• McKean’s Monday Minutes

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Hello Highlander Families,

    I apologize for not having this translated into Spanish tonight.

    I hope this message finds you and your entire family well.  Today’s message has a lot of different information, so I’ll summarize and organize at the beginning so you know what follows:

    1. Reminder of tonight’s Virtual Back to School Night

    2. Red Clay ZOOM School Meals Program

    3. Virtual Student Town Hall - seeking student entries by tomorrow 9/22

    4. Thursday night is our Preseason Sports Zoom for parents and student-athletes.

    1) McKean’s Virtual Back to School Night - Monday, Sept 21, 6:00-8:00 PM (via Zoom)

    • Meet your student’s teachers

    • Hear about the great opportunities for Learning at McKean – both remote and live

    • Attend a Q & A with your McKean Administration team, School Counselors, Student Advisors, and Special Education personnel

    Instructions for Attending:

    1) Obtain your student’s schedule.  You can:

    •   have your student write it out for you, OR 

    •   have your student help you find it on Schoology or HAC. 

    2) Follow the schedule, period by period, using the following times:  (please note that we will be repeating presentations every 10 minutes, so you can choose to customize your experience by joining any zoom at any time)

     

    Message from Principal Mattix

    Admin zoom link: Admin Zoom to Launch Night 

    Or video only: Link to video only

    Admin Q & A

    Anytime from 6:00-8:00

    Period 1

    6:00-6:08

    Period 2

    6:10-6:18

    Period 3

    6:20-6:28

    Period 4

    6:30-6:38

    Period 5

    6:40-6:48

    Period 6

    6:50-6:58

    Period 7

    7:00-7:08

    Period 8

    7:10-7:18

    Specials & Special Ed services

    7:20-7:28

    No period 9 tonight

    7:30 - end time

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3) Match the correct period  (above) with the staff listed in the zoom links below and join the Zoom:

     

    McKean Team

    Zoom link

    Zoom Info

    ELA Staff

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/96974690503?pwd=T1lScDZ4TkZZV1l4aCtVS0hDcWhtUT09

    Meeting ID: 969 7469 0503  Passcode: 370982

    Science Staff

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/9472413384?pwd=M2dkVXZjU3ZQNkVUV0JueDBZZUNadz09

    Meeting ID: 947 241 3384  Passcode: 640423

    Social Studies Staff

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/93334127331?pwd=by9VNElLWFhIa1FpajBYQVRmSkJDdz09

    Meeting ID: 933 3412 7331  Passcode: 553606

    Math Staff

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/95055761556?pwd=QjVGNVVCcWtRZlhpV2pDZHpPQXYvUT09

    Meeting ID: 950 5576 1556  Passcode: 980361

    World Language Staff

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/98238733000?pwd=bTJFajhQRnlJWjA2aWY0VWQ4eWpTZz09

    Meeting ID: 982 3873 3000  Passcode: 898061

    Unified Arts Staff: Chorus, Band, Art, PE, Health

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/91253578754?pwd=MGsyTWV6c1NJWTVwQnpNTXdUaTRXZz09

    Meeting ID: 912 5357 8754   Passcode: finearts

    Career Pathways: Culinary, Animal or Plant Science, Early Childhood, Auto Tech, Teacher Academy, Audio/Radio/Visual, Manufacturing and Engineering, Business and Marketing

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/92529242748?pwd=Mk93Z3NkU1dTVE9UQklESXlGV3RpZz09

     

    Specials:  AVID, EL services,  Driver's Ed, JDG, Work-based Learning

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/3484185760?pwd=dkpldStyZmNSbjNseHIzNWVRQ1J2QT09

    Meeting ID: 348 418 5760  Passcode: specials

    Special Ed Services: IEPs, 504s, RISE, LEAP, STEP, therapists

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/6858710950?pwd=cVAyLzBBS1dWbGNRM0pCbmJmN09Edz09

    Meeting ID: 685 871 0950  Passcode: 287349

    Administration Q&A:  Principal, Asst. Principals, Student Advisors, School  Counselors, Athletic Director

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/91397945340?pwd=YUczVm5CS2dhK1Rjb0V3VGY1MGVCdz09

    Meeting ID: 913 9794 5340  Passcode: Mckean1

    Meadowood Classrooms:  We are asking families meet in one room to start with some parent general support and information.  Then breaking into different rooms as the night goes on.

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/98153814084?pwd=dmE1OEl6RXpBUFpyb05obGFOTWhRUT09

     

    Meeting: 981 5381 4084

    Password: Social

     

     

    4) Red Clay ZOOM School Meals Program

    We have received a lot of feedback that the meals offered have been extremely helpful for quick lunch breaks during the ZOOM school day.  Please click here for more details on this meal program.

     

    5) Virtual Student Town Hall:  seeking student entries by tomorrow 9/22

    Virtual Student Town Hall: Student Voice and Civic Awareness     #YourVoiceMatters     #ItTakesAVillage

    In an effort to address student needs and create a brave space for continuing courageous conversations, the Red Clay Consolidated School District is hosting and facilitating a series of virtual student town halls.  Our goal is to help our students expand their input; find additional avenues and pathways for participation in the education process in Red Clay, elevate student voices, empower, value, and hear student perspectives. We are seeking students to submit questions and videos. Selected video submissions will become part of the presentation and questions will be answered by our student, staff, and partner panel.

    Our next event will be held on October 1st, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm and will stream live on the Red Clay YouTube channel. Please see attached flyer for more information.

    Link to topics and question/video submissions information: https://bit.ly/3jFyWDw


    6)Thursday night is our Preseason Sports Zoom for parents and student-athletes.

    Our Athletic Directors and Administration request that any student-athlete interested in participating this fall to attend this informational zoom meeting on Thursday, Sept 24, 2020 at 6:30pm.   Here is the zoom link for this meeting:

    Join Zoom Meeting:   https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/94374642307?pwd=Z3RndzU2U3VJUkJETkFUMEgwZ1QzUT09

  • TMHS - McKean 9th-12th Grade Families-

     

    On Thursday, September 10, 2020 the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association voted to move forward with a Fall athletic season beginning with September 28th practices/tryouts.  This decision was approved by the State Board of Education on September 17th.  With the DIAA decision and the condensed time frame, Red Clay and McKean are moving forward with preparations for a safe return to high school athletics and other outdoor extra-curricular activities if you choose for your child to participate.  

     

    Please allow me to put this shift into perspective of our overall reopening plan.  As you know, Red Clay was committed to 6 weeks of remote instruction with the hopes of returning to some form (even if small) of a hybrid instructional model.  The return of sports was always a part of this gradual return, however sports weren’t supposed to begin until late November with the winter season.  Due to a reversal of decisions by the Governor and DIAA over the past week, they have accelerated the return to sports at the beginning of our phase-in process to hybrid.  District leadership continues to plan for a return to some form of in-person hybrid instruction this fall.  More details will be forthcoming as those plans evolve.  

     

    In the short-term, this letter is essential for any student-athlete that wants to participate this fall.  Please read carefully and complete our survey promptly so you can assure you have done everything you need to be ready to play.

     

    All 9th-12th grade student-athletes are welcomed to tryout/practice with the following varsity offerings: Football, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Boys Soccer, Unified Flag Football, & Volleyball.  To tryout/practice, student-athletes must complete the following:

     

    1. DIAA 2020-2021 Physical Form on file at McKean.

      • All current 9th grade students, transfer students, and returning students who did not play last year must have the DIAA 2020-2021 Physical Form (all pages dated after April 1, 2020) on file at McKean before participating.

      • Returning McKean 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who have a physical on file with our school nurse for 2019-2020 (played any DIAA sport for McKean last year) are grandfathered from the Physical Examination form until December 31, 2020.  

      • However, returning athletes must complete a 2020-2021 HISTORY FORM & MEDICAL CARD (completed by parent) and return it to McKean on or before September 28th.  After review of the history form and medical card, our school nurse or athletic trainer may determine that a returning athlete does require a new physical form before December 31, 2020.

      • Returning 10th-12th grade student-athletes will need to have a new Physical Examination Form (PPE) from MD/DO, NP, PA dated by December 31, 2020.

      • Our School-Based Health Center (Wellness Center) is open for appointments and details to register and/or schedule an appointment are at School Based Health Center Resources.

     

    1. All interested student-athletes must complete the Fall Information Form- This form will collect the student’s name, grade, physical information, and transportation needs.  Please complete this form as soon as possible.  Student-athletes will not receive transportation for practice/tryouts on September 29th without completing this form.

     

    Please send all documents in #1 to the attention of Matthew Carre Athletic Director.

    • Scan to matthew.carre@redclay.k12.de.us

    • US Mail- 301 McKennan's Church Road Wilmington, DE 19808

    • Drop off at main office Monday-Friday 7:30-3:30

    • Bring to our Registration/Coaches Night on September 28th 4:30pm-6:30pm.  

     

    Information regarding other extra-curricular activities will be communicated in the coming weeks. 

     

    We are in the process of creating McKean Athletics COVID-19 Safe-To-Play Handbook using guidelines provided by Delaware Public Health and DIAA. We will hold an informational session for Fall sports families on September 25, 2020 at 6:30pm via Zoom to discuss the plans further, meet coaches, and answer questions.  Please join us on Zoom at:

     

    Meeting ID: 943 7464 2307

    Passcode: McKean2020

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/94374642307?pwd=Z3RndzU2U3VJUkJETkFUMEgwZ1QzUT09

     

    Please note that these tentative plans for in person participation are predicated on State Board approval on September 17th and subject to change by the Red Clay Consolidated school district or DIAA.  Such decisions are made regularly based on current COVID-19 data and information provided from the Delaware Department of Public Health.

     

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

     

    Matthew Carre, Athletic Director

    matthew.carre@redclay.k12.de.us

     

    Reginald Worlds, Assistant Principal

    reginald.worlds@redclay.k12.de.us

     

    Brian Mattix, Principal

    brian.mattix@redclay.k12.de.us

    TMHS – A las familias de McKean de 9° a 12° grados.

    El jueves 10 de septiembre de 2020, la Asociación Atlética Interescolar de Delaware votó para seguir adelante con una temporada atlética de otoño que comienza con las prácticas / pruebas del 28 de septiembre. Esta decisión fue aprobada por la Junta de Educación del Estado el 17 de septiembre. Con la decisión de DIAA y el marco de tiempo condensado, Red Clay y McKean están avanzando con los preparativos para un regreso seguro al atletismo de la escuela secundaria y otras actividades extracurriculares al aire libre si elige que su hijo participe.

    Permítanme poner este cambio en perspectiva de nuestro plan general de reapertura. Como saben, Red Clay se comprometió a 6 semanas de instrucción remota con la esperanza de volver a alguna forma (aunque sea pequeña) de un modelo de instrucción híbrido. El regreso de los deportes siempre fue parte de este regreso gradual, sin embargo, se suponía que los deportes no debían comenzar hasta finales de noviembre con la temporada de invierno. Debido a una revocación de decisiones por parte del gobernador y la DIAA durante la semana pasada, han acelerado el regreso a los deportes al comienzo de nuestro proceso de incorporación gradual al híbrido. El liderazgo del distrito continúa planificando un regreso a alguna forma de instrucción híbrida en persona este otoño. Se darán más detalles a medida que evolucionen esos planes.

    A corto plazo, esta carta es fundamental para cualquier estudiante-deportista que quiera participar este otoño. Lea atentamente y complete nuestra encuesta de inmediato para asegurarse de haber hecho todo lo necesario para estar listo para jugar.

    Todos los estudiantes-atletas de los grados 9 al 12 son bienvenidos a probar / practicar con las siguientes ofertas universitarias: fútbol americano, animación deportiva, campo traviesa, hockey sobre hierba, fútbol masculino, fútbol americano de bandera unificado y voleibol. Para probar / practicar, los estudiantes-atletas deben completar lo siguiente:

    Formulario físico de DIAA 2020-2021 archivado en McKean.

    Todos los estudiantes actuales del noveno grado, los estudiantes transferidos y los estudiantes que regresan y que no jugaron el año pasado deben tener el formulario físico DIAA 2020-2021 (todas las páginas con fecha posterior al 1 de abril de 2020) en el archivo de McKean antes de participar.

    Los estudiantes de McKean que regresan a los grados 10, 11 y 12 que tienen un examen físico en el archivo de nuestra enfermera escolar para 2019-2020 (jugaron cualquier deporte DIAA para McKean el año pasado) están exentos del formulario de examen físico hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020.

    Sin embargo, los atletas que regresan deben completar un FORMULARIO DE HISTORIA Y TARJETA MÉDICA 2020-2021 (completado por los padres) y devolverlo a McKean el 28 de septiembre o antes. Después de revisar el formulario de historial y la tarjeta médica, nuestra enfermera de la escuela o entrenador atlético puede determinar que un atleta que regresa requiere un nuevo formulario físico antes del 31 de diciembre de 2020.

    Los estudiantes atletas que regresen a los grados 10 al 12 deberán tener un nuevo Formulario de examen físico (PPE) de MD / DO, NP, PA antes del 31 de diciembre de 2020.

    Nuestro Centro de Salud Escolar (Centro de Bienestar) está abierto para citas y los detalles para registrarse y / o programar una cita están en Recursos del Centro de Salud Escolar.

     

     

    2. Todos los estudiantes-atletas interesados ​​deben completar el Formulario de información de otoño. Este formulario recopilará el nombre del estudiante, el grado, la información física y las necesidades de transporte. Complete este formulario lo antes posible. Los estudiantes atletas no recibirán transporte para las prácticas / pruebas el 29 de septiembre sin completar este formulario.

    Por favor envíe todos los documentos en el # 1 a la atención del Director Atlético Matthew Carre.

    Escanee los documentos y envíe a matthew.carre@redclay.k12.de.us

    Por correo a - 301 McKennan's Church Road Wilmington, DE 19808

    Dejar en la oficina principal de lunes a viernes de 7:30 a 3:30 de la tarde.

    Traiga a nuestra Noche de Registro / Entrenadores el 28 de septiembre de 4: 30-6: 30 de la noche.

     La información sobre otras actividades extracurriculares se comunicará en las próximas semanas.

    Estamos en el proceso de crear el Manual de juego seguro COVID-19 de McKean Athletics utilizando las pautas proporcionadas por Delaware Public Health y DIAA. Llevaremos a cabo una sesión informativa para las familias de deportes de otoño el 25 de septiembre de 2020 a las 6:30 de la noche a través de Zoom para discutir más los planes, conocer a los entrenadores y responder preguntas. Únase a nosotros en Zoom en:

    ID de la reunión de Zoom: 943 7464 2307

    Código de acceso: McKean2020

    Siga el link a la continuación:

    https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/94374642307?pwd=Z3RndzU2U3VJUkJETkFUMEgwZ1QzUT09

     

    Tenga en cuenta que estos planes tentativos para la participación en persona se basan en la aprobación de la Junta Estatal el 17 de septiembre y están sujetos a cambios por parte del distrito escolar Red Clay Consolidated o DIAA. Tales decisiones se toman regularmente en base a los datos actuales de COVID-19 y la información proporcionada por el Departamento de Salud Pública de Delaware.

     

    Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en contactarnos.

    Matthew Carre, director atlético

    matthew.carre@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Reginald Worlds, subdirector

    reginald.worlds@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Brian Mattix, director

    brian.mattix@redclay.k12.de.us 

  • McKean’s Monday Minutes - Monday, September 14, 2020

    Dear Highlander Families,

    I truly appreciate everything that you are doing to support your children and to partner with our staff members in order to make remote learning possible.  We are all in this together.

    Here are some updates for the week: 

    • Tuesday, 9/15, is Delaware Primary Election Day and an in-service day for teachers and staff.  Most schools will be used as polling places. School is closed, so your child will not have remote learning that day and there will not be food distribution on Tuesday. 

    • Chromebooks

    • With all of our students having devices, the district has provided a Tech FixIT Bus)  Posted times are 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. but the bus will not leave until all parents are helped with a repair or given a loaner device.

    • Are School Sports returning? 

      • Last Thursday, DIAA voted to recommend that fall sports could restart as early as September 28.  However, this decision needs to be approved by the Department of Education (they meet this Thursday) and then locally from Red Clay leadership.  So everything is still a big maybe.  If you are interested in playing a fall sport, then it may be a good idea to be ready for a quick transition.  

     

    Virtual Student Town Hall: Student Voice and Civic Awareness

    #YourVoiceMatters

    #ItTakesAVillage

    In an effort to address student needs and create a brave space for continuing courageous conversations, the Red Clay Consolidated School District is hosting and facilitating a series of virtual student town halls.  Our goal is to help our students expand their input; find additional avenues and pathways for participation in the education process in Red Clay, elevate student voices, empower, value, and hear student perspectives. 

    We are seeking students to submit questions and videos. Selected video submissions will become part of the presentation and questions will be answered by our student, staff, and partner panel.

    Our next event will be held on October 1st, 2020 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm and will stream live on the Red Clay YouTube channel. Please click here to view the flyer for more information. 

    Link to topics and question/video submissions information: https://bit.ly/3jFyWDw


     

    Estimadas familias de Highlander, 

    Realmente aprecio todo lo que está haciendo para apoyar a sus hijos y colaborar con los miembros de nuestro personal para hacer posible el aprendizaje remoto. Estamos todos juntos en esto.

    Aquí hay algunas actualizaciones de la semana:

    • El martes 15 de septiembre es el día de las elecciones primarias de Delaware y es un día de capacitación para los maestros y el personal. La mayoría de las escuelas se utilizarán como lugares de votación. La escuela está cerrada, por lo que su hijo no tendrá aprendizaje remoto ese día y no habrá distribución de alimentos el martes.

    • Chromebooks:

      • Correo electrónico de soporte técnico familiar: para problemas que no se pueden resolver a través de los documentos de soporte técnico en el sitio web de soporte técnico www.reclayschools.com/techlos padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a: tech.support@redclayschools.com 

    • Dado que todos nuestros estudiantes tienen dispositivos, el distrito ha proporcionado un autobús Tech FixIT) Los horarios publicados son de 1 p.m. a 3 p.m. pero el autobús no saldrá hasta que todos los padres reciban ayuda con una reparación o se les dé un dispositivo prestado.

    Lunes: William C Lewis Lenguaje dual 920 North Van Buren Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

    Martes: Escuela Primaria Forest Oak ** No hay autobús 9/15 ** 55 S. Meadowood Drive, Newark, DE 19711

    Miércoles: Primaria Warner 801 W. 18th Street, Wilmington, DE 19802

    Jueves: Escuela Primaria Richardson Park 16 Idella Ave, Wilmington, DE 19804

    Viernes: Escuela Brandywine Springs 2916 Duncan Road, Wilmington, DE 19808

    • Si es necesario conservar un dispositivo para reparaciones adicionales que no se pueden realizar en el lugar, le daremos a los padres un dispositivo en préstamo, repararemos el Chromebook y lo devolveremos a la escuela del estudiante para que los padres lo recojan.

    • Los técnicos del autobús solo pueden ayudar con problemas de hardware. Si tiene un problema con la cuenta de Schoology o la contraseña de su estudiante, comuníquese con el consejero de orientación de su estudiante o llame a la oficina de McKean 302-992-5520

    • El equipo de asistencia técnica de McKean está haciendo un seguimiento de las familias que completaron este formulario: Formulario de reparación de Chromebook de McKean, para cualquier problema con el Chromebook que tengan.

    • ¿Están regresando los deportes escolares?

      • El jueves pasado, DÍA votó para recomendar que los deportes de otoño pudieran reiniciarse el 28 de septiembre. Sin embargo, esta decisión debe ser aprobada por el Departamento de Educación (se reunirán este jueves) y luego localmente por el liderazgo de Red Clay. Así que todo sigue siendo un gran quizás. Si está interesado en practicar un deporte de otoño, puede ser una buena idea estar preparado para una transición rápida.

     

    Virtual Student Town Hall: Student Voice and Civic Awareness

    #YourVoiceMatters

    #ItTakesAVillage

    En un esfuerzo por abordar las necesidades de los estudiantes y crear un espacio valiente para las conversaciones valientes y continuas, el Distrito Escolar Consolidado Red Clay está organizando y facilitando una serie de ayuntamientos virtuales de estudiantes. Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a ampliar sus aportes; encontrar vías y caminos adicionales para la participación en el proceso educativo en Red Clay, elevar las voces de los estudiantes, empoderar, valorar y escuchar las perspectivas de los estudiantes.

    Buscamos estudiantes para enviar preguntas y videos. Los videos seleccionados se convertirán en parte de la presentación y nuestro panel de estudiantes, personal y socios responderá las preguntas.

    Nuestro próximo evento se llevará a cabo el 1 de octubre de 2020 de 6:00 pm a 7:30 pm y se transmitirá en vivo en el canal de YouTube de Red Clay. Haga clic aquí para ver el folleto y obtener más información.

    Enlace a temas e información sobre envíos de preguntas / videos: https://bit.ly/3jFyWDw 

     

  • McKean Family Update 9-9-20

     

    Dear Parents and Students, 

    I hope this message finds you well.  I know the first day posed challenges for both you and for our staff, but together we survived it and are more prepared for the days ahead.  We received hundreds of emails, calls, and visits Monday with great questions from families and students that are trying their best to start the year successfully.  Below I’m trying to answer some of our most frequently asked questions, along with some reminders of expectations. 

     

    Chromebooks fall under 3 categories:

    1. My Chromebook is locked and may have a message to call the helpdesk.

    -We need 3 things before we ask district to unlock it:  1) A completed Online User Agreement: English Form and Spanish Form, 2) Your annual $20 insurance payment or discussion about payment with a school official, 3)  Your device serial number (should be listed on the sticker on the bottom of the Chromebook)

    -We share the serial number with district and the tech team unlocks it. (but this has been taking several days...so please be patient).  Some of you called us today because you did everything correctly, but are still waiting...we are prioritizing folks who took care of things last week.

    1. My Chromebook is NOT locked, but isn’t working properly or I need WIFI at home

    -fill out this form….

    -Our school team available between 8a-1p today, tomorrow, and Friday

    1. I still need to pick up my chromebook

    -Complete the online forms and payment to make your trip 5 minutes or less.

    Thursday night from 5-8pm

    -Call or stop by McKean Wed and Thurs 8a-1p

     

    **Other Tech Issues included trouble with finding all the zoom links and struggles navigating Schoology pages.

    • These generic questions can be directed to school counselors before we ask for more technical support

     

    Attendance Expectations and Marking of Absences

    • We believe that student attendance to our zoom classes will best support successful learning for our students.  

    • Although we are strongly encouraging 100% attendance in your zoom classes, we are well aware of the many challenges that our students and families are facing as we all try to balance work and supporting our children with their online learning.  Knowing the diverse needs of our community, I’ve asked teachers to record and post their live zoom sessions to be shared in their Schoology course folders for students to access on their own time.  

    • Teachers can only mark students Absent Unexcused or Present.  For at least the first six weeks, we are treating all absences as excused.  Which means if you miss a zoom, then you can and should figure out what you missed and complete assignments ON-TIME.  Don’t think you get extended time because you didn’t attend your zoom class.  If you think you do need extended time for any reason, you must communicate and seek approval from your classroom teacher.

     

    Behavior Expectations of students in Zoom Classes

    1.  Dress For Success! No inappropriate/offensive clothing or material on screen. 

    2.  Attend your zoom every period

    3. Have your camera on          

    4. Be Appropriate -  Positive language and positive interactions. 

    5. Be Respectful – to adults and other students.

    6. Code of conduct still applies! 

    **Please note that even though we are recording videos for educational purposes, that they also will make it easy to catch students who disrupt their zoom classrooms. Also note that some parents and administrators are often nearby or on the zoom calls as well.

     

    En Espanol…

    Estimados padres y estudiantes,

     

    Espero que este mensaje te encuentre bien. Sé que el primer día supuso desafíos tanto para usted como para nuestro personal, pero juntos lo sobrevivimos y estamos más preparados para los días venideros. Recibimos cientos de correos electrónicos, llamadas y visitas el lunes con excelentes preguntas de familias y estudiantes que están haciendo todo lo posible para comenzar el año con éxito. A continuación, intento responder algunas de nuestras preguntas más frecuentes, junto con algunos recordatorios de expectativas.

     

    Los Chromebook se dividen en 3 categorías:

    Mi Chromebook está bloqueado y puede tener un mensaje para llamar al servicio de asistencia.

    -Necesitamos 3 cosas antes de pedirle al distrito que lo desbloquee: 1) Un acuerdo de usuario en línea completo: formulario en inglés y formulario en español, 2) su pago de seguro anual de $ 20 o discusión sobre el pago con un funcionario escolar, 3) el número de serie de su dispositivo ( debe aparecer en la etiqueta en la parte inferior del Chromebook)

    -Compartimos el número de serie con el distrito y el equipo técnico lo desbloquea. (pero esto ha tardado varios días ... así que tenga paciencia). Algunos de ustedes nos llamaron hoy porque hicieron todo correctamente, pero todavía están esperando ... estamos dando prioridad a las personas que se encargaron de las cosas la semana pasada.

     

    Mi Chromebook NO está bloqueado, pero no funciona correctamente o necesito WIFI en casa

    -Complete éste formulario….

    -Nuestro equipo escolar está disponible hoy, mañana y viernes de 8 a.m. a 1 p.m.

     

    Todavía necesito recoger mi chromebook

    -Rellena los formularios online y pago para hacer tu viaje 5 minutos o menos.

    Jueves por la noche de 5-8pm

    -Llame o pase por McKean los miércoles y jueves de 8 a.m. a 1 p.m.

     

    ** Otros problemas técnicos incluyeron problemas para encontrar todos los enlaces de zoom y dificultades para navegar por las páginas de Schoology.

    Estas preguntas genéricas pueden dirigirse a los consejeros escolares antes de solicitar más asistencia técnica.

     

    Expectativas de asistencia y marcado de ausencias

    Creemos que la asistencia de los estudiantes a nuestras clases de zoom apoyará mejor el aprendizaje exitoso de nuestros estudiantes.

    Aunque alentamos fuertemente la asistencia del 100% a sus clases de zoom, somos muy conscientes de los muchos desafíos que nuestros estudiantes y familias enfrentan mientras todos intentamos equilibrar el trabajo y apoyar a nuestros niños con su aprendizaje en línea. Conociendo las diversas necesidades de nuestra comunidad, les pedí a los maestros que graben y publiquen sus sesiones de zoom en vivo para compartirlas en sus carpetas de cursos de Schoology para que los estudiantes puedan acceder a ellas en su propio tiempo.

    Los maestros solo pueden marcar a los estudiantes ausentes sin excusa o presentes. Durante al menos las primeras seis semanas, tratamos todas las ausencias como justificadas. Lo que significa que si pierde un zoom, entonces puede y debe averiguar qué se perdió y completar las tareas A TIEMPO. No creas que tienes mucho tiempo porque no asististe a tu clase de zoom. Si cree que necesita más tiempo por cualquier motivo, debe comunicarse y buscar la aprobación de su maestro de aula.

     

    Expectativas de comportamiento de los estudiantes en las clases de Zoom

    1. ¡Vístete para el éxito! No hay ropa o material inapropiado / ofensivo en la pantalla.

    2. Preste atención a su zoom cada período

    3. Ten tu cámara encendida

    4. Sea apropiado - Lenguaje positivo e interacciones positivas.

    5. Sea respetuoso - con los adultos y otros estudiantes.

    6. ¡El código de conducta todavía se aplica!

    ** Tenga en cuenta que a pesar de que estamos grabando videos con fines educativos, también facilitarán la captura de los estudiantes que interrumpen sus aulas zoom. También tenga en cuenta que algunos padres y administradores suelen estar cerca o también en las llamadas de zoom.

  • McKean’s Monday Minutes

    Monday, September 7, 2020

    Greeting

    Hello Highlander Families,

    I hope this email finds you well and you were able to enjoy the Labor Day Holiday.  Tomorrow is the first day of classes:  Senior Assembly starts at 8:45am, with Student Leader/Advisory Classes starting at 9am.  Tomorrow is a B-day, so we will begin with period 5 at 9:45am.  I’m still working out the kinks with my daily morning announcements, so nothing new to report about how to view.

    Here are a few more details for this first week:

    Chromebooks

    • We have heard from many families that have tried to complete all steps to unlock their chromebooks.  We are working with the district to get these done in a priority order.  

    • If you have not been able to stop by McKean to pick up your chromebook yet, we’ll be able to assist you this week.  

    • Our next distribution night is Thursday, September 10 from 5-8pm.  We are able to take phone calls to support chromebooks from 8a-1p daily Tuesday through Thursday this week.  

    • For those that are new to using chromebooks, the district created a video - “Getting Started with your Red Clay Chromebook”  https://youtu.be/mh0xicSaeSQ

     

    Meal Program at McKean and with Red Clay

    • Red Clay is pleased to announce that they will continue to distribute meals at certain locations, as well as at most every school.  Most meal service will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with select locations offering evening service.  Meals will be available at McKean on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11a-1p.

    Click here for more information. 


     

    En Espanol….

    Saludo

    Hola familias de Highlander,

    Espero que este correo electrónico lo encuentre bien y que haya podido disfrutar de las vacaciones del Día del Trabajo. Mañana es el primer día de clases: la asamblea de estudiantes de último año comienza a las 8:45 am, y las clases para líderes estudiantiles / asesores comienzan a las 9 am. Mañana es un día B, por lo que comenzaremos con el período 5 a las 9:45 am. Todavía estoy resolviendo los problemas con mis anuncios matutinos diarios, por lo que no hay nada nuevo que informar sobre cómo ver.

    Aquí hay algunos detalles más para esta primera semana:

    Chromebooks

    Hemos recibido noticias de muchas familias que han intentado completar todos los pasos para desbloquear sus Chromebooks. Estamos trabajando con el distrito para hacerlos en orden de prioridad.

    Si aún no ha podido pasar por McKean para recoger su Chromebook, podremos ayudarlo esta semana.

    Nuestra próxima noche de distribución es el jueves 10 de septiembre de 5 a 8 pm. Podemos recibir llamadas telefónicas para admitir Chromebooks de 8:00 am a 1:00 pm todos los días de martes a jueves de esta semana.

    Para aquellos que son nuevos en el uso de Chromebooks, el distrito creó un video: "Cómo comenzar con su Chromebook Red Clay" https://youtu.be/mh0xicSaeSQ 

     

    Programa de comidas en McKean y con Red Clay

    Red Clay se complace en anunciar que continuarán distribuyendo comidas en ciertos lugares, así como en la mayoría de las escuelas. La mayor parte del servicio de comidas será los martes y jueves, con ubicaciones selectas que ofrecen servicio nocturno. Las comidas estarán disponibles en McKean los martes y jueves de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m.

    Haga clic aquí para más información.

  • McKean Family Update 9-4-20

    Dear McKean Families,

    Below are a few quick reminders about the school year beginning next week.   

    First Day of School:

    Tuesday, September 8th is the first day of online classes, starting at 9am with their Period 9-Student Leaders Class. This is a B-day in our A/B Calendar rotation, which means periods 5,6,7, and 8 will meet. Period 5 will start at 9:45am. Period 8 will end at 3:25pm.

     

    Slight Change-PLEASE READ:  First Week Schedule + Grade Level Zoom Assemblies:

    Tuesday, Sept 8 through Friday, Sept 11…we will begin each day at 9am in period 9 - Student Leaders (also referred to as Advisory).  The original schedule said that student leaders should start at 8:45a.  However, our administration team is hosting Grade Level Zoom Assemblies from 8:45-9am each morning, pushing back the start of Student Leaders to 9a.  We will only meet with one grade per day, with the schedule and zoom links listed below.  Students should only attend their grade level zoom.  I’ve also posted this information as events inside your schoology course titled “Class of 202X.”  I’ll send another update on Monday and will have details on where to find the Daily Announcements.  

    Remember these assemblies run 8:45a-9a only:

     

     

     


    Still Need a Chromebook?

    If you still have to pickup your Chromebook, Schedule, and Supplies from McKean or you have one that is locked, we have scheduled another distribution night at McKean on Thursday, Sept 10th from 5-8pm or you can call the school to see if you can arrange a sooner time.  

    Family Supports for  Technology can be found clicking here

     

    En Espanol

     

    Estimadas familias de McKean,

    A continuación se muestran algunos recordatorios rápidos sobre el año escolar que comienza la próxima semana.

    Primer dia de escuela:

    El martes 8 de septiembre es el primer día de clases en línea, comenzando a las 9 am con la clase de líderes estudiantiles del período 9. Este es un día B en nuestra rotación de Calendario A / B, lo que significa que los períodos 5, 6, 7 y 8 se encontrarán. El período 5 comenzará a las 9:45 am. El período 8 terminará a las 3:25 pm.

    Ligero cambio-POR FAVOR LEA: Programa de la primera semana + Asambleas de zoom de nivel de grado:

    Martes, 8 de septiembre - Viernes, 11 de septiembre ...comenzaremos cada día a las 9 am en el período 9 - Estudiantes líderes (también conocidos como Asesores). El horario original decía que los líderes estudiantiles deberían comenzar a las 8: 45a. Sin embargo, nuestro equipo de administración está organizando Asambleas Zoom de Nivel de Grado de 8: 45-9am cada mañana, retrasando el inicio de Student Leaders a las 9a. Solo nos reuniremos con un grado por día, con el horario y los enlaces de zoom que se enumeran a continuación. Los estudiantes solo deben asistir al zoom de su nivel de grado. También he publicado esta información como eventos dentro de su curso de escolología titulado "Clase de 202X". Enviaré otra actualización el lunes y tendré detalles sobre dónde encontrar los anuncios diarios.

     

    Recuerde que estos ensamblados solo se ejecutan en 8: 45a-9a:

     

     

     


    ¿Aún necesitas una Chromebook?

    Si aún tiene que retirar su Chromebook, Programación y Suministros de McKean o si tiene uno bloqueado; hemos programado otra noche de distribución en McKean el jueves 10 de septiembre de 5 a 8 pm o puede llamar a la escuela para ver si puede programar una hora más temprana.

    Los apoyos familiares para la tecnología se pueden encontrar haciendo clic aquí

  • McKean’s Monday Minutes Monday August 31, 2020

    Students First Day:  

    On Tuesday, September 8th students should join their Student Leaders Class (also known as Advisory) at 8:45am.  We will begin each day of our first week in this Student Leaders Class so we can check in with students, share helpful technology tips for managing their remote classes, and other schoolwide expectations and resources.  

    Teacher Letters emailed home Aug. 31:

    I’ve asked all teachers to send a letter home to each class with information about how to log into their class next week.  This information will also be shared within the announcements inside the course in Schoology.  Please note that Schoology access for students begins on Monday, Aug 31.  

    District Welcome Packet arriving in Postal Mail: 

    I received my packet as a Red Clay parent on Sat, August 29.  I know some families will receive theirs today or tomorrow.  If you haven’t received your packet by Sept 2, please contact the main office at 302-992-5520.

    Chromebook Distribution:

    Tuesday, Sept 1 from 4-7pm at McKean is the next chance to get your chromebook, schedule, and other school materials.  If you still have your chromebook, you still need to complete a district form and pay the annual insurance fee of $20 (or discuss payment options with the school).  All of the links to these forms can be found on our school website.  Please click here to go to our website

    Charge Chromebooks for 5 hours before they try to use it. 
    Tech Support Website: 

    Please link to the district Remote Learning Tech Support site from your school website www.redclayschools.com/tech.  We are providing and will be updating documentation on this site to support parents, students and staff to the tech support

    Tech Fix-IT Bus:

    If a student’s chromebook isn’t working, then please complete information by clicking here and we will follow up with a plan to fix it.  Additionally, the district has an option for same-day repairs.  The bus will go to the locations below.  The Tech Fix-IT bus will be starting on Monday 8/31 from 1pm-3pm.  There will be no support bus on Friday 8/4 or Monday 8/7.  

    • Monday: Lewis
    • Tuesday: Forest Oak
    • Wednesday: Warner
    • Thursday: Richardson Park
    • Friday: Brandywine Springs 

    Students in Need of Wifi:

    For any families who responded that they did not have internet access at home when we did the internet access survey a few weeks back; the district is moving forward in giving you wifi access.  The district has partnered with a local business called NerdIT Now to set up wifi.  They will be contacting each family and helping guide them through the process of getting connected to Comcast with a district provided code.  The families will not be charged, although the family will need to initiate the setup with Comcast and when it comes to billing, provide the district code we provide to be grouped in-district sponsored account.  For families that have concerns about working with Comcast, please contact your student’s guidance counselor, as we are working on another alternative.

    Delaware 211: Offers Support Line for Students and Families during Remote Learning:

    United Way of Delaware and Delaware 2-1-1 has launched a dedicated resource line to help students and parents as they face unprecedented challenges in this COVID emergency. With a simple, free call, parents can connect with resources to help students transition to remote learning, find online tutoring, get support for acquiring and accessing technology and much more. United Way of Delaware and Delaware 211 is pleased to provide this service -- in partnership with Delaware Department of Education, school districts, and community partners -- to help meet the needs of children and their families throughout the state. Delaware 211 has dedicated a special line to support students and families while transitioning to the new normal due to COVID-19.

     Flyers are in Spanish and English


    Join the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge (10 days left, not too late):

    As our diversity and equity journey continues, Red Clay Consolidated  School District has joined the 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge powered by United Way of Delaware (UWDE) and YWCA Delaware (YWCA). This is your chance to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership, by joining thousands of other Delawareans in a 21-day journey of self-discovery that you complete online, wherever you are comfortable.

    Registered participants are prompted with a daily email challenge — such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or watching a video–and are then encouraged to reflect on that content and to relate the situation to their own lives. Participants discover how racial inequity and social injustice impact our community. The goal is to build new understandings and new connections and in so doing, to begin dismantling systemic racism in Delaware.

    Emails will begin going out to registered participants on Monday, August 17, and continue (Monday – Friday) through Monday, September 14. UWDE and YWCA will also be facilitating conversation in the 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Facebook group, where participants can discuss the content and engage with others taking the challenge. 

    To sign up please use the link below and select "Red Clay School District":

    https://deracialequitychallenge.org/

     


    Estudiantes primer día:

    El martes 8 de septiembre, los estudiantes deben unirse a su clase de líderes estudiantiles (también conocida como asesora) a las 8:45 am. Comenzaremos cada día de nuestra primera semana en esta Clase de líderes estudiantiles para que podamos comunicarnos con los estudiantes, compartir consejos útiles sobre tecnología para administrar sus clases remotas y otras expectativas y recursos de toda la escuela.

    Cartas de maestros enviadas por correo electrónico a casa el 31 de agosto:

    Les pedí a todos los maestros que envíen una carta a casa a cada clase con información sobre cómo iniciar sesión en su clase la próxima semana. Esta información también se compartirá en los anuncios dentro del curso en Schoology. Tenga en cuenta que el acceso a Schoology para los estudiantes comienza el lunes 31 de agosto.

    Paquete de bienvenida del distrito que llega por correo postal:

    Recibí mi paquete como padre de Red Clay el sábado 29 de agosto. Sé que algunas familias recibirán el suyo hoy o mañana. Si no ha recibido su paquete antes del 2 de septiembre, comuníquese con la oficina principal al 302-992-5520.

    Distribución de Chromebook:

    El martes 1 de septiembre de 4 a 7 pm en McKean es la próxima oportunidad para obtener su Chromebook, horario y otros materiales escolares. Si todavía tiene su Chromebook, aún debe completar un formulario del distrito y pagar la tarifa anual del seguro de $ 20 (o discutir las opciones de pago con la escuela). Todos los enlaces a estos formularios se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de nuestra escuela. Haga clic aquí para ir a nuestro sitio web.

    Cargue las Chromebooks durante 5 horas antes de que intenten usarlas.

    Sitio web de soporte técnico:

    Por favor, enlace al sitio de Soporte técnico de aprendizaje remoto del distrito desde el sitio web de su escuela www.redclayschools.com/tech. Estamos proporcionando y actualizaremos la documentación en este sitio para ayudar a los padres, estudiantes y personal al soporte técnico

    Autobús Tech Fix-IT:

    Si el Chromebook de un alumno no funciona, complete la información haciendo clic aquí y haremos un seguimiento con un plan para solucionarlo. Además, el distrito tiene la opción de realizar reparaciones el mismo día. El autobús irá a las ubicaciones siguientes. El autobús Tech Fix-IT comenzará el lunes 31 de agosto de 1 pm a 3 pm. No habrá autobús de apoyo el viernes 8/4 ni el lunes 8/7.

    • Lunes: Lewis
    • Martes: Forest Oak
    • Miercoles: Warner
    • Jueves: Richardson Park
    • Viernes: Brandywine Springs 

    Estudiantes que necesitan Wifi:

    Para las familias que respondieron que no tenían acceso a Internet en casa cuando hicimos la encuesta de acceso a Internet hace unas semanas; el distrito está avanzando en brindarle acceso wifi. El distrito se ha asociado con una empresa local llamada NerdIT Now para configurar wifi. Se pondrán en contacto con cada familia y ayudarán a guiarlos a través del proceso de conectarse a Comcast con un código proporcionado por el distrito. A las familias no se les cobrará, aunque la familia deberá iniciar la configuración con Comcast y, cuando se trata de facturación, proporcionar el código de distrito que proporcionamos para agrupar la cuenta patrocinada dentro del distrito. Para las familias que tienen inquietudes sobre cómo trabajar con Comcast, comuníquese con el consejero de orientación de su hijo, ya que estamos trabajando en otra alternativa.

    Delaware 211: ofrece una línea de apoyo para estudiantes y familias durante el aprendizaje remoto:

    United Way de Delaware y Delaware 2-1-1 han lanzado una línea de recursos dedicada para ayudar a los estudiantes y padres mientras enfrentan desafíos sin precedentes en esta emergencia de COVID. Con una simple llamada gratuita, los padres pueden conectarse con recursos para ayudar a los estudiantes en la transición al aprendizaje remoto, encontrar tutoría en línea, obtener apoyo para adquirir y acceder a tecnología y mucho más. United Way de Delaware y Delaware 211 se complace en brindar este servicio, en asociación con el Departamento de Educación de Delaware, los distritos escolares y los socios comunitarios, para ayudar a satisfacer las necesidades de los niños y sus familias en todo el estado. Delaware 211 ha dedicado una línea especial para apoyar a los estudiantes y las familias durante la transición a la nueva normalidad debido a COVID-19.

    Los volantes están en español e inglés.

    Únase al Desafío de 21 días por la equidad racial y la justicia social (quedan 10 días, no demasiado tarde):

    A medida que continúa nuestro viaje de diversidad y equidad, el Distrito Escolar Consolidado Red Clay se ha unido al Desafío de Equidad Racial y Justicia Social de 21 Días impulsado por United Way of Delaware (UWDE) y YWCA Delaware (YWCA). Esta es su oportunidad de desarrollar hábitos de justicia social más efectivos, particularmente aquellos que se ocupan de cuestiones de raza, poder, privilegios y liderazgo, uniéndose a miles de otros habitantes de Delaware en un viaje de 21 días de autodescubrimiento que completa en línea, dondequiera que esté. son cómodos.

    A los participantes registrados se les solicita un desafío diario por correo electrónico, como leer un artículo, escuchar un podcast o ver un video, y luego se les anima a reflexionar sobre ese contenido y relacionar la situación con sus propias vidas. Los participantes descubren cómo la inequidad racial y la injusticia social impactan a nuestra comunidad. El objetivo es construir nuevos entendimientos y nuevas conexiones y, al hacerlo, comenzar a desmantelar el racismo sistémico en Delaware.

    Los correos electrónicos comenzarán a enviarse a los participantes registrados el lunes 17 de agosto y continuarán (de lunes a viernes) hasta el lunes 14 de septiembre. UWDE y YWCA también facilitarán la conversación en el grupo de Facebook del Desafío de equidad racial de 21 días, donde los participantes pueden discutir el contenido e interactúe con otros que aceptan el desafío.

    Para registrarse, utilice el enlace a continuación y seleccione "Red Clay School District":

    https://deracialequitychallenge.org/

  • McKean Family Update 8/22/20

    [La version en espanol de esta carta se encuentra al final de este email.  Enfoque de este mensaje: Encuesta del distrito, Chromebook y planes de distribución de materiales, junto con el calendario y horarios de clases]

    (Focus of this message:  District Survey, Chromebook & Material Distribution Plans, along with calendar and class times

    Complete the Safe Return to School Questionnaire by August 24  

    (only 148 of 960 families have completed as of 8/22 at 9am)

    Our district plans to phase in a hybrid learning environment for specific grade levels/programs later this school year, with families that choose in-person learning. In this scenario, families that wish to keep students home would be provided with remote learning support.

    To help us plan for the phased reopening, please complete the Safe Return to School Questionnaire by August 24. We need to hear from every family so that we can plan a safe and efficient return to in-person learning when it is time to reopen our doors.

    Pick up your child’s Chromebook and learning materials on 8/26 & 8/27

    To support remote learning, a device will be provided for every student and we will work to ensure that all families have access to the internet. We will distribute instructional materials, school supplies and Chromebooks to students according to the schedule below:

    First, please complete this short Contact Information Survey so we can be sure to have the best way to communicate with you.   Contact Info Form 

    Please note times are organized by last name and grade level:

    Wed, Aug 26

    Grades 10-12, 8a-2p

    8-9:30am (A-F)

    9:30-11am (G-K)

    11a-12:30p (L-P)

    12:30-2pm (Q-Z) 

    Grades 10-12

    Wed, Aug 26

    Grade 9 ONLY, 2p-8p

    2-3:30pm  (A-F)

    3:30-5pm  (G-K)

    5-6:30pm  (L-P)

    6:30-8pm  (Q-Z)

    GRADE 9 ONLY 

    Thurs, Aug 27

    Grades 10-12, 8a-2p

    8-9:30am (A-F)

    9:30-11am (G-K)

    11a-12:30p (L-P)

    12:30-2pm (Q-Z)

    ALL GRADES 9-12

     

     

    Plan for safety:

    • Only 1 student and 1 adult from each family may enter the building 

    • Anyone entering the building must wear a mask

    • We all must maintain 6-feet apart and practice good hand hygiene

    • Anyone with COVID symptoms should not enter the building and should contact the school to develop a plan to get materials

    • If we experience a large number of families at once, we may ask families to wait inside their parked cars until we are ready to allow you to enter the building.  We do not want to have a long line form at the door.

     

    Chromebook Important Info:

    • Parents and students must complete paperwork and pay the insurance fee before getting their chromebooks.  The paperwork includes a statement of understanding acceptable use of the technology and the annual insurance fee.

    • For your safety and convenience, we are offering online options for both the paperwork and for paying the fee:

                        Online Paperwork:     English Forms    

           Online Payment Option:  English Payment

     

    • Please note that if you have questions or concerns about the fee or would like a payment plan, there is a place to indicate it on the online form.

    • For families that may need help with home internet, Red Clay has ways to help. 

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    • What if my student still has their chromebook and it was never returned in June?

      • Any district chromebook that wasn’t returned will be or already has been locked and unable to be used.  In order to get your chromebook unlocked, you will need to complete the annual paperwork and pay the annual insurance fee (or confirm a payment option with a school official).  If a family uses our online options for forms and payment, then they will NOT need to come to McKean to get the chromebook unlocked.  We can unlock remotely, but must have the paperwork and payment completed first.

    • What if my student never turned in their chromebook and doesn’t have it in their possession (maybe it is lost, maybe they claim to know where they left it)?

      • Please click here and enter the requested information.  Also, still plan on showing up on your scheduled distribution day. 

    • What if I cannot make one of the scheduled pickup times listed above?

      • We will share information on additional distribution dates and times for the week of August 31.  We first want to see how many we distribute in our first round before finalizing our plans for makeup distribution dates.

    • What if I have questions or concerns about paying the annual insurance fee?

      • There is a place to indicate your preference on the paperwork forms.  The school will work with families as needed.

    • What if I have multiple students at McKean in different grade-levels?

      • Please only make one trip for your family for your convenience, based on the grade-level and last name of either child.

    • What if I don’t have internet access at my home?

      • Red Clay is committed to ensure every family can connect to the internet from home.  The district has a few options for families.  Please add your information here and a district representative will follow up to support your home wifi needs. 

    Online Learning at McKean High

    Remote learning will happen Monday through Friday between the hours of 8a-3:30p.  Each day begins with a meeting block.  We will use this meeting block for many purposes, including to hold our weekly Advisory classes on Fridays from 8:45-9:30am.  Please note: during the first week, we’ll hold the Student Leaders class daily to help with student orientation.  The first instructional block will begin at 9:45am daily, with the last block ending by 3:25pm.  

    Here is a one-page summary of our A/B day rotation and the student class times. 

    Your child’s teacher will provide a detailed remote learning schedule next week.
     

    Ahora, En Espanol 

    Actualización de la familia McKean 22/8/20:

    Completen el Cuestionario sobre el Regreso Seguro a la Escuela a más tardar el 24 de agosto 

    (solo 148 de 960 familias han completado el 22/8 a las 9 am)

    Nuestro distrito planea implementar gradualmente el aprendizaje en un entorno híbrido para determinados grados/programas más adelante este año escolar para las familias que opten por el aprendizaje en persona. A las familias que deseen mantener a los niños en el hogar, se les ofrecerá apoyo para el aprendizaje a distancia.

    Para ayudarnos a planificar la reapertura gradual, por favor completen el Cuestionario sobre el Regreso Seguro a la Escuela a más tardar el 24 de agosto. Necesitamos escuchar la opinión de cada familia así podemos planificar un regreso al aprendizaje en persona seguro y eficiente cuando llegue el momento de reabrir nuestras puertas.

    ●  Hacer clic aquí para completar el cuestionario en español.
     

    Vengan a recoger la Chromebook y los materiales de aprendizaje de su hijo/hija el 8/26 & 8/27

    Para apoyar el aprendizaje remoto, se le entregará un dispositivo a cada estudiante y trabajaremos para garantizar que todas las familias tengan acceso a Internet. Vamos a entregar los materiales de instrucción, los útiles escolares y la Chromebook a los estudiantes el 8/26 y 8/27.  

    Primero, complete esta breve Encuesta de información de contacto para que podamos estar seguros de tener la mejor manera de comunicarnos con usted. Formulario de información de contacto

    Tenga en cuenta que los horarios están organizados por apellido y nivel de grado:

    Wed, Aug 26

    Grades 10-12, 8a-2p

    8-9:30am (A-F)

    9:30-11am (G-K)

    11a-12:30p (L-P)

    12:30-2pm (Q-Z) 

    Grades 10-12

    Wed, Aug 26

    Grade 9 ONLY, 2p-8p

    2-3:30pm  (A-F)

    3:30-5pm  (G-K)

    5-6:30pm  (L-P)

    6:30-8pm  (Q-Z)

    GRADE 9 ONLY 

    Thurs, Aug 27

    Grades 10-12, 8a-2p

    8-9:30am (A-F)

    9:30-11am (G-K)

    11a-12:30p (L-P)

    12:30-2pm (Q-Z)

    ALL GRADES 9-12

     

     

    Plan de seguridad:

    • Solo 1 estudiante y 1 adulto de cada familia pueden ingresar al edificio.

    • Cualquiera que entre al edificio debe usar una máscara.

    • Todos debemos mantener una distancia de 6 pies y practicar una buena higiene de manos.

    • Cualquier persona con síntomas de COVID no debe ingresar al edificio y debe comunicarse con la escuela para desarrollar un plan para obtener materiales.

    • Si tenemos una gran cantidad de familias a la vez vamos a pedirle​s que continuen dentro de sus carros hasta que se le permita el acceso al edificio ya que no queremos una larga fila en la entrada. 

     

    Información importante de Chromebook:

    • Los padres y los estudiantes deben completar el papeleo y pagar la tarifa del seguro antes de obtener sus Chromebooks. La documentación incluye una declaración de comprensión del uso aceptable de la tecnología y la tarifa anual del seguro.

    • Para su seguridad y conveniencia, ofrecemos opciones en línea tanto para el papeleo como para el pago de la tarifa:

                                 Formularios de internet:    Formularios en español       

    Pago por internet:                Pago en español

    • Tenga en cuenta que si tiene preguntas o inquietudes sobre la tarifa o si desea un plan de pago, hay un lugar para indicarlo en el formulario en línea.

    • Para las familias que puedan necesitar ayuda con Internet en casa, Red Clay tiene formas de ayudar.

    Preguntas frecuentes:

    • · ¿Qué pasa si mi estudiante todavía tiene su Chromebook y nunca fue devuelto en junio?

     Cualquier Chromebo​ok que le pertenece al distrito que no haya sido devuelta ya ha sido o será bloqueada y no va a ser posible utilizarla. Para conseguir que su Chromebook sea desbloqueada, necesitará completar la documentación anual requerida y pagar la tarifa de aseguranza anual o confirmar una opción de pago con un empleado oficial de la escuela. Si usted utiliza nuestras opciones de pago y llena el formulario en línea entonces no necesitará pasar por la escuela para que la Chromebook sea desbloqueada. Esta puede ser remotamente desbloqueada, pero primero debe asegurarse de tener la documentación y pago completados. 

    • · ¿Qué pasa si mi alumno nunca entregó su Chromebook y no lo tiene en su poder (tal vez se haya perdido, tal vez afirme saber dónde lo dejó)?

    Haga clic aquí e ingrese la información solicitada. Además, venga a McKean el día de distribución programado.

    • · ¿Qué pasa si no puedo llegar a uno de los horarios de recogida programados enumerados anteriormente?

    Compartiremos información de fechas y horas adicionales para la semana del 31 de Agosto. Queremos ver primero cuantas Chromebooks serán distribuidas en nuestras primeras fechas de entregas antes de agendar nuevas fechas de distribución.

    • · ¿Qué pasa si tengo preguntas o inquietudes sobre el pago de la tarifa anual del seguro?

     Hay un lugar para indicar su preferencia en los formularios de trámites. La escuela trabajará con las familias según sea necesario.

    • · ¿Qué pasa si tengo varios estudiantes en McKean en diferentes niveles de grado?

    Por favor, haga solo un viaje para su familia para su conveniencia, según el nivel de grado y el apellido de cada niño.

    • · ¿Qué pasa si no tengo acceso a Internet en mi casa?

    El Distrito Escolar de Red Clay está comprometido en asegurar que cada familia se pueda conectar al internet desde su casa. El distrito tiene algunas alternativas para cada familia. 

    Por favor ponga su información aquí y un representante del distrito le dará seguimiento para que su necesidad de internet sea apoyada.

    Aprendizaje Online en McKean High

    El aprendizaje a distancia tendrá lugar de lunes a viernes en el horario de 8am a 3:30pm.

    Cada día comienza con un bloque de reuniones.  Usaremos este bloque de reuniones para muchos propósitos, incluso para llevar a cabo nuestras clases de asesoramiento semanales los w de 8:45 - 9:30 am.  Tenga en cuenta: durante la primera semana, realizaremos Asesoramiento todos los días para ayudar con la orientación de los estudiantes.  El primer bloque de instrucción comenzará a las 9:45 am todos los días, y el último bloque terminará a las 3:25 pm.

    Aquí hay un resumen de una página de nuestra rotación de días A / B y los horarios de clases de los estudiantes.

    La semana próxima la maestra de su hijo/hija les brindará un cronograma detallado del aprendizaje remoto.

  •  

    August 18, 2020

    Dear Thomas McKean High School Families, 

    Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!

    As our district recently announced, the first day of school is September 8. We will phase in our instructional model and all Red Clay students will start the 2020-21 school year in a remote learning environment for the first six weeks. You can learn more about Red Clay’s Roadmap to Reopening at redclayschools.com/reopening.

    My name is Brian Mattix, the principal at McKean.  I’m starting my 19th year at McKean and my 8th at principal.  I have much to say about our amazing school community and how we want to support you, but this communication will focus on essential information to start our school year remotely.  I plan on sending weekly emails to families on Mondays.  All of our important communications will be saved on our school website, along with other resources for remote learning.  Furthermore, I’ve scheduled my second parent information zoom of the summer for next Monday evening at 6pm via zoom.  Information about how you can join the zoom follows:

    Join Zoom Meeting by clicking link below, then enter Password when prompted. https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/99458361844?pwd=U1dhak1hSk9FL0RnK3FnVVQ0QVd2Zz09

    Meeting ID: 994 5836 1844              Password: mckeanhpc

    Or Dial in by phone (audio only):     +1 646 558 8656 

    Meeting ID: 994 5836 1844                Passcode: 266911055

    SCHOOL UNIFORMS:   Please do NOT buy school uniforms at this time.  McKean did adopt a uniform policy several years ago.  But there is no need or expectation for students to attend zoom sessions in uniform because we are starting with remote learning.  Although, students will still need to wear appropriate clothing (per the code of conduct).  We are also considering how to address this when we return to hybrid or full in-person and will update you at a later date. 

    Complete the Safe Return to School Questionnaire by August 24

    Our district plans to phase in a hybrid learning environment for specific grade levels/programs later this school year, with families that choose in-person learning. In this scenario, families that wish to keep students home would be provided with remote learning support.

    To help us plan for the phased reopening, please complete the Safe Return to School Questionnaire by August 24. We need to hear from every family so that we can plan a safe and efficient return to in-person learning when it is time to reopen our doors.

    Check your mailbox for your child’s Red Clay Back-to-School Starter Kit

    Please check your mail for the Red Clay Back-to-School Starter Kit, which should arrive in your mailbox around August 29. This kit provides important details to help your family start the school year, including your child’s Google account, parent/guardian login information for Home Access Center (HAC) and Schoology, and the contact information that we have on file for your family in School Messenger.

    Pick up your child’s Chromebook and learning materials on 8/26 & 8/27

    To support remote learning, a device will be provided for every student and we will work to ensure that all families have access to the internet. We will distribute instructional materials, school supplies and Chromebooks to students according to the schedule below:

    First, please complete this short Contact Information Survey so we can be sure to have the best way to communicate with you.   Contact Info Form 

    Please note times are organized by last name and grade level:

    Wed, Aug 26

    Grades 10-12, 8a-2p

    8-9:30am    (A-F)

    9:30-11am    (G-K)

    11a-12:30p     (L-P)

    12:30-2pm    (Q-Z) 

         Grades 10-12

    Wed, Aug 26

    Grade 9 ONLY, 2p-6p

    2-3:30pm  (A-F)

    3:30-5pm  (G-K)

    5-6:30pm  (L-P)

    6:30-8pm  (Q-Z)

    GRADE 9 ONLY 

    Thurs, Aug 27

    Grades 10-12, 8a-2p

    8-9:30am    (A-F)

    9:30-11am    (G-K)

    11a-12:30p     (L-P)

    12:30-2pm    (Q-Z)

    ALL GRADES 9-12


    Plan for safety:

    • Only 1 student and 1 adult from each family may enter the building 

    • Anyone entering the building must wear a mask

    • We all must maintain 6-feet apart and practice good hand hygiene

    • Anyone with COVID symptoms should not enter the building and should contact the school to develop a plan to get materials

    Chromebook Important Info:

    • Parents and students must complete paperwork and pay the insurance fee before getting their chromebooks.  The paperwork includes a statement of understanding acceptable use of the technology and the annual insurance fee.

    • For your safety and convenience, we are offering online options for both the paperwork and for paying the fee:

                              English Forms                   English Payment     

    • Please note that if you have questions or concerns about the fee or would like a payment plan, there is a place to indicate it on the online form.

    • For families that may need help with home internet, Red Clay has ways to help.  

    Online Learning at McKean High

    Remote learning will happen Monday through Friday between the hours of 8a-3:30p.  Each day begins with a meeting block.  We will use this meeting block for many purposes, including to hold our weekly Advisory classes on Fridays from 8:45-9:30am.  Please note: during the first week, we’ll hold Advisory daily to help with student orientation.  The first instructional block will begin at 9:45am daily, with the last block ending by 3:25pm.  

    Your child’s teacher will provide a detailed remote learning schedule next week.

    Attendance & Grading

    Consistent attendance, participation in learning activities and completion of assignments are critical to your child’s success with remote learning. Attendance and participation will be monitored and your student’s work will be graded. Teachers will provide more details in the coming weeks.

    Social/Emotional Support at McKean

    We have built time into our school’s schedule to support social/emotional learning. Please look out for our upcoming Home Student Wellness Questionnaire, which will assist our team in identifying students who may be in need of additional social/emotional support.

    Our school has a support team consisting of a school counselor(s), school psychologist(s) and tiered support leaders to support your child remotely and in person. If you have a concern related to your child’s social/emotional health, please contact our support team members below: 

    The main school phone number remains 302-992-5520.  Individual phone extensions are listed below.  Additionally, some staff use a Google Voice phone number which allows them to receive text or calls while being away from the school. 

     

    SCHOOL COUNSELORS:

    Pauline Carroll - ext. 152, or 302-307-2853, pauline.carroll@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Amy Leary - 302-543-2099, amy.leary@redclay.k12.de.us  

    Shana Mattes - 302-415-3488, shana.mattes@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Teri Neild - ext 153, oor 302-729-2855, esther.neild@redclay.k12.de.us 

     

    PSYCHOLOGISTS:

    Jessica Kradjel -  302-268-6469, jessica.kradjel@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Missy Weyl -  302-468-7070, melissa.weyl@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Stehpanie Valenzuela - 302-307-1996, sephanie.valenzuela1@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Additional Social/Emotional support is available through our School-Based Health Center (SBHC) for students who are registered.  You can find out more details on contacting our SBHC below in the section titled, ”How to reach our School-Based Health Center.”

    If your child is in need of immediate assistance, please contact Child Priority Response (Mobile Crisis) available 24/7 at 800-969-4357 or the 24/7 Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741-741).

    Special Services & English Learners

    We are committed to supporting all learners. During remote learning, all services and supports outlined in students’ IEPs will be provided through remote instruction and telepractice. The special education teacher/case manager and related service providers will communicate the schedule for special education and related services with the family. For students with 504 plans, all supports outlined in the plan will be incorporated within remote learning sessions or through telepractice (e.g., therapies, counseling services). English learners will continue to receive English Language Development support integrated with their class schedule.

    For more information on supports for students with disabilities or English learners, please contact our support staff:

    Special Education Coordinators: 

    504 Coordinator: 

    English Learner Contact: [EL point of contact]

    Athletics 

    The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association is recommending postponing fall sports until later in the school year. The State Board will hear this proposal within the coming weeks. Athletics in Red Clay are currently on hold until a final decision is made by the State.

    School Health Services

    Your school nurse is here for you and your child. During remote learning our school nurse will be providing support such as health care management, care coordination, health education and family consultation including connection to community resources and services. It is important to stay up to date with routine health exams and immunizations including the flu shot. 

    • Our school nurse is Mrs. Lori Hoffman.  

    The best way to reach Lori Hoffman is by phone at 302-992-5526 / by email at lori.hoffman@redclay.k12.de.us 

    • Our nurse whose primary responsibility is serving students in the Meadowood Program is Ms. Cyndi Brooks

    The best way to reach Cyndi Brooks is by phone at 302-995-6519 / by email at cynthia.brooks@redclay.k12.de.us 

    It is imperative that we have updated student health information on record for your child. Please complete the Student Data Card and return it to school by scanning it to lori.hoffman@redclay.k12.de.us, mailing it to Lori Hoffman at 301 McKennans Church Rd. Wilmington, DE 19808, or dropping it off at school.

    How to reach our School-Based Health Center  

    Our School-Based Health Center has reopened and is scheduling appointments following CDC guidelines. The School-Based Health Center is a comprehensive primary health care facility located in our school. Multidisciplinary teams of professionals provide a wide range of services including sports physicals, routine checkups/physical exams, immunizations, mental health services, nutrition services, and more!

    All children enrolled at the school may use the School-Based Health Center regardless of income or health care coverage. Please call the School-Based Health Center to schedule an appointment at 302-636-5330.  Their fax number is 302-636-5340.

    • The McKean Wellness Center is open Mon-Fri 7:30am - 3:00pm 

    • Registered students can be seen for medical visits and for mental health and nutrition counseling sessions

    • Our e-registration form is on the McKean website as well as a list of our services

    • Appointments can be made for medical visits and mental health and nutrition counseling sessions

    • Registration is free and easy and  there are no out-of-pocket fees for any visits or medications dispensed.

    • We are following all recommended guidelines to safely see our students

    Students must be registered with the School-Based Health Center in order to access services. To register your child with the School-Based Health Center, please go here to register online.

    How to reach us  (302-992-5520 is school’s main number)

    Principal:        Mr. Brian Mattix, ext 103 or brian.mattix@redclayschools.com 

    Assistant Principal:    Ms. Jennifer Vosburgh, ext 240 or jennifer.vosburgh@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Assistant Principal:    Mr. Reginald Worlds, ext 223 or reginald.worlds@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Assistant Principal:    Dr. Mary Caputo, ext 104 or mary.captuo@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Senior Secretary:     Mrs. Judy Deaton-Shores, ext 101 or judith.deaton-shores@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Registrar:        Mrs. Lori Bianco, ext 151 or lori.bianco@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Office Clerk:        Ms. Rachel Wells, ext 100 or rachel.wells@redclay.k12.de.us 

    EL Clerk:        Pending Hire - TBA

    Our main office staff will be available Monday through Friday from 8a-3:30p

    Stay up to date with School Messenger

    We use School Messenger to communicate important information from the school and the district. When you receive your Red Clay Back-to-School Starter Kit in the mail, please verify the contact information that we have on file for your family and follow the directions to update your information and manage your communication preferences.

    In Closing

    We look forward to helping your child succeed in 2020-21. Please look out for a message from your child’s teacher with more details next week!

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Brian Mattix

    Principal of Thomas McKean High School

     

    En Espanol:

    Estimadas Familias de Thomas McKean High School:

    ¡Bienvenidas al Año Escolar 2020-21!

    Tal como lo anunció recientemente nuestro distrito, el primer día de clases será el 8 de septiembre. Vamos a ir implementando gradualmente nuestro modelo de instrucción, por lo cual todos los estudiantes de Red Clay comenzarán el año escolar 2020-21 con aprendizaje a distancia durante las primeras seis semanas.  Pueden obtener más información sobre la Hoja de Ruta para la Reapertura de Red Clay en redclayschools.com/reopening.

    Mi nombre es Brian Mattix, director de McKean.  Estoy comenzando mi decimonoveno año en McKean y el octavo como director.  Tengo mucho que decir sobre nuestra increíble comunidad escolar y cómo queremos apoyarlos, pero esta comunicación se enfocará en información esencial para comenzar nuestro año escolar de forma remota.  Planeo enviar correos electrónicos semanales a las familias los Lunes.

    Todas nuestras comunicaciones importantes se guardarán en el sitio web de nuestra escuela, junto con otros recursos para el aprendizaje remoto. Además, he programado mi segundo zoom de información para padres del verano para el próximo Lunes a las 6 p.m. a través del zoom.  A continuación, encontrará información sobre cómo puede unirse al zoom: Únase a Zoom Meeting haciendo clic en el enlace a continuación, luego ingrese la contraseña cuando se le solicite.   https://redclayschools.zoom.us/j/99458361844?pwd=U1dhak1hSk9FL0RnK3FnVVQ0QVd2Zz09

    Meeting ID: 994 5836 1844              Password: mckeanhpc

    Or Dial in by phone (audio only):     +1 646 558 8656 

    Meeting ID: 994 5836 1844                Passcode: 266911055

    UNIFORMES ESCOLARES:  NO compre uniformes escolares en este momento. McKean adoptó una política uniforme hace varios años. Pero no hay necesidad ni expectativa de que los estudiantes asistan a las sesiones de zoom en uniforme porque estamos comenzando con el aprendizaje remoto. Sin embargo, los estudiantes aún deberán usar ropa adecuada (según el código de conducta). También estamos considerando cómo abordar esto cuando regresemos a híbrido o completo en persona y lo actualizaremos en una fecha posterior.

    Completen el Cuestionario sobre el Regreso Seguro a la Escuela a más tardar el 24 de agosto

    Nuestro distrito planea implementar gradualmente el aprendizaje en un entorno híbrido para determinados grados/programas más adelante este año escolar para las familias que opten por el aprendizaje en persona. A las familias que deseen mantener a los niños en el hogar, se les ofrecerá apoyo para el aprendizaje a distancia.

    Para ayudarnos a planificar la reapertura gradual, por favor completen el Cuestionario sobre el Regreso Seguro a la Escuela a más tardar el 24 de agosto. Necesitamos escuchar la opinión de cada familia así podemos planificar un regreso al aprendizaje en persona seguro y eficiente cuando llegue el momento de reabrir nuestras puertas.

    ●      Hacer clic aquí para completar el cuestionario en español.

    Revisen su correo ya que recibirán un Paquete Inicial de Regreso a Clases de Red Clay para su hijo/hija

    Por favor revisen su correo ya que recibirán un Paquete Inicial de Regreso a Clases, el cual debería llegarles a su buzón cerca del 29 de agosto. Este paquete brinda detalles importantes para ayudar a su familia a comenzar el año escolar, incluyendo la cuenta de Google de su hijo/hija, la información de acceso de los padres/tutores para el Centro de Acceso desde el Hogar (HAC, por sus siglas en inglés) y Schoology, y la información de contacto que tenemos en nuestros registros para su familia en School Messenger.

    Vengan a recoger la Chromebook y los materiales de aprendizaje de su hijo/hija el 8/26 & 8/27

    Para apoyar el aprendizaje remoto, se le entregará un dispositivo a cada estudiante y trabajaremos para garantizar que todas las familias tengan acceso a Internet. Vamos a entregar los materiales de instrucción, los útiles escolares y la Chromebook a los estudiantes el 8/26 y 8/27.  

    Primero, complete esta breve Encuesta de información de contacto para que podamos estar seguros de tener la mejor manera de comunicarnos con usted. Formulario de información de contacto

    Tenga en cuenta que los horarios están organizados por apellido y nivel de grado:

    Wed, Aug 26

    Grades 10-12, 8a-2p

    8-9:30am    (A-F)

    9:30-11am    (G-K)

    11a-12:30p     (L-P)

    12:30-2pm    (Q-Z) 

         Grades 10-12

    Wed, Aug 26

    Grade 9 ONLY, 2p-6p

    2-3:30pm  (A-F)

    3:30-5pm  (G-K)

    5-6:30pm  (L-P)

    6:30-8pm  (Q-Z)

    GRADE 9 ONLY 

    Thurs, Aug 27

    Grades 10-12, 8a-2p

    8-9:30am    (A-F)

    9:30-11am    (G-K)

    11a-12:30p     (L-P)

    12:30-2pm    (Q-Z)

    ALL GRADES 9-12

     

    Plan de seguridad:

    • Solo 1 estudiante y 1 adulto de cada familia pueden ingresar al edificio.

    • Cualquiera que entre al edificio debe usar una máscara.

    • Todos debemos mantener una distancia de 6 pies y practicar una buena higiene de manos.

    • Cualquier persona con síntomas de COVID no debe ingresar al edificio y debe comunicarse con la escuela para desarrollar un plan para obtener materiales.

    Información importante de Chromebook:

    • Los padres y los estudiantes deben completar el papeleo y pagar la tarifa del seguro antes de obtener sus Chromebooks. La documentación incluye una declaración de comprensión del uso aceptable de la tecnología y la tarifa anual del seguro.

    • Para su seguridad y conveniencia, ofrecemos opciones en línea tanto para el papeleo como para el pago de la tarifa:

                                    Formularios en español                       Pago en español

    • Tenga en cuenta que si tiene preguntas o inquietudes sobre la tarifa o si desea un plan de pago, hay un lugar para indicarlo en el formulario en línea.

    • Para las familias que puedan necesitar ayuda con Internet en casa, Red Clay tiene formas de ayudar.

    Aprendizaje Online en McKean High

    El aprendizaje a distancia tendrá lugar de lunes a viernes en el horario de 8am a 3:30pm.

    Cada día comienza con un bloque de reuniones.  Usaremos este bloque de reuniones para muchos propósitos, incluso para llevar a cabo nuestras clases de asesoramiento semanales los w de 8:45 - 9:30 am.  Tenga en cuenta: durante la primera semana, realizaremos Asesoramiento todos los días para ayudar con la orientación de los estudiantes.  El primer bloque de instrucción comenzará a las 9:45 am todos los días, y el último bloque terminará a las 3:25 pm.

    La semana próxima la maestra de su hijo/hija les brindará un cronograma detallado del aprendizaje remoto.

    Asistencia & Calificación

    La asistencia constante, la participación en las actividades de aprendizaje y el cumplimiento de los trabajos asignados son fundamentales para que el niño/niña tenga éxito con el aprendizaje remoto. La asistencia y la participación serán monitoreadas y el trabajo del estudiante será calificado. Los maestros les brindarán más detalles en las próximas semanas.

    Apoyo Social/Emocional en McKean High

    Hemos destinado un tiempo dentro de nuestro cronograma escolar para ofrecer aprendizaje social/emocional. Por favor estén atentos ya que próximamente les enviaremos un Cuestionario sobre el Bienestar del Estudiante en el Hogar, el cual ayudará a nuestro equipo a identificar a los estudiantes que pueden estar necesitando apoyo social/emocional adicional.

    Nuestra escuela tiene un equipo de apoyo integrado por una consejera escolar, psicóloga escolar y líderes de apoyo por niveles para ayudar a su hijo/hija en forma remota y en persona. Si tienen alguna inquietud sobre la salud social/emocional de su hijo/hija, por favor pónganse en contacto con los integrantes del equipo de apoyo que figuran a continuación:  

    El número de teléfono principal de la escuela sigue siendo 302-992-5520.  Las extensiones de teléfono individuales se enumeran a continuación.  Además, algunos miembros del personal usan un número de teléfono de Google Voice que les permite recibir mensajes de texto o llamadas mientras están fuera de la escuela. 

     

    SCHOOL COUNSELORS:

    Pauline Carroll - ext. 152, or 302-307-2853, pauline.carroll@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Amy Leary - 302-543-2099, amy.leary@redclay.k12.de.us  

    Shana Mattes - 302-415-3488, shana.mattes@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Teri Neild - ext 153, oor 302-729-2855, esther.neild@redclay.k12.de.us 

     

    PSYCHOLOGISTS:

    Jessica Kradjel -  302-268-6469, jessica.kradjel@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Missy Weyl -  302-468-7070, melissa.weyl@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Stehpanie Valenzuela - 302-307-1996, sephanie.valenzuela1@redclay.k12.de.us 

    El apoyo social / emocional adicional está disponible a través de nuestro Centro de salud escolar (SBHC) para los estudiantes que están registrados. Puede encontrar más detalles sobre cómo comunicarse con nuestro SBHC a continuación en la sección titulada "Cómo comunicarse con nuestro centro de salud escolar."

    Si su hijo/hija necesita ayuda inmediata, por favor comunicarse con Child Priority Response (Crisis Móvil) disponible 24/7 al 800-969-4357 o a la línea para Crisis 24/7 donde enviar mensajes de texto (enviar el texto “HOME” al 741-741).

    Servicios Especiales & Estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés

    Nuestro compromiso es brindar apoyo a todos los estudiantes. Durante el aprendizaje remoto, todos los servicios y apoyos detallados en los IEPs de los estudiantes serán brindados a través de instrucción remota y telepráctica. La maestra de educación especial/administradora del caso y prestadores de servicios relacionados comunicarán el cronograma de educación especial y servicios relacionados a las familias. En el caso de estudiantes que tengan un plan 504, todos los apoyos detallados en el plan serán incorporados dentro de las sesiones de aprendizaje remoto o a través de la telepráctica (por ej., terapias, servicios de counseling). Los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés continuarán recibiendo apoyo para la adquisición del idioma inglés, integrado a su cronograma de clases.

    Para obtener más información sobre los apoyos para estudiantes con discapacidades o estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés, por favor comunicarse con nuestro personal de apoyo:

    Coordinador/a de Educación Especial: 

    Coordinadora 504: 

    Contacto para los Estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés: 

    Deportes 

    La Asociación de Atletismo Interescolar de Delaware está recomendando posponer todos los deportes de otoño hasta más adelante en el año escolar. El Consejo Estatal escuchará esta propuesta dentro de las próximas semanas. Los deportes en Red Clay están actualmente suspendidos hasta que el Estado tome una decisión final.

    Servicios de Salud de la Escuela

    La enfermera de la escuela está aquí para ustedes y su hijo/hija. Durante el aprendizaje remoto, nuestra enfermera escolar estará brindando apoyo tal como el manejo de la atención médica, la coordinación de cuidado, educación sobre salud y consultas con las familias incluyendo conectar a las familias con recursos y servicios de la comunidad. Es importante mantenerse al día con los exámenes de rutina y las vacunas incluyendo la vacuna antigripal.

    • Nuestra enfermera escolar es Mrs. Lori Hoffman.

    • La mejor forma de comunicarse con Lori Hoffman es por teléfono al 302-992-5526/ vía email a lori.hoffman@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Es imprescindible que tengamos la información sanitaria actualizada del estudiante en los registros de su hijo/hija. Por favor completar la Ficha de Información del Alumno y enviarla a la escuela escaneándola a lori.hoffman@redclay.k12.de.us , enviándola por correo a 301 McKennans Church Rd. Wilmington, DE 19808, o trayéndola a nuestra escuela.  

    Cómo comunicarse con nuestro Centro de Salud basado en la escuela 

    Nuestro Centro de Salud basado en la escuela ha reabierto y está programando citas siguiendo las pautas establecidas por CDC (Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades). El Centro de Salud basado en la escuela es un establecimiento de atención médica primaria ubicado en nuestra escuela. ¡Equipos multidisciplinarios de profesionales brindan una amplia gama de servicios incluyendo exámenes físicos para practicar deportes, controles/exámenes físicos de rutina, vacunas, servicios de salud mental, servicios de nutrición y más!

    Todos los niños matriculados en la escuela pueden usar el Centro de Salud basado en la escuela sin importar su ingreso o cobertura médica. Por favor llamar al Centro de Salud basado en la escuela para programar una cita al 302-636-5330 or Fax: 302-636-5340.

    • El Centro de Bienestar McKean está abierto de Lunes a Viernes de 7:30 am a 3:00 pm ·

    • Los estudiantes registrados pueden ser atendidos para visitas médicas y para sesiones de consejería de salud mental y nutrición ·

    • Nuestro formulario de registro electrónico se encuentra en el sitio web de McKean, así como una lista de nuestros servicios.

    • Se pueden concretar citas para visitas médicas y sesiones de asesoramiento sobre salud mental y nutrición ·

    • El registro es gratis, fácil y no hay costos de desembolso personal por las visitas o la dispensación de medicamentos.

    • Estamos siguiendo todas las pautas recomendadas para ver a nuestros estudiantes con seguridad. 

    Los estudiantes deben estar registrados en el Centro de Salud basado en la escuela para poder acceder a los servicios. Para registrar a su hijo/hija en el Centro de Salud basado en la escuela, por favor ir a aquí.

    Cómo comunicarse con nosotros

    Director/a:        Mr. Brian Mattix, ext 103 or brian.mattix@redclayschools.com 

    Vicedirectora:        Ms. Jennifer Vosburgh, ext 240 or jennifer.vosburgh@redclay.k12.de.us

    Vicedirector:        Mr. Reginald Worlds, ext 223 or reginald.worlds@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Vicedirectora:        Dr. Mary Caputo, ext 104 or mary.captuo@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Secretaria escolar:     Mrs. Judy Deaton-Shores, ext 101 or judith.deaton-shores@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Registrar:        Mrs. Lori Bianco, ext 151 or lori.bianco@redclay.k12.de.us 

    Administrativa:    Ms. Rachel Wells, ext 100 or rachel.wells@redclay.k12.de.us

     

    El personal de nuestra oficina principal estará disponible Lunes a Viernes de 8am a 3:30pm.

    Manténganse informados con School Messenger

    Usamos School Messenger para comunicar información importante de la escuela y el distrito. Cuando reciban por correo el Paquete Inicial de Regreso a Clases de Red Clay, por favor verifiquen la información de contacto que tenemos en nuestros registros para su familia y sigan las instrucciones para actualizar la información y administrar sus preferencias de comunicación.

    Para concluir

    Esperamos con entusiasmo ayudar a su hijo/hija a desempeñarse con éxito en 2020-21. ¡Por favor estén atentos ya que recibirán un mensaje de la maestra/o de su hijo/hija con más detalles la semana próxima!

    Cordialmente,

     

    Mr. Brian Mattix

    Director/a de Thomas McKean High School

     


    Message to Families 7/27/20

    July 27, 2020

    Dear McKean Community,

    Here is a Late-July update from our staff who is working this summer to plan for a successful fall, no matter what scenario the Governor tells us to follow for our return to school.  Before I forget, please note that we will have at least one administrator or secretary covering the office Mon-Fri from 7:30a-3:30p until school re-opens.  Also, please note that I expect some more information coming from the district directly after the Governor announces his decision.  

    During these intense times, the news is filled with inconsistent progress of mitigating the COVID-19 virus (the opening and re-closing of local economies) and a racial reckoning across our country.  All of this intensity is happening while we are still uncertain about how we will welcome students back this fall. I just wanted our families to know that we have at least 30 staff, who are technically off for the summer, committed to regular meetings to help our administration team plan for success.  Most summers, we have teams planning for the fall.  However, I’d like to shine a light on two specific groups:  Our Summer Think Tank Team and our Diversity Committee.  

    Our Summer Think Tank Team is working within the same framework that both the state and district teams are working.  We are planning for all 3 re-opening scenarios, so we are ready to move forward once the Governor shares his decision.  Since the state released its guidance last week, we have been using that to guide our planning.  We are working on revisions to typical procedures like arrival/dismissal, Grab&Go Breakfast carts instead of filling the cafeteria, different lunch room procedures and a variety of spaces, 1-way hallway traffic, process to visit the nurse, process to request a hall pass, and schoolwide assigned seats.  I would say we are over-preparing until we know the Governor’s decision, then we will focus our energy in that direction.  We recognize that some families will request a remote option, due to specific family circumstances and risk factors, regardless what the Governor says.  We are preparing to offer flexible options to support our families.  At this point, I cannot announce anything officially as we are preparing district-wide expectations while we await further direction from the state.  

    McKean’s Diversity Committee has taken on a more significant role in planning for the fall in light of the increased awareness on inequities across our country, our state, and within the context of our school.  For starters, I am very aware that in spite of our school’s student population being racially balanced (approximately 30% Hispanic, Black, and White, and 1% Asian); that our staff racial diversity is NOT as balanced (approx 4% Hispanic, 22% Black, 72% White, and 2% Asian).  We believe it is our role as educators to create safe and brave spaces, where productive conversations can happen around issues of racial injustice or the need for greater equity.  We can see how some of our nation’s leadership is struggling to have helpful dialogue around these topics.  We want to improve the future by helping the next generation be more comfortable having uncomfortable discussions about their experiences with racism.  We want to teach our students how to grow into being strong allies for our colleagues, students, and friends who are part of a marginalized group.  And to be clear, our Diversity Committee is looking beyond skin color when we consider marginalized groups.  We also want to be inclusive for our school community members who are LGTBQ and who have intellectual disabilities and any other minority group.  There is a lot of positive energy from this committee and we are developing a vision statement for our group.  In the fall, we are excited to add parents and students to our diversity committee...more details will come later.  Additionally, I’ve included information that the district shared earlier with all families and staff of how we can create safe spaces to have brave conversations about race and inequities in our world.  This is information that families can review and begin having discussions at home. You can find the information by following this link:  Creating a Brave Space

    Finally, I will be hosting a parent meeting via zoom this Wednesday night (July 29 at 6-7pm).  The zoom information can be found on McKean’s website.  I wanted to give parents a chance to ask questions and share their concerns.  I may not be in a position to answer everything with certainty, but opening this dialogue can only help.  

     

    Sincerely,

    Brian Mattix

    Principal 

    Thomas McKean High School

    #FutureReady


    Family Message 5-27-20

    Hello Highlander Families.  I realized today that in spite of sending 3-4 email updates last week, that I’ve only communicated with seniors for at least 2 weeks.  So this is an update for all of our non-senior families and students.  

    We know that the past couple of months have taken a toll on all of us.  Our message hasn’t changed during this closure:  please communicate with us to let us know how you are and if we can support you in any way.  I’m proud of all the students that have taken the opportunity to engage in learning activities and to improve their grades.  

    I’m sure we won’t answer every question, but we hope that this email contains helpful information about what is needed from students to close out our year.

    Thank you,

    Principal Mattix

    • Important Dates:

      • Tuesday, June 2nd, is a teacher in-service day for grading.  There will be no on-line, live classes that day.

      • June 4:  Last Day of McKean Classes meeting live

      • June 10:  Last chance for students to turn in make up work for improving their grade.  (If students need this extra time, then they should wait to turn in their chromebooks on June 10 or 11).  

      • June 5, 8, and 11: Collection and Distribution of materials to grades 9 - 11 at McKean.  More details below and even more to follow in a separate email.

      • June 8:  McKean’s Graduation Day….Please follow our social media handles this day as we celebrate the Class of 2020 all day long, with our graduation video premier at 6pm.  Links will be shared closer to June 4.

      • June 9:  Seniors Only:  Collection and Diploma Distribution Day for Only Seniors

      • June 10:  Collection and Distribution of materials ot grades 9-11 at satellite locations:  Baltz and Warner

      • June 9-16:  Teachers enter grades

      • June 25:  Report Cards mailed.

     

    • Senior Goodbye messages:

      • On June 8th, all of Red Clay will be supporting and celebrating the McKean seniors.  We will be posting different memories, moments, and tributes to the Class of 2020 - from school plays to athletes to senior superlatives.  If you would like to record a short goodbye message or tribute to one of our seniors, please share your video with Ms. Kradjel at jessica.kradjel@redclayschools.com.

    • Summer School / Credit Recovery:

      • For students who failed a graduation required class, have the opportunity to take up to 2 courses online this summer as part of the district’s credit recovery program.  If you are curious if this opportunity applies to you, then you should ask your guidance counselor.  McKean submitted our list of eligible students last week.  

      • This summer the district is pleased to announce that they are offering summer school courses for $50/credit (please note that most summers, we charge $300/credit, so this is a huge cost savings).  Families that need assistance should apply, as the district has some supports for them. 

    • End of Year Collection and Distribution for students in grades 9, 10, and 11:

      • We need to collect chromebooks and chargers from every student and sports uniforms and other school property from some students.  We would like to give you items too:  any of your personal property that you left in the building, award certificates for select students, and a newly purchased gift for every student and graduate.  

      • In order to do this, we have designated 5 days to complete this task.  3 days will be at McKean for grades 9-11, 1 day will be at McKean for just seniors, and 1 day will be satellite locations for the convenience of McKean families that live near Baltz and Warner.

      • We will follow all district and state safety protocols: all staff wearing masks, all staff having their temperature check and passing a health screen, all staff washing hands frequently and wearing gloves when needed.  Any student entering the building must also wear a mask.  

      • Basic Procedure:  Students/Parents will park in parking lot. ONE person will exit the car and wait in designated line following social distancing (will be marked with tape/chalk). We will have a table set up outside of the Aux gym (weather permitting) or Pool Lobby. Staff will take Chromebooks and other items and check students off.  If the student needs to enter the gym there will be staff in the gym to greet and assist them. If the student needs to enter the main building a staff member will escort the student or guardian to needed area to retrieve items and exit building promptly using designated entrance/exit. Staff will avoid lingering in hallways/classrooms and maintain social distance in building.

    • ​​​​​​​On June 5, 8, and 11th, we invite students to come to McKean to drop off chromebooks, sports uniforms, and other school property.  We will use the following time schedule to break up our students into groups by their last names.  

                                                   8a.m.-2 p.m, By Last names (June 11th won’t follow alpha times below because it is a last chance opportunity)

    • 8-9:30am (A-F)
    • 9:30-11am (G-K)
    • 11am-12:30pm (L-P)
    • 12:30-2:00pm (Q-Z)
    • On June 9th we will be working only with our seniors and will share specific times and details with that group.
    • On June 10th, from 10a-1p, we will be sending teams of McKean staff to meet McKean students at two district elementary schools within our feeder pattern - Baltz and Warner.  McKean families living near Warner may use it as a collection site.  Please use the auditorium entrance from 18th Street, marked by our McKean yard signs.  McKean families living near Baltz may use the front entrance or simply stay in your vehicle and use the front of school circle for curbside drop-off and pick-up.  We are not assigning specific times this day.  

    Graduation Message 5/8/20

    Dear Students and Families of the McKean Class of 2020,

    First and most important is that I hope this message finds you well.  As always, if you have needs or concerns please reach out via email to any of our staff.

    After much deliberation and considering a number of factors beyond our control, we have decided to host a Virtual Graduation Production on June 8, 2020 (this will NOT be an actual gathering).  The exact time is to be determined, but will be in the evening.  We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution to protect the safety and well-being of our students and families.  We know our students and families will be disappointed by this news.  We share in your disappointment and are saddened to have to take this action.  But we are determined to make the best of this situation.  

    We have a celebration committee that is committed to find creative ways to celebrate the Class of 2020, even though we will not be able to get together in person.  We have a couple of students and one parent on our celebration committee because your input matters.  We’ve asked for feedback through some surveys in Schoology and you are all invited to a senior class Zoom Assembly on Monday at noon.  Please share your voice and your ideas, while also understanding that we have serious limitations to what we can do. 

    Today, I am pleased to finally have some specific details regarding our 2020 Virtual Graduation.  I will share more details in the days to come, so stay tuned.   

    • This Virtual Graduation will be the equivalent of TV production that is all pre-recorded and edited.  In order for us to have the ceremony ready for broadcast on June 8th, we need to start our prep work ASAP.  
    • Seniors will be actively involved in the prep work, so we need YOU to do several things.
      1. Ensure you have completed everything to earn your 24 credits so you can actually graduate.  [If you need to complete Ed Options courses, do so immediately.  Some of you need to complete makeup work for the 3rd MP in order to earn your credit. Some of you are telling your parents you are good, and you are NOT.  If you are getting calls and emails from your counselors, then it is most likely because you are not passing and may not graduate.]
      2. Complete the Senior Survey in Schoology.  As of yesterday, we had only 70 of 210 graduates complete your survey.  We are using the information in the survey to prepare for our virtual ceremony.  
      3. Show up to McKean when we schedule your Graduation Prep Appointment (more details to follow)
      4. If you choose to opt out of our graduation event and don’t want to be included at all, then please tell us ASAP.      
      5. Regularly check for updates from me.  I usually send emails, which then get shared on our school website.  Some information is also shared in Schoology under the Class of 2020 Course.  
      6. If you want a cap and gown, there is still time to order one. 
    • We will begin with Graduation Prep Appointments as early as next week.  More details on how to sign up and which specific days will be shared next week.  We plan on scheduling appointments for seniors to come to McKean for filming.  We will follow strict social distancing guidelines during these appointments and require each graduate to follow all safety rules.  Failure to do so, may result in you being asked to leave and missing your opportunity to be a part of our production.  [If a senior or their family doesn’t feel comfortable coming to McKean for this appointment, please let us know.  We have a plan for anyone who can’t make it to the Prep Appointment so we can still be included in the broadcast.]  
    • We will distribute caps and gowns to students who purchased them at this Grad Prep Appointment.  If you didn’t order your cap and gown, you still have time.  We will use the cap and gown in the filming during the appointment.  When students leave, they will take their cap and gown with them.  If ordering a cap and gown at this time, we are working on a reasonable alternative….more details will be shared soon.
    • During the Grad Prep appointment we want to film students walking across the stage and receiving their diploma.  We will splice these clips together for our production.  
    • We are also pre-recording speeches, any musical performances, and any other important part of our ceremony.  If we need specific students for any part, we will communicate directly with those students. 
    • During the day of June 8th, we’ll be using all of McKean’s and Red Clay’s Social Media channels to celebrate McKean’s seniors in a variety of ways, including some LIVE videos and interviews.  

    I’m sure many of you have questions that I have yet to answer.  You are invited to a Zoom Senior Class Assembly on Monday, May 11 at noon.  I know teenagers like to sleep in, so I purposely scheduled this later in the day hoping for high attendance.  I don’t expect the assembly to last more than 30 minutes and may be as short as 10 minutes.  In order to join the zoom meeting, please use the link below or go to zoom.com and enter the meeting ID and password. 

    https://zoom.us/j/94090536553?pwd=ZnlRMDFxQk5POGZuK0IxZFF5NkNldz09             (Meeting ID:  940 9053 6553   Password:  seniors)

     
    ....and to all of our Highlander moms.....I wish you a Happy Mother's Day Weekend!

     


    McKean Family Message 4/29/20

    Hello Highlanders,

    It is hard to believe that our last typical school day was almost 7 weeks ago.  I’m sure we all miss things about our old routines and most of us are still trying to find the best groove in this new normal. During this time, I’ve been reflective of what is truly important:  our health, our family, our friends, and our local community.  Supporting each other is how we will come out of this better than before.  

    Our McKean staff is trying so many ways to connect with our students and families, not just to give them instruction or help with makeup work; but truly to make sure that every Highlander is doing okay.  So if you or your student hasn’t responded to our emails, calls, texts, and Schoology messages; then please just give us a quick response so we know you are okay.  If you need anything, let us know.  We’ll do all in our power to help.

    Here are the reminders and updates from McKean:

     

    Educational Philosophy

    • The only reason a student should fail a course is if they don’t take the opportunity to make up old work to improve their grade.  Our staff is committed to reaching you halfway, so make the effort. 

    • It is important for students to log into their teacher’s live session (otherwise known as synchronous learning), which are either at 10am or 1pm up to an hour.  I know that the typical teen is up late at night and sleeps late in the morning. I know there are lots of reasons why this is a challenge, but staying connected only helps us all.  If a student cannot make the live session, then send a quick message to the teacher.  We see lots of students not in the live sessions, yet still turning in assignments.  This is good, but would be better if the student connected directly with their teacher.  

    • We are starting to cover new topics, since our closure for the rest of the year is final.  

    • I know some students don’t see the point if grades are not being issued.  The point of school isn’t about a grade, it is about experiences and learning from them.  In order to grow, students have to engage and share in the experience.  

     

    Chromebook Issues

    • We are continuing to process chromebook and technology needs using our survey on Home Chromebook Access for Remote Learning.  If you have a need, please complete the form using the link below.  To date, we’ve had 112 responses.  We are scheduling appointments for repair dropoffs and equipment pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10a-12p.  These times are NOT for walkin visits, only appointments.  If the days and times don’t work, our staff will work with you to meet your needs. 

    Here is the link:  https://forms.gle/ATpdVfMdVAehyTK99

    • We continue to increase our safety protocols when we encounter our families.  Our staff will have gloves and masks if they are near the public.  We have a table setup near the front door in our lobby that we designate for pickups and dropoffs.  We’ll direct guests to enter the doors, goto the lobby table, and either drop off or pickup equipment.

     

    Instagram Contest

    • If you didn’t know, we created a new McKean Instagram page @WeAreMckean focused on staying connected and school spirit. We wanted a page that was about our school, students, and staff that was fun, light-hearted, and positive.   Over the past two weeks, we posted staff baby photos to see if students could guess correctly.  I challenge you all to find my baby pic.  We currently have 158 followers to our page.  Our goal is 500.  

    • Our new contest is for student participation and we tried to keep it simple.  This contest will have a prize: For the winner,  I’m buying a $20 gift card to GrubHub or DoorDash (not sure which I like best). The theme of this contest is to demonstrate how our Highlanders are following the latest safety measure of the Governor, wearing masks in public.  It is The McKean Mask Selfie Challenge!  For the purposes of the contest, you do NOT need to be in public….feel free to take the selfie from your home.  

         Here is how it works:

    • Take a Selfie wearing a mask

    • Post the pic on Instagram and tag our page @wearemckean and tag your friends...so they can join the challenge too.

    • ………...That’s it, very simple.  We will judge Mask Selfies based on creativity and school spirit.  We’ll announce our winner next week, May 8th.

     

    Virtual Prom 2020

    • I know one of the biggest disappointments from our closure is the cancelling of our traditional prom.  However, we are very excited to offer a different way to celebrate prom night….

    Virtual Prom Live - Saturday Night May 9, 2020

    Prom 2020 is back on all across America this spring in your own home!  

    Virtual Prom Live, totally FREE thanks to our sponsors, is giving students everywhere the opportunity to join up together with 1,000’s of other students and some of the best DJ talent across every area of the US.  Students can dress up, dance to the music, participate in contests, meet students from across the country….all from your homes.  

    Register now at https://www.virtualprom.live/ to make sure your spot is held!   

    • And for those of you who have attended my pre-prom assemblies before, I still don’t want you doing that one dance move that I’ve always banned...you know which move I’m talking about, and no I’m not demonstrating LOL.

     

    Other Items on our Radar…

    • AP Exams:  Students in AP courses should have information from their teachers.  These tests are still happening.  Direct questions to the AP teacher or to our Academic Dean, Dr. Caputo at mary.caputo@redclay.k12.de.us

    • Senior Celebrations:  we have a committee discussing options

    • Graduation:  I posted a brief graduation survey in the Class of 2020 Schoology Course.  Also, we have several strong ideas for a virtual ceremony, but waiting final guidance from above.  Should know more by May 8th.

    • End of Year Check Out: - we are working on a large-scale plan to collect items from students like chromebooks, sports uniforms, textbooks, and other school-issued items.  This will involve scheduled times and limiting to small numbers at a time. 

    • Summer School and credit recovery:  we are in process of reviewing which students need this and guidance counselors will be communicating with these students.  At this time, summer school is planning to be remote learning, online credit recovery. 

    • If you have a question about something that wasn’t addressed, feel free to email me.  I can’t think of every question, so your questions will help.

     


    E-mail to Families 4/15/20

    Dear Highlander Families, 

    As always I hope this message finds you and your family well.  As I communicate with families and staff, I’m simply inspired by the strength of the human spirit.  None of us know how to navigate these waters well and for some of us the struggle has even gotten harder….However, I am hearing stories of amazing kindness, strength, balancing work and distance learning for their kids, volunteerism, and heroism.  Those stories fill me with hope. I know we have many families who work as first responders, or in the medical field, or some other essential profession. I’d like to pause for a moment to give a special thanks to all of our medical workers and first responders and other essential workers and their families for the amazing sacrifice that they make daily in order to help the rest of us survive. A sincere thank you.  

    Also please remember that this Friday, April 17, students will follow their typical Monday schedule and connect with periods 1 and 2 (due to no remote learning this Monday). 

    Please note that we have a page dedicated to COVID19 information and resources. https://www.redclayschools.com/domain/1538.  Below are some highlights of important info for students and families:

    McKean’s Focus:

    1. Students will improve 3rd MP grades in all classes and ensure that each student is given a chance to earn credits for their coursework. 

    2. Staff will ensure that students and families are doing well and connect them to support as needed.  We will be reaching out a lot to students who are not logging into Schoology and engaging with schoolwork.  

    3. Celebrate and Honor our Seniors

    How to Contact Admin by email:

    Parents wanting Schoology Access:

    • If you need your assigned parent code, contact me at brian.mattix@redclayschools.com. I have codes for all students registered prior to Sept 24.  If your student registered after, there is a different solution. 

    Parents not receiving my Messages (emails, calls, and texts):

    • For parents who are not receiving my communications coming through the School Messenger software, I believe I have found the solution. 

      • First, we need a good email for the parent in our eSchool system…..so you’ll need to share your email with our receptionist, Rachel Wells (best to email her at rachel.wells@redclay.k12.de.us).  Ray will follow up with an email to you confirming the system is updated.

      • 24 hours after Ms. Wells sends the confirmation email, please use the link below and follow the directions for “To Change how you are contacted” 

                                                                                                        School Messenger Link:  https://de01903704.schoolwires.net/domain/259

    Scheduling for Next SchoolYear:

    • We collected course requests from most students prior to the remote learning.  Our counselors have been following up with students who they missed during our early March course selection process. If a parent or student has any questions regarding courses for next school year, they should reach out to their guidance counselor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

    Winter and Spring Sports Uniform Collection:

    • We have some winter athletes that still need to return their uniforms or face a financial obligation placed by the school for the cost of replacement.  Some of our uniforms are quite expensive, so we are grateful for your help in this process. I’ve asked coaches and our athletic director to communicate with specific athletes from whom we still need their uniform.  Some spring sports gave out uniforms for team pictures. We are also collecting those back. In the event that we have a modified spring season, then coaches will re-distribute. Depending on the response rate, we may establish a collection schedule.  If you have an athletic uniform from any McKean sport, please email our Athletic Director (matthew.carre@redclayschools.com) and your team’s coach.                                                                      

    Spring Concerts, Field Trips, and End of Year Events:

    • Our staff loves all of our major school events and share your concerns that traditional events like prom and graduation may not be permitted to occur by powers far beyond our district.  However, we have some create staff who are partnering to find new ways to create special moments for our students, especially our seniors.  

    Chromebook Needs:

    • If you have any technology needs then please complete the form using this link: https://forms.gle/rVC4ULtNEspYxkM19.  We have 86 responses so far and are processing them.  If you need to drop off a damaged chromebook or pick one up, then we’ll schedule a time with you that will allow for social distancing.  Currently we are scheduling times on Mondays and Wednesdays. Mrs. Cindy Monger and Mr. Mark Vankerkhoven are leading this initiative.

    Need to get something of yours from school?

    • Simply email any administrator or Julia Tulloch or Mark Vankerhoven.  Please share the student’s name, the item(s) that you are retrieving, and the best contact info for you.  Somebody will follow up with a timed appointment for a Monday or Wednesday.  

    Meals:

    • Meals will continue to be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 1 PM, at 19 locations across the Red Clay community. See a list of locations at covid19.redclayschools.com/meals.

    School-Based Health Center:

    • Our Student Wellness Center can continue to serve students who are enrolled through telehealth (basically facetiming with health care providers) by TEXTING a hotline at 302-285-9661.  You will receive a reply when texting this line during normal business hours 8a-4p, Monday through Friday within 24hours.


    E-Mail to Families 4/12/20

    Dear Highlander Family,

    Happy Passover, Easter, and Spring Break to you all.  As always, I hope this message finds you and your family well.  I hope you all have a chance to connect with your loved ones today.  Please know that your McKean Family misses each of you and loves you all.  During these challenging times, I'm filled with hope for our future by witnessing amazing acts of kindness and a true sense of the positive human spirit across the globe.  

    This too shall pass, but remember to remain kind and patient and understanding with yourself, your family, and your neighbor.  How we support and treat each other matters the most.  

    Go in Peace,

    Brian Mattix, Principal and Servant


    E-Mail to Families 4/6/20

    Monday, April 6, 2020                        Weekly Update

    McKean Students and Families,

    I hope this message finds everyone well and hopefully in these challenging times.  I will try to keep my message brief so that the information doesn’t get lost in a lengthy email.

    • First, I’m adding to this email all family contacts within School Messenger, but also all student google emails.  Our hope is to increase the number of students who receive these updates.
    • Spring Break reminder....Our spring break has been modified to a long 4-day weekend (4/10 and 4/13 are off).  Staff and students are expected to follow our schedule for Tuesday, April 14- Friday, April 17.  Once we approve our modified schedule, I'll share it.  (it will be a simply modification)
    • Per the feedback of students, we’ve created a student-friendly version of our schedule that I’m sharing.  I’m resending the original schedule McKean Remote Learning Schedule as posted.pdf  that we have posted on our school website.  The schedule initially said through April 10, but now it will run through May 15. McKean Student-Friendly Schedule thru May 15.pdf   
    • The 3rd MP has officially been extended and we have NOT given a new end date.  This supports the McKean philosophy of beginning your academic focus on students who need to improve their grades for the 3rd MP.  Please take advantage of this extended time frame to complete your makeup work.  There is no excuse for not passing the 3rd MP.  Students must engage.
    • I am encouraging all students to log into Schoology regularly and reply to the messages from teachers so that we know you are well.  We care about your schoolwork, but we care more about your overall Wellness.  Each household has new challenges during this unprecedented time.  We know it is a balancing act….and none of us have mastered it.  We are all in this together.  Please let us know how we can support you and your family. 
    • I know some folks have expressed concerns about using Zoom for video conferencing due to some warnings of meetings getting hacked, risking personal info being taking or conferences being disrupted.  We have been given guidance as to how we can secure our conferences using Zoom.  Zoom has also upgraded their software.  We do feel the platform can be used safely, but we are respectful of folks who are concerned.  We are exploring other options like Google Hangouts and even conferencing within Schoology.  
    • If you are a student who has been assigned Ed Options courses for credit recovery, please continue your work as this expectation and credit need has not been impacted by COVID19.  If you need help with resetting a lesson or other concerns around an Ed Options course, please contact your child’s counselor and/or Ms. Latoya Pendergrass.
    • We are continuing to work on our Tech Support plan and will have an update to share out very soon.  We have a protocol for chromebook repairs that is coming.  We have been reviewing the survey responses for anyone with a tech need.  Here is the link again if you missed it previously.   https://forms.gle/1oKYQSh5wp9xnms6A
    • We are in the process of cancelling all field trips that were planned for the remaining of the year.  In a case where we collected student money, we will be issuing refunds.  However, the refund process will take some time as we are working to get deposits back from vendors and working remotely has slowed our typical processing time. 
    • I had previously shared that we cancelled prom.  We are considering creative and safe alternatives to prom.  We will let you know if any ideas have promise.  Similarly, we will process refunds, once we process our cancellation with our vendors. 
    • Here are a few Expectations for us all in this age of Remote Learning, likely more will follow:
      • Please remain appropriate and respectful in all communications with families and school staff.  This applies to all forms of communication:  live conferencing moments or within chat rooms or just email.  The Student Code of Conduct, as well as the Teacher Contract and District Memos, guiding both staff and student behavior. 
      • Please allow 24 hours for email responses.  We recognize that teachers and students have other responsibilities they are managing, which may pull someone away from their work station. 
      • When live video conferencing (Zoom or WebEx or other application), please enter the virtual room on mute and remain on mute unless you have been called upon to answer or give input.
    • Finally, I recently got a report of reckless driving in our school parking lot on March 30th around dusk.  It is just as possible that these were McKean students  or non-McKean students.  I'm simply sharing that our campus is being regularly monitored and any visit should be for appropriate, approved activities that involve social distancing.  I know the police have been notified and will be back if this dangerous activity is repeated.  Please remain safe.

    Sincerely,

    Principal Mattix


    E-Mail to Families 4/1/20

    Dear Highlander Students and Families,

    I would like to share another update, but I’m going to try to be concise with a lot of information.

    First a quick message for our students directly: 

    • Please take all the COVID19 restrictions seriously, everyone, including you, needs to practice safe social distancing and regular hand-washing.
    • Please take care of yourself and your family unit.  Practice patience and be kind to others.  We still have several weeks under these restrictions.  Be helpful and do your part to make your living situation the best it can be.  Find a balance between all your responsibilities.
    • Engage in learning, connect with school through email, social media, schoology, zoom, and the many other platforms your teachers will be using.  Stay connected to us.  We want to updates from you and will still have credits to earn towards graduation, our major goal together. 

    McKean’s Path Forward:

    1. I’m sharing McKean’s schedule - [/redclay/emailattachment.php?id=10678&caid=6924&name=McKean%20Schedule%20thru%20April%2010.pdf]McKean Schedule thru April 10.pdf  as an attachment and posting it on our website, www.redclayschools.com/mckean .  This schedule states that it is through April 10th.  It should remain the same through May 15th, but we may need to tweak it a bit. This week is a soft rollout, since we are starting our plan on Wednesday.  Next week, we will follow the full schedule. 
    2. I’m also sharing an Alphabetical Faculty list, with how your students can connect with their teachers, and contact information - [/redclay/emailattachment.php?id=10679&caid=6925&name=How%20to%20Connect%20with%20Your%20McKean%20Teacher%20(April%202020).pdf]How to Connect with Your McKean Teacher (April 2020).pdf .  I feel that the list is a bit sloppy still, but it is our first draft and will get updated and re-shared.  This will also be shared on our school website.
    3. Speaking of our website www.redclayschools.com/mckean , we have a link on our homepage to our COVID19 Resource Page with multiple tabs, listing community hotspots, district resources, principal messages, our schedule, our contact sheet, how to setup zoom, and more.
    4. My suggested priorities for students managing school work:
      1. Begin immediately to email your teachers about makeup work for the 3rd MP.  With the 3F Rule equaling a failure for the course, this 3rd MP holds special significance.  Furthermore, we don’t know if we’ll even have a 4th MP (hopefully we do, but truly it is way too soon to tell).  Some students were counting on the 4th MP to save their year.  So the time is now to hustle and improve your 3rd MP grades.  Teachers know this is important and have been encouraged to support any student willing to do the work.  Your last day to turn in makeup work is Tuesday, April 14. 
      2. After you are in good shape with the 3rd MP, then begin to engage with the learning opportunities your teachers will be providing.  We are not trying to beat you down with work, but rather lift you up with engagement, enrichment, and fun. 
    5. Our students with learning needs, will be supported above and beyond the typical student supports.  This will obviously look and feel differently from the supports and accommodations that would be made in the classroom.  You can expect additional school contacts to assist students with their learning needs or other needs. 
    6. Our School-Based Health Center can continue to serve students who are enrolled through telehealth (basically facetiming with health care providers) by TEXTING a hotline at 302-285-9661.  You will receive a reply when texting this line during normal business hours 8a-4p, Monday through Friday within 24hours.
    7. I anticipate home technology concerns – either about devices or wifi at home.  We are working on a plan and I will share details when we have them.  Earlier in the year, we worked hard to get every student a chromebook and charger.  My expectation, which is the same as most parents, is that every student either has or knows where their charger and chromebook are located.  I’m working with district to secure extras; however, I cannot promise free replacements for lost, misplaced, or damaged devices.  I want everyone to have what they need to learn, but I also need students to show responsibility for the district property that we’ve been loaning and assigning to students for several years now.  There is no easy answers with these challenges and we are seeking reasonable solutions.  I previously sent this technology at home survey - https://forms.gle/rVC4ULtNEspYxkM19.  If you have a tech need and haven’t completed it, please do so. 

    Thank you for patience and understanding as we develop new ways to support our students and families during this crisis. 

    Sincerely,

    Brian Mattix, Principal  #wearemckean 


    E-Mail to Families #3 3/29/20

    Dear McKean Students and Families,

    Wishing You Well

    I hope this message finds you and yours safe and well during this challenging time of managing our pandemic.  I hope everyone is doing their best to practice social distancing and following all government restrictions, since we all have an important part to play in ending this pandemic.

    Shifting to our New Normal

    The McKean staff is excited to shift into a more structured educational experience for our students.  One of the priorities of our McKean staff and of the entire district is to ensure that our families have their basic needs being met during the period of our school closure.  This means we care about your mental health, your meals, your ability to connect with others online, your medical needs, your jobs, along with your learning experiences.  We are taking a holistic approach, because we know if basic needs are not being met then it is even more difficult to expect true academic growth.

    Every McKean teacher has taken time over the past two weeks to post at least one update on their class schoology pages and/or has connected with their students through another means (email, Remind App, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Google Voice, and many other options are available).  However, this communication and how many learning resources hasn’t been regulated or monitored for the past two weeks.  We wanted students and staff to explore and determine what works best.   We found Schoology, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Remind as all platforms that could meet our needs in our new normal.  We found that not many students tried to engage, but also may have not been aware of the learning opportunities. 

    3rd Marking Period and Make Up or Incomplete Work

    Before I go any further into our new learning expectations, I want to stress the importance of the 3rd Marking Period.  Our last student day was March 13, which was two weeks short of a complete grading period.  We are not issuing any new assignments beyond March 13th.  However, I’m encouraging every student and every teacher to work together to improve your 3rd Marking Period grades.  The last day for students to turn in assignments will be Tuesday, April 14th.  Teachers must enter grades for the 3rd MP by Friday, April 17th.  If a student needs time beyond April 14th, they must seek approval from their teacher and possibly also administration.  Since we are uncertain if we will ever have a 4th marking period (something we cannot control currently, and at the whim of the Governor), it is even more important to focus on improving grades for the 3rd MP (something we can control).  Teachers are permitted to produce alternative assignments for their makeup work, rather than simply re-offer the same exact assignment.  Don’t waste time, if you want to improve your 3rd MP grades then email your teacher(s) ASAP and include your guidance counselor on your email. 

     

    New Online Learning Plan and Resources

    Without getting to detailed today, I wanted you all to know what to expect from our new normal.  All educational activities and engagement in our new online format will not be graded, as we are focused on engagement, enrichment, and overall wellness.  We highly encourage student participation, as it will help you stay connected beyond your home isolation.  Teachers will be communicating with their classes by next Wednesday to include a summary of their learning topics and activities for the next 2 weeks (through April 10). 

    I am creating a schedule that will organize the time and resources of our staff and simplify when students and families can expect engagement and opportunities to communicate.  We will have our school plan ready to share by Tuesday evening.  Each period of our school day (periods 1-8) will have a designated hour each week, when teachers will offer some direct engagement for their students.  This direct engagement could look like a zoom meeting with the class or it may be some sort of activity.  The teacher will be available for direct communication with their students for that period during the hour.  Teachers will also list additional activities and other learning resources for students to complete on their own time.  We recognize that every family has different challenges and schedules, so we are trying to leverage our technology to allow students who miss the designated time to access the information at another time.  In addition, teachers will share “office hours” during which they can be expected to answer emails and communicate with students/families in other formats. 

    How Can I Connect with my Teacher?

    Student need to be checking their Red Clay emails (s.firstname.lastname@redclayschools.com) and their Schoology courses for updates and information from their teachers.   I’m nearly finished and will publish a list of all McKean instructors, which platforms they plan on using with students, and the best ways to reach them.

    Advanced Placement Classes

    Since the College Board is offering a revised and online version of the national Advanced Placement exams, our AP courses will be teaching new material in order to prepare for their exams. 

    Building Access

    Parents and Students that need critical items from the school building will have their next opportunity on Monday, March 30 from 10a-12p.   We will greet folks at the front door and allow only 5 families in the building at a time and never two going into the same space.  Please park in the bus lane for your convenience.  Please be aware that if we are at our capacity limit, then we may ask families/students to wait in the car until those in the building leave.

    McKean’s Wellness Center is providing Tele-Health Care

    Due to the school closure, McKean School-Based Health Center is closed at this time.  If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.  If you have a mental health emergency, please call Child Priority Response 24 hr Crisis Line 800-969-4357. For medical concerns contact your primary care provider or visit a Medical Aid Unit.  If you have a question for your McKean School-Based Heath Center provider, please send a text message to 302-285-9661. You will receive a reply when texting this line during normal business hours 8am-4pm Monday through Friday within 24 hrs. On the McKean Website, Click on Learn More for information from the Christiana Care Wellness Center services during our closed dates.

    Home Technology Needs Assessment

    In a simple and perfect world, each student has their school-issued chromebook and they have home wifi.  But we know that life is never simple and rarely perfect.  The link below is a brief survey for students/families to complete in order for our school to understand your technology needs and help you overcome these barriers.                               

       Home Technology Survey:  https://forms.gle/3WyvvKRFTscFPFVj7

    Senior Questions and Concerns

    Please be patient with us, as we share all the same questions that you have regarding end of the year activities and celebrations.  We all would like nothing more to be back to normal by the end of May, but only time will tell.  Over the next few weeks, we should understand better the course of this pandemic and discuss realistic options with the powers that be.  I’ll share as soon as I have been given guidance with these topics.  In the meantime, our guidance counselors are reviewing their seniors needs and progress, communicating with them as needed. 

    Other questions we are considering

    • IEP and 504 Meetings – we are planning on holding all IEP meetings using conference calls and practicing social distancing.  In order to facilitate our IEP phone conferences, we ask parents who have scheduled IEP meetings to please disable any call blocking that is setup on your phone.  Through recent experiences, we have discovered that some parents set their phone to block any caller not in their favorites list.  Often we won’t be calling from the school phone, since everyone is working remotely.  So please be aware. 
    • Spring Break – we should know by mid-week what the district will be doing for our scheduled spring break
    • Last Day of School – We have a few scenarios, but they are all dependent on some decisions from the Governor’s office. 
    • Prom – Our Prom Date, May 15, falls within the Governor’s window of school closures.  Thus, we are not permitted to hold our prom.  Currently, we are not planning on rescheduling and are working on a plan for getting refunds back to any family that has paid for tickets already (which should be zero, because we didn’t sell tickets yet…but I’m double-checking just to be safe).
    • 4th MP – Also, pending our return to school
    • Plant Sale – We are considering options, but we are navigating a lot of restrictions.

    Thank You:

    Thank you for your patience with the cyber school experience.  We are literally building a plane while flying it.  This is a once in a century pandemic.  Please know everyone is doing their best to make this work.


    E-Mail to Famlies #2 3/27/20

    McKean Families,

    The buidling will be open if you need to access items from the building, like your chromebook, charger, athletic gear, band instruments, etc.  Your visit must be brief.  I'm asking that you email me directly at brian.mattix@redclay.k12.de.us in order to explain what your are picking up and where it is located.  I'm asking families to send one person to the building if possible.  If we get a crowd, I'll ask for families to wait in their cars and I'll greet cars at the curb to address needs individually.  Please use the bus lane to pull up for your convenience.  I'll be limiting access to only 5 students at a time, assuming they are going to different areas.  We have deep cleaned the building and want to minimize how many folks are in these spaces, which will need to be re-cleaned after we leave.  

    If you have other needs, but not something to pick up directly, feel free to also email me directly and I'll connect you with a staff person to assist in your need.  

    On another note, you can expect an increase in communication from teachers and from administration regarding our learning expectations for students starting next week.  We all plan on sending communications via email or through schoology accounts for individual courses by noon on Monday.  

    Thank you and remain safe,

    Principal Mattix

     


    E-Mail to Families #1 3/20/20

    Hello Highlander Families,

    I hope this message finds you all well on our 2nd official day of spring.  I wanted to share a few updates and reminders during our school closure.

      -  At this time, schools are still closed through March 27, 2020.  No new information has been shared regarding an extension, but the district is preparing for all possible scenarios no matter what official guidance we are given.  I would anticipate more news in this area by the middle of next week.   Questions during the closure can be emailed to me.

      -  I've asked all McKean teachers to use Schoology to communicate with their students and share optional digital resources.  Teachers have been colloborating this week from a distance so that they can be consistent with the types of learning opportunities they are sharing within each course.  Remember that all learning opportunities are optional and not graded.  I'm hoping even if teachers can create some chat rooms to allow for conversations and connections for our students during this time of physical separation.  Maybe our teachers will even start creating their own TikTok videos, since that seems to be what every teen is following on social media these days.  

      -  Please remember (just as I have had to remind my own children at home) that during this school closure and public health crisis, that is very important that we all take the government guidelines seriously and practice social distancing.  This means that students should NOT be going over to friends' houses and hanging out in groups.  Also, we should always remain 6-feet apart from persons not in our immediate family, living undert the same roof.  These new behaviors are not always easy to follow and enforce, but the best way to prevent the spread of this disease is for everyone to consistently practice social distancing.  

    Be Safe,

    Principal Mattix

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