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    Distance Learning Information:

    Beginning Monday, May 4, the district is implementing a daily class meeting schedule as follows:

     

    Daily Schedule

    Schedule notes

     

    I do not anticipate this will change our class very much for a few simple reasons:

    1. I will continue to post what we will be covering at the biginning of the week with a suggested pacing guide to help students stay on track. I will also post a reminder of where students should be and any new information needed every morning. 

    2. We have been trying to create scheduled meet times anyway, so this will do that for us. There will be a Google Chat Room for each period and a permanent Google Meet link in each Google Classroom located at the top left corner. During the scheduled times above, the Chat will be open on Monday and Tuesday and the Meet will be open on Wednesday and Thursday. In both cases, I will be there to answer any questions and have discussion live. If there are any questions asked or new information given, I will keep track of it and post it to the Google classroom as comments to the morning post for that day, keeping everything in one place.

    3. I will continue to be available online through email or Remind everyday between 7:50 and 2:30, and will check email a few times each afternoon and evening if either parents or students have questions. Throughout the day, I will be actively monitoring Google Classroom and respond as soon as possible. 

    SOMETHING NEW: I will continue to use the Meeting Request form if you need a one-on-one time to explain material, answer specific questions, or provide whatever help I can. What is new is I will be trying to only schedule these on Fridays, since that is what Fridays have been set asife for. This dos NOT affect my availability via email/Remind everyday; this is in addition to that.

    Based on student feedabck (thanks guys!), I am not going to redo the format. I will continue to make screencast videos of instructions and post materials as I have been during this experience. I will also try to create more defined and specific weekly schedules to help students stay organized. Periodically, students who are missing work will receive an email with what they are missing so we can make arrangements to get the work in. Please let me know if you are having a hard time so I can help you! I do not want any of you to suffer in silence because you think I will be upset with you. We are all dealing with A LOT right now, but I can't help you if you do not let me know you need help. Please reach out.

    A message to parents/guardians:

    If at any time you feel your student is struggling and you don't know how to help them, please let me know and I will help in any way I can. Many families, both of students and other teachers, are trying to do school from home while rasing younger children, caring for family members, working from home (or for some not working at all), and in some cases mourning loss. As my children are grown, I am in the unique position to be able to give more time to students than many of my colleagues and am happy to share the load as much as possible. If there is something I can help your student with, I will do whatever I can. Please feel free to email me at ddepalma@hamilton.k12.nj.us. If you would prefer a phone call, send me an email with a number and a few windows of time that work for you and we will set something up.

    If a parent/guardian wishes to join the Remind list for their student's class period, please see the codes below. If a parent/guardian wishes to be added to the Google classroom (which will only provide assignment viewing, no interaction is available), please email me and I will add you with the email provided.

    Stay safe, be well, and hang in there...we got this!

    Mrs. DePalma     ddepalma@hamilton.k12.nj.us

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     Remind codes for 2019-2020:             

    Text the class code below to 81010

    11A Period 1: @d6c224

    11A Period 2: @e983b37  

    11H Period 4: @7k8639

    11H Period 5: @fgkchf

    11A Period 8: @482cb9k

    Journalism Period 9: @8d642c

     

    Google Classroom Codes for each period are:

    11A Period 1: roiraj4

    11A Period 2: 46o8nlv

    11H Period 4: ev4az1

    11H Period 5: u3fohk

    11A Period 8: k1o3rp2

    Journalism Period 9: tqltsrs