April 16, 2020
Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,
And we’re off and rolling on distance learning for our secondary students! To date, more than 40 percent of our secondary school students have checked-out a Chromebook and looking forward to next week, over 50 percent of our elementary school students have checked out a Chromebook. As we continue to resolve any challenges, school and district staff are in communication with their families and students and many positive stories were shared this morning.
In a brief check-in conference call with middle and high school principals, engagement with families and students has been positive. Reports of Zoom back-to-school nights, successful check-ins with students, handwritten notes from teachers to students, several exuberant middle schoolers responding with loud “woohoos!”, happy to be back with their teachers online, describe the overall cheerful sentiment and illustrate how important education and school is in the life of a child.
Below is a list of links to resources that students and parents can use. Moving forward, District and school staff are working together on task forces to address awards and recognitions; elementary and middle school promotions; High School graduations; extended learning and/or summer school; 7th Grade and 9th Grade Jump Start programs; and a variety of other student support measures.
As we move back to learning in this new environment, an important part of Elk Grove Unified culture has been helping others and that safety of our students and staff is a top priority. We tell our students and staff “if you see something, or know something, to say something” and we want all parents and students to remember that we continue to monitor our online incident reporting system that is available on every school’s website.
Lastly, to prepare for elementary school distance learning here are a few helpful reading and math videos from some of our teachers. Letting students know that mistakes happen, can make learning fun and encourage problem solving and helps build their confidence.
- Learning Sounds with Phonemic Awareness
- Sounds in a Word with Phonemic Segmentation
- Learning to Read with Phonics
- Number Talks and Strategies Teachers Use to Build Math Fluency to Make Math Fun
Elk Grove Unified Resources and Helpful Past Interviews with Subject Matter Experts
- Moving forward interview with EGUSD Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman
- Family engagement interview with Lisa Levasseur
- 5 Tips short online video
- Educational equity interview with Mathew Espinosa
- How to Access the Classlink Portal – Video | Document
- Example of English Honors 7th Grade Class – Video
- Take Screen Breaks and Learn from our Digital Citizenship resource on #RemoteLearning
- Take Nutrition and Physical Activity Breaks and review our Healthy Habits resources
- Practice Mindfulness and use our Family and Community Resources for Social and Emotional Learning
- 10 Behavior Strategies Parents Can Use Today
- Top 7 School-at-Home Questions
- What First-Time At-Home Teachers Should Know
- StudentVue and ParentVue Access and App
Thank you. Please stay safe, stay healthy and stay home as much as you can. Remember to subscribe to the Elk Grove Unified School District’s YouTube Channel.