Mr. Morrison's - Investigating Careers
March 27, 2020
Dear SCUC Parent/Guardian:
It has been a big week in SCUC ISD with the standing up of our Remote Learning Plan. I would take this space to give you an update on where we are as a district and community in several key areas.
School Closure Extended through April 24, 2020
On Tuesday, Bexar County superintendents met virtually to review information surrounding Covid 19 and determine if we would be returning to normal operations after the Governor’s school closing ends on April 9th. Based on what we were seeing with the spread of the virus and local counties and cities increasing the social distancing in the greater San Antonio area, we believed that we could not resume classes in a couple of weeks.
The superintendents discussed several dates and ultimately landed on extending the closure of schools through Friday, April 24, 2020. This amounted to one additional month of closure, and if we can come back after that, one month of regular school before summer.
SCUC Remote Learning Plan Kicks Off
I would like to begin by thanking you, our parents, for working with us to make this rapidly developed and deployed Remote Learning Plan (English, Spanish) successful. We have had three days of remote instruction under our belts, and our teachers, parents and students have learned a great deal about online and remote learning. We all recognize that it is difficult interacting with the technology, and sometimes as parents we lack the resources or struggle with our ability to help our kids.
Some of the initial feedback that we have received from parents centers around the variation in academic rigor and student expectations among teachers and campuses. Our plan calls for assignments to go out on Monday and be completed by Sunday. Video instruction must be presented so that students may watch that video or complete that assignment on their schedule (Northeast Lakeview Dual Credit classes are one exception). We knew there would be bumps in the road and areas we would need to improve. This is one of the first ones.
Chromebook and iPad Deployment
We have received many requests for student devices, and the Student Device Home Survey will close Sunday, March 29th at 5:00 p.m. We are prioritizing requests by need with first priority for families who have no devices for their children to use for remote learning. With a limited number of devices available, we are working to meet as many needs as possible as we process the requests.
If we are able to provide a device for your family, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the On Site Agreement and Device Pickup Preference form. The email could go to your spam or junk folders instead of your inbox, so please check those. If you do not receive an email from us, we regret that we are unable to provide a device for your family at this time. If you need assistance with your device or have questions regarding the technology, please email@example.com.
Grading Guidelines for Remote Learning
Now that our Remote Learning Plan has begun, SCUC must determine how the grades earned during remote instruction will be calculated and used in our system. Our guidelines will address how grades will be reported and used with parents, and the impact that grades during remote instruction will have on earning course credit and the calculation of grade point averages. We are almost finished with our guidelines and anticipate sharing them with parents next week. After their release, the grading guidelines will remain available on our Covid 19 webpage.
Graduation and other Spring Senior and High School Activities
District and high school administrators held our first meeting on Thursday related to high school events in light of the ongoing school closure. At this time no events have been cancelled. Below is an update on most of our spring activities. For ease of communication, we will use three labels: On, Rescheduled, Cancelled to monitor our progress.
Graduation Commencement Exercises (On). The two venues serving our three high schools are all still holding reservations for our graduations. The current schedule is
Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Center - May 26, 2020 - Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University
Samuel Clemens High School - May 28, 2020 - Freeman Coliseum
Byron P. Steele High School - May 29, 2020 - Freeman Coliseum
If we are not back in school by graduation and/or the venues cancel our reservations, we are looking at other options including moving graduation dates to later in the summer. Should that become an option, we will communicate that information as soon as possible to accommodate travel arrangements for families.
Prom (Rescheduled). Both comprehensive high schools have rescheduled their proms.
Steele HS Prom - was March 28th, is now May 16th (Alzafar Shrine)
Clemens HS Prom - was May 2nd, is now May 15th (Alzafar Shrine)
Honors Night (On). These academic awards ceremonies take place in each high school’s auditorium.
Clemens HS Honors Night - Monday, May 11th
Steele HS Honors Night - Monday, May 18th
Decision Day (Rescheduled). Decision Day honors SCUC seniors who choose to share commitments to college, technical schools or military branch enlistments. These take place in each high school’s auditorium.
Both comprehensive high schools have moved decision day to Friday, May 8, 2020
Top 20 Senior Breakfast (Rescheduled). Breakfast honoring the 20 graduating seniors with the highest grade point averages at each high school.
Steele HS Top 20 Breakfast - was April 22nd, is now May 13th (Marion Dolford Learning Center)
Clemens HS Top 20 Breakfast - was April 29th, is now May 13th (Clemens HS)
Elephant Walks (On). Seniors wearing their caps and gowns visit and parade through elementary schools
Both comprehensive high schools are having Elephant Walk on Friday, May 22, 2020
As with everything surrounding this virus, school closures and community activities remain a very fluid situation. District and campus staff will continue to meet, looking at options for dates and venues, and possible alternate celebrations as a last resort.
Once again, I appreciate the support of the SCUC family and community during these unforeseen times. The true measure of a community is how we rally together when facing obstacles.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay together!
Clark C. Ealy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
March 20, 2020Hi Shop Students / Parents,
First off, I hope this update finds you and your family safe and healthy. As you know, all SCUC campuses have been closed until April 3. At this time, SCUC ISD plans on reopening schools and offices on Monday, April 6, 2020 but things also change quickly.
The last couple of days, teachers met with campus administration to review the plan for remote instruction. Topics discussed included attendance, assignments, lesson development, and technology. This is going to be a learning process for all of us, and I want to express my heartfelt thanks for all that you are doing to keep your students on track academically. This is an unprecedented situation which is going to require teamwork and patience. While not ideal, I feel confident that we are making the best of an awful situation.
Our grade level teams will be meeting over the next couple of days to develop and collaborate lessons that will engage students during this closure. We are aware that some households have difficulty with technology, whether it is a lack of devices or internet connection. If you need to request a device, we ask that you please complete this form. Please understand that we have a limited number of devices and will do our best to accommodate your needs. If you do not have home Internet service, and while we are not endorsing any particular Internet service provider, we are aware that Spectrum is offering 60 days of free service. Paper copies will be made available to anyone who needs them.
I will be sending out an emails, posting new information on my website, as well as, on google classroom. In the meantime, please ensure the following:
1. Make sure that your child (and you if you want) are signed up for my remind class. I will use this to communicate and disseminate information along with email. The codes are below:
2. Make sure that your child signs up for my google classroom account. Most all of my students have done this already, but if needed, they will do this by:
- text the message @34efha to the phone number 81010
The district will pass out information as they have it, and I will communicate with you as well. Please stay safe and healthy.
- go to https://classroom.google.com
- sign in with their school account
- click on the + sign at the top right and select join a class
- enter the following codes
- 1st period code is qvppngt
- 3rd period code is jmjqo7j
- 4th period code is 5gfoqka
- 5th period code is zghcpex
- 6th period code is 36snhpv
- 7th period code is evjimbj
Here is the latest news from the Superintendant:
As you are aware, since we first announced the district’s closure last week, much has changed with the nation’s and city’s response to the Coronavirus. The updates have certainly elevated our concerns with the health and well-being of all in our community. Additionally, the closing of our campuses has most likely been stressful for you and your family, so we want to provide you an update on our work as well as some resources that may be useful this week.
One of our main concerns is how to continue learning for your child(ren) in SCUC.
To help with this challenge and in effort to provide you some guidance, we are developing an SCUC-ISD Remote Learning plan which will be shared in the upcoming days. Additionally, our team has developed a list of open educational resources that you may want to use this week with your children. These open resources have been organized by content area to help keep your child’s learning moving forward and possibly help structure their day while our district is closed. These resources are not designed to provide instruction on new material, nor will these be graded or required. The goal is to focus on reinforcing foundation skills during this week.
While the resources linked to this letter are online, we recognize that not all of our families have access to technology or have internet service at home. If you have a device available in your home that your child(ren) can use, we encourage you to allow them to use it. If you need to request a device, we ask that you please complete this form. Please understand that we have a limited number of devices and will do our best to accommodate your needs.
If you do not have home Internet service, and while we are not endorsing any particular Internet service provider, we are aware that Spectrum is offering 60 days of free service.
To receive the most up-to-date information regarding district news, we encourage you to download the SCUC mobile app and to verify that you are opted in to receive communication from the district and your child(ren)’s campus(es).
A number of questions are still out there such as making up days missed, graduation, AP and IB exams, class rank and more. We are working on getting answers together, but we don’t have the answers to many of those questions yet. Please know that we will get those to you as soon as we have the information to share. We were, however, notified by the Texas Education Agency earlier this week that STAAR testing has been canceled this year.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters. We miss your child(ren) and look forward to sharing our Remote Learning Plan with families in the next few days.
Clark C. Ealy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Morrison welcomes you to the new TEA developed course Career Portals: Investigating Careers - Architecture and Construction (the old woodshop class). While some things are new, many others remain the same. You will be working on your own and in groups, both can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. You'll not only design, plan and build your own project, but have the added pride of accomplishing it using the skills you've learned to date. Remember, most lab supplies are provided, however, specialty items are your responsibility. I hope you find this phase of class to be fulfilling and a place where you can use your creativity. Some of the projects that we will be working on this year include: scroll saw contests, nameplates, hall passes, pen/pencil projects, bridge and tower construction and designs, CO2 car project, egg drop, cutting boards, bird houses, scaled housing projects, etc...
If you have any questions or concerns please sign up for my class email address below or contact me at 210-619-4150. I am looking forward to teaching your children, while having lots of fun. Thank you and GO CORBETT!!!!!
Click here to sign up for my email list: http://www.scuc.txed.net/webpages/jmorrison/contact_info.cfm
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1st 8:10 - 9:05
2nd 9:09 - 9:57
3rd 10:01 - 10:49 (Conference)
4th 10 :53 - 12:42
Lunch (11:30 - 12:03)
Pride (12:22 - 12:42)
5th 12:46 - 1:34
6th 1:38 - 2:26
7th 2:30 - 3:20
I will also be available for tutoring before school from 7:45-8:10 in C109.