The pilot program for an alternative to snow-day make-up days has been accepted for this school year, for up to five snow days during the period from January 16 through April 1. Instead of making up those days at the end of June, students will be given a variety of assignments that are designed to be done relatively independently and, depending on the type of assignment, will be due sometime after the snow days. Students may work on the assignments during the snow days or choose to complete them afterwards, especially if they need help or clarification from staff. The links here are to documents from the snow day committee and offer specific information about the program. There is more information on the district webpage.
SNOW DAY EXTENDED LEARNING PILOT SURVEYS (MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL JANDA)
Thank you for your support of the district’s Snow Day Extended Learning Program pilot during this school year. The Snow Day Extended Learning program provided the students of NMRSD with real-time, authentic learning opportunities to replace canceled school days. Teachers provided curriculum-based learning that their students could complete in place of a canceled school day. Assignments were short-term, unit-based or a long-term project equal to multiple days of learning.
Although we firmly believe that the highest form of learning takes place in a classroom with a qualified teacher, support staff or specialist, we also acknowledge that days made up at the end of the school calendar are not of the same quality as those that could be offered with extended learning opportunities. Students in the twenty-first century will likely have at least one online class in college, and many will be preparing for employment set in a work-from-home environment. The extended learning opportunities help build a foundation for this type of learning and work production for the students of North Middlesex.
During this pilot year, which began on January 16, 2018, we used all five Extended Learning days approved by the school committee as follows:
Wednesday, January 17-Extended Learning Day #1
Wednesday, February 7-Extended Learning Day #2
Thursday, March 8-Extended Learning Day #3
Tuesday, March 13-Extended Learning Day #4
Wednesday, March 14-Extended Learning Day #5
The last scheduled day of the 2017-18 year is scheduled for Monday, June 18, 2018.
In order to help the committee make a recommendation to the School Committee about the Snow Day Extended Learning Program going forward, we are asking all district parents and staff to complete a brief survey about their experience with the pilot program this year to help guide our future recommendations. The survey links are below and are specific to each school level, as well as, one for NMRSD staff. You may fill in each survey that applies to your situation. The survey will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. We greatly appreciate your input to help the Snow Day Extended Learning Committee determine recommendations to present to the school committee regarding the continuation of this program.
Preschool Family Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z5VZCRF
Elementary Family Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJHQZKC
Middle School Family Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZPT6YTR
High School Family Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z6XWNB9
NMRSD Staff Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHBB3WL