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Mora/Holman Elementary

Due to the current Public Health Order issued by the governor, all Public Schools will be required to begin the school year through Virtual/Distance/Remote Learning. After September 8th, schools will begin to accept students in person using a "Phase-In" model.Students K-5 will begin in-person on September 8th. Students in grades 6-8 will begin in-person on September 14th and students in grades 9-12 will begin in-person on September 21st.Please be advised that all students are required to attend school virtually until the "Hybrid Phase" begins. Once the hybrid phase begins, all students will have option to attend school virtually or in-person.

The first day of school for all students is August 14th.

Mora Elementary School will begin school year with Remote Learning and will phase-in to Hybrid Learning. To address the substantial impacts of educational and family disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, MES was especially strategic and intentional in responding to students’ learning needs for the 2020-2021 school year.

After losing valuable instruction due to the Spring 2020 State-Mandated Extended School Closure and the 2020 Summer Vacation there has been concern on the size of the learning gap that has been created.After reviewing nationwide data, most of decrease is in the areas of reading and writing achievement. This gap is not only impacted by the closing of schools but also by the increased stress of remote learning.In anticipation of the possibility of one or more similar interruptions, it is evident that our schools create a common expectation of instructional priorities.

With limited time available for instruction, it may not be possible to “cover” all the standards that would normally be addressed. It is more important that the most essential standards be addressed at a level of depth to ensure mastery and a solid foundation of learning.

To ensure that students receive “quality” instruction, it has been determined that their classroom teachers teach grade level standards that are deemed “essential”. Teachers will collaborate and will define 50% of CCSS that are deemed “essential”. Of the remaining 50% of the CCSS that are not deemed essential, they will be split in half on what are considered “most important” and “important.” The ‘most important’ will be integrated when the ‘essential’ standards are taught.The remaining 25% will be provided as enrichment activities.

MES teachers will focus on mastery-level techniques that will allow students to progress at varying rates with frequent check-ins and feedback until they have a thorough understanding of the content.“Mastery” is different from “coverage,” but it produces longer-lasting results. In remote and hybrid-learning models the limited time is available in virtual and in-person face-to-face settings (synchronized learning), therefore it is essential that whenever students are not “in-class” that they continue with independent practice (asynchronized learning). Teachers will assign activities that require higher-order thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. These activities may include but are not limited to watching a lecture or reading, which could easily be done at home.Some very challenging activities may require time at home to be worked on, with time in class to present, discuss and get feedback. https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/curriculum-instruction/

Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Defined

Synchronous learning happens in real time.This means that a student, their classmates, and/or the teacher interact in a specific place at a specific time in whole group, small group, or individual conferencing with the teacher. Synchronous learning can happen both Virtually and in-person. Activities that occur synchronously would include; lecture, demonstrations, collaborative peer work, guided practice, or feedback and conferencing.

Asynchronous learning happens at different times. This means that a student works on meaningful activities that are connected to the classroom on a flexible time frame. Asynchronous learning can happen through online activities, such as viewing a digital source such as a video, website, or digital book; researching; creating a representation of learning or practicing a skill. Asynchronous learning can also include a wide variety of activities including; independent practice, reading an article or book, making a physical model that represents learning, or interviewing a family member. Asynchronous assignments should be directly connected to the learning objectives addressed in the synchronous environment.

Student learning will be monitored through;

District Assessments:Istation (focus will be performance on ‘essential’ standards) State Standard Testing

Classroom Assessments: Formative and Summative, Checks for Understanding, Exit Tickets

Grades: PowerSchool (MES will adhere to the MISD board approved grading policy)

It is important to note that academic learning cannot take place without an environment of emotional safety for our students.Our school Guidance Counselor and Social Workers will be available for student services.This will include students who receive services presently as well as any new issues that may arise.This department will also be creating a school-wide Google Classroom through which we will be providing further proactive instruction on a variety of social/emotional issues.

Students will be required to log-in to each of their classes for the day via Google Classroom.Daily attendance will be gathered in this manner.Students who fail to log in with their individual classes for any given day will receive a call home by the school.We will then be able to troubleshoot any possible technology communication issues.

Students will be responsible for the daily assignments based on individual timelines for each as directed by the teacher of that individual class.

Students and parents will be informed where and how to post completed assignments.

Students will be graded for all assignments daily. These grades will be posted on PowerSchool on a timely basis. The MISD grading policy (located in the Mora Elementary School Handbook) will be used for both Distance and Hybrid Learning.

Our school will develop a schedule at specific time periods throughout the day for students/parents to communicate directly to staff via Google email, Google Classroom.This period would allow for students to get feedback on work, clarify any lesson difficulties they may have, and exchange content responses.

Using Google Meet, teachers will have the capability of recording lessons and content to send to students directly.An introduction, teacher model, application, and reinforcement portion of any skills/content area would be able to be viewed by a student before beginning and independent tasks.Students can view the lesson multiple times.Google Meets also provides students and teachers the ability to ‘live’ chat if needed.

Students will have assignments for the special subject areas (art, PE), which will be posted on their Google Classrooms.

Student attendance will be taken to ensure a proper continuum of learning.Lessons will be assigned using Google Classroom, and students will submit work to demonstrate mastery also using Google classroom.Classroom discussion boards will be utilized when appropriate to facilitate the exchange of ideas within the class, and student collaboration will be accomplished through the creation of synchronously edited documents.

Extended time will be provided for students that receive modifications and/or accommodations.

Teachers will deliver appropriate distance learning using G Suite for Education, Google Hangout and Google Meet.

Registration:

You will be able to access the registration forms on the website at www.mora.k12.nm.us.

Kindergarten students who did not get the opportunity through Head Start or did not turn in registration packets issued at the end of the year can also get registration forms on the website.

New students to the district will access registration forms the same way through the website.

Student Placement for students that were pre-assigned last year. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (575) 387-3132

Yours in Education,

Mr. John Maldonado

Elementary Principal

Attachment: Remote Learning Master schedule 


Mora/Holman Elementary

Master Schedule 2020-2021

Remote Learning

Time Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade

8:05 to 9:05

Reading/Social Studies

(M-T-W-TH)


Reading/Social Studies (M-T-W-TH)

Reading/Social Studies (M-T-W-TH)

Reading/Social Studies (M-T-W-TH)

Reading/Social Studies (M-T-W-TH)

Reading/Social Studies (M-T-W-TH)

9:10 to 10:10

Math/Science

(M-T-W-TH)


Math/Science (M-T-W-TH)

Math/Science (M-T-W-TH)

Math/Science (M-T-W-TH)

Math/Science (M-T-W-TH)

Math/Science (M-T-W-TH)

10:20 to 11:00

Spanish

(M-T-W-TH)


Spanish (M-T-W-TH)

Spanish (M-T-W-TH)

Spanish (M-T-W-TH)

Spanish (M-T-W-TH)

Spanish (M-T-W-TH)

11:05 to 12:05


PE (M-T)

Art (W-TH)


PE (M-T)
Art (W-TH)

PE (M-T)
Art (W-TH)

Art (M-T)
PE (W-TH)

Art(M-T)
PE (W-TH)

Art (M-T)
PE (W-TH)

12:05 to 12:35

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:35 to 3:15
Planning, Parent/Student contact, grading, training & Meeting time Planning, Parent/Student contact, grading, training & Meeting time Planning, Parent/Student contact, grading, training & Meeting time Planning, Parent/Student contact, grading, training & Meeting time Planning, Parent/Student contact, grading, training & Meeting time Planning, Parent/Student contact, grading, training & Meeting time