See how film and photography students have been meeting and exceeding expectations in a video update from Mr. Willis.
Pick two lessons a day to read/view and keep a vocabulary journal of new terms.
Quick daily lessons to help you learn about a variety of science topics.
Pick one article, video, or infographic a day to watch and stay informed regarding how to protect yourself and others during this pandemic. REMEMBER....FOLLOW THE SCIENCE...we have a responsibility to ourselves and each other to stay informed. If you have questions, please email them your science teacher.
Recent highlights include an instructional exercise video for local students, work on the Zooniverse Anti-Slavery Manuscript Project, tree planting, bluebird box building, and a virtual 5K for a Girls School in Tanzania.
Marvelwood students continue to find meaningful and creative ways to help out in their local communities.
Athletic Director Zach Maizel '04 is watching The Last Dance and enjoying the nostalgia while sports are on hiatus.
Marvelwood students are finding meaningful and creative ways to help out and spread joy in their local communities.
The Student Newspaper is back for the spring term thanks to Kaleb YW '20!
We are grateful for a very thoughtful donation.
A poem by Gracia Galicia '23
- April 13, 2020 for Student & Parents
- April 4, 2020 from Ms. Hastings, Dean of Students
- March 30, 2020 for Students & Parents
- March 27, 2020 for Students
- March 18, 2020 for Students & Parents
April 13, 2020
Good afternoon Marvelwood Students and Parents,
Thank you to those of you that filled out the remote learning survey. Your feedback on how the first week of remote learning went last week was invaluable. Based on your feedback we have made some changes to the Remote Learning Schedule. Your student’s advisor previewed this schedule with them this morning. This new schedule will start tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14th with an advisor meeting at 10:25. Here are the changes we made:
- There will no longer be a Wednesday rotation. There will be a full day of classes on Wednesday as opposed to the half-day.
- We have given elective classes two synchronous meeting days (Monday and Wednesday).
- We have decreased the number of advisor meetings to two meetings per week (Tuesday and Friday).
- Community Service will have time on Wednesday mornings to meet before classes begin.
- There will now be ten minutes between classes to make the transition for both faculty and students easier.
- We added Athletics to the end of the day to remind students of their athletics obligation.
- Virtual office hours have been moved up and will occur from 7:00-8:15 pm.
We hope that these changes will make the schedule more understandable and allot time to each of the various portions of our program for which students earn credit. We appreciate your patience through this process.
Dr. Heather Hunt
April 4, 2020
A checklist from the Dean’s Office, in support of student success and wellness as an online learner.
Designate your learning space - away from distractions and not in your bed. This will help you focus and maintain a healthy balance (see next tip). Consider submitting a pic to us of your learning space!
Balance is always important, but especially now. Get up and move between classes. Stretch, walk around, drink lots of water. Give your body and brain a break from screen time.
Movement is so important for your wellbeing (stress, anxiety) and also your immune system (protection from COVID-19). You will have sport requirements for your spring term sports credit, as assigned by your coaches. There will also be fun social media challenges available to try. Do them all plus a little more! Set your own personal goal for daily movement and hold yourself accountable to that goal. If you can’t get outside, be creative with jumping jacks, burpees, etc. If you can get outside, go for it!
Keep a routine. Set an alarm, get dressed, etc - follow your morning routine as though you are on campus. Be at your designated learning space, dressed, with a water bottle and maybe a healthy snack, at least five minutes before your class begins so you are ready to learn! Dress code for online learning is relaxed but please dress appropriately - no illicit substance references, etc on your shirt. You can wear a hoodie! Yay! Keep the hood down so we can see your face in class, please.
Sleep hygiene! Turn off your devices and get to bed at a decent hour.
Help your student establish a designated area for learning - it doesn’t have to be a full office/desk space. Just a table or desk in a quiet area, away from distractions. Consider which way they face so that family members can feel comfortable walking through a room without being seen by an entire math class.
Wi-fi access is turned off at midnight for all students in the dorms. Consider establishing that practice at home also.
Blue light blocking glasses - consider purchasing an inexpensive pair (Amazon has them) for your student. This much screen time is not ideal for healthy sleep patterns and these glasses block the harmful blue light.
Balance for you as a parent - it will be tempting to hover. For your own well-being, find your balance between supporting and hovering. The Deans, advisors, and faculty are all prepared to help your student hold themselves accountable during this crisis situation. Try to let that happen and know that we will all need to give each other grace as we find our way through this.
This webinar offer came through to our community: Navigating Parenting and Learning in a Remote Environment. It’s free, offered by a reputable organization and may be helpful to you.
For Students and Parents:
Resource to check often on the website: eLearning
Photos and videos are being uploaded to the archive page on the website. Check the ‘Spring 2020 Online’ folder.
Surveys will go out separately to students and families at the end of the first week. We value your feedback.
Let us know how we can help you. We are all available to support this process and troubleshoot or lend an ear when something isn’t working.
Stay safe, and be well and healthy!
Dean for Parents
Dean of Students
March 30, 2020
Greetings Marvelwood Students and Parents,
In a little less than a week, we will all embark on our online learning journey. Every member of the Marvelwood community has been working diligently for the past several weeks to get this online program up and running. This week, teachers are sending invites to Google Classrooms, testing out their newly attained Zoom skills, and running lessons with each other to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
Along the way, we found that there were things that needed some adjustment, for example, our weekly Online Learning Schedule. This schedule has changed a little from the first version you were sent. We have reduced classes on Wednesdays to a half day. There will be a Wednesday 1 and Wednesday 2 rotation, much like what our Saturday rotation looked like in past terms. We have also added in some time for Community Service and adjusted the advisory time so that students in other time zones, especially our international students, can participate in these live sessions. Please take note of the bottom of the schedule. It shows which subjects will meet live (synchronously) on which days.
We have also decided to adjust our grading policy for the spring term to Pass/Fail. We are doing this in an attempt to increase engagement in the online learning process and at the same time decrease anxiety. Mr. Bingham, Director of College Counseling, wants to assure any anxious juniors and seniors (and their parents) that high schools all over the country are resorting to alternative means of assessing work as everyone is adjusting to distance learning. Colleges and universities will understand, especially since the majority of admission decisions will have been made by April 1st. In the event a question regarding a student's performance should arise, the schools will call us for clarification. Don't worry. College Counseling has your backs! The College Board also put out a statement recently which says, “We're heartened by those institutions that have already made clear, calming statements that emphasize flexibility in admissions at this time—encouraging students to submit as much information as they can and reassuring applicants that they will not be disadvantaged should they have to submit Pass/Fail grades for the spring, have incomplete extracurricular profiles, or miss a testing deadline”. Students and parents will have the option to petition for letter grades; more information on this process will be forthcoming.
In my last letter, I spoke about how faculty will be using Zoom to hold live (synchronous) classes. We will be recording all synchronous sessions (classes, advisory meetings, virtual office hour meetings, etc.) so that students can refer back to these lessons, or if they miss a lesson can watch them at a later date. As a result of having to record, we have updated our Media Release form. Please take a moment to fill out the required Media Release before the start of classes Monday, April 6th.
We have also created a Student helpdesk to help address technical issues that may arise. Students and parents can submit help tickets.
I know this is a great deal of information and that likely, there are many questions. I would like to give you the opportunity to ask those questions this week. On Friday, April 3rd from 6 pm -7 pm I will hold an Academic Office Facebook Live question and answer session on the Marvelwood School Facebook page. If you do not have a Facebook account, I will also hold an Academic Office Zoom question and answer session on Saturday, April 4th from 1 pm -2 pm.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the question and answer sessions. As always, feel free to email me. We look forward to “seeing” you all in classes next week.
Dr. Heather Hunt
March 27, 2020
We hope that this email finds you well, healthy, and safe. Staying home and following the guidelines we are given by the CDC and other agencies is the most important thing we can do right now, and absolutely fits in perfectly with one of our core values at Marvelwood - service. Our service in following those guidelines not only helps to keep us safe, but many others as well.
We also hope that you are enjoying the spring break extension but are ready to get back to learning in the new online format we’ve been building here on campus!
Academic Dean Dr. Heather Hunt will continue to be your top resource for the academic side of the spring term. Dr. Hunt will be hosting Q&A sessions next week for students and parents. Schedules and viewing specifics will be coming on Monday.
There is much more to life at Marvelwood than academics - this email provides an overview of what else we are building for all of you so that we may all stay connected.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates and fun challenges and pictures. Tag us in your pics - we’ve been using #pterodactylsathome!
Boardingware (you knew I would start there)
All existing Boardingware leave passes have been optimistically updated for the May 5 return to campus. You should be able to see that update if you log in to Boardingware, but you won’t be able to change the existing pass. No need to worry about that for now - we will work more on that mid-April. Please email deansoffice@marvelwood with your current physical location. We will be using that information to chart and accommodate time zones for the online learning experience.
Residential (Student) Life
On Tuesday, March 31st at 7:45 pm, students are invited to “check-in” with their dorm.
How? Each student will get an invitation in their school email from their dorm head via Zoom. We will use this face-to-face time to socialize and get ideas from students about what kind of fun programming ideas you have for us to connect with each other while we are apart. This will also be a great time for all of us to get more familiar with the Zoom platform. All residents from the dorm will be invited as well as all dorm faculty. We hope to see you there!
Important action item for online learning
All students must update their media release by April 6 as we transition to the online format. No need to print - it can be done entirely online. Submit media release
During this online phase, you can (and should!) stay active and fit at home. Mr. Maizel will be offering videos and fitness challenges - keep an eye out on social media.
This Wednesday, students will be emailed information about Community Service for the spring term. This will include an opportunity to sign up for alternative projects as well as suggest any of your own ideas. Feel free to send any questions or ideas in the meantime to the Community Service Team.
College counseling for juniors and seniors will continue virtually - watch for more information directly from the College Counseling office.
Your advisee group will move to Google Classroom! The online advisee classroom will be accessible to you and your parents and will serve as a resource for all of the information here, as well as that which is sent out by email. Advisory meetings will happen daily by Zoom and are built into your class schedule. We hope this will help us all feel connected and will give you the opportunity to check-in, ask questions, and give feedback on what is working and what needs improvement.
The Dean’s Office
The Dean’s Office is establishing online guidelines and expectations for respectful and productive online learning. These guidelines will be available in your advisory classroom for advisors to review with all students. We know that you will all want to be your very best selves in this new adventure - conduct, kindness, and attendance are more important now than ever. Concerns, ideas, and questions can be directed to the Deans Office. The Deans will also be available for video and phone calls or meetings throughout the spring term for check-ins, support, or conduct and attendance review meetings.
Dr. Kennedy will be available for check-ins and counseling sessions - email Dr. Kennedy to arrange a time to speak with him.
Take care of yourselves and take care of each other - we will see you all soon!
Dean of Students
Dean for Parents
Dear Marvelwood Families,
From Monday, April 6th through Thursday, April 9th, we will be asking students to engage in remote, online learning. We remain hopeful that we can still welcome students back to campus on April 13, but we also recognize the increasing likelihood that that may not remain a realistic goal. As a result, a large team of faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to put together an engaging, supportive, and mission-aligned online learning program for our students. This email contains a great deal of information regarding this program. Please be sure to read carefully.
We have come up with a new Online Learning Schedule that is attached to this email. Important things to note about this new schedule:
- We will use this schedule for the four remote learning days Monday, April 6th through Thursday, April 9th. In the event our remote learning continues beyond April 9th, classes will be held Monday through Friday.
- The academic day will begin at 11:00 am and will conclude at 4:30 pm. This is intentional in order to give consideration to those students living in different time zones.
- Blocks that were normally 40 minutes have been shortened to 25 minutes and the hour-long blocks have been shortened to 45 minutes.
- There is an hour break for lunch.
- A 15 minute advisory period has been built into each afternoon.
- You will notice a grid on the bottom which shows a synchronous class rotation schedule. What does this mean? Synchronous learning experiences happen in real-time. For example, on Mondays, English/ESL, Math, and Strategies will meet in real-time using the Zoom video platform. (See more info below on Zoom). Most classes will meet twice per week synchronously with the exception of math, which will meet three times per week.
- Strategies will meet synchronously every day in an effort to support our students in their remote learning.
- It will be up to the discretion of the AP teachers to determine how often they need to meet synchronously in order to cover their AP curriculum.
Zoom has been chosen as the video platform faculty will use to hold synchronous learning sessions. In the week before school begins, your student will be sent an invite to a Zoom meeting by their advisor. This invite will prompt the student to download the application (available on ios and android), or a quick file on to their computer. They should follow the on-screen instructions which will allow them to enter the session. Links will be provided to each synchronous class period through your student’s Google Classroom.
Your student will have a Google Classroom for each of their classes as well as for their advisory group. Many of the faculty have already been using Google Classroom with students. As the faculty set up their Google Classrooms, your student will begin to receive invites, through their Marvelwood Gmail account, to join. They should accept these invitations. No content will be available until April 6th.
If you, or your student, would like to learn more about Google Classroom please review this Google Classroom Tutorial for Students and Parents.
Homework & Classwork
Homework will be assigned on the days a class meets synchronously, or face-to-face, via Zoom. On the days classes meet asynchronously, work (classwork) will be assigned, that your student should be able to complete during the regularly scheduled block. Asynchronous means that work is not completed during a face-to-face interaction, but independently.
Teachers will continue to take daily attendance. On the days a class meets synchronously, via Zoom, teachers will mark students present if the student logs in to the Zoom session and takes part in the activities associated with that session. On the days the class meets asynchronously, students will be assigned independent work that they should complete and turn in by the end of the class period. When that work is turned in, students will be marked as present for that day.
If your student falls ill and is unable to attend classes or complete work, please email the nurses to report them as absent. We will make accommodations and give extensions on any work for those students who may fall ill.
Please stress to your student the importance of attending and engaging during class. We recognize the new challenges posed by this transition but will uphold our minimum attendance requirements for credit. Please refer to your Student-Parent Handbook for these guidelines.
Faculty will still post assignments and relevant materials on StudentConnect. Students should continue to use their StudentConnect to check their daily attendance, find class materials, and check for missing assignments. Spring term electives will be scheduled by early next week. A separate email will come out letting students know when their schedule is ready to be viewed.
It is our hope that this email will begin to answer some of the questions we know you all have. There is still more information forthcoming. Some parents have asked if there is anything that their student can work on during that last week of the break since it has been extended. This Suggested Activities for Students by Subject, includes activities students can complete. This is by no means mandatory but is encouraged to get students back into a school mindset.
We appreciate your patience through this process, and we recognize that there will be a learning curve for some. Please feel free to reach out to me, or Heather Hastings, Dean for Parents, if you have any questions. We are here to support you, and your student, through this new online learning process.
Dr. Heather Hunt