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

Off the Wall Together

Authors: Ashley Carrico, Christine Kuhl

Grade: 4th

Subjects: Art, Language Arts

Notes on the wall
Notes on the wall
Writing about skateboards
Questions for our skateboarders
notes on the wall
Making a skateboard
Group photo of skateboarders
Children gathering in classroom
Group photo with skateboards

In this project students will be asked to be:

  • Builders/unbuilders
  • Authors
  • Editors
  • Artists
  • Poets
  • Athletes

One goal of this project is to strengthen our classroom community through learning a new skill together (riding a skateboard or learning a new trick) and encouraging each other.

After researching various ways to individualize their decks, in art with Ms. Tasi, students will create a deck that tells us something about their unseen strengths, passions, or a newfound resilience learned during this process.

Students will create a two-page, informational layout to teach readers about an aspect of skateboarding they experienced and/or researched.

Students will self reflect on their strengths & passions and write a piece of poetry describing the attributes that people may not know or see.

Students will deconstruct and learn the parts of a skateboard and their function as well as build their own individual skateboard.

What can we learn about each other and ourselves through skateboarding?
What lessons from learning how to skateboard can we use throughout our 4th grade year?

Other Questions to Explore:

  • Who are skateboarders?
  • What skills do skateboarders need?
  • What is the history of skateboarding?
  • What do we need to know to design and
  • build our own skateboard?
  • What can we learn from the skateboarding community?
  • What is bias?
  • What are our biases about skateboarding/skateboarders?
  • What are our own biases?
  • How can we break down our own biases?
  • What are my strengths to contribute to the classroom community?
  • Were there other strengths that I learned I had through this project?
  • How do I perceive myself and how do others perceive me?

Language Arts:
can clearly write to inform and to explain my ideas. W.4.2
I can conduct short research projects to help me learn about topics.W.4.7
I can research and use what I have experienced to gather information. W.4.8 I can gather evidence from my reading to support my writing. W.4.9
I can plan, revise, and edit my writing with the help of my peers and adults. W.4.5
I can use technology to create pieces of writing and to interact and share ideas with others. W.4.6

  • Students will have the opportunity to interview David Stankhe a High Tech High Media Arts math teacher and former professional skateboarder.
  • Students will have the opportunity to hear a presentation on the history of skateboarding by Matt Hilland.
  • Lessons through Ocean Beach Skate and Surf at Ocean Beach Skate Park-3 Lessons in the month of September
  • Field Trip to Sector 9 Skateboard Factory