Middle School Hybrid Learning Model

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In the hybrid learning model, Middle School students (grades 6-8) will be split into two learning groups in an AA/Flex/BB schedule rotation. Students will learn in-person at their schools two days a week and participate in distance learning three days a week. The AA/Flex/BB rotation will be based on household so all children within a family will be placed on the same schedule. 

All learning experiences will include a mix of in-person, live virtual small group meetings and self-paced learning. Teachers will provide lessons to meet the standards of each grade level.

Middle School Learning Group Assignments

Students will be divided into the two learning groups alphabetically by their last name. Students with different last names living in the same household will be placed in the same group, even across building levels. Students A-L will be placed in Group A and students M-Z will be placed in Group B. Some adjustments may be made to accommodate special education and english language learners or to balance Learning Group sizes.

Middle School Weekly Schedule

Middle School On-Site Learning Days

Middle school students will learn on-site two days a week on the days their learning group is assigned, as laid out in the weekly schedule above. The school day starts and ends at its regular times:

  • Century Middle School  7:24 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Kenwood Trail Middle School  7:24 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • McGuire Middle School 8:09 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Middle school students are enrolled in 7 classes and a homeroom. Students will attend each of these classes when they are on-site, moving between classrooms throughout the school day. Foot traffic patterns will be clearly marked to avoid large crowds in hallways. Students are expected to move swiftly from one class to the next and to not congregate in hallways, locker bays, cafeteria/commons or in bathrooms.

Lunch will be offered in the cafeteria during assigned lunch periods. Social distancing guidelines of 6 feet at meal times will be followed to the fullest extent possible, and additional health and safety precautions will be implemented during lunch periods.

On-site learning time is a mix of instruction including teacher presentations, guided and independent practice for students, discussions and individual assistance. Teachers will focus on teaching core essential standards and conduct activities that are more suitable for in-person learning such as interactive discussions, hands-on lessons, presentations, labs, band and choir.

Middle School Distance Learning Days

Middle school students will participate in distance learning three days a week. Students will engage with learning tasks given to them by their teachers in a variety of ways: 

  • Assignments posted in Schoology
  • Assignments given to students when they are on-site with their teachers on Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri
  • Recorded video lessons posted in Schoology

Students will be able to complete their distance learning tasks at their own pace on these days. 

Middle School Flex Wednesdays

Each Wednesday, middle school students’ distance learning lessons will be condensed so they have the opportunity to also engage in personalized learning experiences and receive support, including: 

  • Enrichment opportunities like diving deeper on a specific topic with a small group or individually
  • Intervention opportunities, like reviewing a lesson to ensure understanding with a small group or individually
  • Check-ins with school staff on social emotional learning and well-being

Unlike Wellness Wednesdays that were implemented in the Spring, new learning will be provided and students will be expected to engage in lessons. 

Wednesdays will provide time for staff to participate in ongoing professional development to ensure your students continue to receive high quality education in the hybrid learning model.

Middle School Grading and Assessment

Grades are reported as A, B, C, D, F, P (pass) or NC (no credit), along with pluses and minuses. Teachers update student scores and grades in Infinite Campus on a weekly basis. Student progress is reported formally four times per year.

Teachers will explore alternative assessments to give students a variety of ways to demonstrate their learning.

Middle School Attendance

On in-person days, teachers will take attendance via Infinite Campus for every class period. Students who are not present will be marked as absent or tardy. 

On Distance Learning days, students will check in online to mark themselves present those days. If a child is showing any signs of illness they should stay home and their parent/caregiver should call the school building’s attendance line to report them as absent.

Classroom and School Supports

Social-emotional learning is a critical component for student success, despite the instructional model. Lakeville Area Schools is committed to the social, emotional, and behavioral success of all students, especially during this unprecedented time. We recognize your child’s success will result from positive and predictable environments that cultivate connection and sense of belonging, teach skills to build resilience and navigate uncertainty, and detect potential struggles. All buildings have dedicated time and resources to ensure foundational social, emotional, and behavioral support are delivered to all students, as well as targeted intervention for students needing higher levels of small group or individualized support.

We recognize students are experiencing a variety of feelings and thoughts about the adjustments they will experience this school year, which can result in disengagement. Throughout the school year, buildings will monitor student progress for signs of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral struggles. If we detect emerging concerns, we will work with students and families to identify effective strategies and supports that promote engagement and student success.

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