COVID Information and Remote Learning Resources

Remote Learning Resources

Remote Learning Q & A - Answers for the most common remote learning questions from Dr. Anastasia

Correspondence from Dr. Steven Nilhas - Concerning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

A Guide to Remote Learning for Parents - A guide created by Dr. Steve Nilhas, SAU 36 Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, to connect parents with apps and websites to supplement remote learning

A Resource Library for Teachers - A resource library created by Dr. Steve Nilhas, SAU 36 Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, aimed at supporting teachers' remote learning efforts

A Parent's Guide to Google Classroom - Everything you need to know to get up and running on Google Classroom

Social and Emotional Learning Resources - From our System of Care office, a library of resources to promote SEL from home, including COVID-19 talking points for children

Substance Misuse Supports in NH - Links to agencies and websites to support substance misuse treatment and recovery

Free Recovery Support Apps - Links and information for free smartphone apps to support substance misuse recovery

Community Resources - Emergency COVID-related local resources

Community Resources - Contact information for community support resources including housing, food, clothing, childcare, and much more

Family Well-Being Guide - Questions to ask, agency contact, and other support information (including financial, food, housing, and neglect/abuse)

WMRSD Meal Delivery Information - Delivery times and locations

NH Learns Alliance - Resources for educators, schools, and parents


COVID-19 Information

NH Department of Education Resource Portal - Information for students and educators

NH Department of Education - Information, tools, and strategies to support students

COVID - 19 Resources for NH Schools - Directives, guidance documents, conference call recordings, and more


Leaders and Learners

WMRSD Leaders and Learners – Your Community Connection
White Mountains Regional School District

Whitefield, NH:

At Whitefield Elementary School

The Stay at Home and Remote Instruction orders have required everyone to modify daily life patterns. One of the patterns that is being particularly disrupted is the sleep schedule. This is often seen with students during week-long and summer vacations. Inevitably many find themselves staying up later at night and sleeping later into the morning. The change to our students' daily schedules brought by remote instruction does not require them to get up as early to catch buses or make the 7:45 attendance count. The absence of sports and co-curriculars also means that there is less to do. As sleep patterns deteriorate, so do things like mood, thinking, behavior, and academic performance. Good sleep hygiene helps to be ready for the demands of the day, especially when those demands are novel and stressful; like remote instruction.

Medical professionals recommend that parents maintain a regular sleep and wake schedule for children. They encourage bedrooms to be places for sleep and discourage screens in bedrooms. Rooms that are set up to be cool (less than 75 degrees), quiet, and have a comfortable, safe feeling will allow for easier relaxation and dozing off.  Be sure to monitor caffeine intake during the day and begin winding down by avoiding screens and stimulating activities an hour before bedtime. In the morning, use of a device that gradually awakens rather than the sudden wailing of an alarm clock and stretches can help ease into the morning and set a better mood. 

Shifting from one lifestyle pattern to another is not easy and it takes some time and effort. Recognizing what is not working and making small changes can make a significant contribution to academic and social-emotional success during remote instruction.

 

At Lancaster Elementary School

The fifth graders at Lancaster School have been very busy and engaged with their remote learning. Their teachers, Ms. Parsons, Ms. Belanger, and Mr. Dupont, are very impressed with their hard work and diligence during this time. While remote learning may be difficult and pose challenges, there are also positives. Teachers and students are enjoying and benefiting from increased individual attention, as well as the opportunity to form strong bonds and relationships beyond the physical walls of the classroom. It has also been a wonderful chance for the students to increase their confidence using Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and other online learning platforms. This preparation is helpful as they enter sixth grade and are a part of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Topics of study have included operations with fractions and decimals, the U.S. Constitution and government, Earth’s structure, text evidence, and figurative language. 

Teachers are striving daily to create rich and engaging learning experiences. Recently, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Ms. Parsons issued a challenge to her class. The challenge was to create an edible Earth and write a card thanking the Earth for all that she gives us. The creations looked delicious! As the year begins to wind down, fifth grade will begin a research project that incorporates both science and English Language Arts. Students will choose an endangered species to research and they will present their work in a multi-media format to their teachers and classmates. Ms. Parsons, Ms. Belanger, and Mr. Dupont cannot wait to see what they come up with! 

Photo of cake, cookies, and LES student Gabrielle Thompson with her Earth cookie and thank you card

At White Mountains Regional High School

Humanities courses at WMRHS continue to be interdisciplinary and inquiry-driven. Students are thinking critically about issues past and present through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. After wrapping up units that were interrupted by the transition to remote learning, Humanities classes shifted to open-ended inquiries into contemporary life.

To capitalize on and strengthen the skills ninth graders honed this year, students are exploring topics ranging from family histories of the North Country to relationships to food to impacts of COVID-19. Students developed questions and interviewed a family member, friend, or community member. Initial interviews will be paired with outside research and a follow-up interview.

Humanities 10 students are tying together the major units of this year by researching something that is currently impacting an individual, group, or nation. They will develop a thesis about the contemporary issue and structure an argument to support it.

Humanities 11 students are researching changes currently happening in America, largely focusing on changes resulting from COVID-19, looking at everything from its impact on the environment to dairy farms to sports to mental health. Other topics range from changes in automobiles to changes in technology and women’s rights.

Students are synthesizing research to develop and support evidence-based claims. All will finish the year by putting their findings together in a product of their choice. In asking students to look outwards, the Humanities program hopes to see students reflecting on the larger world while also allowing for social interactions during the pandemic.

Previous Articles:
May 13, 2020
May 6, 2020
April 22, 2020

Updates from Dr. Anastasia

May 21, 2020

Dear WMRSD Families, 

We had originally planned for our 8th and 12th grade graduations to be held in August.  Recently, I reached out to our local (Lancaster) Emergency Management Team, Whitefield Fire and Police Departments, and Health officials to discuss the graduations and their recommendations in 'real' time.  Together, with the WMRSD Administrators, we decided that June ceremonies are appropriate at this time and that August brings uncertainties. The Town officials will be involved in the planning to ensure all attendees will be safe and they will also be on the sites to help with any logistics. 

The specifics of each graduations are still in the planning phases; however, we have decided on the dates:

  • WMRHS: June 12 (6:00 PM)
  • LES: June 11 (Time TBD)
  • WES: June 19 (Time TBD)

Mr. Berry, Mr. Holmes, and Mr. Cronin will be reaching out to share the details with families and staff as soon as possible.

 

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Best, 

Marion

 

 


Previous Updates:
May 13, 2020
April 21, 2020 (Includes Graduation and Event Dates)
April 16, 2020
March 28, 2020 (Includes 4+1 week schedule)
March 22, 2020 (Includes Q&A)

March 20, 2020 (Includes Meal Delivery information)
March 18, 2020
March 15, 2020
March 13, 2020
March 03, 2020