April 16, 2020
Dear Petal Upper students and families,
As you may already know, Governor Tate Reeves announced the closing of all Mississippi public school buildings for the remainder of the school year. While we will miss being reunited with one another as quickly as we had hoped, we were excited to hear Governor Reeves also announce that At-Home Learning will continue until the end of the semester. Fortunately for all of us, while school buildings remain closed, school itself will continue through At-Home Learning.
We have been so pleased with the efforts of our students since we began At-Home Learning on March 30. Students, you have persevered through challenges, asked questions when you were confused, responded to feedback from your teachers, and worked diligently to complete your assignments. We are so proud of you!
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the support of Petal Upper families. Parents and family members, you have set schedules and routines for your children, created spaces for them to work, communicated frequently with teachers, and supported your children in the successful completion of academic coursework. We have always been so grateful for your ongoing support, and you have all taken it to an even higher level! Thank you so much for your efforts! We treasure the partnership we have with you.
We want to reassure you that we will continue to engage students in At-Home Learning assignments until the end of the school year.
As a reminder, students have two options:
- Log into Google Classroom and complete digital assignments.
- Pick up a paper packet from the table at Petal Upper’s front entrance. Each week’s paper packet will be available on Friday mornings prior to the week ahead. Please sign the clipboard if you pick up a packet. Students may turn in completed paper packets to the bin on the table.
In closing, it’s important to note that the Petal School District is a remarkable organization, and that is entirely due to the positive and caring bonds shared by students, teachers and staff, parents and families, and community members. Never has this been more evident than it is right now. We cannot thank you all enough for your willingness to work hard and to work with us. Together, we are PETAL STRONG!
Mrs. Emily Branch, Principal
March 25, 2020
Greetings to you, our PUES families!
When we said our spring break goodbyes, we would certainly never have predicted that our vacation week would be first turned upside down and then stretched unexpectedly into two weeks! We hope that you were able to enjoy additional quality time with family and close friends despite the challenges.
Since school will be closed through April 17th, our learning path will, of course, look a little different. Throughout last week and earlier this week, teachers have been working to reconfigure their regular fourth nine week plans into an at-home learning platform that will include meaningful academic work in each subject. The goal of the at-home learning plan is to provide engaging review type tasks and activities for your child while school buildings are closed.
We understand that some of you might feel a bit apprehensive about your new role as teacher. There’s no need to worry, though. Your child is familiar with the Google classroom platform, and most activities there will contain familiar review-type concepts. Also, you might find that your child would benefit from having a designated place and time for completing the learning activities. A good routine is usually helpful for everyone! Of course, you know your child best, and we trust that you will make things work for your particular family. Please contact your child’s teacher via phone call, text message or email during regular school hours if you have questions about the activities or any feedback that your child receives.
On Wednesday, we distributed devices to students and families here at PUES. An iPad or laptop that you already have at home will work well, but if you’re still in need of a device to access your child’s at-home learning plan, please do not hesitate to give us a call. If you need a paper copy of the at-home learning activities, these will be available each Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. on a table under the front entrance of our school. Your child’s teachers will upload the activities weekly on Friday mornings for the coming week. After that, they are ready and willing to help you and your child during regular school hours as needed.
Over the coming weeks please know we are here to assist you and your family in any way we can. While our buildings will be closed to visitors, we will have staff available to answer phone calls and provide assistance to your family Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Our teachers will continue to work from home providing feedback to students and meeting virtually by teams so that they can provide the best support possible during this time.
We realize that there are probably many questions that you have now or will have in the coming weeks, and that is only natural. This new reality has certainly presented all of us with new challenges. However, I know that there are very few of those that we cannot face together. As always, communication is a key ingredient for success as we move forward. I look forward to working with you and your child’s teachers to provide continuity and support in the days ahead.
Emily Branch, Principal
March 25th - PUE At-Home Learning Update
- All At-Home Learning assignments will be on a Friday-to-Friday schedule. They will be available Friday mornings and will be due the following Friday. This will begin Friday, March 27th. These assignments will include a week’s worth of material. Students may work at their own pace, but a suggested daily schedule will be provided by each teacher.
- Assignments will be available digitally through Google Classroom. These will be posted at 7 a.m. on Fridays. Students who have access to internet will be able to complete all necessary assignments digitally.
- The WiFi at each school is being extended to the parking lots. For those who do not have internet access at home, you will be able to come sit in the parking lot for WiFi access. Also, Dr. Dillon is compiling a list of places around town where you will be able to access the internet, and we will be sharing that information as soon as it is available.
- If you were not able to come check out a chromebook today and your student needs one, there will be an opportunity to check out a chromebook on Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Petal School District Central Office.
- For those without internet access who cannot get to one of the WiFi hotspots, At-Home Learning assignments will be available as paper packets. These will be on tables under the portico at PUE’s front entrance around the clock seven days a week. New material for the following week will be available each Friday. There will also be empty tubs placed on the tables for students to turn in completed materials. You will need to sign the checkout list provided on the table when you pick up and turn in packets.
We are in unprecedented times. We are doing our best to make the transition to At-Home Learning as smooth as possible, but there may be hiccups along the way. Please bear with us as we go through this journey. If you need any help or have any questions, contact the school at 601-584-7660 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or email one of your child’s teachers. We are all in this together! #BetterTogether