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ZCSD
Continuous Learning Plan

Letter from Superintendent Devillier

April 9, 2020

Dear Zachary Families,

We hope this letter finds each of you healthy and well. Based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and our elected leaders, public schools across the state of Louisiana will remain closed through April 30, 2020. We know that these are anxious times for everyone in our community. As a school district, our priority continues to be the health and well-being of not only our students but also our families.

The last few weeks have not been easy. Many of you are still working, dealing with other concerns, and assisting your students with home learning activities. Please do not stress over the online and/or printed resources that we are providing to you for your children. We understand that everyone is at a different point in utilizing the resources to ensure continuous learning.

The goal of the Zachary Community School District is to continue to provide instructional resources to keep our students engaged in learning. We expect that you will design a schedule that works best for your family. These academic resources were designed with total flexibility in mind.  Please know we are here to help, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as our district continues to adjust to this unchartered journey. During these challenging times, our school system continues to work to support our families in every way that we can.

Our Continuous Learning Plan defines our emphasis on ensuring that students are provided for academically during this unprecedented closure.  A wide range of options are available and ready to be used through our Phase I and Phase II of the Continuous Learning Plan.

  • Phase I began on March 16, 2020 and extends through April 9, 2020. This phase consists of at-home packets, online learning resources, and resources provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.
  • Phase II will begin on April 20, 2020, following our scheduled Spring Break and will extend until the end of the school closure. Phase I resources will continue to be available. Phase II consists of online platforms and grade-level specific lessons that address the remaining identified priority skills/standards needed to continue student learning in their current grade.

We have also provided other relevant information in our plan, including grading guidelines. As we receive guidance and information from the LDOE, we will continue to update you. The ZCSD is committed to ensuring that we do what is best for our students. Our students and families are very important to us, and we want to provide you with every opportunity for success. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at communications@zacharyschools.org. You are also free to contact me directly at scott.devillier@zacharyschools.org.

 

Sincerely,
Scott Devillier, Superintendent

Phase I: Pre-K-12th grade
March 16 - April 9, 2020

LPB
Louisiana Department of Education Resources
Pre-K - 12th grade

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education and collaboration with PBS stations nationwide, is providing resources to continue learning at home.

LPB and other public media stations have prepared broadcast programming and digital resources that provide continued at-home learning, which addresses state and national standards.

Click here for more information.
Click here for LPB Schedule.

ZCSD At-Home Learning Online Resources
Pre-K - 12th grade

The Zachary Community School District is providing a listing of online resources that assist students as they review appropriate grade-level skills during this closure.

The “online resources” listed on our At-Home Learning Page are organized by school and are intended to help support home learning.

In addition to the grade-level and ancillary content resources, we have included support for our Diverse Learners.

Click here to find the “Online Resources” for each school.

ZCSD At-Home Learning Packets
Pre-K - 12th grade

The Zachary Community School District is providing at-home packets for PreK – 12th-grade studentsElectronic copies of these packets are also available on our at-home learning webpage.     

Click here to find our At-Home Paper Packets.

If you were not able to obtain your packet on pick up day, please email your child’s name, grade level, your name and phone number to communications@zacharyschools.org.

Phase II: Pre-K
April 20th - End of School Closure

Pre-Kindergarten Lessons

Zachary Early Learning Center Pre-Kindergarten teachers will provide lessons that address the remaining identified priority skills/standards needed to prepare our students for Kindergarten.   

These lessons may include:

  • Video Lessons (ZCSD Mini-Lesson Videos)
  • Activities

Lessons are pre-recorded and designed with flexibility in mind. Your child’s teacher will provide weekly announcements of these lessons beginning April 20, 2020. 

Lessons will be available on our At-Home learning page and through your teacher.

Pre-K Other Online Learning Platforms

ZCSD recommends that Pre-K students work a minimum of 15 minutes daily or 75 minutes weekly using online resources.

Frog Street, ZCSD’s Pre-K curriculum, is offering families free at-home access to research-proven learning resources.

Click here to access the Frog Street online library for extra books you can read with your child.

Click here to access Frog Street online games your child can play to reinforce pre-kindergarten skills.

Parents, you must register for an account using your personal email.

Phase II: Kindergarten - 4th grade
April 20th - End of School Closure

K-4th Grade Lessons

Northwestern, Rollins Place, and Zachary Elementary Schools’ K-4th grade teachers will provide lessons that address the remaining identified priority skills/standards needed to prepare our students for the next grade level.   

Lessons may include the following but not limited to:

  • Pre-Learning/Background Knowledge Activities
  • Video Lessons (ZCSD Mini-Lesson Videos or Tier I Curriculum Videos)
  • Practice Activities
  • Extra Support
  • Enrichment
  • Independent Reading

Lessons are pre-recorded and designed with flexibility in mind. Your child’s teacher will provide announcements of these lessons beginning April 20, 2020. Teachers will share more information on how 1st – 4th grade students will have the opportunity to improve their current grades. Lessons will be located on our At-Home learning page and through your teacher.

Edgenuity - Pathblazer

Kindergarten Recommended Time: 75 minutes weekly Math & ELA combined
1st  – 3rd Grade Recommended Time: 1.0 hour weekly for ELA and 1.0 hour weekly for Math
4th Grade Recommended Time: 1.5 hours weekly for ELA and 1.5 hours weekly for Math

In addition to the lessons mentioned above, students in grades K- 4 may utilize Edgenuity Pathblazer.

Edgenuity Pathblazer provides: 

  • Direct Instruction & Supported Practice: Engaging on-screen instructional videos teach students about a skill or concept. Students are presented with examples, modeling, and real-world contexts in a dynamic and fun environment.   Students then have the opportunity to practice the skill they were just taught.
  • Independent Practice: As students work through an activity, the support and help they receive are reduced so that they can work more on their own.

Elementary schools will have more information on student Edgenuity Pathblazer access on April 20, 2020.

For Student Access, click here. Coming Soon

Phase II: 5th - 6th grade
April 20th - End of School Closure

5th & 6th grade Lessons

Copper Mill Elementary teachers will provide lessons that address the remaining identified priority skills/standards needed to prepare our students for the next grade level.   

Lessons may include the following but not limited to:

  • Pre-Learning/Background Knowledge Activities
  • Video Lessons (ZCSD Mini-Lesson Videos or Tier I Curriculum Videos)
  • Extra Support
  • Enrichment
  • Independent Reading

Lessons are pre-recorded and designed with flexibility in mind. Your child’s teacher will provide weekly announcements of these lessons beginning April 20, 2020.
Teachers will share more information on how students will have the opportunity to improve their current grades.
Lessons will be located on our At-Home learning page and through your teacher.

iReady

5th – 6th grade Recommended Time: 1.5 hours weekly for ELA and 1.5 hours weekly for Math

In addition to the lessons mentioned above, students in 5th – 6th grade may utilize iReady:

The iREADY system is an online instructional resource for students to receive grade-level direct instruction, interactive instruction, practice problems, and quizzes online.

  • Personalized Instruction: Personalized instruction delivers powerful online lessons that motivate students on their paths to proficiency and growth. i-Ready’s online lessons in Reading and Mathematics provide tailored instruction that meets students where they are in their journey and encourages them as they develop new skills.
    • Assigned lessons will appear on the students’ dashboards and can be completed at the individual pace of the learner.
    • Instructional videos present the content, engaging students through questions which students have the opportunity to answer before receiving feedback.

Students access iREADY from Copper Mill Elementary Symbaloo Launch page.
Lessons are currently assigned and monitored each week by CME staff.
Instructions for iREADY can be found here.

Phase II: 7th - 8th grade
April 20th - End of School Closure

Middle School Moodle Lessons

Beginning April 20, 2020, teachers will offer continuous learning opportunities via Moodle.

Lessons may include the following but not limited to:

  • Discussion boards
  • Reading assignments and written summaries
  • Project-based assignments
  • Video projects

These lessons will offer an opportunity for ALL students to improve their 2nd semester grade.

Additional opportunities to improve letter grades may also be obtained through Edgenuity.
Please see the grading section below for more information

Edgenuity Courseware

7th  – 8th Grade Recommended Time: 1.5 hours weekly for ELA and 1.5 hours weekly for Math

In addition to the Moodle lessons mentioned, students in 7th – 8th grade may utilize Edgenuity:

  • Edgenuity Courseware™ offers rigorous ELA, math, science, social studies, and elective courses.
  • Engaging, direct-instruction videos, and a mix of supported and independent practice keep students motivated as they learn and help them master skills so they can move on to a more complex concept.
  • A focus on self-paced learning gives students the flexibility and freedom to work as quickly as they’d like to or take extra time to make sure they understand the skills and concepts that are covered.

NMS will share more information on student Edgenuity access on April 20, 2020.

For Student Access, click here.

For Edgenuity logistical concerns, students are to email Ms. Janelle Young for assistance.

Phase II: 9th - 12th grade
April 20th - End of School Closure

High School Moodle Lessons

Beginning April 20,2020, teachers will offer continuous learning opportunities via Moodle.

Lessons may include the following but not limited to:

  • Discussion boards
  • Reading assignments and written summaries
  • Project-based assignments
  • Video projects

These lessons will offer an opportunity for ALL students to improve their 2nd semester grade.

Additional opportunities to improve letter grades may also be obtained through Edgenuity.

Please see the grading section below for more information.

Edgenuity Courseware

In addition to the Moodle lessons mentioned above, high school students may utilize Edgenuity.  In addition to the core classes provided through the Edgenuity platform, CTE, General Electives, Test Prep, and Core Electives are available. 

  • Edgenuity offers a wide variety of online courses and learning opportunities.
  • Engaging core curriculum and elective courses are designed to help students in grades 9–12 meet state standards.
  • Rigorous, interactive courses keep students focused on the content they need to learn and foster the advanced critical thinking and analytical skills needed in post-secondary education.

ZHS will share more information on student Edgenuity access on April 20, 2020.

For Student Access, click here.

For Edgenuity logistical concerns, students are to email their counselors for assistance:

Students Contact
  9th Grade Students    Chandra Martin
10th Grade Students  Shae Lipsomb 
11th Grade Students  Megan Kirkindoll 
12th Grade Students  Frank Phinney 

ACT Preparation

ACT Online Preparation (AOP) Program

To support continued ACT practice and preparation, the Zachary Community School District has enrolled 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students in the ACT Online Preparation (AOP) program. The program provides flexible/personalized learning paths, thousands of practice questions, two full-length tests, and online or mobile app access. Students received an activation email from noreply@onlineprep.act.org on March 19, 2020.

After setting up their accounts, students can access this resource at https://onlineprep.act.org/ by logging in with their “Zachary email address” and the password created during account activation. If students need login assistance, please email Karin Lawless at karin.lawless@zacharyschools.org with the subject line “ZHS ACT Online Prep.”

Click here for more information.

Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement

Dual Enrollment

All dual enrollment high school courses have continued online. The ZHS Administration and teachers will continue to be in contact directly with these students to assist in ensuring their continued success.

Note:
All students currently enrolled in dual enrollment may choose one of the following three options for Spring 2020, relative to the college credit portion of the course:

  • Complete the college coursework online during the Spring semester 2020 with a final grade; OR,
  • Transition the course status to “in-progress” or ”incomplete” and complete by August 31, 2020 (if “in- progress” or “incomplete” are selected, the course will end in a final grade); OR,
  • Withdraw from the course via an “Administrative Withdrawal” (no grades are posted to the student’s college transcript/record).

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement Teachers are in direct contact with students regarding Advanced Placement Information and Resources.

The ZHS teachers continue to provide instructional assistance and guidance to AP students as they continue to prepare for exams.

To find more information about this year’s AP exams, please click here for Updates for AP Students Affected by Coronavirus.

Technology

ZCSD Help Desk

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the Zachary Community School District, in partnership with MIS Technology, will be providing a help desk to all ZCSD parents, students, and employees. Our Technology Team will be available to assist with technology needs to support academic programs.

The support will consist of:
• Internet Assistance
• Office 365 (Microsoft Teams and Email)
• Laptop/Desktop Troubleshooting

MIS Technology Help Desk: (225) 286-7803
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Need a technology device? Email communications@zacharyschools.org.

Internet

The FCC Chairman has launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which many broadband carriers have signed.

Its core provisions will:  

  • Not terminate services to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • Open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

 Home Internet Offers:

Grading

The Zachary Community School System’s primary goal is to provide a continuous learning plan that ensures ongoing academic growth while our school facilities are closed.  

Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by COVID-19, grading policy and course credit changes have been implemented that will affect the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • Current student grades have been calculated based on student’s previous work as of March 13, 2020.
    • We will continue to provide instructional resources to our students, giving ALL students the opportunity to improve their grades and/or to avoid failing a class.
    • Students are encouraged to participate in this continuous learning platform. However, assignments are optional.
  • No student grade at the end of second semester can be lower than the grade earned in a class by March 13, 2020.
  • All work submitted after March 13, 2020, can only have a positive impact on a student’s grade.
  • Students will be excused for any lesson that does not have a positive impact on their grade. 

Below you will find a listing of opportunities that students will have. Your child’s teachers will provide details about the weekly opportunities in his/her classes. 

1st-6th grade Opportunities

Date Assignments
Due May 4, 2020 Teacher Assigned Activity # 1
May 4, 2020 Edgenuity/iReady (ELA/Math) Lab grade will be based on each student’s participation.

  • 1st – 3rd Grade:   Recommend Minimum of 1 hour weekly in ELA and 1 hour weekly in Math
  • 4th – 6th Grade:   Recommend Minimum of 1.5 hours weekly in ELA and 1.5 hours weekly in Math
Due May 18, 2020 Teacher Assigned Activity #2
May 21, 2020 Edgenuity/iReady (ELA/Math) Lab grade will be based on each student’s participation.

  • 1st – 3rd Grade:   Recommend Minimum of 1 hour weekly in ELA and 1 hour weekly in Math
  • 4th – 6th Grade:   Recommend Minimum of 1.5 hours weekly in ELA and 1.5 hours weekly in Math

7th-12th grade Opportunities

Date Assignments
Week of April 20, 2020 Teachers will post Moodle Assignment #1
April 27, 2020 Moodle Assignment #1 Due
Week of April 27, 2020 Teachers will post Moodle Assignment #2
May 4, 2020 Moodle Assignment #2 Due 
Week of May 4, 2020 Teachers will post Moodle Assignment #3
May 11, 2020 Moodle Assignment #3 Due
Week of May 11, 2020 Teacher will post Moodle Assignment #4
May 18, 2020 Moodle Assignment #4 Due 
May 21, 2020 Edgenuity Lab grade will be based on each student’s participation
(Recommended Minimum of 2 hours weekly per class.)

*If a parent has questions about grading, please contact your child’s teacher. Teachers have the most accurate details regarding your student’s academic progress. If you need additional help, please contact your principal. ZCSD educators will continue to work in the best interest of your child.

Communications and Contact Information

District, School and Teacher Level Communications

During this unprecedented and fluid situation, the Zachary Community School District (ZCSD) will continue to provide regular communication to families. The Zachary Community School District will stay in contact with you using our JCampus text/email system.

Our schools and teachers will stay in contact using ZCSD District Email, Remind, ClassDojo, Seesaw, Moodle, and Microsoft Teams.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us:

Locations Phone Numbers
Zachary Community School District
Communications@zacharyschools.org
(225) 658-4969

 

Student Support Services Department
Questions Regarding Gifted & Talented, English
Learners, & Student w/Disabilities
Aeneid Mason, Director
aeneid.mason@zacharyschools.org
(225) 658-7377

 

Zachary Early Learning Center
Northwestern Elementary School
Kelli Day, Principal
kelli.day@zacharyschools.org
(225) 654-6011
(225) 654-2786
Rollins Place Elementary School
Jennifer Marangos, Principal
jennifer.marangos@zacharyschools.org
(225) 658-1940
Zachary Elementary School
Keisha Thomas, Principal
keisha.thomas@zacharyschools.org
(225) 654-4036
Copper Mill Elementary School
Angela Cassard, Principal
angela.cassard@zacharyschools.org
(225) 658-1288
Northwestern Middle School
Debby Brian, Principal
debby.brian@zacharyschools.org
(225) 654-9201
Zachary High School
Tim Jordan, Principal
tim.jordan@zacharyschools.org
(225) 654-2776
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