Good afternoon West Ranch Parents,
This Week at West Ranch for the week of March 30 - April 3. We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy! Please read through the email. We have a lot of information about Distance Learning and the resources we have available for your student and family.
We are now 2 weeks into our Distance Learning model at West Ranch and the Hart District. As you know this will be our mode of education until at least May 5th. Each class has had a chance to “meet” 3 times. Our teachers have been working hard to provide quality learning and essential standards for your students. Teachers have given assignments in almost every class. Administration and counselors are working with teachers to identify students that have not checked in or returned work.
Please talk with your student to make sure they are checking in during each assigned class time and turning in work that is assigned and keeping in communication with their teacher as much as possible. It is important that students and parents understand that these classes will be receiving grades and we want to make sure that students do not fall too far behind.
We know this transition to Distance Learning can be difficult for many students. Our teachers are trying to be as flexible as possible with students. We ask parents to check in with their student that they are logging into the classes and completing assignments and utilizing the office hours built into the district model if they have problems or difficulties with the work. I am again including some things to remember in regards to Distance Learning that will hopefully make the stress for both your student and you a little less. For further reference, here is the district link that includes more information on Hart District Distance Learning: https://www.hartdistrict.org/
DISTANCE LEARNING TIPS:
1. Please encourage your student to maintain a structured schedule. The Hart District has put out a schedule for students to work in blocks of time. The structure can help students complete all their work weekly so that they can earn up to one credit per class per week.
2. Try and provide a quite, non-destructible area for your student to work in. This may have challenges now that everyone is home. It may require time blocks so that families can share the quiet area to work in.
3. Encourage and Motivate. This is a difficult transition for many people, especially students. They need encouragement and motivation, especially from those they trust the most.
4. Love on your children. Although this time brings on so many obstacles, it is also a time we can reconnect with loved ones. Find the value in the relationships you have with your family. Share why they are so significant to you, and at least three reasons why you love them.
5. Talk! Talk! Talk! It’s time to have real conversations. Limit media platforms and have conversations with your children. This is so valuable, and we forget at times just how face to face communication builds strong, trusting and loving relationships.
WEST RANCH COUNSELING DEPARTMENT TIPS:
The West Ranch Counseling staff has been hard at work answering questions that are pivotal during this Distance Learning time. To help you with what services the counseling department has and answers to frequently asked questions, counselors have put together a very informative webpage: https://www.
Please take some time to read this with your student. It may give you guidance for things you had not thought about yet. You can also get to this page through our school website, www.WestRanchHighSchool.com
Parents make sure to have your students read their Hart District emails. Teachers, Counselors, and other district and school staff send out emails to these accounts with information, looking for feedback, and other such items. Please encourage your students to check these email accounts daily. Thank you for your cooperation!
BEHAVIOR IN THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM:
Another thing to remember is that we will be using a lot of technology to learn, communicate and discover with your student’s teachers and peers. Students need to remember that just as we do in the classroom we must use technology appropriately and respectfully. Make thoughtful and kind choices. Inappropriate use and unkind communications will not be tolerated in any way. This is our new “classroom” and behavior expectations have not changed.
INTERNET CONNECTIVITY ISSUES:
Some parents and students have had concerns with internet connectivity issues. We know that Spectrum has been under a heavy workload and is behind in home visits for this reason. I wanted to share two different sources of information for either free or reduced cost internet that might get you through these times of Distance Learning.
Here is our district help page: https://www.hartdistrict.org/
Our education friends at California State University at Northridge recently released a page of internet and cell phone companies with possible deals as well: https://www.csun.edu/it/
We want all of our students to have access to the internet and want to give you any resources we may have uncovered. Thank you again for your willingness to get through this together as a West Ranch community.
WRTV VIRTUAL SHOW #2:
Our amazing West Ranch TV students continue to produce their Virtual shows from their homes in an effort to keep kids connected to West Ranch. Have your student check out their latest production:
WEST RANCH ASB SPIRIT WEEK #2:
Another way to stay connected to West Ranch is to participate in our second Virtual Spirit Week! This week will look like this:
Monday - Miss you Monday
Tuesday - Treat Tuesday
Wednesday - Whatcha' Watchin' Wendnesday
Thursday - Thankful Thursday
Friday - Fan Friday
Check us out on our Facebook and Instagram pages:
CURRENT 9TH GRADE PARENTS - REGISTRATION: CONTINUED
West Ranch counselors have already reached out to our 9th grade parents and students to begin registration for the 2020-2021 school year. You should have received an email that includes an instructional video, a hard copy of the instructions, and a fillable registration form for students to fill out and send back to their counselor. Our counselors are available by email if you or your student has any questions.
Ms. Ferry: A - Ca firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Warford: Cb - Gh email@example.com
Mrs. Reynoso: Gi - Ki firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Cazan: Kj - N email@example.com
Mrs. Woolridge: O - Sh firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Van Amberg: Si - Z email@example.com
VIRTUAL WILDCAT WELLNESS CENTER:
We know this can be a stressful time for our students. If you find that your student is struggling and in need of support, our West Ranch Social Worker, Nancy Phillips, is available for phone counseling from 8am to 3pm Monday – Friday. Students can sign up by scanning the QR code I have attached to this email. Please have your student leave a phone number for which they can be reached. It is another service we want to make sure our students can access if needed.
We also now have a special Wildcat Wellness Webpage: https://sites.google.com/
I encourage you and your student to check it out!
LUNCHES FOR THOSE IN NEED:
The Santa Clarita School Food Service Authority will be opening ten (13) serving locations in the Santa Clarita Valley.
All children 18 years and younger may access free meals at these locations.
A grab and go sack lunch will be offered between noon and 1 PM Monday thru Friday.
Detailed information is on the District’s website.
Castaic USD: Live Oak, Northlake
Newhall SD: Newhall, Peachland, Wiley Canyon, McGrath
Saugus USD: Cedarcreek, Rio Vista
Sulphur Springs USD: Mitchell, Canyon Springs
Wm S Hart: La Mesa, Rio Norte, Rancho Pico
COMMUNICATION: WEST RANCH AND DISTRICT
Continue to check your email for continual messages from the District. Also don’t forget to check the district and school websites for information www.WestRanchHighSchool.com Remember the West Ranch and all other district campuses are closed for the remainder of the allotted time. No groups or individuals are to be on campus during this time.
STAFF WELLNESS: VIRTUAL GRATITUDE JAR
Many of you have reached out to me to thank us for what our teachers and counselors are doing to keep students engaged in learning during this uncertain time. They truly are working hard “behind the scenes” to come up with different ways to get the essential learning to your students and to be available for any questions, while also maintaining their own households many with children of their own.
I wanted to set up a way that people could say thank you in a different way. We have set up the following link in which to do just that: bit.ly/WRVirtualGratitudeJar
This is the West Ranch Virtual Gratitude Jar. Any thanks you place there, we will get it to the intended individual. We are all in this together and a little kindness can truly go a long way. Thank you again parents for your flexibility, understanding and cooperation!
The College Board has stated that AP Exams will be given on-line this year. They will also be putting limits on the amount of material that will be covered in the exams due to school closures around the nation. The Hart District will be sending out more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can access information through the following website: https://apstudents.
WEST RANCH LIBRARY RESOURCES: MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER-
Our West Ranch Librarian, Laura Erickson, has done so much over the years to add to our “virtual” library that enables students to access volumes of material from their computer. These efforts are even more important now in the times of Distance Learning.
Beyond how this can help our West Ranch students, we have resources that can help the entire Wildcat community. We even have ways that parents and grandparents can read with small children as well. Check it all out at this link: West Ranch Library
All you need to do is use your student’s email address to access this great resource!
WELLNESS TIP - STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY!:
Our school is closed in support of the recommendations from public health officials to encourage “social distancing” to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The campus is closed to all visitors. Therefore, we recommend that students stay home during the closure as much as possible and avoid gathering in public places. In addition, we can maximize the effectiveness of these efforts by reinforcing these simple preventative measures:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Get vaccinated for the flu.
Stay safe and healthy!
Principal, West Ranch High School
Relationships – Rigor – Relevance