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"In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers." - Mister Rogers
Be like Ellie Elephant; listen carefully because it helps us think. Thinking and learning are going to help us do hard things. #learnerpowers
April 15, 2020
As you may have heard, Governor Herbert and State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson have extended the “soft school closure” until the end of the school year. Although we are disappointed that we will not be able to work with students in our usual manner, we understand why the decision was made and fully support them. That being said, we now will need to address a variety of very unique situations.
Our hearts go out to the Senior Class of 2020. The senior year is a very important part of the K-12 school experience. Please know that we are exploring ways that we can address issues specific to 12th grade students such as graduation, yearbook signing, grading, credit, etc. Any suggestions or ideas from parents and students should be sent to their school administration. You will be receiving more detailed information regarding those events as details are finalized.
There have been questions asked about possible changes to the lunches being served and the current school year calendar. Please be aware that we will follow the 2019-2020 school year calendar as posted. The last day of school will be May 22. Lunches will continue to be served at locations throughout the district.
The goal of Nebo School District and local schools is to continue to provide your student with a quality education through an online curriculum. Teachers will continue to provide online learning experiences and will be communicating through email or other online platforms throughout the remainder of the school year. Although these learning conditions are not ideal, we are extremely appreciative of the efforts made by teachers, parents, and students to adjust to this temporary method of instruction.
If you or your student are experiencing difficulties adapting to online learning or are in need of assistance, please reach out to your student’s teacher, counselor, or principal. There are many resources available for those in need.
Nebo School District and your local schools will continue to communicate with you as we find solutions to the variety of challenges that are being sent our way. We would like to thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate this challenging situation. We truly believe that by working together, we will be able to successfully complete this school year.
Be-Determined. We don't grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.
Meet Spike Spider. Spike is a spunky spider who has stickability. He doesn’t give up and keeps trying until he reaches the top. Spike woke up one sunny day determined to climb the water spout. He began his climb, spinning sticky webs back and forth as he carefully climbed the spout. But then the weather changed from sunny to rainy. Down came the rain and went all down the water spout. Spike found it hard to hang on and he slipped. Down and down he fell further and further. Then with a plonk he fell to the ground soaking wet and exhausted. Did he sulk? Did he slink away? Nope! He never lets setbacks get in his way. Spike waited. The sun came out a few hours later and he began his climb back up the water spout. He doesn’t give up and keeps trying until he reaches the top. Be like Spike Spider. Keep trying. Keep climbing until you make it to the top and finally get to say “Hooray, I Get This Now.”
When you are Determined like Spike Spider, you…
- Learn hard
- Practice a lot
- Keep going in the face of difficulty
- Try new strategies
- Ask for help
- Start again
- Take a brain break
What brings me hope in this world is the children. With children comes laughter, energy, kindness, creativity, unconditional love, a desire to learn. Classes have been dismissed. Yet we all continue to learn from our homes. Sing, read-aloud, play games in the yard, cook, paint, play cards, visit a virtual museum, dance, write letters, write poems, color, build a fort, make puppets, have a tea party, make lemonade, have a hug 'o war.
There are so many different views on how to travel 'at-home' learning. I'm not sure if there is an perfect strategy. I think the Elements of Learning is an informed approach to maintain our well-being and the well-being of our children http://riverview.nebo.edu/content/learning-pit. Remember that learning occurs in phases. Use the growth mindset of the learning pit. Implement the learner powers. Remember: "What we do at Riverview is important," "You CAN do hard things," "We are never going to give up on you."
Governor Gary R. Herbert, State Superintendent Syd Dickson, and the Utah State Board of Education “announced that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal [soft closure] through Friday, May 1st.” Their press release further stated that they will “continue to evaluate the situation to make a determination about the remaining school year” and that:
Gov. Herbert expressed his appreciation to the educators throughout our state who have quickly adapted their instruction to remote learning platforms.
“These are unprecedented times in Utah’s and our nation’s history,” the governor said, “I have been overwhelmed with Utahns’ outpouring of support for one another, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the way our educators are supporting Utah students and families.”
Distance learning will continue during the extended dismissal for all K-12 public schools, where feasible…
“We recognize that being away from school creates additional work and stress for everyone in our communities; however, it is a necessary step in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson. “During the uncertainties of the coming weeks, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected with our students and families while doing our best to ensure learning continues. The flexibility and initiative of our educators is a shining example of how we rise together in challenging circumstances.”
Meal services at K-12 public schools will also continue on an as-needed basis.
Nebo School District teachers and staff remain committed to providing the learning structure and support that students and parents will require during these challenging times. Our talented and dedicated professionals are so thankful to you students and parents for your tremendous efforts regarding at-home schooling. Please remain in communication with your child’s teachers and contact the school with questions and concerns.
We are so grateful to live in amazing communities that rally around each other in difficult circumstances and are proud to be your partners in helping your children have academic and social/emotional success.