Dear Glen Meadow Families:
Marking period 2 has just begun. Parents and guardians can view grades for marking period 1 on November 18th. Students in marking period long specials will transition into new courses on Monday, November 16th. If you are in need of assistance accessing your child’s grades, please contact the Glen Meadow main office. Many students have asked about our Honor Roll program, and YES, we will be issuing Honor Roll certificates. If your child is a fully remote learner, his or her certificate will be mailed home.
Below is our schedule for the next few weeks. Please keep in mind that we have three different schedules that we are using depending on the day, two different virtual schedules, and the early dismissal schedule. Please reference the Glen Meadow Schedules tab on the VTSD website to see all schedules. Information on schedules can be found below as well. Many of our classes will be taught synchronously (live). The information below explains what to expect during live online instruction. Please note our Superintendent of Schools, Ms. D’Avino has only provided a schedule up until Friday, December 4th. It is very important that you look for our Friday School Messenger emails with district and building up-to-date information. We are aware that you receive many school emails, but this is one not to miss! Click on the colorized calendar below, it will enlarge and will be easier to read.
Here is our schedule for Wednesday, November 18, 2020:
|Period 1:||9:00 – 9:20|
|Period 2:||9:25 – 9:45|
|Period 3:||9:50 – 10:10|
|Period 4:||10:15 – 10:35|
|Period 5:||10:40 – 11:00|
|Period 6:||11:05 – 11:25|
|Period 7:||11:30 – 11:50|
|Period 8:||11:55 – 12:15|
|Period 9:||12:20 – 12:40|
|Office Time:||12:40 – 1:00|
Here is our schedule for the week of November 30-December 4, 2020:
|Student Log In||9:00|
|Period 1||9:00 – 9:31|
What to Expect During Live Zoom Meetings on Synchronous Days:
When your child is in synchronous (live) lessons, you can expect the teacher to be (but not limited to):
- Teaching a 10 to 15-minute mini-lesson,
- Reviewing a concept,
- Conducting a class conversation on a topic,
- Having a student explain an answer, etc.,
- Providing a demonstration (science experiment, for example),
- Allowing time for the student to work on a skill and then calling the students back into the class to assist one-on-one or by whole group,
For our students, here are some requests and reminders from your teachers:
- Attendance is required,
- Check Schoology for correspondence and daily expectations,
- Come to class on time while participating in a live Zoom or Schoology Conference and remain in one location; clocks times vary, please login a few minutes prior to the class starting time.
- Please dress as you would for school,
- Participate from a quiet place in your home,
- Please keep your camera on unless instructed otherwise by your teacher,
- Be respectful,
- Anything visible in the background of your video must be school appropriate.
For our parents and guardians, here are some requests from Glen Meadow, please:
- Set clear expectations and routines for your child’s remote learning days.
- Partner with your child’s teacher and reach out should any challenges arise.
- Refrain from joining your child’s live classes or be visible on your child’s screens during classes.
- Encourage your child to communicate with teachers when your child has questions or concerns
The Glen Meadow Variety Show will be shown online this year on Tuesday, November 17, at 6:30 pm. The link will be on the main page of the VTSD website. Mr. Manis and Mr. Petonak have been working with very talented students that are performing and helping to produce this year’s show using WeVideo a new online movie-making tool that all GMMS students have account access to create all kinds of projects. This is a MUST SEE show! Below are our hosts Gavin Neukum and Kaitlyn Bohmer, alongside comedian Cody Jacobs who have been looking VIRTUALLY EVERYWHERE for the 2020-2021 Variety Show. Stay Virtually Tuned…
Glen Meadow Spirit Wear is available for sale online thanks to our SCA parent volunteers. Check out this link to purchase a variety of long and short sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, face coverings, and more. There are special shirts specifically created for our 8th graders that have every student’s name listed on the shirt. What a great keepsake that would make a wonderful Hanukkah or Christmas gift! Here is the link to view the choices of apparel.
Here are some activities taking place in our classrooms at Glen Meadow…
7th Grade Science News…
Mr. Sorensen’s 7th Grade Biology classes have been working through the Ecology Units and focusing on energy flow with food chains and food webs. Recently, students dissected owl pellets in class to see what they could find in the owl’s diet, identify predator/ prey relationships, and draw conclusions about how the owl’s digestive system works. Below is a picture of students dissecting the owl pellets.
7th and 8th Grade Social Studies News…
Mrs. Czifra, Ms. Sisco, and Mr. Mickens’ (Mrs. Czifra’s student teacher) 8th-grade students have been hard at work this first marking period learning about the Geography, Politics/Government, Religion, and Achievements of Ancient Greece. The students had the choice to create a Newsletter, an Advertisement, or an Interview about their favorite God/Goddess of Ancient Greece. Below are some fantastic projects that you will enjoy. Click on any of the pictures to enlarge them and see the details of each student’s work.
Mrs. Czifra, Mrs. Frawley, and Mr. Mickens’ 7th-grade students have been hard at work this first marking period learning about Ancient Civilizations: Archaeology, Early Humans, and how the Old Stone Age, Nomadic Hunter-Gatherers transitioned to Farming & created permanent settlements during the New Stone Age. The students created some fantastic projects that you will enjoy…Comic Strips, Advertisements, and Fictional Stories.
Comic Strips by Kaitlyn Berberich, True DiGuiseppe, Juliana Lapine and Brooklyn Gargano
The Annual VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest: Students have recently submitted their essays to the annual VFW essay contest. This year’s theme is “What is Patriotism to Me? Below are some sample essays by our 6th-grade students in Ms. Cleary’s class. Enjoy reading what patriotism looks like through the eyes of 11 and 12-year-old students.
Wishing you a great Thanksgiving with your family!
Rosemary Gebhardt Eric Kosek
Principal Assistant Principal