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    Posted on 09/03/2020
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    Welcome to Seattle World School 2020-2021 - A New Journey!   

    We want to welcome students, families, and staff to a new and exciting school year.  On Friday, September 4th, 2020, we will begin a new journey together.  Unlike years in the past, we are now invited to teach and learn together with new tools of communication and in ways that are different from what we may be used to.  Using a computer, cell phone, and new tools of technology along with some of the traditional tools such as pencils, erasers, rulers and notebooks to communicate our thoughts, ideas, and questions will be exciting and offer new ways to make sense of the world. All of this newness will challenge our sense of what is normal and push us to take on new and old problems in innovative ways.  We must accept the challenge and rise with the tide of what is new.  The crises of a pandemic, social and racial injustice, economic recession, and climate change only begin to underscore the problems of today.  We need to come together to question, understand, take action and reflect as change agents in our world.  There will be much to say, do, try, and reflect on in the days, weeks and months ahead as you come together to teach and learn as a school community.  Welcome to a new journey! 

    This Friday, September 4th, we begin our Strong Start Orientation to the school year.  During the first 5 days of school, all staff will outreach to all families to begin building connections, share important information for the beginning of the year, and provide an orientation to how we will work together this school year.  Staff, students, and their families will be introducing ourselves to each other and learning about who we can be together, where we can go, and what we can learn.  Below are a few highlights of what we hope to share and learn together in those first few days leading up to our full scheduled start.

    • Greet students and families, welcome them to our school, say hello, and get to know our students and families
    • Confirm contact information - email, phone numbers, address, etc.
    • Provide technical support to ensure students and families have internet access and can use Microsoft Teams
    • Share student supply lists
    • Clarify any questions about next steps
    • Begin building routines and learning how to navigate learning remotely

    STRONG START ORIENTATION SCHEDULE: 

    Friday, September 4 - Friday September 11 

    • 9am-11am - Student-Staff-School Connections to build relationships and access resources
    • Noon-3:50pm - Independent Student/Family activities to prepare for the school year

    DAILY/WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

    Monday, September 14, 2020

    • Start and End Time: 9:00am - 3:50pm
    • Early Dismissal Wednesday: 9:00am - 2:35pm
    • Lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:

    Below is the typical daily/weekly staff-student teaching and learning work schedule: 

     

    SessionStructure

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Live Online SynchronousInstruction

    9:00am 9:50am

    1st Period

    4th Period

    See Below

    1st Period

    4th Period

    10:00am-10:50am

    2nd Period

    5th Period

    2nd Period

    5th Period

    11:00am-11:50am

    3rd Period

    6th Period

    3rd Period

    6th Period

    Lunch

    11:50am-12:35pm

     

     

    Asynchronous Learning -
    Small Group Learning and Support

    12:35pm-1:25pm

    1st Period

    4th Period

    1st Period

    4th Period

    1:30pm-2:20pm

    2nd Period

    5th Period

    2nd Period

    5th Period

    2:25pm-3:15pm

    3rd Period

    6th Period

    3rd Period

    6th Period

    *Wednesday

    Times TBD

    Asynchronous Learning/Small Group Work/Advisory

     

    *We are still working on finalizing student schedules and will communicate these with families next week by Friday.  Students and families who already have access to the Source need to know that we are still balancing classes and there may be changes.

     

    I realize that this is a new way to be with each other teaching and learning remotely.  I have faith that we can do this.  We will stumble and trip a bit at first.  But when we persevere and are open to learning, we can achieve anything and transform ourselves and our world! 

     

    Cheers,

     

    Bruno Cross, Ed.D. 

    Principal