August 10, 2020

Greetings Kent Families,

We eagerly await the start of the 2020/21 school year at Kent with an acknowledgement of these strange circumstances, and with a collective resolve to support each Kent student to achieve their fullest academic, social and creative potential this year. I will start this newsletter with essential information to help you and your student plan for the start of school on August 25th, and conclude with a bigger picture vision for what we hope to accomplish together during this year of learning at Kent.

As students begin the year with distance learning you can expect the following essential elements from Kent Middle School's distance learning model:

  • Teachers will provide instruction from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm daily, following a specific daily/weekly schedule
  • Students can expect to experience five or six learning sessions each day, which includes a homeroom to start and end the instructional day, three academic classes, and targeted small group instruction
  • Learning sessions will include synchronous components delivered via Zoom, and will also include include a variety of classwork experiences for students to complete during sessions
  • Enrichment and Physical Education classes will be provided to each student as a part of their instructional week
  • Students will receive a specific and time-bound schedule of work to complete outside of the instructional day, to reinforce concepts taught and to set up for the next day’s lessons
  • Students will experience daily reciprocal interactions with their teachers and with other students and staff
  • The school will issue a Chromebook to each student for use during distance learning at home, and students will be expected to log-in daily using their kentfieldschools account information
  • Each student will utilize a Google Classroom account where each of their teachers will update timely information and assignments
  • Teachers will provide regular feedback to students on their learning and progress
  • Students with unique learning needs can expect to receive targeted intervention, and students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) will receive services delivered remotely as a part of their instructional day

Please expect to receive regular updates from me with more specific information regarding the day-to-day instructional schedule by grade, as well as upcoming opportunities students will have to come on campus to gather materials and supplies prior to the start of school.

The strange and different times in which we live is requiring us all to rise to new, significant challenges. We stand committed to providing the thoughtful, engaging, rigorous, and cohesive instruction that our students deserve, in whichever format is permitted.

Now is an essential time to revisit the larger objectives we hold for our students through their experiences with us at school. The below ‘through lines’ are themes that we have identified at Kent; common threads that weave through the curriculum, our shared school activities, and daily school experiences.

5th – Independence: How can I take charge of myself and contribute in all my communities?

6th – Impact: How do my choices and actions affect me, my family, my community?

7th – Perseverance: How can I learn from my mistakes and grow?

8th – Legacy: How do my actions and my words define my character?

The development of character, compassion, understanding, patience, and community is of paramount importance, and we see this as a fundamental role of schooling for each Kent Falcon. I look forward to sharing exciting updates soon about activities that emphasize these through lines, like our All School Read, Be the Change Week, service learning, and more!


Grant Althouse
Kent Principal
galthouse@kentfieldschools.org

Summer Reading Lists

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

Book List: Beginning and Continuing Conversations about Race

  • A thoughtful list of books from picture books to books for adults by Kent Librarian Rebecca Jelen.

Summer Learning Resources

Kentfield students continue to have access to any digital application that may have been used during the school year.

  • Kent has a virtual summer camp through Google Classroom with activities and resources posted by a variety of teachers and even a weekly lunch on Wednesdays for group discussion on themed lunches and a Kahoot quiz. Kent families were sent an email with information to access the camp. If you do not have the code, please contact admin@kentfieldschools.org to receive it.
  • For general self-directed summer learning activities visit our District’s Links & Resources page.