GBMS Remote & Hybrid Learning (2020-2021)

MIDDLE MATTERS WEEKLY FAMILY COMMUNICATION

Each Sunday evening, Principal Capuder sends a weekly email communication that highlights the many things going on in the school and district, with the PTO as well as with our community partners.  Click here to see the most recent Middle Matters communication, as well as all archived communications.

TECHNOLOGY HELP

If your student is having a chromebook issue, please email [email protected].

A/B DAY CALENDAR WITH HYBRID WEEKS DENOTED

Our first day of remote learning is Tuesday, September 1st, we will be following our A Day Schedule. Here is the list of A and B day with Hybrid Weeks Denoted for trimester two.

CLASS SCHEDULE & HOW TO READ SCHEDULE

Each school day begins at 9am and ends at 3:30pm. On the A Days, students will attend periods 1,2,3,4 as well as lunch and advisory, which is listed as period 10 on the attached schedule.  On the B Days, students will attend periods 6,7,8,9  as well as lunch and advisory, which is listed as period 10 on the attached schedule.  See images below for a visual example.

CHANGE TO REMOTE LEARNING START TIME FOR ALL STUDENTS

All remote students effective February 1, 2021 will log in to their first Zoom class of the day at 9:10am.  To support the safe arrival of in-person students, staff will be assisting with this process.  We will be asking all remote learning students whether or not their grade level is following the hybrid week schedule to remotely join their first class each day at 9:10am.  The start and end times of the class periods following the A/B Schedule will remain the same with this one exception.

HYBRID WEEK

What will the day look like for students engaged in learning during the hybrid week?

During each week your student's grade level is following the HYBRID week schedule (Monday-Thursday), all grade level students whether in person or remote will be assigned to work with one Core (Math, Science, Individuals & Societies or Language & Literature) teacher on their team.  Regardless of weather, in-person students will begin entry into the building at 8:50 am.  We will not have supervision for students until 8:50am, therefore students should not arrive any earlier than 8:50am to their assigned entry location. At their assigned entry location, they will meet with the teacher that they will be working with for the entire Hybrid week in the morning until 12:40pm.  Our remote learners will connect to the zoom class of the Core Teacher on their team that they have been assigned to work with during the hybrid week at 9:10am.  Our remote students will be live streaming into the classroom with the in-person students. Below is a sample of what the day will look like for all students (in person and remote) who are following their Grade Level Hybrid Week Schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Then on Friday of their Grade Level Hybrid week, students will continue to follow the A/B day rotation and A/B Schedule that the students have been following since the start of the school year. 

When will the first hybrid week be for each grade level?

  • The First 6th Grade Hybrid Week will be the week of February 1, 2021
  • The Frist 7th Grade Hybrid Week will be the week of February 8, 2021 (Friday, February 12th is an Institute day and there is no student attendace on this day)
  • The First 8th Grade Hybrid Week will be the week of February 16, 2021 (Only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurdsay, since Monday February 15th is Presidents Day and a school holiday)

When will students know the teacher that they will work with during the first hybrid week?

  • 6th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, January 28th.
  • 7th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, February 4th.
  • 8th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, February 11th.

Will each Hybrid class (in-person and remote students) work with the same teacher every Hybrid week?

No. The first hybrid week:  Students in hybrid class A will be working the Math teacher on the team and this class will be working on a Math project M-Th between 9am and 12:40pm.  Students in hybrid class B will be working with the Science teacher on the team and this class will be working on a Science project M-Th between 9am and 12:40pm.  Students in hybrid class C will be working with the Language & Literature teacher on the team and this class will be working on a Language & Literature project M-Th between 9am and 12:40pm.  Students in hybrid class D will be working with the Individuals & Societies teacher on the team and this class will be working on a Individuals & Societies project M-Th between 9am and 12:40pm.   The second hybrid week, the hyrid classes will be assigned to work with a different core teacher on the team and again during the third hybrid week, etc allowing all students to work with every core teacher on a subject specific project.  The final two hybrid weeks, students will work with one of their team teachers to complete an interdisciplinary project.

What is the process for breakfast, snacks or lunch for in-person students? Students will not be eating at school.

We will not have students eating in the building while in-person. All in-person students must eat their breakfast at home prior to arriving to school.  The district is continuing to distribute meals  on Tuesdays as we have been doing since the start of the school year. Middle School does not provide snack time and will not do so during the hybrid week.  Students will be dismissed at 12:40pm to travel home and eat lunch once at home.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING IN-PERSON

When students come to school for in-person instruction during their hybrid learning weeks, the following materials should be brought with them. These items can be packed in a ziploc bag for the 4 days of in-person instruction. Students will not have access to their locker.  We recommend that these items be brought home each day.  Wipes and sanitizer will be readily available, but students can also bring their own travel size.   Students will not be able to share items.

 

STUDENT ARRIVAL PROCESS FOR HYBRID IN PERSON STUDENTS

When will students know their entry location if attending in-person? 

  • 6th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, January 28th.
  • 7th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, February 4th.
  • 8th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, February 11th.
Notification of Self-Certification Process Per ISBE Return to School Requirment - CrisisGo

To protect our staff and students as they return to in-person learning, we have partnered with CrisisGo, an Illinois Association of School Administrators Gold Level Corporate Partner. The CrisisGo Safety iPass self-certification platform speeds up the ability to confirm an individual’s safety status and get them into a safe learning environment while monitoring school safety information for data-driven decisions.
Here is a link to the CrisisGo website for the Safety iPass solution, https://safetyipass.crisisgo.com/safetyipass and link to their terms and conditions. We will begin to use this tool when students return on February 1 in compliance with ISBE regarding the self-certification process. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Michael Arensdorff at [email protected] and Jim Hackett at [email protected]

Link to download the Brooks Procedures for Student Arrival/Dismall during hybrid week.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Attendance will be taken every day for each class period by each of your child's teacher and it will be denoted in PowerSchool.  Student's are expected to attend each of their classes at their scheduled time and day.  If your student will be absent from remote learning, please call the attendance number 708-665-3074 or email [email protected]

ADVISORY

Your student’s advisory teacher will be working with your student daily from 11:40 to 12:20pm. During your student's grade level hybrid week Mon-Thurs, students at that grade level will engage in Advisory/Social Emotional Learning with their assigned hybrid teacher. This is an opportunity for building a strong teacher to student connection. Students will engage in social, emotional Second Step lessons, will learn key features of Canvas, work with their advisory teacher if they have questions or challenges in their coursework, learn how to use PowerSchool to monitor their grades and missing assignments as well as develop plans on how to attack any challenges they may face during remote learning. Your child’s advisory teacher will be monitoring each student in their advisory class to ensure each student is attending their remote learning classes and engaging in the learning. If you or your student have general questions or concerns, your student’s advisory teacher is a good first person to connect with. If you or your student has specific questions related to a specific class, the teacher of that class is the best first person to connect with.

S.O.A.R.

Strategies of Academics and Resilience (S.O.A.R.) is a class where the students will meet with one of their core teachers in strategy groups where they will participate in community building, executive functioning, how we learn and brain science and goal setting lessons as well as focusing on skills and knowledge connected to reading, math and/or critical thinking to support student’s learning needs.  This course is taken for two trimesters and the other trimester students will engage in their Design class.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

CANVAS

Canvas is our Learning Management System that all teachers will be using to post the learning resources for their students. The student’s Canvas username and password to login to Canvas is the same as last year if your student is a 7th or 8th grader or if your student is a 6th grader, it was provided to you when you picked up your student’s Chromebook . If your student doesn’t know their username or password, please contact Minerva Colbert ([email protected]).  To login to CANVAS go to op97.instructure.com

CANVAS OBSERVER ACCOUNT

To be able to view your student’s Dashboard List View that outlines all the assignments that will be worked on in each of their courses, as well as to see what has been turned in, you will need to create an observer account.  Here are the directions to do this.  Here is the Canvas Parent/Guardian (Observer) Guide.  Here is a quick overview outlining key features of Canvas that will help families and students access the learning materials as well as see what has been submitted. To login to CANVAS go to op97.instructure.com

ZOOM CLASS LINKS

On Friday, 8/28, your student will be able to log into Canvas to access their classes/courses within Canvas, which will also be where each class' zoom link will be found.  Here is a VIDEO explaining how students will find the zoom links for each of their classes.

POWERSCHOOL

Here is a slide deck that compares Canvas and PowerSchool and provides tips for parents/guardians to support your student.  Canvas is our Learning Management system where all lesson materials are posted and assignments are submitted.  PowerSchool is where grades are posted for those assignments submitted to canvas that teachers decide will be used as evidence of learning.  During the first week of school, parents/guardians will receive your student's access ID and password, which will enable you to create a parent/guardian account.

PARENT UNIVERSITY RESOURCES

Remote Learning 2.0: Middle School    Video    Slides

Canvas (Learning management system for Grades 6-8)     Video     Slides

Google Tools (Operating Drive, Documents and sharing)   Video    Slides

Securly (Student safety and device management tool)      Video    Slides    

Zoom 101 (Zoom basics for families)   Video    Slides