A Letter To Topper Nation

A Letter to Topper Nation


March 20, 2020

Good Afternoon Science Hill Students and Families:

Let me begin by saying I hope you have enjoyed your Spring Break, in spite of the events taking place over the past few days in our region and nationally. As we prepare for what would normally be a return to the classroom on Monday, I wanted to relay to you a few some information concerning day-to-day operations at Science Hill and our plan to deliver our District-Wide “Continuity of Learning” initiative.

Students, over the past few days, district leaders, teacher tech leaders and Science Hill teachers have worked tirelessly to develop and prepare resources to help you stay engaged and maintain the academic skills you have attained this school year. Beginning Wednesday, March 25th, you will be able to log on to your Canvas account and take advantage of the learning and skill development opportunities available to you. Even though we are not physically in the building and in a traditional “face-to-face” environment, you will still have numerous opportunities to engage in the classroom content and connect with your teachers via “Office Hours”. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of taking responsibility and ownership of your learning at this significant time in your academic career. Discipline yourself to make a commitment each day to grow academically using the resources we provide. “Excellence” and “Empowerment” are critical to our vision at Science Hill and events at this time offer a tremendous opportunity for all of us to collectively demonstrate these characteristics.

Parents and families, we realize your high school student may have additional responsibilities at home during this closure and we want to do our part to help support you. Our teachers have been instructed to limit classwork activities to approximately 30 minutes per class (about 2 hours total) per day Monday through Friday. We also realize that this closure has significantly disrupted the routines of all our students. To help mitigate this disruption, we ask that you encourage your student to get outside when conditions allow, seek regular physical activity, take advantage of the closure to engage in creative pursuits and place some limits on non-educational screen time. We feel like these activities away from the remote learning environment can help our students maintain their focus when they return to engaging, academically focused activities.

We will be rolling out additional resources and information beginning Monday, March 23rd in preparation for our March 25th conversion to remote learning. During the closure, we will remain committed to offering your student robust and worthwhile learning activities. I am proud of the effort and commitment our teachers have demonstrated in preparing for this moment and I’m confident our students will rise to the challenge as well.


Todd Barnett