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School Re-opening Letter

July 28, 2020

Dear Mesa Linda Middle School Students and Families:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Mesa Linda for the 2020-2021 school year! We are looking forward to interacting with all of our returning students and families, and we eagerly await meeting all of our new and incoming students and families.

As we gear up for the first day of school on Monday, August 10, I want to touch base with you on a few important things. First and foremost, I want to reassure you that when the new school year begins on Monday, August 10, all students who attend Adelanto schools will be engaged in distance learning because this is the safest option for students and staff right now. We are doing our very best to offer a quality distance learning program that meets the educational and social-emotional needs of students. Unlike the remote learning that we offered students in March when schools in California suddenly closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, students will be required to participate daily, student work will be graded, and attendance will be taken Monday through Friday. Please be on the lookout for more detailed information that will be provided by our Mesa Linda teachers.

Here is important information to help you prepare for a successful 2020-2021 school year:

Enrollment and Re-registration:

Enrollment of new students and re-registration of current students will be entirely online through the Aeries Parent Portal. Re-registration must be completed for all students returning to the District because it replaces the paper packets we ask parents to fill out at the start of every school year. Visit https://www.aesd.net/ Administration2/centralenrollment for more information and to get started. If you have questions and need technical assistance, please call (760)246-8691 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Chromebook and Textbook Distribution:

If your child does not have an electronic device with internet access, like an iPad or Chromebook, or if that device is not working, the district will provide each student in your family with a Chromebook. If your child does not have access to the internet, a limited number of hotspots will be available on a priority basis.

 Most school sites will be offering the same dates for the distribution of textbooks, Chromebooks and any necessary supplies for your student’s grade level. To maximize safety for all, this event will be done as a drive-thru. Please follow the schedule below as we are trying to minimize the numbers of students on campus at any one time for the safety of your family and our Mesa Linda staff. If you have students in multiple grade levels at our school and would like to pick up materials at the same time, you may do so by coming to materials pick-up for one of your student’s grade levels, and letting us know that you have more than one student to pick up for, and that they are in different grade levels.

Distribution of materials and class schedule pick-up will be as follows:

 Friday, July 31,from 9 to 12 p.m. will be 6th Grade

  •  Last names A-H from 9 - 10 a.m.
  •  Last names I-O from 10 - 11 a.m.
  •  Last names P-Z from 11 - 12 p.m.

 Monday, August 03 from 9 to 12 p.m. will be 7th Grade

  •  Last names A-H from 9 - 10 a.m.
  •  Last names I-O from 10 - 11 a.m.
  •  Last names P-Z from 11 - 12 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4 from 9 to 12 p.m. will be 8th Grade

  •  Last names A-H from 9 - 10 a.m.
  •  Last names I-O from 10 - 11 a.m.
  •  Last names P-Z from 11 - 12 p.m.

Any additional accommodations may be made by contacting Elizabeth Hansen, Assistant Principal or Chandra Thornton, AAIIAC at 760-246-6363.

Adelanto Virtual Academy (AVA)

The Adelanto Virtual Academy (AVA) will also be enrolling students this year. AVA will offer an educational alternative to the distance learning model because it will afford a little more flexibility by allowing students to log-in and interact with their assignments 24/7 through a virtual curriculum, Acellus. At AVA, the students are supported by a teacher and taught by Acellus which is very interactive using videos, reading passages, a writing tutor and much more. This is different from the distance learning that we will be providing because students will be taught and supported by their teachers using the district adopted curriculum. To enroll in AVA, please complete the enrollment form at www.aesd.net. It is on the Home page under “Adelanto Virtual Academy.”

Parent Training and Support

The district will be offering training on how to support your child with distance learning which will include the programs that the teachers will use during distance learning. All training will be hosted on Zoom. The schedule for parent training in July and August is as follows:

7/28/20: Google Classroom for Parents 4-5 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 988 4482 9563 Zoom Password: 505505

7/29/20: AERIES Parent Portal for Parents 4-5 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 922 9007 1869 Zoom Password: 505505

8/04/20: Google Classroom for Parents 4-5 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 927 8245 1333 Zoom Password: 505505

8/05/20: AERIES Parent Portal for Parents 4-5 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 942 5403 0479 Zoom Password: 505505

If you have questions about parent training, please contact Academic Services at (760)246-8691.

Breakfast and Lunch Service:

Nutrition Services will continue providing breakfast and lunch to students twice a week at the existing meal distribution sites; Ted Vick Elementary School, Adelanto Elementary School, George Franklin Elementary School and Morgan Kincaid Elementary School. We are working to add more locations. Stay tuned for more details.

Although our school and office remain closed to the public, we will be monitoring our voicemail and look forward to hearing from you. I wish our students and teachers a productive and safe 2020-2021 school year. Thank you for entrusting us with the education of your children. Sincerely,

 

Elizabeth Zinda Hansen, Assistant Principal





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