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A Few Reminders

We start at 8:30 am on Monday August 24, 2020

Please click on this link to view our bell schedule.


Dear Families,

 

Please note that the information below applies to students who attend Monroe Middle and the students who are in the guaranteed year long distance learning program, Campbell Distance Learning Program.

 

Student Schedules

Student schedules are accessible in two places:

  1. Parent Portal at https://ps.campbellusd.org/public/home.html

  2. Google Classroom: Your students will login with their Campbell USD email and password.

 

First Day of School

Our first day of school is August 24th.  All classes will be done virtually.  Our school day will begin at 8:30 AM and will end at 1:30 PM.  Here is a link to our bell schedule for this school year.  To be ready for class at 8:30 AM we have put together a checklist:

  • Be sure to charge the student Chromebook

  • Practice logging into the Chromebook and into google classroom before Monday 

  • Be sure the Chromebook is connected to wifi

  • Get a good night of sleep

  • Eat breakfast

  • Sign into your Chromebook and google classroom at  8:20 AM

  • Select your “Homeroom” google classroom

  • The first zoom link of the day will be available for you to join in the “Homeroom” google classroom

 

If your student CANNOT login on Monday

We will have staff ready in the office to help if your student cannot login on Monday.  We will be available for support starting at 7:45 AM.  If your student is having difficulty logging in please call (408) 556-0360.

 

No Chromebook, Broken Chromebook, or a Hotspot

Please come to school between 9:30am and 11:30am  and we will assist you at the office.

 

 

Student Attendance

Attendance will be taken in Homeroom and in each class daily.  Students must be on time to each class. If your student is ill and cannot attend you must report the absence to the absence line at (408) 341-7022.

 

Digital Tool Family Resources

Please review the links below. These resources provide an overview of the digital tools that will be used this year as well as directions on how to use them.  We will continue to provide additional support and resources throughout the year.

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Spanish

 

As always we are here to answer your questions.  We appreciate you and your support for our school.  

 

Regards,

Ruth Stephens Radle                                Cathy McAvoy                     Veronica Flores

Principal                                                     Assistant Principal                 Assistant Principal

rstephensradle [at] campbellusd.org ()                                                                    CDL Administrator  

 

Family Communication

E-mail Message from Principal Ruth Stephens Radle...Please look for more !

August 12, 2020

Dear Monroe Families,

 

In an effort to keep communications clear and manageable, we will send you one email a day over the next three days.  This is message one.  

 

First Day of School

Our first day of school is August 24th.  All classes will be done virtually.  Our school day will begin at 8:30 AM.  

 

All Student School Supply Pick Up

To ensure that all students start day one with basic school supplies we ask that ALL students come to Monroe on August 18th or 19th between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM for curbside pick up of these supplies.  Changed to August 19 and 20 between 8:30am-3:30pm due to high teperatures. 

 

6th and new 7th and 8th grade student chromebook pick up

Incoming 6th grade students and new 7th and 8th grade students can also pick up their school issued chromebook at the same time as school supply pick up on August 18th and 19th between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PMChanged to August 19 and 20 between 8:30am-3:30pm due to high teperatures. 

 

Family Message

A few updates from our Principals

Dear Monroe Families,

 

We hope you are well.  We acknowledge that this summer was not like summers past, but we hope you have had time to relax and connect with family.  We know that there are lots of questions and unknowns for the upcoming school year.  This is new for all of us.  At Monroe Middle School we are focused on ensuring connectedness, clarity, and compassion for our students, families, and staff.

 

School Schedule

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to work out all the details for our Distance Learning scheduling.  There are a lot of elements and we want to communicate the most complete and accurate plan.  More information to come.

 

School Site Council Members Needed

We are looking for parent/guardian volunteers who would be willing to join our School Site Council.  This is an elected position, the term is two years, and we have three openings.  The School Site Council provides feedback and input into school programming and budgeting.  If you are interested please email Ms. Radle with a brief personal introduction.  

 

School Uniforms

At the end of last year, we finalized the process to no longer have school uniforms.  For the 2020-2021 school year, we will have a dress code policy.  The details of the policy will be in the student handbook.  This policy will be aligned with district expectations and guidelines.

 

School Start Date Change

The first day of the 2020-2021 school year has been moved to Monday, August 24th.

 

As always we are here to answer your questions.  We appreciate you and your support for our school.

 

Regards,

Ruth Stephens Radle

rstephensradle [at] campbellusd.org

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Cathy McAvoy

cmavoy [at] campbellusd.org (        )

Veronica Flores

vflores [at] campbellusd.org 

 

Learning Labs Offer Support, Equity and Safety During Distance Learning

Daily practice shows safety protocols are working.

young boy with mask waves hello

two boys doing yogaThe twin brothers follow along with a video yoga lesson as other mask-wearing students work on distance learning lessons on Chromebooks. Shellie Lansing, a Campbell Union School District employee, supervises the well-lit Learning Lab, with its desks spaced far apart.

“Coming here is cool!” says Emmett, an active first grader, who sits, stands, then sits again as he works through a project on his device.

The District’s Learning Labs are providing daytime supervision for 170 students, a few who are children of district employees and some who have had significant struggles with distance learning since the spring school closures. Registration is by invitation only, based on district criteria.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this support to our students,” says district Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “It is part of our commitment to equity and giving students what they need to be successful.” 

There are five Learning Lab locations across the district serving TK through 5th grade students from any school in the district. To keep student cohorts unique, each room holds 12-14 students who attend the same school. They follow their school’s schedule for their grade and have options like Go Noodle, yoga, and outdoor activities in assigned areas during breaks and lunchtime. students in masks walk through campus

Operating the Learning Labs is doing more than supporting learning. The labs are helping students and staff learn to follow the COVD-19 safety protocols in the district’s School Reopening Plan. Students’ daily routines include reminders about hand hygiene, staying six feet apart when moving about campus, and using assigned restrooms.

Even with these limitations, Isabella, a fifth grader, thinks coming to the Learning Lab is better than not coming “because you get to get out of the house for a while.” 

When asked how this year differs from fourth grade, her answer shows great empathy. Rather than mentioning the obvious—masks, distancing, and the virus—she says: “I didn’t know that some people don’t have the same technology. Like a family with five kids and two parents all trying to use the WiFi at the same time can really be a problem.”

“We’ve had a great experience with the Learning Labs,” says Kathleen Bagmanov, parent of two CSI students who attend the program at Capri School. “We are very careful about who we interact with, and it feels good to see that the staff have put in place everything they said they would,” she says. “The kids know the safety rules and follow them. My girls come home and tell me how often they wash their hands; they even forget to take their masks off at home.” students in learning lab

Bagmanov and her husband both work full time, which made helping their daughters with distance learning a tough job. When the opportunity to register for Learning Labs arose, she took action. 

“Now it’s so much better for staying on schedule. The kids don’t miss their Zoom session with the teacher anymore.” 

“Conditions in Santa Clara County are trending in a positive direction,” Viramontez says. “If they continue this way, we will be able to bring students back to campus under Phase 2 of our plan. The process will take several weeks and we will be very thoughtful and gradual about taking that next step.”

The Learning Labs are also saving jobs. Three bus drivers and other non-instructional staff, whose work stopped along with the pandemic’s shut downs, are now trained Learning Lab supervisors.

staff in mask at gateShellie Lansing, a district bus driver for 37 years, says she chose the job “because I like kids. Also, they’re usually all behind me. It’s nice to have them in front of me for a change.”

Through the training, Learning Lab staff gain new tech skills so they can assist students with logging in to their online lessons. 

“It’s been good,” she says. “I still hope to go back to a somewhat more regular life one day though.”

So do we all, Shellie. So do we all.

TechHelp for Students Goes Live

Online portal allows students to connect directly with a District technology expert.

boy at laptop holding sign that says Tech Help

The Technology Department has opened TechHelp for all CampbellUSD students

TechHelp is an online portal that allows your student to connect directly with one of CampbellUSD's six Instructional Technology staff. The portal ensures that the entire IT team can see the problem you are reporting, and allows them to assign, solve or escalate accordingly. 

To begin using TechHelp, visit https://techhelp.campbellusd.org in a web browser and sign in with your student's full CampbellUSD email address and password. From there, you can choose a ticket category, write a helpful description of the problem you're facing, and someone from the IT team will receive the ticket and get to work. Based on the question, the team may refer tickets back to your site or individual teachers for school or classroom-specific issues.

If you do not know your [student’s email address  or password, you can look them up in the PowerSchool parent portal. Watch this PowerSchool parent portal tutorial video for more information on creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account.