Dear Commander Community,
Final grades will be up to date in Student Portal by tomorrow giving teachers the weekend to grade and enter last minute submissions. You worked so hard to find success in Semester 1 and you deserve this Winter Break to take time for yourselves, to take a breath, and to do the things that fill yourself and your soul. The Winter Solstice, which occurs tomorrow, 12/21/20, marks the beginning of the start of a new Solar Cycle, the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere’s journey towards longer days, and signifies a time of hope, fresh starts, and resolutions. When you return to school on January 5th, we will still be remote; but, we will be in 2021 and Semester 2, and have the opportunity for a fresh start with four new courses. Please take time over break to reflect upon your successes, and to think about possible shifts you may want to take to end the 20-21 school year strong. I, for example, want to devote more of my time lifting up our students’ voices, finding ways to become an anti-racist school, and working with students and families to determine inequities that arise and how we can combat those inequities. I am very much looking forward to learning and leading beside this community during the second half of the 20-21 school year. I have high hopes that we will be able to return to some sense of normalcy soon.
I am happy to announce that our Semester 2 bell schedule will not change from quarter 2; therefore, you will not have to learn a new routine or schedule. Click here for the breakdown of what a day in the life of an in person student should we return to in person learning on 1/19/20, in person hours at school are from 8am - 2:20pm. We prioritized safety, getting students back on track, excellence in academic and social emotional learning, and equitable learning experiences for all. Please note that most students will return for 2 days of full day in person learning, while many of our most vulnerable students will return for 4 days of full day in person learning. This will be the model we utilize as long as we are restricted by state COVID-19 health and safety guardrails. Thank you for all of the parents and students who gave us feedback and ideas as we developed this plan. We are so much stronger together!
Have a wonderful holiday and a restful break! We will see you for remote learning on January 5th! Stay safe, strong, and joyful!
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