JAMESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
JHS Distance Learning
Hello, Parents and Guardians,
Jamestown Public Schools is progressing with our distance learning as we follow federal and state guidance on social distancing. Some teachers who were already utilizing Microsoft Teams will continue using that for their classes and those new to Distance Learning are using Google Classroom to provide assignments and instruction.
We wanted to provide you with information and recommendations to support your child in this new environment:
- Log-in to PowerSchool to check announcements and grades daily
- Check @k12.nd.us email at the beginning and end of each day
- Check Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams on the assigned day for weekly assignments and class meeting times
- Complete work independently and submit all work by instructor deadlines
- Try to attend all class meeting times, if its not possible contact the instructor and complete the makeup assignment.
Parents and Guardians:
- This has been a new, challenging experience for all of us. We thank you for your patience as we work together through these challenges. Here are some ways you can support your student during this time:
- Sign up for Powerschool to check grades. These will be updated weekly and is the best way to monitor if your child has submitted the weeks assignments. If not the assignment will be marked missing, a “0” entered and the grade changed to “I” for Incomplete. It’s important to keep up as late penalties of up to 50% may apply at teacher discretion.
- Reach out for support – teachers, counselors and administrators are available either by email, phone or video conference. We can help navigate any work to remove barriers your child may have to completing the work or help them get supports needed.
- If your student has questions about classwork, we ask that they are in contact with their teacher through their @k12.nd.us email. Teachers will work to be as responsive as possible through Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and email in a timely manner.
- Help with time management. In this new environment many students are having trouble budgeting their time. With the published schedule students should be working on school around 3-5 hours per day throughout the week depending on how many courses they are taking. Teachers are listing the approximate time for assignments next to the assignment.
Using online calendar to keep track of assignments and class meetings
Distance Learning Parent FAQs
How is attendance taken?
Attendance is taken on the first day of every week for the week prior. Students are marked absent if they did not complete any work or attend any of the required class meetings from the prior week.
Class times are a 2 hour block. Is the class going to run that entire 2 hours? Does work need to be completed and turned in during that 2 hour block?
The class times are two things, first they are a window where teachers may schedule synchronous (live class discussions) through conferencing tools such as: Google Hangouts, Zoom conferencing, or Microsoft Teams. Second, those two hour blocks are designed to help students focus and manage their time for that subject or class period. In this first week we have asked teachers not to assign more than two hours of content for a class period so we all can get used to the new format of learning.
If the student needs clarification: i.e. on math problems, do they e-mail the teacher?
Yes, students can email the teacher their questions to their @k12 emails. As we progress teachers will also make themselves available for conferencing with individuals or groups of students outside of class time during “office hours” This can be done through zoom conferencing or google hangouts so teachers and students can share screens to give a visual to answering and responding to questions.
Is testing for classes going to be completely online?
Yes, some tests and quizzes will be online. In addition to daily assignments, viewing video lessons, and online activities, teachers may also be asking students to complete projects, presentations, journaling etc. and will use those as assessments and verification of learning. Assessments and grades will continue to be reported and available to parents and students in PowerSchool.
What if my ipad or apple device won't allow me into google classrooms?
Many students are having difficulty accessing Google Classroom on iPad and iPhone devices through the Google Classroom app. In order to resolve this issue, the Google Classroom app needs to be removed from the device and Google Classroom can then be accessed through the web browser (Safari). The issue is occurring in devices that have the app installed, even when attempting to use the web browser for access, so the app removal is key.
What if my child has a specialized study hall or learning center?
Specialized study halls, MTSS Math Flex, MTSS English Flex, MTSS Study hall are still on a students schedule. Teachers and paraprofessionals will be available to answer questions and conference virtually with students in the timeframe published for that period.
What if I dont have internet available for my child that attends JHS?
Please contact us at 952-4003
What if I don't have a computer/device available for my child that attends JHS?
JHS still has Chromebooks available for students to sign out. Parent signature is or verbal permission is required on the agreement. Please contact 952-4003
What if something doesn't work on our JPS Chromebook? Please call 952-3208 to arrange a time for repair.
Go Blue Jays!!
Adam Gehlhar, Principal