Middle School Information

Sent to Middle School families on March 20:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that this email finds you in good health and in good spirits. Certainly, these are trying times for everyone, please know that SMUS is sending positive thoughts to our entire community.

Our teachers have been very focused this week in their preparation to shift our program to a remote learning environment. We feel most fortunate to have had the week to plan and prepare and we are ready to begin on April 14th should remote learning be required.

Here are key points for you to be aware of are:

  1. Google Classroom will be our platform for delivery. Your child(ren) will be familiar with this learning platform as we use it across a number of subjects and grades.
  2. We will provide a modified lesson schedule that will include mandatory lessons in the core subjects and optional enrichment lessons in the specialist subjects.
  3. Students will be expected to regularly engage with their teachers and school community using the online meeting and collaboration tools we provide.
  4. All classes will have set schedules where teachers will be accessible through Google Meet video conferencing.
  5. Student support services, Learning Support and Counselling, will be available for students to access as and when needed.
  6. On April 9, you will receive an extensive overview of our plans and expectations for remote learning.

It goes without saying that there will be hurdles for us to clear in the weeks ahead and many uncertainties for us as teachers and for our students as learners. However, as we walk down the path towards remote learning, we feel confident in our abilities to deliver the curriculum and are buoyed by our understanding of the capabilities of our students.

This is merely a snapshot of the work that has been done already and we realize that there are still many questions left to be answered. Having said that, please look for a more detailed communication on April 9 which will detail more of our planning, our expectations for our students and our opening schedule for the week of April 14.

Until then, be well and enjoy the Spring Break in the best way possible in our new socially distanced world.

Best wishes,

Richard Brambley
Director of Middle School