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Principal's Corner

Dear Benjamin Families,
 
The start of the 2020-2021 school year will bring challenges and opportunities. As a school, we will be working hard to provide the best education for your children. Throughout the summer we have been preparing for all possible learning situations, whether it is remote learning, in-person instruction, or a combination of the two. Dr. Woell was able to answer many questions about our return to school in the Town Hall Meetings, which along with many other resources, can be found on the district webpage under Covid-19 Parent Communication. This letter will provide important information about the beginning of the school year for Benjamin Middle School.
 
Student Schedules:
On Friday, August 21st at 2:30pm you will be able to access your child’s schedule through PowerSchool. If you are a 5th grade parent, directions have been mailed to you for accessing the program, which is also where you can find your child’s assignments and grades throughout the year. Your child’s schedule will list all of their classes and who their teachers will be for the 2020-2021 school year. It should be noted that your child’s Study Skills class is another opportunity to get assistance from their teacher. The teacher will be logged on everyday to their Zoom Study Skills class,but the student only needs to log on when they need assistance. Attendance will not be taken in Study Skills.

Daily Schedule:
The first day of remote learning is Monday, August 31. Every BMS student will follow the schedule listed below.
This schedule was put together specifically to leverage the time students spend in synchronous learning and the time they spend in independent, self-directed learning. This schedule allows for:
Students get live instruction from teachers in every class, everyday.
Students to have an opportunity to start assignments and then get assistance on Zoom every afternoon from 2:00-2:35 pm in the daily Zoom Check for Understanding
Teachers will use their afternoons to train, receive professional development and to create digital lessons that will optimize student synchronous and asynchronous learning.
An increase in the scope of the curriculum.
Flexible afternoon schedule to accommodate different family schedules.
 
The Benjamin Middle School Staff is excited to start the school year. We understand that our students may be nervous about the fact that we are starting school remotely. As a staff, we are not only going to focus on academics but also on building relationships with our students and checking in on their social emotional well being. Finally, communication with our families will also be emphasized, as our partnership with our parents will be a key to our students' success. Please let me know if you have any questions as we kick off the 2020-2021 school year.

Michael Fitzgerald Ed. D.
Principal
Benjamin Middle School