Welcome Back Letter from Principal Cage 8/17/20

Welcome Back Letter from Principal Cage 8/17/20

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L.V. BERKNER HIGH SCHOOL STEM ACADEMY

RICHARDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

RISD--Where all students connect, learn, grow and succeed.

 

Welcome Back Berkner High School STEM Academy Rams to the 20-21 school year! I am your head principal, Kristy A. Cage. I never imagined that we would begin this school year virtually, but I am glad that we will get back to learning, and I know the teachers have missed you tremendously. 

School will begin virtually on Wednesday, August 19th and will continue virtually for all students through Thursday, September 3rd. Friday, September 4th and Monday, September 7th are student holidays. On Tuesday, September 8th, those students who have elected the virtual learning model will continue their schooling online, while those who elected the face-to-face learning model will return in person to the Berkner High School physical campus. All students will continue to follow the same schedule they received at the beginning of the school year. Please be aware that all RISD secondary schools will now follow a block schedule, which can be found on the BHS website, the Berkner Bulletin, and the Berkner Parent Hub. During virtual learning, all students will have “A” lunch (11:35am-12:05pm).

Please make sure to look at the Berkner Day 1 and Day 2 document on the Parent Hub to prepare for August 19th. On tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18th, students will electronically receive and have access to their schedules in Focus. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we diligently worked to create both virtual and face-to-face schedules. Additionally, students will be both invited to join their teachers’ Google classrooms and receive instructions on how to join their teachers’ Google Classrooms. Once enrolled into Google Classrooms, teachers will share Zoom links, so students can follow their schedules and attend all of their classes virtually. Students will be expected to virtually attend all of their classes at the appropriate time, beginning at 9:00am and ending at 4:20pm. 

During the first 4 days of school, teachers will get to know their students, present team-building activities, guide students through virtual learning in their classrooms, present internet and Zoom etiquette, present classroom expectations, and share tips for online learning. No academic content will be presented prior to Tuesday, August 25th

We realize that this is a new way to start the school year and there is a lot of information to be familiar with; therefore, we have created a Parent Hub that will be linked to the Berkner High School webpage where you can find important information. 

I look forward to being able to see all of my RAMILY students face-to-face in September, and I hope you have a RAMTASTIC 20-21 school year full of learning and fun. 

 

Kristy A. Cage

Principal