Start of the 2020-2021 School Year
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Updated 8-6-2020
 
To our Spartan Family:
 
We are working daily to get ready for the 2020-2021 school year.  After the Board’s decision to start the year in a Distance Learning model, we wanted to share the plans we have developed so far for the reopening of our school on August 13.  We are being very thoughtful and intentional with our plans to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and the entire Spartan Family while providing a rich learning experience for your child both in and out of the classroom.
 
It is our hope to provide you with as much information as possible about what we envision school to look like at Olympus next year as we get closer to the start of the year.  Please refer to the Olympus website (olympus.eurekausd.org) for the most up to date information.  We will be providing more detailed information on a number of items as we get closer to the start of the year.
 
Please forgive the length of this message, but I hope you can use it as a resource to bring clarity to what school will look like for our students on August 13 and beyond.  We’re ready...and we want to get you ready for the start of a great year.
 
HAIL SPARTANS!
Sean Healy, Principal
Helena Johnson, Asst. Principal
 
The following information is provided in hopes of answering many of the questions you may have about the opening of school.  Please visit our new website for the most up-to-date information: olympus.eurekausd.org
 

New Assistant Principal - Mrs. Helena Johnson

We’ve been so busy working on getting ready for the start of the school year that I forgot to introduce our new Assistant Principal - Mrs. Helena Johnson!  Mrs. Johnson has been with the Eureka Union School District for a number of years in a variety of positions - most recently as a Program Specialist for our Special Education program.  She brings a wealth of experience working with families and serving the unique needs of all students along with a calm, caring demeanor that is a great fit for our school.  Mrs. Johnson has already proven to be a tremendous addition to the Spartan Family!  Welcome, Helena!

School Office Hours

The office will be open on a limited basis after the first day of school while we are in Tier 5 - Distance Learning.  The office will be open to the public Tues. - Thurs. from 10am - 12pm and from 12:30pm - 2pm.

Annual Student Information Update

All parents are required to complete the online Annual Student Information Update for the upcoming school year.  A notification was sent by our District Office in early May and more reminders have been sent throughout the summer.  This process replaces the paper forms usually sent home at the beginning of each school year. You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the Annual Student Information Update.  Please complete prior to the first day of school.

7th Grade Student WEB Orientation 

We are very excited to welcome your incoming 7th grader to Olympus Jr. High, and we look forward to seeing them at our Virtual 7th Grade Orientation Day on Monday, August 10th or Tuesday, August 11 between 1 and 4. You will be contacted soon with your child’s exact date and time of their Orientation.  Although school will look different this year, we are still able to get your 7th grader off to a great start with our Olympus Jr. High WEB Program!.  Please enjoy our 7th Grade Welcome Video before your Orientation 

Distance Learning 

As ordered by the Governor, and determined by the EUSD Board of Trustees, Olympus will open the school year in a Distance Learning model of instruction.  This will be more rigorous and structured than the emergency “Pandemic Teaching” model we engaged in the Spring.  Every student will have a full 6-period schedule with all academic subjects, enrichments, and Physical Education included.  Here is the daily schedule of instruction

Eureka Virtual Academy (EVA)

Please do not be alarmed if your student is a CAVITT student and you’re receiving information from Olympus.  When you log into Powerschool you will notice that your student’s school site may have changed.  This change in school site designation to Olympus is simply to facilitate scheduling, attendance, and class lists for all grade levels in the EVA program.  Rest assured, your student has not been moved or transferred to a different school site and your family will continue to receive the normal school-wide communications from your home school site administrator.

 

When it comes to checking out EUSD textbooks and materials, students and families registered in the EVA program should follow the directions and dates communicated to them by their EVA educator. At that time, parents will be directed to pick up the required textbooks and school materials at their educator’s school site.

Class Schedules

Schedules, when they are finalized on August 11 at 4PM, will be posted to PowerSchool.  You will see the access codes for each Google Classroom instead of Room numbers on the schedule.  This will allow students access to their classrooms before instruction starts on August 13 at 8AM.

 

In a separate email, every student and parent will be given instructions for logging into PowerSchool, their school-issued Google account, and how to add their teacher’s Google Classroom.  The first few days of school will be spent ensuring full access to all of the systems used for Distance Learning.

Google Classroom

All of our teachers will be using Google Classroom as our primary tool for assigning and tracking assignments.  Students may join their assigned Classrooms by using the code listed as the “Room” on their PowerSchool schedule.  Here is a tutorial from Google on how to join a Google Classroom using the class code.

Daily Schedule for Distance Learning

Students and teachers will follow a daily schedule of instruction where their participation will be tracked for attendance purposes.  We will provide daily online instruction and interactions with teachers (synchronous) along with opportunities to complete academic work independently (asynchronous).  

Jr. High School Distance Learning Daily Schedule

First Days of School

Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 will be shortened days to help get everyone on-board with Distance Learning.  We will follow the WEDNESDAY schedule of classes for both days. Jr. High School Distance Learning Daily Schedule

Our students have spent their entire academic careers learning how to be good students in the classroom.  We know that learning online will be different, so we want to be very intentional on building their skills for online learning. 

On those two opening days, teachers will be helping students with processes, systems, and setting expectations.  The following week each department will be focusing on building relationships with students and working toward re-establishing the positive culture Olympus is known for.  We will also spend a lot of time teaching “Essential Spartan Online Skills” to ensure that every student has the tools and skills to be successful in this new learning experience.  

Homework

Homework assignments will be posted to Google Classroom calendars and Google Classroom sites by the teacher.  Students will subscribe to the calendars in the first few days of school.  Students can always check assignments by logging in to their school Google account and checking their calendar.  Homework is considered “asynchronous” learning time.  Completion of homework is counted for attendance and participation.

School Supplies

We know that shopping for school supplies can be an exciting time to prepare for the school year.  We are not expecting our students to have all of their supplies by the first day of school.  Since students in Jr. High will have different schedules with different classes and teachers, there is no “standard” grade-level supply list.  We recommend you wait until after the first few days of school to know specifically what your teachers require for their classes.  As we will be starting the year with Distance Learning, we expect that the supply lists will be a lot different than previous years and will evolve if/when we transition to on-campus instruction.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbook pick-up is being planned for August 13th and 14th. Students will be assigned specific times to come to campus based on their Core teacher.  This will ensure that we can maintain physical distance and have a safe environment.  Once we have schedules finalized, we will send messages to each family with a specific date/time to arrive on campus.  Masks/Face Coverings are REQUIRED to come onto campus.

School Opening Town Hall Meeting

Aug. 10 - 4PM

The Principals of all EUSD schools will be holding a virtual School Opening Town Hall on August 10 at 4PM.  We will send out the invitation to the Zoom meeting in a separate email.  We will be covering much of the same information that has been discussed at recent EUSD Board meetings and followed up with information that is more tailored to our specific school sites.

Communication

We will be using our School Messenger system (connected to PowerSchool) as our main communication method.  Our website will continue to be updated with the latest information as it comes available.  

PowerSchool

Parents and students may check grades online through PowerSchool: https://eureka.powerschool.com/public/ 

If you already have an access account established, you may continue to use the same username and password you have used in previous years.  

If you are new to our district, you will receive directions for establishing your accounts through a separate email with your unique login information to get you started.  We anticipate that message will be sent Friday afternoon.

 
I know that was a lot but it’s not an exhaustive list of EVERYTHING.  We’ll continue to send updated information and post everything to our website.  We thank you for your continued partnership!  We’re looking forward to an excellent year.
 
Sean Healy, Principal

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