A letter from Mr. Sasse

  • March 29, 2020

    Welcome to Sun Valley’s “Virtual Vanguard School.” We are happy we are all together again as a learning community. Today is a first for all of us. I want to assure you that our staff is here to support you through each step of your online learning experience. Let’s take a look at how this will work.

    The most important three things that all students can do to help make this experience successful is (1) log on to Schoology and engage in your school work. In order to compile grades for the second semester and overall transcripts, you will have to complete the graded, required items; (2) expectations and behaviors for online classroom settings are the same as if we were face-to-face in the school building. Please see our list of ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ attached to the e-mail that accompany this call; and finally; (3) show patience. This might not be the optimal learning environment for you or your teacher, but we all have a role in making this work so we can have a successful educational option during the school closure.

    Flexibility is key

    This week you will be receiving lessons from your ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies teachers. The assignments will be posted on your Schoology accounts between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. We know that computer access will differ for each of you. Further, we understand that many families will have students online at the same time. You may schedule the virtual work time as it fits your family’s computer and internet access needs. Our teachers will be available at designated times in the morning and afternoon to address every question and concern you encounter along the way. I have included the time table for teacher availability. They may not get back to you immediately, just remain patient, they will respond.

    Each teacher will provide instructions for completing the activities, directions on how to submit your work and information regarding grading. This week’s work is due no later than April 5th at 11:59 pm and will count towards your 4th Marking Period grades. We will do all we can to support students and provide opportunities to be successful with online learning. Reach out to your teachers when you are unsure, struggling to complete, having troubles getting access time or for any clarifications on the lessons. They will help you! This is a time for understanding and we will have plenty of it.

    What's next

    The week of April 6th will switch back to enrichment and optional learning materials that will be available. There will be no new lesson releases or mandatory work assigned. You can also use this time to continue catching up on past assignments that need to be made up for the 3rd marking period.

    In the event Governor Wolf’s orders to extend the Stay at Home and School closure order beyond April 6, we will continue with our “Virtual Vanguard” online learning on Monday, April 13. We will follow the enclosed schedule including our elective courses who will be pushing out new, graded, and required content at that time.

    Further details regarding 3rd and 4th marking period timelines will be addressed this week.

    The Department of Education has announced that all Keystone testing has been cancelled for this year. More details regarding Keystone Testing will be released by PA Dept of Ed. We will provide that information to our families as we receive it. Other standardized tests such as SATs, ACTs, and Advanced Placement (AP) Exams have each released information on their respective cancellation, rescheduling, or postponement. Please refer to www.collegeboard.com for further information.

    Continue to look for information regarding updated district news from Dr. Steinhoff. You can find these updates on the PDSD website in the COVID-19 section. 

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    Most important, please continue to follow the safety guidelines as our biggest concern is the health and well-being of our students, parents, families and friends. Thank you for welcoming our classrooms into your homes. These unprecedented times bring us closer together and together we will show our Valley Pride as we make this virtual learning experience successful for all of our students.

    This message and our “online ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ are both posted to the Sun Valley website for your reference. Also, be on the look-out for Sun Valley online Spirit Days coming your way soon!

    Mr. Sasse
    Principal of Sun Valley HS