End of Spring Rotation
It is hard to believe that next Friday, May 8, is the last day of the Spring rotation! Please be sure your children are aware of the dates and times of any final assessments in their classes and the due dates for final projects and assignments. Students should reach out to their teachers if they have any questions or need additional support in completing the remaining coursework. Please don’t forget that our Student Support team is also available to support your children with their learning and social/emotional needs. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our Student Support team members should your child need additional support. Their contact information is below:
Please note that there is no school for Upper School students on Monday, May 11, as this is a scheduled Work Day for US teachers. US faculty will be using this day to prepare for their Intensive courses, which will commence virtually on Tuesday, May 12. Your child should reach out to their Intensive teacher should they have any questions about preparing for their scheduled Intensive.
As I explained in last week’s letter, Spring Intensives will run as scheduled. However, with the mandated campus closure, the learning experience will be different. Dr. Paula Apostolou and I have been working closely with teachers to support them in transitioning their Intensive courses to the remote environment. While the learning objectives will remain the same for each course, the instructional strategies will be adjusted to best ensure a positive and meaningful experience for the students in their home environments.
We are 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! Please stay tuned for our plans to showcase the students’ Intensive work via a virtual Intensive Fair in June.
I am pleased to share with you our revised plans for Upper School spring events, to include the Awards Ceremony and Graduation. While I wish circumstances were different and that we could host these events in-person, I do believe that the revised format for these events will still ensure a special and memorable experience for all.
The Awards Ceremony will be presented in a virtual format on Friday, May 29. The faculty and staff have carefully selected the awards recipients and are in the process of preparing and recording their speeches for each recipient. The awards videos will be posted to the school’s private YouTube channel and available to view on May 29. In addition, a special Awards Ceremony tradition is the presenting of books personally selected by the faculty for each award recipient. The award certificates and books will be ready for pick-up or delivery by May 29. Future communication will provide more information about award pick-up or delivery times.
In response to proposals presented by the Senior Class Leaders and Student Council Presidents, we are planning to host a unique “social distancing” Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, June 4 at the Field of Dreams Drive-In Theater in Liberty Center, Ohio! The Graduation Ceremony will be presented as a pre-recorded video projected on the movie screen. The video will include all of the components that would be included in a live ceremony (music, speeches, names of graduates, etc.), with the exception of diplomas being presented to students in-person.
In lieu of presenting diplomas in-person at the drive-in ceremony, we will include in the video pictures of students in their caps and gowns holding their diplomas. We would, therefore, like to invite each graduate and their family to schedule a time to have their picture taken by a professional photographer at Maumee Valley on the Bluestone. Families are asked to follow the instructions below to sign-up for a 15-minute appointment during one of the following time frames:
Thursday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 pm
Friday, May 8, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, May 8, 1:00-4:30 pm
Saturday, May 9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 9, 1:00-4:00 pm
Please follow these instructions to access the MVCDS Graduation Picture Schedule & Sign-Up:
On the main Resource Page, click on the Volunteer icon
This should take you to the ”My Info” tab
If it’s blank, fill in your information. Be sure to select the “interval” for which you want a reminder for your slot. Click SAVE at the bottom
Click the Volunteer tab
Click Choices next to MVCDS Graduation Pictures
Time slots are every 15 minutes over 3 days (only 1 slot per senior is needed)
Click the Sign-Up box next to the time you want
Please note that security and staff members will be present at the ceremony to help ensure that all in attendance respect and adhere to the social distancing measures that must be in place to protect the health and safety of all of our guests. We ask that all guests remain in their cars while at the drive-in. A restroom is available at the facility; only one person will be permitted in the restroom at a time. Concessions will be closed.
Additional information will be forthcoming with more specific details about the graduation ceremony (e.g., invitations, tickets, online video access, etc.). In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Olivia Spencer (email@example.com