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Remote Learning - Secondary

Hello Secondary Families,

As we continue to embrace the season of remote learning, we trust you will find the resources necessary to be successful in this time. We know we will need to make adjustments along the way so we will be in ongoing conversations as the days/weeks unfold. Thank you in advance for your partnership, feedback, patience and prayers.

Please view the links below for helpful information and updates about Remote Learning. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Althoff, Ms. Anderson, the counselors or your teachers during this time for any support you may need. We are #WarriorStrong together!

In Him,

Matt Althoff
Middle School Principal

Lauren Anderson
High School Principal

Remote Learning Info Middle School

Dear Students and Parents,

This past Monday and Tuesday, we spent time as a faculty and staff looking at our remote learning systems to make a few updates and revisions. While we were pleased with most of our processes after the first few weeks, we realized that we needed to make some improvements as we move into this environment for the remainder of the school year.

We are committed to providing the best possible learning experience under our current circumstances. The updates and revisions pertain to:

  • Adding more teacher-to-student direct instruction
  • Improving clarity and consistency of information in PlusPortals
  • Creating a more specific schedule for Zoom meetings

If you would like to watch a brief instructional video to walk you through what these changes will look like on your student's screen, click here. Please also continue reading for further details.

Teacher-to-Student Instruction
At the end of the third quarter, students had a strong context for remote learning based on prior classroom instruction. Students were completing units and projects that began in the classroom and teachers were able to wind down the third quarter with minimal new material or direct instruction.

Now that we are in the fourth quarter, there will be new units and content. New assignments and projects will be assigned, some of which students haven’t seen or done before. We want our teachers to be “in the home” as much as they can be, offering instruction, explanation, and clarification directly to students. We have asked teachers to include instructional videos for any new content and any complex assignments. The videos will be included in the syllabi and assignment posting for students to access as a part of their daily learning activities.

Clarity and Consistency of Information in PlusPortals
We received quite a bit of feedback from students and families about the difficulties navigating PlusPortals, locate all of the necessary assignments, and submit work seamlessly. As a result, we have asked teachers to do the following:

1. Post syllabi in the CLASS SUMMARY section – Finding the separate links and attachments for each day was difficult to navigate for students. Teachers will post the syllabi on Friday afternoon for the coming week. Those syllabi will be more robust, including activities, assignments, links, and due dates for the coming week. Students should click on each class so that they can see the Class Summary section for each class. Students can refer to the syllabus throughout the week to stay on top of the plans and activities for each class.

2. Clean up the COURSEWORK section – There was a high volume of assignments accumulating in this section which made it difficult to sort through. Teachers should only post assignments that are attached to a grade, and they should remove assignments that are more than a week old.

3. Stop using the E-LOCKER for work submission – The E-Locker function has been complicated for many, and we discovered that it is not very compatible with the PlusPortals app for cell phones. In an effort to simplify work submission guidelines, we chose to remove this as an option.

Specific Schedule for Zoom Meetings
Students were finding quite a few overlaps with Zoom meetings, and as a result, some weren’t able to access their teachers when they were available. As a result, we’ve made the following adjustments:

1. Scheduled office hours Zooms in the afternoons – Teachers will hold Zoom office hours for a half-hour each day where students can ask questions and receive support. Students can come and go for office hours but should make an effort to drop in during their class period’s scheduled time if they need support. The schedule will be as follows:

2. Schedule optional, class-specific Zoom sessions in the morning – It may be valuable for some teachers to schedule a time of instruction or discussion on Zoom with a specific class. We have created a sign-up sheet for teachers who might want to do this to avoid overlaps. These sessions will be communicated in the syllabus and will be optional. We encourage students to participate if at all possible, but we realize that may not always be possible.

3. Avoid Friday Zoom sessions except when scheduled by individual students or small groups – We have asked teachers to increase their time offline on Fridays so that they can prepare instructional videos and develop their syllabi for the coming week. If a student or small group really needs to arrange a time with a teacher, they can try to schedule that on Fridays, but we would like to keep Fridays as free from scheduled Zoom sessions as much as possible. Please note that teachers will be offline from e-mail as well on Fridays.

Support from the Counseling Team
For the past several weeks, Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Miller have been putting out videos to help support students with remote learning. This week’s video covers the topic of Self Advocacy. Below are the links to this week’s video as well as the previous videos :

Remote Learning Schedule
After receiving feedback from students, families, and teachers, we have decided to move the “Syllabus Review” day to Fridays. Teachers will post syllabi for the coming week by the end of the day on Friday. This will allow students and families an earlier preview of the coming week. It will also allow teachers more time on Friday to work on instructional videos and other effective strategies for delivering new content to students. The schedule for next week will be as follows:

Monday – Professional Development Day – Red Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, & 7
Tuesday – Professional Development Day – White Schedule – Periods, 2, 4, 6, & 8
Wednesday – Red Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, & 7
Thursday – White Schedule – Periods 2, 4, 6, & 8
Friday – Syllabus Review

Remote Learning Communication

  • Check PlusPortals daily for activities and assignments. Teachers will be posting assignments by 9:00am.
  • Teachers will be at their computers from 9:00-11:00am and from 1:00-3:00pm to support students with their learning.
  • If you would like to arrange a phone call with a teacher, please email the teacher to schedule a call.
  • Be sure to check out our newly updated PlusPortals page with a section of Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting Tips.

Remote Learning Support
Our counseling team is creating weekly videos for students and families to help them adjust to their remote learning experience. Here are the videos they’ve made:

Remote Learning Schedule: April 13-17
Monday – Syllabus Review - Periods 1-8
Tuesday – White Schedule – Periods 2, 4, 6, 8
Wednesday – Red Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
Thursday – White Schedule – Periods 2, 4, 6, 8
Friday – Red Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
Remote Learning Communication

  • Check PlusPortals daily for activities and assignments. Teachers will be posting assignments by 9:00am.
  • Teachers will be at their computers from 9:00-11:00am and from 1:00-3:00pm to support students with their learning.
  • If you would like to arrange a phone call with a teacher, please email the teacher to schedule a call.
  • Be sure to check out our newly updated PlusPortals page with a section of Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting Tips.

Remote Learning Support
Our counseling team will be creating weekly videos for students and families to help them adjust to their remote learning experience. Here are the videos they’ve made in first two weeks:

Good Morning Middle Schoolers,

We’re two weeks in! Thank you for your hard work, for your patience, and for your communication so far. I’m hearing good things from teachers about how consistently and how well you are staying on top of your work. I know it’s not easy, but I appreciate all that you are doing to make this work. Keep it up!

Some thoughts for this week:

Staying On Track
If you haven’t already done so, please check out the weekly videos that the counselors have put out. We still have a ways to go with remote learning, and it’s important to develop habits that will help you be successful and find balance in the coming weeks. Here are the links:

Good Morning Middle Schoolers,

I hope that your remote learning is off to a fairly smooth start, and that you are beginning to settle into some comfortable routines as you work from home. Last Friday, I had a Zoom meeting with all of the middle school teachers, and in the middle of the meeting Mr. Plunket said, “I haven’t gotten to hug any students for a week.” After that, there was a long pause as all of the other teachers shook their heads in understanding. It was a sad reminder to me of the distance between us right now, but it was a joyful reminder to me of the strength of our belonging to one another. Please know your teachers miss you, and that we look forward to sharing the classrooms and hallways with you again as soon as possible.

For now, here are a couple reminders:

Staying Connected
I think we can all understand where Mr. Plunket is coming from. While remote learning is a new and unexpected challenge, perhaps the more difficult part is being away from each other. The everyday conversations, laughs, and interactions (the relationships) have made this school year a great one. You have lived into the belonging that we share in Christ, and it has been awesome! Even though we can’t carry on with the relationships in person like we usually do, PLEASE look for ways to stay connected with your SCS family. Zoom, Skype, text, call, write…do whatever you have to do to keep in touch.

Remote Learning Information
You should be checking PlusPortals at around 9:00am every day to see the work your teachers have assigned. Teachers will typically be following this schedule:

  • Monday – Syllabus update/overview of the coming week (may include continuing work and reminders from the previous week)
  • Tuesday -  Activities and assignments for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8
  • Wednesday – Activities and assignments for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7
  • Thursday – Activities and assignments for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8
  • Friday – Activities and assignments for periods, 1, 3, 5, and 7

Clarity and Flexibility
Just like you, your teachers are getting used to remote learning, discovering what works and what doesn’t work. Our two main goals are clarity and flexibility. We want you to have a clear understanding of what you have to do, when assignments are due, and how you should submit them. We also want you to know that we will be as flexible as we can be with submissions and due dates, especially during this transition time. Please reach out to your teacher by email if you have any questions, concerns, or confusion. Teachers will be available at their computers from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm every weekday. If you don't know your teacher's email address, you can find it on the SCS Staff Directory.

Reverse H-O-R-S-E Competition
Stay tuned next week for a game of virtual H-O-R-S-E with Mr. Althoff. Details about rules, participation, and prizes will be available on Monday.
And Finally…
With apologies to Noah and The Messengers (and with a shout out to Mr. Creek), a joke. There are three kinds of people in this world. Those who are good at math, and those who aren’t.

Have a great day! Stay in touch and stay safe!

Mr. Althoff
Middle School Principal

Dear Middle School Parents,

We have had a busy and productive day on campus today as we prepare for remote learning in the coming weeks. This is a new experience for all of us, and while it will certainly be challenging on many levels, know that we are committed to clarity and support for you and for your students with the learning that they will be doing from home. We will strive to communicate as regularly and as clearly as we can toward that end, and we encourage you to communicate with us whenever you need to as you support your student.

I realize this is a long email, but I hope it will provide you with the initial information as we get started:

We are continuing with teaching and learning

I do want to be clear that, though it will look very different, we are still continuing with teaching and learning at SCS. Teachers are working on identifying the most critical learning objectives, and on developing instruction and activities that allow students to work toward those objectives from home. We communicated to students yesterday that we expect them to do their best, to ask questions as needed, and to complete and submit their assignments on time. They will be doing all of those things in new ways, and we will offer plenty of grace and support. We do hope that it is clear to students that they have the responsibility to continue with their learning in the coming weeks.

What can you expect to see?

In an effort to keep a comfortable routine for our students, we will be utilizing our weekly schedule for the communication of classwork. Each day, when you access PlusPortals, you will see updates and assignments posted from teachers:

Monday (Warrior Day) – A course syllabus for each class (1-8), giving an overview of the key learning objectives, upcoming assignments, and ongoing work that students have.

  • Next Monday (3/16) the syllabi will be the only communication sent through PlusPortals from teachers. You can expect to see those mid-day, as teachers will be working on them through the weekend and on Monday morning. Assignments/Activities will begin on Tuesday.
  • Beginning the following Monday (3/23), syllabi will include a status update for each class, and will likely include ongoing classwork/activities from the previous week.

Tuesday (White Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 2, 4, 6 and 8

Wednesday (Red Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 1, 3, 5 and 7

Thursday (White Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 2, 4, 6 and 8

Friday (Red Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 1, 3, 5 and 7

Beginning next week, teachers will use templates for the syllabi and the assignment/activity sheets so you know what to expect. I encourage you to take a look at both so you can see what kind of information teachers will be communicating on a regular basis. Click here for the syllabi template and click here for the assignment/activity sheets.

When/Where can you expect to see it?

We have asked teachers to post assignments in PlusPortals by 9:00am each day (except for next Monday’s syllabus). That will allow students and families to know what they need to do and plan their days accordingly. We recognize that remote learning, along with ongoing response to the COVID-19 virus, will affect families differently, and we trust that families make time for schoolwork in ways that are most manageable for them. All syllabi and assignment/activity sheets will be posted as attachments to assignments in PlusPortals.

What if you can’t access PlusPortals?

Yesterday during advisory time, we asked all secondary students to log into their PlusPortals account on a school computer and on a cell phone if they have the app. If students needed help logging in, we made sure they were set up and ready to go, so all students should be able to access their account. If something happens and you are not able to log in, please contact me, and I will connect you with our registrar to help you troubleshoot.

How can your student have access to his/her teacher?

Teachers will be at their computers on weekdays from 9:00-11:00am and from 1:00-3:00pm to offer support for students. Students can email teachers directly or through PlusPortals during those time windows, and they can expect to receive a quick response. If a student sends an email outside of those time windows, be assured that teachers will respond as close to the beginning of the next window as possible.

What if you have questions or concerns?

As you are supporting your student in his/her work, please feel free to connect with teachers via email about course-specific questions. If you have other questions about remote learning, or about items not related to coursework please feel free to email me. Please refer to seattlechristian.org/covid19/  for all schoolwide updates, communications, and resources.

Hopefully this email gives you clarity about what remote learning will look like for your middle school student beginning next week. Our middle school team will be in ongoing conversation as we get started. We will be evaluating how things are going, and we hope you will give us feedback as well. As we learn and make adjustments, we will continue to be in touch.

Thank you in advance for your help, for your patience, and for your prayers. We look forward to working with you to help our students continue in their learning.

In His Service,

Matt Althoff

Middle School Principal

Remote Learning Info High School

Important Updates to our Remote Learning
We are committed to providing the best possible learning experience for you under our current circumstances. The following updates and revisions will take place beginning TODAY, Monday, April 27. The key components of the revisions include:

  • Adding more teacher-to-student direct instruction
  • Improving clarity and consistency of information in PlusPortals
  • Streamlining work submission, and making a more specific schedule for Zoom meetings.

For a full description of the changes, click here.

Please watch a brief instructional video to walk you through what these changes will look like on your screen. Click here for the video.

Remote Learning Schedule, April 27-May 1

  • Monday – Red Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, & 7
  • Tuesday – White Schedule – Periods, 2, 4, 6, & 8
  • Wednesday – Red Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, & 7
  • Thursday – White Schedule – Periods 2, 4, 6, & 8
  • Friday – Syllabus Review for the coming week

If you have any struggles or technology issues either with PlusPortals, e-mail, or other links, please contact Carrie Doherty or Darrin McDermott for assistance rather than emailing teachers so they can focus their time on answering learning-related questions.

Remote Learning Expectations for Students
Students should check PlusPortals shortly after 9:00am to find their work for the day. Communication of daily work will take place as follows:

  • MONDAY – Syllabus and course updates in every class. This may include reminders about activities/assignments continuing from the previous week.
  • TUESDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 (white day)
  • WEDNESDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 (red day)
  • THURSDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 (white day)
  • FRIDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 (red day)

Activities/Assignment sheets will include due dates for assignments. Unless otherwise indicated, the assignments should be submitted by 9:00pm on the due date.

  • More specific submission times may be given for quizzes, tests, and other assessments that require a more limited time window
  • If students need beyond the time listed on a certain day, they should contact their teachers.
  • Activities/Assignments should require approximately one hour per class. Each student works at his/her own pace, so these times may vary from student to student, but should not be significantly longer than one hour per class.
  • Teachers will include additional practice work and optional supplemental work for students who might need or want more practice
  • AP classes and dual credit classes may require longer work time. Work time for these courses should not take longer than 2 hours per class.

Remote Learning Expectations for Students
Students should check PlusPortals shortly after 9:00am to find their work for the day. Communication of daily work will take place as follows:

  • MONDAY – Syllabus and course updates in every class. This may include reminders about activities/assignments continuing from the previous
  • TUESDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 (white day)
  • WEDNESDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 (red day)
  • THURSDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 (white day)
  • FRIDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 (red day)

Activities/Assignment sheets will include due dates for assignments. Unless otherwise indicated, the assignments should be submitted by 9:00pm on the due date.

  • More specific submission times may be given for quizzes, tests, and other assessments that require a more limited time window.
  • If students need beyond the time listed on a certain day, they should contact their teachers.
  • Activities/Assignments should require approximately one hour per class. Each student works at his/her own pace, so these times may vary from student to student, but should not be significantly longer than one hour per class.
  • Teachers will include additional practice work and optional supplemental work for students who might need or want more practice
  • AP classes and dual credit classes may require longer work time. Work time for these courses should not take longer than 2 hours per class.

Contacting Teachers
Teachers will be available on weekdays from 9:00-11:00am and from 1:00-3:00pm to answer questions, give feedback, and to support students.

  • Teachers will contact students who are not completing or submitting their work, and they will communicate with parents to work toward a solution.
  • Our school counseling team is available to support students in their work and in their remote learning routines. Students should email their counselor to schedule a time to talk.

Tips for Remote Learning
Here are some helpful tips that will come in handy at this time

Remote Learning Expectations for Students
Students should check PlusPortals shortly after 9:00am to find their work for the day. Communication of daily work will take place as follows:

  • MONDAY – Syllabus and course updates in every class. This may include reminders about activities/assignments continuing from the previous week.
  • TUESDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 (white day)
  • WEDNESDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 (red day)
  • THURSDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 (white day)
  • FRIDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 (red day)

Activities/Assignment sheets will include due dates for assignments. Unless otherwise indicated, the assignments should be submitted by 9:00pm on the due date.

  • More specific submission times may be given for quizzes, tests, and other assessments that require a more limited time window
  • If students need beyond the time listed on a certain day, they should contact their teachers.
  • Activities/Assignments should require approximately one hour per class. Each student works at his/her own pace, so these times may vary from student to student, but should not be significantly longer than one hour per class.
  • Teachers will include additional practice work and optional supplemental work for students who might need or want more practice
  • AP classes and dual credit classes may require longer work time. Work time for these courses should not take longer than 2 hours per class.

Contacting Teachers
Teachers will be available on weekdays from 9:00-11:00am and from 1:00-3:00pm to answer questions, give feedback, and to support students.

  • Teachers will contact students who are not completing or submitting their work, and they will communicate with parents to work toward a solution.
  • Our school counseling team is available to support students in their work and in their remote learning routines. Students should email their counselor to schedule a time to talk.

Tips for Remote Learning
Here are some helpful tips that will come in handy at this time

  • Viewing Assignments in Plus Portals: When you are viewing your assignments under Coursework, please choose the option to see All Pending Coursework and All Types.  If those are not set you may not see all your assignments.  You can also sort your assignments by Due Date simply by selecting/clicking on that column.  It toggles back and forth between most recent & oldest.
  • Whenever possible, use your computer to view Plus Portals through the website and not the app. Although the app is convenient, it is hard to see the critical information and you may miss items your teachers are posting.
  • How to write a professional e-mail
  • How to submit assignments using E-Locker
  • Remote Learning Q&A Sessions on Thursday, March 26. Your College & Career Counselors will be hosting Q&A sessions to assist with any questions you might have about Remote Learning whether it be where to find assignments, how to know when something is due, etc. They will send out individual Zoom links on Thursday for the meeting times listed below. Have your questions ready!
    • 9th Grade – 3:30-4pm
    • 10th Grade – 3-3:30pm
    • 11th Grade – 11:30am-12:00pm
    • 12th Grade – 11-11:30am

Happy Sunny Friday SCS Families & Students,

We’ve made it through one full week of remote learning! Although we have had a few things to sort through, I have received positive feedback from many and continue to be encouraged by the work the entire SCS community is doing to navigate our remote learning landscape.

In response to some feedback and to provide some more clarity on how we are serving the needs of students remotely, continue reading below:

Advisory Check-Ins

  • Advisory group leaders are reaching out to connect with advisory groups on a weekly basis. This provides students a chance to connect with each other and a teacher. This is a great morale booster as well as a chance to get questions answered that they might have in regards to remote learning.

Remote Learning Expectations For Families

  • Activities and assignments will be posted each day in PlusPortals. We ask that parents remind and help students to log in at the beginning of the day to get their work.
  • We encourage parents to:
    • Designate and set up a place for your student to work
    • Discuss with your student how he/she will schedule their school work and how they will limit distractions. For example, you may want to consider limiting access to cell phones during the school day at home.
    • Plan ways for your student to get fresh air and physical activity
    • Review and take advantage of the Department of Health’s Resources and Recommendations page
  • Help your student to communicate well with his/her teacher as questions or complications arise
  • Please check in regularly on your student’s online learning. Whether students are using discussion boards, Zoom, or other technology tools, we want to make sure they are doing so safely, securely, and responsibly. If you have any concerns about their online interactions, please reach out to the principal right away.

Remote Learning Expectations for Students

  • Students should check PlusPortals shortly after 9:00am to find their work for the day. Communication of daily work will take place as follows:

MONDAY – Syllabus and course updates in every class. This may include reminders about activities/assignments continuing from the previous week.

TUESDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 (white day)

WEDNESDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 (red day)

THURSDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 (white day)

FRIDAY – Activity/Assignment sheets for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 (red day)

  • Activities/Assignment sheets will include due dates for assignments. Unless otherwise indicated, the assignments should be submitted by 9:00pm on the due date.
    • More specific submission times may be given for quizzes, tests, and other assessments that require a more limited time window
    • If students need beyond the time listed on a certain day, they should contact their teachers.
  • Activities/Assignments should require approximately one hour per class. Each student works at his/her own pace, so these times may vary from student to student, but should not be significantly longer than one hour per class.
    • Teachers will include additional practice work and optional supplemental work for students who might need or want more practice
    • AP classes and dual credit classes may require longer work time. Work time for these courses should not take longer than 2 hours per class.
  • Teachers will be available on weekdays from 9:00-11:00am and from 1:00-3:00pm to answer questions, give feedback, and to support students.
  • Teachers will contact students who are not completing or submitting their work, and they will communicate with parents to work toward a solution.
  • Our school counseling team is available to support students in their work and in their remote learning routines. Students should email their counselor to schedule a time to talk.

Other Reminders:

  • While online tools are helping us navigate the coming weeks, it goes without saying that they have limitations. Because our person-to-person interaction is so limited, there is a greater chance of miscommunication and confusion. Should you or your student run into a problem, please contact your student’s teacher, counselor, or administrator to request a phone call so we can support you more directly.
  • As remote learning takes places, increased screen time is a biproduct. We know that too much screen time is not healthy and can lead to headaches and poor sleep. We have taken this into account with the remote learning parameters and schedule we put in place to assist students and teachers with limiting their screen time. Please encourage students to take breaks frequently, have designated “non-screen time” and get outside when possible. Blue light glasses are also a good tool to consider.

In addition, to the above mentioned items, we are working to find better ways to communicate consistently with families and students on a regular basis. We will also have some help sessions and further tutorials available in the near future as we hear what the common questions/challenges are with remote learning. We are committed to doing everything we can to make this learning platform a meaningful tool over the coming weeks.

It is in these uncertain times that the body of Christ is able to shine in unity! Thanks for all you are doing to make that happen.

Sincerely,

Lauren Anderson
High School Principal

Dear High School Students and Parents,

It has been a busy day for us preparing for remote learning in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience and partnership as we navigate this unknown territory together.

We know there many questions of what the next several weeks will hold. We are committed to frequent communication as we work together toward clarity. Thank you for your patience with us as we unfold what we can as we are able. Please don’t hesitate to reach out as questions, complications or concerns arise.

I apologize for the length of this email, but hopefully it provides enough information for the essential questions you may have at this time.

We are continuing with teaching and learning
I do want to be clear that, though it will look very different, we are still continuing with teaching and learning at SCS. Teachers are working on identifying the most critical learning objectives, and on developing instruction and activities that allow students to work toward those objectives from home. We communicated to students yesterday that we expect them to do their best, to ask questions as needed, and to complete and submit their assignments on time. They will be doing all of those things in new ways, and we will offer plenty of grace and support. We do hope that it is clear to students that they have the responsibility to continue with their learning in the coming weeks.

What will “remote learning” look like?

Learning Activities

  • Teachers will post a syllabus for the key learning outcomes, activities and assignments for the next two weeks to Plus Portals this coming Monday, March 16.
  • In an effort to keep a comfortable routine for our students, we will be utilizing our weekly schedule for the communication of classwork. Each day, when you access PlusPortals, you will see updates and assignments posted from teachers:
    • Monday (Warrior Day) – Students will hear from all their teachers via Plus Portals on Mondays regarding the overview for the week.
    • Tuesday (White Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 2, 4, 6 and 8
    • Wednesday (Red Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 1, 3, 5 and 7
    • Thursday (White Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 2, 4, 6 and 8
    • Friday (Red Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 1, 3, 5 and 7
  • Beginning next week, teachers will use templates for the syllabi and the assignment/activity sheets so you know what to expect. I encourage you to take a look at both so you can see what kind of information teachers will be communicating on a regular basis. Click here for the syllabi template and click here for the assignment/activity sheets.
  • We have asked teachers to post assignments in PlusPortals by 9:00am each day (except for next Monday’s syllabus). That will allow students and families to know what they need to do and plan their days accordingly.
  • All assignments and activities for remote learning will be posted through Plus Portals utilizing the “assignments” section. Teachers may also use other Plus Portal features in addition to the “assignments” section as has been routine for their classes thus far or will be communicated to their individual classes.

Communication/Access to teachers:

  • E-mail will be utilized for our main tool for communication. Students can email teachers directly through PlusPortals.
  • Teachers will be available Monday through Friday for Office Hours (meaning your student can expect quick response time from all teachers during the following windows of time):
    • 9:00am – 11:00am
    • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • If a student sends an email outside of those time windows, be assured that teachers will respond as close to the beginning of the next window as possible.

What about High School InterSCession?
At this point in time we have made the difficult decision to cancel the currently scheduled high school InterSCession week and will be continuing with remote learning during the week of March 30-April 3. Unfortunately, most of our companies, ministries, and partners with whom our groups were working have already reached out to cancel. I know this leaves many questions regarding refunds, postponing or rescheduling trips, which I will be sorting through with each teacher and Mrs. Tripoli. There will be no requirement for InterSCession makeup hours due to this cancellation.

  • We are canceling all local offerings and seeking refunds for as much as we can. We will communicate out as we have more information.
  • For our three international trips (England/Scotland/Costa Rica), we are inquiring about our options including full refunds, rescheduling, or use in an alternate trip at a later date. As soon as we have information from our airlines and partners we will notify individual groups of their options and your trip leaders will coordinate next steps to follow.

What about my AP classes?

  • Your AP teachers will continue to provide materials to prepare students for the AP exams.
  • We have submitted a request to the College Board for an extension on the dates of the AP exams in light of our current circumstances. Expect communication once we hear back from them.

What about my dual credit classes?

  • We have reached out to our dual credit partners to notify them of our situation. We do not anticipate any change to our dual credit status. Expect communication in the future to verify or communicate adjustments we might need to make.

What about school sports or other extracurricular activities?

  • As of now, our athletic department is working hard to find ways to continue with our sports season in whatever way possible.
  • We are waiting for the entire mandate on the details of these school closure as it relates to sports and activities from OSPI on Monday.
  • Either I or Athletic Director Craig Wrolstad will reach back out with more specifics as soon as we learn more or if anything changes.

What about high school course registration?

  • I will be working with the college & career counselors to develop a plan next week for submission of course requests, teacher approval and any other processes associated with course requests.
  • Expect communication from us on how we plan to do this remotely next week.

What if you have questions or concerns?

As you are supporting your student in his/her work, please feel free to connect with teachers via email about course-specific questions. If you have other questions about remote learning, or about items not related to coursework please feel free to email me. Please refer to seattlechristian.org/covid19/  for all school wide updates, communications, and resources.

Hopefully you find what you need to start to have a picture of what remote learning will look like for your high school student beginning next week. We know we will need to make adjustments along the way so we will be in ongoing conversations as the days/weeks unfold.

Thank you in advance for your partnership, feedback, patience and prayers. I am finding comfort in the Psalms as we are reminded, despite all that is being removed/altered in our normal everyday lives: The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need. What a time we have to truly rest in our Savior!

In Him,

Lauren Anderson
High School Principal

Important Updates to our Remote Learning
Remember, teachers will now be updating their weekly syllabi to the class summary pages on Fridays. If you need to find the previous week's syllabi scroll down to "Files" and look in the "Class Folder" for the syllabi.

Click here to access a simple one-page weekly planner to keep your classes, assignments and Zoom meetings organized for the week. Fill this out on Friday after teachers have posted their new syllabus for the coming week to start out organized and ready to tackle schoolwork!

We updated our remote learning system. Click here for details of the changes.

Not sure where to find something on Plus Portals? Click here to watch the instructional video that walks through step by step where to look for everything you need for each class.

Remote Learning Schedule: May 4-8  

  • Monday – Red Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, & 7
  • Tuesday – White Schedule – Periods, 2, 4, 6, & 8
  • Wednesday – Red Schedule – Periods 1, 3, 5, & 7
  • Thursday – White Schedule – Periods 2, 4, 6, & 8
  • Friday – Syllabus Review for the coming week

If you have any struggles or technology issues either with PlusPortals, e-mail or other links, please contact Carrie Doherty or Darrin McDermott for assistance rather than emailing teachers so they can focus their time on answering learning-related questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

E-mail will be the primary method of communication.

● Teachers and counselors will be available Monday through Friday for Office Hours (meaning your student can expect quick response time from all teachers during the following windows of time):

○ 9:00am – 11:00am

○ 1:00pm – 3:00pm

● If a student sends an email outside of those periods, be assured that teachers and counselors will respond as close to the beginning of the next window as possible. ● For counseling needs, please contact Mrs. Miller (last names H-S) or Mrs. Phillips (last names A-G & T-Z).

If you need to schedule a phone call with your teacher or counselor, please send them an email. All teacher contact information can be found on our Staff Directory.

In an effort to keep a comfortable routine for our students, we will be utilizing our weekly schedule for the communication of classwork. Each day, students will access PlusPortals for updates and assignments posted from teachers by 9:00am each day:

● Monday (Warrior Day) – Students will hear from all their teachers via Plus Portals on Mondays regarding the overview for the week.

● Tuesday (White Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 2, 4, 6 and 8

● Wednesday (Red Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 1, 3, 5 and 7

● Thursday (White Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 2, 4, 6 and 8

● Friday (Red Day) – An assignment/activity sheet for periods 1, 3, 5 and 7

Click here for a video from our counseling team with some helpful tips and support for remote learning.

  • If you need assistance accessing PlusPortals or have questions about how to use it, click here for FAQ’s and a tutorial to answer your questions.
  • E-Locker – watch this tutorial video by some of our SCS teachers on how to submit an assignment using the E-locker in Plus Portals

WIAA states that there will be no practices or games through at least April 24. WIAA Is working to make it possible to continue to have state competitions. At this time, you are encouraged to train on your own at home.

Your AP teachers will continue to provide materials to prepare students for the AP exams. The College Board has offered an extension on the dates of the AP exams in light of our current circumstances as well as an online option for exams. AP teachers will communicate out details on the exam time and method for individual AP classes as those decisions are made.

We have heard back from our dual credit partners and they have been very supportive of the work teachers are doing to continue the learning remotely. They have assured us that they will provide credit for our previously approved dual credit courses given the current circumstances.

The due date for Course Request forms and additional applications remains March 27. Teacher signatures are not required on the course request form or the AP or Upper Division Course applications. We will work with teachers for approval. Please email a photo, scanned copy or typed course request list (including alternates) to Mrs. Miller (last names H-S) or Mrs. Phillips (last names A-G & T-Z).

Due to travel bans, border closures, flight cancellations and in accordance with the president's request to avoid all discretionary travel, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all InterSCession trips. We believe that by doing so now, we will have the best possibility of recouping as much of the finances you all have put forward up to this point. Our InterSCession trip leaders are working fervently with airline companies and Joshua Expeditions on options for refunds and will begin contacting you with specifics for your trips.

We recognize the great amount of disappointment this is causing for you as these trips are a highlight of your high school experience at SCS. We will continue to monitor the progress of travel and are open to pulling together a summer offering especially for seniors who won’t have another InterSCession opportunity. If circumstances allow, we will share more about that potential in the future.

Please note that the week of InterSCession, March 30 - April 3, is now a week of remote learning.

If your family does not have a computer or iPad, please let your child's teacher know, and we’ll see what we can do. If wi-fi is a challenge, you can checkout Comcast/Xfinity, who is offering free internet for 60 days for new customers.