COVID-19 Information Parent and Student Resources, Meal Services, and Distance Learning 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.   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.

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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. 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.

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Student Projects

Just Art Project: Social Justice through Art

Author: Sonya Ramirez

Grade: 7th

Subject: Humanities

Just Art Project: Social Justice through Art
Display of student work on walls of gallery
Students working on presentation materials
Students working on mural

Ever think that art was just something nice to look at? Well, think again. Through this project, students will learn about street art and how it can be a mechanism for political and social change. For this project, students will investigate art in its various forms as well as understanding one of its many purposes – promoting a message of social justice and hopefully making our society better than what it used to be. Students will demonstrate their understanding through a persuasive speech and their own street art.

  • What change do I want to see in my community? What message do I want to send out?
  • What is social justice? What are some examples of social injustices occurring in our community? In our country? In the world?
  • What is “street art”? What is “symbolism”?
  • How is symbolism used in street art to convey a deeper message or statement?

H1: I can close-read and annotate a complex text/speech by identifying & looking up unfamiliar vocabulary, asking closed-ended and open-ended questions, writing a summary of what I read and having a discussion with a peer about it.

H2: I can pull text evidence out of a complex piece of text in order to prove my claim/opinion in both written work and verbally. I can cite and write commentary to explain the data/evidence.

H3: I understand what makes a strong and powerful speech. I am able to use the characteristics of a strong public speaker to communicate effectively to a large group of people.

H4: I understand what symbolism is, can list examples of it and can identify it in the real world. I understand what the significance of symbolism is.

H5: I can have a deep, thoughtful discussion with others about what art can/should be. I understand that art can be used as a powerful tool to communicate a message to our society.



Political Speech

1.     Topic Brainstorm

2.     Topic Research/Thinking Map

3.     Speech Outline

4.     Drafts


1.     Brainstorm/Thinking Map

2.     Black/white image

3.     Stencil cutout

4.     Final Painted Stencil

Artist Statement

1.     Rough draft

2.     Final draft


4 5 6

What is art? Picture Prediction




Sonya out


What is social justice?

Reading 1


Speech example:

TED talk

13 ½ Day

Start Thinking Map & reseazrch





(Makers Guest Speakers)





-Speech outline review



Thinking Map due


TT: Speech WT (Nicole prep)


-Vocab. Pictionary

-MLK Speech (listen & annotate)


TT: DP/Exhibition (Sonya prep)


-Vocab. Charades

-Speech Example #3

-Speech WT


Speech Outline due


TT: Math Game

-Speech Outline/type 1st draft


-Stencil Gallery Walk/Chalk Talk

-Stencil Thinking Map WT


TT: Open WT



Guest Speaker: David


Stencil rubric


TT: Giants, Wizards, Elves



Guest Speaker: Justine @ 9AM


Stencil Thinking Map due


Stencil WT (speech checkin)



-WT (speech revise/finish, stencil)


-Is street art, art? Should it be legal?


-WT (speech checkin)


-Math Day (1st period)




Stencil B/W image due


-Debrief SBAC

-WT (speech check in)


-Sample Speech Critiques (review norms, review rubric)

-Artist Statement

-Critique Speeches


Final Stencil Cut out due


Writerz Blok (take pic of stencil before you throw it away!!)


Sonya out



Snow Day

5/9-5/13 Testing; 5/11 Half Day; 5/13 7th Grade Lock-In

Final Speech due


Artist Statement, DP update


Reuben out


Artist Statement, Revise/rehearse speech, DP update


Reuben out


Artist Statement due


Book Fair – 1:55-2:20


Drop off Artist Statements/Pedestal displays


Reuben out (maybe)



Per. 5 POL Group



Per. 4 POL Group

25 ½ Day

POL Workshops


Albion Pros Schedule



9:40-10:35 (10)

11:55-12:50 (10)

1:35-3:30 (20)




9-9:50 (8)

11:05-11:55 (10)

12-12:50 (8)

1:35-2:25 (10)



Memorial Day


Vote on Speakers


DP update


Reading Plus Assessment


Per. 3 POL Groups



Per. 2 POL Group


PL Library set-up @12:30


Exhibition @ PL Library (4-5:30)



Per. 1 POL Group