Monday, August 10th, 2020
Dear parents, students and community members:
I would like to welcome you to a new school year at Pittsburg High School! The first day of school is on Thursday, August 13th. We are beginning the school year online this year due to continuing health concerns associated with the COVID 19 virus. It is our hope and goal to return to campus as quickly as possible. During the past three months we have been busy planning and preparing for the school year. Specifically, we have purchased new technology, designed a master schedule that will support our students during both online learning and when we return to campus and began providing professional development for our teachers regarding providing instruction in an online environment (this will continue throughout the school year). This letter is designed to provide you with information that will help your child be successful this year whether online or in person once we return to campus! You can always contact me at (925) 250 – 1932 with any questions or concerns.
It is critical that we remain in communication with you, our parents and family members. We learned very quickly during last spring how important it was to have up to date phone numbers and emails for our parents. If you have changed your phone number or email address please let us know by emailing Linda Grover (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephanie Blades (email@example.com) and we will update your information. In addition, we have configured our staff into teams to ensure we are reaching out to you should your child stop attending class online or has not submitted his or her completed assignments. Please do not hesitate to call us as well. If you are having difficulty receiving a response from your child’s teacher or counselor please call me at (925) 250 -1932 and I will follow up! Our main phone line is (925) 473 – 2390 and you may follow the directions to reach the office or person you need to. I will also attach a phone directory for you as well. Lastly, we have two parent liaisons, Melanie Moseley and Maria Espinosa.
We have purchased over 7000 chrome books for our students in the Pittsburg Unified School District and we now have enough devices for every student in our school to check out. You should have received information regarding our textbook and chrome book checkout (the google form is; https://forms.gle/a4on3T5f2iQ3s6rA7 ). We also have free internet and wifi access available for those who cannot afford it. Please contact Melanie Moseley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maria Espinosa (email@example.com) and they will assist you with arranging internet and wifi access.
Students accessing their classes online
We will continue using our CLEVER portal. Students should log into clever using their @firstname.lastname@example.org google account. Once they are in CLEVER they will have access to their teachers’ google classrooms. This is a good resource if your child needs assistance with creating an account or logging to CLEVER or google classroom; https://sites.google.com/view/phs-resources/home/technology?authuser=0
Students are required to attend class each day. Each student will have no more than three classes each day (unless they are taking a zero period or 7th period class). Students are expected to log into their CLEVER portal for each class and enter their google classroom for that class period. Within the google classroom there is a link to join their daily class which will be held on Zoom (this is videoconferencing software). Student must participate in their class each day to receive credit. Parents will receive a phone call from the school informing you that your child was absent from class for that period, if they do not log into their CLEVER account and access their teacher’s google classroom where they will be able to connect to their Zoom video conference with the link that will be provided by the classroom teacher.
Based on community and staff input we developed a master schedule that addresses a number of concerns from last spring. Specifically, many students, parents and staff felt six classes was too many when learning online. As a result we have designed our schedule whereby students have three classes each quarter. During quarter one they will have periods 1, 2 and 3. During quarter two they will have periods 4, 5 and 6. In addition, we have divided each class into Cohort A and Cohort B. Half of each class will be in Cohort A and the other half will be in Cohort B. Cohort A will have class in the mornings on Mondays and Thursdays and Cohort B will have class in the afternoons on these days. Cohort B will have class in the mornings on Tuesdays and Fridays and Cohort A will have class in the afternoons on these days. Wednesdays both Cohorts will be together in the morning for classes. You will find your child’s cohort in their Aeries portal under “student info” and then under “demographics”; this will be located on the left hand side of the screen under contact info (it will state either “A” or “B”).
Students will receive instruction from their teachers via Zoom, for example. It is very important that you assist your child by ensuring they are logging into CLEVER each day and joining their teacher’s google classroom each period. Your child’s teachers are expected to provide direct instruction via Zoom, for example, each morning and each class period will be 75 minutes long. If you are home please check in with your child to ensure they are attending class each day. If they are not you will receive a call from the teacher and other staff members.
Students will receive letter grades this semester. Each teacher will post the class syllabus in their google classroom for you and your child to review. This will provide each teacher’s expectations and requirements regarding how their students will be evaluated for the quarter. Students will receive a semester grade at the conclusion of each quarter (we are expected to cover the curriculum for the entire semester within the quarter period). This semester grade will be posted on their transcript and will “count” for both high school graduation requirements and college admission requirements (A-G courses). Please emphasize the importance to your child of doing well in their online courses!
We will continue to provide daily breakfast and lunch for our students. Our school district food services department will have a schedule of locations, days & times at our various schools within the school district where students and families may pick up meals. This information will be published this week. If you have any questions please email Kathleen Culcasi at email@example.com or call (925) 473 – 2325.