(A letter to students, parents, and guardians from Dr. William Miller, director of curriculum and instruction)
June 15, 2020
Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,
On behalf of the faculty at Ottawa Hills Local Schools, I am happy to launch the 2020 Summer Learning Plan (SLP). It was created to help interested students and families think about and prepare for the next school year.
The extraordinary circumstances surrounding the end of the 2019-2020 school year may have some students and parents anxious about starting the next. To address those concerns, the district’s faculty and administration worked together to create the SLP. Its purpose is to help answer the question: “What skills do I need to successfully start the next school year?”
The plan will be accessible on the district website from Monday, June 15, through Friday, Aug. 7, as a Google Doc that has just two primary pages:
Page 1: Voluntary Learning Opportunities
The first page contains links to curated or teacher-created learning activities (existing as separate pages) that are organized by grade (K-12) and subject. The material represents the academic skills expected of incoming students this fall. This is not required work and will not be graded. Instead, the activities are opportunities for students in grades K-12 to review, refresh, and maintain skills they most likely already possess.
Not all classes are represented on page 1, but there is something for everyone. Many activities also include opportunities to ask questions of a teacher via email or during virtual “office hours” this summer.
Reviewing and completing content on the linked pages from Page 1 may give students and parents a peace of mind and a sense of control over academic preparedness. But whether or not students complete any of the voluntary activities, the OH faculty are excited to start working with them during the 2020-2021 school year!
Page 2: Required Assignments and Other Resources
The top half of this page lists those courses at the Junior/Senior High School (grades 7-12) that involve summer homework. If you are enrolled in one of these courses, then assignments on the pages linked from here are required. Please read the assignments carefully and communicate with the assigning teacher about any questions you may have.
The bottom half provides other resources you may find helpful in your summer academic pursuits.
We invite you to explore the links on these pages. But above all, we encourage you to take time to enjoy the summer!
Bill Miller, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Ottawa Hills Local Schools