Dear AmPark Families,
This week there have been many updates from the DOE. The Citywide Grading Policy has been released, and we are revising our AmPark specific policy to account for the changes. This will further allow us to promote equity and flexibility in our grading practices for all students.
Community Offerings Throughout November: Would you like to tuck in for a bedtime story read aloud with Bonnie on November 4th? Interested in more Family Fitness Fun with Caitlin? How about a Family Wellness & Connectedness Evening with Niomi? All can be found on the AmPark Calendar Page here. We hope to see you there Owls!
Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day. It is an all remote instuctional day for students and our AmPark Owls will engage in asynchronous learning for the day. AmPark staff members will not be available as they will be participating in professional learning and preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
November 5th Parent Teacher Conferences: PTCs will be held on Thursday, November 5th in a virtual format. November 5th will be a 1/2 day for all students, both hybrid and remote. Dismissal will be at 11:30. Teacher teams will be scheduling with families throughout the afternoon and evening on the 5th to have individual, remote conferences with each of you.
Report Cards: To account for the delayed in-person beginning and the unique circumstances surrounding this school year, we have adjusted our report card marking periods. We will continue to have three marking periods, with the third marking period being considered the final one, but the windows have been changed. This adjustment provides our students with needed additional time to acclimate to their new learning environment, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate additional skills and knowledge.
Grading: Per the new Grading Policy from the DOE, the grades that will be given to students in those December report cards will be similar to the spring - MT (meeting), N (needs improvement), NL (need more information to assess). Additional information on report card grading will be shared prior to the release of the report cards. New this year: Parents will have input in determining how passing grades are reflected on report cards. Please see the letter from the Chancellor regarding these changes.
Learning Preferences Opt In Window Nov 2nd-15th
A note from the DOE & Chancellor Richard Carranza on the opt-in period for remote learning:
Per the Chancellor’s note below, we want to share more information and guidance on the blended learning opt-in window for families. We aimed to develop an opt-in process that would:
Monday, November 2 – Sunday, November 15: Blended Learning Opt-In Window for Families
Learning Bridges: In the coming days, the DOE will broaden access to Learning Bridges programs, so that more families can attend programs, by drawing students from multiple schools to a single Learning Bridges site. In broadening access to Learning Bridges, students will no longer need to attend a matched school to enroll in a program. This additional flexibility will ensure that Learning Bridges seats are available to more schools and as many families as possible. Interested families should complete the Learning Bridges application, which takes less than five minutes; applications are accepted on a rolling basis and if a school is not listed (non-matched), families should leave those fields blank. Offers are made on a weekly basis and new seats and sites will continue to be added throughout the fall.