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:  HS Science

Here are 5-15 free online resources you may enjoy visiting over the next couple of weeks:

 

Mrs. Cummings’ Activities

1)   Research ideas. Be sure to use reputable sites and not social media posts.

FACT OR FICTION

  • Dogs can get the corona virus.
  • People can get the corona virus from touching something an infected person has touched.
  • Antibiotics will cure the corona virus just like they cure the flu.
  • Fruits and vegetables in smoothies will keep you from catching the virus.
  • Warmer weather will get rid of the virus.

OR go more in depth,

What exactly is a virus? How does it work? Once in your body, what does it do? How does it spread?

2)   Research how to make your own hand sanitizer. Try one or 2 of the recipes. Compare them by how easy they are to make and how likely it is that people will be able to get the raw materials to make them. Websites to try:
https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-make-hand-sanitizer

3)   A weeks worth of activities for stem activities you can do at home can be found at bit.ly/vivify-resources.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54807be6e4b053bc20c8b2a0/t/5e7438084cfd2b23949ea7cd/1584674833449/Take-Home+STEM+Packet.pdf

4)   The National Parks are offering virtual tours. They can be found at:
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/virtual-national-parks-tours
https://upgradedpoints.com/virtual-tours-of-national-parks-in-us

5)   Also at the National Parks, they have live web cams. Old Faithful (the geyser) can be found at Yellowstone National Parks website https://www.yellowstone.co/allwebcams.htm

6)   Interesting videos about chemistry in everyday life can be found at:
https://iowa.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/fluorescent-flowers-reactions/fluorescent-flowers-reactions/

7)   AP Chemistry can try these activities on acids and bases.
http://www.nclark.net/AcidsBases.html

8)   Physics fun videos:
https://iowa.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.phys.energy.glassbreak/glass-breaking-with-sound/
https://iowa.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/science-monster-physics-girl/science-monster-physics-girl/
https://iowa.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nvnw-sci-spectra/using-light-signatures-in-the-search-for-alien-life-nova-wonders-are-we-alone/

 

Mr. Cain’s Activities

Physical Science

Astronomy

 

Mr. Slemmons’ Activities

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

Earth Science
We previously had an assessment over the Big Bang Theory and Solar Nebula Theory.  Here are 5 links to get us a head start on studying the planets.

Biology
Check out these links for a deeper look into symbiotic relationships in nature.

Biomed
Keeping tabs on the Corona virus.

Advanced Biology
Are animals safe from Corona virus?

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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