CSD Update – Sat, January 2, 2021

A quick reminder that Monday, January 4th will resume classes for our Group II students and Group I students will return on Tuesday, January 5th.

With the end of the first semester, January 22nd, quickly approaching, Calais Middle/High School administration, faculty, and staff took the time to review our past practices around midterm exams. We concluded that during the pandemic the use of traditional midterm exams would not provide the best evidence of student progress, and we also recognized many factors have made it difficult for some of our students to perform as well as they could under different circumstances. Therefore, for 2021 CMHS is modifying our midterm week.

During the week of January 19 – 22 when we would normally hold midterm exams, CMHS will use the scheduled half days as a mandatory attendance for students who are currently failing and voluntary for any student who would like to extend their learning. For the morning sessions, Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, January 22, students may take advantage of direct support from the classroom teacher for their scheduled courses.  The second half of the day will be dedicated to working individually with students who need additional supports in any course. Please refer to the schedule provided below.

Students will not be required to attend in person for a class in which they are receiving a passing grade. All students will be required to have all teachers sign a form stating whether they are currently passing each course, and those forms will be required to be turned into their homeroom teacher by Wednesday, January 13th, 2021. This will help us plan in order to meet the current social distancing guidelines.

Time Tuesday, January 19 Wednesday, January 20 Thursday, January 21 Friday, January 22
7:30 – 10:30 (mandatory attendance for students with missing work or current course grade below 70) Blue 1 & 2 Blue 3 & 4 White 1 & 2 White 3 & 4
11:00 – 1:30 (optional – this time is an additional opportunity for students who are at risk of losing credit for first semester classes or students who would like additional help or instruction. This support will not necessarily be from the course teacher but will be from a CMHS staff member.) Option additional support Option additional support Option additional support Option additional support

IMPORTANT reminder for students who still have an outstanding incomplete from SPRING 2020 or first semester Fall 2020:

ALL student work from courses with an incomplete from spring 2020  or first semester of fall 2020 must be finished by Friday, January 22, 2021. Any outstanding incomplete after that date will turn to a failing grade and the student will not receive credit for the course, which will result in the need to retake the course. Please know that at this point there is still plenty of time for students to complete the necessary work in order to finish the incomplete. It will require additional focus by the student, but students can still receive credit if the work is completed by Friday, January 22, 2021. If you have any questions regarding an incomplete your student has, please call the front office at 454-2591.

Thank you,

Mary Anne Spearin

Principal CMHS

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