Instead of taking final exams, middle school students and teachers will engage in a virtual reflection of learning.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the 2019-2020 academic year has been particularly unique for schools across the country. Like many schools, Linsly quickly made the shift to online learning. With only two days for professional development allowing our faculty to develop their classes into an online format, Linsly’s transition to online learning was somewhat quicker than anticipated. The first day of online instruction and learning began on Tuesday, March 17, and will continue through the end of the academic year due to social distancing guidelines and the statewide mandate on school closures from Governor Jim Justice.
With the end of the academic year quickly approaching, and the continuation of remote learning as the "new normal," Middle School Dean, Mrs. Maggie Allison and a team of teacher leaders are planning to end the school year with a personal touch.
"The best aspects of teaching and learning are the personal relationships we have with our students and the joy of watching them grow and develop into young adults," said Allison. "Middle School is definitely a time when students need social and emotional connection and we don't intend to sacrifice those relationships just because we find ourselves teaching online."
Head of School, Mr. Justin Zimmerman, announced recently that because of the transition to online learning, our second semester exams will be canceled. The focus instead will be on teaching and learning and finding innovative ways for faculty to engage and assess student coursework.
According to Mrs. Allison, in lieu of final exams, middle school students and teachers will engage in a virtual reflection of learning. Teachers will schedule video chats with their students who will prepare to reflect on their own growth throughout the year.