Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Parent Update 9-15-20

Parent Update 9-15-20

Dear STrEaM Families,

It is hard to believe we are already in Week 5, and Thursday 9/17 marks the halfway point of first quarter. Thanks to all our teachers, students and parents for their collaboration and hard work towards making online learning successful. 

Return to School:

I know that a decision on returning to school face to face is highly anticipated. ASD will make an announcement this week. Remember that STrEaM is committed to remain Virtual for the duration of the first quarter, and that will not change. 

There is no decision yet on what STrEaM will do 2nd quarter. We will discuss our options as a staff, with our APC, and with input from parents, guardians and our school community.  

Changing educational modes and models should happen at a logical (quarter) break, with plenty of time for teachers, families and students to prepare for the change. 

When we do return face to face, I anticipate the following parameters:

  • 4 or 5 days per week, 5.5 hours per day: 8:00 to 1:30 (possibly continuing Wednesdays as E-learning days)
  • Continuing with 3 classes, rotating at quarter
  • A return to school survey will be coming out soon. We look forward to your feedback. 

Tomorrow (Wednesday): 


Join us for Morning Coffee at 8 AM!  We will hear from Mrs. Smith and Ms. Goodman (8th grade cohorts). Mrs. Gatlin will be sharing “What is Project-Based Learning?” Tune in! 

Zoom: https://asdk12.zoom.us/j/189887262?pwd=b0EzVGZYVjB6TEkxWHcrNTdsNmxRUT09

Meeting ID: 189 887 262     Password: (see your email)

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/adammokelke

WEDNESDAY E-LEARNING student tasks:

45 minutes on iReady (Building Reading and Math Skills)

30 minutes on ALEKS for math - Initial Knowledge Checks due Friday 9/11

20 minutes of recreational reading (book of your choice) 

20 minutes outdoor exercise - View link: Outdoor Education at STrEaM

Assessments:  

Parents, all students should have completed the iReady assessments and initial knowledge checks in ALEKS for math! If your child has not, please work with them and their teacher to get this done so they can proceed with the lessons in these programs. 

STrEaM Gear Store is open! The store will close at the end of September. All orders will be delivered to ASA the 3rd week of October.

https://streamacademy9-2020.itemorder.com/sale

ENROLLMENT:  

We have seats available in 6th and 7th grade. Anyone who refers another student to us who enrolls between September 8th and October 16th will receive a free STrEaM hoodie! Now is a great time to start with STrEaM!! 


PASSION FOR KINDNESS coming to Morning Coffee!


On Morning Coffee next Wednesday, September 23rd we will host Tamara Letter, author of “A Passion for Kindness.”  https://www.tamaraletter.com/  We are very excited, as this is a powerful, inspiring and positive book. Please mark your calendars, and we encourage you to get a copy to read!


See you for coffee in the morning!

Thank you, 

Principal Mokelke

(907) 360-1059 Cell

mokelke_adam@asdk12.org






Sunday, September 6, 2020

Parent Update 9/6/20


Dear STrEaM Families,

We’re wrapping up Week 3 already! Most students have completed iReady assessments and ALEKS math initial placements. Remember there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, 9/7 for Labor Day. 

STrEaM Gear Store is open! The store will close at the end of September. All orders will be delivered to ASA the 3rd week of October.

https://streamacademy9-2020.itemorder.com/sale

ATTENDANCE: 

Parents let us know as soon as possible if students have an absence so we can excuse them for you! Students must have cameras on and be engaged to be counted present. 

ENROLLMENT:  

We have seats available in 6th and 7th grade. Anyone who refers another student to us who enrolls between September 8th and October 16th will receive a STrEaM hoodie! Now is a great time to start with STrEaM!! 

WEDNESDAY E-LEARNING student tasks:

45 minutes on iReady (Building Reading and Math Skills)

30 minutes on ALEKS for math - Initial Knowledge Checks due Friday 9/11

20 minutes of recreational reading (book of your choice) 

20 minutes outdoor exercise - View link: Outdoor Education at STrEaM

CANVAS UPDATE:  

(1) Parents should become a Parent Observer on student Canvas courses.  See guidance here: ASD Parent Observer Guide.  (2) Note that Zoom links may change at times.  Students should click links posted in Canvas courses to ensure they are joining the correct Zooms.  We recommend that you do not save or print Zoom links to ensure students are able to join with the most current links posted on Canvas.  (3) Teachers are reminding students that although work and individual assignment grades are in Canvas, students should continue to check FINAL grades for all courses in Q/Student Connect/Parent Connect.  You may not see published grades in Q/Student Connect/Parent Connect yet; some teachers are working on solving issues with the grading sync this week.  

COUNSELOR’S CORNER: 

Ms. Bonertz’ Canvas page is up and running!  The students have one assignment on her page to enable them to practice navigating her virtual office and making an appointment.  Please encourage your student to complete that assignment because it’s due today! She also has a website located on the Stream Academy page entitled “Counselor’s Corner” that has resources for students and families.  September is Suicide Prevention Month.  Ms. Bonertz has added additional resources on her website to educate yourself on suicide awareness.  

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN LEARNING:

We have added a new link to our STrEaM website with Outdoor Learning and Adventure ideas! https://www.asdk12.org/domain/5155 

At STrEaM we believe that being outdoors is essential for the growth and development of a healthy mind and body. This week’s ideas feature some of our favorite fall time all-school adventures such as visiting Arnold Muldoon Park, Cheney Lake and Arctic Valley. All suggestions are optional. 

GRADE LEVEL ZOOMSEMBLIES:

Each grade level will have a decorum zoomsembly this month. This is an assembly for each grade to come together and discuss grade specific topics. 

6th Grade: Wednesday 9/9 @ 11 am - via Zoom, links to be found in Canvas

7th Grade: Wednesday 9/23 @ 11 am - via Zoom, links to be found in Canvas

8th Grade: Friday 9/11 @ 8 am - via regular class Zoom, log in to your Period 1

Next week:

Wednesday join Morning Coffee at 8 AM and the APC Meeting at 5:30 PM. We have 6 seats open on our APC. Interested persons must attend the September meeting to be on the October ballot. 

Morning Coffee: We will hear from Mrs. Staker and Ms. Draeger (6th grade cohorts). Each week Morning Coffee will feature a different cohort. 

PASSION FOR KINDNESS coming to Morning Coffee!


On Morning Coffee Wednesday, September 23rd we will host Tamara Letter, author of “A Passion for Kindness.”  https://www.tamaraletter.com/  We are very excited, as this is a powerful, inspiring and positive book. Please mark your calendars, and we encourage you to get a copy to read!

We are off to a great start families! Please continue communicating with us on any issues, concerns, or even letting us know what is working well! 

Thank you, 

Principal Mokelke

(907) 742-9000

(907) 360-1059 Cell

mokelke_adam@asdk12.org

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Friday, August 28, 2020


Parent Update Friday 8/28/20

Dear STrEaM Families,

Our first full week of school, “induction week,” is complete! Overall it was successful, with a few technical bumps in the road that we were able to navigate through and solve. We got this, Team STrEaM!

ATTENDANCE:

Please notify the office if your child won’t be in attendance. We are giving grace and working with families on attendance while we work out the bugs, while recognizing that it is critical to student success to have them online and engaged. 

ZOOM NOTICE:

For safety of our classes, I have instructed staff to only allow students to join who are using their first and last names and on the class roster. Please help us re-enforce this expectation to prevent “zoom bombers.” If you are having trouble with these zoom settings, call us or the district help line!

Teachers may record Zoom lessons to post on Canvas for asynchronous access. If lessons are recording, we do not require students to keep cameras on. Otherwise, for attendance and engagement we would like their video on at all times.

Notice: Lessons may be recorded for later access by students enrolled in the course. Students are not required to display their live image through the video function. Cameras capture not only the student but also background content within the camera’s frame.

CANVAS UPDATE:

Links to Zoom sessions for classes are in Canvas on the home page of each course. Teachers are also posting links in Announcements on Canvas and including links in the Modules.  

IREADY:

Teachers have begun giving the iReady assessment for Math and English-Language Arts. This will continue next week and we hope to be finished by Friday, 9/4. This is a diagnostic test, to show us where students may have gaps or need more support. With the reading portion, please do not read to them. 

COUNSELOR’S CORNER:

Mrs. Bonertz has a canvas page for the students to access various resources.  She has provided one assignment for the students to complete.  This assignment is designed for the students to practice navigating the page and learn how to make an appointment with her.  She also has a website located on the Stream Academy page entitled “Counselor’s Corner” that has resources not only for students, but also for families.  

Morning Coffee and Wednesdays:

Join Morning Coffee Wednesday! We will hear from Ms. Kotelman and Ms. Gabel (6th grade cohorts). Each week Morning Coffee will feature a different cohort. 

PASSION FOR KINDNESS coming to Morning Coffee!

On Morning Coffee Wednesday, September 23rd we will host Tamara Letter, author of “A Passion for Kindness.”  https://www.tamaraletter.com/  We are very excited, as this is a powerful, inspiring and positive book. Please mark your calendars, and we encourage you to get a copy to read!

Remember we have a staff meeting following Morning Coffee, and following that cohort and grade level teams are meeting to plan and prepare awesome lessons and projects. 

STUDENTS should follow their schedule and work on ALEKS, iReady, and class assignments on Wednesday. They should also schedule breaks, go outside, and read! 

Thanks for your patience and participation! Call or email if you have any questions, needs, concerns. We are in trouble-shooting and customer service mode, and we want to support you and ensure you have a great learning experience. 

Thank you, 

Principal Mokelke

(907) 360-1059 Cell

mokelke_adam@asdk12.org 





Wednesday, August 19, 2020

First Day of School 2020

 Dear STrEaM community,


Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year, every year: THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Although we start the school year virtually, we are excited for this year and committed to a rich, robust and engaging learning experience. We will work closely together; parents, staff, students and supports, to make this year incredible!

Tomorrow we kick off the year with an assembly online, or a "Zoom-sembly" to greet all of our students. Parents, I am sorry but this is for students only! Please have students log in, using their full real name, and stress the importance of appropriate online participation and behavior.

Here is the link for your students:
Topic: 1st Day STrEaM Zoomsembly
Time: Aug 20, 2020 09:00 AM Alaska

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84123217156?pwd=aUoxR09lajlCbm0vUlZMT1pxRDVMUT09

Meeting ID: 841 2321 7156
Passcode: (see your email please)

If you are concerned because you haven't received schedules, Zoom session information, or information about classes, be assured teachers will call you tomorrow or Friday, and you don't have to worry about anything but the assembly for now.

We're here to serve. Thank you all for your excellent engagement so far, and we look forward to continuing our strong communication and partnerships.

Thank you,

Mr. Mokelke

Monday, August 17, 2020

Monday 8-17-20

 Dear STrEaM Families,

For those of you interested in our request to add a 5th grade cohort, this request has been denied. We did our due diligence with this request based on parent interest. Changes to this degree of a school's charter and contract with the ASD must go through a series of reviews and approvals by the Anchorage School District School Board and The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. We appreciate the support and interest from our parents of 5th graders, and look forward to your child joining us for 6th grade!

Anchorage STrEaM Virtual Open House is TOMORROW (Tuesday 8/18) at 5:30pm! Meet us on Zoom (we will simulcast on YouTube). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://asdk12.zoom.us/j/95709245594?pwd=SDVxTXJyMTRBMmN6clJ5MEIrODdidz09
Meeting ID: 957 0924 5594. Passcode: 385793
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/adammokelke

Morning Coffee this Wednesday 8:00 AM:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://asdk12.zoom.us/j/189887262?pwd=dGl6NlExZTRJMmVGUE9ET3ZjeHVtUT09
Meeting ID: 189 887 262.  Passcode: MORNING
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/adammokelke

Please take the Morning Coffee Survey: https://forms.gle/aSU6rKCWV7tRw1ub8

First day of school is THURSDAY! We start with an online welcome assembly at 9:00 AM on Zoom (for students). Thursday and Friday will be reserved for individual parent-teacher meetings. Teachers will be calling you to make appointments!

Technology: If you requested a Chromebook, please call to arrange pick up with Mrs. Atkins!

Much more info to come!

Mr. Mokelke

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

August 11 Parent Update

 

CONNECTION, ENGAGEMENT, ROUTINE


Dear STrEaM Families, 

Teachers return this week!

Teachers are planning for a rich, robust and engaging online learning experience. Expect live classes 4 days per week for each core course. Within cohort groups and to some extent grade levels, teachers are planning engaging cross-curricular projects. They will be immersed in planning, preparation, team time and professional development for 5 days prior to opening with students. Our focus is on connection, engagement and routine as we open the school year. We are ready to roll!

Wednesday 8/12:


Morning Coffee: 

Join us Wednesday morning to talk, ask questions, learn the latest about what is happening! 8 AM to 9 AM.  Zoom Meeting: https://asdk12.zoom.us/j/189887262?pwd=dGl6NlExZTRJMmVGUE9ET3ZjeHVtUT09    Meeting ID: 189 887 262. Passcode: see your email!  View on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/adammokelke 

APC meeting 5:30 PM

Our Academic Policy Committee meets Wednesday night at 5:30 PM. APC members, staff, presenters attend via  Zoom.   Parents and other audience may view on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/adammokelke 

Induction Week:

Thursday, August 20th is the first day of school! We will start with a Zoom-ssembly together at 9:00 AM. 
On the 20th and 21st teachers will be making individual appointments for personal contact, and meetings with each family. We will discuss schedules, tech needs, log in information and more!

Monday August 24th - first synchronous, introductory Zoom sessions in content courses. 

Opening activities have been designed to build connections, engage students in the learning community and establish distance learning routines. Expect activities that allow students to meet their teachers and peers, familiarize with canvas and set up their physical learning space. 

Schedules:

Our scheduling is complete, with students placed in cohorts for their first quarter core classes. 

Students either have Math and Science or English Language Arts and Social Studies. These core courses are paired with a third block for Project-Based Learning, extension and enrichment, Advisory and Social-Emotional Learning. These core classes will switch second quarter. 

Cohort teams will provide families a schedule of when classes will meet. Teachers will share these schedules within the first week of school Each class will meet four days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, for a minimum of 30 minutes live/synchronous lessons and learning, in addition to asynchronous or offline assignments and tasks in Canvas. 

6th grade cohorts:

Language Arts and Social Studies team: Ms. Kotelman and Ms. Gabel

Math and Science team: Mrs. Staker and Ms. Draeger

7th grade cohorts:

Language Arts and Social Studies team: Mr. Mozen and Mr. Perkins

Math and Science team: Mr. Bierer and Mr. Holsopple

8th grade cohorts:

Math/Science: Ms. Goodman

ELA/SS:  Mrs. Smith

Canvas: 

STrEaM has adopted Canvas as the primary platform for online and blended learning for the 20-21 school year in each course.  Teachers will utilize supplemental resources including Google Suite tools, Khan Academy, YouTube, ALEKS for math, and others within the Canvas platform.

Remember STrEaM is committed to remaining virtual for the duration of the first quarter, and when we are allowed to return face to face we will allow students to continue virtual classes with their cohort until families are comfortable sending them to the building. 

Tech:

If you need a chromebook, we have one for you! Fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBfSveinYpchC2vHt4HkdGAEMxUNrDq1_7EkHE2K54y14S-g/viewform


Enrollment:

We have limited seats available in 6th and 7th grade. Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Biondich to discuss the program. Feel free to share this with families who may be interested in the small groups, personalization, and high level of service and engagement we offer. 


Finally,

We are excited about this coming school year! Despite the changes and challenges, we have a solid plan to meet the needs of students and families and foster a safe, engaging learning environment. 
Please keep the questions, suggestions and feedback coming. We appreciate all of the communication with our families and we are here to serve. 

Thank you!
Principal Mokelke
(907) 742-9000
(907) 360-1059 cell



Thursday, July 30, 2020

Update: Remaining Online for Quarter 1

July 30th, 2020

Dear STrEaM community,

In order to provide consistency for students, families and staff, we will remain online for school for the duration of the first quarter.

This takes away worry and uncertainty around possibly switching modes and schedules mid-quarter. We will re-assess and make a determination on 2nd quarter in October.

Our staff is preparing a robust, engaging online learning environment. This includes live (synchronous) learning, holding class on zoom on a regular schedule.  Instead of 7 classes, students take 2 core classes per quarter, blocked with a project-based elective time. Staff will take attendance and students will earn grades.

As regulations allow, we will plan optional small group or cohort-based face to face outdoor experiences. Examples include hikes, excursions in the park, organized bike rides, outdoor learning circles.

I know many are eager to return face to face, and we are too, when it is safe. Until that time, we will maximize your online learning experience. While we were successful going virtual in the spring, understand that was emergency triage education and we were "building the plane while flying it." This fall when online learning begins, we will have nearly 6 months of preparation, learning and experience to draw from. It will look different: a rich, engaging and robust online learning environment.

When we do return face to face, we will allow families who are not comfortable with this to continue classes with their teachers and their cohort virtually.

Call with questions! We're here to serve.

Principal Mokelke