School Year 2020-2021 Information

Dear Bard DC Family,

Welcome to School Year 2020-21!  As you all know,  will be opening virtually for the first term (8/31-11/6/20).  While we won’t meet in person for a while, I know we’ll have a great year. As we count down to the beginning of the school year, I wanted to share a few updates/reminders: 

Schedule:  Students will have a schedule of live virtual classes that meet daily Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, over the course of a seven period day that includes a lunch period. Wednesdays will be reserved for office hours, credit recovery, check-ins with students and informal touchpoints, such as clubs. This schedule will resemble our normal one, preserving teacher planning periods distributed over the week. Classes will begin at 9:30 AM. Advisory will occur on Mondays and Fridays from 9:00-9:30, with a potential extra check-in on Wednesdays for students who need it. 

Classes will begin on Monday, August 31st. Schedules will be made available to students the week of August 24th via the Aspen portal (https://aspen.dcps.dc.gov/). 

Please reach out to Dean Gloor (bgloor@bhsec.bard.edu) for Aspen access.  
The first week of the year will be spent in Writing and Thinking workshops in our Advisory groups.  We will spend the afternoon getting to know each other and building community, also in our Advisory groups.  Please note that Tuesday afternoon, we will have an all-school assembly at which Dean Latisha will discuss and review expectations at Bard DC. We look forward to seeing you Monday, August 31st at 9:00 AM.  

Attendance:  Attendance will be taken in Canvas while we are teaching and learning virtually.  Students will be required to log in to Canvas daily by 11:59 PM to have their attendance taken.  Please make sure that you are  logging into Canvas daily in order to be counted!

Grading:  Aspen grade weights have been adjusted as follows: 20% Engagement; 40% Practice and Application and 40% Assessment.  

Student Supports:  Wednesdays will be dedicated to providing student support. In addition to faculty office hours, Patrick Harhai will be running a virtual Learning Commons to provide academic support to struggling students.  

Technology and Virtual Platforms: We will be using DCPS platforms for teaching and learning this term—Teams for video conferencing, Canvas for course content management (Aspen will remain the grade book of record).  We will spend time getting students familiar with all learning platforms.
 
To access Canvas, go to https://dcps.instructure.com/login/ldap
To access Teams, go to outlook.office365.com
Login credentials for Teams and Canvas are: 

  1. Username: student ID number followed by @students.k12.dc.us For
    example: 123456789@students.k12.dc.us 2. Password: Student’s network password (same as last year and same as Teams) 6-digit birthday (MMDDYY). 

Please let us know if you are having issues logging in to either system.
BE SURE TO LOG IN TO CANVAS ON 8/31 AND EVERY SCHOOL DAY THEREAFTER.

If you have not done so already, please complete the DCPS technology survey by Monday, August 17th (https://bit.ly/dcpstechsurvey) to let us know if you need a device and/or hot spot. 
Dean Gloor will begin reaching out to schedule device distribution beginning next week.

Aspen access: Aspen will remain the grading and attendance system of record.  Please ensure that you have access to Aspen so that you can monitor your progress throughout the year.  Please reach out to Dean Gloor (bgloor@bhsec.bard.edu) for parent and student Aspen access.

Back to School Family Orientation 8/27: Save the date to meet our staff and families!  We will hold two virtual family orientations (one at 1PM and one at 5:00 PM) to answer questions and concerns about the year ahead at Bard. We hope to see you at one session!  Zoom information is
below:

Dr. Anderson’s Zoom Room
Password: 942248

For updates on reopening, as well as information and resources from DCPS, including the schedule of Parent University sessions, go to https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/. I am looking forward to “seeing” you all and to a fantastic school year! Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. 
Dr. Anderson