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Updated Grading Policy for Remote Learning

Third Marking Period
Third marking period will use the same grading scale as used in the previous marking periods. TAOTS will be using second marking period grades as a baseline for the third marking period. Teachers will continue to assess students and use this data to maintain the grade that students received in marking period two. Teachers will support students that are struggling and are not quite maintaining the level of work they have been producing throughout the school year.

If students have proven to excel in remote learning (e.g. – an increase in remote learning participation, increase in volume and quality of assignments that are handed in and engagement in class/small group discussion) students have the opportunity to improve their grade. Data will be collected and the grade will be justified.

As students participate in remote learning, teachers must grade their work and keep their gradebooks up to date, in alignment with expectations set by the principal. In alignment with existing systems, teachers must document students’ areas for improvement in gradebooks, report cards, and/or other platforms for recording student progress, so that this information is accessible in planning for summer and fall.

Final Marking Period
TAOTS will be following the NYCDOE grading policy. https://infohub.nyced.org/docs/default-source/doe-employees-only/grading-policy-guidance-for- remote-learning—covid-19.pdf

Schools must award final grades of meets standards (MT) and needs improvement (N) only. Schools define how MT and N relate to their prior grading scales and practices. N must be used in cases where there is insufficient information to determine whether a student has met standards. For students who receive final grades of N, teachers must document students’ areas for improvement in gradebooks, report cards, and other existing platforms for recording student progress, so that this information is accessible for further planning. The DOE provides standards-aligned report card comments in STARS which may be used for this purpose.

Recognizing and Noting High Performance
Students that have been excelling throughout the school year including remote learning will be recognized through the comment section of the final marking period.

(Student name) has exceeded grade level performance in the area of __________. She/He has continued to demonstrate mastery of the standards through assignments, tasks and discussions with teachers.
(Student name) has seamlessly transitioned to remote learning and in the midst of adversary and has proven to excel in his/her learning.

Updated for Remote Learning May 2020

Week 10 of Remote Learning Family Letter May 25th – May 29th

Kindly read this letter in its entirety since it contains important updates as well as helpful reminders. 

Dear TAOTS Families,                                                                                          Friday, May 22, 2020           

     As we say “goodbye” to week 9 and “hello” to Week 10,  I want to wish all of our families a Happy Memorial Day.  School will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 for observance of Memorial Day.  School will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  I hope that you enjoy the long weekend with your families.  Also, I  hope that you were able to meet with your child’s teachers for Parent Teacher Conferences to discuss your child’s progress. If you did not get a chance to communicate with your child’s teacher, simply reach out and set up an appointment. 

     Daily parent communication is built into our school’s remote learning schedule. It is imperative that you communicate and keep us up to date with any issues that your child is experiencing with remote instruction and remote student learning. I assure that we are working together as a team to support your child(ren) throughout the process of remote learning. 

     It was recently brought to my attention that  some families are having some technical issues with our Specialty Google Classrooms. If this is happening, I ask that you immediately email specialty@taots.org and  admin@taots.org. The sooner we know about it, the sooner we can resolve any issues you are experiencing.  As stated in previous family correspondence, Specialty classes at TAOTS include music, art, science lab, technology, and gym and are a required part of our students’ instructional day.   Specialty classes follow mandatory state learning standards and meet the requirements for promotion. Each specialty class has a licensed special education co teacher to assist in making the curriculum accessible and equitable for all students.  We encourage you to reach out to them if your child is experiencing difficulty participating. 

    This week Chancellor Caranza announced that the DOE will be offering a summer academic program for students that have been given a final grade on their report card of Needs Improvement. These students will be  required or recommended to attend summer school.  The program will start and will run from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11.  Remote Learning Summer School will ensure that our students can continue to engage and receive the academic support they need to be ready to return to school in the fall.  

    We are still awaiting information regarding ASD Nest summer program and what that will entail. Details will be provided as soon as we get them from the ASD Nest DOE.

 Updates & Reminders:

From Parent Coordinator,  Ms. Appelbaum

 &

Community Coordinator, Mr. DeFeo 

pandc@taots.org

UPDATES:

  • PLEASE JOIN: TAOTS General PTO Meeting will be hosted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6pm The meeting will be hosted on Zoom.

Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2464331671?pwd=UE1DN0RoY0NOc1lNQmxNSlVsL2xLZz09

Meeting ID: 246 433 1671          Password: TAOTSPTO

  • This week’s TRIBES CLASSROOM Activity will be Patriotic Day. Wear something RED, WHITE and BLUE on Wednesday, May 27th to honor and celebrate everyone who serves and protects our country.

REMINDERS:

  • Are you having trouble coping due to COVID-19? Trained counselors can provide you with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 200 languages.
    CALL: 1-888-692-9355

TEXT: “Well” to 65173

VISIT ON THE WEB: nyc.gov/nycwell 

  • For more resources and information regarding family support such as: Health Care Providers for COVID – 19 Testing – Anyone who does not have a health care provider can call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) or 311 to discuss COVID-19 symptoms and receive medical advice and assistance, For and updated list of community testing sites and more info: http://www.nyc.gov/covidtestingsites 
  • Check the TAOTS website www.taots.org regularly for updates and all TAOTS information in All Languages
  • Recess at Home with Playworks. You can log on from Monday to Friday at; 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM to join in a Live Virtual Recess. Students will get to play and learn games in a virtual environment with a Live Playworks Coach. Click on the link for more information. Live Virtual Recess.

  Remote Learning Student & Family Expectations:

  We expect students to participate and interact daily with the teaching and learning that is taking place in our Google Classrooms. Please review with your child the student and family expectations for remote learning.

  • Instruction begins daily at 8:50 am by logging into Google Classrooms for all students
  • Students follow their regular school day schedule with shorter periods
  • Student Attendance will be taken daily using the Daily Digital Feelings Check-In Form 
  • Specialty Classes are part of your child’s weekly schedule and mandate 
  • Students are expected to follow teacher directions and display appropriate behavior
  • Your child is required to participate in the instruction that the teacher is providing for each subject area and specialty class
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate and keep in touch with your child’s teachers including specialty teacher teams about any questions/issues you may have
TimeWeek 10  Daily  Remote Learning Student Schedule
8:50- 9:00Students log on to Google Classroom for classroom instructions
9:00-12:20



Wednesdayis Tribes Dayduring period 4&5
Remote Learning Daily Instruction Students will participate in lessons and activities prepared by the teachers following their regular daily schedule:During prep periods, students will be directed to join the specialty class of the day. Period 1: 9:00-9:25Period 2: 9:25-9:50Period 3: 9:50-10:15Period 4: 10:15-10:40 (All students in K-2 Break Time) Wed. Tribes DayPeriod 5: 10:40-11:05 (All students 3-5 Break Time) Wed. Tribes DayPeriod 6: 11:05- 11:30Period 7: 11:30-11:55Period 8: 11:55- 12:20
12:20 -1:00
1:00-2:50




2:00-2:50
Student Lunch Time 
Student:  Daily Independent Work Time. Students will complete the following: 1. Independent Reading & task of the day2. Writing- task of the day3. Math- task of the day4. Specialty- 1 specialty task per day as per the daily flow of the day

Parent/Student Communication Time for parents & teachers to communicate. 

Week 9 of Remote Learning Family Letter May 18th – May 22nd

Kindly read this letter in its entirety since it contains important updates as well as helpful reminders. 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Maya Angelou 

Dear TAOTS Families,                                                                                          Friday, May 15, 2020           

    As we get ready to welcome Week 9 of Remote Learning, we want to remind our families that we begin the 2nd week of Parent-Teacher Conferences.  By now classroom and specialty teachers have reached out to you and have set up appointments.  If you have not reached out to your child’s teachers, kindly do so at your earliest convenience to set up an appointment for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Translations will be provided at your request.

      Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the United States.  Research has shown that mental health is just as important as your physical health.  As educators of students in elementary school, we know that the social and emotional well being of our students is one of the most important aspects of having a successful school experience.  During this pandemic, we know that it has not been easy for our students.  Eight weeks ago children’s lives were changed drastically, everything and anything ranging from school life, daily rituals & routines such as sports, after-school clubs, playdates,  walking around the neighborhood, playing in the park, visiting family & friends, trips, etc. has just stopped for them, and some even having to deal with family illnesses. This has left children feeling confused, scared, and unsure about what’s going on in their world.  We recognize that these are challenging times facing our children.  Now more than ever we continue to stay committed to our students by being available and present in their lives.  

     Over the past eleven years as the principal of TAOTS I have been committed to creating a school that is focused on providing a nurturing learning environment for children.  As we live in Remote Learning I am dedicated to your children and will continue to find ways to foster and build a strong learning community.  We will continue to communicate with families and work together as a team of educators to tweak our teaching practices to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. 

 Updates & Reminders from  Ms. Appelbaum and Mr. Defeo pandc@taots.org

UPDATES:

  • Are you having trouble coping due to COVID-19? Trained counselors can provide you with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 200 languages.
    Services include: 
  • Crisis Counseling
    • Peer support
  • Short-term counseling
  • Connection to ongoing mental health and substance misuse services

CALL: 1-888-692-9355

TEXT: “Well” to 65173

VISIT ON THE WEB: nyc.gov/nycwell 

  • This week’s TRIBES CLASSROOM Activity will be to wear something ORANGE or BLUE on Wednesday, May 20th to show our unity and inclusion of all of our students and friends.
  • General PTO Meeting will be hosted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6 pm.  Please stay tuned for information from the PTO of TAOTS on how to join the PTO meeting.

REMINDERS:

  • For more resources and information regarding family support such as: Health Care Providers for COVID – 19 Testing – Anyone who does not have a health care provider can call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) or 311 to discuss COVID-19 symptoms and receive medical advice and assistance, For and updated list of community testing sites and more info: http://www.nyc.gov/covidtestingsites 
  • Check the TAOTS website www.taots.org regularly for updates and all TAOTS information in All Languages
  • Recess at Home with Playworks. You can log on from Monday to Friday at; 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM to join in a Live Virtual Recess. Students will get to play and learn games in a virtual environment with a Live Playworks Coach. Click on the link for more information. Live Virtual Recess.

  Remote Learning Student & Family Expectations:

  We expect students to participate and interact daily with the teaching and learning that is taking place in our Google Classrooms. Please review with your child the student and family expectations for remote learning.

  • Instruction begins daily at 8:50 am by logging into Google Classrooms for all students
  • Students follow their regular school day schedule with shorter periods
  • Student Attendance will be taken daily using the Daily Digital Feelings Check-In Form 
  • Specialty Classes are part of your child’s weekly schedule and mandate 
  • Students are expected to follow teacher directions and display appropriate behavior
  • Your child is required to participate in the instruction that the teacher is providing for each subject area and specialty class
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate and keep in touch with your child’s teachers including specialty teacher teams about any questions/issues you may have
TimeWeek 9  Daily  Remote Learning Student Schedule
8:50- 9:00Students log on to Google Classroom for classroom instructions
9:00-12:20



Wednesdayis Tribes Dayduring period 4&5
Remote Learning Daily Instruction Students will participate in lessons and activities prepared by the teachers following their regular daily schedule:During prep periods, students will be directed to join the specialty class of the day. Period 1: 9:00-9:25Period 2: 9:25-9:50Period 3: 9:50-10:15Period 4: 10:15-10:40 (All students in K-2 Break Time) Wed. Tribes DayPeriod 5: 10:40-11:05 (All students 3-5 Break Time) Wed. Tribes DayPeriod 6: 11:05- 11:30Period 7: 11:30-11:55Period 8: 11:55- 12:20
12:20 -1:00
1:00-2:50




2:00-2:50
Student Lunch Time 
Student:  Daily Independent Work Time. Students will complete the following: 1. Independent Reading & task of the day2. Writing- task of the day3. Math- task of the day4. Specialty- 1 specialty task per day as per the daily flow of the day

Parent/Student Communication Time for parents & teachers to communicate. Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tuesday, May 12 – Friday, May 22, 2020