COVID-19 Information

Dear High Tech High Families,

In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th.  San Diego Unified School District released a press release last night, indicating that they will not be returning on April 6th and will be implementing distance learning for all of their schools through the month of April.  We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.

When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning.  We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.

We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward.  We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.

Leaders and teachers from across High Tech High have been working to design a framework for distance learning at our schools and create the infrastructure necessary to support that plan.  We’ll continue to engage in this work over spring break using your input regarding your technology access to help us craft an approach tailored to our community’s needs.

If your family currently does not have reliable internet access, please see the options that local internet companies are offering as families try to stay informed.  Getting Internet Access: Available Plans

Thank you for your patience and support. 




Estimadas HTH familias,

En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Diego lanzó un comunicado de prensa anoche, indicando que no regresarán el 6 de abril y que implementarán el aprendizaje a distancia para todas sus escuelas durante el mes de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.

Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.

Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.

Los líderes y maestros de High Tech High han estado trabajando para diseñar un marco de referencia para el aprendizaje a distancia en nuestras escuelas y crear la infraestructura necesaria para apoyar ese plan. Continuaremos participando en este trabajo durante las vacaciones de primavera, utilizando su aportación con respecto a su acceso a la tecnología para ayudarnos a diseñar un enfoque adaptado a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.

Si su familia actualmente no tiene acceso confiable a internet, vea las opciones que las compañías locales de internet ofrecen mientras las familias intentan mantenerse informadas. Obtención de acceso a Internet: planes disponibles

Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.

Please visit our COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates page for all developments. - updated March 24, 2020
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Student Projects

Life By The Tide: Our Coastal Ecosystems

Authors: Karen Feitelberg, Desiree Powers

Grade: 5th

Subjects: Language Arts, Science

Water explorers
Children examining ocean rocks
Children examining mussels in water
Field trip: classroom at beach trail
Field trip: Children looking at touch tank
Field trip: Children looking at touch tank
Field trip: Children looking at plants
Water creature
Sea Urchin
Class at beachside trail

Fifth grade students, new to project based learning, have worked cooperatively to help create our High Tech Elementary community. Learning about the greater HTH purpose and how they can make individual contributions, students are considering they ways they can learn about the broader San Diego community, with a particular focus on coastal habitats. We were asked by the education department at Cabrillo National Monument to curate educational materials about the intertidal zone to be showcased at the 2016 Climate Science Alliance meeting in San Diego. Our students will conduct research about this ecosystem and the organisms that inhabit this region. Through field work, research, presentations by experts, and modeling, students will curate posters and species cards to enhance the educational efforts for our local National Park. Once students learn about the intertidal ecosystems, they will begin to examine the health of the greater ocean and the impact of pollution, plastics, and climate change on local species and habitats. Students will have the opportunity to create further educational materials for Cabrillo. In April and May, we will be trained to instruct other students to participate in the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz at Cabrillo National Monument. This species sampling has been organized to celebrate 100 years of service of national parks, looking at biodiversity of species across our nation. Students will learn more about the human impact on our coastal habitats and think more critically about their responsibility to our natural world.

How can we as environmental stewards create educational materials for Cabrillo National Monument to inform visitors about the importance of protecting our San Diego coastal habitats?  How can we as environmental stewards advocate for and help protect the biodiversity in our local coastal ecosystems?

Written animal species research report, Cabrillo National Monument species poster, Cabrillo National Monument species card, Students will choose and create a product that demonstrates how they are environmental stewards

  • Describe and graph data to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth
  • Create models that describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers and the environment and that energy comes from the sun
  • Plan and carry out investigations about earth science
  • Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information regarding the intertidal ecosystem
  • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases
  • Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
  • Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • Create products to demonstrate how humans impact our ecosystems and how individuals can be stewards of the environment