Hello Parents and Guardians,
The NYCDOE has created a tool to help you find places around your area to pick up “Grab and Go” meals for your kids. No registration, ID, or documentation will be required, and all three meals may be picked up at the same time. Parents and Guardians may pick up meals for their children if they please.
I recommend you bookmark the site or share it with other friends and family when you get the change.
We are thinking of all of you during these challenging and uncertain times. As we navigate through uncharted territories, let us remember that we are a community and distance does not mean that we need to be distant.
UAMA is committed to ensuring that our students have access to the daily rigorous instruction and emotional support they are accustomed to while we practice remote learning. This email will lay out our most immediate next steps, as well as provide resources we hope will be helpful to you and your family during this crisis.
In order to best support our community we will use the uamusicandart.org website as the main hub for conveying information, posting updates, and as an access portal to our remote learning platform. Please make sure that you are checking the website daily for news and updates. We will also us the Kinvolved texting platform to communicate directly to parents and students with links to any new update.
During this time of remote learning, it is imperative that we have the most up-to-date contact information for both our parents and students. Our staff have spent that last 24 hours reaching out to all of our households to ensure that we have current email addresses and cell phone numbers. If you have not heard from us, it is because we have not been able to reach you. Please immediately fill out this link Parent Contact Form so that we can effectively communicate with you.
Below we have organized under specific headings how remote learning will be rolled out and how families may obtain technology. We are here to support you during these uncertain times so please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance.
Our thoughts are with you.
Please be well,
Paul Jonathan Thompson
Urban Assembly School of Music and Art
On March 19, 2020 we will be providing laptops to families that need them. We have a limited number of resources and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. Parents will need to be present and fill out the STUDENT DEVICE LOAN AGREEMENT in order to obtain a laptop. Please email our Parent Coordinator, Cierra Copeland email@example.com if you need a laptop.
Also on March 19, 2020 between 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM we will have available Hot Spot devices in order for students to access to access the internet. They will also be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
All remote instruction will be conducted through Google Classroom. This is a technology that all of our teachers have employed for a number of years so this will not be new for students. In order to access Google Classroom every student has an individualized UAMA Gmail account that they use to access all of their classes. Parents can access all of their student’s classes and see their work deliverables through their students account. If you want Guardian Access to your students Google Classroom you must request access by emailing the teacher of the course directly. Once they receive you request they will invite you to have Guardian Access.
General Instructional Philosophy
At UAMA we believe that the most powerful work we can be engaged is building our students analytical skills so that they can effectively navigate the dominant culture. The most effective way of doing this is by building their ability to be proficient readers, writers, and their capacity to build coherent and reasoned arguments. Toward this end all lessons, curriculum planning and team meeting time is dedicated to improving students’ skills in these three areas. This focus builds our students’ literacy and requires students to employ these three modalities to independently complete complex tasks. To achieve this, students are responsible for completing a marking period deliverable that includes the writing of an augmentative essay. All of this is to say, that as we engage in remote learning, all students will be responsible for reading rigorous texts that their teachers will organize, doing copious amounts or writing – either through daily free writes and the Marking Period Deliverable, and engaging in discussions through video conferencing centered around developing and defending a point of view.
All UAMA courses utilize Google Classroom to present student facing materials (documents, playlist readings, activities, prompts, etc.) daily, weekly, and marking period deliverables (daily response posts, google classroom questions and peer replies), and Projects (all student work builds toward the demonstration of Five Key Cognitive Strategies (KCS) Proficiency in End of Marking Period and End of Course Mastery Based Projects).
At UAMA we believe that learning does not stop in the classroom or during the school period/day. Students have 24hour access to all materials through the online learning platforms already employed across the school.
All learning activities are divided into two learning formats:
- Synchronous learning which refers to a learning event in which a group of students are engaging in learning at the same time, like video conferencing.
- Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place among a network of people.
Teachers will be available online to students for instructional supports during specific “office hours” of availability to respond directly to student needs. During office hours teachers will be available for 4 hours a week to provide direct instruction through Goggle Meets, a live on-line video conferencing platform. Below is the schedule for office hours:
- HUMANITIES & MUSIC MONDAY & WEDNESDAY
10:00 – 11:00 AM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
- STEM & PHYS ED TUESDAY & THURSDAY
10:00 – 11:00 AM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
- BARD Sequence EVERYDAY MON-THURS
AM 9:00 – 10:00
- Peer Group Collective FRIDAY
Asynchronous instruction includes all of the direct student-centered work students are responsible for completing independently. Examples of this include:
- Daily Free-write Prompts (approx. 15-20 minutes a day, 75-100 minutes a week)
- Weekly Reading and Response (1 hour a day, 5 hours a week) from a playlist of curated rigorous readings posted weekly on google classroom
- Students select a minimum of two texts to read and respond to using a dialectical model providing evidence from the text used to support a claim the student is making based on response to a course essential question, OR evidence is analyzed by the student to demonstrate how the text connects to course essential questions
- Student post responses to multiple peers’ replies
- Weekly / Marking Period Deliverable (approx. 5 hours a week)
Hi UAMA Families,
This is the tentative schedule for our remote learning courses. This schedule is subject to change. Please continue checking the UAMA website for updates.
In an effort to make this transition to online learning as smooth as possible, we will be providing laptops to families that need them. We have a limited number of resources and they will be distributed tomorrow, March 19, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM on a first come first serve basis in the lobby. Parents will need to come pick up the laptop and sign the Student Device Loan Agreement. The form is attached below. Please contact our parent coordinator, Cierra Copeland, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
We are currently reaching out to you in order to make sure we have accurate contact information from you. If you have changed your phone number, email, or address, please use this contact form linked below.
After you finish filling out the form, we will reach out to you to make sure the information provided is correct.
As announced this evening in a press conference, the Mayor has closed all NYCDOE schools due to the COVID 19 virus until April 20th. I am learning of this like many of you through the press conference and the information provided on the NYCDOE website. Below I will include the guidance that the DOE has provided and will continue to update our community of the latest news when I become aware.
The best way we can care for each other right now is to practice socially distancing. We are all concerned about those members of our community who are most dependent on our schools for support and services, and we are working diligently to obtain information about how we can best support our community members.
Also, because the city’s guidance is changing minute to minute, please stay tuned for any developments. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any question.
Please be well,
Paul Jonathan Thompson
Urban Assembly School of Music and Art
Tonight’s NYCDOE Announcement:
Monday, March 16, 2020
Tomorrow, March 16, there will be a one-day full system closure, however breakfast and lunch will be available at every building through Grab-and-Go meals.
From Tuesday through Thursday, teachers and administrators will participate in professional development on remote learning, and students will begin picking up materials for continued instruction. Grab-and-Go meals will be available for students at all schools until further notice.
The schedule, as we move to remote learning, is as follows:
- Monday, March 16: Citywide closure. Students, teachers, and principals do not report.
- Tuesday, March 17: Thursday, March 19: All staff reports. Teachers and principals participate in professional development on remote learning.
- Thursday, March 19-Friday, March 20: Students who need it will be able to begin process of picking up the technology necessary for remote learning. More guidance to families will be sent this week.
- Monday, March 23: Remote learning launches, with additional guidance provided throughout the week of the 23.
Monday, March 23, 2020
Effective Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers will be available for the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and our most vulnerable populations, with more details to follow. Additionally, remote learning will go into effect for grades K-12. DOE will support schools at all levels of readiness to deliver remote learning, and more information will be provided to families about online platforms.
In light of the reccent updates regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are sharing with you 3 documents prodived by the Chanccellor Carranza. The will be linked below:
- Backpack Letter Regarding Actions Taken By The City
- Stop The Spread Flying – A flyer showing ways you can help stop spreading of the virus
- Coronavirus FAQ – Document containg answers to frequently asked questions
For further updates, visit the InfoHub Coronavirus Communications page. We strongly recommend you bookmark this page for ongoing updates.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed possible options for what could happen if there is local person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United States, including recommendations for school systems to consider.
At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York City and the risk to New Yorkers remains low.
However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised our level of concern, and we are preparing for the possibility of person-to-person transmission in New York City. The measures that are put in place should local person-to-person transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected and the general severity of illness we experience in our city. Our public health experts are vigilantly preparing for a spectrum of possible scenarios, and we are in close contact with them regarding how that may impact our school communities. There are no plans to close schools at this time.
This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day to day life, and the decision to implement will be at the direction of public health experts.All students and staff should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:
All students and staff should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:
- Cover your cought or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let
Students will be heading home with the above letter in their backpack, as well as these Cornoavirus FAQ’s for helpful information regarding common questions about the coronavirus, if possible today or latest tomorrow. If you are able to share the letter and FAQs electronically with your school community, we encourage you to do so. It is up to all of us to ensure school communities are informed of the facts in order to stay aware of the latest updates, and also to help guard against stigma and fear associated with the virus. Translated versions of the letter will be made available shortly on the DOE’s website.
The open house for today (November 25th) has been cancelled. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.
The open house for today has been cancelled. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.