Communications

4/3/2020  5:19pm

 

Details Regarding The ASK Academy Continuous Learning Plan

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I hope that you are all doing well. This message is to clarify what we will be doing for the remainder of the year as we embark on our Continuous Learning (from home) journey. Our goal for the remainder of the school year is to maintain, as best we can, a sense of continuation, connection, and support.

 We know that many factors will impact how learning occurs, and that there will be many issues that impact what is possible and what is not. Our Project Managers will work with the scholars to establish supportive plans for success. We have put together a schedule that we hope works for all of our families. The schedule is essentially the one that we practiced during our trial week with minor changes for Fridays:

                                                                      1st hour                           2nd-hour                            3rd hour

 

Monday/Wednesday

1st-3rd

9-9:30 Intro/Interactive

9:30-10

Activity/support

10-10:30 Intro/Interactive

10:30-11

Activity/support

11-11:30 Intro/Interactive

11:30-12

Activity/support

Tuesday/Thursday

5th-7th

9-9:30 Intro/Interactive

9:30-10

Activity/support

10-10:30 Intro/Interactive

10:30-11

Activity/support

11-11:30 Intro/Interactive

11:30-12

Activity/support

Monday-Thursday

12-12:30

 12:30-3

Break

As Available

Break

As Available

Break

As Available

Friday

Friday

Support

CP/FC

9-10

10-11

 

11-12

                                            Academic Goals and Expectations

We have followed the Public Education Department’s time limits for daily learning, while still allowing for the unseen factors that now impact the learning environment. Since our time is limited courses will now focus on critical lessons and skills, so that the scholars can continue to build on this year and be prepared for next year.

Rather than simply utilizing a Pass/Fail model we still want to challenge and reward our scholar’s hard work. Therefore we will utilize a 10 point (daily) scale. The breakdown is as follows:

5 points will be earned by attending class. We prefer that scholars meet at the scheduled time. If a class is missed day (due to scheduling/home/social-emotional concerns),  the scholar can do a check-in during PM office hours to make a plan with the manager for making up the lesson. This will still count for the 5 points, but is only to be used as needed, not as a routine. This allows for family flexibility and accommodations based on what they can do in a given daily context.

The other 5 points allows for extra effort/quality gradation. If the scholar receives less than the 5 additional points, they can check in when they are able and resubmit based on PM feedback. The  daily office hours and Fridays , will help everyone to be successful. The afternoons are not for additional homework, but a chance to do better. The goals here are academic progress and connection and collaboration between scholars and managers.

Managers are working towards connection and support, so please check in with them when you miss a class meeting or activity/assignment.

 

Second Semester Grades

The Ask Academy has always utilized a 40% (1st quarter),40% (2nd quarter) and 20% (final exam) grading system. In an effort to be remain as close to normal as possible, this will still be our semester grade calculation.  Because we want all of our scholars to have the best opportunity for success, we are extending the opportunity to make up 3rd quarter work. If you missed work, or received an NC (the grade that was in PowerSchool) in Q3, please make a plan with your PM to earn credit. This is a great opportunity for all scholars, please take advantage of it.

Attendance: Project managers will take attendance on a daily basis, and we hope that you can be in your Google Class Room during the scheduled time. If you cannot make the scheduled session, please check in with your PM when you are able.

Contact: Please continue to do the best you can. We know how difficult this time is, but we want you to know that you can continue to rely on us to do all that we can to support, encourage, and connect with everyone in our ASK Community. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to connect, please don’t hesitate to send me an email (dbusse@theaskacademy.org). When I receive questions I will post them on our website. I hope that what we have built for the remainder of the year helps alleviate some of the uncertainty and loss of connection. We are still here for you. Take care of one another and let us know what else we can do.

Note: Next Monday and Tuesday (3/6-7) afternoon we will be having Professional Development so PM’s will not be holding office hours. In addition next Friday is a scheduled holiday, so we will not have Friday hours.

Sincerely, 

 

Mr. Busse

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3/27/2020 6:19PM

 

We will be implementing a "Learning from Home" alternative (Continuous Education) model. We will have details on how and when classes will resume after Spring Break. 

 

Click on the News Release from the Governor regarding school campus closure, and how education will continue in a learning from home (Continuous Education) model.

 

March 27th News Release

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3/26/2020

 

Gov. Lujan Grisham to announce extension on school closures: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/gov-lujan-grisham-to-announce-extension-to-school-closures-amid-covid-19-outbreak/5685211/?cat=13516 

 

Tomorrow morning, 3/27/20,@GovMLG, Secretary Stewart and the @NMDOH will announce an extension to the school closure period. The final determination of the extent of the closure period will be made this evening after reviewing extensive cross-Agency plans.

 

 

3/23/2020

 

This is a full text of the health order: https://cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-DOH-Order-fv.pdf

 

Click here for Busse's Virtual Playlist - things to do with your scholars...

 

Parents guide to Google Classroom: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uFBoYMjS9vrWSDwq6djRKKIwIReN5vnG/view?fbclid=IwAR1dz9gPR2VJmjwAZSoEXoXEeouXpNSFKRJXoRNeftDaEaI-H7b11OuHN9Q

(This guide is a tool for the parents to assist their scholars when navigating Google Classroom.)