Continuity of Learning Schedule: Revised

from Ms. Smithson 

On April 20, 2020 we will begin our next phase of the distance learning model with middle school students and I would like to share important information to help your family prepare. All students will need access to a technology device for approximately two hours each week. If your family is in need of a device and has not completed our Student Technology Survey, please complete it out as soon as possible.

Our distance learning model will consist of two components:

1) 90 minutes to two hours of learning activities per course for students to complete independently

2) weekly virtual class check-ins via Google Meet. 

Learning Activities

Beginning April 20, students will engage in learning activities that will take up to two hours each week per class to complete. Weekly assignments will be posted each Monday by 9:00 a.m. and will be due on Friday by 10:00 a.m.  

Virtual Class Check-ins

Regular class check-ins will follow the schedule below. Each class will have one meeting time.  Your child’s teacher will determine which of the two times will be the check-in time for the class period and communicate the schedule with families and students via Canvas. The time teachers select will remain constant throughout the school closure.

Virtual Class Check-ins Schedule

Monday, April 20

  • 6th GRADE:  Period 5/5A Google Meet Check-In: 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.
  • 7th GRADE: Period 4/4A Google Meet Check-In 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.
  • 8th GRADE:  Period 4/4A Google Meet Check-In 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21

  • ALL GRADES:  Period 1/1A Google Meet Check-in: 8:00-8:45 a.m. OR 9:00-9:45 a.m.
  • 6th GRADE:  Period 6/6A Google Meet Check-in: 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.
  • 7th GRADE:  Period 6/6A Google Meet Check-in:  1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.
  • 8th GRADE:  Period 5/5A Google Meet Check-in:  1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

  • ALL GRADES: Period 2/2A Google Meet Check-in: 8:00-8:45 a.m. OR 9:00-9:45 a.m.
  • ALL GRADES: Period 7/7A Google Meet Check-in: 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

  • ALL GRADES:  Period 3/3A Google Meet Check-in: 8:00-8:45 a.m. OR 9:00-9:45 a.m.
  • ALL GRADED:  Period 8/8A Google Meet Check-in: 1:00-1:45 p.m. OR 2:00-2:45 p.m.

A-day/B-day classes will follow a weekly rotation. Assuming the state-mandated closure is extended beyond April 24:

  • April 20-24: A-day classes will be assigned work and have check-ins

  • April 27-May 1: B-day classes will be assigned work and have check-ins  

The A/B schedule will continue to rotate each week for as long as we are engaged in distance learning.

On Tuesday, April 14, teachers will send a Canvas post that will include a short optional activity for students to complete to re-engage in learning. On Wednesday, April 15, teachers will post a short orientation video that will explain the weekly routine including the expectations for assignments, the dates and times for the weekly virtual class check-ins, and the norms for engaging in check-ins.

The distance learning model of teaching and learning is new for all of us. I appreciate your understanding as we adapt to this new way of engaging staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions.

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Hey there!

To quote the musical philosophers the Spice Girls:

So tell me what ya want. What ya really, REALLY want!

Do you have a song that you’re dying to hear on our #MHTVNews show? If so, let us know and we will try our very best to add it to our playlist! 2 Ways! See Below:

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But we can’t just play any song – so, here’s the nitty gritty boring and obligatory directions:

Before you submit this request, please check the lyrics. Clean lyrics of explicit songs will not be played. Songs that are overtly sexual, disrespectful to women, men, or any group will not be played. Songs that glorify or promote violence or guns will not be played. Songs that refer to drugs, alcohol, or any illegal substances will not be played. Songs that talk about suicide or really depressing stuff will not be played. There’s enough bad and sad things out there in the world, so here at Murray Hill Middle School, we prefer to play, embrace, and promote upbeat and positive things and songs. Yes, that means stuff like unicorns, glitter, rainbows, care bears, little ponies, sports, dancing, swishy fun, puppies, kittens, and K-Pop. Still not sure? Would you sing this song out loud in the car with your Grandma? Thanks for understanding!

Please fill out as much of this information on this form or below as you can below and we will do our best.

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8 thoughts on “Students

  • May 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Daring Librarian,

    Would it be okay if I stole. . . I mean borrowed. . . your weird reading idea for my middle school?

    Tracy Chrenka

  • May 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Absolutely! As you see on the post – I got the idea from the London Public Library & Tweeted them about adopting it – they were thrilled! Shameless sharing is what it’s all about! Cheers!

  • July 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I second that!! I want to steal your idea.

    I have been looking for a e-mail address to ask you a question, but couldn’t find it. I love your edublogs site and am actually setting one up for my students this summer. My question is -how did you get the library thing on your site. I’ve set it up on my library thing widget page and have the code, but can’t find the right widget to put it in -it doesn’t show up…?

  • August 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Steal away! But geez, my email address is on my professional blog and on my Daring Electronic Portfolio! — did you really reeeeely look!? [teasing]

  • September 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I am looking to start mini lessons with 6th grade, our first lesson is over informational text.
    Do you have any suggestions for fun lessons, activities maybe even using technology.


  • September 22, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Hi Stacie! Thanks for commenting! I’m very flattered that you would ask me for help finding or creating a lesson plan! I don’t have anything up my sleeve right now I can send you – I’m in the middle of MAP testing! EEEP! My suggestion, however, is to tap our wonderful PLN (Personal Learning Network) of Teacher Librarians on Twitter using the hashtag #TLChat and maybe they will have something for you!
    @GwynethJones – The Daring Librarian

  • April 19, 2018 at 10:38 am

    What resources would you recommend to teach research skills? I am a new librarian who has asked to teach research skills/information to freshmen.

  • April 19, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Murrell, thanks for your comment! But, WOW! That’s a big question! I guess my first stop are our Research Databases. We here in Maryland are lucky to have access to many databases including SIRS, EBSCO, Macin Via, and World Book Online. I would definitely start with those! If your OKCPS school district doesn’t supply access to one or more of those, contact your local library to see what is available for your kids & community! Cheers! ~Gwyneth

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