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Distance Learning for All: Partnering with families to ensure the learning continues!

The Gresham-Barlow School District appreciates everything our families and educators are doing to bring "Distance Learning for All" to our students.
Distance Learning for All looks differently at each level, but it is rooted in ensuring care, connection, and continuity of learning.
This unique way of delivering instruction is challenging and we appreciate everyone's commitment to our students during this incredible moment in time.

Distance Learning Family Spotlight:

Dexter McCarty Middle School-Gardenhire Family

What do you like best about Distance Learning?
Distance Learning allows my children to explore their personal learning interests by applying their school learning to activities at home. Teachers have done a great job giving flexible assignments to our students.

What have you found to be the most challenging?
It is hard to be working full time and also helping our children with their school work.

Advice for other families:
Just keep trying. No one system is perfect and there will be good days and bad, but the important piece is that you don’t give up.

Desk of the Day

Watch for our "Desk of the Day" features on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Our goal is to show you what our teachers' workspaces look like as well share what Distance Learning looks like for their class and how they’re connecting with students!

Highland Elementary School teacher Ms. Welty teaches kindergarten in the school’s dual language immersion program!
Ms. Welty is working to keep as much of her work with students in Spanish so they can continue to be exposed to the language.
She shared, “I miss being in the classroom physically with my students but I have been having fun sending out daily lessons in my Google Classroom. I love sending videos of me teaching math, writing, and literacy. I am so amazed with all the work the kiddos are doing at home and they love to send me pictures and videos of what they are doing.”
Ms. Welty says she enjoys connecting with her students using Google Meets.
Thank you Ms. Welty for all you do for our students and families!
The Gresham-Barlow School District has announced this year's Excellence in Teaching Award Winner!
Because teachers are working from home during Distance Learning for All, Superintendent Perera and her administrative team surprised this year's award winner at her home!
Congratulations to Hollydale Elementary School teacher Hope Newport!

Financial support available to cover grocery costs during school closures

Does your child receive free or reduced-price school meals? Pandemic EBT provides families financial support to cover the cost of groceries while your children are missing free meals during school closures. This benefit is provided to ALL families whose children receive free and reduced-price school meals in Oregon.
Learn More about Financial Support for Meals

Alternative graduation plans announced

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak requires that the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 be different from past ceremonies. Alternative ceremonies were planned after soliciting ideas and feedback from senior students and their families and staff. Throughout the planning process, the District’s goal has been to plan events that allow all of our graduates to participate and celebrate their accomplishments with their families while following health and safety protocols.
Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Photos needed for Gresham Outlook publication featuring Class of 2020

The Gresham Outlook newspaper is planning a special publication to celebrate the Class of 2020. The publication will feature the names of every member of the 2020 graduating classes from local high schools. They are inviting families of graduating seniors to submit a photo for the supplement. They will run as many photos as they have room in the upcoming salute to 2020 graduating seniors. Details and where to submit photos in the link below.
Gresham Outlook Graduation Publication Information

Summer School update for high school students

In the coming weeks, students that finish the second semester with incompletes (second-semester course in which students did not complete enough work to pass) or are in need of credit recovery options (from classes failed before the second semester) will receive information about summer programming opportunities.

It is important for students to make up past failed classes or bring incompletes to passing so they remain on track to graduate.

This week, phone calls went out to parents of students who have not been engaging with their teachers online or are not turning in assignments. There are still a couple of weeks left to bring incomplete grades to passing so if you have received a call, please talk to your student about connecting with their teachers as soon as possible.

Kindergarten registration in full swing

Families: If you have a child who will be 5 by September 1, it is time for them to register for kindergarten! Please see the links below for kindergarten registration information and our kindergarten newsletter with information about transportation and bus safety, required immunizations or exemptions, and how parents can support school success.
Kindergarten Registration Information
Kindergarten Newsletter for Families-English
Kindergarten Newsletter for Families-Spanish

Distance Learning Parent Survey

In April we asked you about how "Distance Learning for All" was going. Questions included whether the amount of homework was appropriate, the frequency of students accessing online learning platforms, and teacher communication. Find out what parents shared with us at the link below.
Parent Survey Results Overview

Returning devices at the end of the school year

The school district has set aside the week of June 8 for families and students to return devices checked out for use in Distance Learning. More details about the times, locations, and other important organizational details will be sent to families over the next two weeks.

COVID-19 updates

Find out how to slow the spread and stay healthy on the Multnomah County Health Department website.
COVID-19 Information
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