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

Newspaper Plays: Year In Review!

Authors: Melissa Daniels, Wendy Maples

Grade: 6th

Subject: Drama

Poster for
Newspaper with most of words blacked out next to poem created by remaining words
Students sitting in chairs discussing project
Students standing on stage for performance
Students standing on stage in front of projector screen
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How do we get our news?

How can I use my voice and body to tell more effective stories?

Where did Newspaper Theatre come from?  

Through Living Newspaper, students will create original poetry, performance pieces, learn vocal technique, and explore the origins of theatre history through dramaturgical work.  Four classes of theatre will perform as the four seasons of culturally significant news.  As a grade level, rather than reporting the news, students will perform the news of that year.  Exhibiting in December, the 6th grade will present their “Year In Review” through original script and performance.
Newspaper Blackout Poems
Inspired by the work of Austin Kleon, students will receive one strip of newspaper article and one black sharpie.  They will black out as much text as needed to reveal words in the article that will create an original poetry piece.
Performance Pieces
Using newspapers and present-day media, students will select culturally significant news items as the inspiration for original performance pieces.  Text from articles can serve as lines of dialogue in each piece, which should report the facts, controversy, and questions surrounding events from the year.  Through performance, we create a “living newspaper” reporting our year in review!
Theatre Programs
Each performance will be accompanied by a theatrical program.  Program content can include inspirational news sources, timelines, actor information, bios, and any pertinent information.
  • Vocal Technique– Skills Learned: monologue, dialogue, public speaking, breath control, projection
  • Movement– Skills Learned:  body awareness, tableaux, pantomime, spatial relationships
  • Connections– Skills Learned:  Theatre history, dramaturgy.  Areas of connection:  Humanities and Current Events.
Week 1Newspaper Black out poems– students create poems and then display work in our newspaper gallery collage!
Week 2: Research Week– each class is assigned one season of the year.  Winter (Jan/Feb), Spring (March/April/May), Summer (June/July/August), Fall (September/October/November) On computers, students research culturally significant news items of their season.  As a class, students decide on their top 5 items.
Week 3:  Draft 1– Students apply research to dialogue.  Draft 1 writing and present for critique.
Week 4:  Draft 2– Apply critique to scripts and revise.  Present draft 2 for critique and apply any changes to scripts before rehearsals.
Week 5: Rehearsal & Draft 3– In their groups, using kind rehearsal language, students rehearse the scripts that they have written.  Presenting Draft 3 in performance.
Week 6: Rehearsal & Program Development– students design programs in the style of newspaper pages
Week 7: Exhibition
After creating group rubrics and establishing criteria for the following three areas, students will evaluate their work.  Below are some components that should be addressed in the group rubric.
  • Performance– Are actors clearly reporting the news?  Are the actors being heard and communicating clearly? Was the performance entertaining and informative?
  • Program– Is information about the performance clear and available to your audience?  What audience are you serving?
  • Dramaturgy– Do you have a clear understanding of the origins of this work?  What are all of the components of the “news” that you’re reporting?