Planned Instruction -- K-4

Dear Elementary School Parents,

We hope you are staying safe and healthy. It’s been over a month since our schools have physically closed, and it’s amazing how much has changed in that short amount of time. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to transition into our new normal for the rest of this school year. 

All of our elementary teachers will be using Clever as the place to go to find assignments, lessons and videos. We’re off to a great start, but we know this transition isn’t seamless for everyone. If you are having difficulty, please use our Home Tech Help Line. 

Email: home_tech_help@butler.k12.pa.us
Phone Number: 724-214-3199
* Leave a message with your name and a contact phone number and somebody will return your call.

Next week, the elementary school students (grades K-4) are making the transition from “Enrichment and Review” to “Planned Instruction.”

So what does this change mean for you? 

  • Teachers will be sending instructional information to students, not just giving assignments. This instructional information may be a video, slides or other way to allow students to learn new concepts.

  • Weekly assignments will still be assigned by grade level content band and posted on the district website. They will also be posted on Clever in the grade level section.

  • Students will be responsible for completing assignments that were given to them through Clever.  Due dates will be assigned, but staff will be flexible and understanding in accepting assignments. While we understand that assignments may not be completed on the specific day they are assigned, we do expect that students will complete them by Monday of the next week.

  • Students are expected to participate online and submit assignments on a regular basis. Progress on assignments and assessments will be used to determine learning for the 4th quarter and will be reported on a new Remote Learning 4th Quarter report card.

  • Increased opportunities for teachers to meet with students in small and whole groups. This will occur using Google Meet. Please see the information below on how you can prepare to use Google Meet:

Google Meets for Students in Grades K-4 - Parent Handout.pdf

Grades for the fourth nine-week grading period will be determined as follows:

  • In ELA and Math, the focus of learning and assessment will be on the Critical Content we have identified as essential. We will be identifying if students:

    • achieved mastery of the Critical Content,

    • are progressing toward mastery of the Critical Content, or

    • did not attempt the Critical Content.

  • Learning in social studies and science will be exploratory and follow the normal curriculum. Assignments will focus on the application of newly learned content. 

  • Learning in special area subjects (music, art, library, STEAM and gym) will continue being hands-on and exploratory in nature.

K-4 Reports
 

Our goal is to keep our students engaged and learning throughout this closure. We are also taking steps to ensure that our students are prepared for success when we are able to return to their physical school buildings. We anticipate that students will move to the next grade if they are participating and progressing in their learning. We will be assessing students upon their return to school in the fall and will differentiate our instruction to meet their needs. 

We ask that all students do their best to participate. If your student is having trouble or starting to fall behind with his/her work, please reach out to your child’s teachers and make them aware of your situation. All teachers have office hours that are posted on the BASD website. We’ll work together to help all of our students achieve success during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely, 
Mrs. Theresa Cherry, Center Township Principal
Mrs. Hope Hull, Connoquenessing Principal
Mr. Matt Martinez, Northwest Principal & Summit Supporting Principal
Dr. Carrie Morgan-Davis, McQuistion Principal
Dr. Cassie Pencek, Emily Brittain Principal