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Welcome to East!

Welcome, East Bear Family!  We are excited for you to be part of our family and look forward to an amazing year, whether we are online or in-person. Links are included in this document to provide additional information on important topics. To find the links, look for words or phrases in blue and underlined, then click on them.

Students’ success will rely heavily on our partnership with you. Please, help us maintain effective and consistent communication to make sure we are doing what is best for your child(ren). Each class counts towards graduation, and students must attend classes every day, either online or in-person. Failure to attend classes could result in intervention from the Truancy Office. Attendance will be taken in each of the classes on your child(ren)’s schedule every day.

Before we officially kick start the year, I want you to meet our staff and get to know the teachers a little before the first day of school.  At the end of this hyperdoc (document you are reading with internet links embedded with some of the words) you will click on each teacher’s name to watch a video about him/her and his/her classes.    

On behalf of the East staff, thank you for sending your child(ren) to us.  We will work our tails off to provide students the best education possible in preparation for a digital world.  This pandemic has brought to the forefront the importance of learning how to “learn” in the online environment.  After high school, many schools/occupations will require our students to learn digitally or will train their employees digitally. There are skills we have to prepare our students for to be ready for the real world. 

Expectations

In order to graduate on time, the first requirement is to earn 24 credits that include:

  • 4 English
  • 3.5 Social Studies (1/2 credit Personal Finance is mandatory)
  • 3 Math
  • 3 Science
  • 1 Fine Art (Visual Art, Music, Theater)
  • 1 Practical Art (Business, Career, Vo-tech)
  • 1.5 Physical Education (1/2 credit of Health is mandatory)
  • 7 Electives (Any class he/she wants to take beyond what is listed above)

Last semester, students were allowed a little grace with regard to completion of 4th quarter assignments due to our understanding of the obstacles to online learning in some homes. That grace period has ended as the District has worked diligently to ensure each student has what he/she will need to access instruction online. Students are required to attend virtual class meetings daily and turn in work on time to get credit for each course. Because we are on a Block Schedule, students will attend half of their classes on Mondays and Thursdays and the other half on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, students will attend 30-minute class sessions for all classes to review content or get help with homework.

On Wednesdays, each teacher will provide a schedule for small group instruction in the syllabus. In the online learning environment, our teachers recognize that small group instruction is going to be vital for success. Students must attend the small group sessions and take advantage of these opportunities for extra help. This personalized instruction is what we believe will help your child(ren) learn and understand the content. The average amount of time for each small group will be around 20 to 30 minutes.

In Google Classroom, each teacher will post his/her syllabus for the quarter. This document will help students know the assignments that are coming up and what to prepare for each week. Please, review each teacher’s syllabus.

Please, ask your child(ren) about their PBL (Project Based Learning) projects. Our teachers know the importance of making learning relevant, and are creating projects that are tied to real-world experiences. Also, ask your child(ren) about their pathway courses. Each student will be assigned a pathway of his/her choice connected to a career or trade he or she plans to pursue after high school. You should develop a very strong bond with your child(ren)’s advisory teacher. Advisory teachers will be with your child(ren) until they graduate. Every student is eligible to take an IRC (Industry Recognized Credential) assessment at the end of his/her senior year. By passing all pathway courses and the IRC, a student will earn a certificate, in addition to his/her high school diploma, that can be used to get higher paying jobs right out of high school. Last year, we had a student earn a Waste Water Management IRC and is currently on pace to make over $55,000 a year at 18 years old. Taking these pathways seriously and partnering with the advisory teacher will help you and your child attain similar successes in his/her chosen field.

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