• Video Message from Mrs. Whiteside

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 7/26/2020 6:45:00 PM

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  • 100% Remote vs. 50% Hybrid Plan Selection Required for All Students

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 7/16/2020 4:00:00 PM
    PLEASE READ, IMPORTANT SURVEY RESPONSE REQUIRED by MONDAY 7/20/20 11:59pm, LINK AT BOTTOM

    ECS Families,

    The questions continue, but we do have more information to share and important questions for you to answer.  Governor Cooper has allowed schools to make the decision about whether to open in a 100% remote instruction plan (commonly referred to as Plan C) or to open in a 50% remote instruction scenario (commonly referred to as Plan B).  No public school has the option to consider a 100% on-campus option at this time (commonly referred to as Plan A).  
     
    ECS has committed to offering any student 100% remote learning, even once 50% remote instruction is offered.  Under ECS's Plan B, students learning remotely and students learning in the classroom will have the same material and receive it at the same pace.  The primary difference is that some students will actually be in the classroom receiving this material.  In order to determine the feasibility of Plan B, we need to determine how many students would attend in person at ECS under our Plan B. 
     
    Accordingly, at the bottom of this email is a link to a survey asking  your family to commit to remaining in a 100% Remote Plan with ECS or enrolling your student in the 50% Hybrid Plan on-campus once ECS makes this option available.  Please note that enrolling in Wake County's Virtual Academy will un-enroll a student from Endeavor.  To return to ECS a student would have to re-enter the public lottery next school year.
     
    To be informed about the options, please review a brief summary of both plans:
     
    ECS 100% Remote Plan summary (for all students July 29-August 14):
    • Families will come to a drive-thru Meet the Teacher to pick up devices (request form coming soon), DGP, packets, novels, agendas, white boards, etc. depending on your grade level's needs. A schedule and more details will be coming soon.
    • Students will not initially be assigned to homerooms.  They will remain in a grade level team to allow teachers to get to know them in a variety of groups and to work with them based on academic needs. 
    • K-1 will primarily meet in small groups for academic work and larger groups for community building.  Their main platform will be Seesaw.  
    • Grades 2-8 teachers will meet with some large groups and some smaller groups depending on their content and the students' needs. Grade 2 will use Seesaw as their main platform, while grades 3-8 will use Google Classroom as their main platform. 
    • While many aspects of our spring  remote Instruction will continue, we've spent a lot of time over the summer considering what worked well and how to further develop our program.
    • Assessment was one area we wanted to increase, so we've purchased a reading program and a math program for at-home practice of skills.  The data generated by these programs will be important tools for assessing student need and targeting skills for practice.  Both programs will move students forward as they are ready for additional challenges.
    • Classroom teachers will provide a weekly schedule for all students which includes morning meetings, academic group times, and office hours.
    • During office hours the teacher will be available for anyone who needs to ask a question or wants some extra support to do so. 
    • In the  100% Remote Plan the teachers will offer some synchronous class times where they will be teaching content directly to the students.  These sessions will be recorded for students unable to attend at the scheduled time. 
    Many schools have developed a variety of ideas for how a 50% Hybrid Plan can work on their campus.  We have spent the summer studying plans and proposals from schools around the world and have determined the plan best fit for a school as small as ours without many of the resources large school systems have. Providing instruction to students in person and students in remote instruction is a tremendous challenge for our staff, as would be filling all the roles our volunteers currently serve. We chose our plan based on how our small staff could best meet the needs of our students. 
     
    ECS 50% Hybrid Plan summary (an option for students once ECS is ready for this change from the 100% Remote Plan):
     
    On-campus students attend class from 8:45 to 1:00 each day Monday through Friday on alternating weeks.  When students are not on campus, they will be in remote instruction. 
     
    School Hours:
    • Morning carpool will last from 8:10-8:45.
    • Afternoon carpool will begin at 1:00 and will be finished by 1:30.
    • Students will have a snack time on campus but will not have lunch or recess on campus.
    • Students will be asked to bring 2 water bottles each day as our water fountains will be turned off. 
    Health Requirements:
    • Morning carpool will begin with temperature checks and screening questions as required by the state.  Students with temperatures below 100.4 and appropriate screening will be allowed to exit the car and enter the building through a door designated for their hall.
    • All students and all staff will be required to wear a mask while on campus.  The state will be providing 5 masks per student.
    • We will have a nurse on campus who will provide instruction on proper hand washing, use of face masks, and will manage students suspected of showing Covid symptoms according to extensive state guidelines. 
    Childcare:
    • We are in conversations with the YMCA to determine the childcare options they may be able to provide before and after school. 
    • Final options will be determined in the next week or so in part based on family need and will be communicated to families immediately.  
    50% Hybrid Instructional Plan:
    • Once we move to a 50% on-campus option, all students will be assigned a homeroom (spreading the 100% remote students among the groups).
    • A more traditional, on-campus Meet the Teacher will take place.  Families will be divided into smaller groups and offered times to visit campus while maintaining social distance.  Anyone entering the school over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask.
    • Within each grade level, students moving into the 50% Hybrid Plan will be divided into an A week group and a B week group.   
    • Children from the same family will all be placed on the same A or B weekly schedule.
    • All students, no matter their location, will follow the same pacing, will be instructed on the same content or standards, and will have the same assessments. Instructional and assignment differences will focus primarily on student need.
    • Teachers in grades K and 1 will maintain a similar program for the remote students as they will begin the year with all students. There will be lessons and activities posted through Seesaw.  They will follow a more typical school routine with students on campus. 
    • To ensure that all students are moving through the same content, teachers in grades 2-8 will utilize a "flipped class"model.  This method is successfully used around the world even prior to Covid to take most advantage of in-person class time.  The teacher will video himself/herself teaching the day's new content and will post that video for all students to watch for instruction. Students may have a simple task - write one question, find the secret word, what color was the bird - to prove they watched the video. These videos will be posted and will be useful for students who've been absent or need extra support this year and in future years!
    • Students will have an assignment, practice work, socially distanced "group" work, etc. the following day in order to master the content from the video lesson.  On-campus students will have the teacher's support, the chance to ask questions in person, the chance to utilize the class manipulatives, and even complete distanced partner or group work.  The actual task might be the same if you are remote or on campus or it may differ by location.  This work will most resemble what students have done on a typical school day in the past.
    • Remote students' (50% Hybrid Plan or 100% Remote Plan) will be supported by assigned staff (not the classroom teacher) during the on-campus teaching day of 8:45-1:00.
    • Classroom teachers will be able to respond to remote instruction students during non-instructional times prior to the end of their workday at 3:45.        
    Based on the information above, each family must now commit to have their child remain in 100% Remote Plan or to transition to the 50% Hybrid Plan once ECS is ready to make that change.  Again, please note that ECS will initially open for all students in the 100% Remote Plan from July 29 through at least August 14.
     
    Guidelines for this decision:
    • Families choosing the 100% Remote Plan will simply continue learning remotely until the end of Quarter 1. There will be no transition needed.
    • Families moving into the 50% Hybrid Plan when ECS is ready to do so will commit to the following:
      • Remaining in this Hybrid Plan for all of first quarter or until ECS opens to 100% of students on campus, whichever comes first.
      • Recognizing that while all students in the same family will be kept in the same weekly track (Week A or Week B), we will not be able to accommodate requests for other non-family students to be on the same track.
    We recognize that none of these options are the normal school plan you wish for your child.  We also recognize the many impacts these plans have for your family, your childcare, and your child's social and academic development.  We can assure you that no matter the plan you select, your child will grow and learn.
      
    We recognize that uncertainty is very difficult to plan around, so we wanted to let you know that we plan to remain in remote instruction until at least August 14.  However, our Board has committed to meeting regularly to review incoming data.  Families should recognize that there will be some fluidity to our calendar this year in light of the ever changing circumstances we face.
     
    Please click the following link to indicate your family's instructional plan commitment for Quarter 1 no later than Monday, July 20 at 11:59PM.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdR6Iq0j-Evv9ajuESVKGvLVILbJd_zv0Kc4dgAubadWpCoBw/viewform?usp=sf_link

    *Options for Quarter 2 and beyond will be determined later in the year.

    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director, Endeavor Charter School
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  • Summer Update

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 7/10/2020 11:00:00 AM

    ECS Parents,

     

    I hope you are all healthy and well and diligently nudging your kids to read and do summer work!  We are diligently doing our summer work and are getting closer to having more reopening information for you.  We've heard that the Governor will make the delayed reopening announcement next week which will provide us some much needed clarity.  In the meantime, here are some things I can share with you:

    • The media ran a story on Wednesday which stated that schools cannot hold remote instruction days within the first week of school. This ruling does NOT apply to charter schools.  Our remote reopening plan is still legally in place!
    • We are working with PAWS on a new version of Meet the Teacher and hope to share that info along with our reopening plan.  Stay tuned!
    • Decisions about the wearing of face masks on campus will be made considering the latest recommendations at the time of our return to campus.  Currently masks are recommended for students old enough to manage them appropriately and adults,  especially when a 6 foot distance cannot be maintained.  
    • To prepare for the potential for face masks during our school day when 6 feet spacing cannot be maintained, please have your child practice wearing a mask. The following CDC guidance on teaching children the proper way to wear and handle a face mask are helpful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/cloth-face-covering.pdf  
    • Here are six ways to make wearing a face mask less scary for young kids: https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/6-ways-to-make-wearing-a-face-mask-less-scary-for-young-kids/19175582/
    • We are hoping to build a stockpile of cloth face masks for students and staff who forget theirs. If you are sewing masks, and wouldn’t mind making some for us, we’d greatly appreciate it!
    • We have made the decision to allow families the choice of staying in remote instruction 100% once we reopen campus.  This decision will not require a health issue or a doctor’s note.  We know that each family has strong feelings about their children returning to campus, and we also know that you are the only one who should make that decision for your family.  This option is currently being made for the first quarter only, with the potential to extend it further into the year depending on circumstances in the fall. Once we provide our return to campus plan, families will be provided a timeframe and a tool through which to indicate their decision about returning to campus.  There will be some rules about how and when this decision can be made and changed, so please stay tuned to your email! 

    Finally, I want to thank those of you who’ve reached out with such kind words of support over this crazy summer!  Your trust in our school makes such a difference!  Stay safe and stay tuned!

    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School

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  • July 29th Reopening Decision

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 7/3/2020 9:45:00 AM

    ECS Families,

    While we did not get a decision from the state on Wednesday about how we can reopen, we did get information about how we cannot reopen.  Schools will not be allowed to open with any students on campus in July. This means that we must either open remotely or delay our scheduled opening and reallocate the missed days.  Our staff, administration, and Board have shared opinions and concerns about these two options over the last 24 hours. The preferences were very evenly split.  The final decision was made at last night's Board meeting that we will maintain our start date and will open with remote instruction for all students on July 29 as previously scheduled. 

    While there were compelling reasons for and against each option, some of the advantages to maintaining our July 29 start date and opening with remote instruction include the following:
    • Health-compromised staff and students will be able to fully participate in those essential early days of the school year.
    • When the anticipated decision of opening our schools at 50% capacity comes from the Governor, our students will already be confident with remote platforms and procedures.
    • The eventual transition to a 50% scenario will be very challenging for our staff, students, and families.  Building rapport and familiarity before navigating that new challenge will be essential.
    • We will be able to maintain our breaks and track outs through the school year.
    • There is a possibility that all schools will still open remotely in August, so there would be no definite advantage in delaying our start. 

    As a staff we have gathered information about how our spring remote instruction was effective and what should be maintained.  We also have ideas of ways we can make remote instruction even more effective. We recognize that remote instruction is particularly challenging for our new students and youngest students, and we will be working on plans to help those groups adjust and start the year strong.


    Over the next few weeks we will be communicating information for those families who will need to borrow a device from us.  We will be working with PAWS to develop a virtual Meet the Teacher plan. We are continuing to make all preparations for our eventual return to campus including seeking a nurse, finalizing signage and wait spots, practicing our new temperature and symptoms screening and carpool procedures.  While we will open with remote learning, everyone's goal is to be together on campus again.

    We have narrowed our options for an eventual 50% opening to two plans, but will wait until the Governor makes that eventual announcement to finalize a plan.  We know that this change to 50% could come as early as mid-August or it could come much later in the year depending on the status of the virus in our state.  We saw that after the Memorial Day holiday our positive cases grew significantly which slowed our progress toward reopening.  PLEASE maintain distance and wear face masks every day, especially though this holiday weekend, so we can reach the point of opening in person.  

    I am eager for the day when I email you that we will all return to campus together.  While today is not that day, it is a step forward toward the beginning of a year that will be great.  It will be different, but it will be a year of learning and growing and experiences we'll never forget.
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
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  • July 1st Update

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 7/1/2020 2:30:00 PM

    ECS Families,


    I join you in being really disappointed that we are not going to get the state's guidance on reopening schools today.  As we continue to wait for direction, I want to assure you that our preparations for the 2020-2021 school year continue despite the unknowns.  Our teachers, administration and Board of Directors continue to fine tune scenarios and options. We are ready with a new carpool plan, temperature screening protocol, cleaning guidelines, and distanced classroom furniture arrangements.  We have developed options for returning at 50% capacity and for remaining remote, as well as wishing for a more normal start to our year.  No matter the scenario, we will have a great 2020-2021 school year!

    While we continue to plan for all scenarios, we want to encourage you to do the same as our summer is growing short.  Be sure that your family has made any needed plans in case we open with only 50% of our students on campus at a time.  Also, please plan in case we remain fully in remote instruction.  While I certainly want our state to be considered safe enough for all students to return together, we must be ready for the other options as well.

    I do not like uncertainty and wish I was able to provide you with the clarity we all seek.  Please know that once our reopening is established, we will be reaching out with information for our new families, information about Meet the teacher, and details about the changes we'll need to implement for health and safety.  We will have a lot to communicate in the weeks to come, so please continue to check your email regularly. 

    If you completed our parent survey and ordered a workbook, be sure to come to one of the remaining pick up days: Friday from 10-11:00 or Monday from 9-10:00. If you did not request a summer workbook, I have a few extras that I'd hate to go to waste.  Please email me and I'll see if I have the correct grade levels for your kids.

    Finally, in all this uncertainty and stress, I've appreciated the stories in the news of good happening in the world.  Yesterday I had the privilege of watching good happen at ECS.  I asked, with very little notice, for help with food donations from the families who were picking up workbooks.  I ended the day with an unimaginable amount of food.  Families who've not yet even entered our school building brought bags of food to help families they don't know.  We started distributing the food yesterday to ECS families in need and with the many folks who said they were bringing food to the upcoming pick up days, will be able to continue for the month of July.  The immediate, overwhelming support you showed brought me to tears.  You are a wonderful community, and I am so proud to be in your company!
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
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  • The Last Day of Our Very Strange Year

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 6/12/2020 1:00:00 PM
    ECS Families,
     
    We have reached the end of the most challenging year most of us have ever known.  Together we have made great things happen in challenging circumstances, and we have all earned a break!  Before you get into summer mode, I'd like to explain the state’s guidance regarding reopening schools for 2020-2021.
     
    On or before July 1, the Governor and the Department of Public Instruction in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services plan to release the reopening guidance for public schools.  Our reopening plan cannot be made before that decision is made.  There are three possible reopening options for the state:
    • Plan A - Minimal social distancing:  all students return to campus with precautions for social distancing, and cleaning in place
    • Plan B - Moderate social distancing: alternate remote learning and on-campus learning with only 50% of students on campus at a time, remote learning when off-campus, precautions in place
    • Plan C - Remote learning only: all students stay in remote learning 
    As we plan for each possible scenario, we value input from our families.  If you have not had a chance to respond to the brief survey sent Thursday afternoon, please do so before Sunday 6/14 - it is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J2V5KF2
     
    Once the state’s decision is made, ECS will have the choice to open as suggested by the state or to open in a more restrictive manner; however, we cannot reopen in a less restrictive manner than the state’s recommendation.  So, we will be prepared for all scenarios. Our staff has been working to ensure a strong reopening, no matter the situation.
     
    We recognize that anything less than normalcy will be a challenge.  We also recognize the difficulty that uncertainty brings for families in trying to plan for the year to come.  We will communicate with you as things develop and decisions are made over the summer.   Please remember that social distancing and face masks are key in decreasing the spread of COVID and our ability to get back to normal! I hope that you have a summer that is healthy and safe!
     
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
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  • Preparations and Progress

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 6/6/2020 11:30:00 AM

    ECS families,

    With one week left in our school year, I’ve never had more questions or more possibilities regarding the year to come.  Those of you who know me, know that I do not love uncertainty.  I like a well thought-out plan.  I like details, an agenda, decorations, and a grand announcement to share the plans. However, despite all the questions at hand, I am at peace with our progress and preparations for next year.  Throughout this unprecedented year, we have made huge decisions while maintaining an unwavering focus on our students, our staff, and our families.  We continue that focus as we look to next year.

    We recognize that some schools are making opening decisions now.  However, we’ve decided to allow the state to progress a bit more before we make final decisions.  We anticipate a meeting within the next few weeks with the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Health and Human Services, and charter school leaders.  We’ve been told to expect their initial guidance regarding reopening schools.  In the meantime, we are watching and learning from schools across the world, and a few across the nation, who’ve begun to reopen.  We are assessing the strategies these schools are utilizing to manage social distancing and cleanliness within a school setting.  We are also looking to the guidance being given to summer camps and daycares for a glimpse at recommendations to come for schools.  All the while, we are trying to keep focused on our commitments to our students and to the state: rigorous academic program, familial environment, rich fine arts courses, and hands-on learning.  While hands-on learning may need to look different for a little while, we are determined to stay true to our charter focuses.  We will reopen with a plan that protects our academic program and our students’ physical and emotional health.

    This week, our staff has been hard at work preparing for all different scenarios regarding our reopening.  They are looking at rearranging furniture to allow distance within our classrooms, modifying our carpool procedures, and seeking ways to minimize transitions between rooms.  Additional touchless thermometers, oximeters, and lots of CDC approved cleaners are being ordered.  The teachers are focused on ways they may need to modify their first quarter plans to follow up on the remote instruction.  Perhaps most importantly, we are considering ways we can establish new, united classroom communities within a potentially physically distanced world.  Once again, I am amazed at the creativity and skill of our staff.  I have no doubt that every student will be welcomed into a warm, wonderful classroom ready to make 2020-2021 a fantastic year of learning and fun!

    Please know that as decisions are made regarding our reopening, we will communicate with you throughout the summer. 

    Christi Whiteside, MSA

    Director, Endeavor Charter School

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  • Celebrating the End of Our Year at ECS!

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 5/29/2020 3:00:00 PM
    ECS families,
    We are excited to offer three special ways to end our year starting Monday.
    • Beginning Monday, we will be providing a half-day Digital Enrichment Activity for students to participate in.  Each will provide a great opportunity for our students.  We’ve provided more activities than we have remaining days in our school year, so if a particular task doesn’t seem like a good fit for your family, please choose another!  We will not be taking attendance or grades for these activities.  Each Digital Enrichment Activity will be emailed to each family.  All 20 activities will also be posted Monday the Covid-19 page of the ECS website.  Please feel free to reference them anytime. 
    • Moving Up Zoom Meetings will also begin on Monday.  Please help your child log in on the correct day and time to meet next year’s teachers and hear about the year to come! Days and times are listed below.
    • Drive Through Celebrations will give our teachers a chance to say goodbye and to return items to your family.  Likewise, this is when we hope you’ll return all ECS items to us.  Days and times are listed below. Please review and follow these guidelines:
      1. All staff will be wearing face masks for the protection of our community.  If this will be upsetting to your children, please be sure they are prepared.
      2. Please display your carpool tag for the duration of your time on campus.
      3. If you have multiple items to return to ECS, please gather them in a bag for easy delivery.
      4. No one is allowed to get out of their car.  There are no exceptions!  
      5. K-1st: Please follow the signs indicating which lane your child’s homeroom should be in.  We'll have easels marking the lanes so parents know which one to enter.  Your homeroom teacher will be there with your materials.
      6. 2nd-8th: We will operate somewhat like a regular carpool, but will only move 6 cars to the front sidewalk at a time.  All teachers for your grade will be on the sidewalk to return and collect materials and to say farewell.

    June 1: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • 7th graders Moving Up to 8th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00
    • 8th Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 

    June 2: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • Kindergarten Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 

    June 3: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • Kindergarteners Moving Up to 1st grade Zoom 9:30-10:00
    • First grade Drive Through Celebration  11-12:00 

    June 4: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • 1st graders Moving Up to 2nd grade Zoom 9:30-10:00
    • Second Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 

    June 5: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • 2nd graders Moving Up to 3rd grade Zoom 9:30-10:00
    • Third Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 

    June 8: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • 3rd graders Moving Up to 4th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00
    • Fourth Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    • Fifth Grade Zoom Awards Ceremony 6:30 

    June 9: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • 4th graders Moving Up to 5th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00
    • Fifth Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 

    June 10: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • 5th graders Moving Up to 6th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00
    • SIxth Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    • 8th Grade Graduation 

    June 11: On-line activities available, no new instruction

    • 6th graders Moving Up to 7th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00
    • Seventh Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 

    Christi Whiteside, MSA

    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
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  • Clarification on End of Year & Planning for Next YEar

    Posted by Lauren Manfreda on 5/24/2020 12:45:00 PM

    Dear ECS families,

    We’ve received some clarifying instructions from the Department of Public Instruction as they work with schools throughout the state on closing this unprecedented school year.  ECS was able to transition to remote instruction quickly, but many large school systems were not.  To ensure that schools make the most of all instructional time this year, DPI has provided direction that schools should continue providing learning opportunities through the end of the scheduled school year. To comply with that requirement, we need to modify our decision to end the school year early.  

    Although we will not provide instruction on any new material after next week, ECS will provide a three hour activity for each school day June 1-12.  We will not take attendance or grades on these days as per DPI’s guidance, but these activities will allow us to continue offering instructional, enriching activities for our students in a different, fun way as the year ends.Typically, the end of each school consists of testing and fun days to wrap up each class’s time together.  So, this will be our remote instruction way to continue some of those traditions. A range of interesting activities will be created by each grade level team, our fine arts teachers, our EC teachers, our office staff, and Mr Burt. A particular activity will be recommended for each day. But there will also be a selection of additional activities for families who’d like an extra challenge or who would prefer a different task.  We hope that some families may even choose to continue these activities after our scheduled last day of school.  Information will come out late next week about how to access the activities.

    As we look toward next year, we have more questions than answers right now. We are working on adjusting our calendar to transition five teacher workdays into remote instruction days as per the new state law. We are also looking at options for starting our school year. We’ve seen Wake County’s plan to extend each school day by a few minutes, and we’ve seen some  of our local universities plan an early start and an extended winter break in anticipation of a winter virus resurgence.  We currently have seven different plans for reopening ECS starting with reopening on-schedule (with social distancing measures in place), going to the extreme option of reopening still in full remote instruction, and five options in between.  However, we’ve made the decision that there are too many unknowns to change our opening plans right now.  Our Board of Directors and administration are working with the Department of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, and many other state agencies to plan a safe return to campus.  While we want nothing more than normal, the health and safety of our students and staff will be the determining factor.  We will keep our community updated as we have something more concrete to report.  

    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
    919-848-0333
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  • Important Grading and End of Year Info

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 5/15/2020 12:30:00 PM
    Endeavor Families,

     

    There is a lot going on in our ECS community!  Please read the information below regarding the grading policies enacted by the state.  In addition, we’ve provided information and dates for special events for the remainder of this school year.  
     
    NC Grading Policy
     
    On April 23, the NC State Board of Education approved a policy establishing new end of year grading requirements for public schools in light of the impacts of Covid 19. Schools across the state have responded differently and in differing time frames to the Governor’s stay at home order and transition to remote learning. Families and students have been able to manage at-home curriculum in different ways.  At Endeavor, we made the decision to continue to offer new content to students and to continue to grade this content to provide families feedback on student progress.  However, we also recognize that this has not been a typical quarter, and we support the state’s efforts to recognize these challenges within student grades. I’ve outlined our plans for final grades below.
     
    For more information about the North Carolina Covid 19 Grading Policy, please go to https://www.dpi.nc.gov/news/press-releases/2020/04/23/state-board-approves-year-end-grading-policy-other-covid-19-related-measures 
     
    ECS Specific Grading Information
     
    Grade K-2: Parents will each receive a report similar to the one provided for Quarter 3. Students will not receive a final grade for the year.  
    The final report will be emailed to parents during the June teacher workdays and will contain the following: 
    • a description of topics taught virtually during quarter 4
    • a few comments about each student’s academic strengths and area(s) of improvement and a few comments about each student’s social, emotional and/or behavioral skills
    • no fourth quarter or final grade will be provided for fine arts classes 
    Grade 3-5: Parents will have access to report cards on Powerschool after 4pm on June 5th. Students will receive a numeric average for their work in core courses and fine arts/elective courses in quarter 4; however, they will not receive a numeric average for the year.  Instead, all students will receive a NG19 (no grade due to Covid 19) as their final grade. The state legislature has waived End of Grade test requirements and third grade Read to Achieve requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.  
    Comments available in Powerschool will include:
    • a description of topics taught virtually during quarter 4
    • a few comments about each student’s academic strengths and area(s) of improvement and a few comments about each student’s social, emotional and/or behavioral skills
    Grade 6-8:  Parents will have access to report cards on Powerschool after 4pm on June 5th. Students will receive a numeric average for their work in core courses and fine arts/elective courses in quarter 4; however, they will not receive a numeric average for the year.  Instead, all students will receive a PC19 (passing during Covid 19) or WC19 (withdrawn during Covid 19) as their final grade.  The state legislature has waived End of Grade test requirements. 
    Comments available in Powerschool will include:
    • a description of topics taught virtually during quarter 4
    • a few comments about the student’s academic strengths and area(s) of improvement and a few comments about the student’s social, emotional and/or behavioral skills
    We recognize the extraordinary efforts that our teachers and families have gone to in supporting our students’ growth during this time of remote learning. 
     
    Special Events!
     
    We have many events planned as we end our 2019-2020 school year.  There are three main types of events you’ll want to be sure to note:
    • Moving Up:  Each grade K-7 has been scheduled for a Zoom meeting to meet next year’s teachers, see their new classrooms, and get excited about the year to come.  As we end our year under such unusual circumstances, we want to be sure all students are looking ahead!
    • Sports Awards Ceremonies:  Each team from the 2019-2020 school year will have a designated Zoom meeting to celebrate their year together.  Times are listed below.
    • Drive Through Celebrations: Each grade level K-8 will be provided a time to do a drive through parade to end their year.  During the designated hour, the teachers for that grade level will be on the sidewalk to wave goodbye to their students.  Families will drive through our carpool loop to the front sidewalk.  Please note the following details:
      • Our staff will be wearing masks and gloves for the safety of all as well as to get our students used to seeing us in masks in case we need to do so next year.  
      • During this time we will be collecting materials your family has borrowed from ECS including devices for remote learning, books, white boards, sports uniforms, etc.  Prior to June 1, each family will be emailed a list of items we need to have returned.  Please place all items you need to return in a bag so we can gather them easily and quickly from your car. 
      • We will also be returning items to your family including items left in the classrooms, yearbooks you’ve ordered, spring sports shirts, etc. The materials to be returned to each family will all be returned to the first child in your family who attends a Drive Through Celebration.
      • No one will be allowed to exit their car during this time even to use the restroom, etc.  For the safety of our staff we will not allow any exceptions to this rule.
      • Our campus will be decorated during this time in honor of our 8th grade graduates.  Their families are encouraged to decorate their cars and make this a replacement for our traditional 8th Grade Walk.  
    Mark your calendars!

    May 18-22: student instruction and assessment continue 
    May 25: Memorial Day holiday - no school
    May 26-29: student instruction and assessment continue
    May 26: math placement for students rising into grades 6-8 will have been emailed by this date
    May 29: final day of student instruction and assessment
    June 1: Teacher Workday
    • 7th graders Moving Up to 8th grade,  Zoom 9:30-10:00 (invitation will be emailed)
    • 8th Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    June 2: Teacher Workday
    • Kindergarten Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    June 3: Teacher Workday
    • Kindergarteners Moving Up to 1st grade Zoom 9:30-10:00 (invitation will be emailed)
    • 1st grade Drive Through Celebration  11-12:00 
    June 4: Teacher Workday
    • 1st graders Moving Up to 2nd grade Zoom 9:30-10:00 (invitation will be emailed)
    • 2nd Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    June 5: Teacher Workday     
    • 2nd graders Moving Up to 3rd grade Zoom 9:30-10:00 (invitation will be emailed)
    • 3rd Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    • Powerschool report cards open to parents after 4:00
    June 8: Teacher Workday
    • 3rd graders Moving Up to 4th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00 (invitation will be emailed)
    • 4th Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00  
    June 9: Teacher Workday
    • 4th graders Moving Up to 5th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00 (invitation will be emailed)
    • 5th Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    June 10: Teacher Workday
    • 5th graders Moving Up to 6th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00 (invitation will be emailed)
    • 6th Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    • 8th Grade Graduation 8:00-9:30 (details coming soon)
    June 11: Teacher Workday
    • 6th graders Moving Up to 7th grade Zoom 9:30-10:00 (invitation will be emailed)
    • 7th Grade Drive Through Celebration 11-12:00 
    • 8th Grade Graduation Rain Date
    June 12: Teacher Workday
    • Official End of the 2019-2020 school year
    Thank you for your continued support.

    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director, Endeavor Charter School
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