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

Actually, it is Rocket Science

Author: Bryan Harms

Grade: 8th

Subjects: Math, Science

Mr Harms, launching rocket.
Poster for rocket science project
Three students standing with their rocket

What is Motion and how to we create and control it?
How is the science of rockets the science of your every day world?

Working in teams, you will design and build rockets powered by water and pressurized air.  Using what you learn about the fundamentals of force and motion, you will design and build a fully functional rocket including:  payload compartment, propulsion system, recovery system and guidance system.   These words may look foreign to you now, but soon you will know them as well as any rocket scientist!

You will compete and be assessed on:
• How high your rocket goes.
• The effectiveness of guidance and recovery systems of your rocket.
• Overall creativity, aesthetic and thoughtful design of the final product.
Essential Questions
What is Motion and how to we create and control it?
How is the science of rockets the science of your every day world?
Project Assessment
All students will be responsible for understanding the science behind rockets.   This knowledge will be assessed in several ways including:
25 % Rocket Design, Creation and Performance
25 % Two Written Assessments
25 % Final Presentation and Manual
25 % Group Participation and Time Management
Extra Credit – Talking about the project with your family
The final products are:
The Rocket
Rocket Manual
Rocket Scientists’ Presentation
Project Teams
You will work in teams of 4 teams, which will be decided on by me.  You will be able to specify people who you feel like you would be productive with and people you feel like you will not be productive with.   You will send those preferences to me by tonight in an email with the subject heading:  “Team Preferences”.  You may specify one 2 people that you feel you work especially well with and two people you do not feel like you work well with.  I will not go out of my way to pair you up with friends unless you include information about why you have worked well in the past together.
The project-building phase is broken into two blocks of two weeks – four weeks of building in total.  Each two-week block will require your team to complete two of the four components.  At the beginning of the two-week block you will decide who is going to be working on each component and you will commit to that component in writing.
  1. The Rocket
  2. Rocket Manual
  3. Rocket Scientists’ Presentation
Force and Motion as it Relates to Rocketry and Your World
Motion, Mass, Scalars and Vectors, Units, Displacement and Distance, Speed and Velocity, The Relationship between Distance Rate and Time, Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion, Force, Inertia, Momentum, Gravity, Friction and Other Forces, Free Body Diagrams, Distance Versus Time Graphs, Acceleration, Energy, Work, Power
Space flight, Components of a Rocket, Becoming a rocket scientist
Incorporated Mathematics 
Ratios and Proportions, Percents, Fractions, Solving Algebraic Equations, Distance Rate and Time Equations, Exponents, Scientific Notation, Unit Conversions, Functions, Linear Functions, Slope, Graphing Functions
Science/Math Standard Descriptions Note
8PC1. The velocity of an object is the rate of change of its position. Khan Videos:

1) Introduction to Vectors and Scalars

2) Calculating Average Velocity or Speed

Cartoon about the difference between speed and velocity.

8PC1.a. Students know position is defined in relation to some choice of a standard reference point and a set of reference directions. Frames of Reference Activity:

8PC1.b. Students know that average speed is the total distance traveled divided by the total time elapsed and that the speed of an object along the path traveled can vary. Khan Videos:

1) Introduction to Vectors and Scalars

2) Calculating Average Velocity or Speed

8PC1.c Students know how to solve problems involving distance, time, and average speed. Khan Videos:

1)Calculating Average Velocity or Speed

2)Solving for time

3)Displacement from time and velocity

8PC1.d Students know the velocity of an object must be described by specifying both the direction and the speed of the object. Khan Videos:

1) Introduction to Vectors and Scalars

2) Calculating Average Velocity or Speed