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April 1, 2020 - Principal Update

“To see an opportunity, we must be open to all thoughts” - Catherine Pulsifer Dear Wolverines, The past couple of weeks have been unlike anything that I could have anticipated. The campus is much too quiet and we miss having the energy that comes from our students engaging in daily school activities. I realize we are in a situation that is unfamiliar to everyone and with that comes numerous questions, many of which don’t have answers at this time.  What I do know, is that we will navigate these uncharted waters together, as a Wolverine community, united in creating a supportive and fair learning environment, even if it is a virtual one. Before I dive into the details of my update, I want to thank those parents and guardians in our community who find themselves on the front lines of this crisis providing services to our community in the form of health care, first responders, security, food and supplies distribution, and all other essential work that is required to keep our society running.  On behalf of all of us at Westview, thank you for your service and commitment! As you know, our district is launching Distance Learning on Monday, April 6th. As a district, we are committed to ensuring our students continue to receive a world class education as we move toward distance learning. We know that we cannot replicate the same in-person classroom experiences that our teachers foster each and every day. However, we are imagining and designing distance learning to maximize our students’ learning in this new virtual environment. Now, more than ever, we need to continue our partnership with you. We need your help to support your child’s learning during the stay-at-home orders.  First and foremost, you are not alone. We are working behind the scenes developing standards-based learning experiences, social-emotional and community connections for our students. Our incredible Westview teachers have been working collaboratively with the district and our administration on how to make this transition as smooth as possible. They are updating their Canvas/MyConnect pages, learning new technologies (like Zoom, google classroom, and flipgrid), and reaching out to students to make sure they have access to a device and internet. There’s a lot to prepare before April 6th. There are many questions about Seniors, graduation, and end of the year activities. I assure you that no student who was on track to graduate will be held back as a result of the school closure. Our ASB continues to connect with students via their regular broadcasts, staff videos, and virtual “home ec” lessons. Similarly, the Westview counseling department is sharing social/emotional resources (like self-care bingo) as well as the most current updates in college admission and standardized tests (such as the big change in the AP exams). Please consider following them on Instagram (@westviewasb and @westview.counseling) for the latest updates. As for ending Quarter 3 and starting Quarter 4, we are considering ways to do this without negatively affecting our students. As soon as we have clarity on this, we will share it with our community.  In the meantime, students will remain in Quarter 3 courses.   In order to support our students and families, we generated this “FAQs for Families” document to assist everyone in the transition to Distance Learning. We know there will be many more questions, and we intend to keep you informed along the way. Please see Distance Learning Responsibilities below: Be well and be safe.  Sincerely, Tina Ziegler Westview High Principal









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