Quick Update

Thank you to each of you who have been encouraging your child to tackle some of the tasks Penn Manor has provided on the district page. Continue to have your child share their work with me through Google Classroom or email. While I prefer Google Classroom as it allows me to give students feedback in an organized way, I understand if email is easier. I have a few assignments to give students feedback on, however, almost all of the assignments submitted on Google Classroom should have comments attached or have comments in their file (Google docs, Google Drawing, Google Slides, etc.)

Additionally, I am looking to share some of the great work students have completed however I also want to be mindful that not all students want their work shared. On Google Classroom your child can check out two of our student’s Rube Goldberg machines that they have designed. Consider encouraging your child to check out their classmate’s work and submitting their own design this week.

Finally, while I am still very limited in what the district wants us to post or provide in addition to what is on the district site, I’ve decided to provide my students with a daily math challenge task. These will be difficult but they will tie into our 6th-grade curriculum. The first task is live, so consider encouraging your child to check it out here.

As always, email with questions or concerns. Stay safe.

Penn Manor Online Resources

The online resources prepared by Penn Manor are now available. I want to share with you how these materials were prepared, what my role is, and what we are asking from parents and guardians.

Last week, grade level teams were tasked with preparing 2 math, 2 ELA, 1 science and 1 social studies project/task that would only involve enrichment and review. The reasoning for enrichment and review revolves around the need to provide equitably educational opportunities for all students. 

Additionally, the resources were created by teams of teachers each focusing on different content areas. This means that the resources are not specifically created for specific classrooms. The resources were also created in such a way as to be mindful of the resource limitations of students at home.

Over the next seven days, I am able to provide guidance and feedback for the resources that have been created. To do this, students are free to email me and post their projects or tasks on Google Classroom so that I might provide them feedback. I have created assignments on Google Classroom that correspond to each of the district tasks. Please do not hesitate to reach out or have your child reach out for guidance or feedback with what they might be working on. Additionally, while I cannot provide specific assignments for students at Khan Academy, know that students will always have access to Khan and will be able to work on mastering or extending their math learning using Khan Academy.

While we move forward, you are welcome to provide feedback that can then be passed on to Dr.Cox and the district administrators. They have shared that they are open to feedback that you might provide to us.

As always, thank you for your time as we continue to determine what the new normal looks like over the coming weeks.

Moving Forward

Parents and Guardians, 

Thank you for your patience during this time. I pray you and your families are safe, healthy, and finding ways of making the best of this difficult situation. Over the past week, educators in the district have only known what has been shared on the district site and so we also have been watching and waiting to see what the current events mean for our classrooms and students. We were also directed to wait on providing resources, lessons, and assignments to students and families while the district determined the next steps it wanted to take. Thankfully, we are going to be able to provide educational opportunities for your child in the coming weeks.

Yesterday, educators received an email sharing that we are going to be attending an in-service for the remainder of this week in an effort to put together resources for our students during this extended time away from the classroom. I am currently waiting for instruction from administrators about what this looks like moving forward. Look for news from the district, Dr. Cox and myself over the next several days as to what steps the district will be taking to provide educational opportunities for your child. 

In the meantime, while I am not technically assigning anything to your child, if he or she is hoping to submit their podcast to NPR’s student podcast competition, the deadline has been extended to May 1st. Additionally, Khan Academy is always a great resource for continuing to develop his or her math skills. 

Finally, as a way of connecting with our Eshleman community, the teachers of Eshleman have been recording read alouds for our students to help provide a friendly face from the school in this time away. You can find all of the videos on our Eshleman YouTube channel. Look for additional read alouds in the coming days.

Looking Ahead to the 2019/2020 School Year

Thank you, parents and guardians, for taking the time to complete the survey below. Again, I cannot reiterate enough how useful I find the information you provide. Have a wonderful summer and I Iook forward to meeting each of you in the fall. If you have any questions, concerns or things you didn’t include in the survey, you can always reach me at richard.bodde@pennmanor.net .

2019/2020 Parent Survey