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Monday, January 11, 2021 
 

Dear JVS Families,

Happy New Year!  We are extremely excited for our students to return to the building next week!  Remember that we are altering the schedule next week so that all students will see each of their teachers the first week of the new semester.  Next week’s schedule is below:

Week of January 18

 

  

Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No Classes

  

Tuesday, January 19

FOLLOW YOUR TYPICAL MONDAY SCHEDULE:
 Seniors (Last names A-K academics, L-Z lab all day)
 Sophomores (Last Names A-K academics in am, lab in pm, L-Z lab in am, academics in pm)

Freshmen & Juniors do not report

  

Wednesday, January 20 

FOLLOW YOUR TYPICAL TUESDAY SCHEDULE:
 Seniors (Last Names A-K lab all day, L-Z academics)
 Sophomores (Last Names A-K academics in am, lab in pm, L-Z lab in am, academics in pm)

Freshmen & Juniors do not report

  

Thursday, January 21

Juniors (Last Names A-K academics, L-Z lab all day)
 Freshmen (Last Names A-K academics in am, lab in pm, L-Z lab in am, academics in pm)

Sophomores & Seniors do not report

  

Friday, January 22

Juniors (Last Names A-K lab all day, L-Z academics)
 Freshmen (Last Names A-K academics in am, lab in pm, L-Z lab in am, academics in pm)

Sophomores & Seniors do not report


The following week, January 25-29, we will return to the schedule we used from September – November.  It will be a “B” week, so on Monday and Tuesday, Seniors & Sophomores will report.  On Wednesday through Friday, Juniors and Freshmen report.  We will continue the hybrid schedule until further notice.  

Schedules:

Second semester schedules are available for students in PowerSchool.  All students will also receive a printout of their 2nd semester schedule in their AI class upon return.  If there is an error in the schedule, students should schedule an appointment with their counselor.

Severe Weather:

One of the outcomes of the pandemic is that snow days will be different than we once knew them.  If the JVS building closes due to inclement weather or for any other reason, all staff and students will continue to work remotely.  Assignments will be posted in Canvas.  Students will be expected to check into Canvas and complete assigned work at home, regardless of weather conditions. We do encourage hot cocoa (with marshmallows).

Late Start:

We will be offering students the opportunity to come to school at 8:25 after AI if they have C’s or better in all classes.  This will not start until January 25th to allow teachers to enter grades for the 1st semester.  Eligibility will be reviewed every 3 weeks, with students whose grades drop below a C expected to return to AI.  Eligible students will receive notification in their JVS email the week of January 19th.  Students taking advantage of this program will be expected to have their own transportation.

JVS Preview Days and Open House:

The JVS is hosting virtual Preview Days on January 27 and 28. These virtual sessions give prospective students a “glimpse” into our Career-Tech labs. Students will follow their normal schedule these days. Current 8th, 9th, and 10th graders in our districts are welcome to register and attend. Registration is required and is available here.

An in-person Open House is being held on Sunday, January 31 from 12:30-3:30 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendees are required to pre-register. Parents of potential students in 8th, 9th, and 10th grade can sign up to meet instructors and tour the labs their student is considering for next year. Visit this link to register.

Since limited slots are available, we ask that only potential new students to the JVS and their families attend. We hope to have a larger community event in 2021 once it is safe to do so.

Staying Healthy:

The JVS will continue to practice social distancing and we are all required to wear masks.  Please be sure to complete the Daily Self-Assessment prior to coming to school.

Remember that the JVS Healthy Restart Plan as well as resources and information for parents are available on the JVS website.  We update the COVID Dashboard daily to reflect active cases and quarantined cases. Please remember to report any COVID information affecting your student to our school nurse by emailing [email protected].

Do not hesitate to call the High School Office if you have any questions or concerns.  We can’t wait to see all of you again!  


Thursday, December 17, 2020 
Dear JVS Families, 

As you know, the JVS has been on remote instruction since November 16th.  Since that time, Lorain County has transitioned from Red to Purple and back to Red.   We’ve seen hope in the form of a vaccine, and we anxiously await the time that we can all be together again. 

Yesterday, Dr. Faircloth announced that the JVS will remain on remote instruction through the end of the first semester.  We will return to the hybrid model starting January 19th.  That week only, we are going to run a revised schedule so that students will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with all their teachers.  Seniors and Sophomores will report to the building on Tuesday & Wednesday, Juniors and Freshmen will report on Thursday and Friday.  See below: 

Week of January 18:
  
Monday, January 18Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No Classes 
Tuesday, January 19
FOLLOW YOUR TYPICAL MONDAY SCHEDULE:
Seniors (Last names A-K
 academics, L-Z lab all day)
Sophomores (Last Names A-K academics in am, lab in pm, L-Z lab in am, academics in pm)

Freshmen & Juniors do not report 
Wednesday, January 20
FOLLOW YOUR TYPICAL TUESDAY SCHEDULE:
Seniors (Last Names A-K lab all day, L-Z academics)
Sophomores (Last Names A-K academics in am, lab in pm, L-Z lab in am, academics in pm)

Freshmen & Juniors do not report 
Thursday, January 21
Juniors (Last Names A-K academics, L-Z lab all day)
Freshmen (Last Names A-K academics in am, lab in pm, L-Z lab in am, academics in pm)
Sophomores & Seniors do not report 
Friday, January 22
Juniors (Last Names A-K lab all day, L-Z academics)
Freshmen (Last Names A-K academics in am, lab in pm, L-Z lab in am, academics in pm)

Sophomores & Seniors do not report

The following week, January 25-29, we will return to the schedule we used from September – November.  It will be a “B” week, so on Monday and Tuesday, Seniors & Sophomores will report.  On Wednesday through Friday, Juniors and Freshmen report. 

We will continue the hybrid schedule until further notice.  It is our hope for all students to return to the building daily at some point this year, but we’ll have to wait and see. 

Please do not hesitate to call the High School Office if you have any questions or concerns regarding the schedule.   

Remember that the JVS Healthy Restart Plan as well as resources and information for parents are available on the JVS website.  We update the COVID Dashboard daily to reflect active cases and quarantined cases. Please remember to report any COVID information affecting your student to our school nurse by emailing [email protected].  

We look forward to January when we can see our students again!  For now, we must remain vigilant in our safety efforts, maintain social distancing, avoid large gatherings and wear our masks. We wish you a joyous holiday season. 

Stay safe!


Monday, November 23, 2020

Dear JVS Families,


Moving into the holiday season, I am disappointed that our students are not in the building with me to celebrate. However, this Thanksgiving week I find I still have so much to be thankful for:  I am thankful that we were face to face for the entire 1st quarter, giving us time to get to know our new students and reconnect with our returning students.  I am thankful that we have had no incidents of transmission of COVID-19 on our campus.  Most of all, I am thankful for the trust our JVS families have placed in us as we safely educate your children.


The JVS will continue with remote, synchronous instruction through December.  Our top priority is to keep our staff and students safe while continuing to deliver quality instruction.  Remember that the JVS Healthy Restart Plan, as well as resources and information for parents, are available on the JVS website.  We update the COVID Dashboard daily to reflect active cases and quarantined cases. Please remember to report any COVID information affecting your student to our school nurse by emailing [email protected].


Looking ahead to second semester, it is still too early to determine whether we will continue remote, synchronous instruction or return to our hybrid model.  It is our hope to return to the building in January, but only if we can do so safely.  We are monitoring conditions throughout the county daily and will notify you as soon as this decision is made.


Schedule for November 30 – December 18

Attached please find the high school schedule for November 30 – December 18.  This is very similar to the schedule we have been following for the last week.  We did change the afternoon lab start time to 12:20 to allow for a lunch break for both students and teachers.  We will be monitoring the conditions in the county closely to determine a reopening date.  It is our intention to resume the hybrid model as soon as possible.

ATTACHMENT:  Synchronous Remote Learning Schedule: November 30 – December 18


Student Attendance

Most JVS students are employed either through an Internship or after-school job.  Although we value student employment, students need to attend synchronous academic and lab classes as scheduled.  They are only excused from attending lab classes if they are on Early Job Placement.  JVS Attendance Policies do apply.


AI Class Required for Students with a D or F in any Course

Starting Monday, November 30, we are going to bring back our All In (AI) class, but with a different format.  Any student who has a D or F in ANY COURSE will be expected to meet weekly with their AI teacher until all their grades are a C or above.  AI teachers will schedule appointments individually with these students.  Students are expected to attend.  Students with all grades above a C will be excused from these sessions.


First Semester Exams

The JVS first semester is scheduled to conclude on January 14th.  We are having semester exams.  These exams may consist of either a test or project.  Students should consult with their teachers regarding expectations for exams.


Meals for Students

We will continue to have meals available for students while we are remote.  Meal pickup at the JVS will be on Tuesdays from 12-1 pm and 5-6 pm.  Families can register to pick up meals here.  Or, if it is easier for families to pick up meals at their Associate Schools, they can do that as well.  Parents can check the website of their Associate School for dates/locations for meal pick up.


Technology Support

If your student is having issues with technology – either with their iPad or with connectivity, we can help.  Students should complete an IT Help Request through our website or using this link.  Our IT Team is in the building and here to help.  Mr. Scanlan has also made the short videos below to help students and parents navigate Teams. 

Help for Parents:  https://youtu.be/BIYIPud8OYo

Help for Students:  https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/ea157d90-518c-4aa9-8a83-d0e8d8425896


Looking Ahead to Second Semester

Parents will again have the option to choose remote-only academics for the entire second semester -- this information will come tomorrow in a separate email.  Families choosing this option will remain in remote academics for the entire semester, even if the JVS returns to a hybrid model or to face-to-face instruction.  The JVS will deliver online academic instruction using our instructors, but without any face-to-face contact. We do plan to add a synchronous piece to all remote-only academics in the second semester. 


Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we navigate the safest path for our students.  From everyone here at the JVS, we want to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!



Monday, November 9, 2020

Dear JVS Families!

As we move into the 2nd quarter, we are starting to look ahead to next semester.  Our top priority is to keep our staff and students safe while continuing to deliver quality instruction.  Remember that the JVS Healthy Restart Plan, as well as resources and information for parents, is available on the JVS website.  We update our COVID Dashboard daily to reflect active cases and quarantined cases.

The JVS first semester is scheduled to conclude on January 14th.  We are having semester exams, with these exams consisting of a test or project.  Students should consult with their teachers regarding expectations for exams.

When the new semester begins on January 19, the JVS will continue under Level B using our existing cohort schedule for at least the 3rd quarter.  It is our hope to return to a full schedule for the 4th nine weeks, but it is too soon to make that decision.  Please remember that our level could change with very little notice if ordered by the Governor or the Lorain County Health Department.

In the second semester, your child’s academic class may have a different teacher or be at a different time based on our scheduling needs.  However, they will attend the same days as they have throughout the first semester.  All career-technical courses will continue to be delivered face-to-face; academic courses will still be taught using blended learning. 

As we did in the first semester, parents have the option to choose remote-only academics for the second semester.  The JVS will deliver online academic instruction using our instructors, but without any face-to-face contact.  Elective courses will not be offered remotely, only core courses.  JVS students will still have to attend in person for their career-technical program. 

If you would like to choose remote-only academic instruction for the second semester, the Remote Academic Instruction Form must be returned to the JVS BY DECEMBER 4th.  This form must be returned for all families who want to exercise the remote option (including those currently remote).  Students will be given a blended schedule if the form is not returned.

We ask that families carefully consider several issues when making their choice:

  • Semester Commitment
    • Families are making a choice for the ENTIRE SEMESTER.  This is especially important to remember if your child is a senior.  It will be hard for them to be at home in April/May.
  • Transportation
    • If a student elects remote-only academics, they would not attend or be present in the building during the academic blocks assigned to their cohort.  We will not have study halls, labs or waiting areas available for students during these times.  Our associate schools will provide transportation for students at the beginning and end of each school day.  They may not provide transportation midday for half-day students, and parents would be responsible for transportation.

We understand that this is a difficult time for all our families.  Know that we fully respect and support whatever decision you make.  The high school office is open daily if you have questions or concerns.  Do not hesitate to reach out to us, we are here to help.

Sincerely,
Tina Pelto, High School Principal

Attachment:  2nd Semester Remote Only Academic Form

 


Friday, November 6, 2020

Dear JVS Families!

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather this week!  It is wonderful to see students working on projects outdoors in November!  I want to update you on several things happening at the JVS.

Grades

First quarter grades will be finalized today and are available at any time in Powerschool.  Students will receive a printed copy of their report card next week.

Hybrid Schedule

Parents, please keep in mind that the days your student is not physically scheduled in the building are still considered school days.  Students are being assigned instruction and should plan to spend several hours per course learning.  We love that so many of our students are working in their field, but it is important to emphasize that school comes first.

Academic Success Center (ASC)

We are very excited to announce a new place where students can go for help with academic skills--things like time management, learning strategies and study skills--as well as subject specific course work. We are calling this ASC (Academic Success Center), pronounced like "ask...(us anything)." Students can schedule an appointment for in person help or remote assistance.  Parents who see their child struggling can also refer them to ASC.  Appointments can be scheduled using this link on our website.  

2nd Semester Online

As we did in August, we will be offering families the opportunity to choose online academics for the upcoming semester.  Lab courses will continue to only be offered face-to-face.  On Monday, you will receive an email with details and a form to complete and return to the JVS if you would like remote academics. I urge parents to talk with their children and consider their choices carefully, as families will be making a commitment for the entire semester.  This is especially important if your child is a senior who will want to be in the building in the Spring.

Tech Week

Over the next two weeks, our Tech Team will be going into all the labs to check in with students on technology.  They will make sure their iPads are all working properly, make sure they are connecting to Canvas & Microsoft Teams, and check that they have anything else they need to continue to work productively.  Please remind your child to come to school with their iPad fully charged daily.

Picture Day

JVS Picture Day is coming!  Information about purchasing photographs has been sent to families via email.  Families can Order Online and Download Flyer ahead of time.  Hard copies of picture order forms are also available in Student Services.  Students may wear their JVS uniform or dress up for their pictures, so long as they are wearing clothing that is school appropriate.  We will follow the schedule below for pictures this year:

Thursday, November 19:  All Freshmen students, Junior students in Allied Health, Auto Tech, Bakery, Carpentry, Collision, Commercial Truck, and Cosmetology;

Friday, November 20:  Junior students in Culinary, Cybersecurity, Digital Media Arts, Early Childhood, Engineering Design, HVAC, Hospitality, Electricity, Industrial Equipment, Landscaping, Maintenance Services, Marketing, Masonry, PMT, Public Safety, SHFT, Web Graphic and Welding;

Monday, November 23:  All Sophomore students, Senior students in Allied Health, Auto Tech, Bakery, CBI, Carpentry, Collision, Commercial Truck, and Cosmetology IIA;

Tuesday, November 24:  Senior students in Cosmetology IIB, Culinary, Cybersecurity, Digital Media Arts, Early Childhood, Engineering Design, HVAC, Hospitality, Electricity, Industrial Equipment, Landscaping, Maintenance Services, Marketing, Masonry, PMT, Public Safety, SHFT, TEE, Web Graphic and Welding.

Seniors Only

Starting on November 16th, Senior students who are earning C’s or better in all subjects will be eligible to come to school after the ALL IN (AI) period at 8:25.    We will run grades biweekly on Fridays, adding and/or dropping students from eligibility in 2-week increments.  Eligible students will receive an email that will give them the dates they are allowed to miss AI. If a student has not received an eligibility email, they are expected to come to AI daily.  Students must have their own transportation to take advantage of this program.  If a student is eligible, but still wants or needs to come to school at 7:40, they are welcome to do so.  Again, this program is for SENIORS ONLY, and only seniors who receive the email can participate.

Testing

The JVS will administer the End of Course Exams as required by the Ohio Department of Education the week of November 30th.  Families will receive a separate email with more information regarding testing in the next few weeks.  We are still ironing out the details so that we can maintain social distancing while students are testing.

Lockers

We have held off on assigning lockers to all students due to concerns over COVID-19.  Most of our students do not use the lockers they are assigned and we wanted to avoid students gathering in groups in the hallways.  However, with the cold weather approaching, we will assign lockers to students who want to hang up their coat, change their boots, etc.  If your student would like a hallway locker, they can request one from their lab teacher.  We will assign lockers for students who want/need them.

Thank you for your continued support of the JVS!  As always, feel free to contact the High School Office with any questions or concerns you may have.


Tina Pelto
High School Principal

 
 
Wedneday, October 28, 2020 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the first quarter draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the support and patience you’ve given us since the start of the school year.  I must admit, there were moments in August when I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to have school at all!  But now here we are working our way through this crisis together.  Know that we are not alone in our fight to keep school open.  There are 611 school districts in Ohio, with the vast majority of the state fully in school or practicing a hybrid model. 

With the national case numbers growing, it is important to remain vigilant with our safety precautions.  Please remind your children of the importance of wearing masks and social distancing.  Continue to complete the Daily Health Assessment prior to coming to the JVS.  We’re proud of the job everyone is doing keeping us all safe!

As we have been from the beginning of the pandemic, we are committed to sharing accurate information with you as it becomes available to us.  If at some point in the future we must change to Level D of our Safety Plan (fully remote learning), we will inform you immediately.  Remember that information regarding active COVID cases is always available in the JVS Health Restart section of our website under COVID-19 Dashboard.  We also send out notifications for any new cases, both in the building at large and for individual classrooms.

Thank you again,
Tina Pelto, High School Principal


 
Friday, October 2, 2020
Hello JVS Families!
 
This has certainly been an unusual start to the school year, but it’s been a successful one. We are proud to see students and staff taking steps every day to keep each other safe and healthy.

We conducted a student survey to get their input on how the 2020-21 school year is going so far and want to share the results with you.
  • 91% of students believe the year has gone about as or better than expected
  • The most popular phrase that students used to describe their emotions is "Excited! I'm happy to be here." Runner's up include "relieved" "engaged" and "happy".
  • Overwhelmingly, students are "super-excited" about lab... and most worried about blended learning. 
We are dedicated to helping students stay on track with their virtual assignments. Our “ALL IN” period at the beginning of each day is a dedicated time for students to get extra help in their classes. If a student starts to fall behind, we will assign them to our Academic Support Center (ASC). There they can catch up on academic work with some extra one-on-one help from an instructor. Once they are caught up they’ll return to their regular schedule. It is our mission to see all our students at graduation!

We are excited and looking forward to the rest of the school year.
Tina Pelto, High School Principal


Monday, July 28, 2020
Dear JVS Families!
 

The JVS Healthy Restart Plan was sent out to families today.  This plan was developed in collaboration with the Lorain County Health Department with input from our stakeholders; including parents, teachers, community members, and administration.  Our top priority is to keep our staff and students safe while continuing to deliver quality instruction.

The JVS Healthy Restart Plan, as well as resources and information for parents, is available on the JVS website.  We know that many of you will have questions about the plan.  Please feel free to email or call us with questions or concerns.

The JVS will begin the school year on August 31 under Level B.  Please note, we have corrected the schedule from the original posting.   Follow this link: High School Schedule Level B.  Any changes to this will be communicated to you via email.  Under Level B, students are divided into two cohorts.  Cohort #1 (Grades 10 & 12) attend Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday.  Cohort #2 (Grades 9 & 11) attend Thursday, Friday and every other Wednesday.  Cohort #1 will attend the first Wednesday of the school year on September 2, Cohort #2 will attend September 9, and so on. 

All career-technical courses will be delivered face-to-face.  Academic courses will be taught using blended learning.  Grades 11 and 12 will have face-to-face academic courses once a week, with the rest of their coursework completed online.  Grades 9 and 10 will have face-to-face academic instruction each day they are on campus, with the rest of the instruction completed online.  Please check the schedule for the days/times students are expected to be on campus.

Parents have the option to choose remote-only academics for the entire 1st semester.  The JVS will deliver online instruction using our instructors, but without any face-to-face contact.  Elective courses will not be offered remotely, only core courses.  JVS students will still have to attend in person for their career-technical program each day/time they are scheduled to be in lab. 

If you would like to choose remote-only academic instruction for the first semester, the Remote Academic Instruction Form must be returned to the JVS BY AUGUST 5th.  We fully realize this is a short window of time for a difficult decision.  However, we need this information as soon as possible for scheduling purposes.  If your child will participate in blended learning using the schedule attached, there is no need for you to return the form.

We ask that families carefully consider transportation to school when weighing remote instruction.  All students will be assigned to a cohort.  If a student elects remote-only academics, they would not attend or be present in the building during the academic blocks assigned to their cohort.  We will not have study halls, labs or waiting areas available for students during these times.  Our associate schools will provide transportation for students at the beginning and end of each school day.  They may not provide transportation midday for half-day students, and parents would be responsible for transportation.  Please keep this in mind when making your decision.

New Student Orientation will take place on August 19-20.  Information will come out to new students about this event the first week of August.

We are excited to get the new school year underway!  Although there will be many changes for this year, we can’t wait to get back into our classrooms and begin!

The high school office is open daily if you have questions or concerns.  Do not hesitate to reach out to us, we are here to help.

Stay safe and we’ll see you soon!
Tina Pelto, High School Principal

Principal

Tina Pelto
Tina Pelto
Ext. 22273
 
Lorain County JVS
15181 State Route 58
Oberlin, OH  44074
 
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