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

In My Life

Author: Tim Goldstein

Grade: 6th

Subject: Humanities

In My Life - project display board
In My Life - project display board
In My Life - project display board
In My Life - project display board
Student reading to group
In My Life - project display
Yellow and blue post-it notes covering whiteboard

What determines an event in my life ‘significant’?

Why is writing about my personal life important?

What makes sharing my personal stories to others valuable?

Every 6th grade student has experienced many significant events so far in their lives. In this project, 6th graders will decide which of these events were most important in shaping the person that they’ve become today and will get to share them with your classmates and the school community!

Timeline (10 points): Students will create a visual timeline by hand on the outsides of their writing journal.

  • Timeline must be in chronological order
  • Timeline must contain images
  • Timeline must contain written information about each event

Personal Narrative (10 points): Students will write a personal narrative about 1 of the events on their timeline. Personal narrative must include detailed information describing the event and why it was significant to your life.

*Personal Narratives will be displayed with the entire 6th grade team in the hallway on a giant timeline.

Presentation (10 points): Students will read their personal narratives aloud to their classmates and teammates in our closing storytelling ceremony.

Students will know:

  • How to create a timeline of their own life.
  • How to write a personal narrative.
  • How to effectively tell a story to a small group of individuals.

Writing a Personal Narrative

Using figurative language (i.e. simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperbole)

Benchmarks (Tentative)

 Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Project Launch

& Brainstorm


Collect Supplies


Organize and construct Timelines


Continue construction


Continue Construction


Start Personal Narratives








Finish Timelines and Personal Narratives


Construct Wall Timeline


Construct Wall Timeline


Story Telling


Story Telling


End Project

9/24/12 09/25/12 09/26/12 09/27/12 9/28/12


Sharing personal narratives
At the tail end of the project, students shared their personal narratives about a significant life event to a small group of classmates.


Final Product
This is an image of the timeline that was created by both classes combined. The picture frames represent ages 3-12. The yarn connects each personal narrative to the age it connects with.


Example Journal Timeline


Example Journal Timeline