With April vacation approaching, we wanted to remind you of the resources that are available to you and your student. 

We do not expect students to be doing schoolwork during the break, but we know that for some families following the new daily routine of schoolwork may be very helpful.

So if you choose to have your student continue working through April vacation, here are some choices, all of which can also be found on our Extended Closure Website.

  1. Look at the daily schedule we have posted for the elementary grades. You can adapt this for middle or high school students.
  2. Look at the resources for at-home learning published by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  3. For elementary students, look back at the resource folders that our teachers put together for the first two weeks of the closure. We have a folder for each grade level with resources organized by subject area (literacy, math, science), as well as folders for art, music, physical education, and library. You might also try this Physical Education Bingo challenge.
  4. For middle and high school students, go back into the Google Classroom for each of your courses and look at the review materials that were posted for the first and second weeks of the closure (March 16 to March 27). They may be located in the “stream” or “classwork” sections. There are probably some activities there that you did not get to do yet.
  5. Look at the Family Project on our website.
  6. Work on the Swampscott by the C 2020 Project . Versions of this project have been shared with SMS students in their social studies Google Classrooms, and by Ms. Green and Mr. Franklin with their students at SHS. This is a community-wide project to record this extraordinary time. Students, family members, staff, and community members are all invited to contribute.

As we all work to create these new ways to keep students learning during the closure, there are still many unanswered questions.

We do want to stress that our expectation is that you make decisions for your student and your family with everyone’s health and well-being in mind. It will be helpful to your student to do at least some of the work that is posted on our website or in Google Classroom, but if your family circumstances do not allow for that at this time, that is okay.  

We do not know what will be happening toward the end of the school year, or in the fall.  As things evolve, we will continue to do our best to support our students and communicate with you as expectations for student engagement evolve.

We have created a form you can complete to submit any questions you may have and we will post answers as we have them to the Frequently Asked Questions link on our Extended Closure Website.

Stay well!

Jean Bacon, Director of Teaching and Learning