family is experiencing a hardship that prevents your child from completing their online schoolwork, please contact any of the individuals listed below so we can provide assistance.
|6||Mr. Blake Boyer||Mrs. Sallie Yencho|
|7||Mr. Mike Nytz||Mr. Rodd Luckenbill|
|8||Mrs. Lisa Shirvinski||Mrs. Heather Slatoff|
New learning activities will continue to be provided by your child’s teachers on Monday of each week in an on-demand, asynchronous format. This means that students are not required to log in at specific times of day to receive instruction, but can complete the learning activities at their own pace at a time that is most convenient for them and your family’s circumstances. All of your child’s teachers are conducting live, virtual office hours every week at scheduled times, during which students can log in to ask questions and get help as needed.
On April 20th, Marking Period 4 will begin and the following grading procedures will go into effect:
Marking Period 4:
- Teachers will enter assignments into PowerSchool as either “collected” or “missing.”
- Students will receive feedback from their teachers regarding whether they mastered the learning target(s) for the week, or if not, what can be done to improve their work.
- Students who complete 60% or more of their assignments during this grading period will receive a grade of “Pass,” while those who complete less than 60% will receive a “Fail.”
- The Marking Period 4 grade & Trimester 3 grade (P or F) will appear on students’ report cards but will not be calculated into their final course grade.
- Students who earn a grade of “Pass” during Marking Period 4 will be eligible to improve their final grade in that course by as much as 5% points. See the next section for more information.
Final Course Grades:
- Students’ final grades for each course will be calculated using the formula below.
MP 1 = 33%
MP 2 = 33%
MP 3 = 33%
- As described above, students can increase their final course grade by up to 5% points by their participation and achievement during Marking Period 4. The amount of additional credit awarded will be based on their submission of assignments, active participation, and achievement of learning objectives. Teachers will use a rubric to determine the number of points that will be added to students’ final course grades at the end of the year.
As a reminder – we recognize that all of the material that would normally be covered in our courses cannot be addressed given current circumstances. Teachers have carefully reviewed each course that we offer, and identified the essential content and skills that must be addressed prior to the end of the school year in order for students to successfully move on to their coursework next year. These learning objectives are the focus of the lessons and assignments that are being provided to students.
We continue to maintain a FAQ document on our website. Feel free to visit if you have additional questions and if you wish, submit your own question to be answered on the page by our staff. Please also continue to visit our East Penn School District COVID-19 Resource Page for lots of district-wide information that you may find useful. Help from our technology staff is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our faculty or staff if you have questions or need assistance. Our building may be closed, but our school is open and we are here to support you! Thank you for your patience, support, and kindness as we work our way through this challenging time.
Mrs. Yencho, Mr. Luckenbill, & Mrs. Slatoff