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November 29, 2020 – Post Thanksgiving Break Schedules

 

Parents and Guardians,

 

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week! A couple of reminders as we return this week for scheduling purposesPlease check appropriate grade level below.

 

Grade 9 and 10

Starting Monday, November 30, the daily schedule will look like the following for HCS Phase 2. Group A (in person students with last names A-L), Group B (in person students with last names M-Z), and @Home (students who are not in person at all). Important note: as always, Canvas is critical to communicating the workload to students and is to include all items for students to do for each class. 

Group A (last names A-L)

--Monday and Tuesday - Report to school from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Follow regular schedule. 
--Wednesday - Virtual day from home. Teacher may assign student to a focus group with teacher if needed. Otherwise, students are working asynchronous throughout the day.
--Thursday and Friday – Students work from home and FOLLOW regular schedule. Student will Zoom in to the beginning of each class throughout the day. Teacher for each class will let students know expectation for class that day during this Zoom time.  

 

Group B (last names M-Z)

--Monday and Tuesday - Students work from home and FOLLOW regular schedule. Student will Zoom in to the beginning of each class throughout the day. Teacher for each class will let students know expectation for class that day during this Zoom time.   
--Wednesday - Virtual day from home. Teacher may assign student to a focus group with teacher if needed. Otherwise, students are working asynchronous throughout the day.
--Thursday and Friday - Report to school from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Follow regular schedule. 



@Home

--Monday and Tuesday - Work from home and FOLLOW regular schedule. Student will Zoom in @home classes as normal each day.
--Wednesday - Virtual day from home. Teacher may assign student to a focus group with teacher if needed. Otherwise, students are working asynchronous throughout the day.
--Thursday and Friday - Work from home and FOLLOW regular schedule. Student will Zoom in @home classes as normal each day.



Grades 11 and 12


Week of November 30 thru December 4
--Students follow their regular schedule. Class sizes have already been reduced to accommodate for in person distancing.

Week of December 7 thru December 11
--This is ER (Emergency Remediation) week for grades 11 and 12. Students and parents will receive emails letting them know if a student must report this week to complete remediation for fall STEM classes.

Items of Note:

--The last day of STEM fall semester classes for students in grades 11 and 12 with all proficient and advanced learning targets is December 4.
--Fall semester Biology students will report at 9:30am on Monday, December 7 for the Tennessee Biology End-of-Course Exam which is required by the Tennessee Department of Education.
--Inventanooga (senior pitch competition) will take place on December 14 and 15. Student teams will be completing pitches at assigned times and will only be on campus during the team’s designated time. Completing the STEM IV pitch successfully is a graduation requirement for the STEM School. If a student cannot pitch in person, arrangements must be made with Ms. Lowry this week for virtual participation.



Dr. Tony Donen

Principal


November 18, 2020 – HCS Phase Change and STEM School Specific Changes

 

Parents and Guardians, 

 

Happy Thanksgiving! As we head into Thanksgiving Break, we wanted to share some procedural items with you for the next few weeks. In particular, please note the upcoming schedule and differences for grades 9/10 vs grades 11/12.

 

HCS Phase Change and Schedules for Students

 

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and other district data measures, Hamilton County Schools has moved the district high schools into Phase 2 – partial day attendance for students. Below are schedule items to note for each grade level. 

 

Grades 9 and 10

 

Each week looks like the below.

---Monday and Tuesday: Students in Group A (last names A-L) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group B (last names M-Z) and @Home students participate in virtual learning days.

---Wednesday: All students (Group A, Group B and @Home) participate in a virtual learning day.

---Thursday and Friday: Students in Group B (last names M-Z) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group A (last names A-L) and @Home students participate in virtual learning days.

  

We will remain in the above schedule for the remainder of the semester. Teachers will post in Canvas class times that are synchronous (times when students report virtually to class) and asynchronous (students work independently from home).

 

Grades 11 and 12

 

Week of November 30 thru December 4

--Students follow their regular schedule. Class sizes have already been reduced to accommodate for in person distancing.

 

Week of December 7 thru December 11

--This is ER (Emergency Remediation) week for grades 11 and 12. Students and parents will receive emails letting them know if a student must report this week to complete remediation for fall STEM classes.

--The last day of STEM fall semester classes for students in grades 11 and 12 with all proficient and advanced learning targets is December 4.

---Fall semester Biology students will report at 9:30am on Monday, December 7 for the Tennessee Biology End-of-Course Exam which is required by the Tennessee Department of Education.

 

Spring Semester School Options – Due by November 20

  

This past summer, you had the opportunity to determine which option you wanted for your family during the first semester of school. Now, you have the opportunity to determine how your student will attend school during the second semester.

Option 1 - Students attend school within the school building (In Person)
Option 2 - Students attend school at home virtually (@home)

Hamilton County Schools is asking all families across the system what they would like for the upcoming semester. This information is important so we can plan appropriately for January. 

 

TO DO:

 

OPTION #1: 

If you select Option 1, you are done. No further action is needed from you. Your student is to report in person to school during the spring semester. First day is Wednesday, January 6. 

 

OPTION #2:

If you select Option 2, please complete BOTH of these items. Otherwise, your student will be placed on the Option 1 list. 

  1. Email Amy Robinson (robinson_amy@hcde.org) to let us know you are selecting Option 2. 
  2. Complete the following process in Powerschool, which is a Hamilton County School requirement. 
    1. Go to PowerSchool: https://powerschool.hcde.org/public
    2. For each child in PowerSchool, click on "Forms".
    3. Click on "2020-2021 Family Learning Options - Semester 2". Answer the questions and submit at the bottom.
    4. This form will be open until Nov. 20th. You can enter this form at any time and update your preference as many times as you like until Nov. 20.

Please note that Option 2 is expected to be an entire semester commitment (January through May).

 

Friday, November 20 – Important Day for Grade 9 and 10 (In Person) Students

 

PBL Teams

 

Due to the change in HCS Phase, Friday is a critical day for grades 9 and 10. This will be the last day this semester that teams will all be together in person for PBL projects. Grade 9 will have morning time to work together on their Robotics PBL and Grade 10 will also have dedicated time to Creative Discovery Museum PBL work. Plans for PBL work after Thanksgiving break will also be established so teams can plan accordingly for the remainder of the semester.

 

Inertia Institute and Dividend Day – Grade 9

 

On Friday all students in Grade 9 will also participate in Inertia Institute and Dividend Day. This is the first time for Grade 9 students to do so.

 

Inertia can be defined as “an object at rest remains at rest until a force acts upon it”. At STEM this “force” comes in the form of Edgenuity units. For any learning target in Powerschool where a student is not proficient currently, the student will be assigned an Edgenuity unit for that learning target. This Edgenuity unit is a set of virtual lessons and quizzes that the student must complete satisfactorily in order to show a basic understanding of the learning target. Once a student has successfully completed the Edgenuity unit, the student’s grade for that learning target will be recorded as Basic (70) in Powerschool. Students with assigned Edgenuity will work in Inertia Institute. If a student has multiple learning targets of assigned Edgenuity, the student will continue to be held accountable for all the Edgenuity until it is finished this year.

 

For students with all learning targets at proficient or advanced, these students will participate in Dividend Days. A dividend can be defined as a “reward or bonus”. Students in Dividend Day will participate in engaging collaborative activities designed by Ms. Condra, lead teacher for grades 9 and 10.

 

Dates Upcoming 

 

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break** (STEM School is closed)

Dec 3 – Last day of fall semester Chattanooga State college classes

Dec 4 – Last day of fall semester STEM classes for grades 11 and 12 (unless assigned ER)

Dec 17 – Last day of fall semester STEM classes for grades 9 and 10

 

**Chattanooga State college courses are in session each day EXCEPT on Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27 (College Thanksgiving Break). Students with college courses are to attend their college courses.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

November 10, 2020 – Chattanooga State Campus Access CHANGE

 

Parents and Guardians,

 

Chattanooga State Community College is changing campus access at this time. Starting tomorrow, Chattanooga State is limiting access to invite only. The change is due to increased COVID cases in Tennessee, as each community college is moving into more restrictive access. The procedure for Chattanooga State access will now require the use of a daily password provided by Chattanooga State for the online screener.

 

The good news… Chattanooga State will continue to allow STEM parents, students and staff to access the STEM School. In addition, because all STEM students and staff have also completed the Hamilton County Safe Pledge, the process from now until January 8th for access to campus for STEM will be different.

 

Starting Thursday, anyone coming to the STEM School or picking up/dropping off students will need to show a STEM School pass at the guard gate. This pass will provide you access to the STEM School only. You will need to have the pass in a visible location for the Chattanooga State main entrance officers in order to enter campus.

 

Chattanooga State Campus items of note:

  • The college cafeterias and common areas will be closed.
  • Chattanooga State instructors of on-campus college courses will be communicating with their students about campus access and any potential changes in class meetings.

Please remember that Wednesday is a remote learning day so no one should be coming to the STEM School on Wednesday. The first day you will need to use the pass is Thursday. It is also likely that there will be some hiccups in the first few days of using the pass. We ask that you remain patient as this new process goes into place.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

November 9, 2020 – Recognitions and Spring School Options

 

Parents and Guardians, 

 

Happy Monday! Please make sure to note upcoming item to do (spring semester options) and that Wednesday (11/11/20) is a remote learning day.

 

High School Recognitions

 

In the past week two separate entities have recognized schools across Tennessee for success. The first was released last Thursday from GreatSchools.org. STEM School Chattanooga was recognized as one of six schools in Chattanooga with the College Success Award. Launched in 2018, the College Success Award honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college, and succeed once they get there. The second recognition took place on Friday in the Niche ratings of Best Schools in America. STEM School Chattanooga was ranked in the top 40 schools across the state, as well as third in the Chattanooga area.

 

Several other recognitions that our school has received over the past few years include Tennessee Reward School for Academic Performance, Tennessee STEM Designation School – Highest Rated STEM School in Tennessee, MIT’s Fab Foundation Leadership School in Digital Fabrication (1 of 2 in Country), and America Achieves World Leading Learner School for Innovation (1 of 30 in World).

Though we don’t exist to chase rankings, we are certainly pleased to be recognized for both our general high school education efforts and our work to innovate school.

 

Spring Semester School Options – Complete By November 20

  

This past summer, you had the opportunity to determine which option you wanted for your family during the first semester of school. Now, you have the opportunity to determine how your student will attend school during the second semester.

Option 1 - Students attend school within the school building (In Person)
Option 2 - Students attend school at home virtually (@home)

Hamilton County Schools is asking all families across the system what they would like for the upcoming semester. This information is important so we can plan appropriately for January. 

 

TO DO:

 

OPTION #1: 

If you select Option 1, you are done. No further action is needed from you. Your student is to report in person to school during the spring semester. First day is Wednesday, January 6. 

 

OPTION #2:

If you select Option 2, please complete BOTH of these items. Otherwise, your student will be placed on the Option 1 list. 

  1. Email Amy Robinson (robinson_amy@hcde.org) to let us know you are selecting Option 2. 
  2. Complete the following process in Powerschool, which is a Hamilton County School requirement. 
    1. Go to PowerSchool: https://powerschool.hcde.org/public
    2. For each child in PowerSchool, click on "Forms".
    3. Click on "2020-2021 Family Learning Options - Semester 2". Answer the questions and submit at the bottom.
    4. This form will be open until Nov. 20th. You can enter this form at any time and update your preference as many times as you like until Nov. 20.

Please note that Option 2 is expected to be an entire semester commitment (January through May).

 

Dates Upcoming

 

November 11 – Remote Learning Day (All students work independently at home, no assigned STEM classes) 

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break 

 

Important Note: Chattanooga State college courses are in session each day EXCEPT on Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27 (College Thanksgiving Break). Students with college courses are to attend their college courses.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

November 4, 2020 – Spring Options, @Home Info, and Recognitions

 

Parents and Guardians, 

 

Hope all is well as we begin November! Below are a few items we wanted to share. 

 

Spring Semester School Options – Complete By November 20

  

This past summer, you had the opportunity to determine which option you wanted for your family during the first semester of school. Now, you have the opportunity to determine how your student will attend school during the second semester.

 Option 1 - Students attend school within the school building (In Person)
 Option 2 - Students attend school at home virtually (@home)

Hamilton County Schools is asking all families across the system what they would like for the upcoming semester. This information is important so we can plan appropriately for January.

 

TO DO:

 

OPTION #1:

If you select Option 1, you are done. No further action is needed from you. Your student is to report in person to school during the spring semester. First day is Wednesday, January 6.

 

OPTION #2:

If you select Option 2, please complete BOTH of these items. Otherwise, your student will be placed on the Option 1 list.

  1. Email Amy Robinson (robinson_amy@hcde.org) to let us know you are selecting Option 2.
  2. Complete the following process in Powerschool, which is a Hamilton County School requirement.
    1. Go to PowerSchool: https://powerschool.hcde.org/public
    2. For each child in PowerSchool, click on "Forms".
    3. Click on "2020-2021 Family Learning Options - Semester 2". Answer the questions and submit at the bottom.
    4. This form will be open until Nov. 20th. You can enter this form at any time and update your preference as many times as you like until Nov. 20.


Please note that Option 2 is expected to be an entire semester commitment (January through May).

 

COVID-19

 

As cases begin to surge again the past few weeks both locally and nationally, we encourage you to continue to be vigilant in your efforts to remain safe. And though there is no foolproof method beyond complete isolation, it is important that everyone make sound decisions regarding daily school attendance.

 

The simple rule of thumb: do not send your student to school if they are sick, have a fever greater than 100 degrees, have any COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with a positive COVID person. In addition, if a student OR anyone in your home is considering COVID testing, awaiting COVID testing results, or has tested positive for COVID, do not send your student to school. Contact our school nurse, Lara Scruggs, and she will assist you with making decisions appropriate for your student.