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  • Map Assessment

    Hello ACCESS Families -

    As we begin semester two this week we will also begin administering the winter MAP assessment for reading and math in grades 3rd through 8th. Because of our walk-to-math program in our lower grades this will include all students in grade 3 math regardless of their homeroom. Our lower grades will spend a little time practicing this coming week and the actual testing sessions will begin the week of February 8th, 2021. Our middle school grades will start the test in Language Arts classes first and then move to Math. The testing window is open the whole month of February, so teachers and students have amble time to complete.

    I am sharing a parent guide to MAP testing. Because of CDL, there are a few things that are important to do in preparation for the actual testing session. For those students using devices not issued by PPS, please review TEST Preparation section on page 2. There's an introduction video as well as a practice test.

    2020 MAP Remote Testing Parent Guide:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sTF7oyHC9lE6JtSXUsbzyH82FUeDlJUm/edit

    Our team finds that the MAP test provides helpful information regarding students proficiencies and skills. We are excited to have good, standardized assessment data. We realize administering the MAP test remotely comes with different challenges and that you are parents have the option to not have your student take the assessment.  Please, please, please share any concerns or ask questions of your students teacher this week so we can best support your student in being able to take the MAP test. This is not a timed test. Students can take a break and take the test over more than one day. It is really low stakes.

    Of course we ask that you speak with your student about test integrity given the nature of CDL. Teachers will do that same. You will receive more detailed information from teachers.

    Thank you all! Be well, Ginger

  • Principal Chat -LIPI Limited In-Person Instruction

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    Good Afternoon ACCESS Staff, Students, and Families -

    You should expect to receive a district communication regarding Limited In-Person Instruction this evening prior to the PPS school board meeting. Building leaders around the district are beginning to outline the details for engaging small cohorts of students back in the building starting as early as next week. ACCESS is in the "Phase III" group, and we are tentatively working toward a start date the first week of March. We will begin with a very small student cohort (10-12) in mixed grades 1-3, possibly 6th grade too. Both staff and students who are to participate do so voluntarily. CDL programming will continue as scheduled. LIPI will take place in the afternoon. We will start with one day per week. More details to come...

    Educators are just beginning to receive appointments for their first round of vaccinations. 

    While their are many details to outline, we are excited about the opportunity to have students back in buildings in the coming weeks! In anticipation of your questions and concerns I will host a Principal Chat this coming Friday, January 29th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Please join me if you are able! 

    Be Well!

    ~Ginger

  • Virtual MLK Jr celebrations, service opportunities, and resources

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    Happy Friday ACCESS Families!

    As we move into the 3-day MLK Holiday weekend, I continue to reflect on the state of our Nation and the overwhelming Global Pandemic. Martin Luther King Jr was unrelenting in his pursuit of racial justice for Black communities across our country. The same systems of oppression that Dr. King railed against during the Civil Rights era still have a strong hold in our communities of color. There are a new generation of Freedom Fighters and one way that we are able to join them in the fight for racial justice is to learn about Dr. King’s teachings, challenge systems of oppression, racist speech, and interrupt decision-makers that serve to perpetuate the “racial divide”.

    The MLK holiday weekend has for many years, asked people to gather in ways that we are able to “serve” our communities. A day of service. This year, with COVID-19, creates challenges. Be intentional this weekend. We have much to learn!

    Virtual MLK Jr celebrations, service opportunities, and resources (to highlight just a few)

    • Portland’s own The Skanner Foundation will stream the 35th Annual  Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast on Monday, January 18th, 2021 @ 9:00am. Please register here for this free event.
    • World Arts Foundation Inc presents the 36th Annual Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from Noon-5:00pm. Free event.
    • HandsOn Greater Portland no events planned this year, but information for other organizations and events found here.
    • SOLVE: Taking Care of Oregon has a few projects listed. Pre-registration required.

    This & That….

    Our ACCESS Talent Show audition sign up deadline has been extended to January 24. Please encourage students to SIGN UP. Email dharkness@pps.net with any questions.

    ATTENTION 8th GRADERS

    High school forecasting (choosing classes) will be happening over the next 3-4 weeks.  The timing depends upon the individual school. This spreadsheet includes links to high schools and their forecasting information, if available. Contact dharkness@pps.net with any questions.


    Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to the following spellers who will advance to the school-wide “spell off” on Friday, February 5, at 9:30 am:

    4th grade:

    • Dahlia C
    • Myles D
    • Phoebe N
    • Evelyn N-G
    • Gar P
    • Cormac R

    5th grade:

    • Corey C
    • Emily D
    • Ramona S
    • Peiyi W

    6th grade:

    • Talla B
    • Eric C
    • Finley C
    • Zan O'L
    • Daniel P
    • Colin Y

    7th grade:

    • Raphael B
    • Nate C
    • Kirin C-S
    • Manu I
    • Eliot L

    8th grade:

    • Jenny C
    • Sophie J
    • Oscar J
    • Finnian R
    • Ashley R

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    Semester One ends January 28th, 2021

    There are two weeks remaining for first semester. Teachers will spend the planning day, January 29th , assessing student works and finalizing grades. Please take time with your student to review CANVAS and SeeSaw, catch up with communications from teachers, and ensure assignments are completed and turned in.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Be well, Ginger

  • Our Country Today

    Dear ACCESS Community, Faculty, Staff, & Families –

    The range of emotions I have felt throughout today as I witness what is happening in our Nation’s Capital are incredible. I quickly think about how our students are processing and trying to make sense of what is going on and what the implications are for how our current government operates. I worry that once again, students are feeling anxious and unsafe. Their emotional threshold for anxiety, stress, fear, and uncertainty, when paired with the extended isolation of this global pandemic are a test of our resilience as a people and educational community like I’ve never experienced.

    I will share that reflection, open dialog, and listening to understand are invaluable steps for making sense and settling emotions. We will continue to navigate such disruptions and uncertainty like professionals. We have an awesome team of educators at ACCESS! We are blessed this way.  Lean on each other as adults; reach out to counseling and admin teams for support, questions, or concerns. We are great thought partners and problem-solvers.

    As adults and particularly as educators it is important to make space for individual student voice and establish norms that help to guide discussions. Assist with words and language that are supportive of our community. Challenge and interrupt hate, bias, and discriminatory comments. Our ACCESS community is so caring. Thank you all!

    This is not about politics. This is about safety: physical, spiritual, and emotional. It is about respect and civility. This is about systems of white privilege and oppression. These are big issues, complex, and very challenging to navigate in conversation, classroom lessons, and day-to-day living.

    Teachers will do everything possible to be adaptive and provide for students needs to talk and process. Our counseling team is ready to support and provide safe spaces for students as well. They will visit community meetings for our elementary students in the morning and open drop in meeting links for students who need to access them outside of class. Please let us know if your student needs individual support right away.

    ACCESS support team:

    Stay safe, Be Well. We care about you and your students, Ginger & Team

    Wanting to learn more?  Below are some additional resources for helping students process the current turbulence in Oregon and the U.S.

    • Helping Students Process the 2020 Elections - Approaches to having difficult conversations with students:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KrLWtp2oh4P6wfGNTnyaIBQQ8SzjfGUnfNnE17mzGQc/edit

    • Helping Students Process the 2020 Elections Best Practices and Resources

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qkaCr7-M-spP35euFoxRfa0EDQL88OZ8iZNr4yuj5fU/edit

    • Difficult Event: Community Circle Discussion Plan

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aHTJR07G0agnD3ViESBqZrYDyJVdSERKmUQQJOkbymA/edit?usp=sharing  

    • Morning Meeting following a Difficult Event

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Yd_2z2rg7fkK4JV9yvvdMbmRWR7vXy67WTV4O1QicbQ/edit?usp=sharing  

    • Teaching Tolerance: Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students

    http://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/TT%20Difficult%20Conversations%20web.pdf

  • Nominate Your Child For TAG

    Greetings ACCESS Families, 

    If you would like to nominate your child for TAG in an area in which they are not already identified by the district, please fill out this form. Nominating your child is optional. Please know that if we do not already have scores for them, they would need to be tested to add TAG identification. 
  • November 7, 2020

    PTA Helping Hands for Fall Break

    Fall break, November 23rd - 27th, is quickly approaching, and during that time off from school, some ACCESS families may find it difficult to make ends meet.

    The ACCESS Academy PTA’s Helping Hands Fund exists to assist ACCESS families over school breaks. If your family would benefit from this support over Fall break, please contact ACCESS@Lane Counselor Devin Harkness or ACCESS@Vestal Counselor David Hall by Wednesday, November 18. They can provide assistance to you — in the form of a Fred Meyer gift card — by Monday, November 23.

    Mr. Harkness can be reached at: dharkness@pps.net or 503.916.6482 (main office); Mr. Hall can be reached at: dhall2@pps.net or 503.916.6483 (main office). Your family’s name and request will be kept strictly confidential.

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    A reminder that next week, Wednesday, Nov 11th is Veteran's Day and is an observed National Holiday. There will be no school this day. The middle school schedule will shift a bit in order to accommodate the loss of instructional time. so, for the week of November 9th - 13th the middle school schedule will adjust to

    Monday/Friday - pers 1, 2, 3 live classes (this means Friday pers 4. 5. 6, will not meet, nor will there be advisory period)

    • 9:00-9:45     per 1
    • 10:00-10:45 per 2
    • 11:00-11:45 per 3
    • 11:45-12:15 AppL/SG/Enrichment
    • LUNCH/RECESS
    • 1:00-1:45    per 1 AppL
    • 1:45-2:30    per 2 AppL
    • 2:30-3:15    per 3 AppL

    Tuesday/Thursday - pers 4, 5, 6 live classes (same as always)

    • 9:00-9:45
    • 10:00-10:45
    • 11:00-11:45
    • 11:45-12:15 AppL/SG/Enrichment
    • LUNCH/RECESS
    • 1:00-1:45    per 4 AppL
    • 1:45-2:30    per 5 AppL
    • 2:30-3:15    per 6 AppL

    The elementary schedule will not be impacted (other then the no school day Wednesday)

    Teachers will review this with students in detail through out the week so as to not reinforce the no school day and the shift to the middle school schedule.  Thank you, Ginger

  • November 6, 2020

    Good Morning and Happy Friday!

    Monday, November 9th is my next scheduled Principal Chat @ 3:00pm. We will chat about the end of quarter 1 and upcoming parent-teacher conferences. 

    All staff and parents/family/guardians are welcome to participate! Please join me!

    Be well,

    ~Ginger

  • October 23, 2020

    here are some fun fall happenings going on at ACCESS in lieu of our infamous haunted house! 

    1) Staff and Students are putting together a Fall Spirit Week for all students the week of October 26th - October 30th! During this week students will get to show up to virtual classes dressed as the theme for that day! The themes are as follows: 

    • Monday: Pajama Day 
    • Tuesday: Tacky/ Backwards clothing day
    • Wednesday: Rainbow Day 
    • Thursday:  Halloween Costume Day 
    • Friday: Masquerade Day (where your mask you made in art class or another masquerade like mask)

    Link to Slide! 

    2) The middle school students are also creating an Horror Art Show google site for students that will showcase original short stories, images, music, films etc created by our talented students! The link to the google site is still under construction, but will be up and running on Friday to view at yours and student convenience! (link to come!)

    ** If your child is a 6th-8th grader and would like to still submit an original piece of art, music, film, sculpture, image, etc. for the horror show, submissions are due this Friday the 22nd. You can submit your project here.  We are looking forward to seeing some amazing themed outfits and spooky art submissions! 

    3) Mr. Houser, Mrs. Ricketson and some students are also working to create a fun "Virtual Haunted House" for our elementary students! This will include student submissions of original photos, stories, art pieces, films etc and teacher found items students will be able to interact with!  We will also be showcasing some student material  Friday during our elementary showcase from 11:45-12:15. (Google meet code: accessstudentshowcase)

    4) LASTLY, Mrs. Szok, our amazing art teacher, has been working with students to create masquerade masks at home! We will be putting together a slideshow students will watch during their morning meeting (elementary school) and Advisory (middle school) on Friday Morning in their classrooms. IF your child wants to submit their mask photo (they can choose whether they want to be in it or not) to be in the slideshow, please have them submit a photo to their Art classroom Mask Assignment tab in their Seesaw or Canvas platform!

    So looking forward to our amazing week together! Go ATOMS! Thank you from the ACCESS Spirit Week Team!

     

  • October 20, 2020

    Hello ACCESS Community,

    We want to thank all of you for taking part in our online learning and want to encourage you to keep up with the many emails coming your way. Here at ACCESS, the office staff has received many emails regarding updating your emergency lists, phone numbers, emails and children information. Thank you for being on top of updating this information. What we need from you now is to get on your ParentVue and make sure your yearly verification form is updated. PPS has stated the deadline to do this is October 31, 2020. If you are unsure of how to do this, PPS has provided instructions online at https://www.pps.net/Page/2341. Please do this at your earliest convenience.

    We appreciate all of you and want you all to remember, YOU ARE DOING GREAT! Keep up the hard work and we hope to see you in February 2021.

  • October 20, 2020

    Good Evening ACCESS Community -

    I wanted to circle back to the many discussions we have had over these past few weeks regarding all of the ways students are able to demonstrate their engagement with Comprehensive Distance Learning. Discussions have been rich, enlightening, better understanding, and have lead to a team agreement for holding a school-wide goal that 100% of ACCESS students will demonstrate engagement in one or more ways each quarter.

    As written: 100% of students will demonstrate school engagement 80% of the time (4 of 5 days per week) each quarter. Engagement is demonstrated by one or more of the following:

    • Whole or small group meeting attendance
    • having the camera on
    • turning in school work
    • Appropriately participating in the chat feature 
    • verbally participating
    • exchanging emails with teacher
    • turning in work
    • using any of the digital tools for video submission, turning in work, or sharing ideas

    Thank you all for your perspective, discussion, and commitments to broadening our collective understanding for engagement. We are committed to building our capacity for CDL.

    One critical element of our community commitment to CDL is also leaning in with our ACCESS students to teach, support, and reinforce all of the different ways the accessible digital tools as well as the power of being able to participate on-line, comes with a huge responsibility to being safe, being kind, and being respectful when on-line. The digital world is here to stay. With COVID-19, we have accelerated the different ways we are engaged virtually. Our students are inquisitive and curious, clever and brilliant, and they are social beings. They are missing friends, classmates, and in-person social time. 

    While our primary focus during school time is to use on-line access and the digital tools to support academic engagement, we know the responsibility we have as educators to teach, support, and reinforce safety, kindness, and respect at all times. Teachers, counselors, and all members of our support team are committed to providing ongoing lessons for digital citizenship, and on-line safety. We are facilitating discussion, reinforcing expectations, and celebrating innovation and mastery. The student showcase and storyline campaigns are evidence of the brilliance of innovation and mastery!

    I am sharing a few resources that are worthy of printing and displaying at home. My hope is these will lead to on-going and meaningful discussions as a family. Please, please, please reach out to any of us if you need a thought partner, would like to consult, check understanding, or have any concerns. 

    I hope you are enjoying the evening. Be well, Ginger

  • October 19. 2020

    Good Morning!

    I am sharing exciting news with our ACCESS community so we can all wish Richard Deng well while he competes amongst 30 other students across the country during Finalist Week this week, in the first ever virtual Broadcom MASTERS: A program of Society for Science & the Public. Great job Richard, and recognition to Dr. Garcia-Arriola, for his incredible dedication to science education!

    ~Ginger~

  • October 8, 2020

    ACCESS Community!

    I am sharing a very simple, yet powerful video that is circulating. Please take a moment to sit, listen, let the words and the energy of these young people sink in.

    You are doing a good job!

    video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkDNp4ATCso

    Be well,

    ~Ginger~

  • October 7, 2020

    Good Evening!

    Many of us on the ACCESS team have been really leaning into conversations focused on student engagement during distance learning, particularly during live sessions when students are on screen with their class mates and teachers. This is our current reality for school. Google and Zoom meets. This is how we are conducting school. I recently heard someone refer to it as "schooling". Our schooling model is proving to be challenging for assessing and monitoring engagement, building relationships, and being able to connect socially. As I have spent short bits of time in classes I notice that nearly half or more of our students have their cameras off.

    We are such social beings that it feels like we have taken for granted the importance of being able to see each other, make eye contact, see and feel the emotion in a look, catch a smile or a squint, see the excitement of learning, or the boredom of schooling on a screen. There are a multitude of things to consider when it comes to students having the cameras on or off at any given moment. This is a worth while conversation to have with your student(s), regularly. Teachers are having this conversation with students, and our support team members are planning guidance lessons focused on relationships and engagement. 

    While we will never force any student to have their camera on while schooling, we do strongly encourage it. Or, a second option would be for students to use a recent photo of themselves rather then an Avatar image when their camera is off. We want to see students! We want students to see each other! We miss seeing and being together! Help us make the most of our virtual world and do everything we can to strengthen our relationships! We want students to bring their best selves to every class, keep cameras on, be engaged!

    For our middle school students, quarter 1 progress grades are due at the end of the week, and report cards will come next week. 

    A few other considerations for our virtual schooling; it is so challenging to create separation between home and school when we are actually doing school from home. As much as you are able as parents to please imagine the view for the entire class of students. Ask yourselves: What is behind my student at home? Are there things happening within the view of others that might be distracting or may be creating visual clutter? How can I ensure that the environment for the whole class is non-distracting from the view of their screens? Am I doing everything possible to create a virtual environment that will support students being on task, engaged, being able to hear others, and follow the teachers lesson? Do I feel like I am striking a good balance between allowing my student to be an independent learner and providing subtle supports? 

    If any of this is intriguing to you and you would like to be able to hear more, or have an opportunity to discuss with other parents and our ACCESS support team, please plan to join us for our October Principal Chat on Monday, October 12th from 3:00 - 4:00pm (I moved this an hour later because of a standing meeting with our middle school team).

    The ACCESS administrative team, counselors, and our new school climate specialist will all be on the meeting. We have three new members to out support team and we are just getting going with working together as team across all grades. You all know me, Mr. Corona, and Mr. Harkness. Please join us to meet Mr. Hill and Ms. Bevans, our new counselors, as well as Michelle Strickler, our new school climate specialist. Hear what we are thinking for school-wide programming, student groups and supports, as well as the strengths of this impressive team! 

    Thank you and have a great evening!

    ~Ginger

  • September 25, 2020

    Hello ACCESS Community,

    We are excited to kick off Let's Get Reading which offers a Bag of Books for your students' home reading experience. This is one way to bring the library to you during this period of distance-learning. The Access@Vestal librarian selected five books for students that represent a range of interests and reading abilities. The books can be enjoyed by your student as well as the entire family. Book bags will be available every week until we are allowed to have students back in the library.

    ACCESS@Vestal staff are ready to begin distribution of the book bags on Monday Sept. 28th from 12:30 to 4 p.m. for students in all grade levels. We will continue collection and distribution every Monday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Book bags will be handed out from the south side entrance of the school around the corner from the playground.

    For ACCESS@Lane students, the Lane library will be open for book "holds" distribution. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the external backdoor of the library will be open from 11:00 AM-5:30 PM and students, guardians, and parents are welcome to come pick up books that have been checked out to ACCESS@Lane students. More information will be available in their Language Arts classes in the next couple of days, but students will place holds on books online and then once they become available they will be notified to come pick them up. Any books that need to be returned to Lane or other PPS libraries may be returned at the same time. For updates, please visit the library's website.

    The PTA is coordinating families in the different quadrants of Portland to help deliver these books for families who cannot reach the Vestal or Lane locations at the scheduled times. Please sign up below if you need delivery or can provide delivery. We will contact you to set up more specifics for delivery soon.

    This is the form link.

    Any questions, please email Ms. Jardine (djardine@pps.net) or Ms. Raspone (sraspone@pps.net)

    Please remember to keep 6-feet of distance while waiting in line and please wear a mask. We will have signs posted to mark the way. We look forward to getting you started with Let's Get Reading.

     

  • Sept. 6, 2020

    Hello Families,

    We are continuing to hear great things from families, staff, and students about how glad everyone is that school is starting.

    At our house it's just has me, my husband, and our old dogs. My husband mostly reports to school for his job each day, leaving me to work at home without us needing to juggle multiple virtual meetings taking place throughout the house. I am gaining better insight into what many of you as families are needing to manage with one or both adults working from home and in many households balancing not just one, but often multiple children also engaged in school, virtually. All the while day to day household duties, responsibilities, and activities along with the other virtual meetings in the house may 'spill over' into the "classroom" environment. This is true for our educators as well.

    I empathize with you, I really do. It is a work in progress as we all learn to balance the crossover of home, work, and school in our virtual world. I do want to ask that we all consider these complex variables as we all do our best to provide a healthy and supportive distance learning experience for ACCESS students. A simple thing like leaving the mic open on your students device while other things are occurring in the background can cause a disruption or distraction. I hope this makes sense.

    I am sharing the link to PPS Digital Citizenship resources and lessons. They are sorted by grade level and focus area. Please take time to review and learn together as a family what it means to practice strong, healthy digital citizenship habits. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R1F5V2AmuFdzNjZz6dGckvVUbXWKRkeTt5uwMuwoPPw/edit#heading=h.c77kcb8vln2c

    Be well,

    ~Ginger

  • September 2, 2020

    Good Evening!

    Well, I was able to participate with the middle school welcome session, and I have heard many many fun and happy stories from staff today while we welcomed students back to school. Many of our students were able to offer their expertise to problem-solve technology questions, and help their classmates in being able to access what they need with Synergy and other digital tools. Students are so excited to reconnect with friends and to meet our new students. Meeting spaces filled early with joyful chatter. Its so good to have our students back!

    Thank you so so much to families for supporting your student in being able to participate and engage today, and a HUGE thank you to our teachers and staff for your tireless commitment to your students. We are all learning how to navigate in this virtual learning environment and the patience, flexibility, and adaptive thinking help to smooth the rough spots! We will continue to problem-solve things as they arise and will do our best to communicate quickly.

    Everyone should have a message from their teachers explaining what to do tomorrow morning.

    1st - 5th grade will again start their day in a morning meeting @ 9:30

    6th - 8th grade will report to their ADVISORY TEACHER @ 9:15(edited from original email)

    Again, Welcome Back to School! We've missed you!

    ~Ginger

  • August 31, 2020

    Our elementary team is excited to get our school year started!

    Our first soft start day will be:

    • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 
    • Students will log into SeeSaw for a 9:30am face to face, meet & greet with their teacher and classmates
    • You will receive a welcome email message from your students homeroom teacher by the end of the day Monday, August 31st, 2020 with the link to face to face meeting.

    The face to face meetings each day during soft start weeks will be at 9:30am. Your students' teacher will review in more detail through email and video chat.

    During the soft start weeks your student will meet each day with their teacher, meet our specials teacher, counselor, and the administrative team. They will have time to explore and have opportunities to practice in SeeSaw on their own to gain confidence with navigating this fun platform. You will also receive an invitation to a phone call or video chat with your students teacher. 

    Remember, the soft start weeks are focused on relationship and community building, easing into the distance learning tools, developing strong digital citizenship habits, and having fun! Our academic instructional class schedule begins September 14th, 2020. 

     

    1st Day Soft Start Schedule for Middle School ONLY

    (We are still working on the Synergy schedule and should be done by the end of the day Monday, August 31st. 7th period will be Advisory)

    We are super excited to have our middle school students coming back to virtual school this coming Wednesday! The first day is structured around meeting staff, learning Clever & Canvas, and working in advisory teams to review the rest of the soft start schedule. Please reference the attached schedules for details.  Please make sure your student has the 1st day schedule electronically as there are links to all of the planned activities embedded.

    Here is the 1st Day Middle School Soft Start Schedule https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lM7_fcXfiokaOIeguNmQe5VMT3kH1zdRZYyZNFkBhls/edit#gid=0

    Here is the Middle School Soft Start Schedule https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1J3rf2zYU7ej8tv2yDTlcMIbSS-BIkt5t3EyCJ45_xbU/edit#gid=1865752987

    PPS Students: Getting Started with Canvas Tutorials https://lor.instructure.com/resources/11b7180e507d4fbdbb5250b3e7335699?shared

    We will see you all later this week. 

    ~Ginger

  • August 31, 2020

    As we begin Fall 2020 unlike any other school year, I have some good news to share. I know we’ve all been anxiously looking forward to a time when ACCESS can be together in one location. PPS has been working hard to find a space to accommodate our whole school from grades kindergarten through eighth grade. We have looked at many sites throughout the district and have found a great site that will allow ACCESS to unite as one at Terwilliger Elementary. 

    Currently, Sunstone Montessori is renting this space. They have a lease until 2022, but we are trying to get the site released in 2021 so it is possible ACCESS can unite together for the 2021-22 school year. At the latest, it will be by 2022-23 school year.

    This location offers us many of the attributes we know are important to the staff, students and community.   Specifically, this location allows us one space large enough to offer mentorship opportunities and advanced classes and a safe space for our students to thrive. This will really allow us to build on our strong community. 

    I am sharing this information now because the Enrollment and Program Balancing process is beginning next week and I wanted to assure you that our process for finding a new space for ACCESS is completely separate from the Enrollment and Program Balancing process. 

    I invite you to join us for a virtual community meeting on September 3 at 6 pm where our Deputy Superintendent Claire Hertz, Chief of Schools Dr. Shawn Bird, Regional Superintendent Dr. Esther Omogbehin, and Area Senior Director Kathleen Ellwood will join us to help answer questions and provide more information. 

    Virtual Community meeting on September 3rd, 2020 @ 6 pm (see email for meeting login information).

    We have created a Google form for questions.  We will compile the questions into a Q & A for everyone.

    I know this is exciting news for our students, staff and families. Please take the opportunity to drive by the location. We do ask that everyone is super mindful of the fact the there is an operating school in the facility during the day and we do not want to disrupt them in any way. Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we’ve been working to find an appropriate location for ACCESS.

  • August 29, 2020

    Updated information for the parent meeting:

    Good Morning!

    After looking back at my last message I see that I had a few typos regarding the Monday, August 31st family/admin team mtg. Here are the particulars:

    What: ACCESS Family/Admin Team Mtg (virtual google meets)

    When: Monday, August 31st, 2020 @ 4:30-5:30pm

    Where: Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/iqf-oahj-has 

    Meeting ID

    meet.google.com/iqf-oahj-has

    Phone Numbers

    (‪US‬)‪+1 234-719-4038‬

    PIN: ‪113 592 402#‬

    We will do our best to provide more detail regarding soft start weeks, the instructional schedule, ease anxieties, and answer questions.

    Enjoy the weekend and see you Monday!

    ~Ginger

  • August 28, 2020

    Good Evening!

    I just wanted to send a quick clarifying message regarding the sample schedules sent by PPS Communications yesterday. ACCESS has operated on a different "school day" start and end time for several years. With staff just returning today we are working quickly to define the details for both the soft start weeks, Sept. 2- 11, and the instructional schedule which begins Sept. 14.

    Soft Start  screen time breaks and lunch aligned

    9:30 start - Elementary and Middle School 

    12:00pm end - all levels, with asynchronous learning lessons throughout the two weeks

    Instructional Schedule

    • School Day Hours - same as last year

    • 8:20 - 2:35, @ Elementary, Specials, lunch/recess

    • 8:36 - 3:06 - 6 period day @ MS, lunch/recess

    • Synchronous & Asynchronous learning 

    • Walk to math

    • Community building everyday

    • Social-Emotional lessons

    • Dedicated time for SpEd supports - ODE implementation guidance

    • Counseling supports, guidance lessons,and small groups

    Slide deck from last parent google meets. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xYalvzn-gnKmxgv1P7eA_ln3gcN2ZrLTHAUeNPT9dv8/edit#slide=id.g91bd26c456_0_28

    We will share the detailed soft start schedules by the end of the day Friday, Aug. 28th.

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    Our next Family/Admin Team google meets will take place on Monday, August 31st @ 4:40pm 

    Join with Google Meet

    meet.google.com/iqf-oahj-has · Up to 250 participants

    Meeting ID

    meet.google.com/iqf-oahj-has

    Phone Numbers

    (‪US‬)‪+1 234-719-4038‬

    PIN: ‪113 592 402#‬

    Breathe, enjoy the last few days of summer. We've got this! Ginger