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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.

More information can be found at hightechhigh.org/covid19


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.

Se puede encontrar más información en hightechhigh.org/covid-19-spanish/

Student Projects

Entry Activities

Author: Lillian Hsu

Subject: HTH Structures

Project Details

#5 of 6 HTH Structures

Entry activities are routines that teachers use at the beginning of class to engage students quickly. Most HTH teachers have a clear daily agenda that prepares students for the day ahead. Many also create a warm-up activity that focuses students on a writing, drawing, or problem-solving task. Other teachers create a daily ritual that builds community among the students.

The Agenda

Duration: 02:56
Bobby Shaddox (6th Grade Humanities) prepares students for the day ahead with an extremely clear agenda.



Daily Greeting

Duration: 06:19
Patrick Yurick (9th Grade Multimedia) introduces the Daily Greeting, a community building ritual that gives every student a chance to voice how they are feeling each day.



Community Circle

Duration: 06:19
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art) introduces the Community Circle, a daily opening ritual that helps the students build a strong sense of community



FIRST Thing: The I-Write

Duration: 02:29
Kay Flewelling (9th grade Humanities) has a different FIRST thing for each day of the week. (F = Free, I = I-write, R = Read, S = Sketch, and T = Talk). Here, she gives clear instructions for an I-Write to start off her class.



FIRST Thing: Sharing Sketches

Duration: 05:26
After Kay Flewelling’s 9th Grade Humanities students complete their FIRST Thing sketches, they routinely share their work with each other using a two-step process.



First Thoughts

Duration: 01:33
Ted Cuevas (9th Grade Physics/Math) uses a First Thought to get his students’ brains moving at the beginning of class.




Duration: 01:33
TBritt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities) has a different daily warm-up for each day of the week. (D = Discuss, A = Analyze, I = Investigate, L = Look, and Y = Yelp).



Lesson Plans

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Sample DWL Entry
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities)