I hope you all enjoy your four day weeknd! All of your Medfield staff is participating in a professional day today, focused on Educator Evaluation. This year Medfield teachers are adding responsibility for Domains 3 &4, which focus on family and commmunity engagement and professional culture.
We were so thrilled with the weather for our Plymouth trips this past week. We are hoping to enjoy the same great weather at Rocky Woods at the end of the month.
If you have not had the pleasure of attending Rocky Woods, I sincerely hope you can make it. Rocky Woods is our culminating activity for our grade 3 pilgrim unit and is one of the best integrated learning opportuities I have seen in my experience. The collaboration between school, parents and community is outstanding.
We have been reminding folks to please go back in to Aspen to complete the sign off's required by our district. For example, signing off on the handbook acknowledges that you have read it, not necessarily agreement with its content.
Please also respond to the Unexpected Dismissal/Emergergency Pickup question found in Aspen. Without entering any school closing pickup preference, we will assume your student will be taking the bus home in the event of an early school closing.
With regard to the AUP, we acknowledge it may be confusing to bundle AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) with Digital Citizenship when there is no information about that topic included at the elementary level. However, I can share some exciting news. Presently, the elementary schools are creating digital citizenship units for our students. At Wheelock's curriculum meeting yesterday, we rolled out our student units and will be starting to teach them this month. There is a series of five lessons for both grades, 2 & 3, and after completion of those lessons and completing other steps, we will be eligible for Common Sense Media certification. By earning recognition as a Digital Citizenship Certified School, administrators and educators are taking the necessary steps to provide students with the skills they need to be responsible citizens online. I want to assure you we are taking steps to educate our students with an age appropriate approach to digital awareness.
Our Digital Citizenship Team comprised of Debby Fromen, Elementary Technology Coordinator; Bethany Robertson, Wheelock Library/Media Specialist; Deborah Trikoulis, grade 3; and Marci Murphy, Grade 2 have worked hard to create a fantastic series of lessons for our students. Kudos to these outstanding educators. More information will be shared with you in the future.
Student Photo Information
From time to time we love to publish pictues of our students. We never publish both the name and a picture. Please go in to Aspen and click yes, if we may publish your student's name or photo. We have just learned of a new app that allows us to blur individual faces. We will be starting to use it, if we find students we can't publish are in group pictures.
Here's another example of a misunderstanding we want to rectify. On the Plymouth trip, parents were sending teachers pictures of themselves and their children with their artifacts. Some people who sent those pictures are folks who either clicked no, or have not responded to this question. A blank is being interpeted as a no. This means we can not use the picture you sent us. However, we discussed it as a staff and I advised those teachers to reach out to you to discuss it. It seemed like you do want us to use the picture and it is okay with you. By reaching out to you, we'll clarify the matter with you. When we check our Aspen data, if that photo field is empty, we must err on the side of caution and consider it a no, and that we do not have your permission to use the photo. If you would like your child in some of our photos this year (again without his/her name) please do go in and select yes. Thanks so much. We do realize the wording of the questions do need to be tweaked to be more explicit for next year.
I hope this explanation is helpful!
I hope you enjoy Columbus Day weekend!