Message from Principal Bethards – May 8, 2020

“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.”Horace Mann 

Dear Mountain View Community, 

This has been Teacher Appreciation week. Although we already know our teachers are amazing, I would like to share with you some of the ways they are continuing or reshaping education during distance learning.  Did you know about…

  • the daily collaboration between specialists from a distance to make lessons accessible to students with different needs?

  • teachers making offices and classroom spaces in their bedrooms, dining rooms, laundry rooms to meet remotely with your children?

  • teachers planning lessons and connecting with families and students while their own children nap or are outside playing?

  • the 13,945 seesaw comments and feedback on student work?

  • the time spent meeting with students on Zoom or Google Meet?

  • all of the phone calls, texts, chats and emails teachers make each week to students and families?

  • the diligent note taking of the important information from all of those calls, texts, chats and emails on a massive spreadsheet that is updated daily to make sure we are meeting the needs and concerns of all students and families?

  • the mental health support staff are providing remotely?

  • the outreach and support we provide for rent, utilities, internet and other needs like boxes of food to families?

Our teachers and staff are taking care of our community just like they have always done – even as they navigate through their own personal experiences. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to thank our teachers.

Please read below for other updates. 

Take care,

Byron Bethards

Principal

 

Helpful Technology Tips

Technology sometimes fails! When the iPad just doesn’t seem to be working, force restart your child’s iPad.  To force restart:

  1. Hold down the home and on/off buttons at the same time.

  2. Continue holding the buttons down. The screen will eventually go black.

  3. When the Apple logo appears, let go of the buttons and let the iPad start up like normal.

Keeping Your Child Engaged

This is a great article from Johns Hopkins University with 8 great tips for how to help your child stay focused and engaged. 

https://education.jhu.edu/2020/04/8tipsforfocus/

Snapshot

  1. Understand the expectation for distance learning.

  2. Determine what type of activities work best for your child.

  3. Encourage movement.

  4. Reduce distractions.

  5. Adjust your schedule as needed.

  6. Use a checklist for focus.

  7. Give your child (and yourself) a break.

  8. Provide immediate positive feedback.

Wi-Fi Access Locations Expanded

To support the learning needs of students, our district has expanded internet access for students in south Corvallis and other neighborhoods. These locations are in addition to Linus Pauling Middle School.

Wi-Fi access is available from 7 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week.

New Locations:

Lincoln Elementary School, south parking lot

Mt. View Elementary School, north and west parking lot

Adams Elementary School, parking lot between the district administration building and the school

  • Student devices will automatically login to the district network at these locations.

  • Parent/guardian non-district devices can also login to the Corvallis School District Wi-Fi network using the password Education.

  • If you come to the area by car, please plan to remain in your vehicle.

  • If you are not in a vehicle, please practice safe physical distancing (6 feet or more) from others.

  • The area will be monitored, but no supervision will be provided.

Please call the Technology Services Department Help Desk with questions about student device connectivity. 541-757-3911, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm