Communication to Families
Alternative Learning
Posted on 03/25/2020
Important InformationDear Lombardi Families,

The first day of “school” after spring break was certainly unusual. Instead of welcoming Lombardi students back to the building, teachers met virtually to plan and discuss alternative learning for students. Although the day wasn’t met with its usual hustle and bustle, there was a sense of excitement as teachers envisioned the possibilities of delivering engaging learning opportunities for students remotely. Below are important pieces of information that pertain to the transition to alternative learning:

March 23-27: Teachers will be using this week to create activities that can be delivered to students virtually. Each teacher will be planning their lessons to take approximately 30 minutes to complete (3-4 hours of learning per day for all classes). 

March 30-April 3: Teachers will assign at least one assignment and provide feedback to every student. The assignment will primarily be used to establish a virtual learning environment. Students who do not participate in the assignment will be contacted to ensure all students are engaged.

April 6 until further notice: There will be a full transition to alternative learning. Most teachers will use Google Classroom. Teachers who previously used an alternative program to assign activities and communicate with students and families will continue to use that (for example, teacher-created website). 

Teachers will be establishing “office hours” during which time emails and questions asked by students virtually will be responded to quickly. Office hours will be posted on the website by Friday, March 27th.

Lessons will be posted by 9:00 am. Students will have the remainder of the day to complete the activities for the day. We will continue a Day 1/ Day 2 schedule which will be communicated via daily announcements posted in Google Classroom. 

At this time, assignments will not be given a formal score that will impact your child’s grade. However, to ensure a continuity of learning please monitor their progress towards completing the assigned lessons. This is extremely important to continue learning and provides a sense of routine for students. 

If your child needs a Chromebook or a Kajeet which provides internet access, please go to Franklin or Washington Middle School Monday-Friday from 12-3 pm. Devices will be distributed and serviced if technical issues arise. 

While the type of learning and positive interaction that takes place when students are physically in the classrooms can’t be duplicated, it is our mission to educate all students with the tools and resources available. The tools and resources have changed, but the mission remains the same. It is also our hope that, by providing engaging learning opportunities for your child, we can also provide a sense of normalcy and routine until we have the privilege of welcoming students back to the building.

For questions pertaining to one of your child’s classes, please use the staff directory located on Lombardi’s website to contact the teacher directly. For questions regarding the transition to alternative learning, please contact your child’s counselor and or an administrator.

6th grade: Tim Larsen (tclarsen@gbaps.org)
Mel Carrigan (mecarrigan@gbaps.org) 
7th grade: Dennis Christensen (djchristensen@gbaps.org)
Jenna Starry (jmstarry@gbaps.org) 
8th grade: Lucas Lechnir (ldlechnir@gbaps.org) 
Jen Grunwaldt (jlgrunwaldt@gbaps.org) 
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