District Resources for Remote Learning!
Welcome Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District Parents, Families and Students...
This District webpage is intended to provide you with remote learning opportunities and resources during the District’s Covid-19 related closure. School faculty and staff began providing students at all grade levels and in each middle and high school course with weekly assignments beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Please refer to SEBRSD's Remote Learning Website to view your students' specific school assigned learning opportunities each week. The site can be found on the Internet by searching seb-remote-learning. These remote learning opportunities will prioritize the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's published prerequisite learning standards linked at the bottom of this webpage. Additional suggestions for supporting students' remote learning can be viewed from our Student Services webpage or our Student Services information bulletin.
In addition to the weekly guided assignments, the following are remote learning opportunities for continuing to learn and grow as a learner and scholar during the closure of our regional school district. Many general resources are websites or other online tools that can be accessed from computers, mobile phones, tablets, online gaming systems (Xbox, Nintendo, ... etc). For some sites you will need your username and password to log in and use the resources, others are freely accessible to everyone. Just click the key concept or subject area for access to our FREE list of resources below.
While school is not in session, students should be completing math activities for at least 60 minutes a day. This does not have to be all at once. It can be cumulative throughout the course of each day. Math activities should include our district curriculum resources, math mind games, board games, and puzzles.
LITERACY/ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
While school is not in session, students should be reading a variety of books for 60 minutes a day. This does not have to be all at once. It can be cumulatively through the course of each day. Following are a series of websites that have lessons in reading and writing, many with video instruction.
- Read: Every student in the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District from Preschool to 12th grade can benefit from reading or being read to at least 60 minutes every day.
- Write: Take this opportunity to write, writing in response to what you are reading or learning or simply what you are experiencing. The following are a few examples of kinds of writing you might try.
- Write in a diary or journal about your experience while schools are closed
- Write poems or song lyrics
- Create a comic strip or graphic novel
- Write a letter to someone about this experience or about what you are reading
Students should spend time at least three times each week exploring science topics and online simulations. They can focus their exploration on science topics of interest to them.
As with Science, students should spend time at least three times each week exploring Social Studies and History topics of interest to them.
As with history, social studies and civics, there are so many things one can do to remain physical active, healthy and practicing good habits in terms of wellness. Below are a few resources that provide high quality learning for students - regardless of the weather outside.
The arts are essential in our daily lives. These remote learning resources include dance, media arts, music, theater, and the visual arts and are provided to support creativity and enrichment daily for our students and for you as a family.
However, not all remote learning opportunities require technology. An additional list of resources are available. As well, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is working with public broadcaster WGBH and its partner station WGBY to provide other resources. These resources provide educators with free access to PBS LearningMedia and the stations’ newly created online distance learning center. In recognition of the fact that not every student has a computer and internet access, and in addition to existing programming, WGBH plans to expand its educational broadcasting from noon to 5:00 pm. weekdays on the WORLD Channel. The WORLD Channel is a 24/7 WGBH channel that offers news and documentaries and which is now shifting some of its schedule to meet this urgent need. (More information on where to find the WORLD Channel on WGBH and WGBY is available online.
Printable Resources for Remote Learning includes Fun Activities for Preschoolers, Grades K-8 (Math & ELA), SAT Practice Test and Math Materials, Grade 10 MCAS, and MCAS Biology. The printable resources are now available for use. Check them out!
Finally, this webpage is a culmination of a great deal of work on the part of our district in an effort to support you as parents/families - in providing learning opportunities - during the closure of our schools. Many more resources will be added in the days and weeks to come. So, please check back often for updates as we make improvements to this page. And as always, thank you for your continued support and partnership of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District! #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy! Stay Home!
Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
IMPORTANT: The Remote Learning Plan for the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District (see link to the left) - is based upon four guiding principles and emphaiszes learning opportunies and communication. This work represents the collaobraitve efforts of everyone within our schools. Many hours were spent working collabraitvely in Grades PreK-12 to create this working document. Of special note to our parents, families, and community members is the contact information contained within this plan. It is our sincere hope and expectation that you find it a helpful guide that helps keep "learning alive" throughout this public health crisis.