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Nov. 20 Update Return to CDL

Dear Families and Staff:

I regret to inform you that Klamath County new COVID case numbers for the last two weeks have exceeded the 200 limit per 100,000 and have placed us in the red zone per Oregon Department of Education guidance. This means we will need to return all students to comprehensive distance learning on Monday, November 30. In order to return grades K-6 to in-person learning, the county would need to reduce new case numbers over the next two weeks and bring our status down to the yellow or green zone. The earliest this would be possible is the week of December 7. Once K-6 is back for in-person instruction, grades 7-12 would be able to start in-person learning four weeks later. This would be after the winter break sometime in January. As always we will keep you up-to-date with the latest information.

I wish all of you a healthy and safe Thanksgiving and thank you for all you do to help us serve our students. This virus has been a rollercoaster ride for all of us, but I am extremely thankful this holiday season that we have wonderful families and staff working together to help our students learn and grow despite the ongoing challenges.

Best wishes,

Paul Hillyer, KFCS Superintendent

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Operational Blueprint for School Reentry 2020/21: Click Here for Ponderosa Middle School Blueprint

Under ODE’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, each school has been directed to submit a plan to the district in order to provide on-site and/or hybrid instruction. Districts must submit each school’s plan to the local school board and make the plans available to the public.


 

Principal's Message 11/4/20

Good Morning Ponderosa Parents,

 

We are working on ODD classes this week.  Quarter 1 grades were submitted, so you will be receiving an email with your student’s grades along with a hard copy that will be mailed out later this week.  I apologize for the late message but there have been some very large changes that occurred on Monday afternoon when I was writing this message.  

 

New School Metrics and what it means for Ponderosa

Last week the State of Oregon changed the metrics used to see if school districts were able to offer in-person learning.  Here is what you need to know for our Ponderosa students. 

 

For our 7th and 8th grade students:

  • Previously we needed 3 consecutive weeks of 7 or fewer cases per week. 

  • Now we need two weeks of a combined total of 34 cases or fewer to start in-person learning.

  • We still need a county-wide positivity rate of 5% or less

  • If the metrics are met, the school district has 14 days to implement the plan to bring students back to the building.

For our 6th grade students:

  • We are able to start in person (AM/PM) next Thursday (11/12/20)

  • We are creating lists for AM cohorts and PM cohorts.  Much of this is based on transportation and the survey results we received at the beginning of the year.  Please understand that we may not be able to accommodate all requests due to State class-size requirements.  

  • I will be sending out more explicit information to our 6th-grade families to help with planning. 

 

This is great news.  I am very proud of our students and staff who have had to learn to use a new Learning Management System, Canvas, and a new way of teaching and learning. We are looking forward to meeting our incoming 6th-grade students. 

 

Math Boxes

We still have many boxes available for pick up. If you have not picked it up and are able, please come by the Main Office to pick it up.  If you cannot pick it up for whatever reason, please contact George Slaughter (541.883.4740) and see what we can do to help get it to you.  

 

Admin Talks

We had our admin talks this morning at 9:00, and it went really well.  There were many parents who logged on to see what was new and to ask questions. Please feel free to join us this evening at 6:00 p.m.  This is a good opportunity to talk to our admin team and get answers to any questions you may have.  It will be open for an hour.  After today, we are going to move them to a half-hour in length. 

 

After School Program and Tutoring Information

The after school program is going to be done virtually.  They have some interesting clubs and activities our students can participate in.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

KU has offered more tutoring support for our middle school students.  If your students did not do as well for the first nine weeks, I would encourage you to have them work with our high school students to get more support and help with their classes.  Please see the attached flyer for this as well.

 

I ask again that you continue to stay patient and know that we are doing everything to give parents information and provide students the best education we can in these trying times.  Please stay safe!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Lemieux - Principal

 

Buenos días, padres de Ponderosa,

Estamos trabajando en clases de ODD esta semana. Se enviaron las calificaciones del primer trimestre, por lo que recibirá un correo electrónico con las calificaciones de su estudiante junto con una copia impresa que se enviará por correo más adelante esta semana. Pido disculpas por el mensaje tardío, pero hubo algunos cambios muy importantes que ocurrieron el lunes por la tarde cuando estaba escribiendo este mensaje.

New School Metrics y lo que significa para Ponderosa

La semana pasada, el estado de Oregon cambió las métricas utilizadas para ver si los distritos escolares podían ofrecer aprendizaje en persona. Esto es lo que necesita saber para nuestros estudiantes de Ponderosa.

Para nuestros estudiantes de séptimo y octavo grado:

Anteriormente necesitábamos 3 semanas consecutivas de 7 o menos casos por semana.

Ahora necesitamos dos semanas de un total combinado de 34 casos o menos para comenzar el aprendizaje en persona.

Todavía necesitamos una tasa de positividad en todo el condado del 5% o menos

Si se cumplen las métricas, el distrito escolar tiene 14 días para implementar el plan para traer a los estudiantes de regreso al edificio.

Para nuestros estudiantes de sexto grado:

Podemos comenzar en persona (AM / PM) el próximo jueves (12/11/20)

Estamos creando listas para cohortes AM y cohortes PM. Gran parte de esto se basa en el transporte y los resultados de la encuesta que recibimos a principios de año. Por favor, comprenda que es posible que no podamos atender todas las solicitudes debido a los requisitos estatales de tamaño de clase.

Enviaré información más explícita a nuestras familias de sexto grado para ayudar con la planificación.

Esta es una gran noticia. Estoy muy orgulloso de nuestros estudiantes y personal que han tenido que aprender a utilizar un nuevo sistema de gestión de aprendizaje, Canvas y una nueva forma de enseñar y aprender. Esperamos conocer a nuestros nuevos estudiantes de sexto grado.

Cajas de matemáticas

Todavía tenemos muchas cajas disponibles para recoger. Si no lo ha recogido y puede, por favor pase a la oficina principal para recogerlo. Si no puede recogerlo por cualquier motivo, comuníquese con George Slaughter (541.883.4740) y vea qué podemos hacer para ayudarlo a llevárselo.

Charlas de administración

Tuvimos nuestras charlas administrativas esta semana y ambas fueron muy bien. Hubo muchos padres que se registraron para ver las novedades y hacer preguntas. Esta es una buena oportunidad para hablar con nuestro equipo de administración y obtener respuestas a cualquier pregunta que pueda tener. Después de hoy, los trasladaremos a una duración de media hora.

Información sobre programas extracurriculares y tutorías

El programa extracurricular se realizará de forma virtual. Tienen algunos clubes y actividades interesantes en las que nuestros estudiantes pueden participar. Consulte el folleto adjunto para obtener más información.

KU ha ofrecido más apoyo de tutoría para nuestros estudiantes de secundaria. Si a sus estudiantes no les fue tan bien durante las primeras nueve semanas, les animo a que trabajen con nuestros estudiantes de secundaria para obtener más apoyo y ayuda con sus clases. Consulte también el folleto adjunto.

 

Les pido nuevamente que continúen siendo pacientes y sepan que estamos haciendo todo lo posible para brindarles información a los padres y brindarles a los estudiantes la mejor educación posible en estos tiempos difíciles. ¡Por favor mantente a salvo!

 

Sinceramente,

Mr. Lemieux - Líder de la escuela

 

 

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21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS

After-school program runs from September 16th, 2020 till June 1st, 2021

Click Here for the Digital Application Form. This form will automatically be delivered to the 21st Century Community Learning Center Office upon completion.

Click Here for the Paper Form

Click Here for the 21st CCLC Web Page

 

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Brett Lemieux, Principal
2554 Main Street
Klamath Falls, OR
phone: (541) 883-4740
fax: (541) 885-4286
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