Last week, we educators shared some funny memes about the week having a time change, full moon, and Friday the 13th. Then Saturday the 14th happened and the world of education was flipped on it’s head and we began sailing into uncharted waters and constructing a plane as we flew it. Monday rolled around and teachers were filled with anxiety and tons of questions. However, as we progressed through the day, ECHS teachers developed ways to ensure learning continued for our students. That being said, I just wanted to say that I work with an awesome group of faculty and staff members at East Columbus High School. I, too, approached Monday with anxiousness and a lot of questions myself. But the folks at ECHS rallied together, developed plans, lessons, and Google Classrooms. They moved outside of their comfort zones and did an awesome job! Teacher leaders stepped up and trained those that have never created a Google Classroom before. There was so much collaboration taking place, that Social Distancing norms were being tested. But the teachers coming together calmed my nerves and eased my anxiousness. Seeing the excitement in the teachers about this new approach to teaching and learning has been refreshing. Like a teacher said earlier, I am proud to be an Ed-u-GATOR! Finally, I have to thank my boss, Dr. Deanne Meadows, and the leadership team of Columbus County Schools. Dr. Meadows has kept us in the loop and informed on what is going on and what is next. She has preached flexibility and patience and I am thankful to work for a progressive leader and county. We do not know what the future holds for our students, but I know that my teachers are ready to serve my students and learning will continue. And for that I say THANK YOU. Y’ALL ARE THE BEST!
After three days of training and collaboration with each other, the staff and faculty of East Columbus High School are prepared to bring Gator Education into the homes of its 400 students. Using Google Classroom, Google Meeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom and a dozen other programs, ECHS’s teachers have already built their online classrooms and populated them with students. While no one is sure how long students will have to remain home, ECHS has made itself ready to teach online for however much time it needs to.
March 18 Principal’s Message ECHS Families and Community Members, Thank you to all students and families that have picked up student work packets or begun working on assignments in Google Classroom. If your student has not picked up assignment packs yet, they still can on Thursday from 8:30 to 3:30 and on Friday from 8:30 to 12:30. It is imperative that assignments are picked up and completed. Packets will count as a grade and failure to complete assignments will have an impact on the student’s final average. If you or your student cannot pick up assignments during this time, please contact the school at 910.646.4094 to make other arrangements to pick up assignments. Most assignments will not be due until the week of March 30th, so please stop by and pick them up. Students should also be checking their student email during this time. Teachers have been working vigorously to create Google Classrooms and information is contained in their emails. If you are having problems logging in, please contact the school. Assignments in Goggle Classroom must be completed and turned in for grading. A lot of uncertainty lies ahead for both students and staff. As we approach March 30th, we will continue to update our families on what’s next. However, I want to emphasize that school and learning has not stopped, it looks different and may look different moving forward. The expectation is that students continue the learning process, no matter what it looks like, and complete assignments, assessments, and projects as directed and turn them in for a grade. This includes assignment packs available now and in the future. If you or your student has questions or need assistance, please email Mr. Johnson at email@example.com. In the event we transition to completely online learning for a period of time, ECHS will make Chromebooks available for checkout beginning on Monday, March 30th. As a reminder, breakfast (8:00-11:00) and lunch (11:00-1:00) are available for students to pick up if needed. Also, Spring Break is next week. We encourage students to relax and prepare during this time. Thanks and have a great evening. ECHS Admin