7:15 am: You arrive early to campus on this foggy Thursday morning to be sure you have enough time to see Mr. Nguyen during early morning office hours. Since Common Core standards have been part of your daily life for two years now, you know that you need to put in extra time because the math is different now and takes more time to actually solve real problems. You can clearly understand how people really use math in the real world now. If this were Spring 2018 (next semester), you would have your very first college course after lunch. So exciting!
7:45 am: You pass many familiar laughing and smiling faces as you walk to your first class, period 1 – English 9. After all, it’s year one at Unity MCHS and there are only 100 students right now. You are eager to pick up your Chrome book for the day, as this persuasive essay you have stayed up late creating your first draft, needed some refinement. At Unity MCHS, it’s like a family already and you know everyone so well. You are thankful that the activities in summer helped you to make friends before the first day of school. You think about how exciting it is to be one of the first graduating classes of Unity MCHS and thought of being able to take college courses next semester makes you almost forget where you are going. But you have to admit, it is nice not having bells for the start and end of class. It actually feels like…..college…..right now.
8:30 am: You just turned in the second draft of an argumentative essay you have been working on for the past three weeks. You enjoy how your English and World Geography teacher work together so each large assignment is coordinated between each class. English is your favorite subject and but you are also interest in design and math.
9:51 am: As you walk from English to Biology, you start to daydream and think about your 8th grade friends that did not go to Unity MCHS with you. Sometimes you miss them and wonder what your high school experience would be like if you went to a school with a large football team and lockers. You also believe you made the decision to come to Unity MCHS because you want to get a head start for college and believe Unity MCHS can provide this for you through all the adults who are so nice and caring.
12:00 pm: Before lunch is Family, and today is one of those days when a Community Circle seems like the right thing to do. Sometimes when everyone is needs insight and support, you do a Community Circle. It just helps. You believe that Family really lets you stay on top of your grades and you can work together on your project due next week.
12:30 pm: As family class ends, your stomach is also telling you that it is time for lunch. As you walk through campus to find an open table in the sunlight, you appreciate the calm, close, and familial atmosphere Unity MCHS provides. It’s easy to be yourself, like school, and talk about the difficult things.
3:00 pm: The official Unity MCHS end of the school day has arrived, but you are staying on campus. Even though tutoring is not mandatory because you have all As and Bs, you enjoy getting your homework done as soon as possible with your friends in your classes and teacher readily available to answer your questions. You quickly learned how much mental effort and time is required to be successful at Unity Middle College and working together on homework after school really helps.
Tomorrow is Friday, and you cannot wait for the Creation and Innovation lab to commence. As you experience a sampling of career pathway experiences this year in the 9 and 10th grade, you are almost positive you want to explore being an architect. Tomorrow should be fun, maybe a guest speaker, group challenge, hopefully both. As you think about your to-do list, you have a sense of pride and care for yourself, Unity MCHS, and your community.
As things continue to evolve and change at the state and local level, we can now confirm that Unity will remain closed through Spring Break, through April 12, 2020. Based on the governor’s press conference earlier this week, we are preparing for a longer closure and will keep families updated as this unfolds.
● Ms. Nieblas and Ms. Limon are reaching out to each Unity family by phone TODAY to verify they are receiving our messages, their child has access to internet, learning, and food as well as to help families troubleshoot any areas needed.
Today through April 3, 2020 - School Closed
● Through April 3rd, Unity students have the opportunity to revise, improve, and resubmit any past assignments they did not receive full credit on. This will ensure students can build on their previous knowledge rather than try to learn new content on their own.
● Teachers have already reached out to your student through Google Classroom.
● Family teachers will also communicate and check in on your students each week.
● On Friday April 3, 2020 families will receive the School wide Unity Distance Education Plan for instruction and special education service implementation for the coming weeks.
● If you have questions as it relates to your child accessing learning please reach out directly to Ms. Seth by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 313-509-8689
April 4, 2020 - April 12, 2020 - Spring Break
● Our school and office are closed and teachers/staff will be on break.
● If you need urgent assistance during this time please email Dr. Craig email@example.com AND Ms. Seth firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 13, 2020 - Online Distance Education and Special Education Services Begin
● The Schoolwide Distance Education Plan including special education services provided will be emailed to our Unity families and students before Spring Break and begin on Monday April 13, 2020.
● This plan will include details about how students will learn, communicate with their teachers, submit assignments, and most importantly get the help they need.
Students with Disabilities
● Our goal is to continue to provide each student with equity and access through innovation for their education and services during this time.
● Between now and April 3rd, Mr. Casperson and Mr. Trulin will continue to reach out to our students with disabilities to provide them with service and support on their past assignments and any past work.
● Unity is currently working with their special education service providers to develop a plan for “remote services”. This plan will be communicated to families on or before April 3, 2020 and will begin on April 13, 2020.
● If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to Mr. Casperson and Ms. Seth.
School Events Including Spring Picnic
● All school events until the end of April have been canceled (to be rescheduled).
● As things continue to change, we will keep you updated on events in May and June.
● Students, please practice social distancing even though hanging out with your friends is more fun.
● We do not have answers about Graduation 2020 and activities yet, so please be patient with us. As soon as we receive more information from the state and county, we will share that information with you. We can’t wait to celebrate your success!
● Our goal is to celebrate the graduating class of 2020, we ultimately want to make sure everyone is safe.
Students Taking College at SCC
● Students should now be working online for their SCC classes and should check their emails and Canvas for further information from SCC and individual professors.
● Students who need support with wifi should contact Ms. Seth.
● Ms. Seth will still be doing college grade checks every other week with students via email. Student Meals Each School Day
● Throughout the closure on school days each week, Unity students can go to the Orange United
Schools listed below for:
○ Grab-N-Go Breakfast from 8 am to 10 am &
○ Grab-N-Go Lunch 10 am to noon
● Locations serving food are:
○ Handy, California, Esplanade, Taft, Yorba, & Lampson Elementary Schools
○ Portola Middle School
○ Orange HS, El Modena HS, & Canyon HS. (served out of snack bars, not in the cafeteria or multipurpose rooms, to prevent students gathering)
● Students are not allowed to stay on campus or congregate to consume meals and must be present to pick up food. We are in this together as a Unity family, and we will get through this. Thank you for your responsiveness, support, and ongoing communication. As always, please reach out to us and let us know what you and your family need. Stay safe and take care of your loved ones.