7-1-20 STEM Community Update

 

 

This message below is provided first in English, then Spanish, then Somali.  Scroll down to see translations.

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Farriintaan hoose waxaa lagu bixiyaa Ingiriisiga, kadibna Isbaanish, kadibna afsoomaali. Hoos udhaji si aad u aragto tarjumaadaha.

7-1-20

Dear STEM K-8 Families:

Hopefully you are all finding some things to enjoy and that feel different about summer.  It will be a busy summer as we plan for fall school reentry in an uncertain and shifting pandemic environment. I will provide intermittent updates to share important news and developments we develop more clarity in August.

There are more questions than answers at this moment, but values and parameters are becoming clear.  Everyone is committed to have students in buildings at least part time if at all possible, with equity and safety foremost considerations.  There is a push towards a schedule with K-1 (and possibly 2nd grade) students in buildings 4 days/week; and 3rd-8th grade students on an alternating schedule: AA (Monday and Tuesday) BB (Thursday and Friday). 15 students is likely to be the maximum in a room.  And a gazillion details remain to be worked out regarding the implementation of social distance logistics and instruction in schools. The agenda materials for the June 30 School board meeting (linked here) highlight some of the considerations.

Third trimester (elementary) and 2nd semester (middle school) report cards are now available in the Source.

It’s going to be a long journey.  I am committed to using the learning challenges created by the pandemic to build stronger and more equitable educational practices.

Stay brilliant, healthy, and sane.

Ben Ostrom

STEM Principal

 

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7-1-20

Estimadas familias de STEM:

Esperemos que todos encuentren algunas cosas para disfrutar y que se sientan diferentes con respecto al verano. Será un verano ocupado mientras planeamos el reingreso escolar en otoño en un entorno de pandemia incierto y cambiante. Proporcionaré actualizaciones intermitentes para compartir noticias importantes y desarrollos que desarrollamos con mayor claridad en agosto.

Hay más preguntas que respuestas en este momento, pero los valores y parámetros se están volviendo claros. Todos se comprometen a tener estudiantes en los edificios al menos a tiempo parcial si es posible, con la equidad y la seguridad más importantes. Hay un impulso hacia un horario con estudiantes de K-1 (y posiblemente de segundo grado) en edificios 4 días / semana; y estudiantes de 3 ° a 8 ° grado en un horario alterno: AA (lunes y martes) BB (jueves y viernes). Es probable que 15 estudiantes sean el máximo en una habitación. Y aún quedan por trabajar millones de detalles sobre la implementación de la logística e instrucción a distancia social en las escuelas. Los materiales de la agenda para la reunión de la junta escolar del 30 de junio (vinculada aquí) destacan algunas de las consideraciones.

Las boletas de calificaciones del tercer trimestre (primaria) y del segundo semestre (escuela intermedia) ahora están disponibles en la Fuente.

Será un largo viaje. Estoy comprometido a utilizar los desafíos de aprendizaje creados por la pandemia para construir prácticas educativas más fuertes y más equitativas.

Mantente brillante, saludable y cuerdo.Ben Ostrom

Director de STEM

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7-1-20

Qoysaska qaaliga ah ee STEM:

Waxaan rajeyneynaa inaad dhamaantiin heleysaan waxyaabo aad ku raaxeysatid oo aad dareemayso inaad ka duwan tahay xagaaga. Waxay noqon doontaa xagaaga mashquul inta aan qorsheynayno dib-u-dejinta dugsiga jawi aan la hubin oo isbeddelaya deegaanka faafa. Waxaan bixin doonaa cusboonaysiinyo isdaba joog ah si aan ula wadaagno warar muhiim ah iyo horumarin aan ku horumarin karno caddeyn dheeri ah bisha Ogosto.

Waxaa jira su’aalo ka badan jawaabaha xilligan la joogo, laakiin qiyamka iyo cabbiraadaha ayaa caddeeynaya. Qof walba waxaa ka go’an inuu ardayda ku haysto dhismayaasha ugu yaraan waqti badh ah haddii ay suurta gal tahay, iyadoo la tixgalinayo cadaalad iyo nabadgelyo tixgalinta ugu horeysa. Waxaa jira riix ku aaddan jadwal leh ardayda K-1 (iyo suuragalnimada fasalka 2aad) ardayda dhismayaasha 4 maalmood / usbuuc; iyo ardayda fasalka 3aad-8aad ee jadwalka beddelaada: AA (Isniinta iyo Talaadada) BB (Khamiista iyo Jimcaha). 15 arday ayaa loo badinayaa inay ugu badan yihiin qol. Iyo faahfaahin dheeri ah ayaa wali laga shaqeynayaa oo ku saabsan hirgalinta saadadka fogaanta bulshada iyo tilmaamidda dugsiyada. Waxyaabaha ajandaha loogu talagalay kulanka guddiga 30ka Juun (halkan lagu xiray) waxay muujinayaan tixgelinno qaar ka mid ah.

Seddex-biloodlaha saddexaad (dugsiga hoose) iyo simistarka 2-aad (dugsiga dhexe) kaararka warbixinta ayaa hadda laga heli karaa Isha.

Waxay noqon doontaa safar dheer. Waxaa iga go’an inaan isticmaalo caqabadaha waxbarasho ee ay abuuray masiibada si aan u dhiso dhaqano waxbarasho iyo cadaalad leh.

Joog qurux badan, caafimaad qab, oo fayoow.

 

Ben Ostrom

Maamulaha STEM

 

5-31-20 STEM K-8 Community Letter

This message below is provided first in English, then Spanish, then Somali.  Scroll down to see translations.

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Farriintaan hoose waxaa lagu bixiyaa Ingiriisiga, kadibna Isbaanish, kadibna afsoomaali. Hoos udhaji si aad u aragto tarjumaadaha.

5-31-20

Dear STEM Families:

The last week provided horrifying reminders of the racism endemic to the United States and the hurt is creates for individuals, families, groups, and our country.  The outpouring of pain, anger and protest is a collective call for us all to pay attention to the inequities our way of life is built upon and become explicitly antiracist.  Heavy things are happening in the world right now, and I am thinking about you. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others must not be meaningless in the sustained struggle for justice. How we live our lives has repercussions on people near and far.  We are interconnected whether we know it or not.

As anger and dismay break through isolating social distance boundaries, STEM K-8 must continue to take steps towards addressing the vital, ongoing change that needs to come.  As school moves towards June 19, I am asking staff to acknowledge the visceral events that have occurred in Seattle and across our nation, and provide students opportunities to address and respond to the personal and social justice issues they raise.  Communities of color are strong and resilient, and the urgency of white families talking with their children and joining the struggle for justice is as clear as it ever has been.  I am sharing two resources with this newsletter, relevant for both white families and families of color.  The first addresses racial stress because the mental and physical health affects of racism are frighteningly real.  The second is a letter from a black woman to white families about the importance of explicitly addressing racism.

Racial Stress and Self Care

A Letter to White Parents

Another community update will come with important school information for this week and next.

You are important and loved,

Ben Ostrom

STEM Principal

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5-31-20

Estimadas familias de STEM:

La última semana proporcionó recordatorios horripilantes del racismo endémico de los Estados Unidos y el daño que se genera para las personas, las familias, los grupos y nuestro país. La efusión de dolor, ira y protesta es un llamado colectivo para que todos prestemos atención a las desigualdades sobre las que se basa nuestra forma de vida y nos volvamos explícitamente antirracistas. En este momento están sucediendo cosas pesadas en el mundo, y estoy pensando en ti. Las muertes de Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor y tantos otros no deben tener sentido en la lucha sostenida por la justicia. La forma en que vivimos nuestras vidas tiene repercusiones en las personas cercanas y lejanas. Estamos interconectados, lo sepamos o no.

A medida que la ira y la consternación rompen el aislamiento de los límites de la distancia social, STEM K-8 debe continuar tomando medidas para abordar el cambio vital y continuo que debe venir. A medida que la escuela avanza hacia el 19 de junio, le pido al personal que reconozca los eventos viscerales que han ocurrido en Seattle y en toda nuestra nación, y brinde a los estudiantes oportunidades para abordar y responder a los problemas de justicia personal y social que plantean. Las comunidades de color son fuertes y resistentes, y la urgencia de que las familias blancas hablen con sus hijos y se unan a la lucha por la justicia es tan clara como siempre. Comparto dos recursos con este boletín, relevantes tanto para las familias blancas como para las familias de color. El primero aborda el estrés racial porque los efectos del racismo en la salud mental y física son terriblemente reales. La segunda es una carta de una mujer negra a familias blancas sobre la importancia de abordar explícitamente el racismo.

Estrés racial y autocuidado

Una carta a los padres blancos

Otra actualización de la comunidad vendrá con información importante de la escuela para esta semana y la próxima.

Eres importante y amado

Ben Ostrom

Director de STEM

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5-31-20

Qoysaska qaaliga ah ee STEM:

Toddobaadkii la soo dhaafay waxay soo saareen xusuusin naxdin leh oo ku saabsan cunsuriyadda u nugul Mareykanka iyo dhaawaca wuxuu u abuuray shaqsiyaadka, qoysaska, kooxaha, iyo waddankeenna. Bixinta xanuunka, xanaaqa iyo mudaharaadka waa baaqa wadajirka ah ee loogu talagalay dhammaanteen inaan fiiro gaarno u yeelano sinnaan darrada qaabkeenna nolosheenna ku dhisan yahay oo aan u noqonno mid si cad uga soo horjeedda. Waxyaabaha culus ayaa adduunka ka dhacaya hadda, waana ka fekerayaa adiga. Dhimashada Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, iyo kuwa kale oo badan waa inaanay micno u yeelan halganka joogtada ah ee cadaalada. Sida aan ugu nool nahay nolosheenna waxay ku leedahay dib-u-eegis lagu sameeyo dadka ku dhow iyo fog. Waan isku xirannahay haddii aan ognahay iyo in kale.

 

Maaddaama caro iyo jahwareer ay ka gudbaan go’doominta xuduudaha masaafada bulshada, STEM K-8 waa inay sii wadaa qaadista tillaabooyin wax looga qabanayo isbedelka muhiimka ah, ee socda ee u baahan inuu yimaado. Markii iskuulku u wareego dhanka Juun 19, waxaan weydiisanayaa shaqaalaha inay qiraan dhacdooyinka muuqaalka ah ee ka dhacay Seattle iyo guud ahaan ummaddeena, oo ay siiyaan ardayda fursado ay wax kaga qabtaan oo ay kaga jawaabaan arrimaha shakhsiyadeed iyo caddaaladda bulshada ee ay kor u qaadaan. Bulshooyinka midabku waa xoog badan yihiin oo adkaysi badan, deg degna u ah qoysaska cadaanka ah ee lahadlaya carruurtooda kuna biiraya halganka cadaalada sida ay waligeed ahayd. Waxaan la wadaagayaa laba ilo macluumaad joornaalkan, kaasoo ku habboon labada qoys ee caddaanka ah iyo qoysaska midabka leh. Waxyaabaha ugu horeeya ayaa ka hadlaya walbahaarka midab-takoorka maxaa yeelay caafimaadka maskaxda iyo jirka wuxuu saameeyaa midab-takoorku waa cabsi daran. Midda labaad waa warqad ka timid haweeney madow oo loogu talagalay qoysaska caddaanka ah ee ku saabsan muhimadda si cad looga hadlo cunsuriyadda.

Cadaadiska cakiran iyo is-daryeel

Warqad ku socota waalidiinta cad

Cusboonaysiinta kale ee bulshada ayaa la imaan doonta macluumaad muhiim ah oo ku saabsan dugsiga toddobaadkan iyo kan xiga.

Waad muhiim tahay oo waad jeceshahay,

Ben Ostrom

Maamulaha STEM

4-24-20 STEM Community Update

This message below is provided first in English, then Spanish, then Somali.  Scroll down to see translations.

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Farriintaan hoose waxaa lagu bixiyaa Ingiriisiga, kadibna Isbaanish, kadibna afsoomaali. Hoos udhaji si aad u aragto tarjumaadaha.

4-24-20

Dear STEM Families:

I hope everyone is holding up and figuring out which next steps to take in our brave new pandemic world.

Your STEM staff have been working hard! Our highest priorities have been improving remote learning, supporting basic family needs, increasing digital access, and building staff remote collaboration and learning skills.  Although we are far from finished, it’s amazing to look back even two weeks ago.  We are also coping with constant change in guidelines, tools, and the functionality of those tools.  We know the challenges families face are huge and we are figuring out how to build the right bridges!

As we work with SPS and state guidelines, we are also trying to create more consistency across classrooms and grade levels with practices families identify as helpful.  Please let the teachers, instructional assistants, and other staff you work with know what’s working and not.  We have already pushed multiple changes in Microsoft Teams, Schoology, and learning practices.  There are a wide range family learning needs and desires, and we are learning how to better meet them.

Many K-5 families eligible for Amazon Chromebook donations (targeted to families without access to a computer) received them last week.  Others will be mailed next week, with some distributed from school.  The Louisa Boren building remains closed to staff with exceptions dictated by SPS for specific needs (and an accompanying health and safety plan).

Phase 1 of Middle School laptop distribution has been rescheduled for April 29th and 30th. Phase 1 is focused on Middle School students who don’t have access to a computer to participate in distance learning activities and complete school work. The laptops will remain the property of SPS and are being loaned to students. Over the next several weeks SPS plans to loan laptops to all Middle School students.

Our Family Support Team continues to work with the PTA and other organizations to meet family needs. Tax free donations can be made by clicking on the link below:

http://stemk8pta.org/2020/04/05/donate-to-help-families-during-covid-19/

As a community the pandemic is challenging our reserves and also building new capacities and connections.  We can do this together while staying apart.

Stay brilliant, healthy, and sane!

Ben Ostrom

STEM K-8 Principal

 

http://stemk8pta.org/2020/04/05/donate-to-help-families-during-covid-19/

 

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24-24-20

Estimadas familias de STEM:

Espero que todos estén esperando y descubriendo los próximos pasos a seguir en nuestro nuevo y valiente mundo pandémico.

¡Su personal de STEM ha estado trabajando duro! Nuestras principales prioridades han sido mejorar el aprendizaje remoto, apoyar las necesidades básicas de la familia, aumentar el acceso digital y desarrollar la colaboración y el aprendizaje remoto del personal. Aunque estamos lejos de terminar, es sorprendente mirar hacia atrás incluso hace dos semanas. También nos enfrentamos a cambios constantes en las pautas, las herramientas y la funcionalidad de esas herramientas. ¡Sabemos que los desafíos que enfrentan las familias son enormes y estamos descubriendo cómo construir los puentes correctos!

A medida que trabajamos con SPS y las pautas estatales, también estamos tratando de crear más consistencia en las aulas y niveles de grado con prácticas que las familias identifican como útiles. Informe a los maestros, asistentes de instrucción y otro personal con el que trabaje para saber qué funciona y qué no. Ya hemos impulsado múltiples cambios en los equipos de Microsoft, Schoology y las prácticas de aprendizaje. Hay una amplia gama de necesidades y deseos de aprendizaje familiar, y estamos aprendiendo cómo satisfacerlos mejor.

Muchas familias K-5 elegibles para donaciones de Amazon Chromebook (dirigidas a familias sin acceso a una computadora) las recibieron la semana pasada. Otros se enviarán por correo la próxima semana, y algunos se distribuirán desde la escuela. El edificio Louisa Boren permanece cerrado al personal con excepciones dictadas por SPS para necesidades específicas (y un plan de salud y seguridad que lo acompaña).

La fase 1 de la distribución de computadoras portátiles en la escuela intermedia se ha reprogramado para los días 29 y 30 de abril. La Fase 1 se enfoca en los estudiantes de la escuela intermedia que no tienen acceso a una computadora para participar en actividades de aprendizaje a distancia y completar el trabajo escolar. Las computadoras portátiles seguirán siendo propiedad de SPS y se prestarán a los estudiantes. Durante las próximas semanas, SPS planea prestar computadoras portátiles a todos los estudiantes de secundaria.

Nuestro equipo de apoyo familiar continúa trabajando con la PTA y otras organizaciones para satisfacer las necesidades familiares. Se pueden hacer donaciones libres de impuestos haciendo clic en el siguiente enlace:

http://stemk8pta.org/2020/04/05/donate-to-help-families-during-covid-19/

Como comunidad, la pandemia está desafiando nuestras reservas y también construyendo nuevas capacidades y conexiones. Podemos hacer esto juntos mientras permanecemos separados.

¡Mantente brillante, saludable y cuerdo!

Ben Ostrom

Director STEM K-8

 

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4-24-20

Qoysaska qaaliga ah ee STEM:

Waxaan rajeynayaa in qof walbaa uu kor uqaadayo oo uu waxkaqaban doono talaabooyinka xigga ee looga qaadayo geesinimada cusub ee masiibada.

Shaqaalahaaga STEM waxay si adag u shaqeynayeen! Ahmiyadayada ugu sareysa ayaa sii wanaajineynay barashada fog, taageerida baahiyaha aasaasiga ah ee qoyska, kordhinta helitaanka dhijitaalka, iyo dhisida shaqaalaha wada shaqeynta fog iyo xirfadaha barashada. In kasta oo aan aad uga fognahay dhammaystirka, waa wax la yaab leh in dib loo eego xitaa laba toddobaad ka hor. Waxaan sidoo kale ladhaqmeynaa isbedelada joogtada ah ee tilmaamaha, aaladaha, iyo shaqeynta aaladahaas. Waan ognahay caqabadaha qoysasku wajahayaan inay yihiin kuwo aad u weyn waxaanan raadineynaa sida loo dhiso buundooyinka saxda ah!

Sida aan ula shaqeyno SPS iyo tilmaamaha gobolka, waxaan sidoo kale isku dayeynaa inaan abuurno isku xirnaan dheeraad ah fasalada iyo heerarka fasalada oo ay qoysasku u aqoonsadaan inay wax caawinayaan. Fadlan u oggolow macallimiinta, kaaliyeyaasha waxbarashada, iyo shaqaalaha kale ee aad ka shaqeysaan inay ogaadaan waxa shaqeynaya iyo waxa aan ahayn. Waxaan horeyba ugu riixnay isbeddelo dhowr ah kooxda Microsoft, Schoology, iyo dhaqamada barashada. Waxaa jira baahiyo balaaran oo waxbarasho qoys iyo baaxad leh, waxaanan baranaa sida ugufiican ee aan ula kulanno.

Qoysas badan oo K-5 ah oo u-qalma tabarucyada Amazon Chromebook (oo loogu talagalay qoysaska aan haysan kombiyuutar) ayaa helay toddobaadkan usbuucii hore. Kuwa kale ayaa loo diri doonaa boostada usbuuca soo socda, qaarkoodna dugsiga ayaa loo qaybin doonaa. Dhismaha Louisa Boren wuxuu weli ku xidhan yahay shaqaalaha ay ka reeban yihiin adeegyada ‘SPS’ ee baahiyaha gaarka ah (iyo qorshe caafimaad iyo badbaadin oo la socda).

Wajiga 1 ee qaybinta laptop laptop Dhexe ayaa dib loo dhigay Abril 29-keedii iyo 30-keedii. Wajiga 1-aad wuxuu diiradda saarayaa ardayda dugsiga dhexe ee aan helin kombuyuutar ay kaga qeybgalaan nashaadaadka wax barashada iyo dhameystirka shaqada iskuulka. Laptopsyada ayaa sii ahaan doona hantida SPS waxaana lagu amaahan doonaa ardayda. Toddobaadyada dhowrka ah ee soo socda SPS waxay qorsheyneysaa inay amaah u siiso laptops dhammaan ardayda dugsiga Dhexe.

Kooxdayada Taageerada Qoyska waxay sii wadaan inay la shaqeeyaan PTA iyo ururro kale si loo haqabtiro baahiyaha qoyska. Tabarucaadka canshuurta ah ee bilaashka ah waxaa lagu sameyn karaa adigoo gujinaya xiriirinta hoose:

http://stemk8pta.org/2020/04/05/donate-to-help-families-during-covid-19/

Bulsho ahaan masiibada waa mid caqabad ku ah kaydkeena iyo sidoo kale dhisida awooda iyo xiriirada cusub. Waan sameyn karnaa tan markaan wada joogno.

Noqo mid dhalaalaya, caafimaad leh, oo caafimaad qab!

Ben Ostrom

Maamulaha STEM K-8

 

 

4-7-20 STEM Community Update

 

Dear STEM Families:

I’m working to shake off the reeling taste that school closure for the year left.  Throwing myself into the myriad changes/tasks that STEM staff is tackling to grow the effectiveness of our remote learning program keeps me moving.

I want to provide further clarity on the device communication I shared yesterday.  We are working with limited information and I will share more as we learn it!

  1. Seattle Public Schools is working to roll out 1:1 devices for High School Seniors, all other High School students and Middle School students, in that order, over the next few weeks. We don’t know the timeline or details for this distribution.  The devices will remain the property of Seattle Public Schools.
  1. SPS is working with donors to gift devices to elementary (K-5) families currently without access to online learning resources. Details regarding timeline and availability are not available yet.  We do not know how many devices will be provided to STEM families. It is unlikely that more than one device would be provided to a family.  Prioritization for devices is being determined downtown.

Remote Learning Schedule 

Below is a draft schedule to help organize remote learning for students and families. Teachers are using this schedule as a guide to help avoid conflicts in learning opportunities. State and district guidance remind us that the type and amount of work given to students will be significantly different than in regular school.

The Prioritized Lesson/Activities time slots on the schedule are not meant to be “filled up” — rather, individual teachers have the flexibility to arrange the time to best meet the needs of their students. Based on content and learning needs, some teachers will continue to post lessons primarily on Schoology that can be completed at times of student choice rather than setting “live” meetings. Direct communication between teachers and their students remains the core of this plan, and this schedule lets families know they can expect teachers will target certain times of the day and week to focused on any “live” activities (Teams meetings, video lessons, etc.) a particular class may have.

 

The Office hours: small group and individual support time slots are times that teachers have scheduled to work with individual students and small groups, via Teams, Schoology, video conference, email, or phone.

Note that some teachers and instructional assistants may have set up individual slots that don’t appear on the school wide schedule.  Also this is a draft schedule; one thing I’m certain is that as we embark upon this journey things will continue to change.

Draft Weekly STEM Remote Learning Schedule [4/7/20]

Monday

Time Prioritized Lessons/Activities Office hours: small group and individual support
9-10 K

 

 
10-11 1st

5th

 
11-12 2nd

4th Grade: Math and Reading Lessons

Mr. McGavick office hours

 

12-1 Mr. Des live support 6th Grade Social Studies 1st Grade office hours

 

1-2   4th Grade office Hours
2-3 Ms. Irvine live support 7th grade English  
3-4 Mr. Bleeker live support 8th grade Math  

 

Tuesday

Time Prioritized Lessons/Activities Office hours: small group and individual support
8-9   Ms. Massimino office hours MS  Technology

Mr. Trudel office hours 7th Grade Resource

9-10 K, 5th Mrs. Trudel office hours

 

10-11 1st

Ms. Paulson live support 7th grade English and WA State History

Mr. Jeff live support for 8th grade US History and English

 
11-12 2nd,

4th Grade: Math and Reading Lessons

Ms. Truong live support for 6th grade Math

 
12-1 Mr. Des live support 7th WA State History 1st Grade office hours

 

1-2 3rd

Mr. Bleeker live support 7th grade math

4th Grade office hours
2-3 Ms. Irvine live support 6th grade English  
3-4    

 

Wednesday

Time Prioritized Lessons/Activities Office hours: small group and individual support
9-10 K, 5th Mrs. Trudel office hours

 

10-11 1st

Ms. Mahrt live support 6th grade Science

Mr. McGavick office hour

 

11-12 2nd

4th Grade: Math and Reading Lessons

Ms. Truong live support 7th grade Math

Ms. Irvine live support 7th grade English

 

Mrs. Lortz office hours
12-1 Mr. Des live support 6th Grade Social Studies 1st Grade office hours

 

1-2 3rd’

Mr. Bleeker live support 8th grade Math

4th Grade office hours

 

 

 

Thursday

Time Prioritized Lessons/Activities Office hours: small group and individual support
9-10 K, 5th Mr. Parsley office hours-7th grade Science

Mrs. Trudel office hours

10-11 1st

Mr. Jeff live support for 8th English and US History

Ms Colby’s office hours

 

11-12 2nd

4th Grade: Math and Reading Lessons

Ms. Truong live support 6th grade math

Ms. Irvine live support 6th grade English

 

 

12-1   1st grade office hours

 

1-2 3rd Mr. Trudel office hours 7th Grade Resource

4th Grade office hours

2-3 Ms. Paulson live support 7th grade English and WA History

Ms. Massimino MS Technology

 
3-4 Mr. Bleeker live support 7th grade Math

 

 

 

 

Friday

Time Prioritized Lessons/Activities Office hours: small group and individual support
9-10 K, 5th Mr. Parsley office hours

Mrs. Trudel office hours

10-11 1st Mr. McGavick office hours
11-12 2nd

Ms. Truong live support 7th grade Math

 
12-1 Mr. Des live support 6th Grade Social Studies 1st grade office hours

 

1-2 3rd 4th Grade office hours
2-3 Ms. Mahrt live support 8th grade Science  

 

Teacher are aware that students have other responsibilities, a wide range of family circumstances and responsibilities, and/or limited access to devices and Internet or quiet space.  As we move forward, we will continue our efforts to reach out to all students for engagement.  We understand that full participation may not be possible for a variety of reasons; our goal is to keep getting better at bridging the distance between us and tackling the challenges we face together. This is new learning for all of us!

Hang in there.  Take care of yourselves!

Ben Ostrom

STEM K-8 Principal

 

4-6-20 STEM Community Update

This afternoon Governor Inslee announced that remote learning would continue for the rest of the school year.  The information below was written before his announcement.  However we’ve expected this was coming and have been preparing for that likilihood.  The finality feels heavy and I miss your presence.

We continue the scramble to more effectively connect and support families with basic services and remote learning. Everything we do as a school community in these challenging times is grounded in compassion and flexibility.  We continue taking the next step in a changing journey daily, knowing that failure is a primary source of learning and our eyes and hearts are set on better serving you. You only have to peer back a week into the past to see our growth is constant!

There are two important updates in this communication.

  1. Access to devices to support remote learning.
    1. Seattle Public Schools is working to roll out 1:1 devices for HS Seniors, all other HS students and MS students, in that order, over the next few weeks.  I will share more information regarding that roll out as it becomes available.
    2. SPS is working with donors to gift devices to Elementary (K-5) students.
      1. In our contacts with families we have been working hard to gather information on which families need a device.
      2. If your child’s teacher emails or calls you, please check and respond.
      3. SPS will be receiving a limited number of devices to be provided to students who do not have any access to a device to access online materials.  It will not provide more than one device per address, nor will it be able to provide devices to families who currently have access.
      4. As they are acquired, devices will be shipped to students’ home addresses.  Having a correct address in Powerschool is critical.  If you have concerns about whether your Powerschool address or email information is correct, please email Cindy Baca at chettrick@seattleschools.org .
      5. As they arrive SPS plans to assist families in accessing free wifi, but cannot provide other technical support at this time.
  1. School assignment expectations/grading, etc.
    1. Grades/Assessments for the Elementary students for Trimester II will be based on work before the closure.
    2. Schools haven’t received guidance on grades for Middle School quarter III.
    3. Most school assignments are currently being described as expected, not optional.
    4. We understand family circumstances are varied, and it may not be possible for students to complete expected work. Staff are flexible regarding challenges completing assignments and demonstrating understanding.  Our goal is to grow capacity and use student work to guide instruction and determine next steps for individuals and classes.  It is important that we continue to focus on student learning even as we figure out how to provide better support for both basic and educational needs.

Tomorrow I will share more information on the remote learning framework emerging at STEM K-8..

Stay sane and stay healthy!

Ben Ostrom

STEM K-8 Principal

3-24-20 Community Update

3-24-20

Dear STEM K-8 Families:

I hope this note finds you surviving.  Our family lives are turned upside down and we’re navigating a landscape that shifts daily.  The Governor’s shelter in place order highlighted the seriousness of our circumstances and emphasizes a reality many of us were already living. The health, economic, and social pain is real and going to get worse. Let’s have our STEM community be defined by compassion and support for one another (along with adherence to social distancing guidelines).  Many staff share the confusing reality of fortunate families with jobs—how to work at home while caring for and educating multiple children.  We face rigorous challenges and numerous constraints.  That’s what STEM is supposed to be about!

WA State, SPS, and STEM K-8 Staff are scrambling to deal with an extended shut down.  The first priority is supporting safety and basic needs for families and staff. The epidemiology of Covid-19 points towards the likelihood of a longer rather than shorter closure. STEM staff are starting to explore what extending educational services in a pandemic means.  We are trying to anticipate coming changes while working within guidance from a large system.  We know we to have to figure out how to reach with families with limited access to technology and the Internet, and different capacities to support learning at home. We know that jumping in is going to generate numerous pitfalls and mistakes, and that’s the basis for learning and growing. I am not going to duplicate SPS communications.

You and your children are in our minds, and the focus of our scrambling efforts.

We will work our way through this together.

Ben Ostrom

STEM Principal

 

3-18-20 Family Update-Resources

 

Dear STEM K-8 Families:

You all are on my mind!  We are all trying to figure out how to survive dramatic changes to family needs, work (or out of work) routines, and social upheaval.  Make sure the new structures you set up for yourselves and your children include taking breaks from the news, and figuring out how to get outside for physical activity while keeping your distance from others.  Seattle Public Schools continues to try to catch up with the extraordinary pace of changes to get a grip on supporting families and learning.

SPS is communicating with families directly. I will try not to repeat that here. I’m contributing a list of resources for both learning and support that may be useful.

We will rise to the extraordinary crisis we are facing. STEM is about tackling challenges; we were made for this.

We will figure our way through this together!

Ben Ostrom,

STEM Principal

Immediate support for families:

  1. School sites with weekly meals for all student 11am-1pm Monday to Friday. There are 26 meal sites total. These sites will be a hub for resources (more info soon!). The three West Seattle and Southwest School Sites

Concord International Elementary School (Google map)
723 S Concord St Seattle, WA 98108

Enter and exit through doors facing Concord Street of enclosed hallway connecting cafeteria and main building. Cafeteria will be immediately to the left upon entry.

Denny International Middle School (Google map)
2601 SW Kenyon St Seattle, WA 98126

Enter and exit through galleria doors on either south or north side of building.

Chief Sealth International High School (Google map)
2600 SW Thistle St Seattle, WA 98126

Enter and exit through galleria doors on either south or north side of building.

West Seattle Elementary School (Google map)
6760 34th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126

Enter and exit through main entrance on north side of building. After taking a right, the lunchroom will be on the left.

West Seattle High School (Google map)
3000 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116

Enter and exit through courtyard doors on

 

  1. Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19

https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus-financial-resources

 

 

  1. Mayor announces grocery money for low income families https://durkan.seattle.gov/2020/03/mayor-jenny-durkan-announces-5-million-in-grocery-vouchers-for-families-impacted-by-covid-19/

 

 

  1. King County info about the coronavirus

(Translated in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Filipino/ Tagalog, French, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese)

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

 

 

  1. Free 2 months of internet

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 for all customers in response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). This speed increase will happen automatically – no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. https://www.internetessentials.com/

 

  1. Utility discount program City of Seattle

https://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program

 

Customers financially impacted by COVID 19 are urged to set up payment plans with either Seattle City Light or Seattle Public Utilities by calling 206-684-3000 or sending an email 24/7 at http://www.seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question.

  1. Mayor stops evictions (temporarily)

Mayor Durkan signed an emergency order:  temporary moratorium on residential evictions, to keep Seattle families from losing their homes as a result of impacts from coronavirus.  This begins immediately in the City of Seattle for any residential eviction action related to the non-payment of rent. Tenants required to continue pay their rent if they are able and should work with their landlords on payment plans if they are experiencing financial hardship.

https://durkan.seattle.gov/2020/03/mayor-durkan-signs-emergency-order-to-halt-residential-evictions/

 

  1. Health insurance (those without insurance):

Washington State Health Benefit Exchange offers limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance.   The special enrollment period runs through April 8 and will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Heathplanfinder.

 

Until April 8, individuals seeking a special enrollment must contact the Customer Support Center between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604, or a local certified broker or navigator.

https://www.wahbexchange.org/new-customers/who-can-sign-up/special-enrollment-period/

 

Supplemental Learning Resources

  1. SPS Supplemental Learning Resources:
    1. COVID-19 Resource page.
  2. Free education software subscriptions http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

 

  1. At Home Learning Resources Compiled by the Amazing Ms. B
Author, Book Resources  
Picture Books Read Alouds https://pernillesripp.com/2020/03/14/picture-books-read-aloud-videos-for-lesson-use/

 

Kate Messner Compiled videos https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/?fbclid=IwAR0UPWUxXN_xw4Erkm640zuDpAquBd_ZOBYBQvJyUXhDVDU9IhwlIeM_tCY

 

Lunch D oodles with Mo Willems kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems

Click on the links to the activity page that goes with the lesson, too.

Authors on fb to follow There are many, these had recent announcements over the weekend.
Peter H. Reynolds Teachers: You have my permission to record & post videos of you reading any of my books for your students while your schools are temporarily closed.
TIP:Just pepper it with “socratic” comments so it’s not a straight read. ex. “What kind of mood is Vashti in?” : ) #readaloudalert

Chris Van Dusen

He will be reading his books regularly.

https://youtu.be/5ts8qckkNGc

https://youtu.be/R9UMzqv0CjA

Education Resources sites

 

GoNoodle

https://www.gonoodle.com/for-families/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2YBT7HYqCbbvzu3kKZ3wnw

Great Minds

Greatminds.org – Free starting March 18th

 

Resources for Learning at Home http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2020/03/15/resources-for-learning-at-home-while-were-keeping-each-other-safe/

Scholastic releases free daily courses for kids

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

This resources is divided into 4 age group bands

Free Coloring Books from113 Museums http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html?fbclid=IwAR2Edf44cNzwzt-6O1I5gDAvzyNdMz4Cw_2SDsmreXRyaffdRKRN_K8D6rE
30 Virtual Field Trips  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku

_w/preview?fbclid=IwAR3XIWC5wEV6CH6C_TteiSVFEaI_HZjrJ6Jjzh_01OC0PiXGLMNCct9oYFw

Common Sense Media Compiled resources

http://view.commonsense-email.org/?qs=5651c92ff8ba28babcecae7fa77d679486a89fce790dd11f0cdb3b

3ee4d0cf5d13fe14c9541cbbe73aa4d9a5dec17586a9eb3f967174cb0777f6f8aad2bdb0a32436cfc03f495be

430834011f72584f0f562eac557f11246

 

 

  1. MORE At Home Learning Resources Compiled by the Amazing Ms. B
SPS Online Student Resources https://www.seattleschools.org/student_portal/online_student_resources

 

SPS Grade Level Resources https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/

coronavirus_update/resources#learning

SPS Live content soon! Starting March 23rd there will be SPS TV programming broadcasted. More info to follow.
20 Virtual Field Trips https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html?fbclid=IwAR2CNC5eB2Mmejr2JYMGDHAByZGj8iTFM0ZN0Yb1YgWs

DSpkI4Rc7oHyEXU

ABC Mouse Use Code SCHOOL7771 https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage

 

Abdo Books Resources for multiple age groups – needs QR reader to access https://abdobooks.com/covid-19-resources

 

Arts Ed Washington Free Art Lessons https://artsed-washington.github.io/alic/
Common Sense Media FREE Educator and Family Resources https://www.commonsense.org/education/coronavirus-resources?j=7704934&sfmc_sub=170457996&l=2048712_

HTML&u=143543081&mid=6409703&jb=661&utm_source=covid19

_landingpages_jim&utm_medium=email

Common Sense Media Family Resources – includes a Spanish section https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic?j=7704934&sfmc_sub=170457996&l=2048712_HTML&u=143543082&

mid=6409703&jb=661&utm_source=covid19_landingpages_jim&utm_medium=email

Draw Everyday with Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator https://www.youtube.com/studiojjk
Grace Lin author You Tube page https://www.youtube.com/user/gracepacy
Kids Ask Authors podcasts https://www.kidsaskauthors.com/

Kids Submit a Book Review, short story, poem or joke!

https://www.kidsaskauthors.com/submit-a-book-review

Real Authors.   Real Illustrators.  Real time! Starting March 23rd  

https://www.stimolalive.com/

Scholastic: Explore the Science of Teen Sleep – Middle School Lesson

http://t.message.scholastic.com/nl/jsp/m.jsp?c=%40gDXYhpVzm2fDB8w

SwdhbIscm%2F%2FLzNX3J9dTcidaSTqE%3D&ET_CID=20200317_SNP_NIGM

S_68_TEST_V2_HeaderArt_Intro_SiteTest_PK1_ACQ_28349&ET_RID=1135609430

School Library Journals Compiled list of Free Tools for Online Teaching and Learning https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=free-resources-tools-for-online-teaching-and-learning-during-school-closures-COVID19-coronavirus
Spanish children’s stories https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories
Teaching Tolerance’s Digital Literacy Lessons https://www.tolerance.org/frameworks/digital-literacy?utm_source=Teaching+Tolerance&utm_campaign=87d5ba4b14-Newsletter+3-17-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a8cea027c3-87d5ba4b14-82974751

 

https://medium.com/pobble/simple-and-fun-non-screen-activities-that-children-can-do-at-home-115543cb3b9c?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=o&utm_campaign=non_screen&fbclid=IwAR3GbKjGDDGq0YcwH accessed 16 March 2020

 

https://www.kennedy-center.org/globalassets/education/education-landing-page/mo-willems/mokc_draw-pigeon_v1.pdf  accessed 16 March 2020

 

3-16-20 STEM K-8 Closure Update

Dear STEM K-8 Families:

I’m communicating today with little in the way of new information.  The disarray facing our families, community, country, and world is burrowing into hearts and minds.  Facing unprecedented circumstances, our values remain unchanged.  Figuring out what happens next requires an equity filter, and responding with compassion.

Today’s version of the Owl Post contains resources I shared via school messenger last Friday.  Seattle Public Schools is still working on guidance for staff on supporting equitable learning opportunities meet employee and family health precautions. Many staff sent resources directly to classroom communities, and you’re welcome to reach out to them directly.  Staff are checking email daily.

In the coming days we will learn more.  It’s an extraordinarily fluid situation, and public health and civic guidance changes daily.  As a nation we are slowly grasping the science and mathematics of the situation, and recognizing that we must be guided by what will be happening in three weeks, rather than today.  If you’re still trying to wrap your head around what that means, this Medium article that includes links to New York Times interactive graphs may interest you: Social Distancing, This is Not a Snow Day.

Socially distant is not the same thing as absent.  This is a community that knows how to support one another from at least 6 ft. away!

Take care,

Ben Ostrom

STEM K-8 Principal

3-13-20 STEM K-8 Closure Update and Resources

 

Dear STEM K-8 Families:

I hope this catches you remembering which way is up in this fast swirling current we have been swept in together.  We can predict that disorder, cancellations, and changes will continue, and for longer than we expect.  The size and pace of disruption are unprecedented in our lifetimes. It’s going to take exceptional levels of collective compassion and discipline to minimize the scale of disaster.

Seattle Public Schools and STEM staff are scrambling to pull together both supplemental learning and support resources for families. As we move forward they will evolve, and become more organized and prioritized.  I’ve pasted a long list of resources below as a start.

My thoughts are with you all. The bonds of community will continue to pull us through together.

Sincerely,

Ben Ostrom                                                                                              STEM Principal

 

 

Family Needs Survey

STEM K-8 support staff will work with families to locate services to address specific needs. Respond to this short survey to identify concerns or contributions your family is able to make.

STEM Family Needs Survey

 

Student Meal Support

Beginning Monday, March 16, SPS Nutrition Services staff will be distributing lunches from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every weekday at 26 school sites throughout the city available for all SPS students. These 26 sites will become central locations for family and student resource distribution.

 

Internet Access

Comcast/Xfinity is offering free internet for eligible households for 60 days.

https://www.internetessentials.com/

 

Middle School Grades and Subjects:

A variety of assignments were sent home via email and posted on Schoology.

All students know how to log into Schoology.

 

Elementary Grades:

Supplementary assignments were sent home via email, posting to class blogs, and also some packets.

 

First Grade set up a Google drive with suggested activities: Google Drive: FIRST GRADE resources

 

 

Library Resources:

Mary Bannisters STEM Library Home Page:

Seattle Public Schools Online Resources

 

STEM Specialists:

We want to make sure you know that your child can access SPS resources at home! Student visit:  www.seattleschools.org. From there click the Student Family Portals link at the top of the screen, then select the Student Portal button in the middle of the screen (yes, student portal 2x).  From that screen they should log into CLEVER with their SPS username. John Adam Smith it would be1jasmith@seattleschools.org. Usernames are 1 followed by their first initial, middle initial, and last name (no spaces) and then @seattleschools.org. Students should know their password, they have been logging on with it at school; and at home it is the same.

 

From here they should be able to see the typing club and code.org icon – We highly recommend these. Both have self paced lessons students can do on their own (K-8); Code.org also has tutorials under Hour of Code for other options like Dance Party. Play Lab, and more. There are other resources on CLEVER as well such as Adobe Spark, Pebblo Go, and Tumble Books. Attached you will also find a menu of options from the STEM specialists for ways to continue learning at home. Mr. Holland, Mr. Avery, Mr. Schiavo, Mrs. Bannister, and myself put this together and hope that this gives you some ideas to keep practicing skills from our classes.

 

In addition to the resources available through CLEVER, we have also secured a subscription to Brain Pop for the duration of our closure; this includes Brain Pop Jr. and Brain Pop ELL. The username is stemowls and the password is owls2020

https://www.brainpop.com/

https://jr.brainpop.com/

https://ell.brainpop.com/

Each video comes with additional reading, a quiz, games, a worksheet, and a graphic organizer. This works on phones, tablets, and computers.

 

 

 

A Variety of Suggested Learning Activities and Resources Organized by Grade Bands

 

Suggested Learning Opportunities

 

Below are general learning opportunities for students and families to consider while away from school.

 

Preschool

 

Reading

 

  • Read a Book, Ask a Question – Make reading interactive, ask questions about the book that can be answered verbally or nonverbally.
  • Rhyme Time – Introduce rhyming words by reciting a rhyme or reading a rhyming book.
  • Picture Book – Create a picture book using magazine pictures, your children’s drawings or family photos. Encourage your child to share their ideas about the pictures and write down their words. Share the book and ask question as you read together.

 

Mathematics

 

  • Sorting – sort collections of items in your house by size, color and shapes. Items you can find include shells, buttons, rocks leaves.
  • Matching – sort and match laundry items.
  • Counting Collections – have your child count a collection of items you have in your house, such as buttons, toys, paper clips, etc.
  • Play card games
  • Homemade Floor Puzzle – use a piece of cardboard and have your child draw a picture. Cut the pieces into various shapes and sizes. Have child put pieces together.
  • Color Search – look for items that are a color match. Hold up a colored object and you’re your child go on a hunt around your house to find items that are the same color.
  • I Spy Shapes – look for items that are a shape match. Have child search for items in the house that are round, square, triangular, rectangular.

 

 

 

Grades K – 2

 

Reading

 

  • Have your student read a “just right” book daily for 15-30 minutes
  • Read aloud to your student and ask comprehension questions such as:
  • What are you picturing as you read/hear this text?
  • What are you wondering about?
  • What has happened so far? / What have you learned so far?
  • English Learners: Continue to speak, read and write in the language that is most comfortable at home.
  • Visit the SPS Online Resources page to access online books

https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=15858

  • PebbleGo for K-2 students

 

Writing

 

  • After reading a book or portion of a book, select one prompt to respond to:
    • Write about what happened in the story.
    • Write about your favorite part and tell why you selected that part.
    • Write about what might happen next in the story.
    • Write a story.

 

Mathematics

 

This is a great time to share with your student that math is everywhere. K-2 students should spend 10 minutes/day for math games and/or workbook practice.

 

  • Count Everything: Counting is a powerful activity that students can do anywhere.
  • Count in different ways, by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s. Start counting from different numbers, not just at zero.  Celebrate landmark numbers – Clap or jump when you get to multiples of 10 like 10, 20, 30 etc.
  • Play store! Count while you stock shelves or exchange and count pretend money.
  • Talk about Shapes: Find, classify and sort shapes in your home. How many circles can you find, how many rectangles – and how many of those are squares.
  • Measure everything. Use nonstandard tools like a shoe or even your hand to measure how tall a table is or how far you can jump.
  • Point out fractions – share things – like a can of soup – between people. Each person gets a 1/2 or 1/3. Note how this new kind of number is less than one but more than none!
  • Read Stories! Mathematize reading time. Most children’s books are ripe with opportunities to notice shapes, count objects, compare two things, notice how things change and grow, and to make predictions about what is going to happen based on the information we already have!
  • Look at coins and determine how old they are using the date. Sort them from oldest to newest coin. If you have a large collection of coins arrange them into a bar graph based on year or the location, they were minted. What is the most common date or location?

 

Science

 

  • Go outside and make observations. Look for evidence of animal habitats (i.e.: spider webs, bird nests, animal tracks, or leaves with insect bite marks, etc.)
  • Look for evidence of spring in the plants (i.e.: flowers, buds, new leaves, etc.)
  • Collect rocks or leaves from outside and let students think of creative ways to put the objects into groups. (i.e.: size, color, shape, texture) Ask students to explain why they chose the grouping they chose.

 

 

 

Grades 3 – 5

 

Reading

 

  • Have your student read a “just right” book daily for 15-30 minutes
  • Read aloud to your student and ask comprehension questions such as:
  • What are you picturing as you read/hear this text?
  • What are you wondering about?
  • What has happened so far? / What have you learned so far?
  • English Learners: Continue to speak, read and write in the language that is most comfortable at home.
  • Visit the SPS Online Resources page to access online books

https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=15858

  • TumbleBooks for K-5 students

 

Writing

 

  • After reading a book or portion of a book, select one prompt to respond to:
    • Write about what happened in the story.
    • Write about your favorite part and tell why you selected that part.
    • Write about what might happen next in the story.
    • Write a story.

 

Mathematics

 

This is a great time to share that with your student that math is everywhere. Grade 3-5 students should spend 10 minutes/day for math games and/or workbook practice.

 

  • Measure, count, and record. Count how many jumping jacks or pushups can be done and how long it takes – or how long it takes to do 10 or 20. Play around with doubling or halving the time. Use non-standard tools, like a shoe, to count how far someone can jump – calculate how far 10, 15, or 20 jumps might take you.
  • Build something together. Big or small, any project that involves measuring includes counting, adding, and multiplying. It doesn’t matter whether you’re making a clubhouse out of shoeboxes or building a genuine tree house.
  • Involve your student in the shopping. Talk about prices as you shop and estimate the cost by rounding to friendly numbers or use a calculator for more accuracy.
  • Look at coins and determine how old they are using the date. Sort them from oldest to newest coin. Find the sum of their ages.  Find the difference between the oldest and the newest.  If you have a large collection of coins arrange them into a bar graph based on year or location where they were minted.  What is the most or least common year or location?
  • Count things and generalize to larger sets. Count how many beans are in one cup and estimate how many are in a larger bag.  Count how many students are in their class and estimate how many students are home from their school or from the school district.
  • Mathematize reading time. Most children’s books are ripe with opportunities to notice shapes, count objects, compare two things, notice how things change and grow, and to make predictions about what is going to happen based on the information we already have!

 

Science

 

  • Keep a “Spring Changes” journal by making daily observations of the weather, plants, and animal changes that occur as the spring approaches. Draw pictures and write about what evidence you see of the coming spring season. Record the questions you have.
  • Using household items, design and build the tallest free-standing structure you can build.

 

 

Grades 6 – 8

 

Reading

 

  • Suggested reading time for middle school students is 30-45 minutes a day.
  • Questions to consider while you read:
    • What questions do you have about the text?
    • What inferences and/or predictions are you making as you read?
    • What connections do you have to the text?
  • English Learners: Continue to speak, read and write in the language that is most comfortable at home.

 

Writing

 

Below are questions to consider during and after reading. Remember to use text evidence to support your responses.

  • What is the main idea or theme?
  • Who is the intended audience? How do you know?
  • How is the text structured or organized?
  • What is your connection to the text?
  • What is the author’s purpose and/or message?

 

Mathematics

 

enVision workbooks should be taken home, if possible.  Students may or may not be asked to bring these resources with them when they return to school. Middle school students should spend 30 minutes/day for math review and games.

 

  • Teachers should advise students what unit they are currently in and the pages they can work through.
  • Pages from prior units can be used to review content/stay fresh, including Mid-Topic CheckPoints, End of Topic Reviews, and Review What You Knows.

 

Game: 1-2 Nim

  • Instructions: Nim is a two-player game. Start with a pile of 10 counters (paper clips, dried pasta, coins, etc.). On your turn, remove one or two counters from the pile. You must take at least one counter on your turn, but you may not take more than two. Whoever takes the last counter wins.

 

  • Example Game: Start with 10 counters in the pile. Player A takes 2 counters, leaving 8. Player B takes one counter, leaving 7. Player A takes two counters, leaving 5. Player B takes one counter, leaving 4. Player A takes one counter, leaving 3. Player B takes one counter, leaving 2. Player A takes two counters, leaving 0 and winning the game.
  • After you play several games, start the conversation around the question, “How do you win?” Record data for different variations (starting with 1 counter, 2 counters, 3 counters, etc.) and see if you can figure out a strategy to always win.

 

Game: Pig

Pig is a game for 2 to 6 players. Players take turns rolling a die as many times as they like. If a roll is a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, the player adds that many points to their score for the turn. A player may choose to end their turn at any time and “bank” their points. If a player rolls a 1, they lose all their unbanked points and their turn is over.

  • Beginner Game: The first player to score 50 or more points wins.
  • Advanced Game: The first player to score 100 or more points wins.

 

Project: Where do I see math?

  • Have students consider the math they have done in middle school. Examples might be fractions, percent, ratios, solving proportions, proportional relationships, linear relationships, geometry, or any others. Have them record (pictures, video, drawing) places in their homes, or neighborhoods where they see this math happening. Have them write math problems about the math they see!

 

Science

 

  • Read a news source on the coronavirus daily.
    • Research the validity of the claims using expert sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to identify inconsistencies.
    • Based on your readings, why does the CDC recommend you wash your hands for 20 seconds and not touch your eyes and nose?

 

 

All Grades

 

Physical Education

 

Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes (one hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. It is important to provide young people opportunities and encouragement to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.

  • Aerobic: Most of the 60 minutes or more per day should be either moderate- or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity on at least 3 days a week. Some aerobic activities include brisk walking, running, climbing stairs, jumping jacks, playing basketball, and dancing.
  • Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days a week. Some muscle-strengthening includes squats, leg lifts, and sit-ups.
  • Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days a week. Some bone-strengthening activities include push-ups, push-ups against a wall, and jumping.

 

A single session of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can reduce blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity, improve sleep, reduce anxiety symptoms, and improve some aspects of cognition on the day that it is performed. Most of these improvements become even larger with the regular performance of moderate-to vigorous physical activity. Other benefits, such as disease risk reduction and improved physical function, accrue within days to weeks after consistently being more physically active

 

Resources for Physical Activity Boosts:

 

 

 

Resources for K-12 Learning

 

Student Online Resources

 

Visit the SPS Online Resources page to access online books

https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=15858

  • PebbleGo for K-2 students
  • TumbleBooks for K-5 students

 

Schoology

 

The following information is intended to communicate possible ways the Schoology Learning Management System (LMS) can used by SPS teachers to support students who are absent from school. Please consider our recommendations as suggestions for best practice. For your convenience the links to internal/external resources are provided.

 

SPS teachers use Schoology in many ways to support student learning:

  • Posting assignments
  • Administering quizzes, entry tasks, and exit tickets
  • Extending student discussions
  • Hosting documents
  • Communicating important calendar events and due dates

 

Students use the Student Portal, (Clever) to access Schoology from home,

https://seattleschools.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/communities/dots/insttechnology/ESPYaGOjvUpBjXjfx6SRwX0BuCs0VnnbxMXwEjq-OV8TVQ?e=jknpJh.

 

Families use the Schoology Registration Steps on the SPS website to set up their Schoology parent accounts,

https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/one.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=999612.

 

Additionally, Schoology’s Help Center hosts everything students, teachers, and leadership need to know about Schoology, https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/206621517-Getting-Started-on-Schoology-For-Instructors.

 

 

Seattle Public Library

 

 

 

Additional Free At-Home Learning Resources:

 

Free At-Home Learning Resources
Literacy Mathematics
 

Scholastic Learn At Home

  • Free online resource
  • No login required
  • Includes vocabulary, text with audio option, and additional activities to “Continue the Learning Journey.”

Instructions:

1.    Go to Scholastic Learn At Home

2.    Scroll down to select your grade level

3.    Begin on Day 1!

4.    Ask your child questions about what they learned.

 

 

 

 

 

Council for the Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps to CCSS (ELA) These parent roadmaps for each grade level  provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school. Available in English and Spanish.

https://www.cgcs.org/Page/328#:~:text=

Math For Love

  • Goals include providing opportunities to enjoy mathematics and improving student conceptual understanding while exercising skills and fluency.
  • Includes lesson plans and Math games

Instructions:

1.    Select the appropriate grade level to download the PDF packet:

Math For Love Kindergarten

Math For Love Grades 1 & 2

Math For Love Grades 3 & 4

2.    Some games may require additional materials that are not provided.

 

 

Council for the Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps to CCSS (Math) These parent roadmaps for each grade level  provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school. Available in English and Spanish.

https://www.cgcs.org/Page/244

 

 

Common Sense Media Recommendations for Entertainment

Age-appropriate media suggestions to keep the whole family engaged.

Resources for at-home learning
Tools to help parents and caregivers keep kids focused and learning at home.

Stress-management resources

 

Facing the Novel Coronavirus Challenge together

3-12-20

Dear STEM K-8 Families:

We are living through an uncertain, stressful period that will not see improvement in the short run.  We don’t have prior experiences to fall back on.  We depend upon the wisdom and science of health experts, and must lean on the strength of our community — while somehow maintaining social distance!

The closure of schools for a minimum of 14 days given epidemiology could well stretch longer.  It was a hard choice necessary to slow down the spread of Coronavirus, but will clearly impact the whole community, especially working and vulnerable families. SPS will provide more information on implementing emergency food supports by Friday, 3/13.

When basic needs and well-being are at risk, community values and connections become clear. Take care of one other. Reach out to the people around you (but don’t shake their hands or gather in small spaces) and support those in need. Now is the time to demonstrate our love and commitment, and use the amazing creativity, commitment, and skills in our community to get through this worn down but stronger!

Seattle Public Schools will continue to coordinate with state and local officials, and partners as we come together to combat COVID-19 and support one another.  Information will be communicated regularly via email and the SPS Coronavirus 2019 Update webpage.

It was unfortunate timing that Wednesday’s early release was targeted to plan activities for students in the event of school closure.  Many grade levels were able to pull some things together before students went home.  I am consolidating resources teachers shared and a few others, and will send them out via school messenger tomorrow.

Some Coronavirus resources that have been shared previously:

Resources

Seattle Public Schools COVID-19 FAQ

Seattle Public Schools Letter and Video Archive with Transcript Translation

King County, Washington State, and National Health Resources

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127.

Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.

STEM K-8 may be closed but it’s not gone.  Thanks for your commitment to one another!

 

Ben Ostrom

STEM K-8 Principal