Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
Students in grades K-5 will have the majority of their coursework available through Florida Virtual School (FLVS). Teachers will utilize this online curriculum, supplemented with existing district curriculum (Pearson and McGraw-Hill Wonders) to deliver online instruction. Teachers will also utilize Google Classroom and Google Meet to implement synchronous live instruction. Students will be asked to log on during scheduled times where teachers deliver instruction. If for some reason students are unable to log in during the assigned time, teachers will record live sessions and place the recording in their Google Classroom for students to access. Students will access all learning platforms through Symbaloo using their Google sign in.
Teachers using the online platforms will carry grades over from those platforms to Synergy. Grade weights in secondary will match weights used in Edgenuity.
Please note that grades in Edgenuity/Florida Virtual may not match grades in Synergy, as teachers may be using additional assignments, projects, and assessments to supplement the curriculum needed to meet their students’ needs. The grades in Synergy will be the official grades. Teachers will continue to enter a minimum of two grades per week into Synergy.
G Suite for Education
Google Apps for Education, such as Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Google Meet are available to all MUSD staff and students.
Gmail is available for staff and secondary students only.
Training opportunities and infographics are available for parents, students and staff.
Parents and students can access support materials by visiting our Learning At Home page.
Staff members can access training and support materials by visiting Technology Development Resources.
Gifted Learners will be provided support and instruction through individual student check in appointments and small group synchronous learning through Google Meet.
CogAT testing for students will be available through appointment at a testing center. Testing appointments will take place August 31 - September 11. If you would like for your child to be tested, please contact Zoe Redfern at firstname.lastname@example.org and turn in a Parent Evaluation and Consent Form.
Students will return and be placed in grade level cohorts so staff can help assist with online learning. Devices will be provided and Copa staff will be there to assist teachers and children throughout the designated online school day. Safety measures will be put in place to ensure efficient social distancing throughout licensed areas, signing in and out, hygiene protocol, and fun but safe activities and projects during after school hours.
Homeless Education Services
The Homeless Education Services Program Coordinator will continue to serve as the local liaison and is responsible for providing a comprehensive program of supplemental assistance to ensure that all homeless children and youth are identified, immediately enrolled in school, and have equitable access to all instructional and non-instructional programs and services, as compared to their permanently housed peers. Parent contact via phone, in-person meetings, and/or Google Meet will be implemented regularly and on an as-needed basis to assess their student’s needs. The Program Coordinator will conduct a mandated staff training via an online course, and collaborate with our local shelters via Google Meet.
Our McKinney-Vento counselor will assist our high school students with improving attendance, academic performance, graduation rates, and college/career preparation. Using a trauma-informed approach, bi-weekly check-ins during non-instructional time will be implemented using Google Meet and Google Classroom.
School Counseling Supportive Services will be available for all students Preschool-12. Counselors will be available to meet with students and parents via email, Google Meet, or by telephone. Counselors will be available to work with students on their academic needs, social emotional concerns, college/career questions, and other issues families may be experiencing. Counselors have created Google Classroom Lessons, which topics include: Mindfulness Activities, Reducing Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Coping with Change, Self-Care, Social Skills, Boredom, Kindness, Creating Goals, Feelings & Emotions, and College/Career Readiness for grades 9-12. The Counseling Team will continue to train all MUSD Staff on suicide prevention using the More Than Sad Curriculum. Community Resources/Referrals and newsletters will be available to all families. We have been able to increase our counseling staff this year at the High School, Middle Schools, and Elementary Schools. This team has continued to plan throughout the summer to provide a smooth transition for our students as they return to school.
You can find additional information about our Counseling Services by visiting our MUSD Counseling Page.
Students in grades 6-12 will have the majority of their coursework available through Edgenuity. Teachers will utilize this online curriculum, supplemented with existing district curriculum (Pearson and McGraw-Hill Wonders) to deliver online instruction. Teachers whose content area is not available in Edgenuity will provide online instruction using Google Classroom. Teachers will provide live instruction via Google Meet that coincides with the student schedules. Students will be asked to log on during those times that teachers are delivering instruction. If for some reason students are unable to log in during the assigned time, teachers will record live sessions and place the recording in their Google Classroom for students to access. Students will use their Google sign in to access Edgenuity.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in additional tutoring services. Programs will include Title 1 before and after school tutoring and 21st Century afterschool programs. Teachers will identify students that need additional support above and beyond the school day. Small groups can support our online platforms. (Florida Virtual Learning, OdysseyWare, Edgenuity and Google Suite.
Additional intervention programs are available for identified children. (Reading A-Z, RAZ Kids, Science A-Z, LexiaPhonics, IXL Math, Wowzers, Rosetta Stone and Keyboarding without Tears)
Students will have the opportunity to take part in additional tutoring services. Programs will include Title 1 before and after school tutoring and 21st Afterschool Programs. Teachers will be able to identify students that need additional support above and beyond the school day. Small group pull out will be supported by our online programs (Florida Virtual School, Edgenuity, OdysseyWare).
English Language learners will be provided English language instruction through the Structured English Immersion Model (SEI). The SEI model will include targeted and integrated English Language instruction through language ability based groups and small group intervention via synchronous learning with Google Meet. Rosetta Stone will also be available to English language students for additional support.
Students will be assessed to determine identification of English Language or non- English Language status using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA). AZELLA testing appointments will be scheduled for students to be assessed at a testing center.
Foster Care/Group Homes Services
The Foster Care Point of Contact (POC) will regularly collaborate with Department of Child Safety caseworkers to maintain school stability for our students in Foster Care, while ensuring our student’s best interest is determined regarding school selection, using Google Meet. The POC will ensure immediate enrollment, school of origin rights are implemented, and that school staff are trained on the provisions and educational needs of children in Foster Care.
Native American Services
The Native American Services Program Coordinator will meet formally and informally with members of our local Tribal Communities throughout the year to assist in the development and delivery of this program via Google Meet. Culturally responsive academic support will be provided to our low-performing Native American students in math and reading as determined by the assessments. Our Response to Intervention Paraprofessional will use Wowzers and Squiggle Park online platforms via Google Classroom. Liaison support services will include tracking student attendance, ongoing needs assessments, program enrollment, and frequent communication with parents and guardians via email, phone calls, website, and monthly newsletters.
Supplemental counseling support for our Native American high school students will be provided via Google Meet with a focus on graduation and post-secondary goal setting.
A mental health counselor will support our Native American middle school students in the areas of suicide prevention and violence prevention through individual and group meetings via Google Meet. The AmerInd Club sponsor will provide supplemental culturally related after-school activities with a focus on the arts, and promote peer-interaction through Google Meet and Google Classroom. Ongoing collaboration with our Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) will take place using Google Meet.