Learning Resources / recursos de aprendizaje

Learning Resources / recursos de aprendizaje
Learning Resources

   

Please click here for information on school status, meals, Chromebooks and more. Distance Learning resources and messages from the principal are below.

  • Summer Learning Plan: Please click here for activities to keep students' skills sharp
  • Fun online learning resources English Spanish 
  • CMS Dashboard. This Dashboard will be updated weekly. It will provide weekly updates that parents and students can reference all in one place. You will be able to click on any teacher, by subject, and it will take you straight to their page.
  • You can download a table of all our Teachers' office hours here: Copy of Office Hours.pdf

      

Aug 3: Welcome back, upcoming events

(La traducción al español está abajo)

August 3rd, 2020

Dear Crittenden Families,

As our new school year approaches, with our official first day of school on August 17th, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new  families to Crittenden and welcome back our returning families. Please note below some important upcoming meetings in the next two weeks that will help you and your students be prepared for the first day of school. 

I hope you all had a safe and relaxing summer, and that you all got some well deserved rest. I had a great time with my family, going on long (socially distant) walks and doing lots of arts and crafts projects with my two young daughters.  

 We invite you join upcoming opportunities to learn more about the upcoming school year:

  • MVWSD School Board meeting: Thursday, August 6th.  Information on how to view that Board Meeting can be found here.

  • Superintendent Community Check In: Friday, August 7, 3:30 pm.  Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  •  6th grade parent orientation Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 6:00-7:00pm: Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Principal’s Coffee: Thursday, August 13th at 3:30-4:30pm.  Register in advance for this  meeting by clicking here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

  • Principal’s Coffee (In Spanish) : August 13th at 6:00-7:00pm Register in advance for this  meeting by clicking here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Our staff is working diligently to get ready for our new school year. We will be sending an email in the next couple of weeks with information about materials, chromebook pick up, and access to your student’s class schedule. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 

In partnership, 

Mrs.Gomez

Principal

 

3 de agosto de 2020

Estimadas familias de Crittenden:

A medida que se acerca nuestro nuevo año escolar, con nuestro primer día oficial de clases el 17 de agosto, me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para dar la bienvenida a Crittenden a nuestras nuevas familias y darles la bienvenida a nuestras familias que regresan. Tenga en cuenta a continuación algunas reuniones importantes en las próximas dos semanas que lo ayudarán a usted y a sus estudiantes a prepararse para el año escolar.

Espero que todos hayan tenido un verano seguro y relajante, y que todos hayan tenido un merecido descanso. Yo me lo pasé muy bien con mi familia, haciendo largas caminatas (socialmente distantes) y haciendo muchos proyectos de manualidades con mis dos hijas pequeñas.

 Te invitamos a unirte a las próximas oportunidades para aprender más sobre el próximo año escolar:

  • Reunión de la Junta Escolar de MVWSD: jueves 6 de agosto. Puede encontrar información sobre cómo ver esa reunión de la Junta aquí.

  • Superintendente Registro comunitario: viernes 7 de agosto a las 3:30 p.m. Regístrese con anticipación para esta reunión haciendo clic aquí. Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.

  •  Orientación para padres de sexto grado: miércoles 12 de agosto de las 6:00-7:00pm. Regístrese con anticipación para esta reunión haciendo clic aquí. Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.

  • Café del director: jueves 13 de agosto a las 3: 30-4: 30pm. Regístrese con anticipación para esta reunión haciendo clic aquí. Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.

  • Café con la Directora (En Espanol): 13 de agosto a las 6: 00-7:00pm Regístrese con anticipación para esta reunión haciendo clic aquí. Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.

Nuestro personal está trabajando diligentemente para prepararse para nuestro nuevo año escolar. Le enviaremos un correo electrónico en las próximas semanas con información sobre el material, la recolección de Chromebook y el acceso al horario de clases de su estudiante. No dude en contactarnos si tiene alguna pregunta.

Con agradecimiento,

Mrs.Gomez

Principal

 

May 4th, 2020- CMS Dashboard Updated

May 4th, 2020

Dear Crittenden Families,

I hope that this email finds you and your family in good health and good spirit. 

Our CMS Dashboard has been updated for this week.  As we receive feedback from stakeholders we are doing what we can to adjust our Distance Learning plan in order to best support our students. As of this Friday, May 8th our teachers will be updating the dashboard every Friday by 4pm. This will help you and our student plan and review the materials for the coming week. Be sure to also take a few minutes to review the weekly announcements posted on the CMS Dashboard

This week’s reminders:

  •  Teacher Appreciation Week  (Send a message to our teachers letting them know how much you appreciate them)
  •  Spirit Week  (theme: May the 4th Be with You Spirit Week)

As we enter this extension of shelter in place my family and I have found that meditation has helped us be more mindful, grateful, and connected. We’ve engaged in reading daily positive quotes, listening to calming music before we start our day, and arts in crafts. I invite you to take some time to try some of these activities. I would love to hear what you and your family do to help you stay balanced.  Have a wonderful week. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs.Gomez

Principal

 

 

April 20 - First week of Distance Learning

April 20, 2020

Hello Crittenden Families:

As we start our first week of our Distance Learning Plan, our team is committed to providing meaningful, engaging distance learning for your student. Though we miss seeing our students' faces in person every day, we hope to continue encouraging active participation from our students from a distance. We appreciate the amount of time and effort that our team of  educators have put into creating a sense of normalcy for our students.

Please take a moment to read the information about our Distance Learning Plan listed below:

Weekly Schedule:

  •  Zoom Meetings: Teachers will be available Monday - Thursday to provide Zoom check in meetings. Purpose of Zoom Check-Ins: Non-academic 20 minute class meetings to give students opportunities to connect with peers and teachers; CMS Zoom Schedule;  Teachers shared this schedule with students last week. Zoom security measures  

  • Teachers will post activities and work in Google Classroom for the entire week M-F. 

  • Video Instruction: Students will receive instruction on new learning topics weekly by video. Lessons can be sent in different ways.  Some teachers may send a recorded video, ask students to watch an educational video explaining the content, some will provide live sessions, and some will do a combination of all three. Recorded videos provide instruction on key concepts and skills. Following the video, students will be directed to independent practice. If they need additional support, teachers are available during office hours or or by appointment.

  • CMS Dashboard  will be updated weekly by teachers. The dashboard is intended to be a quick summary reference for you and our students of each teachers’ weekly assignments, activities, and resources. 

  • Fridays will be reserved for staff meetings, professional development, collaboration and planning and there will be no student check-in meetings or office hours. Students will still have assignments on Friday.

Student feedback: Teachers will offer feedback on students' work. Although student assignments are not graded and students are not to be penalized for missed assignments or unfinished work, feedback on the work assigned for all students is really important to motivate and engage students in continuing to learn.

Student Schedule: Having a consistent routine will help your students stay on track with their class lessons as well as stay organized. Here are samples schedules that your student can follow during our distance learning. 

Parent Communication: Our Panther Blog’s are back! Starting this week our weekly parent email will be part of our Panther Blog. Please read our weekly Panther Blogs every Thursday for up to date information. 

Spirit Week: This is a great way to keep the Crittenden spirit alive. We had a fair amount of participation in our spirit week from students and staff last week, but we are hoping for more. I want to pass this along with the hope that you can encourage your student to participate in our spirit week. Please take a look at the weekly spirit week schedule : spirit week

I am grateful for the continuous support from our community and the hard work of our dedicated educators. We truly are in this together. 

Sincerely,

Sonia Gomez

Principal

 

April 14 - Sleep Routines

April 14, 2020

Hello Panther Families, 

We are sure your Spring Break was not quite what you imagined, but we hope you took some time to relax, virtually connect with the family and friends, and engage in some self-care.

As you know, our Distance Learning Plan will start the week of April 20th. During Distance Learning instruction, students will be assigned work in both online platforms and on paper. While not mandatory, Thursday and Friday is your opportunity to get your children’s Language Arts and Math workbooks if you’d like them to work in both formats, or if your child does not have regular access to a computer and internet. Reminder to please fill out this Google Form  by today.  All the details are in our previous email that you can read here. 

I’m sure that by now you have established a new routine for you and your family. I know first hand that working from home with children brings an added complexity. In my previous emails I shared tips with you on how to establish routines, engage in fun and creative activities, and ways to practice self-care. We recently put together a document with various activities that the whole family can engage in during this shelter in place. I tried a few of these activities with my family last week, and we had a lot of fun. It’s important to find a balance during this health crisis. Attached you will find the  document with a list of fun ideas. 

Some of you may be having a hard time getting your kids to sleep at "normal" times. Here are some ways you can maintain a healthy sleep routine for your child. 

1. Shut off all electronics before bed

This is a tough one for most teens, but is so important especially now. We should all stop using electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed. If the kids need a reason, the research shows that “The blue light emitted from electronics tricks your brain into thinking it’s day time and your body decreases the amount of melatonin it secretes, which makes it more difficult to fall asleep.” Encourage reading or playing cards before bed instead. This is a great opportunity to connect and start new habits.

2. Don’t fall asleep with the TV on or using Cell phones

Students sometimes say the soft sounds of a television, or music from their phones helps them fall asleep, but having the TV makes the quality of sleep suffer. Kids won't feel rested with all of that background noise. This is a great opportunity to get TVs (and all electronics) out of the bedroom! Phones should not be allowed in bedrooms for middle schoolers. Instead, make a charging station where they need to be checked in by 9:00pm. For those who say they need their phones for an alarm in the morning, this is a great time to call that bluff. 

3. Set a regular sleep schedule and stick to it

Especially in these uncertain times, our body clock needs regularity. An hour later on weekends is reasonable, but treat weekdays like the school days that they are. School is not typical at the moment, but learning is still in session.

Middle School electives selection coming soon:

It is the time of year when our incoming middle school students choose their electives for next year. As we enter the third year of the new inclusive middle school schedule, our middle schools are currently working to provide quality offerings that we hope will pique students’ interests and a great complement to our core academics.

Parents will receive an email on April 24 with course descriptions and selection directions. All 5th-7th graders will preference their course electives online through Powerschool on April 29-May 8, 2020. 6th & 7th grade students received information and the application for Leadership, WEB, and College Bound a couple of weeks ago. Please remind your student that they need to submit their application by Friday, April 17th. 

 Please know that we are thinking of you and your families. We hope that you and your family stay in good health and good spirits. 

Thank you and always remember

Crittenden Panthers are

 Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Mrs. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School


April 10 - Consumables Pickup

April 10, 2020

Hello Panthers Families, 

I am encouraged by the positive feedback I am hearing from our students, parents and staff as we are all adjusting to this unprecedented situation. In that light, I would like to follow up on the email from Dr. Rudolph that went out yesterday, Thursday, April 9th describing our Distance Learning Plan (DLP), which starts on Monday, April 20. 

  • The Distance Learning Plan access for all students with both e-learning using the internet and at-home learning using consumable materials, such as workbooks.                  

Our administrative team and staff have arranged a plan for how you can access these consumables if you don’t have a device or Internet. For next week we have arranged a drive-through car line in the back of the school (gym-parking lot drop-off area). If you need to pick up these consumables, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete this Google Form by Tuesday, April 14th. Bags of consumable will only be prepared for individuals that complete the Google form.  This will help us plan accordingly. We will have a bag with your student’s Eureka and Language Arts (StudySync) workbook to give to you when you drive up. 

The pick up guidelines, dates, and times are as follows:

  • Parents will stay in the car until approached by a school staff member.
  • Parents will say their child's name and math level to a staff member.
  • Staff will approach the car with the student bag of consumables. Parents will release the trunk or back hatch of the vehicle, and a staff member will put the bag in the trunk.
  • Parents will drive to the back of the school drop-off/pick-up area (behind the gym) during the time you indicated on the Google form indicated above.

Pick-up Dates & Times: 

  • Friday, April 17th 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the gym parking lot
  • Thursday, April 16th 10:00am - 12:00 pm in the gym parking lot

During the week of April 13, Flexible Learning Options will continue for students. Please be sure to check out our CMS Dashboard on our website under What's New. This Dashboard will provide weekly updates that parents and students can reference all in one place. You will be able to click on any teacher, by subject, and it will take you straight to their page. Teachers will be updating this weekly. Keep in mind that your student will still continue to receive emails and Google Classroom updates - this dashboard is intended to be a quick summary reference for you and our students. If you would like to access Google Classroom from your phone, please download the app. Directions for downloading the app can be found here.

I can assure you that the Crittenden staff and our District Office are working hard to provide the best possible support for our students. We appreciate you and our students, for your continuous support, patience, and flexibility as we work through this public health crisis. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs.Gomez

Principal

Crittenden Panthers will continue being

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence


March 31 - Distance Learning Resources

March 31, 2020

"Friends and Teachers are like stars. You don't always see them, but they are always there" 

Hello Panthers,    

I continue to be amazed at the strength of our staff, families, and community during these difficult and unprecedented times. 

    As a friendly reminder, please note that staff and students will be on Spring Break next week from April 6th to April 10th. As you may know, per the letter from our Superintendent Ayinde Rudolph, the school closure has been extended to May 1st with students to return on Monday, May 4th. Please check in regularly for updates at the district website here.

    We are continuing to adjust and augment how we communicate with our students and families, but don’t forget the tools we already have in place, such as the main page of our website for news and events. One change that is coming after Spring Break will be a dashboard in Google Docs that parents and students can reference all their resources in one place. You will be able to click on any teacher, by subject, and it will take you straight to their page which will have their latest flexible learning options and resources. Teachers will be updating this weekly. Keep in mind that your student will still continue to receive emails and Google Classroom updates- this dashboard is intended to be a quick summary reference for your and our students. On April 13th, Look for Learning Resources on our website under the “What’s new” section.

Another resource that I recommend everyone take advantage of is our teaching staff’s office hours. Each teacher has set aside specific times each day in which their students can contact them with specific questions, if they need guidance, or if they just need the support that only their teacher can provide. We have put together a quick reference guide that you can download here: Teacher Office Hours

During these stressful times, having an academic routine is important, but it is just as important to spend time on activities that strengthen social and emotional support. Part of keeping a consistent routine is to remember the importance of taking breaks and getting needed rest and relaxation. Many families are having “virtual reunions” using Zoom online meetings or Facetime- it’s a great way to stay connected to your loved ones. To add to the links we sent out last week to assist you in planning your daily activities, Project Cornerstone (YMCA) sent out a link for kindness and even cooking suggestions. Check it out here: 

https://www.ymcasv.org/covid-19-resource-center/project-cornerstone-virtual-resources

As with everything these days, we are all learning as we are going, and responding to the changes of the times as they come. Please know that while we all may be separated by distance, Crittenden is still here for our students and families and we are working hard every day on their behalf.  We miss our students and families. Stay safe, healthy, and in good spirits!

Crittenden Panthers will continue being

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Mrs. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School


March 24 - Flexible Learning Options

March 24, 2020

Hello Panthers, 

First and foremost I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy.  

As we start our second week of school closure and students engage in the flexible learning options. I hope that everyone is transitioning well.  As you may now I have two daughters, I recognize what this transition is like for the whole family. We also understand that things may be getting a little challenging at home as our kids may be getting restless. While kids this age can be quite good at finding things to do in their free time, they are still young enough to need guidance. We here at Crittenden are dedicated to providing your students with many resources, both for learning and to pass the time in a constructive way. Our wonderful teachers have shared useful learning resources with our students. Ask your kids to check in on Google Classroom and emails to find them. Starting this week our teachers have been remotely doing the following for their students and families- this is a great way to stay connected:

  1. Share weekly activities on Mondays on Google Classroom, email and/or other platforms that are designed for their students, as well as serve as resources for parents.
  2. Set up daily virtual office hours for families to assist with questions, concerns or other items.  This will be a two-hour block of time each day that you can connect with teachers. 
  3. Personal messages to our students and families at least two times per week (This includes Special Education teachers, case managers and STEAM teachers). The format can be video, email, or audio.  

    Of course, we are not recommending days of all work and no play! Finding leisure time while sheltering can be a challenge, and our counselors have come up with some great suggestions. Here are just a few: 

https://www.kqed.org/arts/13877094/8-calming-livecams-of-kittens-penguins-jellyfish-and-more - Calming Livecams

https://www.paacf.org/collage-with-sam-price.html Virtual art classes for kids

https://www.warner.rochester.edu/newsevents/story/2565/rochester-school-counseling-expert-offers-tips-to-help-parents-support-kids-during-covid-19-outbreak How parents can help support kids

https://www.mindfulschools.org/free-online-mindfulness-class-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR2-mUsOabJ2a3zoLFvEDXRtZSlUPAcWJG7zV6toIhdZw4YlDpyBaPaTqrM - Mindfuless classes for kids

https://www.inkpug.com/coloringpages - Pug coloring pages

https://www.mindfulschools.org/video/train-your-brain-to-be-kinder/ - Sending Kind Thoughts to others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dogNpG2XVSE - Yoga for ages 11-13

Together, we will embark on this new journey to ensure your student is not only learning, but to ensure health and wellness to support them during these difficult times. Ms.Carter (counselor) is available and would love to hear the fun activities that your student tries. I will be sending students an email this week with some of these fun activities. 

I want to thank you for all of your support and patience as we develop the best educational plan for our students as possible. 

Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Ms. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School


March 19 - Work Packets

March 19, 2020

Hello Panthers, 

I hope this email is finding you and your family doing well. This is the first of several regular emails and communications that I will be sharing with you in order to stay in touch and keep you informed. Please know that while we are taking these important measures to keep our students and our community safe, Crittenden and MVWSD are still working hard to provide our students with the education and support that they need. 

Our community is strong and resilient, and together we will make this work. 

Yesterday we passed out work packets so that the students can continue with their learning while they are at home. You can also download the workpackets and review updates by clicking here. Please stay in contact as things develop. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me. 

Here are some suggestions for helping your middle schooler through shelter in place:  They might have the temptation to stay up too late, or spend too much time on social media. One way you can help make it manageable is to keep a consistent routine that is similar to their typical school days. Wake up early, have a good breakfast, and get started on schoolwork on time. Encourage them to watch a Khan Academy or YouTube video on the subject. For more guidance, you can refer to the District’s recommended schedule, as shown below. 

In addition, none of us can forget the importance of physical activity. Remember that outdoor activity is allowed- provided you avoid groups and practice social distancing of at least 6 feet. Go for a long walk or a hike, or a bike ride in the neighborhood. Try to get at least 20 minutes of outdoor activity each day. 

Please know that we are thinking of you and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions. 

Thank you, and remember, Crittenden Panthers are

Positive People

Actively Engaged

Working Together, and

Striving for Excellence

 Ms. Gomez,

Principal, Crittenden Middle School


March 10- COVID Cancellations

Dear Parents,

The news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. The District is communicating regularly with the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health. In order to help keep our students and staff members healthy, MVWSD is postponing or cancelling non-essential events in March. Some of these events include performances, meetings, field trips and fundraisers. 

The following events will be postponed and their status revisited after spring break:

Event

Event  Date

CR Crittenden Music LA Field Trip

11 March, 2020

District 2019-2020 ParentUniversity

11 March, 2020

CR Cafecito with the Superintendent

18 March, 2020

CR Crittenden ELAC Meeting

19 March, 2020

District Board Meeting

19 March, 2020

CR Crittenden School Dance

20 March, 2020

CSMA Spring Performances

20 March, 2020

CR: Spring Picture Day

23 March, 2020

CR: PTA Association Mtg

24 March, 2020

CR Crittenden Panther Prowl Walkathon

27 March, 2020

District DELAC

30 March, 2020

CR A.L.L Parent Workshop #3

31 March, 2020

CR ALL Program Mtg.

31 March, 2020

District 2019-2020 ParentUniversity

01 April, 2020

District Board Meeting

02 April, 2020

Please reach out to me if you have further questions or concerns. The District’s coronavirus information and communications are found at https://www.mvwsd.org/coronavirus.

Respectfully,

Sonia Gomez

Principal, Crittenden Middle School


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