• Principal's Outreach 9.1.2020 Re Soft Start

    Good afternoon, Sellwood Community

    On Wednesday, we will begin the 2020/21 school year with a “Soft Start” schedule.  6th-graders will begin on Wednesday, and 7th and 8th graders will begin on Thursday.  I would like to begin by thanking all of you for your patience and grace as we lead up to the first days of the soft start.  I know it can be unnerving when there are many uncertainties.

    The purpose of the soft start is for all of us to get acquainted with one another and acclimated to new processes and technologies.  I know it seems hard now, but in a short time we will all be amazed at what experts we have become.  Last March, I had never heard of Google Meet or Zoom!

    I know that many of you have expressed worry about being able to access Canvas and navigate your classes.  Canvas is a brand new platform for both students and teachers, and that is why the soft start is necessary.  During the soft start staff and students will be using Google Meet to connect with students.  Google Meet is familiar to most of us, and that will be our mode of communication during the soft start.  Students need time to learn about Canvas; parents and teachers too.  By the time we begin the regular distance learning schedule on September 14th, everyone should be comfortable with Canvas, or at least pretty comfortable.

    9:30 on Wednesday, we will kick things off with a LiveStream welcome for 6th-graders.  6th-graders have received the link to the LiveStream, but I will post it again below.

    At 9:30 on Thursday & Friday, we will host welcome LiveStreams for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  Here are the links.

    Wednesday, Sept 2 – 6th grade only

    Thursday, Sept 3 – All students

    • 9:30 – 10AM  LiveStream Welcome for all Sellwood Students.
    • 10:10 – 10:40 AM – Period 1 (Students will receive Google Meet invitations from their teachers)
    • 10:50 – 11:20 AM – Period 2
    • 11:30 to 12:00 PM – Period 3

    Friday, Sept 4 – All students

    • 9:30 – 10AM Friday - Livestream Message for all Sellwood Students
    • 10:10 – 10:40 AM – Period 4 (Students will receive Google Meet invitations from their teachers)
    • 10:50 – 11:20 AM – Period 5
    • 11:30 to 12:00 PM – Period 6
    • 2:30 to 3:00 PM – Advanced Band, ZP

    Tuesday, Sept 8

    • 9:30 - 10:30 SEL Lessons (Social Emotional Learning)
    • 10:40 - 11:10 - Period 1
    • 11:20 - 11:50 - Period 2

    Wednesday, Sept 9

    • 9:30 - 10:30 SEL Lessons (Social Emotional Learning)
    • 10:40 - 11:10 - Period 3
    • 11:20 - 11:50 - Period 4

    Thursday, Sept 10

    • 9:30 - 10:30 SEL Lessons (Social Emotional Learning)
    • 10:40 - 11:10 - Period 5
    • 11:20 - 11:50 - Period 6

    Friday, Sept 11

    • 9:30 - 10:30 SEL Lessons (Social Emotional Learning)
    • 10:40 - 11:10 - Advanced Band - ZP

    I look forward to seeing students this Wednesday and Thursday!

    Jeandre Carbone

    Sellwood Principal