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            Distance Learning Takes Off

            Students and teachers adapt nicely to working together online
            The past two weeks provided learning opportunities all around as teachers and students worked together to determine the best platforms for synchronous learning and individual interactions. 
             
            AS A SCHOOL
            All teachers completed progress reports and wrote comments on each student while preparing to schedule next week’s Student-Led Conferences. Teachers are also offering virtual help classes and study halls to work with girls one-on-one or in small groups outside of class sessions. To support each other, teachers stay connected through a GoogleMeet to share ideas and suggestions, problem-solve, and brainstorm best practices for distance learning. Additionally, faculty continue to research and test various tools and aids to assess student learning and progress.
             
            Our Support 山东体彩11选5开奖 team continues to serve our girls well. Learning specialists work with girls who have learning profiles and administer tests that allow for extended time, and our counselors have set up Zoom calls with girls who may need or want individual support or counseling sessions.
             
            IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL 
            Black, Blue, and White (BBW) Challenges continue with girls showing “What’s for lunch? (aka missing Chef Brad), Funky Hair Day, and Dress Up Your Pet this week. Next Tuesday a Blue-Out is planned. Girls who participate submit their photo to earn a point for their teams.
             
            During Middle School Advisory, which meets twice each week, some girls were sent on a scavenger hunt around their house to get them up and moving and away from their screens. Bring Your Pet to Class was another fun and welcome assignment for many of our girls. Others were prompted to share “roses and thorns”—the highs and lows of their days as a way to both acknowledge the stress and anxiety they might be experiencing and to let them know they’re not alone. Participation in wellness and mindfulness exercises have also been encouraged. Students also had a virtual show-and-tell day, where they shared their most prized possessions and told why it was special to them.
             
            In some classes, the girls are journaling as though they are historians who are documenting each day of their quarantine, based on prompts provided by The New York Times. Some students were posed with a Question of the Day to respond to.
             
            In lieu of their coordinate game night originally scheduled with McCallie, the sixth-grade girls participated in a GPS Middle School Virtual Game Night spearheaded by Mrs. Outlaw with some help from Upper School students. Ms. Trish King is starting a virtual book club for all interested sixth-graders; first selection: A Long Walk to Water
             
            Mrs. Outlaw, as one of many faculty members, helped students in sixth-grade Skills class determine the authenticity of information they find on the internet, especially related to COVID-19, asking, Is this news factual? Is it an editorial? Is it satire? A hoax? Such a great life skill! 
             
            In dance, sixth-graders read about the history of a haiku, learned the format, wrote their own haikus, and then put movement to it, performing it all at once online. Their teacher, Mrs. Zahrobsky, said It was really cool to see the results! Art teacher Mrs. Glasscock led eighth-graders in a self-portrait match project after providing them with the Google Arts and Culture app (thanks to Mrs. Resnick, our Technology Innovationist), producing hilarious comments from the girls.
             
            Also, Head of Middle School Ms. Macziewski reports that her family has loved sitting outside while at “山东体彩11选5开奖” and shares that other girls comment the same, along with going for family runs or bike rides in the middle of the day!
             
            IN THE UPPER SCHOOL
            Over the past two weeks, Department Chairs have helped to approve more than 173 students’ Honors and/or AP classes for the 山东体彩11选5开奖-21 山东体彩11选5开奖 year.
             
            In order to stay connected and build community, a grade-level GoogleChat was started with each of the four Upper School grades. Students are checked on daily via Chat, Student Council members post videos, and teachers meet with them in large groups. Members of Student Council are also brainstorming contests and activities for future weeks to help keep morale up and meet weekly via Zoom to hear from reps how the larger student body is doing.
             
            Class deans and CLC members meet regularly and brainstorm how they can support and encourage their grade level. Fifteen juniors have been moving through the Volunteer Girls State selection process with Head of Upper School Ms. Gordon, which included three group interviews (two in person before we left campus and one via Zoom with everyone) and individual interviews, and members of the Junior Class have met to discuss plans for Ring Day. The GPS/McCallie Prom committee is continuing to discuss and plan together for an alternate prom date.
             
            Upper School Dean Ms. Vedas has connected with our students, reaching out to every senior, junior, and sophomore individually so far and moving on to the freshman class today. While not all of the girls have responded, this connection with girls individually and in small groups is attempted every day via video chat. Ms. Kerekes has kept close tabs on the freshmen as their class dean.
             
            Advisors check in with their advisees regularly and will continue to meet weekly during scheduled Advisory time. Some of our clubs have successfully held club meetings online. Amnesty International had a great meeting on Tuesday this week!
             
            According to Ms. Gordon, our girls repeatedly express feeling very supported by their teachers and the administration.
             
            A MESSAGE FROM COACH JAY WATTS, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
             
            While our athletic program is shut down along with our campus, GPS coaches are staying in touch with their athletes through emails and video calls. Our strength and conditioning program has been keeping the Bruisers active under the direction of Matt Green through online classes and . Down on the lower campus, construction on our additions to the GPS Tennis Center and the new GPS/McCallie Rowing Center is still taking place through this break. The is holding onto hope that some spring sports may play an abbreviated schedule in May, and Spring Fling in Murfreesboro is still on the calendar as of March 26.
             
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