We made it through the first official week. If you were unable to get the materials your student will need for distance learning during the scheduled time this week, we ask that you contact your child’s counselor and schedule an appointment for pick-up. The counselor information can be found below.
We hope this short video helps you begin to put staff names with faces. Ask your child to point out the teachers he or she met this week.
Please read the information below carefully to answer questions you have and to stay informed. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to one of us directly at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Eaton & Lisa Sheppard
Modified Schedule – Tuesday 9/8/20
The schedule below it the schedule our 7th and 8th grade students will follow, the same as the schedule on the first day of school.
- 1st hour – 8:00-8:30
- 2nd hour – 8:45-9:15
- 3rd hour – 9:30-10:00
- 4th hour – 10:15-10:45
- 5th hour – 12:00-12:30
- 6th hour – 12:45-1:15
Distance Learning Schedule – Begins 9/9
Tomorrow, we will begin settling into our regular distance learning schedules. The links to the schedules are below. Classroom teachers will provide a more detailed breakdown of what each class structure will look like. There will be a change to the structure of Wednesday learning schedules beginning September 16th.
On Wednesday, we will begin “Wellness Wednesdays.” Students will check in with each teacher and engage in activities around social emotional wellness. The new Wednesday schedule as well as the schedule that begins tomorrow can be found below.
Have students check Google Classroom for specific details from each teacher!
Wednesday Student Google Meet Schedule
12:45 – 1:00 – Meet with 1st Hour
1:05 – 1:20 – Meet with 2nd Hour
1:25 – 1:40 – Meet with 3rd Hour
1:45 – 2:00 – Meet with 4th Hour
2:05 – 2:20 – Meet with 5th Hour
2:25 – 2:40 – Meet with 6th Hour
Food Distribution – September 11th
On Friday, September 11th, the first food distribution at Adams Middle School will take place from 10am-12pm. Staff will be onsite directing the flow of traffic. You will receive a breakfast and lunch for each day of the week Monday-Friday, as well as a half gallon of milk per child.
Chromebook Make-Up Schedule
If you did not have a chance to pick up a Chromebook for your student at our Technology Distribution Day this week, the District has scheduled two make-up days pending shipments arriving. If your student will need a computer for school, you may pick one up between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm on Thursday, September 10, or Friday, September 11 at the Rose Kennedy Center, 36825 Marquette, Westland, located behind the Board of Education offices.
This is a change from the original make-up days because our shipment of Chromebooks has been delayed. As you know this situation is not unique to Wayne-Westland Community Schools as the global supply chain is stalled and public entities are competing for the same resources.
We are expecting shipments of Chromebooks next week and we have been in constant contact with the vendor. These dates are based on the anticipated arrival of these devices and could change if our shipment is delayed again. We appreciate your patience with this process and will share updates with you as this will be a fluid process.
If you have your own personal device for your student and need assistance with accessing the information that students will need, here is a link to our Community Tech Help website. The site will have general FAQs for both students and adults assisting them. In general, students will need to have access to a browser that can access Google applications. We recommend using the Google Chrome browser; it allows the students to have access to their full district Google account. (Mobile and tablet users may have to download specific apps, such as Google Classroom through their app stores.)
If you need additional help, our Instructional Technology Specialists will be available to assist you with downloading the Google Chrome browser or the apps to your devices from 8 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, September 2 at the Board of Education office at 36745 Marquette, Westland.
Our 6th grade students will use their computer log-in as their username. (email@example.com).
Username: The first four letters of their last name, first initial middle
initial and the last four digits of their student number. (If they do not
have a middle initial in they do not have one in their login). Their password is their birthday (00/00/0000).
For our 7th and 8th grade students, use the link below. Their password format is different than our 6th graders.
Mobile Hotspot Information
The days, times and locations are being finalized and will be shared next week.
Distance Learning Environment
Below you can access our Adams virtual learning expectations. Our expectations focus on being safe, respectful, and responsible in a virtual environment. We ask that parents please respect the learning time of our students and instructional time of our teachers. Teachers will not be available to answer parent questions during virtual instruction. Please email or message your child’s teacher with questions you have and he or she will respond in a timely manner when they are not teaching.
Each student is assigned a counselor that will be the contact person for questions regarding schedules. Counselors will be available to support students academically, socially and emotionally as well. Caseloads are determined by last name and can be found below.
COUNSELOR: STUDENT’S LAST NAME: CONTACT INFO:
Ms. Eileen Horgan A-J firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Stacy Brooks K-T email@example.com
Ms. Molly Long U-Z firstname.lastname@example.org
Our counseling secretary is Mrs. Keri Chene. You can reach her at email@example.com
Band and Music Update
As you already know, Mr. Hartge resigned from his position at Adams Middle School. I am happy to report that we have several highly qualified candidates that will be interviewing to fill this position next week. Students will not fall behind as the first few weeks are dedicated to wellness activities for all students since we have been out of the learning environment for an extended time. Our building sub will lead classes next week and into the following. Thanks for your patience. I am confident we will hire an amazing teacher!
The District has been working closely with the Champions Childcare Program to help meet the childcare needs of our staff and families. We have negotiated a reduced rate with Champions until the District returns full face-to-face (State would be at Phase 5).
Champions will be operating in each individual Elementary School and Stevenson Middle School starting with the new school year on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Champions will be offering time in the day for students to do their virtual learning with their teachers and complete assignments daily. Both enrollment options will include time for assignments and learning to be completed. The District will provide desktop computers for students without a device. The District will provide breakfast and lunch to students enrolled in Champions.
Other Childcare Options within our Community
The Office of Great Start offers ways to find childcare in your area:
Go to www.greatstarttoquality.org for child care in all areas of the state. You can filter by your preferred location, needs, city, county, and other factors to find care tailored to your family’s need.
Contact someone who can help:
Contact your local Great Start to Quality Regional Resource Center at 1-877-614-7328. Enter your zip code for the location you would like to find child care. This will direct you to a local childcare referral specialist for personalized supports.
Updating Registration for Current Students
Please log in to your ParentConnection account to update your child(ren)’s contact information as well as re-acknowledge important school policies.
If you have moved and need to change your address, you will need to bring your new mortgage/lease/current tax bill along with two other proofs of residency to the Administration Office located at 36745 Marquette, Westland MI 48185.
Updating for CURRENT (returning) students will began on July 15th. Parents can access this through Parent Connect. You must be on a computer to complete the registration as it is not mobile/tablet friendly.
Please email Mrs. Bailey @ firstname.lastname@example.org to help with this!
In addition to this weekly update, we encourage you to follow us on Social Media and join our school-wide text group. Important information will be shared this way frequently.
September 4-7 – Labor Day Recess
September 8 – School Resumes
September 11 – Food Distribution @ Adams
First Week Photos!