Because we will not be able to meet as a full school in person, we have decided to use parts of Tuesday - Friday, August 25, 26, 27 and 28 as community building and orientation time, rather than jump right into academic classes. We have changed the timing of new student orientation on Tuesday, Aug, 25. Instead of a long orientation from 12:30 - 5:30 that day, we will invite ALL 9th graders to come to campus IN PERSON (with masks, of course) to receive textbooks, laptops and laptop orientation from 3 - 4 pm. We want ALL our 9th graders who can to be present for introductions to their classmates and our beautiful building. From 4 - 5 pm, we will offer a similar welcome and orientation for new students in grades 10 and 11. For those of you unable to be here in person, we will make available recordings of these orientation sessions on Microsoft Stream and posted on the myAW resource board; we will also offer a half-hour in-person welcome for you at 5:30 on Tuesday afternoon. For those of you who have not yet taken the math placement exam OR who want to retake that exam, it will be available (required for some) following each welcome session.
It is important to emphasize that, when we predicted the 2020-21 calendar taking the uncertainty of the pandemic into consideration, we added 10 academic days to insure just this kind of flexibility. Students: do not worry that you will have less class time! There are plenty of days for you to get that good learning in! And, yes, seniors, you will still have college week in October.
Classes will begin on our on-line block schedule on Monday, August 31. A link to hat schedule is included later in this letter.
All listed times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) / Tacoma time.
Tuesday, Aug. 25: USB 9th grade welcome and laptop distribution (in person)
New USB and USG 10th and 11th grade welcome and laptop distribution
Math placement exam for ALL students who have not yet
tested and for any students wishing to retake the
placement exam immediately following welcome
3-4 pm for 9th graders; 4-5 pm for new 10th/11th graders
5:30 - 6 pm: optional online greeting for all new USB students unable to join in-person welcome
8 pm: Kick-off event on-line (Microsoft Teams) ALL STUDENT / FACULTY ATTENDANCE MANDATORY
Note: for resident students who had planned to move in on August 24 / 25, in order to participate in Tuesday welcome events in person, you must move in no later than the evening of August 20 in order to complete the required 72-hour quarantine and COVID testing. Please contact Jeff Barber or Susan Bauska for clarification or additional information.
Wednesday - Friday, Aug. 26 - 28:9 - 10 amTextbook pick-up by class
11 am - 2 pmAsynchronous activities
4 - 6 pmSynchronous activities
Wednesday, 2 - 4 pm: Individual and small group meetings, students in US time
Thursday: 6 - 8 pmIndividual and small group meetings, students outside US
More detailed information about orientation plans will be provided next week in the Friday Flash, but we wanted all students to get these required fixed times for connecting with one another and with teachers onto your calendars.
We have scheduled a one-hour orientation from 6:00-7:00 pm on Monday, August 24 (Pacific time) for any new parents who would like additional or more in-depth information about our processes and protocols. Please join for a question-and-answer session at this Zoom meeting link.