Letter to CoaH Families – October 11, 2020

Dear City on a Hill Families,

We are writing this letter as we come to the halfway point of the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.  We are extremely proud of all our students and families who have persevered through the variety of technical issues you experienced as we kicked off our first ever Virtual Start of School.  

EMERGENCY GRADE LEVEL MEETINGS

Although our students and families have persevered in our virtual classes. We are quite concerned about the low rate of work that is being turned in on a daily basis. The low work turn in has contributed to a passing rate of 38% with only 11% of students passing all of their classes. In an effort to be proactive and address this issue before the end of the quarter, we will be holding grade level family meetings the week of October 19th.  Here is the schedule (zoom links to be sent separately):

12th Grade: Monday, October 19th at 6:30pm

11th Grade: Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30pm

10th Grade: Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30pm

9th Grade: Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30pm 

In these meetings, we will be presenting an overall picture of the performance of that grade level, giving you important updates about MCAS testing, ACT testing, and College.  We will be seeking information from families, and most importantly, coming up with concrete strategies to improve student performance moving forward.  It is VERY IMPORTANT that you do everything you can to attend your student’s grade level meeting.  We plan on doing everything we can do as a school, and in order to be successful, we cannot do this without your help, support, and guidance.

We also have a couple quick reminders for you:

HOT SPOTS AND HEADPHONES are still available and very necessary.  

While sound and bandwidth have improved for many, many students are still experiencing issues with their sound or internet connection.  Even if you have internet at home, with your student (or students) needing to be on Zoom daily for many hours, it may be stressing your internet connection.  The school still has hot spots available to rent for the year. 

Our Tech team reports that the sound issues with many chromebooks could be due to the placement of the microphone within the computer.  This can be fixed with a pair of headphones that have a built-in microphone.  We still have headphones with built in microphones that students can have for free.

 

Best,

Laura Edouard & Sonya Pratt

Principal & Chief of School


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