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Academic Update for Term 2

Greetings Students,

As you safely ring in the New Year, I wanted to provide you academic information about the coming term. 

Our most updated academic calendar can be found on our website.

To make sure you are prepared for the new term, you should:

  1. Make sure you understand the new class schedules (details below). 
  2. Check on Teams that you have been invited to all your Term 2 classes. If you are uncertain of what classes you should be in, please reach out to your advisor to have them assist you in checking. 
  3. Check that your Teams calendar also has all your courses appearing. 
  4. Before classes begin next week, I will send an updated “Guidelines and Expectations for virtual learning”. You should review this and ask any questions to your advisor or directly to your teachers. 

Faculty Updates

Mr. Reed (Reno) has made a decision to step back from teaching his courses at this time. He will continue to be engaged in the college guidance office and as an advisor. We are pleased to announce that we have hired Ms. Elliotte Lee to take over his Term 2 and Term 3 courses. Ms. Lee is an experienced English teacher with her Masters in Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction.  We are also welcoming Ms. Reid Smith to our faculty. Ms. Smith is a PhD Candidate at Boston College in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. She is working as a researcher and master's-level instructor while working on her dissertation. Ms. Smith will teach the social science elective “2020: A Year of Fear, Hope and Greed”. Please join us in welcoming both of them to the community. 

Class schedules

For Term 2, we will have two different academic schedules. One will be a virtual schedule, which we will use for the first three weeks of term, (Jan 5th – Jan 22nd). The second schedule is a proper winter schedule, which we will use when we begin in-person classes on Monday Jan 25th. You can find both of these schedules attached to this message. 

Classes begin on Tuesday January 5th with G period at 9:00am. Here are some important things to note on the virtual schedule:

  • All classes are now 60 min. long and you will have 4 classes each day (5 on Wednesdays). 
  • There is 10 minutes between classes for you to stretch your legs or have a quick snack.
  •  FLEX time is offered 4 times during the week. During Flex, your teachers are available to answer questions and support your learning.  Your teachers will tell you how to connect with them during this time.
  • All students are required to attend School Meeting times on Monday and Friday. Advisors will be checking attendance. 
  • The Club Meeting times on Tues/Thurs are for your use as students. If you are a member of a club or student council, consider using this as a time for your activities. Your club supervisor can help you set up a meeting and invite the appropriate people. 
  • There are no formally structured co-curriculars while we are on the virtual schedule. If you are a member of an athletic team, your coaches may reach out to you for team meetings. Sign-ups for winter co-curriculars will be discussed at our first school meeting.

Lastly, as per the email sent by Mr.Spear on December 22nd, I would like to remind all of you to complete your “Winter Break Return Travel” form on Boardingware, book your move-in appointment (boarding students) and to arrange for your pre-arrival COVID test. 

We look forward to seeing you all on Teams next week!

Noël Carmichael

Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs

Northwood School