ATA – Hybrid communications

Greetings, families!

We hope you are well and looking forward to a relaxing spring break!

The purpose of this communication is to provide critical updates for trimester three schedules and the district-wide middle school schedule for hybrid/same school online (SSO) instruction. It is long and specific and if you have questions and want more information, please attend the Parent Information Session via the zoom link below.

Wednesday, March 31 at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

https://zoom.us/j/99029053136?pwd=OWxodDIvMUlMNVRORWZSRHQ5NmxVUT09

Meeting ID: 990 2905 3136

Passcode: 460089

In preparation for the Parent Information Session, you are invited to submitted questions in advance so that we are able to prepare and answer as many questions as possible:

Click here for Question Submission Form

Trimester Three Updates

As of today, students are able to access their new trimester three schedules via StudentVue. Trimester three classes will be available in Canvas the week we return from spring break. Please contact us if your student is having trouble accessing either StudentVue or Canvas. Please also understand that we cannot change schedules except for errors, omissions, or the need to withdraw from a class.  We may be making additional schedule shifts for the next several days so thanks for your patience as we finalize details.

In some cases, students’ teachers changed. And, in almost all classes, class lists changed and students are in new groupings. Because of the strict measures we must have in place to reopen and our need to balance classes, we had to move some students. A move was more likely for students when two teachers teach the same class and we made every attempt to restore students to their original teachers when our schedule allowed it.

For both teachers and students, we know this might be a jarring shift though unavoidable in our

re-opening. We will spend some time in the first part of the new trimester for students to get to know each other and re-establish a classroom community.

Students will begin their 3rd trimester schedules when we return from spring break beginning Monday, March 29. We will be in a distance learning model until Friday, April 9 and on Monday, April 12, we will pivot to our new hybrid/SSO schedule.

New Middle School Schedule for Hybrid/Same School Online (SSO)

The middle school schedule is shifting significantly beginning the week of April 12. We underwent a district process to arrive at the new schedule that all middle schools will be using. The schedule allows for all students– each hybrid cohort and same school online students– to receive live Zoom instruction on A and B days and is more similar to both the current high school schedule and our brick and mortar schedule in a regular year.

Essentially in this model, all students will have access to synchronous lessons in the morning and asynchronous lessons in the afternoon. Students coming into the building for hybrid will have the opportunity to work on asynch assignments, receive support, extend their learning, focus on class projects, and read outside of the curriculum. At home, same school online students will work on asych assignments, finish synch work, work in groups on classroom projects, and attend office hours after school and on Wednesdays. The schedule is attached (click here) for your review– a few highlights below:

Monday and Tuesday on Regular A and B Days:

9:00 – 11:30 am.

All students attend live Zoom classes including House. Students attend Advisory + periods 1-3 on Mondays and Advisory + 4-6 on Tuesdays.

12:40 – 3:10 pm.

The Blue Cohort attends school in-person. SSO students and Green Cohort complete asynch assignments at home and access office hours. Students attend periods 1-3 on Mondays and 4-6 on Tuesdays.

Wednesday Flex Days:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm. All students work on asynch assignments.

12:30 – 2:00 pm. Students attend office hours, clubs and supports.

Thursday and Friday on Regular A and B Days 9:00 – 11:30 am.

All students attend live Zoom classes including House. Students attend periods Advisory + 1-3 on Thursdays and Advisory + 4-6 on Fridays.

12:40 – 3:10 pm.

The Green Cohort attends school in-person. SSO students and Blue Cohort complete asynch assignments at home and access office hours. Students attend periods 1-3 on Thursdays and 4-6 on Fridays.

As a reminder, by default, cohorts are established based on last name– A-L for Blue Cohort and M-Z for Green Cohort. We also grouped siblings across K-12 which necessitated cohort changes. Based on the survey responses we received, we were also able to use that information to balance our classes– thank you! If your student’s cohort is shifting from the default for any reason, you will receive notification from us.

In closing

We know these changes may come as a surprise to some families and for many of you, may be a more natural rhythm in anticipation of school resuming in person next fall. Either way, we know our students have persevered through an enormous number of changes this year and for that, they can be commended. We look forward to serving your student in trimester three no matter which pathway they have chosen and as always, to all being back in school together one day soon.

Please let us know if you have any questions by calling the front office or dropping us an email. We’ll have more updates beginning the week of March 29. Until then, enjoy the break!

Our best,

Larry Williams & AJ Hruby

Updated Timeline for March 29 – April 16, 2021

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2

We are still in our distance learning schedule this week and the following.

3/29 Flex Day: Students log into their new classes in Canvas and complete asynch assignments. No live Zoom sessions. (This is like a typical Wednesday schedule without clubs or student meetings in the afternoons.)

3/30 A Day: Regular distance learning schedule with new trimester three classes

3/31 B Day: Regular distance learning schedule with new trimester three classes

4/1  A Day: Regular distance learning schedule with new trimester three classes

4/2 B Day: Regular distance learning schedule with new trimester three classes

Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 9

Stay tuned this week for details about 6th grade and new student orientation events!

4/5         A Day: Regular distance learning schedule

4/6    B Day: Regular distance learning schedule

4/7   Flex Day: Regular distance learning schedule

4/8         A Day: No live Zoom classes, asynch work for students

4/9             B Day: No live Zoom classes, asynch work for students

Monday, April 12 – Friday, April 16

The new hybrid model begins this week for everyone!

4/12       A Day: Live Zoom classes in the morning for all groups, Blue Cohort in building in the afternoon

4/13          B Day: Live Zoom classes in the morning for all groups, Blue Cohort in building in the afternoon

4/14  Flex Day: Asynch work for students, all class periods (no change from distance learning)

4/15             A Day: Live Zoom classes in the morning for all groups, Green Cohort in building in the afternoon

4/16              B Day: Live Zoom classes in the morning for all groups, Green Cohort in building in the afternoon