Mr. Holman's Weekly Parent Update 10/26/20

Mr. Holman's Weekly Parent Update 10/26/20

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Our fall intramural sports seasons finished up this past week.  Thank you to cross country and football families for making the adjustment to Thursday from Friday.  Weather forecasts don't always pan out, but we were able to avoid some pretty cold, messy conditions by shifting that date.  It was great to see so many kids turn out for the fall season.  We will continue to create the best offerings that we can in the current conditions as the year progresses.  As mentioned last week, boys basketball (intramural) for 7th and 8th graders begins this Thursday, Oct. 29, with the first practice right after school in the Bear Den.  Online registration must be complete in RegisterMyAthlete, including a current sports physical, for athletes to be allowed to participate in practice.  The link to RegisterMyAthlete can be found here:    Once you have logged in, go to Moscow High School and then to Middle School Boys Basketball.  Please contact me or the MMS office if you have any questions. 

Conferences:  Moscow School District has a scheduled conference date on Friday, November 6. We unfortunately are not able to invite families in the way we have in the past.  In order to be most efficient, Moscow Middle School will be scheduling virtual conferences with as many families/students who need some extra attention at this time as we can.  I will send a specific email with information about our conference structure on Wednesday this week.  

The week of November 3, Moscow School District will have an AABB schedule on Monday through Thursday, with Friday a conference day.  

MMS Distance Learning Survey:  Thank you to everyone who has responded to the survey so far.  I appreciate the input and suggestions.  The data so far indicate that we are definitely not where we want to be just yet.  As we work to improve our practices, we are first focusing on the areas of greatest concern, which include:

Student ability to know what work is due and when:  66% not easy, 34% easy or very easy

Parent ability to track student progress:  57% not easy, 43% easy or very easy

Parent knowing what work is due and when:  74% not easy, 26% easy or very easy

As mentioned, we have already begun working on these areas.  We had hoped to move away from written agendas as we began the year and the use of Canvas features.  This didn't work out as we had hoped. This past week we printed and handed out student agendas that can be written in and consulted by students and parents.  Please ask your child to share their paper agenda with you.  We are also working to be more consistent with some of the features of Canvas.  There are other areas that we are also working on, and we will be communicating steps we are taking and will survey again to measure our progress.  Thanks again for your input, and stay tuned for more information.

The sync between Canvas and PowerSchool has turned out to be challenging as well.  We are not quite where we wish to be just yet, but hope to have PowerSchool grades mirror Canvas grades as nearly as possible very soon.  These systems are both quite versatile, which translates into 'complicated', so some of these things have not been as easy as we had hoped.  We are working very hard in the background, and will continue to do so.  

On the calendar:  

Friday, Oct. 23                        MMS Volleyball Scrimmages, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30:  Bear Den  (final event)

Thursday, Oct. 29                   Boys 7/8 basketball first practice

Friday, Nov. 6                         Conference day, no kids (we will do AABB on M – Th that week.)

Sunday, Nov. 8                       First quarter grading due into Canvas (so that PowerSchool can sync Sunday night)


Thanks again for working with us and for helping us all do the best we can in these challenging times.  Have a great week!

Bill Holman