Fall 2020 Welcome Back Letter From Principal Hillman
Dear Renaissance Families:
What I would give to be delivering this message to you in person! Starting March 13, our whole school system shifted. It was strange to have students walk out the doors, expecting we would see them again in a few weeks’ time. Those few weeks have now stretched into the 2020-2021 school year.
I know people are anxious to plan, and we finally have enough information that we have a clear path forward for the school year. Some of this may change depending on Covid, the Department of Education, and District 6 requirements, but here is where we stand today:
School will be conducted through Comprehensive Distance Learning until December 1, 2020. At that time, we will reevaluate to determine if we meet the “metrics” set by the State to return to in-person instruction. We will be allowed to have limited in-person instruction before then, and I will post information on ParentSquare about those opportunities as they become available. For example, some teachers may have days and scheduled times when they have “office hours” for students to get help; when we have chances for clubs and activities to gather to do planning; and when we have live classes for students to have hands-on opportunities. Obviously these must be carefully coordinated to fit ODE’s requirements of how many students can be on campus on any given day or week, but we will have opportunities for students to be here in person, though these opportunities will not be mandatory!
The schedule students will use during Comprehensive Distance Learning will not change if/when we return to in-person instruction. The classes and teachers will be the same, and the times will be roughly the same.
The Renaissance schedule will have Green Days (periods 1-4) and Black Days (periods 5-8), meeting on alternating days. Students will have classes every day of the week. While 8 classes are available in this schedule, we don’t recommend students take more than 6 during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Students may add in additional courses when we return to in-person instruction. Classes will begin on September 8. At 9:00 a.m., your student should log into their first period class by going to the Crater Renaissance Academy web page and clicking on the link that reads Weekly Syllabi, then click on the link of their first period teacher.
In order to get a schedule, students must be registered. Registration is all available online, but we are happy to help you over the phone or in-person. Just call 541-494-6369.
Mrs. Barber is creating student schedules. Normally we would have these done by registration, but adhering the new guidelines has pushed this timeline back considerably. Students will be able to access their schedules through StudentVue by August 28. In the past students have had the opportunity to make schedule changes; please know that schedule changes will be very limited this year because classes have been created so that if/when we return to in-person instruction, we can minimize health risks by keeping students in cohorts.
What will a student’s day look like? At the start of every class, students should log into their online classroom. That will happen at 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, and 1:30 each day.
While classes last 90 minutes, do not expect to be online the entire time. Expect an opening activity, a chance to check in and take attendance, some teacher-facilitated instruction and/or group activities, then time when students are working independently (and not in the online classroom). If the student needs help, the teacher will be available during that class period in the online classroom. Teachers will also have office hours when they are available to help students.
For 2020-2021, regular letter grades will be issued to students.
Does your student need a ChromeBook? Please call us at 541-494-6369 to have one reserved for you. You can pick it up Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00, or have it delivered on the D6 Express after September 8. If you are struggling to get access online, please contact me at 541-494-6371.
The office will remain staffed and open daily, Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00. You can contact us at 541-494-6369.
All Renaissance students are eligible for free breakfasts and lunches. During the school year, you can pick them up at school or from the D6 Express.
There are many more questions to answer, and I have answers to some and an eagerness to figure out the others. I will host a Facebook Live meeting on August 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to answer any questions that have answers at this point.
I can tell you that a school without kids is…lonely. None of us set out to do the work of school this way. We are continuing to refine our distance learning so it is relevant and engaging, and actively looking for ways to see people in person and safely.
Please contact me if you have questions.
Adrienne Hillman, principal
“The CRA logo (the spiral that represents the Fibonacci sequence)…is a fitting metaphor as CRA has managed to find the golden ratio of pride, expectations, environment, and engagement.” – From Oregon’s EPIC College Readiness Case Study Project:
The Quality Education Commission’s (QEC) “Best Practices Panel summarizes the outcomes of the College Readiness Case Study Report completed in 2016 for the QEC by the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC). This study provides an inside look at the workings of four Oregon High Schools that are overcoming the odds and achieving significantly higher graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates than their student body demographics would predict.”
After two days of thorough research and interviews with staff, students, and parents, the report highlighted Renaissance’s Collective Vision, Leadership, Professional Development, Academic Structures, Focus on Social Justice as central to its successes.
Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences in Central Point, Oregon, is one of only 8 schools from across the country to receive “gold” recognition as a “School of Opportunity,” a coveted national designation honoring excellent public high schools that engage in practices that build on students’ strengths and create supported learning opportunities for all students.
Nationally recognized for a fourth year in a row (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017)! Congratulations to every current and former Renaissance student, parent and teacher that made this happen! A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.
Crater Renaissance Academy Arts & Sciences is extremely proud to be one of two Oregon schools honored by Oregon ASCD to receive the 2012- 2013 ASCD Educating the Whole Child for the 21st Century Award. This award is designed to recognize schools that have gone beyond a vision for educating the whole child to actions that result in learners who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically active, artistically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling.
New state standards are challenging students to understand subject matter more deeply, think more critically, and apply their learning to the real world. Smarter Balanced assessments provide more accurate and meaningful information to teachers about what students are actually learning. Teachers use this feedback to adjust their instruction and help students succeed in school and after.
Renaissance Immunization Rates
Senate Bill 895, passed in 2015, requires schools and childcare facilities to provide their immunization and exemption rates.