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 (email@example.com).
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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 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/
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.
I hope you are well. We are in the fifth week that school campuses have been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. This has been a difficult time for everyone as we have had to adjust to this new normal. However, the public health experts are telling us that the efforts we have made to stay at home have made a significant difference in how this situation is playing out. For the first time since the start of this crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom is discussing re-opening businesses and possibly relaxing some of the stay-at-home orders. I am convinced, now more than ever, that we will get through this together and be stronger for doing so.
Despite the uncertainty, it is important that we keep working to provide the support students need to continue learning. Monday, we started Phase 2 of Distance Learning. We are very proud of the work we have done to date and I am personally so proud of our staff and community working in such a united fashion. All over the distance learning landscape, students, teachers and families are working together to provide engaging, empowering and challenging educational experiences.
We know there are some areas that need more attention and improvement, and we are working on solutions in those areas. The focus of our needs assessment and support is around working to close the digital divide and equity gaps that face many of our historically underserved communities, including low income, African-American and Latino students and families who have little in the way of technology and internet and who benefit most from the in person-personal support and relationships at school. By the end of this week, we will be aggressive in monitoring where any student has not engaged and figure out what is needed.
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.
We know some families want more work for students and others need less right now. We continue to navigate all of the different needs. Teachers, librarians, counselors and principals are providing rich content and support for students. Early during the closures, Ohlone Elementary teacher Chandra Sherr released her trout fry her class had been raising into a local creek and sent the video to her students. She is not the only one. Everyday, I hear about other fantastic ways that WCCUSD educators are engaging students and families in distance learning.
The students have been amazing. They are engaging in instruction and advocating for themselves and each other. For instance, throughout this crisis, the students in Maya Kosover’s class at Richmond High have continued their Weekly News Broadcast despite not having access to their classroom.
The food services team and a lot of wonderful volunteers have been serving grab-and-go meals since the beginning. We are now serving more than 28,000 meals every day to any child 18 and under regardless of socio-economic status or the school they attend.
WCCUSD’s parent leaders have been great partners throughout this, meeting with me and other district leaders virtually to discuss ways we can better support the students and families we serve. Parents have been hubs of information and helped us identify needs we may have missed.
There are other great stories of collaboration and cooperation out there and these are why I am convinced we will get through this together.
Even with these positive stories, there are still those who have needs that aren’t being met. There are people who need additional resources in order to navigate this crisis. While we do not have all of the answers, there are resources that can help. We have compiled a list of these supports at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure.
If you have any questions about Distance Learning, please contact your child’s teacher or principal. You can also get instructional support by sending an email to email@example.com or technical support for devices, software or internet access at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (510) 243-3901.
Answers to other questions can be obtained at email@example.com or by calling (510) 965-4444 or (510) 965-4443 for assistance in Spanish.Thank you again for your patience, trust and collaboration as we navigate this crisis. I will see you, in person, on the other side.
In Community, Matthew Duffy Superintendent En Español
Hello. I hope you are staying as healthy as you possibly can these days. The last month has been intense and filled with uncertainty. I hope that you were able to use Spring Break as an opportunity to rest and acclimate to the idea of students learning from home for the rest of this school year.
As you know, we will launch Phase 2 of Distance Learning tomorrow. This is our opportunity to ensure that students continue to access engaging, empowering and challenging instruction even while they are physically separated from their school communities. While the health epidemic was sudden, we now believe we know enough to create a structure for all of our students that is focused around simplicity and consistency. It is our intent to create a set of high expectations for all of our students while balancing the current real life struggles taking place throughout our community. We will focus on mastery and deeper learning experiences, incorporate personalized learning, and offer a variety of opportunities to engage students.
While instruction is required beginning tomorrow, the current situation demands flexibility and patience as we continue to find the best ways to engage students. We understand that many students will have a variety of factors that influence their ability to engage with distance learning. Educators will provide as much support as possible while ensuring that students continue to learn. This distance learning plan is designed to be flexible, allow students multiple ways to engage in learning and provide the support necessary for them to succeed.
Family/Parent Support for Distance Learning
Now, more than ever, this will take a partnership between home and school to provide the best possible educational environment under difficult conditions. While we expect our schools and teachers to be in touch with all of our students, families can best assist their children by contacting your child’s teacher(s) weekly and supporting students to complete the assigned work.
There are other actions you can take to support your child’s engagement in remote learning during the school closures.
Create a routine with a set a regular time and place for doing assigned work
Remove distractions where possible
Engage in what your child is learning
Allow time for breaks and outside time where possible
Be patient as your child adjusts to this new reality
If at any time, you feel that your student needs more support or is in a situation that prevents her or him from engaging in the assigned work, please contact your child’s teacher or principal so that we can assist you. All students and families are facing different situations. Some are struggling to access the internet while others have sick relatives, others are working on the front lines every day and others have lost jobs. Patience and support are the operative words for these final 7-8 weeks of school.
Over this final stretch of school, you will begin to hear more from your schools and a little less from the district as we aim to reestablish the school as the center of support and communication for our students and families.
Because Distance Learning can include multiple delivery methods, students may need resources like printed materials and writing implements or Chromebooks and wifi access. Contact your child’s teacher or principal if you need help accessing the necessary resources for your child. In order to help you navigate our Distance Learning plan, we created Parent Guides (English, Spanish) to give you tips and outline the expectations for students at the various grade levels.
Your first point of contact for assistance should be your child’s teacher or principal. If you need additional support, the District’s eLearning website is active and being populated with new resources regularly. Support for distance learning materials and resources can be accessed by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the technology to support your student’s distance learning, email email@example.com or call (510) 243-3901.
Additionally, our team will continue to focus energy on those students traditionally furthest from opportunity and we want our community to know that we will do everything in our power to make sure further achievement gaps are not perpetuated during this time. In fact, we might even see this as an opportunity to learn how this uncomfortable time can possibly close opportunity gaps if we keep our minds open to new and different ways of “doing school” and not simply rushing to recreate a similar system of winners and losers just this time online.
As a parent going through this myself, this is not easy but I know together we can do it and we can rise to the occasion. Our health is our primary concern right now. Knowing that, I believe together we can find a new rhythm, new routines and habits to live and learn together with one another in our houses and on our screens. Please reach out if you have a concern, know someone who needs help or have a thought about how we could improve our support for our students. I am looking forward to this next phase of our distance learning and thank you for your continued patience and understanding.