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March 30, 2020

 

Dear Crestwood High School Students and Parents,

 

My apologies in advance, as this is a lengthy communication; however, there are many things that I must update you about.

 

As you know, Governor Mike DeWine announced that students in Ohio will not report to school until at least May 1 due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. I understand this may cause a great deal of stress for our families. I want you to know that the entire Crestwood Schools’ staff has been working diligently to prepare us to transition to online learning, a process that began years ago as all of our teachers worked to establish online learning platforms such as Google Classroom, Schoology and many others.

 

As we continue learning online, students will need to be vigilant in checking their school email frequently each day, as this will be one of the primary means of communication used by our teachers. Many teachers may additionally opt to invite their students to an online video conference. All CHS teachers have communicated with their students and shared expectations for work.

 

Students will be held accountable to complete coursework and meet deadlines as dictated by the classroom teacher. School “attendance” will be monitored via class participation and completion of assignments. If you are having difficulty with an aspect of assigned work, it is your responsibility to contact your teacher.

 

In an effort to assist students with organizing and completing their work throughout the week, a schedule has been developed so they can clearly understand what to expect from their teachers as well as staff availability. Please see the schedule below: 

 

 

CHS Online Instruction Format (Effective April 6):

Monday

Content published by 9am for class periods 1-4 (Due Wednesday 9:00am)

Teachers available for office hours/tutoring from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Remainder of day is for submission/grading of work.

 

Tuesday

Content published by 9am for class periods 5-8 (Due Thursday 9:00am)

Teachers available for office hours/tutoring from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Remainder of day is for submission/grading of work.

 

Wednesday

Content published by 9am for class periods 1-4 (Due Friday 9am)

Teachers available for office hours from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Remainder of day is for submission/grading of work.

 

Thursday

Content published by 9am for class periods 5-8 (Due Tuesday 9am)

Teachers available for office hours/tutoring from 12:00 to 2:00pm.

Remainder of day is for submission/grading of work.

 

Friday

Makeup/Review/Assessment/Office Hour Day

Office Hours/Tutoring Schedule:

Math & all other electives 10:00am - 11:00am

Science & Social Studies 11:00am - 12:00pm

Health/PE & Foreign Languages 12:00pm - 1:00pm

ELA & Music 1:00pm - 2:00pm

 

 

Please note the following:

  • The third marking period will close as of Friday, April 3. All student work must be completed and turned in to your teacher by that time. Please communicate with your teacher if you have any questions about this. Parents will be able to see final grades in the gradebook online viewer on Friday, April 10, 2020.

  • All work assigned in an online format counts in the fourth marking period.

  • Teachers will be rolling out new content for students during this time, with fewer assignments and assessments than normal. We will be careful to not overload students with work.

  • If children need support with their online learning or a specific assignment, please first contact the teacher and then a building administrator (Dave McMahon at dmcmahon@crestwoodschools.org or Angelina Berilla at aberilla@crestwoodschools.org), if needed.

  • Students: Get your schoolwork done, get some fresh air and help/enjoy your family.

  • Our high school guidance counselors have been hard at work trying to reach some of our students who have not yet turned in their course requests for next school year. If you are one of those students, please take a picture of the front and back of your schedule sheet and email those to your counselor.

  • Please remember that this school year is not over yet! If you are a student who has not completed any schoolwork, please understand that all academic truancy laws are still in place. Please reach out to your teachers or to me if you need assistance with our online learning platform.

  • If you do not have Internet access at home, packets of work have been created by your teachers and are available for pick up at the high school. I will be at CHS on Thursday, April 2, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM for these students to pick up their work. After this date, students will have to retrieve their work from the board office located in the Crestwood Intermediate Building on Bowen Road.

  • Seniors: Keep a close eye on Naviance regarding scholarship opportunities, and know that I am committed to working to bring as many traditions associated with the end of your high school academic career as I possibly can.

  • Seniors: Who ever would have imagined that your senior year would take on a shape such as this? I cannot express how sorry I am for the heartbreak and disappointment you’ve already experienced. If we are unable to resume school soon, you have my word that we will work to maintain as many of the traditions associated with our senior year as possible. I have already begun investigating the possibility of a summer prom and graduation. Please know that it is our desire to celebrate with you, however and whenever, your culminating accomplishments of high school.

 

I understand that this may be a very difficult time for some of our students. Students who need additional support are encouraged to reach out to your school counselor or any of our area mental health professionals. We all must remain mindful of not only our own personal needs, but the needs of those around us, both in-person and online. I am certain that, as we tackle this challenging time together, we will get through it with a renewed sense of purpose and connection with the things that really matter in life.

 

Thank you and best wishes to you and your family for safe, healthy days ahead.

 

 

Dave McMahon

Principal, Crestwood High School





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