March 30, 2020
Greetings Dover High School students,
I hope this letter finds you well as we enter the second week of remote learning. As I’m sure you are aware, remote learning has been extended through May 4th so we will continue to work on providing you the best education we can during that time period. Like anything that is new, we are learning things every day and using what we have learned to adjust on a weekly basis. Please continue to communicate your thoughts and observations with your teachers, advisors, and counselors so we can use the information you supply to help in making changes.
The biggest change, which your teachers made you aware of last week, is to the schedule. We learned that sometimes you were being asked to be at two class meetings at the same time and that your workload was not always as evenly distributed as your individual schedule would generally spread it out. Starting on Monday, March 30th we will use the schedule below. We will keep the block times we are currently using but will be putting a modified Green/White rotation into place. Next Monday and Wednesday will be Green Days and next Tuesday and Thursday will be White Days. Friday will be an office hours day where teachers are available in the designated blocks without a specific class like we have done this week. We hope this change will help provide both a schedule you are used to and an organizational structure that distributes work in a manner designed to lessen that feeling of being overwhelmed.
- Block 1- 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Block 2- 10:00 am to 11:00 am
- Block 3- 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
- Block 4- 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Monday, March 30- Green Day
Tuesday, March 31- White Day
Wednesday, April 1- Green Day
Thursday, April 2- White Day
Friday, April 3- Office Hour Day
Last week I talked about the importance of routine and creating a schedule. After experiencing remote learning for a week, please work with your family to figure the times you need to be live and the times you can be working independently. Make a visual of when work is due and meet those deadlines to prevent work from backing up. By working every day, you can stay current with your learning and assignments.
Please be sure to do the following as well:
- Check your school email and Infinite Campus accounts every day
- Reach out to your school counselor to develop your schedule for next year
- Reach out to your teachers, case managers, advisors, and deans as needed
I know you have many questions about things like prom and graduation. We are looking at those events and will let you know the plan moving forward when they are finalized. This is a time of uncertainty and a challenge for everyone. It is a rollercoaster ride with ups and downs. That is normal and to be expected anytime we experience a disruption of this magnitude and are dealing with a totally new experience. Please stay positive and support your family and friends in the weeks ahead. Together we will get through this experience, coming out stronger and with many new ways of doing things. I know you are a resilient and creative student body and will do your best work throughout the period of remote learning.
Finally, I want to remind you to take care of your physical and mental health and to be a support to your family. Governor Sununu made the decision to order a stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. It is vital you follow this order and continue to practice social distancing. It is also important that you wash your hands, not touch your face, and stay away from others if you do not feel well. We want you and your family to stay healthy and you play a large role in accomplishing that goal.
Please have a good week and know that your teachers are working every day to provide you with the best education possible. Remember, learning never stops!
Best wishes- Mr. Driscoll