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East Grand Rapids Public Schools

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Middle School CLP

Middle School Continuity of Learning Plan

Framework

  • Instruction in the Plan may be asynchronous and/or synchronous and will include:

- English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

- Spanish, Exploratory Electives, Art, Music, and P.E.

Weekly office hours for “real-time” conversations between student(s) and teacher(s).

Time and signup procedure will be determined and communicated by teacher or department.

One community activity per week.

  • Teachers will post, in either Google Classroom or Schoology, lessons and assignments by 8:00am for that day’s “scheduled” class periods per the schedule below.
  •  Any “real-time” classes will be set by the teacher and scheduled on the subject’s assigned day per the schedule below. 
- Specific times for such “real-time” classes will be communicated to families by 5:00 p.m. each Sunday and Tuesday in a communication sent by the building principal.
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

English

Social Studies

Spanish & 

  Exploratory Electives

 

Math

Science

       Art, Music, PE      

English

Social Studies

Spanish &
  Exploratory Electives

 

Math

Science

      Art, Music, PE      

Office Hours

Student Review

   Community Activity  

20-30 minutes 

of silent reading

 

20-30 minutes
of silent reading

20-30 minutes

 of silent reading

 

20-30 minutes 

of silent reading

20-30 minutes 

of silent reading

 
  • The building principal will provide an overview of each learning segment of virtual instruction to families by 5:00 p.m. each Sunday and Tuesday.
  • Parents/caregivers are strongly encouraged to review each learning segment of virtual instruction and establish a daily learning scheduling with their child.
 

Attendance

  • Attendance will be measured by each student’s completion of Continuity of Learning Plan activities and assignments.
  • English, math, science, social studies and world language teachers will update their Skyward Gradebook with the status of each student’s completion of the previous week’s activities and assignments by 3:00 pm on Friday.
After this time, students and parents/caregivers can view a record of completion status in their child’s gradebook in Skyward Family Access System.
 

Feedback and Grading

  • EGRPS requires students to participate in the Continuity of Learning Plan. Students will not be penalized for failing to meet the district’s requirements due to COVID-19. In such cases, students will be provided the opportunity to earn credit in an alternative method or at a later time.
  • At the middle school level the focus will be on quality participation and learning versus the assignment of grades.
  • Teachers will provide qualitative feedback to students for work completed during the Continuity of Learning Plan.
Students will not be penalized for late submission of work. Students will be given the opportunity to complete work even after the required submission deadlines.
Students will earn “credit” for quality completion of assignments.
Once a student earns “credit” for the 3rd trimester, they will be assigned a grade of “A” for their 3rd trimester grade.
There will be no final exams for any middle school courses.
Final grades will be determined by averaging the three trimesters.
 

Grade Process Breakdown

The expectation is that teachers will input at least one mark into Skyward every week by 3:00 pm on Friday. 
  • When entering a score into Skyward, the teacher will count the score as Credit/No Credit (teachers may put overall scores in the comment boxes for an assignment)
Teachers will award credit based on the following:
If a student submits an assignment showing proficiency in the subject matter, or at a passing mark (60% or better), they will be awarded credit (1 point in Skyward)
If a student does not attempt the assignment, they should NOT be awarded credit (0 points and “missing” in Skyward)
If a student attempts the assignment, but does not show proficiency in the subject matter or does not pass the assignment (lower than 60%), the teacher will provide qualitative feedback to the student and not give credit yet (0 points, but do NOT mark “missing”)
Teachers may use the comment section to mark notes and/or score
Students have the option to redo the assignment to earn full credit, and there is no penalty for late work
  • All assignments in Skyward from March 2nd through March 12th should be changed to “No Count”, but remain in the gradebook
  • All assignments from April 14th through June 4th should show as counting
- This will allow parents and students to track overall progress
  • If teachers use weighted categories, all assignments must be in the same category
  • Due date for the assignment must be listed in the current week
  • To earn Credit for the course at the end of the trimester, students will have earned credit on 60% or more of the assignments for a course
Credit will convert to an A grade for the trimester
 

Sample Student Schedule

  • Students should engage in school 90 to 180 minutes per school day in addition to 20 to 30 minutes of independent reading.
  • Students should commit to a home learning schedule. Below is a sample home learning schedule. Times may be changed to suit the needs of each student or family. 
  • Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to collaborate with their child in the development of a home learning schedule.
 
Time
  Monday and Wednesday  
   Tuesday and Thursday   
Friday

8:00 am

Breakfast and morning

responsibilities

Breakfast and morning

responsibilities

Breakfast and morning

responsibilities

9:00 am

English

Math

Review assignments 

from the week

9:30 am

Break

Break

Break

10:00 am

Social Studies

Science

  Check in for Office Hours  

10:30 am

Spanish

Music practice

Check in for Office Hours

11:00 am

Exploratory Electives

PE or Art activity

Finish and submit

Community Building

Challenge

11:30 pm

Break and Lunch

Break and Lunch

Break and Lunch

12:30 pm

Independent Reading

Independent Reading

Independent Reading

1:00 pm

Check out the

Community Building

Challenge

Check out the

Community Building

Challenge

Begin enjoying 

the weekend!

 
 
  • Below are suggestions for creating an effective home learning environment for virtual learning:
Have a designated study space
Choose a location where parents can check-in
Eliminate distractions as much as possible
Set a daily routine
Set a specific time for students to get up and “get ready” for school
Identify daily goals for online learning
Participate actively
Look for ways to stay engaged - online discussion boards, Zoom meetings, etc.
Create a checklist and have students check off tasks as they are completed
Create virtual study groups with classmates and friends through apps like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Zoom
Know where to look for help
Email your teacher
Attend Teacher Office Hours virtually
Identify key family members you can reach out to for help
Ask your classmates
Take study breaks
Set time limits and stick to them
Get moving for physical activity during your break
Use motivational techniques
Reward students for working productively
Decorate your study space with motivational pictures or quotes
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