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Grades 6-8 – Continuity of Instruction

Filed in Archive by on March 28, 2020

Our shift to online learning during the COVID-19 outbreak is designed to support students in their journey through K-12 education. While instruction will not be the same as in a traditional classroom, students in grades 6-8 will have opportunities to be engaged and build on the foundation that will prepare them for future grade levels, courses and post-secondary goals.

The district recognizes the difficult circumstances families and students and facing and the challenges of learning at home. In Bethlehem, patience, understanding and empathy will lead the way, every day.

6-8 Student Participation

  • All students are expected to participate
  • Team teachers will provide clear expectations for students
  • There will be two-way feedback between team teachers and students
  • Parents and guardians are important partners & digital role models
  • Students are expected to spend no more than 2 to 2-1/2 hours per week on each course

Schedules are flexible

A condensed, two-day schedule (A day and B day) is intended to help students who are juggling the new demands of learning from home. Using this model, half of teachers on a team will provide content, instruction and assignments on A day and the remaining teachers will share their content, instruction and assignments on B day. Students in grades 6-8 are expected to spend no more than 2 to 2-1/2 hours per week on each course and will have flexibility in completing weekly coursework and assignments.

Content and resources

  • District Chromebooks & Google Meet
  • Team teachers will share assignments with students New content will represent prioritized standards Focus will be on meaningful learning opportunities and easy-to-complete assignments
  • AIS support in reading and math
  • Special education, related services and ENL instruction will help meet student needs

Communication with teachers

  • Student expectations and target completion dates for work will be clearly communicated by class teachers
  • ASPEN email will be primary communication tool between teachers and students and teachers and parents
  • Regular check-ins with students by teachers
  • Outreach to families whose students are not participating regularly to see if they need assistance

No formal grades

Recognizing the unprecedented situation facing students and families, there will be no formal grading. Instead, any assignments will receive either a C or an I. There will be opportunities for students to resubmit work.

  • C – Complete (Evidence of Learning): A student has demonstrated learning of curriculum based on what was taught or assigned.
  • I – Incomplete (Not Yet Learning): Student has not completed assignment or work completed does not yet demonstrate learning of the curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to resubmit work.

How final course credit and/or grades for students 6-12 will be calculated.

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