Principal’s Corner – Weekly Update:
Thank you for making our first full week of “Remote Learning” such a huge success! We really appreciate all of your kind words and patience as we continue to adjust and problem solve for our students. I know this is a very challenging time for all of us – our students, teachers, and families. I cannot wait for the day we are back together at Madison and get to celebrate at an All School Meeting. Please know that I am thinking about you all and miss seeing all the smiling faces each morning!
On Friday, the Governor announced that Illinois schools will be closed to in-person learning through the end of the school year. As such, we are following the state’s directive to continue Remote Learning for all students through our last day of school. I’m sure this announcement raises many questions and concerns. We will be working together to address those topics, many of which are nuanced and affect various groups of people. We will be sure to keep you updated with any new or updated information.
The Madison teachers continue to spend many hours planning, posting, teaching, responding and checking in with our students (and families) to ensure we are providing the best learning experience possible at this time. By now, most everyone has commented on the power and need for interactive experiences, like those offered through video conferencing applications such as Zoom and Google Meets. We agree and have scheduled class meetings to allow students to interact and stay connected with each other. Our goal is to keep grade level schedules as consistent as possible with Zoom calls scheduled at the same times throughout the week. You can check the daily template posted on the website or with your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding the daily schedule. Please know not all scheduled 30-minute literacy/math/social studies/science lessons will be delivered through live Zoom teaching. To engage our students, teachers will provide a mix of pre-recorded lessons, live lessons, Q&A responses, etc. using various tools. Our teachers continue to learn new platforms while trying to maintain some level of consistency and simplicity in all of this to support all of our students. Again, we very much appreciate your patience and support as we continue to learn and grow together!
Parent Input for the 2020-2021 School Year:
As a reminder, this is the time of year that the teachers and principal draft class lists for the upcoming school year. Please know classroom placement is a lengthy process and one into which we put a lot of time and effort. Our grade level teams and specialists (reading specialist, differentiation specialists, resource teachers, and art, music, and PE staff) work together to share input and create class composites conducive to learning. We take into account your child’s academic, social, and emotional needs. Our goal is to create equitable classes in terms of size, instructional supports, gender, etc. and allow for groups of students who can benefit from learning together.
If you have information that you believe we should consider as we begin the process of developing class lists for next school year, please put your thoughts in writing via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject heading CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT PLACEMENT 2020. Your comments concerning your child’s learning, social emotional characteristics and needs will be taken into consideration as we create class lists of students who can benefit from learning together. We respectfully ask that parents NOT request a specific teacher. If you plan to send an email, please do so no later than May 1, 2020.
Also, if you are moving out of the district, please just let us know.