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By: Luis Gaitan, Computer Teacher
In May 2021 Learning Prep hosted a fundraising event, the Silver Linings event. A school-wide movement to highlight and create perspective on the many positive changes that last year may have brought upon everybody. Our way of life was changed by the Covid-19 Pandemic, but among those changes, new seeds were planted along the way that germinated into messages of hope, and the importance of family and community. With this in mind the Silver Linings event raised funds for a new technological upgrade at Learning Prep, the purchase of 18 Newline Interactive Displays!
Interactive Displays are becoming more common in the classrooms. In essence these are big touch screen TVs, but these TVs are not just there to watch the football game on Sundays, they instead are pre-programmed with different applications and widgets to help teachers and students interact with classroom materials in the Digital Age. During the height of the pandemic, schools had to adjust on the go to the new challenges of remote learning, or hybrid classrooms. New methods and workflows had to be learned by students and staff; zoom links, google classrooms, Chromebook maintenance, how to engage a class remotely. All of the sudden, teachers had to forgo the typical whiteboard and markers, and translate it to Jamboards and Kahoot. But now that we are a little bit back to normal with students and teachers in the classroom, could there be a way to get the best of both worlds, the digital and the physical? That’s where the Newline Interactive Displays at Learning Prep School come in!
These displays allow teachers to be able to write on the touchscreen, just like a whiteboard, while also broadcasting what they are writing or teaching to every student’s device, or even enable students to participate remotely by letting them mirror their device screens. All of this is made possible by the 75’’ touch screen display, making it possible for anyone to be able to see what the teacher is writing no matter the distance, or their physical location.
However, the most important part of these displays is the ability to address all learning styles from one device. Teachers can now zoom in so that students can see the notes clearly, without ever running out of space on the board. With the swipe of the finger teachers can now pull up video platforms like Youtube for the class to watch, stop the video, and then annotate on top of video and send the screenshot with the annotation for the students to review later. The touch screen is able to handle 20 points of contact independently, making it possible for group activities to be more interactive and dynamic. Allowing students to pull up pictures from the internet and paste them on the interactive whiteboard with a few clicks, all while classmates collaborate by writing notes or drawing on the same board. Nothing is better than to see students interacting with these boards and immediately see the smiles on their faces and those big bright eyes of “Aha! I can do this here!”.
We are truly excited here at Learning Prep to implement the displays in all of the classrooms, and cannot wait to see what new methods, and student works, become possible with this new technology. This is truly an essential step for the future of our classrooms and students' education. A step that would have not been possible without the amazing effort, and kindness of the Learning Prep Community!
We are excited to be bringing back a full After School Program at LPS and fall registration is now open! There are many exciting offerings all taught by LPS teachers! Each program meets once a week from October 4th - December 10th from 2:45pm- 4:00pm. We are offering many fun groups like drama club, game design class, dance class, interscholastic sports and many more. To find the list of offerings and to register your students please visit this link: https://www.familyid.com/learning-prep-school
The After School Program offers students the opportunity to foster new interests and talents, gain self-confidence, and increase social/emotional skills in a fun and safe learning environment. We hope you consider signing up your student for this amazing program!
Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
Middle School options
High School options
If you have any specific questions, please contact Marianne Verhaegen, After School Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 965-0764, ext. 1301.
Through DESE and CIC Health, we will be able to offer Covid testing on campus this year under the following 2 scenarios:
1. Symptoms develop on campus. If a student develops Covid symptoms while on campus, they can go to our nurse, Nancy Ishkanian, for a rapid test.
2. Close contact on campus. Unvaccinated, close contacts can remain in school and do not have to quarantine through DESE's new Test and Stay Policy. For 7 days from the date of exposure, unvaccinated students and staff who were close contacts can remain in school if they don't have symptoms, they wear masks, and they take a rapid antigen test on each school day and receive a negative result. We will be providing these tests during school days. There is more information about Test and Stay on this linked document.
You can find attached our Covid protocols for this year. It combines our masking, distancing, and eating policies with DESE's guidelines around quarantine and close contacts. This document will be housed on the website as well. As guidance changes, we will update it and inform you of any significant alterations.
If you have any questions about this program, please be in touch with our COO Gretchen Petersen (email@example.com) or our nurse Nancy Ishkanian (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! The energy in the buildings has been tremendous the past few days. Students are engaged and learning routines, and we can already see relationships forming. We are all excited for the year.
This year, our weekly newsletter will look a bit different. We are going to try to limit what goes out every Friday to announcements and special updates. This will keep your weekly reading down a bit! However, once a month, this space will be filled more with information about our initiatives, deeper dives on faculty members and projects, and broader community updates. We hope to balance giving you what you need to know weekly with everyone's limited time and busy lives. A monthly newsletter supplemented by weekly updates should better reach this balance.
I know you have heard from me about staffing challenges in education and how they are affecting us. I am very pleased to let you know that all but one of our staff openings have been filled with excellent additions to the Learning Prep team! Please join me in welcoming William Sheppard, Matt Ferrara, and Arianna Drummy to our community. All three were moved by our mission, our students, and our community. They will be great resources for you and your students.
William has his Bachelor's in English from Northeastern University, and M.Ed. in Education from Boston College. He has been teaching English at Brown Middle School in Newton for the last 25 years. He will be joining our ELA department next week.
Matt has his BA and MFA from New England College. He has taught science, English, and ESL to high school students and adult learners and taught at an English-speaking school in Korea. Matt will be joining our science department next week. We love his background in English especially because at LPS we teach writing in the middle school through our science classes.
Arianna has been hired as our Transition Coordinator. She has a bachelor's in Youth Development from Rhode Island College and is currently pursuing a Master's in Higher Education Administration at SNHU. She comes to us from her position as an advisor at the College Internship Program (a transition program for young adults with learning differences). Before that, Arianna was providing in-home and private practice-based ABA support to children with ASD. She will start in two weeks.
Thank you for your patience as we have worked to put in place an outstanding team for our students. We hope to fill our final MS science position next week.
As we look to the opportunities of this year, we are focusing on 3 specific initiatives that we will explore in more detail in future newsletters: language-based teaching practices, Thinking Maps, and diversity/equity/inclusion. All 3 initiatives are crucial to who we are and who we want to be. We are investing teaching training and professional development hours to all three this year. We will keep you updated on all initiatives in future newsletters and opportunities for parent outreach.
Finally, next week you will get a waiver for on-campus Covid testing and more information about our testing policy. Please watch for that and thanks in advance for your attention.
Thank you for trusting us with your students. Please never hesitate to reach out to any member of the Learning Prep team if you have a question or a concern. I wish all of you a wonderful long weekend.
Kurt Moellering, Head of School
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Please see the updated version of the 2021-2022 School Year calendar.
Thank you to everyone who made last week's Silver Lining Celebration a huge success. Together we raised over $60,000 to help LPS purchase Interactive White Boards for our students and staff to use in their classrooms next school year. Our community's support was an impressive and humbling display of generosity from parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, trustees, and friends of LPS. Special thanks to our anonymous donor who made a very generous matching gift to help us surpass our goal.
Students with language-based learning challenges require a variety of accommodations, including technology, to access the curriculum. Interactive White Boards are considered Assistive Technology (AT) and can be of tremendous benefit to students with learning disabilities; AT can compensate for a student's skills deficits, needs, and areas of disability.
If you could not participate but would like to contribute to this important initiative, you may do so by clicking here. These Interactive White Boards will replace overhead projectors and make content truly interactive, adaptable, and better suited for a range of different learning styles. They will help students to better engage with their learning and to make it visible.
Thank you for your support!
We had a very positive mid-cycle review with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As you know, we participated in a virtual review this year on May 6th in which they interviewed staff, observed classes and went on a virtual tour of our buildings. Previous to that visit, we submitted requested documents and files as well. Our official report was sent this week with no findings, which means that all of the items they reviewed are in full compliance with DESE regulations. This is great news for us and a testament to all of the hard work that our staff put into the education, safety and well being of the students here at LPS.
To view our mid-cycle review letter click here.
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