Important Letter to GAMS Students and Families

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Principal's Second Semester Update



January 13, 2021

Dear GAMS Parents/Guardians:

Reminder, beginning January 19, GAMS students will be “in person” on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  All students will be dismissed by 12 p.m. each day. On these same days, students will participate virtually each afternoon until 2:35 p.m.   Wednesdays will remain “fully virtual” using our Schoology platform.

The District’s Food Services Department previously sent information on how to order and receive meals (breakfast and lunch) during the second semester.  The meal procurement process is posted on the District website and is attached to this message.

For virtual afternoons and other declared virtual days (due to inclement weather, mandated quarantines, etc.), students are expected to:

  • Log into their teacher’s Schoology Page and engage with instruction at the designated times.
  • All lesson assignments must be completed and submitted by no later than midnight.
  • During live (via ZOOM) sessions, students are expected to sign in with their full, legal name (no nicknames, abbreviations, etc.)
  • During live (via ZOOM) sessions, students are expected to participate and must keep their camera “on” throughout the session.

In our efforts to continue to learn, grow and improve in our capacity to provide effective digital education, all virtual instruction (with the exception of Wednesdays which do not include a live component) will include:

  • Learning Intentions stated by the teacher (what should student know, understand and be able to do at the close of this lesson)
  • LIVE Direct Instruction from the teacher (via ZOOM)
  • A Check for Student Understanding
  • Communication of Success Criteria – (again, what a student should know, understand, and be able to apply to an authentic experience)
  • Additional opportunity to access Teachers for “live/interactive” support/assistance

Hoping that second semester reflects incredible success for all!


Mr. Mark W. Herman
Principal, GAMS
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