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Today,  working with the Grafton Taylor Health Department Taylor County Schools has confirmed 1 transportation staff member, 1 staff member at Flemington Elementary, 1 student at GHS, 2 students at TCMS and 1 student at Anna Jarvis are quarantined due to being contacts with a positive.  All impacted individuals associated with these cases have been contacted and no further action is necessary. In accordance with privacy laws, information specific to these cases will not be released publicly, however, details are being made available to keep the community informed of the transmission of COVID-19 within our schools. We urge you to continue to follow best health practices including wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, hand washing and cleaning protocols regularly.

Christy Miller, Superintendent

Dear Families and Students,

Today we discuss and give tips on social emotional learning. This is an ever evolving area for educators and our own counseling and support staff. COVID has brought this to the forefront and the resources are abundant. As with any resource and what we work with students on is making sure they are credible. Our counselors and a subcommittee of our county task force have continued to learn and share through counseling newsletters, school websites and documents lessons learned. We are very appreciative of all of the efforts that go into supporting our student’s social emotional needs as much as the learning.

 

The first key to understanding is knowing what we mean by social emotional learning. There are many definitions out there, but the one that seems to resonate most with me and used in many publications is how children and adults understand and manage emotions, achieve goals, show empathy, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. The older generations would say well we learned this before we went to school and it just makes sense students would already be working on these today. This is not always the case as the family structure has gone through many changes and so has education.

 

The key to good social emotional health in our schools is relationships. We must be intentional in securing an adult for every student that will take the time to really get to know them and support them. This builds a sense of belonging which leads to understanding that there are others who need us as much as we need them and together we can do more than alone.

 

Words that represent social emotional learning:

· Happiness

· Dignity

· Respect

· Belonging

 

Supports to promote social emotional learning as provided by edsurge.com

· Take care of yourself, even when it feels like it is the last thing you can do right now.

· Establish routines and intentionality.

· Presence is not the same as being present.

· Commit acts of service or kindness for others.

· Engage in creativity together.

· Celebrate what you can.

· Practice active listening.

· Help your child name and express emotions.

· Practice social emotional learning daily.

· Transition mindfully.

Please reach out to your child’s school counseling staff and teachers to find out other ways to support social emotional learning. There is much to learn, but they have resources and ideas on how we all can move successfully towards a common goal of supporting one another in times of need.

Best regards,

Christy Miller, Superintendent

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Today,  working with the Grafton Taylor Health Department Taylor County Schools has confirmed 1 staff member at GHS positive. In addition we have 1 student at GHS and 1 student at TCMS quarantined due to being a contact with a positive. All impacted individuals associated with these cases have been contacted and no further action is necessary. In accordance with privacy laws, information specific to these cases will not be released publicly, however, details are being made available to keep the community informed of the transmission of COVID-19 within our schools. We urge you to continue to follow best health practices including wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, hand washing and cleaning protocols regularly.
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Dear Families and Students,

As promised, today we are going to offer some additional ways to bring math in to our learning while at home. We know that after literacy, understanding math related skills is important to budgeting, car and home purchases, and many careers that are well known, but even those today’s students will create to bring them their own success.

There are two big wins for parents when it comes to mathematics and how to support your child. As is pointed out in the book The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents. REL Northwest contributed the following to the discussion:

  • Developing a positive mindset about mathematics is very important. Be careful howyou discuss your experience with math, don’t share the negative, share the positive.
  • Show your child how math is visible in their day to day lives.

In the book The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, the Take Action section, lists the following as tips to use to demonstrate math in everyday life:

  • Make up word problems on your walks.
  • Reinforce telling time and elapsed time.
  • Show your children how you use mathematics in your life.
  • Expose your child to the unique contributions of various cultures to mathematics.

Our own math coordinator offers these ideas on how to make math fun and develop number sense:

  • Play board games
  • Play dominoes
  • Play cards

Additional resources to use if your child is having trouble understanding concepts or how to complete their assignments:

  • Khan Academy (free online help)
  • SAT and PSAT practice (free online)

Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher or school and ask for other supports to further develop a mathematical mind.

Tomorrow we will share some ideas around social and emotional learning.

Best regards,

Christy Miller, Superintendent

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Today,  working with the Grafton Taylor Health Department Taylor County Schools has confirmed 1 staff member at Flemington Elementary, who is not a resident of Taylor County, positive. All impacted individuals associated with this case have been contacted and no further action is necessary. In accordance with privacy laws, information specific to these cases will not be released publicly, however, details are being made available to keep the community informed of the transmission of COVID-19 within our schools. We urge you to continue to follow best health practices including wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, hand washing and cleaning protocols regularly.

Christy Miller, Superintendent

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Dear Families and Students,

We are at the midway point of our second day in remote learning. We are busy looking for additional ways to support the learning taking place at home while our students are away. In speaking with some teachers about what they are sharing while students learn remotely, I have been reading a few new resources and want to share some additional ideas to enrich the learning happening at home.

Literacy is a game changer in our world. We know that those who read well and understand the written word have a much easier time moving successfully through school and beyond. What activities can you support as a family at home to improve literacy? Here are a few tips from the book The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents.

  • Talk with a teacher or librarian to identify “just right” reading materials for your child.
  • There are some sites that offer free electronic versions of texts for children.
  • Oxford Owl
  • Storyline Online
  • International Children’s Digital Library
  • Open Library
  • Amazon’s Free Kids eBooks
  • Barnes and Noble Free Nook books for Kids
  • Read with your children.
  • Talk with your children about what they are reading for fun.
  • Invite your child to browse and select things to read.
  • Talk to your children about what they are reading for school.
  • Make sure they see you reading and talking about you reading.

Taylor County Schools invites you to reach out to your child’s teachers or school and ask what you can do to continue to support the literacy development of your child.

Tomorrow we will share some ideas around math support for students.

Best regards,

Christy Miller, Superintendent

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Today,  working with the Grafton Taylor Health Department County Schools has confirmed 1 staff member at GHS positive and 1 student at GHS quarantined due to being a contact with a positive. In addition we have 1 student at Taylor County Middle School quarantined due to contact with a positive.  All impacted individuals associated with these cases have been contacted and no further action is necessary. In accordance with privacy laws, information specific to these cases will not be released publicly, however, details are being made available to keep the community informed of the transmission of COVID-19 within our schools. We urge you to continue to follow best health practices including wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, hand washing and cleaning.

Dear Families and Students,

As we continue to navigate a change in our instruction this week, we wanted to remind families and students of good practices while in remote learning.

 

Where to find help?

1. Reach out to your child’s teacher through email or by calling the school.

2. If you cannot reach your teacher reach out to the principal of the building through email or by calling school.

3. If you are having technology issues visit taylorcountyboe.net and look under the Parents and Students section for helpful videos and handouts.

 

How can I make the most of remote learning while at home?

1. If my teacher has scheduled a TEAMS meeting, I am to make myself available and participate.

2. If I have assignments from multiple teachers, I should set up a schedule to complete each class by the required deadline allowing for breaks, so I do not become overwhelmed.

3. If I begin to not understand the work assigned, I should reach out to my teacher for help or ask questions when I am assigned a time to meet with the class or small group.

4. Organize all assignments so they are ready to be turned in by the due date. Turn assignments in as the teacher has instructed.

 

Please remember: School is never optional; your attendance and participation matter every day!!

 

 

Taylor County Schools will continue to offer food service if we remain in our remote status next week for students in face to face instruction that would normally receive their meals at school. Please make sure you call the school no later than 10:00 a.m. on Monday, so meals can be prepared for a 1:00 p.m. drive thru pickup that day.

 

We will continue to update you as new information becomes available. Please continue to practice safe distancing, masking and washing of hands frequently. Together we will remain Taylor Strong!

 

Best regards,

Christy Miller, Superintendent

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The Taylor County Board of Education met in Emergency session October 28, 2020 to determine the instructional plan moving forward after the conclusion of the first nine weeks on November 4, 2020. The board’s decision is to remain with our present two days of instruction split by the alphabet and three days remote. We urge you to reach out to your child’s school and teachers if you are having issues at anytime with technology or the learning activities sent home. Facilitators have been hired to support students in West Virginia Virtual School. No changes in placement of students will occur until the end of the first semester in January.
Christy Miller, Superintendent
 

Check out the Parents and Students section above for a student iPad setup video and other videos & handouts.

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Important Information on DocuSign

To lessen the passing back and forth of papers, and make things easier for blended and virtual students, we are distributing important back to school paperwork via DocuSign to each student’s email.  There are documents that require electronic signatures and others that are just for your information.  The email will be from “Taylor County Schools”.

DocuSign is an application that provides electronic signature technology.  It will eliminate the need for paper documentation.

This link provides instructions, if you feel you need it, to use DocuSign: 

https://support.docusign.com/articles/How-do-I-sign-a-DocuSign-document-Basic-Signing

If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your junk folder.

You need to complete the documents in one sitting, it does save partial entries. It should take no longer than 10-15 minutes, and you will get a copy after completion.





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