• Press Release 1-15-21

    Posted by Chris Berger on 1/15/2021 4:00:00 PM

    Press Release 1-15-21

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  • Press Release 1-14-21

    Posted by Chris Berger on 1/14/2021 4:00:00 PM

    Press Release 1-14-21

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  • Press Release 1-12-21

    Posted by Chris Berger on 1/12/2021 4:00:00 PM

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  • Press Release 1-11-21

    Posted by Chris Berger on 1/11/2021 4:00:00 PM

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  • Press Release 1-8-21

    Posted by Chris Berger on 1/8/2021 4:00:00 PM

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  • Press Release 1-7-21

    Posted by Chris Berger on 1/7/2021 4:00:00 PM

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  • Chromebook Maintenance

    Posted by Brian Ernst on 8/24/2020

    We understand things happen while you're working at home. To get maintenance for a virtual student's Chromebook, follow the process below:

    1. Parents or students put in tickets to the email address setup:
    Please leave student name, parent name, contact email or phone number on the ticket and problem that is occuring.
     
    2. Drop offs at HIGH SCHOOL ONLY Monday-Friday 7am - 2:30pm. We have put 2 buckets right inside the front door (hallway area) of HS office with the secretary. 1-Repaired(Outgoing) 1-Damaged(Incoming). 
     
    NOTE: If you are quarantined for any reason, you should not be coming to the building. Have someone who is not quarantined drop your device off for maintenance if needed.
     
    3. We will send email/call parents to let them know repair is occurring.
     
    Replacements for damaged or lost chargers will need to be purchased by guardians or families from the school. Negligent damage to Chromebooks or lost Chromebooks will be charged to guardians or families as well.
     
    Replacement chargers for Grades K-6, 9-11 cost $20.00. Total Chromebook replacement cost is $320 should there be significant negligence, destruction, or loss of Chromebook.
     
    Annual insurance of $20 is still due 6-12 and covers the cost of a single repair. This can be paid in the parent portal online.
     
    *This link is for students/parents ONLY, staff should still utilize the internal helpdesk system.
     
    **This is for virtual students ONLY - students attending in session should see their building librarian (6-12) or classroom teacher (K-5) with any problems.
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  • Wildcat Families Update

    Posted by Chris Berger on 8/21/2020

    Wildcat Families,

    Thank you for continuing to partner with us in anticipation of a very unique start of a school year. In addition to my three asks: providing transportation if able, engaging in your child’s education, and monitoring your child’s health, you have also helped design our reopening plan by participating in our summer survey.  Nearly all families have logged on to our online registration (OLR) and have chosen either a seated or a virtual option.  All this has been, and will continue to be, a huge help as we start school next week.  Continue to communicate with your respective building(s) to help ensure a smooth start.  

    At this writing approximately 18% of our families have chosen the virtual option.  Mr. Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, will be sending directions on virtual instruction directly to those families with students receiving virtual instruction.  This information is great for students and equally important for parents. If you missed Mr. Smith’s recent video, please contact your building so we can get you connected. 

    For seated students the administration team has placed a lot of focus on planning routines and communicating new expectations the first few days, possibly several days, to make certain students feel comfortable back at school.  This process will not be rushed.  Students will need time to become familiar with new expectations regarding masks, spacing, and hygiene.  Students will also need time to become both self and socially aware of our new normals.  While always important, it has never been more critical to talk to your child about how their daily school experiences.  Continue to talk to your child about school and help communicate any challenges or concerns to their teachers.  Counselors or principals may also be needed, never hesitate to reach out to those resources either.        

    When we know our students are ready, we have a lot of work to do.  We will need to assess your child for gaps in last year’s learning.  Teachers will then both work to close those learning gaps and strive to lead students in mastering new standards.  That is not that different from any other year - it just might take a little longer to get to this point.  

    We believe any time we get to connect to your student face-to-face will greatly benefit your child’s learning.  Our adherence to three strategies; spacing, hygiene, masks, will increase the chance of an extended period of seated instruction.  It will also increase the chances of continuing extracurriculars which are a large part of the educational experience. Please help us in this challenge.  We are all in this together.  

    Thank you, 

    Dr. Berger

    christopher.berger@wrightcity.k12.mo.us 

    @WCR2Supt

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  • Health & Wellness Update - VIDEO

    Posted by Chris Berger on 8/14/2020

    Click here for the latest update regarding reopening. This week it's a video!

    Go Wildcats, Dr. Chris Berger

    christopher.berger@wrightcity.k12.mo.us

    @WCR2Supt

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  • Academic Planning

    Posted by Doug Smith on 8/6/2020

    Hello Wildcat Nation. 

    We have fewer than three weeks remaining until school begins for the 2020-21 school year, which is shaping up to be vastly different from any we have seen before.  And although this year will provide some differences from previous years, one thing will remain constant - Wright City School District teachers will provide an amazing education for our students.  In fact, K-12 teachers have spent numerous days this summer preparing lessons and adapting curriculum for multiple learning contingencies, and we are proud of their efforts and excited by the products they are creating.  

    This communication will provide information about the Wright City School District’s Academic Plan for the upcoming school year and will provide students and families information about what to expect beginning on August 24.  Using data and feedback obtained in surveys from both last spring concerning AMI and surveys about reopening schools, we have been working to create learning opportunities that will best meet the needs of all of our students. Obviously, the plan spelled out below is subject to change depending upon guidance received from state and local health organizations.  

    Before getting into the specific plans, we want to first make sure that we have first provided some definitions and explanations of a few terms that may be used in this document. 

     

    • Traditional Education: Students will be attending classes in Wright City School District buildings receiving in-person instruction from Wright City educators.  This traditional approach may need some modification during a crisis.
    • Virtual Learning:  Students will receive instruction electronically, and all completed work will be submitted and revised electronically.  Teacher and student communication will occur via electronic means (email, Google comments, Zoom), and no in-person meetings are required for course completion.  Virtual learning can occur for some students during a time when the majority of students are receiving Traditional Education, or virtual learning can occur primarily outside of regular school hours when appropriate for families/students.  
    • AMI (Alternative Methods of Instruction): When all of the district students are unable to attend school due to an issue beyond their control, we will continue to provide them a learning experience.  The majority of AMI will be virtual, but AMI may also require other methods of reaching students.  

     

    As has been previously communicated, we are planning at this time to open up with a modified traditional approach to education.  We absolutely believe that the best place for students to learn is at school in the classrooms of teachers who know and care about their students, and we believe that Wright City has some of the best teachers anywhere.  Individual buildings are rolling out their plans to families about how they will mitigate the risk of COVID-19, and although these plans change what has been the norm in our schools for years, we are still thrilled that students will be with our teachers.  

    We understand that medically vulnerable students and families with additional health concerns may select to attend virtually, which is why we currently have teachers working to create our own virtual curriculum.  The Wright City Virtual Education option allows students to work from home home while still receiving instruction and feedback from local teachers.  In some instances and after consultation and consideration, we may have to reach out to other companies to provide a virtual course; however, we would rather keep virtual courses local, if possible. 

    So, as of now, on August 24, all students in our district will either be attending virtually through us or seated for a modified traditional education.  We are requesting that all students/families enroll in one of these two options by the end of the day on August 14 so that we can begin the process of assigning students to schedules that will most benefit each of them.  All students enrolled either in our traditional or virtual schools will be provided a 1:1 device on which they can complete work.  

    We are currently designing virtual lessons that are, based on AMI survey results, consistent in organization and structure so that parents and students will have uniform formats K-5 and 6-12.  For students/families selecting this option, lessons and activities will be provided in a virtual form for students to complete by timelines given by the teacher.  Teachers will communicate with students regularly, though most of the work will be done independently with teacher support and feedback.  

    Students will be expected to complete all work in a timely manner, engage consistently with assignments/activities, take required assessments, and respond to teacher feedback.  Failure to engage in online learning activities will be treated in the same fashion in which we currently deal with absent students, and we will make every effort to work with families to have students engage.  

    Additionally, please know that our expectations of both teachers and students will be much higher than what they were during the crisis teaching and learning that defined the AMI process last spring.  Wright City Virtual Education will not be what AMI was from March - MayWe will provide new content on previously unlearned standards and will hold students accountable for participation.  With strong partnerships from families, we can provide a successful learning experience, albeit a different one than traditional instruction.  In order to ensure success of virtual instruction, we want to make sure that all families and students understand the following list.  

    Wright City Virtual Education:

    • May only include core content areas
    • May be taught by instructors outside of our school district (Teachers from Springfield, Mo - through Launch and Montgomery County - K-5) 
    • Will likely require the family to provide their student with adequate internet access to complete the required coursework 
    • Will include a structured timeline for work completion the student will be expected to adhere to
    • Will include grading and assessment practices consistent with in-person learning
    • Students, especially younger students, will need support at home to participate 

    Finally, in the event that we are forced into an AMI situation again at some point during this school year, students can expect again to participate in virtual meetings while also completing and working through the type of virtual lessons we will offer to students who initially enroll in our virtual coursework.  We are confident that we can blend what we did well in AMI last spring with what we have learned both through virtual summer school and parent/student feedback on surveys to ensure an even more successful learning experience.  Our hope is, of course, to be able to remain in the modified traditional models created by our buildings.  

    Be on the lookout for more specific information from the buildings in which students attend.  

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