The Phoenix, May 9, 2020

ONLINE PTSA MEETING VIA ZOOM

Tuesday, May 12, 20207:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
ELECTIONS
CATCH UP WITH MR. BURNHAM
EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

We’ll have presentations from both Principal Burnham and Principal Crespo. They will join us for general questions and the  2020 enrollment process (as much as we know).
We’re sending links to registrants directly Tuesday afternoon after 5:00 p.m.  Please submit questions by Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. 
To maintain an orderly meeting and be efficient with our time, we are taking questions in advance. We will combine the similar ones together and will submit them to our guests in advance so they are prepared to answer them. 
SIGN UP FOR THE MEETING/SUBMIT A QUESTION HERE

AGENDA HERE

PTSA ELECTED AND VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

COUNSELOR SIMPSON’S ZOOM MEETING SCHEDULES

MS. SIMPSON’S 8th WEEKLY GRADE SUPPORT GROUPS
12:00 noon Pacific Time (US and Canada)
PASSCODES IN ZOOM
May 12, 2020 12:00
May 14, 2020 12:00
May 19, 2020 12:00
May 21, 2020 12:00
May 26, 2020 12:00
May 28, 2020 12:00
Jun 2, 2020 12:00

MS. SIMPSON’S 7th WEEKLY GRADE SUPPORT GROUPS
11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
May 11, 2020 11:00
May 15, 2020 11:00
May 18, 2020 11:00
May 22, 2020 11:00
May 25, 2020 11:00
May 29, 2020 11:00
Jun 1, 2020 11:00

SURVEY

Dear Korematsu families, during these trying times the staff and teachers at Korematsu wanted to reach out and find ways in which we can support one another within our school community. We recognize that it’s challenging to identify trusted information in a time of crisis. And understand parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.

We recognize that families have lost their jobs, and do not have enough money to pay their bills. While the district has been distributing meals, many families continue to struggle to provide food for their loved ones. In this time of major uncertainty, we ask families to provide us with information regarding support and services they may need or support and services they can offer. In an effort to support one another, we want to find ways in which families can support/sponsor those who may be facing an urgent financial crisis. 

Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey. The information gathered will help us identify school wide and individual needs. Additionally, all the information will be kept confidential. 

As a community, we must come together and encourage, lift, and strengthen one another. 

Thank you for your time! 

TAKE THE SURVEY IN ENGLISH HERE

Estimadas familias de Korematsu, durante estos tiempos difíciles, el personal y los maestros de Korematsu querían conectar y encontrar formas de apoyarnos unos a otros dentro de nuestra comunidad escolar. Reconocemos que es difícil identificar información confiable en tiempos de crisis. Y comprendemos que los padres están luchando por equilibrar el trabajo, el cuidado de los niños y el cuidado personal mientras mantienen las preocupaciones, tanto las de sus hijos como las suyas, bajo control. No tienen que hacerlo solos.

Reconocemos que familias han perdido sus empleos y no tienen suficiente dinero para pagar sus cuentas. Mientras el distrito ha estado distribuyendo comidas, muchas familias continúan luchando para proporcionar alimentos a sus seres queridos. En este momento de gran incertidumbre, pedimos a las familias que nos brindecn información sobre el apoyo y los servicios que puedan necesitar o el apoyo y los servicios que pueden ofrecer. En un esfuerzo por apoyarnos unos a otros, queremos encontrar formas en que las familias puedan apoyar / patrocinar a quienes se enfrentan en una crisis financiera urgente.

Por favor, tomen unos minutos para completar esta breve encuesta. La información recopilada nos ayudará a identificar las necesidades individuales y de toda la escuela. Además, toda la información se mantendrá confidencial.

Como comunidad, debemos unirnos, levantarnos y fortalecernos unos a otros.

¡Gracias por tu tiempo!

ESPANOL AQUI

A DISCUSSION ABOUT WCCUSD DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURES

Monday, May 11, 20205:00 p.m.
Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96046455980 or by phone 669-900-6833, ID 960 4645 5980

WCCUSD MESSAGE

May 8, 2020
Dear WCCUSD Families,First, I would like to wish all of the mothers a Happy Mothers Day and Día de las Madres. Even though a normal celebration may not be possible due to the stay-at-home orders, I hope that you all find a time to celebrate the mothers in your life. It’s hard to believe, but we are in the eighth week of our school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Time has moved quickly and we are just over a month away from the end of the school year. I want to thank you all for your continued patience and perseverance as we continue navigating the challenges associated with keeping students learning from home.I have spent a lot of time hearing from students and families about how they have been affected by this crisis and trying to understand what we can do to provide the resources they need. Each week, I meet with a small focus group of students to get their impressions and hear their ideas on what we can do better. I also meet weekly with parent leaders and this week, we held a community conversation where more than 500 people joined to ask questions and express their concerns. This feedback is invaluable and has helped me and the senior leaders of this district focus our efforts on areas of concern.Two of the largest areas are around grading and graduations. We have finalized the grading policy for the work being done during the time school buildings are closed and we are close to having a plan to celebrate the Class of 2020.This week, the Board of Education approved a temporary grading policy that will keep students on track for graduation and college. The Board approved a Pass/No Mark grading standard for secondary students and a narrative progress report for elementary students for the last grading cycle of the 2019-2020 academic year. This is consistent with California Department of Educationand University of California grading and admissions policies.Elementary school students will receive clear and meaningful teacher feedback on report cards, using strengths-based narratives in place of marks for the third trimester. Middle  and high schools will adhere to a Pass/No Mark system. Students who complete work at a level equivalent to C- or higher will receive a “Pass” and shall receive credit towards the A-G requirements for the class. Students who complete work at a level that is lower than a C- will receive a “No Mark” but will receive credit toward high school graduation. A “No Mark” will not be eligible for credit towards the A-G requirements.We are also close to finalizing plans for each high school to celebrate their graduating seniors. I know this is an important milestone that needs to be properly acknowledged. It is our hope that we are able to get our law enforcement partners, county health department and county office of education to approve the plans being submitted by the high schools. It is my hope to have more clarity and be able to announce those plans in the next week.In recent days, there has been a lot of discussion about easing some of the stay-at-home restrictions and reopening businesses and recreational opportunities. This is welcome and positive news. However, we urge you to continue to follow all social distancing guidelines and respiratory etiquette when the restrictions are relaxed. While some recreational facilities have been reopened, District facilities, including playgrounds and athletic fields, remain closed. We are working on a plan to reopen them, but we currently do not have the staff available to monitor and maintain our athletic fields and playgrounds.Finally, please remember that there are a number of resources available if you or someone you know needs assistance. You can access many of those resources at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure. If you have questions, please send an email to questions@wccusd.net or call us at (510) 965-4444 or (510) 965-4443 for Spanish.Thank you again for your support and patience.In community,Matthew Duffy
Superintendent
En Español

DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDES

DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDES:
With the help of parent/family leaders we created these Distance Learning Guides for Preschool; TK, K, 1st; 2nd-6th, and Middle and High school.The guides are available in English and Spanish at
 https://www.wccusd.net/dlguides.

KMS Weekly News E3

Hello Korematsu Community,

5/1/2020

We have another news segment for you all. We are getting more participation from students which is great. We want more! Please email me with submissions or suggestions (mburnham@wccusd.net).

In the coming weeks we will start to clarify some upcoming activities around the school. We are working with WCCUSD to come up with plans for textbook returns, locker clean outs, and yearbook distribution (if purchased). As this information becomes finalized we will incorporate it within the Weekly News. All of these activities will be done following the CDC and local Contra Costa Health Services guidelines.

Anyone planning to submit their baking project to the contest please do so by May 6th. I look forward to the projects.

Have a great weekend KMS community!

Mr. B

The Phoenix, Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dear Korematsu families,

During these trying times the staff and teachers at Korematsu wanted to reach out and find ways in which we can support one another within our school community. We recognize that it’s challenging to identify trusted information in a time of crisis. And understand parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.

We recognize that families have lost their jobs, and do not have enough money to pay their bills. While the district has been distributing meals, many families continue to struggle to provide food for their loved ones. In this time of major uncertainty, we ask families to provide us with information regarding support and services they may need or support and services they can offer. In an effort to support one another, we want to find ways in which families can support/sponsor those who may be facing an urgent financial crisis. 

Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey. The information gathered will help us identify school wide and individual needs. Additionally, all the information will be kept confidential. 

As a community, we must come together and encourage, lift, and strengthen one another. 

Thank you for your time! 

TAKE THE BRIEF SURVEY HERE!

Estimadas familias de Korematsu,

Durante estos tiempos difíciles, el personal y los maestros de Korematsu querían conectar y encontrar formas de apoyarnos unos a otros dentro de nuestra comunidad escolar. Reconocemos que es difícil identificar información confiable en tiempos de crisis. Y comprendemos que los padres están luchando por equilibrar el trabajo, el cuidado de los niños y el cuidado personal mientras mantienen las preocupaciones, tanto las de sus hijos como las suyas, bajo control. No tienen que hacerlo solos.

Reconocemos que familias han perdido sus empleos y no tienen suficiente dinero para pagar sus cuentas. Mientras el distrito ha estado distribuyendo comidas, muchas familias continúan luchando para proporcionar alimentos a sus seres queridos. En este momento de gran incertidumbre, pedimos a las familias que nos brinden información sobre el apoyo y los servicios que puedan necesitar o el apoyo y los servicios que pueden ofrecer. En un esfuerzo por apoyarnos unos a otros, queremos encontrar formas en que las familias puedan apoyar / patrocinar a quienes se enfrentan en una crisis financiera urgente.

Por favor, tomen unos minutos para completar esta breve encuesta. La información recopilada nos ayudará a identificar las necesidades individuales y de toda la escuela. Además, toda la información se mantendrá confidencial.

Como comunidad, debemos unirnos, levantarnos y fortalecernos unos a otros.

¡Gracias por tu tiempo!

LLENA EL FORMULARIO EN ESTE LINK

7th and 8th Grade – Support Meetings Up and Running!

Counselor Simpson’s Meetings are up and running.  The meetings are Voluntary and are open to all.  Talk, laugh, have fun….what you feel is up to you and no-one else. Zoom links and passwords can be found by students in Google Classroom.

Ms. S’ 7th grade support group
       May 1, 2020 11:00
        May 1, 2020 11:00
        May 4, 2020 11:00
        May 8, 2020 11:00
        May 11, 2020 11:00
        May 15, 2020 11:00
        May 18, 2020 11:00
        May 22, 2020 11:00
        May 25, 2020 11:00
        May 29, 2020 11:00
        Jun 1, 2020 11:00

Ms. S’  8th grade support group
       Apr 28, 2020 12:00
        Apr 30, 2020 12:00
        May 5, 2020 12:00
        May 7, 2020 12:00
        May 12, 2020 12:00
        May 14, 2020 12:00
        May 19, 2020 12:00
        May 21, 2020 12:00
        May 26, 2020 12:00
        May 28, 2020 12:00
        Jun 2, 2020 12:00

Weigh in on Future Academic Calendars 2021 – 2024

The WCCUSD, along with labor partners, is working to incorporate “Reserve Days” into school academic calendars. These “Reserve Days” will be used much like “Snow Days” in the Northeast. If school is interrupted – smoke, power failure, bomb threat, etc., these days can be used to make up instruction. 

There are a number of limitations that are placed on the formation of school calendars.  Calendars are bargained with union partners.There are state reporting deadlines that must be met. We are being asked to give feedback on two drafts listed below.

There will be NO SCHOOL on yellow days unless an unforeseen event causes a closure.  Then, the yellow will be used to make up instruction.  Please note that there could be further changes to May calendars so that the AP Exam schedule is considered. College Board has not published schedules yet. 

The Deadline for feedback is May 1st.

Please share with your units. Feedback will be shared anonymously with the WCCUSD and United Teachers of Richmond, and with all of you. Contact: baysidepta@gmail.com

Learn more and take the survey in the link below:

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE!

WCCUSD APRIL NEWSLETTER

WCCUSD APRIL NEWSLETTER

FACEBOOK LIVE WEEKLY SERIES

Join District administrators this Friday at 11 am as they host their first Facebook Live weekly series “60 Minutes in Faculty Lounge” with Riverside Principal Christine Hatcher as the host. Principal Hatcher will be talking with various WCCUSD community members about Distance Learning and ways to support one another during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Every Friday through June 5, 2020. 11:00-Noon. WCCAA West Contra Costa Administrators Association

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL #UNBOUND VIRTUAL SERIES – LAUNCHING MAY 1

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL #UNBOUND VIRTUAL SERIES – LAUNCHING MAY 1

On May 1-3, the Bay Area Book Festival will launch the “BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL #UNBOUND”: a series of world-class live and recorded virtual author programs on the Festival’s YouTube channel. Most events are FREE and programs will roll out through June. Amongst pressing family/parenting topics, the series will present an uplifting slate of YA and children’s programming every Wednesday and Saturday through May and June.
The adult schedule can be found here: https://www.baybookfest.org/unbound
The YA/children’s schedule can be found here: https://www.baybookfest.org/virtualkids
SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

1. Our Six Session VOTING RIGHTS Programming will be distributed nationally through a coalition of a dozen book festivals nationwide, along with inclusion on C-SPAN BookTV and other major media.

Young Adult Panel:
The Future is Ours: Restoring Democracy for the Next Generation with Carol Anderson, Jeff Fleischer, and Elizabeth Rusch – moderated by Khepera Lyons-Clark
What’s wrong with the American election cycle, why does it matter, and how can we empower young people to become involved, take action to have their voices heard, and restore democracy?

  • Speaker: Carol Anderson, National Book Critics Award Circle winner and bestselling author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide (Bloomsbury/2016), One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy (Bloomsbury/2018), and the young-adult edition, One Person, No Vote: How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally (Bloomsbury YA/2019)
  • Speaker: Jeff Fleischer, author of Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections (Zest Books/March 2020)
  • Speaker: Elizabeth Rusch, author of You Call THIS Democracy? (HMH Books for Young Readers/March 2020)
  • Moderator: Khepera Lyons-Clark, one of the fierce young women of Cinnamongirl, Inc., an Oakland-based organization that strives to provide girls of color with the access, experiences and a network to grow into successful, global leaders.

2. Our WELLNESS PROGRAMS focus on mental and physical health, science, and related topics, including family and parenting. Two panels of note:
Parenting in a Time of Crisis with Sarah Jacquette Ray, Madeline Levine, and Christine Carter – moderated by Dacher Keltner
Parents all over the world are facing a dilemma: what do we tell children about threatening truths, from COVID-19 to climate change? How do we balance their need to be informed and prepared with their equally important right to experience the carefree joy of youth and dream of the future? 

  • Speaker: Christine Carter, Ph.D., The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction (BenBella Books/February 2020)
  • Speaker: Sarah Jaquette Ray, A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet  (University of California Press/April 21, 2020)
  • Speaker: Madeline Levine, New York Times bestselling author and psychologist, Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World (Harper/Feb 2020)
  • Moderator: Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center.

How to Raise a Reader with Pamela Paul of The New York Times, moderated by developmental psychologist Diana Divecha of the Yale Child Study CenterBased on her book, How to Raise a Reader, Pamela Paul discusses how to instill the joy of reading in children, which is more relevant than ever now that schools are closed, kids are sheltered in place, and parents are looking for bonding opportunities that are constructive, comforting, and simple.
3. Our YOUTH LITERARY PROGRAMMING includes a NaNoWriMo Middle Grade & Young Adult Challenge, moderated by Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, and an online version of the wildly popular Book Club for Kids podcast, with award-winning middle grade author Anne Nesbet.
In addition, here are some upcoming sessions to look forward to:
Picture Books:
May 2, 10 am: We’re All Part of Outside with Deborah Underwood and illustrator Cindy Derby
Celebrated author Deborah Underwood (author of the New York Times bestseller The Quiet Book) and illustrator Cindy Derby collaborated to create Outside In (HMH Books for Young Readers/April 2020), a beautiful, imagination-sparking love letter between the inside and outside worlds. This event is the perfect session for kids in the sheltering-in-place era, with its tender message of how we are all connected and part of a larger universe, even if we’re separated from each other. 

Middle Grade:May 2, 10:30 am: Courage and Heart in Adversity: Writer-to-Writer with Kate O’Shaughnessy and Ernesto Cisneros – moderated by Renée Diop, Cinnamongirl, Inc.

In this Writer-to-Writer program, two top middle grade authors Kate O’Shaughnessy (The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane) andErnesto Cisneros (Efren Divided) explore young people’s inner and outer courage. Moderated by Renée Diop, one of the fierce young women of Cinnamongirl, Inc., an Oakland-based organization that strives to provide girls of color with the access, experiences and a network to grow into successful, global leaders.

STAY INVOLVED WITH WARRIORS BASKETBALL AT HOME!

Warriors Basketball Academy is here for you. We want to help Warriors fans of all ages from all across the Bay stay sharp and ready.  Here is how!

Instagram Live: Brush up on your basketball skills with 30 minute Instagram workouts facilitated by our Warriors Basketball Academy coaches every Tuesday & Thursday at 1PM.
*Instagram Live is only accessible from your mobile device.

YouTube Channel: Don’t have access to Instagram through your mobile device? Don’t worry – The Academy is now on YouTube! From recaps of our Instagram Live workouts to our feature episode on Warriors Ground TV, you won’t miss any exclusive content with our new YouTube channel. 

For more information and ways to stay involved with Warriors Basketball, visit the Warriors Basketball Academy home page for the latest updates.

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7th and 8th Grade Support Meetings Up and Running!

Counselor Simpson’s Meetings.  VOLUNTARY!  Open to all.  Talk, laugh, have fun….what you feel is up to you and no-one else. Zoom links and passwords can be found by students in Google Classroom.

Ms. S’ 7th grade support group
       May 1, 2020 11:00
        May 1, 2020 11:00
        May 4, 2020 11:00
        May 8, 2020 11:00
        May 11, 2020 11:00
        May 15, 2020 11:00
        May 18, 2020 11:00
        May 22, 2020 11:00
        May 25, 2020 11:00
        May 29, 2020 11:00
        Jun 1, 2020 11:00

Ms. S’  8th grade support group
       Apr 28, 2020 12:00
        Apr 28, 2020 12:00
        Apr 30, 2020 12:00
        May 5, 2020 12:00
        May 7, 2020 12:00
        May 12, 2020 12:00
        May 14, 2020 12:00
        May 19, 2020 12:00
        May 21, 2020 12:00
        May 26, 2020 12:00
        May 28, 2020 12:00
        Jun 2, 2020 12:00

The Phoenix, Thursday, April 23, 2020

Reminders from Mr. Burnham’s Robocall

  • Start classwork in the morning every day
  • Find work in Google Classroom
  • Join your 7th and 8th Grade Class through Google Classroom
    • 7th Grade Code qpumqx7
    • 8th Grade Code  pa3rwro
  • Distance Learning resources and information at Korematsumiddleschool.org
  • Resources and Support Information at WCCUSD
  • The kids received a survey about Distance Learning to gauge work and assignments. Please take it.

THE PRACTICE SPACE SUMMER CAMP

Interested in joining the speech and debate team when you go to high school? The Practice Space, a non-profit organization in El Cerrito, offers affordable public speaking summer camps, including a one- or two-week debate camp in July, led by Joel Jacobs, the coach of the state champion El Cerrito High School debate team. The debate camp will be offered online if a stay at home order is still in effect. Scholarships are available based on need.For more information, go to https://www.practice-space.org/event-type/summer-camp/

KMS Distance Learning

4/17/2020

Hello Korematsu Community, 

I hope you are safe, healthy and taking care of your families. We are wrapping up another week of distance learning.  For educators, this has been an entirely new challenge, and one we are constantly learning from. Since this week began, we have seen more and more students completing assignments on Google Classroom. While this number is increasing, we still need to see more teenagers logging on and getting active with their learning. These are difficult and complicated times, but we need to work together to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn.

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom daily. Teachers are regularly posting assignments, commenting on completed work, and providing support as needed. While some may want more work, and others less, our teachers are working hard to meet expectations outlined in the agreement between the United Teachers of Richmond and WCCUSD. We, as learners ourselves, will continue to evolve as days go by. At Korematsu, we are always in a cycle of inquiry. Distance learning is no different. We are always developing as a school, and as a community.

Many teachers are offering live office hours. I want to encourage students to participate in these whenever possible. Students can find information posted on Google Classroom (how to log on to a meeting, when they start, etc.). We have also posted the hours at www.korematsumiddleschool.org. Please continue to check this website for more information as online learning moves forward. We are in the process of developing resources for students and families that are looking for additional learning opportunities. 

I want to encourage families and students with questions to reach out to teachers directly. They are available through email, and are there to support our students. You can also reach out to counselors, Ms. Ivey and of course, me, anytime. I’ve put together a first attempt at a weekly news segment that I am hoping provides some information, keeps us connected, and in the future is propelled by student voices. 

Please stay safe and keep supporting one another.

Sincerely,

Matt Burnham

Teacher Office Hours for Distance Learning

EnglishMondayMs. Schantz 11-1:00Ms. Pulley 11-1:00Ms. Soto 10-12:00Mr. Vedder: 9:00-12:00Ms. Davis  11-1:00
MathTuesdayMr. Lee (math7 – 10-12), (Geometry- 12-1 on Thursday)Mr. Hameed (no virtual office hours; students comment/email to get questions answered)Ms. Cachero M/W/F 11:00 – 11:30 T/Th. 2:30-3:30Mr. Zechlin 9:30-10:30 & 2 – 3 DailyMr. Kunz 9:30 — 10:30
HistoryWednesdayMr. Lee, J (available by appointment),1-3Ms. Schmidt 10-12:00Mr. Uriostegue: 9-12:00Mr. Fulumirani (email or appointment)
ScienceThursdayMr. Kunz 9:30-10:30Ms. Pavlich 10-1:30Mr. Nelson 1:30-2:30Ms. Wardle 9-12:00Writer coaches with ELD students 10-12 pm, 1-3 pm
Electives FridayMs. Alcocer 1-2:05Mr. Pohl: 8:30-9:30 & 3-4 DailyCarrico Friday 10:30-11 I will send zoom link each week in e-mailMs. Smith, J Mon-Fri 11:00-1:00 and as needed (no virtual office ours: student and parent questions via email and Google classroom)Ms. Jenkins 9-10:00
Special EducationMs. Krug Daily 1:00-2:00Mr. Armen 2-3:00Ms. Smith Daily 10-11:00Ms. Woods Thurs 10-11:00Mr. Wallacker- Daily 8AM- 2PM via emailMr. Klingele 
Daily 9-10:00
and as needed
Ms. Cummings 8-2:30Mr. Pickrell Daily AllSkills10-11 Tutorial 1-2