Academics During School Closures
During this school closure, Laveen’s teachers and instructional coaches have been working to develop lessons and resources that you can work on at home with your children.
Beginning March 24, classroom teachers will provide daily, direct instruction via an online or video format. Additionally, each teacher will establish daily “office hours” during which they will be available in real-time to interact with students and answer any questions they may have. Families are encouraged to email your child’s teacher or school principal if you need assistance or have any questions throughout this process.
In addition to all curriculum materials being available online, we have developed an Online Resources website, where you can find various resources to help your child keep up with academics. This can be found under the “Students” tab of our district website.
Please remember that your child will need to log in to our curriculum platforms in order to access the material. If you do not have your child’s login information, please contact your child’s teacher. One single sign-on through Google gives students access to all of our digital curriculum programs Watch this video for details on logging in or refer to this Quick Reference Sheet.
Please be aware that all Laveen schools have strict internet filtering when a student connects from our server. Once you use your personal device, this filter is not available. Please monitor your child’s internet usage as they will be able to explore whatever sites your home computer allows. Be sure to watch this informational video, also on the website, for parents on how to filter home internet, Internet Filters to Keep Kids Safe Online.
If you do not have wi-fi or are unable to access the internet at home, Cox Communications is offering one free month of internet access to qualifying low-income families through their Connect2Compete program. T-Mobile is also offering an EmpowerED data plan.
Grading, Report Cards, and Promotion
We know you are concerned about the impact school closures will have on your child’s grades and placement for next school year. On March 31, the Arizona State Board of Education (SBE) met and approved measures related to these topics.
Currently, Laveen teachers are providing feedback to students on completed online work assignments and projects. This feedback includes grades shared through Google Classroom. Starting April 6, teachers will formalize this process by also recording some student grades in the gradebook. Some assignments will continue to be graded for participation, but others will be entered for an academic grade. Teachers will be entering at least one academic grade for each content area, each week.
The purpose of recording these grades is to standardize the records, provide teachers with a common format, and provide students and parents with feedback. Parents can access these grades through ParentVUE. Please ask your child’s teacher for an activation key if you are not able to access ParentVUE.
While we expect our students to participate in these remote learning activities to the greatest extent they reasonably can, students will not be penalized if they are unable to fully participate or are limited by the online format. We will not be posting an academic grade for the 4th Quarter on the report card. The final grades for the year will be calculated based on the first three quarters of the school year. However, a student’s online participation and work during Quarter 4 may be used to improve the overall grade. We encourage parents to talk with your child’s teacher about any additional learning opportunities students may engage in to help boost their final grade. Report cards will be mailed out by May 21, 2020.
Eighth Grade Promotion
Although we will not be able to host any promotion ceremonies, our eighth grade students will receive a promotion certificate with their final report card in the mail.
Additionally, in conversations with Phoenix Union High School District, it is their intention to accept all eighth grade promotions into high school for next year. While we expect the same with all high schools in Arizona, eighth graders attending a high school outside of Phoenix Union, should inquire with that district or high school for information related to their plan.