Message from Principal McKee – April 6, 2020

Hello Raider Nation,

Starting this week, we are providing Distance Learning for our students. This has been and will continue to be a process of creativity and adaptability as we navigate education during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are concerned about our families navigating health concerns as well as employment uncertainty. More than ever, it is critical that as a school community we show grace through kindness and compassion to students, families, and staff.

We will need to provide grace, flexibility, and patience with each other as we face this challenge together. Last week, a Distance Learning daily schedule was shared with families.

First, I would like to say that students are not required to attend the scheduled times. This has been confusing for both students and staff.

Many of us will not be able to attend the scheduled times for a variety of reasons.
If a teacher has a Google Meet or some type of lesson during their scheduled time, they will try to record the meeting or provide notes so students can access it at a time that works for them.
Some teachers will provide office hours during their scheduled class time.
All classes will be graded Pass/No pass during Distance Learning. Considering the many challenges that we are all facing, we need to reduce the anxiety and at the same time provide a grading system that is equitable and fair during these such unusual circumstances. We continue to have high expectations of learning and students challenging themselves but we want to balance this with our current situation.

Our teaching staff will be communicating first through Google Classroom with announcements, assignments, and things to work on. If Google Classroom is not an option for your student, please try the teacher’s website or Gradebook. If you are still unsure what you should be working on, please email the teacher.

We continue to reach out to families and students that we have not heard from. As a school community, we want to make sure that our students have what they need in this difficult time.

This is new to all of us, and we will make plenty of mistakes, but we will get there. I have been overwhelmed with all of the support offered by Raider Nation. I am humbled to serve as principal in such an amazing school community. Staying home for such long periods of time and social distancing can wear on us emotionally, physically and mentally. We need to be connected now more than ever, even if it is at a distance.

When I think about our students, and their future memories of Crescent Valley, I think about a quote from Maya Angelou. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I will know that we are on the right track if our students feel cared for.

​​​​​​​Take Care,
Aaron McKee