School Closure Updates

 

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GRADUATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 2nd AT 10am. 

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Grade Guidelines 

In an effort to provide an equitable grading environment for students throughout SC, the SCDE, in collaboration with instructional leaders in a variety of districts, developed basic guidelines for schools to use when determining second semester grades. We have tried to highlight some of these guidelines below:

  • There will not be separate grades for third and fourth quarters.  The third quarter grade will serve as an interim grade much like a progress report.  Those grades will be combined with fourth quarter grades to derive a single grade for the second semester.  This grade will reflect work completed and mastery demonstrated.  Both semester grades will be used to compute a final grade based on the Uniform Grading Policy to maintain equity across schools and districts for scholarship consideration.

  • All remaining standards will be reviewed to determine the essential learning needed to show competency. This must be done while realizing that the first quarter of next year will involve reteaching content from this year’s fourth quarter.  

  • Maintaining contact and participation with each student is, and will continue to be, a challenge in this online format. We excel as a result of incredible instruction and personal communication with each student.  The online environment has placed all of us in the role of “learner” as we work to provide content in a meaningful way, while losing some of the personal interaction.

 
It is recommended that three “categories” of assignments are used.
  • Practice/Discussion: These assignments focus on creating opportunities for students to practice or interact with the content being taught.  This should be focused on both new content, as well as prior content. Examples could be participating in an online class time, posting on a discussion topic, and completing a set of practice questions/mathematical problems.
  • Quizzes/Short Term Assessments:  These assignments should focus on a limited amount of content to assess student competency.  They are shorter in design and used to guide future assignments based on gaps and knowledge learned.  They may be a short writing assignment, a quiz, or an interactive discussion group as examples.
  • Tests/Projects: These are focused on larger chunks of content.  They should be limited in number and allow for opportunities to do test corrections or other opportunities to demonstrate competency.  These may count greater than the other two.
 

No Public Access

The building is closed to the public.  We will have a very small number of staff members working from the building to perform essential responsibilities such as payroll, technical support, maintenance and cleaning, and miscellaneous tasks regarding student records, scheduling, and reporting.  If you have questions, please direct them to the staff member you would normally contact. You may also email questions@bmcchs.org if you need more general information and do not know which staff member to contact.

Online Tips

It is important that you continue to work hard, but at home, you must work a little differently.  Here are some suggestions that may help you be more productive.

  • Create a schedule.  There is not a bell to tell you to “change class”, but there also is not a bell to tell you to “start class”.

  • Have a consistent place to work free from distractions, if possible.

  • Read each assignment two or three times to be sure you know what you are being asked to do. 

  • Take breaks from the screen to refresh.  Working for 4 straight hours can lead to fatigue and possibly missing some of the assignments.

  • Ask questions.  Teachers want to help you and are available to help you.  We stress for each student to be their own advocate and ask for help when needed.  This is even more true in an online format.

  • Technology is our best option at this point.  This is different for students and teachers. So...patience on both sides is important.  The technology may have glitches or access problems with so many people using the same platforms around the country.  Take a breath, and be patient. Don’t panic. But don’t disappear. Be persistent and reach out to your teacher if needed.

Greenville Tech Classes

All college students should have received information from the college.  Officially, they have extended spring break a week to allow teachers to prepare and post online assignments.  You need to check your college email and Blackboard often. We do not get all of their updates, so be active in staying informed using their email and systems.

Stay Healthy

We have all seen the guidelines for remaining as safe as possible from coming into contact with this virus. Health extends beyond the virus during periods such as this.  Be purposeful in your activity during the day. Allow physical exercise to be part of your routine. Stay away from constant updates about the virus on the news and on social media. Try doing something you typically do not do such as reading, writing, spending quiet time just thinking/praying/meditating, or have a good conversation with your family.  Most of us are often “too busy” to do those things, but maybe this forced slow down has some positives for us.

Finally

Check your email often.  We will send new information via email.  A Remind and/or a phone call will notify you to check for new information, but you may see it sooner by checking email directly.