Remote Learning

A Message from our AXIS Head of School: Welcome to AXIS Remote Learning!
 
Hello AXIS Families and Students!
 
The bilingual education of our students is very important to us. Since you are an AXIS family, you already understood the importance of a global education. I am convinced now more than ever of the necessity of this type of education. This pandemic is sobering evidence of the need for our children to have academic excellence in common subjects and essential global knowledge and skills (like languages) to solve these problems and others that affect our world. It is not just our economy, our technology, and our national security that are interconnected - but also our public health. It is this mindset of international connectedness and understanding of local and global communities that our children will grasp better than their peers who do not have a chance to experience a global education. We are all in this together - at AXIS, in Colorado and the US, and across our world. 
 
We worked promptly and diligently to design this plan to continue to offer learning opportunities while our campus is closed. AXIS is launching remote learning beginning Tuesday March 24, 2020 and continuing through April 17, 2020. You can find all of the information you need to have your child join remote learning here. You will need to download Zoom on your device(s), which is free and will start automatically downloading when you join the first Zoom link. Or you can download it now
 
We care about your child’s education, but more than that we care about them and their well-being. We hope this remote learning gives them learning opportunities and creates some sense of connection and normalcy during this uncomfortable time. We are counting on you, their family, to work with us as partners in your child’s education now more than ever. Please reach out to your child’s teachers beginning March 24, 2020 if you have suggestions or questions or need other resources as we work through this together. We are all part of the AXIS family, and we are here for you.
 
We send our gratitude and strength to our AXIS family members who are fighting this virus on the front lines as health care providers and other essential employees - thank you for your sacrifice in keeping us healthy and safe! 
 
All my best,
 
Kari
AXIS Co-founder and Head of School
  • NEED A DEVICE? AXIS Remote Learning is accessible through a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Through our Home Technology Access Survey and through staff follow up, we have connected with every AXIS family about their needs. If your technology needs have changed since the survey, please let your teachers know or email info@AXIScolroado.org. We are here to help!
 
  • NEED FREE OR AFFORDABLE INTERNET? 
    • Free One Hour Xfinity Hot Spot Access
    • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots. 
    • Check out the Internet Essentials plan from Comcast. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020
    • Charter Free Internet offer for two months.
    • AT&T offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans. 
    • Verizon: No special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
    • Sprint follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
    • T-Mobile follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers; and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. 
 
AXIS Remote Learning Plan
 
Click here to view a video overview (created by Darcy Peters, AXIS parent, Board Member, and volunteer Communications Director).
 
Please see below to read (click on the triangles below to expand):
  • Key Highlights
  • Quick Summary
  • All the Details
  • Intervention, Student Services (Special Education), and English Learner (EL) Supports
 
Ready to get started? See the AXIS Class Matrix (below)! 
 
Also below you can read recommendations for what to do on the occasional day when remote learning seems like too much. Click here for more Resources for Learning.
  • Your child will need a device (tablet, smart phone, or laptop). See HOME TECHNOLOGY ACCESS survey and AFFORDABLE WIFI below. 
 
  • There is flexibility built in and total recommended student time commitment is 4 days a week, ~3 hours a day, which can vary by grade. We will share other curated resources if you would like increase the number of days or hours. 
 
  • The focus is on participation and connecting. 
 
  • We kindly ask for your flexibility and patience as we all work to pilot remote learning. 
 
  • AXIS Remote Learning is a blended model using e-learning and material learning. 
 
  • E-Learning includes viewing two daily 15-minute pre-recorded lessons and joining two "Class Connects," 20-minute live sessions where teachers and classmates connect via video chat. 
 
  • 20-minute Class Connects occur Tuesday through Friday between 10:30am-12:30pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm. 
 
  • Material learning includes hard copy materials picked up at AXIS on Fridays or Mondays between 11:00am-1:00pm, please email info@AXIScolorado.org for more info. See Pick Up procedures in All the Details below.
 
  • Material learning includes some independent work. For younger students, this is enhanced with a family member or older sibling guiding them. 
 
  • If your child receives special services or English Language Learner services, a staff member will be reaching out to you directly to schedule small group support time via video conference.
 
  • Home Technology Access Survey. AXIS staff contacted all families that answered "no" to one or both questions or did not complete the survey. We have many devices on loan to families. If your needs change at any time, please email info@AXIScolorado.org. 
 
  • NEED AFFORDABLE WIFI? Check out the Internet Essentials plan from Comcast. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020. 
 
1) Plan the day:
  • View the Class Connect schedule  
  • Select a time for your child to join one of the two 20-minute Class Connect for their English class (real-time connection with their teacher and classmates). 
  • Select a time for your child to join one of the two 20-minute Class Connect for their Partner Language class. 
 
2) Click on your child’s English class weekly lesson plan and have them watch the pre-recorded video lessons and begin their independent work assigned for that day, ideally before joining the Class Connect. 
 
3) Click on your child’s Partner Language weekly lesson plan and have them watch the pre-recorded video lessons and begin their independent work assigned for that day, ideally before joining the Class Connect. 
 
4) Have your child join their scheduled 20-minute Class Connect with each their partner language teacher and English teacher.
 
5) Email your teacher with questions or feedback and if you need more support.
Our remote learning plan is a blended-learning model with two pieces:  
 
1. Online or e-learning piece via Zoom and other online videos AND 
2. Material learning piece with tangible, paper-based learning materials sent home with students and used with guidance from in person family members. Students should have these materials for the first week. Teachers will let you know via email if they have additional materials for you to pick up beyond the first week. Material pick up at AXIS will occur Friday and Monday (3/29) 11:00am-1:00pm. After 3/39 this will be occassional only. Email teacher or info@AXIScolorado.org for details. See Pick Up Procedures below.
 
All families will have to do is click on the Weekly Lesson Plan and follow the instructions or links under each day in the Weekly Lesson Plan for each English and Partner Language.The information below is only for families that would like to read all of the details.
  1. E-Learning 
    • Pre-recorded video lessons  
    • Online live teacher-students chat sessions called “Class Connect” 
Video Lessons: Teachers deliver instruction via pre-recorded video lessons hosted on Zoom. These lessons may reference paper-based materials teachers sent home or emailed. There will be two video lessons each day, one from the English teacher and one from the partner language teacher. 
 
       Teachers  
        • record video lessons via Zoom 
        • share links to the video lessons in weekly lesson plan linked in AXIS Class Matrix 
 
       Students 
        • view video lessons on the recommended day 
        • complete paper-based learning materials aligned with the video lessons 
        • complete other teacher-assigned online learning videos or practice 
 
It is ideal for students to watch the pre-recorded video lessons and other items in the lesson plan before the Class Connect, but it is okay if it doesn’t work out that way. We all need to be flexible and do our best! Students can join both Class Connects if they would like to. 
 
Class Connect: Teachers host live video chats with students. Students interact live with teacher and classmates. There are two scheduled Class Connects  each day (Tuesday through Friday) for each English and Partner Language. These take place during two time frames 10:30am-12:30pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm. 
 
          Teachers  
        • offer two daily scheduled blocks of live class time
        • during this time teachers
          • deliver a mini-lesson  
          • check in and engage with students
          • answer student/family questions 
          • provide answers to worksheets
          • take attendance 
 
          Students  
        • select one of the scheduled English live class (Class Connect) times each day to engage with their English teacher and classmates  
        • select one of the scheduled Partner Language Class Connect times each day to engage with their Partner Language teacher and classmates (students may join both times if they would like) 
        • interact with each their English and Partner Language teacher to 
          • participate in a mini-lesson
          • check in and engage with teacher and classmates 
          • ask questions 
          • have their attendance logged
  1. Material Learning: During this piece students use the tangible, paper-based learning materials teachers sent home with students in take home folders. Family members, including older siblings, can help guide children during these pieces of the lesson plan. Teachers will also email answers to independent work, and we encourage family members to review these with students. Remember we think about mistakes as learning opportunities - a chance to grow our brain! If your child does not get the answer right, that is a sign they need some support.  
Additional Support
If your child receives special services or English Language Learner services, a staff member will be reaching out to you directly to schedule small group support time via video conference.
 
Pick Up: Remote Learning Materials, Medication, Meals 
Per the Governor's Public Health Order as a K-5 public school, AXIS and CEC will continue to provide critical services to our students including meals, medicine pick up, and providing materials for remote learning. We will have staff onsite during limited timeframes to provide these critical services. We will be following strict health guidelines, and this will be a drive through system.
 
Available times: 
  • March 26th and March 27th: 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • Beginning March 30th Mondays and Fridays ONLY 11:00am-1:00pm 
 
Items available for pick up: 
  • Student medications that are kept at school 
  • Student learning materials directed for pick up by the teacher (i.e. class materials, workbooks, etc.) 
  • Devices for remote learning 
  • Free meals for youth under 18 years
 
To schedule your pick-up:  
  • Email Jenny Whitaker at least 24 hours in advance at jwhitaker@axiscolorado.org, and state the item(s) you would like to pick up and the day/time you will pick them up (within the pick-up time-frame above). 
  • You will receive a confirmation email from Jenny stating when your items will be available for you. 
  • Items will be placed at the lunch pick-up line at the school. Please drive through the line and be prepared to give them your student's last name.
 
Just as we will be providing general education during this closure, we will also provide special education (SPED) and related services to students with identified disabilities. We are following federal and state guidance closely, and we are working to finalize the specifics of what these learning opportunities will look like during this remote learning time. Families will hear from an AXIS Student Services staff member with more information by April 4, 2020. Should you need assistance, please contact our Student Services Specialist, Candy Winans cwinans@AXIScolorado.org
 
English learner (EL) supports will also continue during this remote learning time. Our Program Specialist, Melissa Schramm mschramm@AXIScolorado.org, will reach out to you if this applies to your child. 
 
SPED and EL Services are tentatively set to begin the week of April 6, 2020. These specialists will be joining Class Connects for observation to gather more information on how to best support students during this time.
 
We will also be working to develop a plan to continue a model similar to our AXIS Intervention and Enrichment (I/E) model. While campus was open, this I/E model targeted the needs of learners below grade level and learners identified as gifted and talented or above grade level. Our specialists will be developing a plan for these learners. This plan is set to begin April 13, 2020.  
AXIS staff are here to help you every step of the way through this remote learning process. Although we are all working remotely, the school phone line (970) 658-4199 will be forwarded to our cell phones Monday through Friday  10:00am – 4:30pm. If you are sent to the voicemail, it means we are on the line with another call. 
 
Outside of that time frame, we will be checking voicemails Monday-Friday at 8:00am, 12:00pm, and 3:30pm. We will do our best to respond to your call within the same day, or at least within 24 hours. Another way to reach us is by email at  info@axiscolorado.org .  
 
Has your home technology access changed since you completed the AXIS Home Technology Access Survey? Here is a resource for a  free hotspot  or  free/affordable internet access . Please email  info@AXIScolorado.org  if you need a device or support.  
Students are in a new learning environment, and it is important we establish and reinforce behavior expectations for our remote learning. Next Monday, during our staff development we will collaborate to create clear expectations aligned with our 3Rs, which will help to maximize your child's learning. We will need your help to make sure these expectations are followed.
 
Here are a few other tips that will help maximize learning:
  • Try to set them up with a quiet space with little to no distractions (we know it can be hard, and you may consider letting them borrow your earbuds/earphones/headphones with a microphone).
  • Have your child place all of their learning materials, paper, and pencils near them.
  • Help them close all other programs or apps on their devices and make sure the device is charged.
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AXIS Class Matrix
Find the space where your child's grade and English intersect. Click on the Weekly Plan for Tuesday through Friday). Repeat for your child's Partner Language class. The class Weekly Plan will list the pre-recorded video lesson links, Class Connect Links (will need password, see text/newsletter), materials needed, independent work, and other actions for your child to complete. This plan will be updated daily by 8:00pm the evening before (so Monday - Thursday). Because it is continually updated, we do not recommend printing. Here's a sample schedule of what this could look like (if the link doesn't work for you, you can see the pdf and Word doc below). 
 
In the Weekly Plans, you will see full weblinks. Even though these links can be long (and kinda ugly), it will allow families struggling to click on the links (ctrl/command + click) OR use the option to select, copy, and paste the links into the address bar. 
 
⭐️TIP: For easy access to your English and partner language document week-to-week, consider bookmarking both of those links. Unsure of how to bookmark? Here's a resource. If you do decide to bookmark both weekly plans, don't forget to check back to this webpage every once in a while for other news. 
This plan will be updated the previous night by 8:00pm. Because it is continually updated, we do not recommend printing.
Grade
Specials
 
English
Partner Languages
French Mandarin Chinese Spanish
Pre-
school
Use Kinder for now!
Coming soon!
Check
back
soon!
K
 
 
Ms. Mae Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
11:30 and 3:00
 
Ms. Gravelle Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
11:30 and 3:00
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
10:30 and 3:30
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
10:30 and 3:30
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
10:30 and 3:30
1st
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
10:30 and 3:00
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
11:30 and 3:30
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
11:30 and 3:30
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
11:30 and 3:30
2nd
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
10:30 and 3:00
3rd
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
11:00 and 3:30
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
12:00 and 4:00
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
12:00 and 4:00
 
Spanish Beginner
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
12:00 and 4:00
_____________
 
 
Spanish NON-Beginner
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
 12:00 and 4:00
4th
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
11:00 and 3:30
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
12:00 and 4:00
5th
 
Tuesday-Friday
Class Connect Sessions:
11:00 and 3:30
 
Do you fluently speak one of AXIS' Partner Languages? If so, would you be interested in helping to record stories in that Partner Language? If you are interested please email the partner language teacher and share how you could support them and partner language opportunities during this time. Visit our staff webpage for their email addresses.
On Days When Remote Learning Seems Like Too Much: Prioritize Listening and Learning 
Thank you to the parents and teachers who helped us put together this Remote Learning Plan. We hope it will be simple, manageable, and effective; but some days we all need a plan B!  Please remember when days seem harder than others or you are experiencing technical difficulties, just read to your children no matter their age. Keep reading aloud even when they can read well themselves. This builds new vocabulary and gives them other benefits. Here are some tips for what to do when you read aloud to younger children and older children. Here's another resource if you want even more information. If you can't read aloud to them, see the virtual story times on our Resources for Learning webpage
 
We understand many of you do not speak the Partner Language your child is learning at AXIS. The priority is to keep the "listening" going while we are away, and here are some tips for that: replay the AXIS teacher-created Partner Language video lessons, listen to songs and audio books in the language, switch the DVD or Netflix video to the Partner Language, and see other resources