Kindergarten Round Up Dates Set

Please forward this information to families who have children ready for kindergarten in the fall.  Kindergarten Round up will be held on the following dates: 

Wayne Center Elementary – April 10, 6:30 p.m.
North Side Elementary – April 15, 6:00 p.m.
Rome City Elementary – April 15, 6 p.m.
Avilla Elementary – April 22, 6:30 p.m.
South Side Elementary – April 24, 6:00 p.m.

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Two eLearning Dates Set

Yesterday’s (March 12) cancellation means we have one school day plus one hour to make up.    As I have expressed to families and staff for the last few weeks, we will make up this time using eLearning.    Below is the plan:

Wednesday, March 19 – One hour of eLearning activities in the evening.  Our 5th – 12th graders are accustomed to school work using technology based activities.  There should be minimal issues with these grade levels.  This will be new for students in grades K-4.  These students will be taking their iPad/iPods home to complete easy, quick assignments that are very similar to what they are doing in class every day.   The K-4 students will be receiving a special bubble envelop to use as added protection for their iPad/iPod.  The device will be fully charged when students leave school and the chargers will not be going home.   They will not be required to access the Internet from home.

Saturday, April 12 – Full day eLearning make-up day for all K-12 students.  Five hours for elementary and six hours for secondary.  Again, all students will be taking their devices home for the weekend to complete their assignments.  Teachers will be expected to hold two eOffice Hours during that day between 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.  The two hours might be split into two, one-hour slots and they will also be checking their email throughout the day to provide help to students. 

Two ideas to remember:  1) A true virtual student doesn’t always work between the structured hours of 8 – 3.  The student may work late evenings, early morning, Friday night, or Sunday.   That is OK.  2)  Assignments will be provided before students leave school on April 11.  Some assignments may be provided even earlier.  By doing this, students without Internet access will have time to load their Internet based information they need to complete assignments.  This includes videos created by teachers.  Having a student watch a video of instruction his/her teacher has created is an excellent activity for students.  We have many teachers who are flipping the classroom and seeing great results.

Our students live this every day in and out of the classroom and I believe this will be very successful for our students.    

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eLearning Day?

ENSC will use a Saturday in April (TBD soon) as an eLearning make-up day for today, March 12. While an eLearning day is fairly simple for our secondary students, there are other challenges for our K-6 students that need to be considered when using this type of day. ENSC wants to ensure we are able to address these challenges so that the day is educationally valuable, meets the Department of Education expectations, and most importantly, accommodates our families and students so they are able to grow academically. Accommodating our young students who go to a baby sitter on a last minute cancellation day is one of those challenges. These students will need access to the Internet/technology and also adult support to complete their work from a location other than home. Our K-4 grade students will bring home their iPad/iPod for a test run soon. This test will provide us with valuable information as we plan for a successful future eLearning day.

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School Messenger!

Beginning Monday, ENSC will be switching their district messaging system to School Messenger. You need to be sure your account is set up and you are set for text messaging.

If we have a SMS device number for you AND you have NOT already sent “yes” to 68453, SMS text ready devices in our database will receive this message from 68453 over the next few days:

East Noble SC text messages. Reply Y for aprx 3 msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4info. Msg&data rates may apply. See schoolmessenger.com/tm

If you receive this message because you did not opt-in for text messages, it’s not too late! Reply to the message with “Y” and you will be all set to receive important information through SMS text messages from East Noble School Corporation.

If you have any questions about setting up your School Messenger account or text messaging, feel free to email Veronica Mosely at vmosley@eastnoble.net

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Future Make-Up Days Plan

Hopefully, we do not miss any additional school days, but if we do, ENSC staff will be prepared.  We are going to try something that many parents and students have asked for – an eLearning Day!  An eLearning day can be used to make up a cancelled school day.  ENSC will have to use a Saturday to make this happen as we have used up all of our other free week days.   Here is how an eLearning day will work:

1.  Our next cancelled day (if before spring break) will be made up as an eLearning day on Saturday, April 19.
2.  Students will receive all of their assignments by at least Friday, April 18.
3.  All students will take their devices home for the weekend to complete their work.
4.  Teachers will host “office hours” and check in with students all weekend to provide support.
5.  Assignments are to be completed before returning to school on Monday, April 21.

ENSC understands that a true virtual/eLearning student may not always engage in their school work during a structured day of 8-3.  We realize some students may choose to work early morning hours, late evening, and may even spread their work over more than one day.

This will be an excellent opportunity for ENSC and students to evaluate our ability to host eLearning days.  Following the day, ENSC will use input from teachers, students, and families, to make needed changes and improvements for future eLearning days.  If this is successful, this may be an option in future years.

Feel free to contact me at alinson@eastnoble.net or 260-347-2502 with any questions. See the attached letter for additional information. 2014 eLearning make up 2014

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