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 https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

Thank you for your patience and support. 

 

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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 https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

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

Why Does Ms. Costa Have Worms?

Author: Nicole Costa

Grade: 6th

Subjects: Biology, Science

Poster for Vermicomposting project
Poster for Vermicomposting project
Poster for Vermicomposting project
Poster for Vermicomposting project
Poster for Vermicomposting project

What is composting and vermicomposting and why are they important?

Students will learn why their teacher has a vermicomposting box of worms through inquiry based learning.  Students will also master the ecologic principle of recycling in nature (the nutrient cycle) and how humans can be a part of it. Students will learn where their trash goes here in San Diego, make connections between available landfill space and using worms to recycle. As a class we will design and create worm bins for the school to use for composting food scraps at lunch.

Students will learn why their teacher has a vermicomposting box of worms through inquiry based learning. Students will also master the ecologic principle of recycling in nature (the nutrient cycle) and how humans can be a part of it. Students will learn where their trash goes here in San Diego, make connections between available landfill space and using worms to recycle. As a class we will design and create worm bins for the school to use for composting food scraps at lunch.

  • Vermicomposting Webquest
  • Research Guide: Prompts students to use internet resources and their webquest to answer their research questions. Each group is assigned a different set of research questions.
  • Vocabulary Cards: Define vocabulary words associated with research, include example sentences and picture if possible.
  • Poster: Should educate the audience about the group’s research question using images.
  • Oral Presentation: Students must create a game show, skit, song, rap or other creative medium to educate the class about their research topic and present their poster and vocabulary cards.
  • Note Taking Guide: Students will complete a note taking guide during oral presentations in order to answer the differnt research questions from each group.
  • Summative Assessment: Students will take an exam that requires them to effectively apply their content knowledge from the project.
  • Public Service Announceent (PSA): Students will use Photoshop to create a PSA.  The PSA’s purpose is to educate the school about vermicomposting and advertise the new shool worm bins that our class will build.
  • Worm Bins:  Students will create worm bins to take home (optional).  Students will contribute to the construction of three worm bins and rolling worm bin carts to be used by the school.

Students will:

  • Understand composting
  • Understand vermicomposting
  • Understand The Nutrient Cycle
  • Understand where trash, recycleables and hazardous materials go when thrown away in San Diego
  • Be able to use Photoshop
  • Be able to educate and audience through visuals and presentations
  • Be able to build a vermicomposing bin using a design plan
  • Learn how to operate various tools such as hand saws, drills, hammers, screwdrivers and measuring tape
  • Participate in peer critiques and use feedback to improve and edit drafts
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • The Nutrient Cycle
  • Worm biology
  • Internet access
  • Card stock, poster board and art supplies
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Supplies to build worm bins and worm bin carts: tupperware bins, drill, hammer, nails, screws, hand saw, wood, wood glue, wheels, worms, newspaper and food scraps
Applied Learning and Active Exploration:
  • Students will be educating the school as well as implementing a vermicomposting recycling system here at HTM.
  • As a class we will visit San Diego’s Miramar Landfill
 Outside World Connection:
·   We will work to get a vermincomposting system here at HTM!
  • Students will take a formative assessment to survey class knowledge, previous experience and interest.
  • Presentations will be assessed on an individual basis with a rubric.
  • The lesson will end with a written summative assessment that includes higher-level thinking questions about composting, vermicomposting and the nutrient cycle.

PSA’s

AlexM. copy

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Crockett copy

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