Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we navigate these uncharted waters together, there are so many questions that are unanswered. We appreciate your patience with us as we continue planning what is best for our district and your children. We understand the closure of schools puts many of you in hardship, and we ask for your understanding and ability to give grace to all during this unprecedented time.

In accordance with the Iowa Department of Education guidance, online learning options cannot be required. Therefore, we do not plan to provide online educational services (as this would continue to widen the learning gap for those unable to participate) but instead will provide some online resources. While we will not be listing online resources your child may have already had access to during the regular school year, students are not prohibited from using those at home.  We will not be sending home any type of “packet/worksheets” as a substitute for our quality learning environment.

We will be providing some suggestions or resource ideas if your children are able to continue learning in this temporary new normal at home. These are ONLY suggestions; it’s okay to just survive and cope together without adding the stress of recreating a school environment at home. With that being said, establishing some sort of daily routine/schedule can be very helpful to children in this uncertain time.  Fullest consideration should be given to your family’s health and well-being, so please do not feel pressured to utilize these resources or suggestions if they do not assist your family’s needs.

 

Subject Area:  English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12, English Electives

Here are  free online resources you may enjoy visiting over the next couple of weeks:

 

Reading support:            

  • Author Kelly Gallagher’s current Article of the Week “Pandemic: What Comes Next?”

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/52eec360e4b0c81c80749630/t/5e767d20e8ff44374cf8bb5b/1584823584888/AoW+1920_29+Pandemic+What%27s+Next%3F.pdf

  • West Branch EBooks
    • We have eBooks available through the library catalog (wbcs.follettdestiny.com).
      • Click on High School and then do a search of the catalog for “ebook”
      • Books that are part of our library collection have this symbol – the E is blue, the box is white.
      • To download, you will need a login and password. Login is the same as the first part of your email address, before the @ symbol. Password is initially set to “password” and you can change it. If you can’t get in, please email Mrs. Olson (jolson@west-branch.k12.ia.us)
    • We also have eBooks in the library catalog that are from MackinVia.
      • They are indicated with a blue box and a white E. Those can be accessed through the library catalog by using a MackinVia backpack. Everyone should have one set up. When the MackinVia page pops up, search for West Branch High School.
      • Your username is the same as above (the part of your email address before the @) and your password is initially set to “bears”. You can change it. Useful video: https://help.mackinvia.com/video/
    • AEA Online Resources
      • Lots of online resources are available linked from the library webpage: tinyurl.com/wbcslibrary
      • AEA Databases/online resources
        • Login: 6930wbhs
        • Password: aea10
        • EXCEPT Ebsco password: aea10!

 

Writing support:

 

Skill development:

We will continue to communicate as we get additional information and we look forward to seeing students in school on April 13th. Continue to practice patience and resiliency for each other during this time.

Thank you,
WBHS Staff

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the West Branch Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have any questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the Dave Hlas, Elementary Principal, 148 North Oliphant St., West Branch, IA 52358, 319-643-7211, dhlas@west-branch.k12.ia.us

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