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OWL Distance Learning Student/Family Handbook

OWL Distance Learning Student/Family Handbook


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Students and Parents,

 

During this extraordinary time, we find ourselves shifting in how we learn and how we define ourselves as a community.  While we will not be together at our physical building on the West Side, we will still be together collaborating and learning as a remote community of learners.  I want to stress that our school values are more important than ever as we navigate managing our time and work and doing so in a way where our integrity, perseverance, collaboration, stewardship, and responsibility shine.  This handbook is an adaptation of our regular handbook, with a slight shift in focus as to our expectations of our students in an online learning format. Thank you for taking the time to look through this before we launch our 4th quarter on April 6th.

 

                                                In Crew,

 

                                                David Gundale, Principal of OWL

 

Open World Learning Community Mission

 

A community of

Joyful, curious

self-directed learners

engaged in the world.

 

Open World Learning Community Vision

 

Imagine every student at Open World Learning Community inspired, challenged, and

    prepared for their future beyond high school.

Imagine every family at Open World Learning Community welcomed, respected, and cared for by a responsive staff.

o   Imagine our community connected, involved, and integrated with the Expeditionary Learning School network across the country and world.

 

Our OWL Community

“Nobody is allowed to be a passenger; everyone belongs to the ship's crew.”

 Kurt Hahn, Founder of Outward Bound

 

At OWL Community we support each other’s learning, leadership and service by building a community where everyone can take risks to learn and grow in new ways. We recognize learning can sometimes be confusing and scary. That is one reason why it is so important to feel supported and safe. Expeditionary Learning calls learning a “journey into the unknown.” At OWL community we are taking that journey together. As members of the OWL Community we are all expected to be involved in the whole program, not just parts of it.

 

HOWL’s (Habits of Work and Learning)

The following five values–Integrity, Perseverance, Responsibility, Collaboration and Stewardship - guide how we learn and interact as a school community. 

 

We understand and view safety as both physical and emotional.  Every person is responsible for safety by making choices that create a safe, respectful environment and culture for all.  It is important that students are accountable to faculty members at all times for their whereabouts. Respect for one’s own property and the property of others is a sign of maturity and responsibility.  It is an important example of creating an emotionally and physically safe community. In part, this is what it means to be a Crew: all members of the community work together and none of us are merely passengers. 



Distance Learning Expectations:

 

  • Students must log in to Schoology daily and check for teacher updates and assignment(s) for the day.

 

  • Attendance is taken daily. Students must submit a response to their Daily Connect discussion assignment every day by 11:59 PM.  Attendance will be verified the following morning by the OWL support staff and attendance liaison.

 

  • The distance learning schedule will be as such: 
    • Mondays + Wednesdays: A Days
    • Tuesdays + Thursdays: B Days
    • Fridays: Crew Check-In/ Additional time to complete assignments

 

Turning assignments in on time:

 

Submitting work by the assigned due date is a critical part of standards-based grading and allows for teachers to provide timely, meaningful feedback. Work that is submitted after Sunday 11:59 PM will not be accepted unless previously arranged with a teacher.

 

Assignment timeline below:

    • Monday work is due Wednesday at 11:59PM
    • Tuesday work is due Thursday at 11:59PM
    • Wednesday and Thursday work is due Friday at 11:59PM

 

Academic Integrity:

 

Academic integrity means that a student is doing and submitting original individual 

work.  While some assignments/projects are collaborative they will require each group 

member to contribute to the overall assignment.  We expect OWL students to not

plagiarize (use other people’s work without citation) or use other people’s information

in assessments.  The following will be enforced in cases where academic integrity is

not upheld:

  • 1st Offense: (not class specific): student will have a conference with an administrator concerning the infraction.  Student will be able to redo/retake as a learning experience. Infraction will be documented in Campus. Parent will be contacted and notified.
  • 2nd Offense: (not class specific): student will have a conference with an administrator concerning 2nd Student will not be able to redo/retake assessment and receive no credit for assignment involved.  Infraction will be documented in Campus.  Parent will be contacted and informed of the incident and potential impact on grade.
  • 3rd Offense: (not class specific: student will have a conference with an administrator concerning 3rd Student will not be able to redo/retake assessment and receive no credit for assignment involved.  Student will be dismissed for up to 1 day as per SPPS Sights and Responsibilities handbook.  Upon readmit with parent/guardian, students will develop an academic integrity plan/contract to be followed.

 

OWL Distance Learning Student Conduct and Behavior at OWL 

 

Introduction

In Saint Paul Public Schools, we expect that everyone will conduct themselves with respect to others, responsibly and do their best. Every student and employee in SPPS is entitled to learn and work in a safe distance learning environment. To ensure this, the school has established a clear student discipline policy, consequences appropriate with the behavior, and practices to consistently apply the policy.

 

At Open World Learning Community, we have adopted a proactive approach to creating a positive learning climate called Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS). PBIS is a school-wide system of support that involves defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to foster a positive distance learning environment. High expectations for student behavior is expected. 

 

PBIS at OWL

 

  • Fosters respectful, supportive relationships among students and staff
  • Reinforces positive academic and social behavior
  • Provides an opportunity for positive student-teacher interactions
  • Expectations for behavior are tied to our Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLS) Students learn what it takes

 

OWL believes in a restorative approach to behavior. Students take responsibility in their learning environment with staff and students by engaging in each online discussion or group chat activity respectfully as a learner.

 

Teachers and students establish online routines and rituals in order to create an equitable rigorous, and safe learning community.

 

Students who have a challenge, will work with the teacher in order to get back on track. The attached behavioral matrix visually outlines student expectations during distance learning.

 

If a student has a challenge being appropriate online, school administration combines restorative practices with accountability and consequences when necessary. These could include a family conference, student conference with teacher and administration, or a behavioral plan. If a pattern continues with a student unable to work well online, OWL utilizes SPPS Rights and Responsibilities manual for guidance.

 

Attendance

All students are expected to log in and be engaged in their work every day unless they have a written note from a doctor, or parent/guardian has communicated with administration for a limited number of days. Attendance is monitored by teachers, OWL support team, and Assistant Principal daily.   

 

If students do not adhere to the policy of being an active, engaged learner every day, the school will require any or all of the following:

 

1)  Receive a phone call about the absences

2)  Receive a warning letter about the absences

3)  Attend a meeting with school administration and guardian about attendance

4)  Receive a behavior contract with the school about attendance

  

Bullying/Cyberbullying/Other Harassment

Participating in, or conspiring with others to engage in bullying or cyberbullying acts committed with the intent to injure, degrade, disgrace, or intimidate other individuals is the official definition of bullying and harassment according to the St. Paul Public School’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. This could include bullying and/or harassment based on an individual’s origin, age, color, religion, ancestry, and status with respect to public assistance, sexual or affectional orientation, or disability. All St. Paul Public Schools take pride in being inclusive communities that respect and honor differences and diversity.

 

OWL staff and administrators take bullying and harassment issues very seriously and will investigate any possible incidents of bullying, including those reported using social media such as Facebook, Tik Tok, Snapchat, etc. Parents will be notified immediately in reported incidents of bullying and a conference will be scheduled to discuss the harmful nature of bullying and the consequences of such.

 

iPad Policy

  •   See iPad manual for full St. Paul School District expectations.
  •   iPad is the property of the school district and like a textbook is considered an 

         item that is checked out/” leased” to a student. Damage to the device or lost       

                     charger/iPad, and/or case is the responsibility of the student.

  •   If a student is found to have Apps on their iPad that have not been approved by     

SPPS or OWL and are not a part of Self-Service, the school has a right to

delete those Apps and remove them from the student's iPad. If students are found to continue to download unapproved Apps, the school administration has a right to restrict iPad use by allowing use in teacher- initiated activities.

 

Video Conferencing

Students will be meeting virtually with their teachers and at times in small groups which could include meeting for a Socratic seminar or fish bowl.  During video conferencing students are expected to be prepared for the discussion with a fully charged iPad. Students should log into the discussion on time, actively participate, and be appropriate during video conferencing.  

 

Important Support Staff Contacts:

 

Please use the following form for questions or concerns.  Parent Liaison, Mary Sellers, will be monitoring this form daily and getting the questions to the correct staff member, administrative or teaching staff.  This form will allow teachers and administrative staff to focus their online interactions with students over the coming weeks. This form is a good place to seek clarity on school or home related challenges.

 

Student Support Contact Form

 

Direct email contacts that also might be helpful:

 

Principal

David Gundale

dave.gundale@spps.org

Assist. Principal

Elba Frazier

elba.frazier@spps.org

Clerk

Tammy Plaman

tammy.plaman@spps.org

H.S. Counselor

Jolene Yang

jolene.yang@spps.org

Middle School Counselor

Katerina Youngberg

katerina.youngberg@spps.org

Family Liaison

Mary Sellers

mary.sellers@spps.org

School Nurse

James Patterson

james.patterson@spps.org

Social Worker

Michelle Romano

michelle.romano@spps.org

Social Worker

Paige Geck

paige.geck@spps.org

Program Coordinator

Tim Leone-Getten

timothy.leone-getten@spps.org

 

 

Teacher Communication:

While reaching out to teachers with questions through email and phone calls is encouraged, it is also important to note that teachers should focus on teaching their classes and planning lessons during the school day.  If your question or concern requires a more substantial conversation or response, please reach out to an OWL Support staff from the contact list above. They will look into the question with the teacher and respond accordingly.  Parents and students can expect a response within 48 hours of the inquiry. Meetings can be coordinated occasionally with teachers/teacher teams with enough notice during teacher professional learning community time.

OWL Remote Learning Daily Schedule

Mondays + Wednesdays: A Days

Tuesdays + Thursdays: B Days

Fridays: Crew Check-In

Teachers have week of work posted on Schoology for students by 8AM Monday

 

Time

Monday/Wednesday (A)

Tuesday/Thursday (B)

Friday

8:30AM - 10AM 

Independent Work Time

  • Teachers post DAILY CONNECT activity by 9 AM & take daily attendance on Campus via DAILY CONNECT activity completion by 11:59 PM.
  • Students focus on assignments for classes 1 + 2
  • Staff Meeting

10AM - 11AM

Office Hours for 1A/2A

  • Teachers are available for student questions

Office Hours for 1B/2B

  • Teachers have meetings
  • Students have personal flex work time

11AM - 1PM

LUNCH BREAK

Flex: Go play, read for pleasure, build, draw, or create something.

Share in your household chores

1PM - 2PM

Independent Work Time

Students focus on assignments for classes 3 + 4

Weekly CREW Check-In

  • Real-Time Crew Discussions
  • Video Chat/Synchronous Meeting
  • Monthly Community Meeting

2PM - 3PM

Office Hours for 3A/4A

Office Hours for 3B/4B

 

Work Submission Timeline:

Monday work is due Wednesday at 11:59 PM

Tuesday work is due Thursday at 11:59 PM

Wednesday and Thursday work is due Friday at 11:59 PM

All work for a week is locked on Sunday at 11:59 PM

 

Office Hours Definition:

Teachers will be available via email, Schoology chat and any other platform as directed by the district to answer student questions. Teachers should use this time to prep, grade and respond to student questions. Office Hours can be used for more than just one specific class period, and can be used to ask questions in multiple areas. 

 

Rituals and Routines for Distance Learning

  • Students log in daily and check teacher announcement

 

  • Mondays + Wednesdays: A Days
  • Tuesdays + Thursdays: B Days
  • Fridays: Crew Check-In

 

  • Attendance is taken daily. Make sure to submit to your DAILY CONNECT discussion assignment every day by 11:59 PM, this is how attendance will be verified daily.  Student support-team will run campus attendance at 8:00 AM. the following morning and the team will reach out to students and families until 100% attendance and engagement is achieved.

 

  • Turn assignments in on time: Submitting work by the assigned due date is a critical part of standards-based grading and allows for teachers to provide timely, meaningful feedback. Work that is submitted after Sunday 11:59 PM will not be accepted unless previously arranged with a teacher. Work timeline below:
    • Monday work is due Wednesday at 11:59 PM
    • Tuesday work is due Thursday at 11:59 PM
    • Wednesday and Thursday work is due Friday at 11:59 PM

 

  • All work submitted should be original individual work. While some assignments are collaborative they will require each group member to contribute to the overall assignment. We expect OWL students to not plagiarize (use other people’s work without citation) or use other people’s information in assessments.