AISM “Year of the Wildebeest” Parents,
September 23rd, 2018
RE: JUPITER ON LINE BLENDED LEARNING DRILL/Anticipated Traffic Congestion 9/24
After closing out the first five weeks of school, with parent-teacher conferences, and our “3 for 1 Open House”, we now have our academic program fully in place. After five weeks of school, I am happy to report that our largest “new” student cohort in years’ has successfully settled in to our program. I am also pleased to report that the Board of Trustees and the Parent Teacher Association have been reconstituted. Our teachers and parents are fully prepared to work together to assist our students in their learning process, as most have met to “action plan” our students’ academic goals for this year.
It has been a busy, but extremely successful start to our 11th year here at the American International School of Monrovia.
To that end, as announced at the start of the school year, last year, the American International School of Monrovia adopted the Jupiter-online blended learning portal. This was put in place in the event that traffic congestion and delays during last year’s election period made transport to the school challenging and/or unfeasible. We are aware that tomorrow, September 24th, there may be heavy traffic in the downtown area of Monrovia, possibly creating significant traffic delays in accessing the school campus.
Tomorrow, therefore, we will suspend school and not hold formal classes; we will, however, use this event as an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to “learn how to learn”, using our online Jupiter blended learning protocol that we deployed for the first time last year.
This virtual school drill is the final piece to our program that, as Director, I feel should be in place while we close out the first five weeks of school.
Going forward, school will only be suspended when there is a potential hazard that poses an overall safety concern for operating the school. We have the Jupiter online learning portal as part of our Emergency Action Contingency Planning. Last year, we invested significant time and resources to establish our Jupiter online learning protocols. Tomorrow, the Crisis Management Team and I have determined that we will put our system to use, and students will have a blended learning model for instructional delivery for the day’s scheduled classes.
Now that we have transitioned into the “Year of the Wildebeest,” we will use tomorrow’s event as a drill for our “almost new” system, to ensure both our new and returning students and staff are familiar with the system, thus, allowing us to help each other identify areas that need to be addressed, or clarified.
As part of our blended learning protocol, teachers will post their online activities on Jupiter tomorrow, by 10:00am.
The portal can be found on our school website, at www.aismonrovia.com; a picture of the portal is below.
Tips for using Jupiter Blended Learning Calendar:
- You must use the school website – www.aismonrovia.com – to click on the Jupiter learning Portal*.
*To date, 75% of parents have successfully logged in to Jupiter, where 100% of students in Grades 4 – 10 have.
- Check messages/inbox, to do list, grades, and calendar (Please see full protocol instructions below, and on the website, under the “Safety Manual” tab)
Please note that the school will be on Columbus Recess on October 8th. This is a scheduled recess, and the Jupiter online protocol will not be in place. Only when unforeseen events that may potentially affect student safety, will our Jupiter Online Learning protocols be implemented.
We anticipate additional traffic congestion, and transport delays, from time to time. Therefore, each afternoon, we will have staff on campus until the very last student gets picked up (We even have some food and water in strategic reserve for them).
Enjoy a great day of 21st century blended learning tomorrow. See you on Tuesday, September 25th.
If you have any questions, please contact your homeroom teacher.
If you need a password reset please contact:
Tips for the Jupiter Online systems are below.
Welcome to AISM 2.0!
Jeff and the Crisis Management Team