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School Updates with COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

April 6, 2020

Dear Families, 

I’m writing to share some important news. Governor Inslee has made the decision to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This closure is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy. 

We understand that the continued closure of schools presents many challenges for students and families. It also raises many questions. The information outlined below is what we know now. We will continue to share further guidance as decisions are made and as information becomes available. 

Distance Learning: Distance learning will continue in much the same format through the remainder of the school year. Teachers have been working to provide continuous learning opportunities for our students through distance learning, online learning, or packet based learning materials. The work and planning is not easy, but teachers are working diligently to provide our students with meaningful learning activities. We know that these are challenging times for our students and families. The expectations for school and work have continually changed and we understand the confusion. We are being asked by the state of Washington to assess students and provide feedback to them. All work that has been sent home needs to be completed by students. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions. Students can submit work to teachers via mail, scanned copy, email, picture of the work, Google Classroom, etc. We are also working to get a dropbox set up in front of the school where you can leave work. I will provide more information on the dropbox in the near future. If you want to mail work back, you can send it to: 

Trout Lake School

PO Box 488 

Trout Lake, WA 98650

High School Seniors: High school seniors will receive support from Mr. Walters on opportunities to earn credits needed for post secondary transitions. Please complete the work that has been sent to you by teachers. You will be receiving additional work in the upcoming weeks. Reach out to your teachers via email or leave a phone message at the school for your teachers if you need assistance. 

Graduation Ceremonies: In-person graduation ceremonies may remain, change to virtual ceremonies and/or be delayed. A final decision related to graduation ceremonies will be shared in May.

School Activities: All school events, including sporting practices, field trips, dances, etc. will be canceled during the extended school closure. We may come up with alternatives to celebrate school milestones in the upcoming weeks. We will keep students and families updated on these school activity decisions so that you can plan your participation in advance.

Please see the Trout Lake School website for the latest information. Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. This is a difficult time for all of us, but we will get through it together. 

Sincerely,

Crystal Lanz



6 de abril de 2020

Queridas familias,

Estoy escribiendo para compartir algunas noticias importantes. El gobernador Inslee tomó la decisión de cerrar las escuelas por el resto del año escolar 2019-20. Este cierre es un esfuerzo para frenar la propagación de COVID-19 y mantener a nuestra comunidad segura y saludable.

Entendemos que el cierre continuo de las escuelas presenta muchos desafíos para los estudiantes y las familias. También plantea muchas preguntas. La información que se describe a continuación es lo que sabemos ahora. Continuaremos compartiendo más dirección a medida que se tomen decisiones y la información esté disponible.

Aprendizaje a distancia: el aprendizaje a distancia continuará en el mismo formato durante el resto del año escolar. Los maestros han estado trabajando para proporcionar oportunidades de aprendizaje continuo para nuestros estudiantes por el aprendizaje a distancia, aprendizaje en línea o materiales de aprendizaje basados ​​en paquetes. El trabajo y la planificación no son fáciles, pero los maestros están trabajando diligentemente para proporcionar a nuestros estudiantes actividades de aprendizaje significativas. Sabemos que estos son tiempos difíciles para nuestros estudiantes y familias. Las expectativas para la escuela y el trabajo han cambiado continuamente y entendemos la confusión. El estado de Washington nos pide que evaluamos a los estudiantes y les proporcionamos sus comentarios. Todo el trabajo que se ha enviado a casa debe ser cumplido por los estudiantes. Comuníquese con el maestro de su hijo si tiene alguna pregunta. Los estudiantes pueden enviar el trabajo a los maestros por correo, copia escaneada, correo electrónico, foto del trabajo, Google Classroom, etc. También estamos trabajando para configurar un buzón en frente de la escuela donde puede dejar el trabajo. Daré más información sobre este buzón en un futuro próximo. Si desea devolver el trabajo por correo, puede enviarlo a:

Trout Lake School

PO Box 488

Trout Lake, WA 98650

Estudiantes de último año de secundaria: Los estudiantes de último año de secundaria recibirán apoyo del Sr. Walters en las oportunidades para obtener los créditos necesarios para las transiciones posteriores a la secundaria. Favor de completar el trabajo que le han enviado los maestros. Recibirá trabajo adicional en las próximas semanas. Comuníquese con sus maestros por correo electrónico o deje un mensaje telefónico en la escuela para sus maestros si necesita ayuda.

Ceremonias de graduación: las ceremonias de graduación en persona pueden permanecer, cambiar a ceremonias virtuales y / o aplazar. Una decisión final relacionada con las ceremonias de graduación se compartirá en mayo.

Actividades escolares: Todos los eventos escolares, incluidas las prácticas deportivas, excursiones, bailes, etc. se cancelarán durante el cierre prolongado de la escuela. Podríamos proponer alternativas para celebrar los logros escolares en las próximas semanas. Mantendremos informados a los estudiantes y las familias sobre estas decisiones de actividades escolares para que pueda planificar su participación con anticipación.

Consulte el sitio web de Trout Lake School para obtener la información más reciente. Por favor continúen a cuidarse bien a ustedes mismos y a sus familias. Este es un momento difícil para todos nosotros, pero lo superaremos juntos.

Sinceramente,

Crystal Lanz

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April 1, 2020

Dear Families, 

We miss you! 

On March 23, districts across the state received new guidance from OSPI, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, that shifts learning expectations from supplemental during the statewide school closures to providing continuous learning in grades K-12.

While ongoing, remote learning cannot fully replace students’ experiences in schools with their teachers, administrators, and support staff, this approach will help ensure our students are prepared for the next step in their educational journey. Below is a summary of key information and what families and students can expect.

What will ongoing, remote instruction look like? What can parents and students expect?

All continuous learning and instruction will be aligned to standards and focus on building students’ skills and understanding of key concepts. While instruction or lessons online will likely be an option for many students and families, teachers will also provide work and activities that do not require technology. Most of our learning for grades K-6 has been provided via paper/pencil packets. You can find an overview of the learning for now until April 24th by visiting our website or clicking here. 

When does required ongoing learning begin in Trout Lake?

Teachers have already provided continuous learning opportunities for students. As stated earlier  in the letter, OSPI has shifted the focus of learning from supplemental to continuous learning. Please work with your student to take advantage of these opportunities. We need your students to be engaged and moving forward in their learning. If you haven’t received information or work, please contact Crystal Lanz, c.lanz@tlschool.net or 509.395.2571. 

Will my child be provided with six (6) hours of instructional support per day?

Families should not expect remote learning hours to mirror traditional instruction. At the elementary level, 1-3 hours maximum per day is ideal. Middle and high school student hours may vary depending on the subject and lesson(s).

What does ongoing, remote learning look like for full-time working parents?

We truly understand how challenging it is right now for parents who are expected to work from home to also support their child’s learning. We want to provide adequate support, guidance, and structure, while still providing enough flexibility to accommodate the realities of the situation many of us are navigating.

In many cases, learning doesn’t need to occur during work hours but could also occur over the weekend or in the evening. If you need support, please reach out to your classroom teacher for guidance on prioritizing and scheduling learning throughout the day. If your child has an IEP or 504 plan, reach out directly to your child’s IEP case manager, Lisa Fus (l.fus@tlschool.net) or 504 coordinator, Crystal Lanz (c.lanz@tlschool.net) who can support you with ideas for additional accommodations or modifications.

What specific supports are being provided to the Class of 2020?

The Class of 2020 has been sent separate communication about expectations. Mr. Walters, w.walters@tlschool.net, is available to support any seniors or families in understanding and meeting expectations. 

What support will be provided for students receiving special education services?

Students receiving specialized services and with an IEP are general education students first. In addition, Mrs. Fus and the special education support staff have sent learning resources for students receiving special education services. 

What accommodations is Trout Lake providing if our family doesn’t have a home computer and or internet access?

Educators have been asked to consider technology access when planning ongoing learning. Remote learning is not synonymous with online learning. Please share your needs with your child’s teacher, including the need for paper-based supports. Grades 7-12 have 1:1 Chromebooks. We have also provided our 6th grade students with Chromebooks. If you are able, you may access the school internet from the parking lot. Most remote learning that has been sent home can be done without internet access (depending on grade and classroom). Also many projects and papers can be written offline and then synced online when you have access. 

How will AP exams be administered? 

All 2020 AP exams will be administered electronically, allowing students to take exams at home in response to school closures related to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Specific details are listed on the College Board’s AP website here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. The College Board now offers free online AP exam study resources for all subjects. 

We understand that there is a great deal of information out there and there are many questions surrounding what will happen as time continues. At this time, we are still planning to be back in school on Monday, April 27. We are hoping that this date will remain, but if the timeline changes we will share updates about school and any ensuing planned activities (prom, graduation, spring sports, etc.)

Please continue to take care of yourself and your family. We know these are challenging times and we are here to support you. We are in this together.

Sincerely, 

Crystal Lanz

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April 1, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of a Trout Lake Senior!

We can only imagine the conversations in your home regarding what might occur this spring for your senior child. We are all experiencing this extraordinary time together and we know how honoring and celebrating our seniors is so important to each of us. With that in mind, we wanted to share with you some important information and to reassure you that we will provide all means necessary to assist students in meeting all requirements necessary for graduation.

These include the following:

  • Earning needed credits

  • Completing a High School & Beyond Plan

  • Fulfilling a graduation pathway with test scores or alternate means

Mr. Walters has previously met with every senior at the beginning of this school year and communicated each student's progress towards meeting graduation requirements.  If your student is unsure about their status they can reach out to Mr. Walters via email (w.walters@tlschool.net) or phone (509.395.2571 - leave a message). 

Credit Acquisition

All students have the ability to turn in any unfinished work that was previously assigned second semester prior to closure. Teachers are accepting this work and will assess it for a grade/credit. Our teachers will continue to communicate with their students to continue moving their learning forward. It is very important that seniors complete all of the work for their given classes as listed at the bottom of this document. Additionally, they should be accessing and completing all work given to them in the event our school closure continues on past April 24th. 

Credit Retrieval

We have the ability to offer credit retrieval if necessary through APEX. At this time, we do have any senior students in need of credit retrieval if they just keep working on assignments in their current classes. Seniors need to communicate with teachers if they are in need of assistance. 

High School & Beyond Plan

For students who have not yet met this requirement, Mr. Walters will communicate any specific remaining components of their High School & Beyond Plan. Students will be permitted to complete this requirement.

Testing or Alternate Graduation Pathways

For students who have not yet met this requirement, Mr. Walters will communicate specific plans to help them complete their pathway. 

AP Course and Testing  

As you may already know, the College Board has made a number of changes to this year’s AP testing process, due to school closures across the nation.  The link below provides specific information about AP testing, online resources, and other important information about all things AP. Your student's AP teacher, Ms. Simonis, will also be in regular communication throughout our closure.

AP Course and Testing Information

At this time, we are still planning to be back in school on Monday, April 27. We are hoping that this date will remain, but if the timeline changes we will share updates about school and any ensuing planned activities (prom, graduation, spring sports, etc.)

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Senior Graduation Requirements 

Class of 2020 (Now-April 24th)

Seniors have additional requirements to meet graduation requirements. They still have all the provided resources and assignments previously emailed to students and families. However, they are required to finish the work listed below for their given classes as a graduation requirement. 

Mr. Walters has touched bases with all seniors via email or phone call to make sure they are aware of requirements for graduation and to discuss individual circumstances such as PE, online, etc requirements.  

Seniors should continue to check their emails consistently. 

Senior Projects

  • 20 hours of documented hours with senior projects

English 11/12

  • Writing assignment (worksheet)

  • 1 book completed

  • Journaling

AP English

  • 1 test prep book completed

US History

  • Read 3 chapters as provided to you by Timmy

  • Watch 2 movies (provided) or 4 hours of documentaries (provided) on WWII and complete summaries

Math Fundamentals

  • Stay up-to-date with your math class

Online

  • Stay up-to-date with your classes 

There is additional work for each senior class than what is listed above. The above listings are absolutely mandatory for graduation (now-April 24). However, seniors need to complete all the work provided by their teachers for their given classes, which is summarized in previous emails and on the school website. It is necessary for seniors to be checking their email and communicating with their teachers. 

Please continue to take care of yourselves. We know these are challenging times and we are here to support you.

Sincerely, 

Crystal Lanz

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March 25, 2020

Dear Families, 

Greetings to all of you! The building seems so quiet and empty without you!  I hope you are all doing well during this stressful time. I just wanted to reach out to bring you some reminders and  updates. 

By now you have received your learning packets for students or emails about learning opportunities in Google Classroom or through various other modalities. If you have a 6th - 12th grade student, please have them check their school emails as teachers are sending information to them there. Please check the Trout Lake School District website for updated information and an overview of the materials that were sent home. 

If you have a senior in high school, there are requirements that need to be met for graduation purposes and you can find those under the “Headlines” section under “Resources for School Closure”. 

If you have questions about assignments or materials, please reach out to the teacher. Their email addresses are firstinitial.lastname@tlschool.net

I do want to remind you as families to please monitor your student’s usage of the internet. Please speak with your students about appropriate use of the internet. We would recommend that you check-in with your student(s) on a regular basis and possibly have them utilize it in a public place. We appreciate you being proactive and flexible with all that is going on and the constant changes. 

Due to Governor Inslee proclaiming a “stay at home” order, the school building will be closed until further notice. Please call or email the district if you need anything and we will get back to you (509.395.2571 or kr.schmid@tlschool.net). We will be checking messages daily during the week. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

If you would like some more information about speaking with your children about the school closure and COVID-19, please visit https://medium.com/waospi/talking-to-your-children-about-school-closures-aeb3e6be6456

Take care and stay healthy!

Sincerely, 

Crystal 

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March 18, 2020

K-5 Educational Materials

 

Dear Families, 

Below you will find an overview of the supplemental materials and resources that were provided to your child, picked up by you, or emailed home by the teacher. This is meant to serve as an overview, you probably received more information from the teacher. Please pace yourself with the work that has been sent/emailed home. We are asking that you help your student(s) with quality over quantity. We are sending home information about supplements, but there's so much more to the school day. Please remember that you can provide many more opportunities, challenges, and discussions to your child that are beyond what is found in the paper/pencil and electronic resources. 

We will also be creating a “resource webpage” on the school website for electronic resources that are used in classrooms. We hope to have this ready by the end of the week. There are also many resources out there for all subjects if you just put in a quick search for whatever you may be trying to find. 

If your class engages in Accelerated Reader, you can have your child take AR tests from home. The web address is: https://global-zone51.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/298121. They should know their log-in and password information. 

Some teachers sent home writing work for students and some did not. It would be great to set a timer for 5-10 min for journaling each day to continue the habit and skill of writing and reflecting. 

Parent/teacher conferences will be conducted via phone call this year. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to schedule a conference. If you do not hear from your child’s teacher and would like to conference, please send them an email. If you do not have email access, please call the school and we will get a hold of your child’s teacher. 

Please return all the materials and work to school when we resume on April 27th. 

Sincerely, 

Crystal Lanz

 

Kindergarten (Wroe)

Reading

  • I have enclosed the next two reading units we would have done in class.  We do the reading units 3 days a week and do other independent reading or Weekly Reader on the other days.  For the reading units, we do one page of the unit magazine each day and then read 2 stories from the story book.  In the story book, students read the bold or underlined words; older readers read the rest. Some groups have started to read the “parent” parts with some help.  If your child would like to read these parts, feel free to encourage them to do so.

Language Arts

  • I have enclosed some individualized letter practice sheets for the students.  The students have worked on these before and may just need help with directions.  I have also included worksheets on digraphs (th,sh,ch,wh). We have looked at digraphs in our daily letter practice, but we were just going to start the unit on them.  In addition, I have included several sight word books.

Writing

  • The students made writing journals to take home.  We generally do short writing every day. Please encourage students to work on writing complete sentences including capitals, spaces, and punctuation marks.  We were just about to start on writing good questions and answers and practicing writing the question mark. Please practice writing and answering questions.

Math

  • I have included the next two math units on telling time and 2-D and 3-D shapes.  For time, I encourage you to have your child practice with digital and analog clocks to tell time to the hour (or beyond if they are ready) as well as reading a calendar.  For shapes, have the student look around the house and outside to find shapes in nature.

First Grade (Jackson)

Every day I should try to...

  • Check my sunflower and record any changes.
  • Work on my research project.
  • Read for at least 30 minutes.
  • Learn about and practice working with money.
  • Spend time practicing math on Zearn.
  • Practice grammar pages.
  • Help do at least 2 chores at my house.
  • Play outside!

Science

  • Plant a sunflower seed in a small cup and put it in a place you can observe it daily. 
  • Record the changes that happen as it grows.  
  • Read plant books in your mailbox on Epic.  
  • Take nature walks. 
  • Need more- Visit Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

Math

  • Spend some time on Zearn daily. Usernames and passwords are on Seesaw and in your packet.  Email Mrs. Jackson if you need a new one or have any questions. 
  • Spend some time working with money.  Get out the change jar and play (sort, count, add, subtract…).  After exploring money use the worksheets that were sent home for extra practice.  
  • Once a week Mrs. Jackson will post a problem on Seesaw-  Try to solve it, share your thinking, and your work. 

Research Project- Reading/ Writing/ Science

  • This is a big project that will last a few weeks. Don’t rush!  Take your time and learn lots! I will send you weekly reminders about what you should be working on.  I can’t wait to see all the wonderful projects! 

Elementary PE (Waller)

  • Students are encouraged to make up their 500 minutes of missed PE by doing exercise at home. I created a sheet that I sent home with students on March 16th with ideas and a tracking sheet.  This can be picked up at the school or shared electronically.

Second Grade (Thompson)

Reading & Writing

  • Reading logs for every week
  • Spelling lists for every week
  • Several writing prompts with extra paper
  • Several animal articles with comprehension questions
  • Poem packets to work on memorizing (and performing)
  • Quick Word booklet as a resource

Math 

  • Next 2 chapters of math work from their math books
  • Miscellaneous math challenge page

Elementary PE (Waller)

  • Students are encouraged to make up their 500 minutes of missed PE by doing exercise at home. I created a sheet that I sent home with students on March 16th with ideas and a tracking sheet.  This can be picked up at the school or shared electronically.

Third Grade (Miller)

Reading

  • Students are encouraged to continue reading daily - since you will not have 40 minutes of AR time in school, consider reading for more than 20 minutes at home each day.
  • I have emailed parents a link to getepic.com which offers free access to online books.
  • AR: quizzes will be available at home. Keep reading and taking quizzes! Many books on getepic.com have AR levels.

Writing

  • Blankity-blanks: These are fun, mad-lib like writing games that you can play on your own or with a friend or family member.
  • Persuasive Writing: Your most recent planning page for a persuasive essay is included, along with directions and supplies to complete this writing task.

Math

  • Chapter 13 Reteach/Skills Practice Pages: This packet covers a basic introduction to working with fractions. The Reteach pages give some background and directions, the Skills Practice pages are designed for more independent practice.
  • Pet Shelter Project: This is a real-world application of multiplication skills. You are encouraged to be creative when coming up with your pet shelter.
  • Multiplication facts: You can play math games through the school website, make flashcards, or pick any method you like to master your multiplication facts.

Social Studies

  • Lewis and Clark biography poster: Pick a person who was on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to learn all about. I have included a planning sheet and example (mine is not colored - I am sure yours will look better!) and poster paper. You can research your person on kidrex.org or getepic.com (I have sent you some Lewis and Clark books). Create a full-sized poster to teach the class all about the person (or dog) you are an expert on.

Elementary PE (Waller)

  • Students are encouraged to make up their 500 minutes of missed PE by doing exercise at home. I created a sheet that I sent home with students on March 16th with ideas and a tracking sheet.  This can be picked up at the school or shared electronically.

Fourth Grade (Baker)

Math

  • Math Connects Instruction Text - Chapters 14, 15, 9, 10, 11, 12  in this order. Lessons are listed on the blue guide in your binder, where all assignments should be kept.

Reading

  • Novel Study: Read Chapters and respond as indicated on the study booklet. Feel free to search for an audible version of your book, and enjoy listening. Projects in the study book, or your own ideas, would be perfectly appropriate to accompany this novel.
  • Epic Reading - An online reading site. Excellent, and AR leveled. Epic Books
  • AR reading, as usual.

Writing

  • Use your journal to record any writing that you do. Please skip lines, and label pages with a date and title. Use the starter ideas (orange paper) to help.
  • Mad Libs: A few fun papers in the LA section of your binder

Social Studies/Science

  • Read assigned articles at onlinekidsdiscover.com. Remember your sign in is tl(your first name), and 123456 is the password. 
  • There will be additional articles to read at www.readworks.org/student  The classroom code for this site is Q6FTZQ. The password is 1234.
  • Be sure to complete any quiz or questions that may accompany the article.

Cursive

  • Continue with work in your binder, if you desire.

Elementary PE (Waller)

  • Students are encouraged to make up their 500 minutes of missed PE by doing exercise at home. I created a sheet that I sent home with students on March 16th with ideas and a tracking sheet.  This can be picked up at the school or shared electronically.

Fifth Grade (Davis)

Reading (Davis)

  • 2 novel studies: Bridge to Terabithia and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Complete questions in the packets provided in the binder. Complete one end of novel project for each novel study. More details provided in the binder.
  • Daily 5: Finish reading Resist and complete the questions and vocabulary in the packet provided in the binder. Complete the word work task cards and worksheets: 1 per week starting next week 3/24. Topics include: 1. Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections, 2. Verb Tense, 3. Perfect Verb Tense, 4. Correlative Conjunctions

Writing (Davis)

  • Complete the 10 Day Opinions Writing Unit on Google Classroom, more writing will be available after the unit is complete.

Science (Davis)

  • Resources will be posted weekly on Google Classroom.

Social Studies (Davis) 

  • Read assigned chapters in the textbook and assignments will be posted weekly on Google Classroom or complete the reading notes that are in the binder.

Spanish Grade 5 (Zalaznik)

  • Students should continue their weekly language practice by watching the videos and completing nuggets on https://www.senorwooly.com/. Students can also continue the scavenger hunt and ojo vigilante activities and communicate with Señora Z via email for additional support.

Math Grade 5 (Zalaznik)

  • Content to continue practicing
  • Place value and decimal fractions
  • Base 10 operations
  • Add and subtract fractions and decimals
  • Multiply and divide fractions
  • Volume of rectangular solids
  • New content to introduce
  • Geometry/shapes (this is what we would have covered in class during this time)
  • Converting units of measure
  • https://classroom.google.com/ - students log in with their school email and password. I will post new resources and activities on this website weekly. Please have your child check google classroom at least once per week.
  • https://www.khanacademy.org/ - free to sign up and provides access to all subject matter. Video lessons provided and students can work at their own pace.
  • https://www.zearn.org/ - using the login information attached to this letter, your child can work through 5th grade math content at their own pace.
  • Play games! There are a lot of great family games that inspire mathematical thinking. A quick google search can produce dozens of ideas. 

5th Grade PE (Davis)

  • Record your physical activity on the PE log provided in class. If you were not in class on Monday March 16th a PE form was emailed to you.

5th Grade Art (Fogarty) 

  • Students need the sketchbook made in class on our last day or at least 15 sheets of quality drawing paper.
  • Students should be checking Google Classroom weekly.  I have already posted the first of 5 weekly sketchbook assignments. Each one will have prompts for three projects/drawings. Students can use any media they want. The easiest is a pencil drawing, though if you have access to other art supplies, anything goes. Projects should be in the sketchbooks we made today, unless they are using other materials, in which case, they should bring in that work at the end of our time too. If it is something that is too big or awkward to bring, they could photograph it. If they choose to make a photo for one of the projects, they should get it printed if possible.

 

6 - 12 Educational Materials

 

Dear Families, 

Below you will find an overview of the supplemental materials and resources that were provided to your child, picked up by you, or emailed home by the teacher. This is meant to serve as an overview, you probably received more information from the individual teacher. Please pace yourself with the work that has been sent/emailed home. We are asking that your student(s) priorities quality over quantity. We are sending home information about supplements in this letter and you have received additional info from the teachers, but there's so much more to the school day. Please remember that you can provide many more opportunities, challenges, and discussions to your child(ren) that are beyond what is found in the paper/pencil and electronic resources. 

If students have any questions, they should email their teacher with questions. All assignments are open note and open book, so please have them take advantage of the opportunity to keep learning. If you do not have internet, please call the school and we will reach out to teachers to have them contact you via phone. We do have wi-fi at the school and we have moved our picnic tables under the covered area for student use. If you student needs wi-fi, please use the school’s from outside the building. 

We will also be creating a “resource webpage” on the school website for electronic resources. We hope to have this ready by the end of the week. There are also many resources out there for all subjects if you just put in a quick search for whatever you may be trying to find.

Parent/teacher conferences will be conducted via phone call this year. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to schedule a conference if they feel they are in need. If you do not hear from your child’s teacher and would like to conference, please send them an email. If you do not have email access, please call the school and we will get a hold of your child’s teacher. 

We will continue to provide information to you as we know more. 

Sincerely, 

Crystal Lanz

 

Sixth Grade

6th Grade English Language Art (Fogarty)

  • Read 2-3 hours a week in your outside reading books. Complete reading log entries for 5 weeks using Google Classroom (none over week of spring break). Logs will be posted each week by Monday.
  • Finish reading the packet from The Journal of Ben Uchida. Some questions may be posted in Google Classroom.
  • Check Google Classroom (March 23-27) for other short readings of tales. Answer any questions that accompany them. 
  • In April, check Classroom for instructions on writing a tale using the elements of myth, folktale, tall tale, legends, etc. 

6th Grade Math (Nakae)

  • I will be posting weekly Khan assignments  for you to keep your mind active and to continue learning. Please take notes and complete 45 minutes per week. 
  • I would also encourage you to work on corrections or missing  from the last unit. Any corrections or missing work that is turned in, either at school or digitally, will be corrected and put into the grade book to improve your grade. 

6th Grade Social Studies (Sawyer)

  • Journal:  A great way to keep your thoughts organized and clear your mind is to write them down in a journal. Writing is a great exercise for anyone and by expressing yourself in a personal place is a wonderful way to stay sane.  Over the course of school closure, stay updated on the outbreak, think critically about information, and consider essential questions about the pandemic and what it tells us about our world today. Observe the world around you.  What changes? How does it change? Why does it change?
  • The Lightning Thief Map:  Last week, you finished reading through the end of Chapter 19.  Create a map of the Underworld. Think about where Percy went, who he interacted with, how did he get where he was going, etc…
  • Finish Reading The Lightning Thief:  Chapters 20-22.
  • Complete the End of Novel Test.  Complete the test that was sent home if you were at school, or emailed home.  You may use all of your resources as necessary.

Spanish Grade 6 (Zalaznik)

  • Students should continue their weekly language practice by watching the videos and completing nuggets on https://www.senorwooly.com/. Students can also continue the scavenger hunt and ojo vigilante activities and communicate with Señora Z via email for additional support. 

6th Grade PE (Davis)

  • Record your physical activity on the PE log provided in class. If you were not in class on Monday March 16th a PE form was emailed to you.

 6th Grade Science (Elyard)

  • Students were given (or will be sent) a packet on Scientific Problem Solving.
  • Students will be asked to complete a science fair project over the course of the next six weeks.
  • I will post on Google Classroom in the near future instructions on the next step: choosing a topic in science in which you are interested and delving into that topic in-depth by completing a project on that topic.
  • I expect all information and assignments to be posted and shared on Google Classroom.  This is a self-paced project, but I will be touching base with you on a regular basis if possible.   Students are familiar with Google Classroom.
  • I encourage all students to look back over their Google Classroom assignments for this term to determine if they can improve their work.

6th Grade Art (Fogarty) 

  • Students need the sketchbook made in class on our last day or at least 15 sheets of quality drawing paper.
  • Students should be checking Google Classroom weekly.  I have already posted the first of 5 weekly sketchbook assignments. Each one will have prompts for three projects/drawings. Students can use any media they want. The easiest is a pencil drawing, though if you have access to other art supplies, anything goes. Projects should be in the sketchbooks we made today, unless they are using other materials, in which case, they should bring in that work at the end of our time too. If it is something that is too big or awkward to bring, they could photograph it. If they choose to make a photo for one of the projects, they should get it printed if possible.

6th Grade Band (Coleman)

  • Make sure your band instruments are at home.
  • Students all have sheet music that we have been preparing for our Spring Concert. While many scheduling constraints and changes have made putting on a concert more challenging, I believe that our students are well-enough prepared that we can expect a successful concert. Please help your children remember to practice that music.
  • Throughout our closure, I will continue to send home resources students can use to learn more about music and continue making new music.

Seventh Grade

7th Grade Math (Nakae)

  • I will be posting weekly Khan assignments  for you to keep your mind active and to continue learning. Please take notes and complete 45 minutes per week. 
  • I would also encourage you to work on corrections or missing  from the last unit. Any corrections or missing work that is turned in, either at school or digitally, will be corrected and put into the grade book to improve your grade. 

7th Grade English (Simonis)

  • Read, Read, Read. Keep track of what you read. 
  • Keep a journal. At least one entry per week. 
  • Check Google Classroom. I have created “assignments” where students can post about what they are reading and where I will post journal prompts. More resources and ideas will be posted as we move forward. 

7th Grade Spanish (Zalaznik)

  • Students should continue daily language practice by watching the videos and completing nuggets on https://www.senorwooly.com/. Students can also continue the scavenger hunt and ojo vigilante activities.They should also access the resources posted on google classroom (https://classroom.google.com/ ) where further instructions and resources have been posted

7th Grade Medieval History (Waller)

  • Before Spring Break, students will have 2 Mesoamerican Civilizations projects to do and the information will be on Google Classroom for how to finish those
  • After Spring Break, students will have 3 chapters on Japan to read in their online textbooks and plan a “Japan Road-trip” which the instructions for will be on Google Classroom
  • Students will also have 15 daily geographies and 3 geography quizzes to complete and information for those is on Google Classroom

7th Grade Science (Elyard)

  • Students were given or sent by email a packet on The Sun and Other Stars as an initial assignment.
  • Students will be asked to complete a science fair project over the course of the next six weeks.
  • I will post on Google Classroom the instructions to getting started this coming Monday, March 24th  regarding your choice of topic.
  • I expect all information and assignments to be posted and shared on Google Classroom.  This will be a self-paced project, but I will be touching base with you on a regular basis if possible.   Students are familiar with Google Classroom.
  • I encourage all students to look back over their Google Classroom assignments for this term to determine if they can improve their work.

7th Grade Art (Fogarty) 

  • Students need the sketchbook made in class on our last day or at least 15 sheets of quality drawing paper.
  • Students should be checking Google Classroom weekly.  I have already posted the first of 5 weekly sketchbook assignments. Each one will have prompts for three projects/drawings. Students can use any media they want. The easiest is a pencil drawing, though if you have access to other art supplies, anything goes. Projects should be in the sketchbooks we made today, unless they are using other materials, in which case, they should bring in that work at the end of our time too. If it is something that is too big or awkward to bring, they could photograph it. If they choose to make a photo for one of the projects, they should get it printed if possible. 

7th Grade PE

  • Complete the PE activity log that was sent via email to you. You will be missing four weeks of PE that will not be made up. We encourage you to earn your participation points for these weeks by completing a total of 600 minutes of activity. (That’s an average of 30 minutes per day, 5 times per week.) Example activities: go for a walk/run, ride your bike, practice Kung-Fu, do circuits, complete an exercise video, do yoga, play ball in your yard with family, etc. 

7th Grade Band (Coleman)

  • Make sure your band instruments are at home.
  • Students all have sheet music that we have been preparing for our Spring Concert. While many scheduling constraints and changes have made putting on a concert more challenging, I believe that our students are well-enough prepared that we can expect a successful concert. Please help your children remember to practice that music.
  • Throughout our closure, I will continue to send home resources students can use to learn more about music and continue making new music.

Eighth Grade

Pre Algebra (Nakae)

  • I will be posting weekly Khan assignments  for you to keep your mind active and to continue learning. Please take notes and complete 45 minutes per week. 
  • I would also encourage you to work on corrections or missing  from the last unit. Any corrections or missing work that is turned in, either at school or digitally, will be corrected and put into the grade book to improve your grade. 

8th Grade English (Simonis)

  • Read, Read, Read. Keep track of what you read. 
  • Keep a journal. At least one entry per week. 
  • Check Google Classroom. I have created “assignments” where students can post about what they are reading and where I will post journal prompts. More resources and ideas will be posted as we move forward. 

8th Grade Social Studies (Sawyer)

  • Journal:  A great way to keep your thoughts organized and clear your mind is to write them down in a journal. Writing is a great exercise for anyone and by expressing yourself in a personal place is a wonderful way to stay sane.  Over the course of school closure, stay updated on the outbreak, think critically about information, and consider essential questions about the pandemic and what it tells us about our world today. Observe the world around you.  What changes? How does it change? Why does it change?
  • Textbook Readings: Read all of Chapters 8 and 9 from your text- Washington in the Pacific Northwest and complete the Chapter Reviews. I recommend breaking up this activity into small parts and read daily.  Reading is important because it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise. Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. 

 8th Grade Science (Elyard)

  • Students were given or sent by email a packet on The Sun and Other Stars as an initial assignment.
  • Students will be asked to complete a science fair project over the course of the next six weeks.
  • I will post on Google Classroom the instructions to getting started this coming Monday, March 24th  regarding your choice of topic.
  • I expect all information and assignments to be posted and shared on Google Classroom.  This will be a self-paced project, but I will be touching base with you on a regular basis if possible through Google Classroom
  •  I encourage all students to look back over their Google Classroom assignments for this term to determine if they can improve their work.

ALTA 8 (Nakae)

  • 45 minutes of typing per week
  • Watch and evaluate one speech video per week as described by handouts from Monday (see email if you were not at school on Monday 3/17)
  • Please contact me if you are looking for options to improve your grade in ALTA. 

8th Grade Art (Fogarty) 

  • Students need the sketchbook made in class on our last day or at least 15 sheets of quality drawing paper.
  • Students should be checking Google Classroom weekly.  I have already posted the first of 5 weekly sketchbook assignments. Each one will have prompts for three projects/drawings. Students can use any media they want. The easiest is a pencil drawing, though if you have access to other art supplies, anything goes. Projects should be in the sketchbooks we made today, unless they are using other materials, in which case, they should bring in that work at the end of our time too. If it is something that is too big or awkward to bring, they could photograph it. If they choose to make a photo for one of the projects, they should get it printed if possible.

8th Grade PE

  • Complete the PE activity log that was sent via email to you. You will be missing four weeks of PE that will not be made up. We encourage you to earn your participation points for these weeks by completing a total of 600 minutes of activity. (That’s an average of 30 minutes per day, 5 times per week.) Example activities: go for a walk/run, ride your bike, practice Kung-Fu, do circuits, complete an exercise video, do yoga, play ball in your yard with family, etc. 

8th Grade Band (Coleman)

  • Make sure your band instruments are at home.
  • Students all have sheet music that we have been preparing for our Spring Concert. While many scheduling constraints and changes have made putting on a concert more challenging, I believe that our students are well-enough prepared that we can expect a successful concert. Please help your children remember to practice that music.
  • Throughout our closure, I will continue to send home resources students can use to learn more about music and continue making new music

High School Classes 

Broken Down by Class Instead of Grade 

English

9th, 10th and 11th/12th Grade English (Simonis)

  • Read, Read, Read. Keep track of what you read. 
  • Keep a journal. At least one entry per week. 
  • Check Google Classroom. I have created “assignments” where students can post about what they are reading and where I will post journal prompts. More resources and ideas will be posted as we move forward. 

AP English (Simonis)

  • 2 test prep books

Math

Algebra 1 (Nakae)

  • As I mentioned in class last Friday I will be posting Khan assignments for you to continue to practice and learn Algebra during the school closure.Take notes and try the practice problems. The first one is there for you and is a nice extension of exponential functions. 
  • The Unit 6 test you received yesterday should be completed and returned. You may use a calculator and notes to complete.
  • Please turn in the 6.10 quiz I handed out on Friday.
  • I would also like to encourage you to work on any corrections or missing assignments that you may have. This can help to improve your grade.
  • All work can either be dropped off here at school or sent to me digitally. 

Geometry/Algebra 2/Pre-Calculus (Fink)

  • Students were given (or will be sent) a packet that contained a list of instructions, a homework log with a list of all the assignments, and all necessary worksheets, quizzes and tests
  • I will email notes and answer keys to students. 
  • I will also share a document with students with links to online videos and tutorials that may help the students better understand the material in the notes. Students may also read the information in their textbooks.
  • Parents should sign HW logs as students finish assignments.
  • All quizzes/tests are open note and open book.
  • Students can email me or call the school if they have questions. 
  • Geometry
    •  Students will be completing a unit on circles.
  • Algebra 2: 
    • Students will finish unit 6 on exponents and logarithms and then complete unit 7 on operations of rational expressions and solving rational equations.
    • If a student is planning on taking Pre-Calculus next year, they will need to complete all of the assignments to avoid gaps in their knowledge.
  • PreCalculus:
    • Students will finish unit 6 on trigonometry and then complete a few sections of unit 7 on applications of trigonometry.

Math Fundamentals (Nakae)

  • Students are encouraged to maintain deadlines for online courses.
  • Contact Ms Nakae for assistance with unlocking or resetting quizzes, tests and activities or if you need help. Email or call school 509 395 2571.

Science

9th Grade Physical Science

  • Check Google Classroom for detailed instructions. 
  • Four chapters, on Newton’s three laws and momentum are in Google Classroom.
  • There are problem sets for each of the chapters.
  • Turn in any missing assignments.

10th Grade Biology

  • Students were given or sent by email a packet on Protists as an initial assignment. 
  • Students will be asked to complete an independent research project on a topic of their choice in biology over the course of the next six weeks. 
  • I will post on Google Classroom the instructions to getting started this coming Monday, March 24th  regarding your choice of topic.
  • I expect all information and assignments to be posted and shared on Google Classroom.  This will be a self-paced project, but I will be touching base with you on a regular basis if possible through Google Classroom.
  •  I encourage all students to look back over their Google Classroom assignments for this term to determine if they can improve their work.

11th/12th Grade Advanced Biology

  • Check Google Classroom for detailed instructions. 
  • Two chapters, on plants and animal diversity in Google Classroom.
  • There are sets of questions for each of the chapters.
  • Create a presentation on an agricultural plant
  • Do a research project on a relationship between a plant and another organism.

11th/12th Grade Chemistry

  • Check Google Classroom for detailed instructions. 
  • Two chapters, on Gases and Solutions and Colloids in Google Classroom 
  • Problems sets for each of the chapters
  • Food chemistry assignments related to gases, solutions, and colloids. These will be posted in the next week

Social Studies

10th Grade US History I (Waller)

  • Before Spring Break students will finish filling out notes on Mexican-American War, watch a documentary on it, and take an open-note quiz over it. All of the information on that will be on Google Classroom
  • After break, students will read parts of 4 chapters (chapters 6-9) in their new government textbooks, watch several corresponding youtube videos, and will do assignments based on those chapters and videos. Specifics on this will be on Google Classroom by the end of this week.
  • I will also most likely post some supplemental videos/materials for students to have the option to do

11th/12th Grades US History II  (Waller)

  • Students have a paper due March 20th on How Government Should Help the Poor
  • Students will need to read Chapters 26 and 27 in their textbooks and answer the questions that I assign on Google Classroom
  • I will post a list of WWII movies and documentaries for students to pick from, and they will need to watch 2 movies in specific categories or 4 hours worth of documentaries and write summaries/historical observations per the instructions given on Google Classroom
  • I will also most likely post some supplemental vidoes/materials for students to have the option to do

Senior Projects

12th Grade Senior Projects (Elyard)

  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete any aspect of their Senior Project if possible.
  • Students are encouraged to continue to work on scholarship applications.
  • In the interim, the seniors are to keep a daily journal as per the requirements explained in class.  Look on Google Classroom regularly for prompts and updates.

PACE

9th Grade PACE

  • Check Google Classroom for detailed instructions. 
  • Make contacts for your letters of recommendation, job shadow, community service and guest speaker. 
  • Create a photography portfolio.

Home & Family 

Home and Family (Fogarty)

  • Have a textbook. Check Google Classroom for assignments
  •  We will be covering topics that I find important. I encourage you to have conversations at home about the content as we will not be having class discussions. We will start with Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco, then Infectious Disease, and Personal Finance/Budgeting. 
  • Additionally, I would like every student to try to accomplish one DIY skill project. Generally in class we would do sewing, and students would learn basic hand stitches as well as try their hand at the machines. I inquired today about access to machines/supplies and several students raised hands. I know not everyone has the same access, therefore I am expanding the project.  Essentially, I want all students to have a DIY skill under their belt. The point is to make something useful and well crafted. This could range from sewing, to knitting, to woodworking, and more. I am open to hearing the students' interests and suggestions. A more formal proposal will come via Classroom.

Arts

9th-12th Grade Art (Fogarty) 

  • Students need the sketchbook made in class on our last day or at least 15 sheets of quality drawing paper.
  • Students should be checking Google Classroom weekly.  I have already posted the first of 5 weekly sketchbook assignments. Each one will have prompts for three projects/drawings. Students can use any media they want. The easiest is a pencil drawing, though if you have access to other art supplies, anything goes. Projects should be in the sketchbooks we made today, unless they are using other materials, in which case, they should bring in that work at the end of our time too. If it is something that is too big or awkward to bring, they could photograph it. If they choose to make a photo for one of the projects, they should get it printed if possible.

Electives

Spanish I (Zalaznik)

  • Students should continue daily language practice by watching the videos and completing nuggets on https://www.senorwooly.com/, watching the series Go! Vive a tu manera (on Netflix) and writing summaries in Spanish, and utilizing the additional resources posted on google classroom: https://classroom.google.com/

Spanish III (Zalaznik)

  • Students should continue daily language practice reading the novel provided to them from the classroom (or finding another novel in Spanish via the Overdrive app available through Fort Vancouver Regional Library), watching the series Gran Hotel (on Netflix) and writing summaries in Spanish, keeping a Spanish journal during the closure, and reading news articles in Spanish using the resources posted on google classroom (https://classroom.google.com/ ).  

Publications (Anderson)

  • Check Google Classroom for detailed instructions. 
  • Write an article for the Spring Laker

Creative Writing (Fink)

  • Students were given (or will be sent) a packet that contained a list of instructions, a log for students to track their time spent working so they can earn participation points, and all the necessary graphic organizers to help them write a rough draft of a children’s book/story.
  • Students are required to complete 3 outside writing assignments. The due dates for these assignments were given to students in January. They can submit them electronically or when we return to school.
  • Students are encouraged to brainstorm, plan, and write/illustrate a rough draft of a children’s book/story; however, anything not completed will not be held against the student. Those students will be able to work on this project more when we return to school, but they may need to complete part of it as homework. If you complete the rough draft over the break, the rest of the work should be able to be completed during class time.

Weightlifting, 9-12th Grades (Waller)

  • Students need to record 4 workouts per school week that we are out on a tracking sheet that I posted on Google Classroom.  They can use their own plans that they can adjust to bodyweight workouts or they can do workouts that I post on the Google Classroom

Sports Medicine II, 9-12th Grades (Waller)

  • Students will be given an injury to do a “case study” on where they have to write a report on a made-up injury of a person from before they were injured till they get back to play.  They will have sections on how the injury occured, how to diagnose the injury, surgery options, rehab, sport-specific rehab, and return to play. There will be 3 progress due dates on Google Classroom for them to work towards and I will give them feedback if they get their work in by those progress due dates. 

9th-12th Grade Band (Coleman)

  • Make sure your band instruments are at home.
  • Students all have sheet music that we have been preparing for our Spring Concert. While many scheduling constraints and changes have made putting on a concert more challenging, I believe that our students are well-enough prepared that we can expect a successful concert. Please help your children remember to practice that music.
  • Throughout our closure, I will continue to send home resources students can use to learn more about music and continue making new music.

Online

APEX Online (Smith)

  • Please continue to work on your online classes while you're at home if you can.  It's not mandatory, and you won't be penalized on your next grade, but it's in your best interest to keep up with the work. To receive credit for this course it must be completed by the end of the school year, so I'd hate to see you come back in April to a mountain of assignments.
  • Continue to email me your assignments and any questions or requests you may have.

Senior Graduation Requirements 

Class of 2020

Seniors have additional requirements to meet graduation requirements. They still have all the supplemental resources and assignments listed above for their classes. However, they are required to finish the work listed below. 

Mr. Walters will touch bases with all seniors via email or phone call to make sure they are aware of requirements for graduation and to discuss individual circumstances such as PE, online, etc requirements.  

Seniors should continue to check their emails consistently. 

Senior Projects

  • 20 hours of documented hours with senior projects

English 11/12

  • Writing assignment (worksheet)
  • 1 book completed
  • Journaling

AP English

  • 1 test prep book completed

US History

  • Read 3 chapters as provided to you by Timmy
  • Watch 2 movies (provided) or 4 hours of documentaries (provided) on WWII and complete summaries

Math Fundamentals

  • Stay up-to-date with your math class

Online

  • Stay up-to-date with your classes 

 

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March 16, 2020

Dear Families, 

On Tuesday, staff will be meeting together to make final decisions on what educational materials will look like for students. I will send an update after those meetings on how materials/instruction will be delivered for each grade level. Please do not come to the school on Tuesday to pick up materials as it may not be ready for all students and all classes. Again, I will send information on what day materials will be ready and how information will be sent out for students. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we address this situation. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our students, their families, our staff members, volunteers and this community.

Thanks, 

Crystal

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March 15, 2020

Dear Families, 

We understand that our current situation with COVID-19 is an ever changing situation that is unprecedented. Trout Lake School will be in session on Monday, March 16th. However, we also have recently heard that Klickitat County has had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Therefore, we understand your apprehension in sending your student(s) to school. Please make the decision that is best for your family. If you do not feel comfortable sending your child(ren) to school on Monday, please keep them home. 

The staff will be meeting on Tuesday to firm up plans around what will be sent home and how as far as instructional materials. Many teachers and classes will be sending home materials tomorrow, but most likely it will not all be ready. Please give our teachers a few days to finalize these plans. I will communicate with you later in the week about the materials that are available for students. The school will also be developing a page with some resources that you can access with your kids. Materials may need to be sent home late this week or next week via mail  or your student may find the information in their email if they are in grades 6-12. As we all found out about the closure late Friday afternoon, it will take just a bit of time to get everything in place. 

If you do choose to come to school to pick up materials or your child, please remember to use social distancing. Thank you! 

Again, Monday is an optional day of school for students. Please make the decision that you feel is best for your family. 

Sincerely, 

Crystal

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March 14, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The governor announced that he is mandating the closure of all K-12 public and private schools in Washington starting Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 24. He also banned gatherings of 250 or more people in the state of Washington. The goal of these measures is to prevent or slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The decision to close schools is taken very seriously, recognizing that closures can pose difficulties for families and disrupt children’s education. 

Please review the following important information:

  • Athletics/Activities: Effective immediately and throughout the closure, ALL athletics and morning/afternoon/evening and weekend school activities will be canceled. Additionally, the Trout Lake Run scheduled for Saturday, April 25th is cancelled due to students not being in school. Rescheduling the TL Run is very problematic due to tight time constraints with other activities near the end of the school year. We will update you on athletics and activities as we approach our return to school and know more information. 
  • Monday, March 16th: Students are in school on Monday, March 16th.
  • Food Services: Next week, our staff will be placing calls to families that qualify for our reduced price lunch scholarship program to see if they would like to participate in food services during the school closure. 
  • Child Care: Next week, our staff will be reaching out to families that work in the healthcare field about childcare options. 

 

  • Educational Materials: Staff will be communicating with students on Monday about internet access and educational materials that may be sent home for students. On Tuesday, staff will be meeting together to make final decisions on what that will look like for students. I will send an update after those meetings on how materials/instruction will be delivered. 

 

  • Make-up Days: Missed school days will be made up on our scheduled snow day in May and at the end of the school year. The make-up days will be: May 22 & June 15, 16, 17, 18, & 19. The state will issue waivers for the balance of the missed days. Our graduation date will not be impacted. Our seniors will still graduate on June 12th. The last day of school is June 19th.
  • Facilities: Due to the mandated closure of schools, Trout Lake School facilities will be closed until further notice. Our staff will be calling groups that have scheduled the facility and informing them about the closure. We will update the community via the methods below when the facility is back open for community use. 
  • School Calendar: Please check the online school calendar for up-to-date information: https://www.troutlake.k12.wa.us/Page/2#calendar86/20200314/month
  • Updates: We will continue to provide updates on this rapidly developing situation in several ways:

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we address this unprecedented situation. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our students, their families, our staff members, volunteers and this community.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another. We are a resilient community, and I know that we will get through this challenging time together.

Sincerely,

Crystal Lanz

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March 13, 2020

Dear Families, 

As you may have heard, the governor announced that he is mandating the closure of all K-12 public and private schools in Washington starting Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 24. He also banned gatherings of 250 or more people in the state of Washington. The goal of these measures is to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  

I will send you an update about all of these developments as it pertains to Trout Lake School this weekend after I have more information. 

Sincerely, 

Crystal Lanz

 

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March 12, 2020

Dear Trout Lake Families, 

We are evaluating student and staff participation in events that require travel outside of the district on a daily and case by case basis. In general, the district follows the lead of the host organization, and any additional guidance from public health officials regarding cancelation of events. Parents and guardians always make the final decision on whether their student will attend events outside of our district. 

I want to update you on some events that we are canceling or rescheduling within the district as precautionary measures to help do our part  to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  

We are going to cancel our parent night, Parenty Wisely in Today’s Digital Age, for tonight, Thursday, March 12th to reduce the transmission of sickness. We also know that some parents are not attending due to worries about gatherings and therefore we will hopefully be able to have more attendance when we reschedule. 

Oregon’s governor has declared that non-essential school gatherings including parent meetings, field trips and competitions should be canceled. Therefore, we are canceling the 3rd and 4th grade field trip on Friday, March 13th to the Columbia Center for the Arts. 

On Friday, March 13th, 1st grade was going to have a poetry celebration and gathering for families. At this time, we are going to cancel the family gathering part to help reduce transmission of sickness due to having a lot of people in a small space. Mrs. Jackson will video students sharing their poetry and send out to families. 

The high school track meet on Friday, March 20th in the Dalles has been canceled due to OSAA mandates with athletics. 

Please check the online school calendar for up-to-date event information. If we are canceling an event, we will put CANCELED in the front of the event listing. 

Tomorrow, I will be sending out another update as information and recommendations continue to evolve. 

Sincerely, 

Crystal Lanz

 

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Update: March 09, 2020

 

Dear Families,

While there are no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Trout Lake School, the Clark County Health Department announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Clark County. The confirmed case is a male in his 70s. He has been in isolation, pending test results, and remains in isolation. The health department will release additional information as it becomes available. 

 

The health department is not recommending any changes to the steps the district is already taking to prevent the spread of illness, including additional cleaning measures. 

 

We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and in regular communication with ESD 112 officials and with other districts in the region. We will rely on public health guidance/recommendations to make the best decisions for the health of students and families. 

 

Steps the district is taking to keep students and staff healthy and safe:

  • Reminding students to wash their hands frequently throughout the day. 
  • Frequently washing and disinfecting common surfaces such as phones and doorknobs. 
  • Arranging for more frequent sanitizing and deep cleaning of classrooms and bathrooms. 
  • Families are asked to pick up students who are sick. 
  • We are evaluating student and staff participation in events that require travel outside of the district on a daily and case by case basis. In general, the district follows the lead of the host organization, and any additional guidance from public health officials regarding cancellation of events. Parents and guardians always make the final decision on whether their student will attend events outside of our district. 
  • We are reviewing planned district events through the end of spring break. The district will be providing updates on an ongoing basis, so please watch for changes.
  • If the COVID-19 illness spreads more broadly, we will follow the guidance and recommendations of public health officials and share this information with staff and families as quickly as possible. 

 

Actions you can take now

Prevent the spread of illness: 

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).

Plan for childcare:

  • Begin making plans for childcare at home if your child gets sick, or if school is cancelled due to the spread of illness. 
  • The district will give families as much notice as we can if we are directed to close.
  • If the district is directed to close by public health officials, the same process for a snow day will be followed, including closing district facilities, rescheduling of athletic practices and events, etc. 

Stay informed through official channels:

  • The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites are excellent resources for official information and are updated regularly. If you have specific questions, you may call the DOH information line at 1-800-525-0127 and press #. You can also find resources about COVID-19, including how to talk to your kids about the illness at www.esd112.org/coronavirus-resources.

 

Thank you for your attention to this important matter and please feel free to contact me with additional questions. 

 

Sincerely,

Crystal Lanz

 

 

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Date: March 03, 2020

 

Dear Trout Lake School District Families, 

As you are likely aware, people in areas around the world are experiencing the respiratory illness COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. While the number of cases of the virus in the United States and other countries is growing, the immediate risk of the virus to the general public is considered to be low. 

With that said, this situation is evolving every day and I want to be sure the district is sharing information about where to find official resources about the coronavirus and the actions that our district is taking to monitor the situation. 

 

Official Sources

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has created a Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 website with information and resources for the community and specifically schools. A fact sheet, which is available in 11 languages, as well as a page dedicated to schools is on this page. The site also includes workplace recommendations and links to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) resources and information. Both the DOH and CDC websites are updated regularly.

 

District Actions

Trout Lake School District is taking the following actions:  

  • Reminding students to wash their hands frequently throughout the day. 
  • Frequently washing and disinfecting common surfaces such as phones and doorknobs. 
  • Arranging for more frequent sanitizing and deep cleaning of classrooms and bathrooms. 
  • Families will be asked to pick up students who are sick. 

As new information emerges, it is important to remember and remind members of our community that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality. Blaming and/or shaming others will not help to fight the illness, however sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is critical to keeping misinformation at a minimum.

 

Reminders About How to Prevent COVID-19 and Other Illness at School

According to the Department of Health, schools do not need to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools. The entire community can reduce the risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, through these simple steps, which will also prevent COVID-19.

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Get a flu shot during the flu season.
  • If you feel that you may have the virus, please contact the local health department for guidance.

The district will continue its routine cleaning procedures and will ensure that adequate soap and water are available for staff and student use.

 

Thanks,

Crystal Lanz