Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Good evening, North Garland families!
This is your principal, Michael Arreola, with an update for April 1st.
We will host a digital Parent-Principal Coffee this Saturday at 10 a.m. Here is the information to log into the meeting:
For English or Spanish:
To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/mwm-sndb-qdq.
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 929-249-4870 and enter this PIN: 394 237#
As we continue our digital learning journey, your child will be expected to complete no more than two assignments in their classes each week. If you would like more details about what your child will be learning this week you can email their teachers or ask your child to show you their Google Classrooms. Joining a teacher’s Google Classroom will allow you to monitor if they have turned in their assignments. If your child is taking AP, or any course for college credit, they may have more than two assignments per week. For more information, please contact your child’s teacher.
In the email sent with the April 1st Skyward callout, there is attached an infographic with directions on getting setup with guardian access on Google Classroom and a little information about it. I am also adding a video to our Youtube playlist for students/parents.
Here is the link to the videos on YouTube:
We hope you have a wonderful week!
Monday, March 23, 2020
Good evening, North Garland families!
This is your principal, Michael Arreola, with your weekly update for the week of March 23rd. This will be a week unlike any other. Although the building has been closed, the learning has not stopped. We will begin our at home learning this week beginning Monday March 23rd. To learn more about the at home learning program please go to the link on the email that accompanies this call: https://sites.google.com/garlandisd.net/gisd-distance-learning
Our top priority during these difficult times is to ensure that all of our students and staff are safe and healthy. It is important that students follow the guidelines that have been set out by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. We hope our students are washing their hands for at least 20 seconds, that they're coughing into their elbow, that they're maintaining a safe space between themselves and other people in public, and that they're staying home as much as possible.
We hope that if everyone does their part that we will return to the school building soon. Until we return to the school building, our number one priority is to make sure that our students have technology available to them so that they can continue learning. If you have not completed the technology survey from Garland ISD please do so by clicking on the link found in the email that accompanies this call: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScp4POP_elA5kT1qW1d4asXbh_LJfuOWgasugw0BZu_KIghKw/viewform
We need to know who needs a computer so we can provide it as soon as possible. Please complete the survey for each of your children in GISD. They will all need their own device to complete their work. Our first opportunity to pick up computers is tomorrow afternoon, Monday, March 23. To pick up a device you will drive to the area between the tennis courts and the school.
If your last name falls between A-O, you can pick up between 2 and 4 p.m. P-Z can pick up between 4 and 6 p.m. You can only pick up your device on Monday, March 23, if you completed the survey. You must drive up and stay in your car. For safety purposes, we cannot distribute devices to people who walk to the school.
We also know that many of our families do not have internet access at home. There are several companies that are offering free internet during these difficult times. Or a full list of companies that can provide free internet please go to the link in that can be found in the email that accompanies this call. https://www.garlandisd.net/content/resources-coronavirus-covid-19#CV19internet
Our teachers have been hard at work this week preparing their Google Classrooms so that they have assignments for all of our students to keep them learning. While our goal is for our students to continue learning we do not want to add additional stress to what is already a very stressful time in this world. Our teachers are willing to work with our students regardless of what their circumstances might be. We understand that some students may be taking care of siblings, working jobs themselves, or dealing with a lot of anxiety and stress from the situation that we are currently living in. We understand this because we are also dealing with those same circumstances. Many of our teachers have had to transition to working at home creating lessons and caring for their families at the same time.
To ensure that we do not lose touch with our students, each teacher has created a 2-hour conference time where they are available to meet digitally with students everyday. Parents are also able to meet with teachers during that time. If you would like to set up an appointment with a teacher please email them at their GISD school email account. For a full list of email addresses is available at the North Garland High School website located here: https://www.garlandisdschools.net/nghs/staff
Each teacher has created a Google classroom for each of their classes. A full list of Google Classroom codes can be found at the link included in the email that accompanies this call:
We encourage students and parents to sign up to Google Classroom to receive an update and to stay in communication with their teachers. Teachers will also communicate with students through Google classroom.
We want to thank all of the parents that joined us for our digital parent meeting this past Saturday March 21st. If you were unable to attend and would like to watch the recording of it you may do so at this link found in the email that accompanies this call: https://youtu.be/8yxRCFmHhCQ
This video answers a lot of important questions such as those about state testing, AP testing, Special Education and 504, where to find free meals, and many more. If you have questions that are not answered by the video, please email me by replying to the email that accompanies this call.
We know that this is a very uncertain time for all of our students especially our seniors who are losing a portion of their senior year. This is a very special year for them and we want to make sure that we continue to keep it special. While all of our senior events will look a little different this year, we will still have senior events. I'm looking for a few students to join me on a committee to brainstorm events that we can have during the school closure. Prom and graduation are being rescheduled and we will provide that information as soon as it is available to us. When these events will be scheduled for will be determined mostly by the guidelines we receive from state officials. Seniors who would like to be on that committee can do so by emailing me at my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling services are still available to our students. Counselors will be available every day each week from 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. on Google Hangouts. Please send an email to your counselor to schedule a time to meet with them.
Please stay healthy and safe. We miss all of our students and families and hope to see you all very soon!