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8.23 Message from Principal Sabins

8.23 Message from Principal Sabins
Posted on 08/23/2020

Good Morning Marauder Families!

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Sunday morning in San Diego. We are excited to get back to the business of education and partner with your family to provide an educational experience worthy of your children! We are currently preparing schedules and they will be available just as soon as we balance all the classes. I appreciate your patience and support as we finalize this process. Our counselors have been working overtime all weekend to ensure that everything is ready and set up for our return on August 31st as we move into our Family Welcome Week. This will also be the week we schedule our textbook / technology distribution by alpha and class.

*Note: If your student has no access to a computer we will have a device distribution day on Friday August, 28th, but if they can use a different device until the distribution day the next week it will streamline the process for both families and the school. More information on distribution will be coming out early next week.  

Family Welcome Week:
After seeking input from our families, through listening and solutions seeking sessions during Parents As Partners and Parent Think Tanks, we designed our Welcome Week training modules in response to the collective family feedback. The self-paced training modules are intended to launch a successful start of Online Learning and equip families with skills and information needed to support online learning at home. The modules are district created sessions that allow families to access anytime for flexible scheduling. 

Our Welcome Week family training modules are designed on a continuum, thus providing families with multiple entry points to start their learning. For example, the Technology modules provide basic levels of Chromebook support such as: Signing Into Your Chromebook and Chromebook Device Care. While other modules cover Signing Into Online Learning Platforms through Clever. The Health & Safety Requirement Modules provide families with informational guidelines on topics such as Hand washing, Masks, and Information on the Transfer of COVID-19, in order to build common understanding of best practices. Additional Welcome Week topics include: Social Emotional & Wellness and Family Resources. We will continue to provide ongoing training modules through the year based on parent input. 

We look forward to serving you this year. We are pleased to be partnering with you as we prepare for our reopening with Online Learning. Welcome Week training resources will be shared with site principals before August 31, 2020, so as soon as they are released we will be sure to share them with all of our Marauder families.  

Computers:
If you need assistance with your computer call the parent hotline for technology. It operates Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (619-732-1400). For Wi-Fi or hotspot issues call (619) 260-2460, press option 1.

SDUSD continues  to provide free computers and Wi-Fi service to families that need them. In the spring, San Diego Unified provided more than 50,000 Chromebook computers to allow students the ability to work from home.

As a 1:1 District, schools will be issuing a Chromebook to students who did not receive one during distance learning. School sites will determine pick-up dates and times for each grade level. Support centers will be established throughout the district as well as an IT Parent Help Desk. For Chromebook care, click through these  informational slide: 
EnglishSpanish | Additional languages available in THIS FOLDER.

For Chromebook troubleshooting tips click below. 
English | Spanish . More languages coming soon

Students and parents can access all online platforms by signing into Clever. After signing in, look for the online platforms section. Here students will find links to Zoom calls, assignments and grades. Watch this video for how to sign in to Clever, but please keep in mind that individual courses will not be available in Clever until schedules are in PowerSchool and the teachers have set up the individual courses. Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog. Somali, Swahili, Karen and Vietnamese coming soon. 

Thank you!
Jeff Sabins
Principal – Mira Mesa High School
jsabins@sandi.net

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