COVID-19 Updates

 


This page will share the latest information from our school regarding continued learning at Collegiate. If you have any additional questions, please contact us directly. 

Stay safe Collegiate families!


August 20, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Our second family forum was held last night via Microsoft Teams. We focused on safety and answered questions many of you had. To view a copy of this presentation, please see the attachment below. 

Our next meeting will be held on Teams next Wednesday, August 26th from 6-7pm. During that session we’ll discuss student learning needs and answer your any questions you have. A link to join this meeting will be sent out on Tuesday, August 25th.

YOU matter—
Dr. Hodgdon

Attachments:
Reopening Meeting PowerPoint on Safety


August 17, 2020

Dear Collegiate Parents/Guardians—

We ask that you fill out the following link to let us know if your grades K-8 child/ren will be in-person or online beginning in the fall. As a reminder, grades 9 and 10 will be online and you do not need to fill this out.

You will need to know your students' ID number.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XFVZKM8

It is very important that you do so for planning purposes.  If you do not fill out the survey, we will assume that you are sending your student to school in September.

The deadline is Monday, August 24th at 4PM

The full reopening plan is avaiable here for viewing as well.

Best—
Dr. Hodgdon


August 12, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Our first family forum was held this evening via Microsoft Teams. We discussed our reopening plan and answered questions many of you had. To view a copy of this presentation and our updated school calendar, please see the attachments below. 

Our next meeting will be held on Teams next Wednesday, August 19th from 6-7pm. During that session we’ll discuss safety and answer your any questions you have. A link to join this meeting will be sent out on Tuesday, August 18th.

YOU matter—
Dr. Hodgdon

Attachments:
Reopening Meeting PowerPoint Presentation
2020-2021 Academic Calendar v8-6-2020


August 9, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

In the next few days, Collegiate will be submitting a comprehensive report to MA DESE that will be made available to all of you at that time.  It will be very important to read and to understand as it will help guide your decision to send your child/ren to school or to have your child/ren at home learning.  As you all can imagine, it has been a busy summer planning for the fall.  Please know that our decisions were based on the two surveys that you submitted in early July and as of late, AND based on the current MA health data. In both surveys, approximately 50% of our families stated that they would like to send their child/ren back safely.  The other 50% plan to keep their child/ren home due to various reasons.  In the end, you all picked the model and we have been planning for it all summer.

On Thursday, August 6th, the Collegiate Board of Trustees, voted to change the start date of school and on the hybrid model presented (20/21 academic calendar and Collegiate Hybrid Plan are both attached).

The highlights from the report are as follows:

  1. Collegiate will officially start on Thursday, September 17th..  KG will begin on Wednesday, September 16th..  This means that the school year will move from 180 days to 170 days.
  2. Lowell Public Schools announced that they will be bussing Grades K-5 only.  In addition, if a student lives within two miles of Collegiate, he/she will need to be transported or will walk to school. Please note that grades 6-8 will need to be transported to/from school.
  3. We will be following the hybrid model which allows families the preference to pick onsite learning OR remote learning.  Please note: Our 9th and 10th graders will all be online as we do not have learning space for them until the HS building is completed.
  4. All students in Grades 1-10 will be issued a ChromeBook and his/her textbooks before the school year begins. (KG students will be issued a tablet.) 
  5. Regardless if parents chooses onsite or remote learning, their child/ren will be guaranteed "live" instruction from their teacher and will follow the bell schedule.
  6. There will be more expectations and accountability for student learning in instruction and assessments.  
  7. The building will follow safety guidelines (masks, 3-6ft social distancing, washing hands, sanitizing, lunch in classrooms) More details to follow.
  8. Due to the cleaning of the building, we will not be offering the before/after school program this year.  Additionally, all tutoring and extra help will be held online after school.
  9. Family forums will be held every week beginning this Wednesday, August 12th at 6PM.  Each Wednesday, we will offer weekly topics and respond to any questions that you may have for us.  The dates are as follows: August 12, 19, 26 and September 2&9. An invitation will be sent by Tuesday.
  10. Families will receive an online form on Monday, August 17th and will be asked to state their preference: online or onsite.  This decision will need to be made by Monday, August 26th..

Finally, we want you to know that we understand the importance of safety and your own personal circumstances.  As much as we would like to have each and every one of our students in the building learning in September, we know that it is not possible.  We are hoping for that possibility soon though. In the meantime, we want you to have all of the details to make the best decisions for your child/ren.  Please read your emails daily.

YOU matter--
Dr. Hodgdon

Attachments:
Collegiate Hybrid Model
2020-2021 School Calendar


August 3, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Just a friendly reminder to complete this survey, if you have not already.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9XDX5FG

We sent this survey requesting your initial thoughts on your plan(s) to have your child/ren return to Collegiate in the fall.  We ask that you do so by Friday, August 7th at 4PM.  FYI: You are not “wed” to this initial choice.  We know that family plans and situations change daily.  We want to get a sense of what you are thinking at this moment in time.  It will also help us with our own planning.

At this time, we are planning on a hybrid model which will allow choice in the following:

  • Onsite instruction following a typical school day Monday-Friday OR Remote Learning from home.  Please note: Remote learning will entail “live” lessons taught by our teachers at Collegiate like any other school day.

Additionally,

  • We are following CDC guidelines for opening school.  We have been working diligently all summer to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
    • Masks, 3-6ft social distancing, washing hands, sanitizing the building every night and more
  • Every student will be issued a Chromebook and a set of books for either onsite or remote learning choices.
  • We will be holding parent forums to answer questions in the next week.  Please look for email invites from us as we will be scheduling them soon.
  • It is likely that we will not begin school in any scenario until September 16th as Lowell Public Schools announced that they are not returning until then.  We will keep you all posted.

Please find the attached REMOTE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES – LEGAL/PRIVACY NOTIFICATION.

Please be sure to call or email me with any questions.  I will try to answer as best I can moving forward.

YOU Matter—
Dr. Hodgdon


June 14, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

  • Student Belongings/Medicine Pick Up: Monday, June 15th-Friday, June 19th (9AM-4PM) & Saturday, June 20th (9AM-12PM)
    • Please drive up to the front doors, a member of the staff will greet you at your car, please give your student's name and class and we will return all belongings to you. Please note: We are not responsible for missing items from desks/lockers.
    • Belongings will be thrown away of not picked up by Saturday, June 20th at noon.
  • Chromebook Return: Monday, June 15th-Friday, June 19th (9AM-4PM) & Saturday, June 20th (9AM-12PM). By appointment after June 20th
    • If possible, please return Chromebooks in the original box as it has the # on it.
    • Please drive up to the front doors, a member of the staff will greet you at your car and will receive the Chromebook from you.
    • Please note: If your student is attending online summer school, we ask that you keep the Chromebook until school begins.

If you have any questions/concerns, please call the main office.

Dr. Hodgdon


June 11, 2020

A message from the Collegiate Health Office:

  1. If your child has medication in the health office, please plan to pick it up when you pick up your child’s belongings.  Any medication not picked up will be discarded.
  2. If your child will be taking medication next year (inhaler, epipen, ibuprofen or tylenol, etc.) please stop by the health office to pick up the required forms.  You will need a doctors order for each medication.
  3. If your child borrowed clothing from the health office please plan to return it when you pick up your child’s belongings. 

Better Together--
Nurse Gikas & Nurse Braga


June 10, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

The end of the 19/20 school year is quickly approaching.  I want to thank you for your patience and resilience in the past eight weeks.  As all of you know, I am often heard saying that "we work in partnership with our families" around our students.  Never has this been more true than now--thank you!

A few reminders:

  • Student Belongings Pick Up: Monday, June 15th-Friday, June 19th (9AM-4PM) & Saturday, June 20th (9AM-12PM)
    • Please drive up to the front doors, a member of the staff will greet you at your car, please give your student's name and class and we will return all belongings to you. Please note: We are not responsible for missing items from desks/lockers.
    • Belongings will be thrown away of not picked up by Saturday, June 20th at noon.
  • Chromebook Return: Monday, June 15th-Friday, June 19th (9AM-4PM) & Saturday, June 20th (9AM-12PM). By appointment after June 20th
    • If possible, please return Chromebooks in the original box as it has the # on it.
    • Please drive up to the front doors, a member of the staff will greet you at your car and will receive the Chromebook from you.
    • Please note: If your student is attending online summer school, we ask that you keep the Chromebook until school begins.
  • Class Dojo will be turned "off" as of 6PM on Thursday, June 11th at 6PM. In the next school year, we will be relying on the SABIS(R) Digital Platform for all communication to and from the school.  SABIS(R) is working on a tool for parents like Class Dojo.  Thank you for your understanding ahead of time.

We look forward to seeing you next week.

Better Together--
Dr. Hodgdon


June 3, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Like all of you, we have been saddened by the events of the past few months.  It has never been more important, particularly in this time of social distancing that we work to decrease the distance between what separates us and spend our time and energy on the qualities that bind us together.  

I want to maintain absolute clarity in the fact that our school is safe and an accepting place for all students. We are committed to our continued work toward universal acceptance and behavior consistent with the fundamental values of civility and the appreciation of differences. This cannot be stated enough: We are committed to equal educational opportunity for all students irrespective of age, race, gender, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

Please allow us to take this opportunity to thank our highly committed faculty and staff for upholding and teaching our values about the acceptance of differences and, at the same time, thank our families and community members who model these values for Collegiate youth on a daily basis.

With this mindset, we commit ourselves to continuing to work toward universal acceptance and behavior consistent with the fundamental values of civility and the appreciation of differences.

Amongst an already traumatic environment with COVID-19 consequences, there is now another layer of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty that our children are challenged by with the presence of riots and violence resulting from what is supposed to be peaceful protests for justice and equality.

It is imperative that you are aware and diligent in supervising what it is that your children are viewing on social media and other news venues, given the high presence of violent images and videos that are circulating. Viewing such content can be traumatic itself, even in absence of being directly impacted by the violence.

Additionally, it is important that you be transparent with your children when they inquire or ask questions about the protests or riots that are occurring around the world. Redirecting their attention away from the small percentage of those people who are engaging in acts of violence and educating them on the majority of people who are trying to send a message of peace and equality is the action that needs to be taken. You have the ability to use these events to provide education about the real message and meaning of equality that should be the primary focus. Children are already vulnerable to emotional disturbances given the challenging factors associated with COVID-19, therefore, it is imperative to curb the likelihood of emotional effects from this second layer of societal trauma.

Reminder, there are resources available if needed, to help you discuss these issues or seek professional help for those of your children who are experiencing high levels of anxiety. The CCSL community becomes stronger as we continue to unite and work together to support our children’s social and emotional well-being.

Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Volis at avolis@lowell.sabis.net with any questions or needs for assistance.

Sincerely—
Dr. Laurie and the Collegiate Learning Community


May 26, 2020

Subject: P-EBT Cards

Hello Collegiate Charter School of Lowell Families,

Families in our school district will be receiving financial assistance for food due to the COVID-19 pandemic starting in May under a new program called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. 

As our school provides free meals to all students, every child enrolled in Collegiate Charter School of Lowell will receive P-EBT funds. You will receive $5.70 per eligible child per day for every day school is closed, or $28.50 a week. 

Check your mailbox: you will receive a P-EBT card in the mail in May. Or, if you currently have an EBT card, funds will be added to your account. The money can be used to buy food items at stores where SNAP benefits (food stamps) are accepted. 

IMPORTANT:  Using your P-EBT card does not impact you or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to this program.

For more information, visit www.MAp-EBT.org.

If you do not receive funds by mid-May or have questions, call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Need more help buying food? Call the Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 to find out how you can get additional food support for your family during this time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Hodgdon


May 26, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

Online Classes resume today, May 26th..  With only three weeks of school left, we strongly encourage your students to continue participating all day in his/her classwork and electives.  

Reminder: Last day of school is Friday, June 12th..

We will be offering virtual summer school and summer remediation in the areas of reading and math. More information to follow.

Mr. Baker, our Facilities Manager, and I will be sending out the plan for students to collect his/her belongings prior to the end of the school year.  More information to follow.

Tuesday Video Question:  What are you looking forward to about summer vacation? Videos/Photos due: Friday, May 29th.https://bit.ly/2TDS2PS

Enjoy the week.

You Matter--

Dr. Hodgdon


May 21, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Students in grades 3-8 will soon be taking online quizzes to assess where they are in their learning.  Many of you have asked for support in logging into the SABIS® Digital Platform:

Step 1- Your child will need to get their username and password by going to webmail.lowell.sabis.net, and entering the same username and password that they use to access their Teams account.

Step 2- Once they have their username and password they can go to the SABIS Digital Platform website to enter their info. SABIS Digital Platform Link- digitalplatform.sabis.net

Step 3- Once they are logged into SABIS Digital Platform they will click on the Student Learning Environment icon. This is where they will see their courses. They will then click on the course, and select the quiz the teacher has assigned to them

Any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,
Dr. Hodgdon


May 18, 2020

Dear Collegiate Parent/Guardians,

We will be hosting a Microsoft Teams meeting this Wednesday May 20th at 6pm to discuss the new feature within the student version of  SABIS Digital Platform. Moving forward students will have access to quizzes that align to the content being taught. The quizzes will not have an impact on students grades, but will help us better understand where they are at in comprehending concepts that have been taught. The meeting will be hosted via Microsoft Teams (a link will be sent to you by Wednesday to join this meeting).

Your student will access their username and password for the student version of SABIS Digital Platform by logging into their Microsoft Teams email by visiting webmail.lowell.sabis.net. The student SDP username and password will not go to the parent email account.

Thank you,
Mr. Shehemi


May 17, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

With only four weeks of school left, we want to be sure that all of our students have are equipped with a Chromebook.

Monday, May 18th (tomorrow) is the last day of Chromebook distribution. We will be distributing them at the school from 9AM-4PM. After that, you will need to make an appointment with Dr. Hodgdon to pick one up.

Please call the main office at 978-458-1399 to reserve one tomorrow.

Better Together--
Dr. Hodgdon


May 13, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Our last day of Chromebook distribution will be held on Monday, May 18th from 9AM-4PM.  If your child(ren) are in need of a Chromebook, please call the Collegiate main office (978) 458-1399 to reserve yours today.

YOU Matter!
Dr. Hodgdon


May 11, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
Happy Monday!
 
We wanted to inform you that tomorrow, Tuesday May 12th your student will be receiving an email with their student SABIS Digital Platform login. The purpose in giving the students their own accounts is to enable them to take weekly online assessments, check their grades, and review their homework. Starting Friday, students in grades 3-8 will be able to access weekly online assessments in Math and English. These assessments will not count towards students’ academic averages. They are intended to help us understand how much of the content they are retaining, which helps the teachers better inform their instruction. You have the option of not having your student participate in the assessments, however, we would strongly encourage that they do.

Students may access their school-provided email account by logging into https://webmail.lowell.sabis.net using the same email and password they access Microsoft Teams with. Tomorrow they will see an email from us with their SABIS Digital Platform username and password. They will then be able to follow the instructions to sign into SDP. 
 
Thank you,
Dr. Hodgdon


May 10, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

Happy Mothers Day to all of you; we appreciate your good work with our students.

Attached you will find a letter from Commissioner Reilly to all families in the state of Massachusetts.  I think you will find the letter an interesting read with good information about online learning that also includes a list of resources for families in need.  I am proud of the accomplishments that we have all made in regards to online learning at Collegiate; it takes a strong team to accomplish what we have done in a few short weeks.  Our Collegiate parents are an integral member of our team.  Thank you!

We will be handing out Chromebooks again on Wednesday, May 13th, from 9AM-4PM.  We hope, after this next distribution, we will have a 100% of our students attending all of their classes every day (We are close to 90% now!)

If you are still in need of a Chromebook for your child(ren), please call the main office at (978)458-1399 to reserve one today.

YOU Matter--
Dr. Hodgdon

Attachment: Family Letter from Commissioner Riley


May 6, 2020​

Dear Collegiate Families—

We hope that you are finding online learning to be engaging and productive for our students.

We are excited to share with all of you that beginning on Friday, May 8th the following Electives schedule has been set for Grades K-4 from 1:15-2PM each day:

electivesk4

We are excited to share with all of you that beginning on Friday, May 8th the following Electives schedule has been set for Grades 5-9 each day:

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We strongly encourage all students to participate each day.

YOU Matter—
Dr. Hodgdon


May 4, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

I hope that this email finds you all healthy and safe!  This week brings the second week of online learning at Collegiate.  All students should be up and ready to learn each day. 

Beginning today, there will be morning announcements (M, W, and F) from SLO, an update from me (Dr. Laurie on Th) and we are hoping to add a student video segment (Mr. Diaz on T).  In addition to morning announcements, we will be adding Electives rotations into the schedule during breaks and in the afternoons for students.  Please note: We will be sending a schedule to all of you prior to them all starting.

If your student is in need of a Chromebook, please call the main office.  If you are already on the list, Gina and Malinda will be calling you on today, Monday, May 4th for pickup on either Tuesday, May 5th or Wednesday, May 6th..

This week, we celebrate our teachers. Have you hugged your teacher lately?  Send a virtual one to your child's teacher this week.  We sure do love them!

appreciation

Have a good week!
Dr. Hodgdon


April 30, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

In accordance with state and federal laws, including the Massachusetts Wiretapping Act and FERPA, parents and students must refrain from recording any and all remote lessons. Therefore, we have disabled the video cameras on Microsoft Teams. Students images will not be shared and/or recorded.

If your student is on an IEP or an ELL student, and teachers are working 1:1, the use of the camera is acceptable. School personnel will be in touch with families.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely—
Dr. Hodgdon

Attachment: Collegiate Remote Learning Privacy


April 27, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

Today was a a great start to teaching/learning online for Collegiate Charter School of Lowell! Thank you for your many efforts as we all navigate these new waters.

Tips for Families During Online Learning

  1. Keep a routine: Establish a daily schedule that includes academic time, meal time, chores, playtime and outdoor time to keep children motivated, mentally engaged, and happy.
  2. Create a study space: Set up a quiet, well-lit space in your home where your child can concentrate on online learning and completing assignments.
  3. Nurture relationships: Although we all need to practice social distancing, that doesn’t mean we should become socially distant in our relationships. Encourage your child to check in with friends and family, helping them interact through phone calls and video chats. Interacting with others develops strong language skills, creativity, social intelligence, and confidence.
  4. Be patient and be kind, especially to yourself: We are all experiencing isolation, but everyone is dealing with their own issues as well, so be kind and empathic to others. Don’t forget to take care of yourself by practicing self-care. You’ll set a great example for your child on how they should treat others and themselves. (Scholastic Learning, April 2020)

YOU Matter!
Dr. Hodgdon


April 26, 2020

Greetings Collegiate Families--

Tomorrow begins our first day of learning "live"--teachers are very excited and I am sure that our students are as well.  With that in mind, and to ensure good learning every day, I have high expectations for student learning and positive academic behavior.  The expectations are simple: 1) Respect one's self, 2) Respect each other and 3) Respect the learning environment.  Thank you ahead of time for working in partnership with us.

How can students be prepared for online learning?  Students should get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and be ready to learn with a notebook and a pen/pencil.  As always, a positive mindset for learning helps too😊.

Important Update: If you are waiting on a Chromebook, we are in high hopes to begin distributing by the end of this week.  We will be calling/emailing you soon.  In the meantime, all packets may be found on the SABIS(R) Digital Platform.

The third phase of Commissioner Reilly's guidance for Remote Learning was released on Friday evening.  We will be sharing MA DESE's expectations for this final phase in the weeks to come.  This will include: 1) academic experiences that include projects, 2) Social Emotional Learning connections with our students and more....

Mr. Shehemi , Director of Academics, has shared some good resources for student engagement/enrichment:

  • StoryLine Online: Hear quality children's literature read aloud and see illustrations. https://www.storylineonline.net/
  • PhET Online Simulations: A library of online simulations that students can play with and explore to investigate scientific and mathematical models. Can be sorted by grade level. https://phet.colorado.edu/

Have a good week of learning!

YOU Matter--
Dr. Hodgdon


April 24, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Our first day "back" was a success!

We ask that you please complete these two surveys, only if you have not already! These will close at 8pm tonight and we want to make sure we have all responses in by then. So please, take a moment to complete these if you have not already.

Here is the technology survey, so you can let us know if all your children have devices to use, or if you're in need of more. If you completed this already- thank you!

Here is the contact information survey, so we know if we're reaching you via email and text, and that we have all your latest contact information on file. Again, if you completed this already- thank you!

Important Resources:

  • SABIS® Digital Platform
    • Forgot Login for Digital Platform? Click on the “Forgot Credentials” button.
    • If you then do not receive an email within a few hours, please complete the sign-up form here. Accounts will be created as soon as we can, usually within 24 hours.
  • Online Remote Learning Plan
  • Opt-Out Form (this means you do NOT want your student(s) participating on Microsoft Teams for online learning. All students should continue to work on the Digital Platform with the learning packets.)
  • Don't have internet at home? Comcast may be able to help and provide internet for free! Check here for details

YOU Matter,
Dr. Hodgdon


April 22, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Earlier today, and this evening, we had over 264+ families join a training session on MS Teams.  Here is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation we went over during the training.  This is super exciting as students and teachers get ready to go “live” with teaching and learning on Friday.

  • Thursday, April 23rd—A day for teachers to get prepared and for our students to logon to MS Teams.
  • Friday, April 24th- Teachers and students follow the online learning schedule. See below.
  • Monday, April 27th- New SABIS® curriculum being taught to ALL students on Microsoft Teams, following the schedule.

Important: We are working on securing a Chromebook for those families who do not have technology in the home. Please fill out the technology survey ASAP if you have not already.

Important Resources:

  • SABIS® Digital Platform
    • Forgot Login for Digital Platform? Click on the “Forgot Credentials” button.
    • If you then do not receive an email within a few hours, please complete the sign-up form here. Accounts will be created as soon as we can, usually within 24 hours.
  • Online Remote Learning Plan
  • Opt-Out Form (this means you do NOT want your student(s) participating on Microsoft Teams for online learning. All students should continue to work on the Digital Platform with the learning packets.)
  • If you have not completed our technology survey, please complete that here.
  • Don't have internet at home? Comcast may be able to help and provide internet for free! Check here for details

We appreciate your patience during this time.

YOU Matter—
Dr. Hodgdon


April 21, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Earlier today, Governor Baker closed school for the remainder of the school year.  As all of you know, Collegiate is prepared to move forward with our Online Learning Plan.

This week, teachers are spending the time getting ready to go “live” on Friday, April 24th..  All students will be learning new concepts on Monday, April 27th.  If you have made the decision to “opt out” of online learning, students should continue to utilize the packets on the SABIS® Digital Learning Platform.

Tomorrow, April 22nd, we will be holding (2) two Family Sessions (9AM and 6PM) to train families on Microsoft Teams, the platform that students will be logging in on each morning.

  • Click here to join the live session at 9AM on April 22nd
  • Click here to join the live session at 6PM on April 22nd

Many of you responded to our calls or online technology survey. If not, please complete the technology survey ASAP.  We are awaiting a shipment of Chromebooks for those families who are in need.  We will let you know as soon as we are ready to distribute.  In the meantime, your student(s) can work on the SDP in the packets. 

We encourage all students who are able to login into MS Teams to be please do so.  Teachers have left a message in their class for your student(s), where teachers and students can also interact with each other.

Finally, many families have asked when students will be able to retrieve their belongings in the school.  We will share our plan for access to the building when it is safe to do so.  Thank you for your patience ahead of time.

Important Resources:

  • SABIS® Digital Platform
    • Forgot Login for Digital Platform? Click on the “Forgot Credentials” button.
    • If you then do not receive an email within a few hours, please complete the sign-up form here. Accounts will be created as soon as we can, usually within 24 hours.
  • Online Remote Learning Plan
  • Opt-Out Form (this means you do NOT want your student(s) participating on Microsoft Teams for online learning. All students should continue to work on the Digital Platform with the learning packets.)
  • If you have not completed our technology survey, please complete that here.
  • Don't have internet at home? Comcast may be able to help and provide internet for free! Check here for details.

YOU Matter—
Dr. Hodgdon


April 20, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

I hope that this update finds you all well. As you all know, we are embarking on Online Learning beginning on Friday, April 24th.. Teachers are very excited to go "live" with their students. At the end of this email, you will find a list of resources to support you in navigating online learning at Collegiate.

First, let me start with a day-to-day schedule of the week coming up:

  • Monday, April 20th- Patriot's Day. Your students Microsoft Teams login will be re-sent to you (it was previously sent on Friday, April 17th).
  • Tuesday, April 21st- All teachers will have uploaded a welcome letter to students/parents to find in his/her class on Teams. Teachers will interact with their students throughout the week.
  • Wednesday, April 22nd- Family trainings on Microsoft Teams are held at 9am and 6pm. More details to follow.
  • Friday, April 24th- Teachers and students follow the online learning schedule. See below.
  • Monday, April 27th- New SABIS® curriculum being taught to ALL students on Microsoft Teams, following the schedule.

 

Important: We are working on securing a Chromebook for those families who do not have technology in the home. Please fill out the technology survey ASAP if you have not already.

Important Resources:

  • SABIS® Digital Platform
    • Forgot Login for Digital Platform? Click on the “Forgot Credentials” button.
    • If you then do not receive an email within a few hours, please complete the sign-up form here. Accounts will be created as soon as we can, usually within 24 hours.
  • Online Remote Learning Plan
  • Opt-Out Form (this means you do NOT want your student(s) participating on Microsoft Teams for online learning. All students should continue to work on the Digital Platform with the learning packets.)
  • If you have not completed our technology survey, please complete that here.
  • Don't have internet at home? Comcast may be able to help and provide internet for free! Check here for details.

YOU Matter!
Dr. Hodgdon


April 16, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

I am sharing our Collegiate Remote Learning Plan with all of you- see attached. Please read carefully.

In addition, an Opt-Out Form needs to be completed by Tuesday, April 21st at 9AM. If you do not return it to us, it means that your student(s) are participating in online learning beginning Friday, April 24th.If you do not want your student(s) to participate in the online learning via Microsoft Teams, or have a student email account, please complete the form below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QY6HBTX

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions/concerns after reading this document.

Better Together—
Dr. Hodgdon

Attachment: Collegiate Remote Learning Plan Final and Opt-Out Form.


April 16, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families,

Earlier today, the decision was made to hold Remote Learning classes over the days originally scheduled for April Vacation, April 21-24, 2020. As a result, April vacation is cancelled. There will be no Remote Learning Plan classes on Monday, April 20, 2020 in observance of Patriots' Day.

As a result of holding classes over April 21-24, the new last day of school for Collegiate students for the 2019-2020 school year will now be Friday, June 12, 2020.

Please look for the Collegiate Remote Learning Plan in your emails this evening. More details to follow.

I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy and continue to practice social distancing.

YOU Matter—
Dr. Hodgdon


April 7, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

I am hoping that this weekly update is finding you all healthy and safe.

We at Collegiate are busy planning for the full implementation of online learning with our students.  All of you will be receiving a call from a member of the Collegiate staff.  We want to check-in with you, but we also want to assess if your student has accessed the SABIS® Digital Platform and to survey the technology in your home.  The responses to our questions will be important in moving from “enrichment” towards  implementing online learning at Collegiate.  Please be patient as we plan carefully for this new phase of remote learning.  More details are soon to follow.

A few reminders:

  • Please let us know if you are having any issues accessing the SABIS® Digital Platform.  All questions are good questions!
  • Friday, April 10th is Good Friday—no school.  Happy Easter and Passover too. 
  • We will be back in school on Monday, May 4th. (Let’s hope!)

Family Project Idea

Siobhan Quinlan, grades 6-8 AQC, shared the following with me (I love the project!):

“This thing we are all a part of, it’s living history.  Our children are all part of this, and it will be talked about for generations to come.  Schools are closed, sports are cancelled, people a quarantined…on a GLOBAL level.  The best thing our children can do is to keep a journal over the next few weeks.  Handwritten, typed, in photographs or drawings…record events, day to day activities, fears and feelings.  Let them make a video journal if that’s the media they prefer. As parents, let them interview you, be a part of it.  When this is all over, save it/store it in a safe place for them.  They will share this with their children and grandchildren.  Help them create a tangible, primary source of their own history.” From an elementary principal in the US

Please share ideas with me that you have used or plan to use  to engage your students and I will share with the Collegiate learning community.

As always, please reach out to me with any questions, concerns or feedback.

YOU Matter—
Dr. Hodgdon


March 30, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families:

I am hoping that this update from me finds you all well...and safe.  I imagine that this rainy day had many of you inside watching tv, playing games or just sleeping a little extra.  The days seem long when the sun is not shining, that is for sure.

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent letters to school districts across the state and asked that we share this letter with our families. The letter provides updates on a number of matters related to schools being closed across the state. Here are the letters in both English and Spanish.

IMPORTANT: We will be uploading Week#3 work on the SABIS(R) Digital Platform beginning tomorrow and throughout the week. PLEASE NOTE: We are actively working with SABIS(R) to figure out how our students can interact digitally with his/her teachers in the coming weeks.  Our hope is to provide office hours for students with their teachers.  Please be looking for more information in the next week or so.

Many of you have emailed me asking for my advice on how to best engage with your student(s) around his/her learning. This is what I shared with my brother who is a father of 3:

Advice from Dr. Laurie for our Collegiate parents: "You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing...

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off from school until May sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Our Collegiate teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your/our kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those many weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day."

I acknowledge that it is not easy to be all of you right now, but as Collegiate educators, we are there with you in spirit.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. 

YOU Matter--
Dr. Hodgdon


March 25, 2020​

Dear Collegiate Families--

Per the Order of Governor Baker, Collegiate Charter School of Lowell will be closed until Monday, May 4th.... More information to follow.

Governor Baker ordered all Massachusetts schools and non-emergency programs to remain closed through the end of April. We will not be able to reopen any sooner than Monday, May 4th....

Sincerely--
Dr. Hodgdon


March 23, 2020​

Dear Collegiate Families—

Collegiate Charter School of Lowell misses ALL of you. The building is lonely without the sounds of learning and laughter. Most of all, I miss our AMAZING students.

I hope that you all are staying healthy….and safe.

A few reminders/updates:

  • Teachers will be uploading new learning materials, or SABIS® enrichment packets, in the next few days. Please be looking for it. PLEASE NOTE: Students do NOT need their books to complete their work.
  • Please complete the Contact Us form, if you are need of support with the SABIS® Digital Platform.
  • Participate in the online Fitness Challenge
  • Be looking for the flyer on the Social Distance Spirit Week coming up the week of March 30th

Finally, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, ideas or concerns.

I am so PROUD of all of you—students, parents and staff. We are #BETTER TOGETHER.

YOU Matter—
Dr. Hodgdon 


March 20, 2020

Dear Collegiate Parents and Guardians,

When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as COVID-19 you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal, and may be more likely or pronounced in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress, and know when to get help.

Please read the “coping with stress during an infectious disease outbreak” handout for information on ways to recognize and alleviate stress:

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf

It is also very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

For more specific guidelines please visit the parent resource provided by the National Association of School Psychologists: 

https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf

Thank you,
Mr. Minichiello


March 19, 2020​

Dear Collegiate Parents and Guardians,

One of the ways we are trying to provide materials to students is via the SABIS® Digital Platform.

The SABIS® Digital Platform can be accessed by going to the following site via your web browser: https://digitalplatform.sabis.net

You can also download it on the Apple App Store and Android Play Store.

We have uploaded documents, in Adobe PDF format, and teachers have assigned this to your students under the Homework section. You may review these on your phone or computer, and even print them if possible. Please note that currently students are not required to upload their completed work.

If you are not able to login to the SABIS® Digital Platform, please complete the form at the link below. We will review and then send your credentials as soon as possible. https://lowell.sabis.net/sabis-digital-platform-application-form.

Thank you,
Collegiate Charter School of Lowell


March 16, 2020​

Dear Collegiate Families--

During this time, we hope that all are healthy and are practicing social distancing. As Commissioner Reilly shared “it is critical that students and their families, as well as school staff, stay home as much as possible. If you leave your home, it is essential to strictly follow social distancing guidelines by avoiding crowds, canceling social gatherings, and maintaining a safe separation of at least 6 feet from others. Restricting access to school buildings will have little impact on public health if these best practices are not followed in good faith.”

We want our kids to take this seriously, not going over to friends’ houses, or gathering for play dates. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. We also strongly encourage you to maintain your students’ school schedule as much as possible.

We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

Stay safe—
Dr. Hodgdon


March 15, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

Per Governor Baker, Collegiate Charter School of Lowell will be closed until Tuesday, April 7th.... Please plan accordingly.

We will be sending further details as we know it.

YOU Matter--
Dr. Hodgdon


March 14, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families--

As we put resources together for student learning during the closure of Collegiate, I want to share some great links to support learning at home in the meantime.

Great link of 10 resources for K-3:
https://www.newyorkfamily.com/free-educational-resources-for-kids-coronavirus-quarantine-new-york/

Another for all ages:
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

Math and Science for all ages:
www.khanacademy.org

MCAS practice exams for grades 3-8:
http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student/practice-tests-ela/

As always, a trip to the library to pick a book to read or a journal to write in is helpful.

Stay safe--
Dr. Hodgdon


March 13, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has communicated that the best way to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 is to limit group gatherings and minimize direct contact. Therefore, after consultation with Town and State officials, we have decided that Collegiate Charter School of Lowell will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th, with a planned return to school on Monday, March 30th.... All extracurricular activities, including spring sports, will not take place during the school closure.

Why close school now?
Closing schools for 16 days limits the possible exposure for students and staff for a time period in excess of the 14-day recommended quarantine period. Our priority is the health and safety of our community. Thus, closing the school for this extended period reduces the risk of transmission to students, staff and families, especially those who may be high risk. To maximize the effectiveness of the school closure, students should minimize group gatherings.

In closing our school, we are taking a proactive measure. Currently, there are still no confirmed cases in Lowell, according to the Lowell Health Department. However, almost half of the state’s COVID-19 cases reside in Middlesex County, according to the latest data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

When will students return to school?
Our plan is to have students and staff return to Collegiate on Monday March 30th.... Given the evolving nature of this pandemic, it may be necessary to extend the current closure. If any extension is necessary, we will communicate proactively with you.

A special thank you to the caring, thoughtful adults who have guided students through the last several days. Their professionalism and commitment to our students’ well-being are inspiring.

In closing, I appreciate that families, staff and children may be feeling unsettled and anxious at this time. I anticipate that there are additional questions and concerns. I want to assure you that we are working as quickly as possible to anticipate, respond to and address the impacts of an extended school closure. Please feel free to contact my office with feedback or questions, and I am sure you will understand that it may take us longer than usual to respond.

YOU Matter—
Dr. Hodgdon


March 12, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

In an effort to keep our learning community safe, we will be postponing/canceling the following activities at Collegiate until after March 31st:

  • ALL CLUBS and SLO activities after school—Dance, STEM etc.
  • Girl Scouts weekly meetings
  • Ty Jackson’s Literacy Presentation on March 16th
  • Grade 9 Field Trip to the North Shore Music Theatre on March 19th
  • The Parent Connection Ice Cream Social on March 20th
  • Spring Athletics meeting on March 23rd
  • Restorative Justice Day on March 26th
  • Paint and Pizza Night on March 26th
  • First Track Practice on March 30th

IMPORTANT: We will continue with after school homework help, ELL tutoring and our before and after school programs.  We will be limiting meetings before, after and during the school day however.

Our goal is to keep our students safe.  We appreciate your patience during this time.

Better Together—
Dr. Hodgdon


March 11, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

Collegiate Charter School of Lowell wants to assure you that we are receiving the latest information from DPH and CDC and will monitor this situation very closely. At this time, our focus is on prevention education (just like the regular flu season) and symptom surveillance. Your School Nurses are trained and prepared for this situation. We will continue to work with these agencies and the local boards of health in order to provide you with updates as they become available. It is important to note that Massachusetts residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu than to be exposed to COVID-19. Many of the precautions that help prevent colds and the flu can help protect against other respiratory viruses such as COVID-19. To assist us in keeping students healthy, we ask your help and cooperation in following the simple and effective preventative measures below.  

IMPORTANT: If your child is not feeling well or, has an elevated temperature in the morning, please do not give a medication, such as a fever reducer, and send him/her to school. Keep the child home and monitor the symptoms. If you are unsure of what to do, please call your child’s health care provider.  If your student has flu-like symptoms at school, he/she will be dismissed by the school nurse.

Here are some of the important things Collegiate is doing as a school to help prevent the spread of flu and other viruses here at school:

  • School staff will also stay home when sick with flu symptoms, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, and wash their hands often. 
  • The schools are cleaned regularly, per CDC recommendations, especially where germs are most likely to be located. This includes more frequent cleaning during peak periods of the flu. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the school. Remind your child to take advantage of this. 
  • School nurses will work closely with local and state public health authorities and continue to provide illness surveillance.
  • School and public health officials will be focused on preventing the spread of flu in school so that the schools can stay open. They will closely follow the situation and will inform you in the unlikely event that your child’s school is closed.

Here are some additional things you can do to help stop the spread of germs and protect yourself and your family from the flu:

  • Get vaccinated! It is not too late to get your child the influenza vaccine. Vaccination is still the best way to keep you and your child from getting the flu.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into inside of elbow, not hands. 
  • Instruct your child to stay at least three feet away from people who are sick. 
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water not available. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes all work well, as long as they contain at least 60% alcohol.

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns. 

YOU ALL matter--
Dr. Hodgdon


March 3, 2020

Dear Collegiate Families—

I have attached a letter to update parents in regards to the coronavirus and our efforts to keep everyone safe.

Additionally, due to Professional Development, students do not have school tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th....

Better Together—
Dr. Hodgdon

Attachment: CCSL Coronavirus Letter

Collegiate Charter School of Lowell

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