This is Mrs. Hunt, the Principal of Hillside School. I wanted to check in on all our families. I want to thank all of you for your continued support and flexibility. As a working mom, I know how challenging and stressful this all can be, but please know you are all doing a wonderful job!
It’s important to me that all of you feel connected to us at Hillside and that you know where to go for help. Please be aware that our school’s website and the Hillside Intermediate School Facebook page have important information for families. I’ve been trying to keep these sites updated with helpful videos and communications. I will be going on Facebook Live every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. if you want to stop by and ask a question or two. Also, we will continue to blast out weekly emails as well as robocalls. If you have friends who are Hillside parents that are not getting these communications, please tell them to call the school or email me and we will update their contact information in PowerSchool.
This week we eased into online learning. Next week, our online learning will be more robust. Teachers will be posting videos and tutorials of their lessons to go along with assignments to be turned in. Teachers will also be posting “office hours” or times when they will be available to students. During these hours teachers will be offering whole class live sessions with students, as well as small group or individual live conferences. As teachers begin to collect and assess students' work, they may assign your child a specific small group or individual live meeting time. If you have questions about a specific class or assignment, please email your child’s teacher and they will get back to you by the next day if not sooner.
Many parents have asked, what time exactly does school start online each day. At Hillside, there actually isn’t a set time that all students must be online. Distance learning affords us the opportunity to measure what is being learned instead of how much time is spent learning. In general, the kids should spend somewhere around 3 hours a day on school work. If your child is zooming through in an hour, let us know and we can work with you to provide additional learning. If it’s taking them five or six hours a day or causing them extreme stress or confusion, let us know as we may need to modify how we are presenting the material or find extra ways to support your child.
I would like to mention lastly that if your child does have special education services through an IEP or 504, their teachers and service providers will be setting up structured schedules for services. It will be important that you help remind your child of these set times so that they are able to access their support.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns for me, do not hesitate to call me at the school. I will still be getting messages during the closure or email me at email@example.com. Thank you again for all your help and support.
Stay safe and be well,