^^^Scenes from April and May (clockwise): Outdoor club shares their adventures; Cooking Class tackles wings; Our Home Builders Institute program donates unopened boxes of face masks to EMS workers; The CTCA spring food drive netted several boxes of donations for Shoreline Food Pantry; Morning advisories go online.
May 18, 2020
As we approach the end of this very unique school year...
… we remain profoundly grateful for the creativity and resiliency of our students and staff.
Thank you all for showing up for yourselves and each other. Thank you to the staff members who volunteered to take on our newly formed clubs and groups, including cooking, anime, virtual field trips, outdoor scavenger hunt, music sharing, and video challenge.
Thank you to our students for volunteering to co-teach these initiatives and constantly thinking up interesting new topics and challenges!
Out of all the things we might have feared during this time, the loss of our community and our sense of connection to one another, was foremost in our minds. But – our school family prevails.
We are continuing to explore novel ways of teaching and learning that will carry our mission forward, and hope to soon update with details on our next steps. As always, “we find a way.”
In the meantime, stay healthy, stay happy, and #washthosehands.
If you need support...
By now, most of us have been touched by a pandemic-related death. Our clinicians have shared some excellent resources with our staff and we wanted to pass them along to fellow colleagues and parents. Additionally, our clinicians are always on hand for specific family issues or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
March 25, 2020
What school will look like in the weeks ahead...
To our school parents and guardians.
First, we offer a deep thank you for helping us navigate this uncertain time. We thank you for your responsiveness and cooperation. For students who have already finished their two-week packets, great job!
Going forward, teachers will be posting assignments in Google Classroom by Sunday for the following week. Starting this Monday, March 30, students should log on to their email first thing in the morning, where they will receive instructions and invitations to lessons, activities, and structured office hours for teachers.
We are using the Google Suite of products to provide instruction, track attendance, and individualize whatever help our students need. Academic instruction, tutoring, and therapeutic counseling and support will be conducted via video conferencing (Google Meet), instant messaging/chat (Google Messenger), or whatever way works best for our learners.
Many of them have already embraced this opportunity to work online, and we expect to see strong progress in the weeks ahead. If you are having technical issues or any problems accessing Google Classroom, please reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since Connecticut Coastal Academy (CTCA) will be implementing special education and/or related services in part through group video conferencing using Google Classroom applications, please be mindful that these services may be provided either individually or in a group setting with multiple students participating in the video conference. Student names and video images will be visible to the teacher and other participating students. Parents are encouraged to have their students participate via a location that is quiet and free of distraction, to the extent possible. Other individuals in the home are not permitted to participate in or be visible on the video conference, or otherwise observe the lesson, other than reasonable adult supervision of the student. Parents and students are prohibited from recording video conferencing sessions. All individuals must comply with relevant CTCA practices, including but not limited to those concerning the confidentiality of student records and acceptable use of technology.
Student privacy and the confidentiality of student information is of utmost importance. Parents are reminded, however, that CTCA is not in direct control of individual homes or physical locations of participating students. If you do not wish for your child to participate in video conference sessions, please send an email with a brief note to opt-out to email@example.com.
Although the road ahead may not be easy, the way forward is clear. We are here for all of you!
Dr. Pamela L. Potemri