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Quarterly Update from Principal

 

March 26, 2020
 
Pine-Richland Middle School Parents and Guardians,
 
Just like you, Mr. Minsinger and I are adjusting to this new learning environment. I want to thank all of you for your flexibility and understanding as WE navigate this journey with you. At this point, your child has completed their Bridge assignments and they have started with new learning. A new nine weeks officially began this week along with new instruction from our teachers.
 
Our teaching staff has begun new learning too. They are learning how to effectively deliver new instruction in our online environment. Many of our teachers are actively utilizing new online instructional strategies and approaches. Each teacher will adjust their approach to learning and they will refine strategies. You will receive a survey asking for your feedback from the district. We will use the feedback to make adjustments so please take the time to complete the survey.
Additionally, I will be sending a survey link through email to all of our 7th and 8th-grade students. Each Thursday students will have the opportunity to share their anonymous perspectives.
 
This week many teachers have presented topics through voice-over PowerPoint, instructional videos and subject-specific projects. If your child has specific questions, please have them email their teachers. For a list of our teachers’ email addresses please click on this link (PRMS teacher sites).  
 
We have heard from some families that students would benefit from participating in small group or classroom-based video conferences. The district is looking into video conference options. We will communicate with our families as best practices related to this instructional technique are identified and established.  
 
The Pine-Richland school community has consistently demonstrated dedication and a strong work ethic. Mr. Minsinger and I are confident each family will significantly learn and grow through this new learning environment. As we all learn to juggle this new experience, please dedicate some time to your family. Play that new board game you have never gotten out of the box or take some time to work out together. We wish you all the best.
 
Take care,
Dave and Jacob
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