Parent & Student Feedback
Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to respond to the Upper School Remote Learning Survey. Today, I sent a similar survey to students so that we can collect their feedback, as well. I also appreciate parents reaching out via phone or email to share their personal experiences and thoughts on how we can improve upon our remote learning program. This feedback is critical in supporting our efforts to continually evaluate and adjust the program so that it provides the structure and support needed for your child to feel successful.
Coffee with Dr. Macek
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this week’s “Coffee with Dr. Macek” session, which focused on college planning for juniors. Georgette Small, our Director of College Counseling, led this session and shared important resources that are available in the MyMV College Counseling -Junior Year
group as well as on the Upper School Resource Board
. If you missed the session but are interested in learning more, please watch the video recording
and reach out to Georgette Small, Director of College Counseling, or Brooke Schlageter, Assistant College Counselor, with any questions.
Please mark your calendars for the next Coffee session, scheduled for Thursday, April 30, from 5-6 pm. The purpose of this session will be to provide updates and answer questions regarding our plans for student events, spring intensives, and grading policies, and to address any other questions that you might have at that time. Early next week, I will send an email reminder that will include the Zoom invitation for the session. I look forward to seeing many of you there!
In last week's letter, I announced our decision regarding Spring Intensives for seniors. It read as follows:
Due to the current crisis and the recent enactment of Ohio law that permits schools to grant temporary flexibility in terms of graduation requirements, we have decided that any senior who has met graduation requirements by the completion of the spring rotation may be excused from the spring intensive or independent study. Any student who is interested in opting out of the spring intensive or independent study are asked to contact their advisor who will confirm the student’s eligibility for this exemption. Once they have received confirmation from their advisor, students should inform Mrs. Olivia Spencer (firstname.lastname@example.org
) by May 4 of their decision to opt-out of the spring intensive or independent study.
However, many are still wondering about our plan for the rest of our students who will remain in school for the Intensive period. Please know that Spring Intensives will run as scheduled. However, with the mandated campus closure, the learning experience will be different. Dr. Paula Apostolou and I are working closely with our teachers to support them in transitioning their Intensive courses to the remote learning environment. While the learning objectives will remain the same for each course, the instructional strategies will be adjusted in order to best ensure a positive and meaningful experience for the students in their home environments. We are maximizing our use of online resources, including virtual reality experiences, tours, and expeditions that are currently available and free to educators across the globe. We are also encouraging teachers to allow for student choice in project-based learning and to use best practices for student collaboration in an online environment. Teachers are reaching out to guest speakers who will perform virtual class presentations, and are optimizing their use of the world wide web to bring relevant, real-world experiences to the students’ home environment. Thanks to the incredible dedication and talent of our wonderful faculty, I am confident that your children will enjoy a novel and meaningful Intensive experience this Spring! Please stay tuned for our plans to showcase the students’ Intensive work via a virtual Intensive Fair in June.