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Day 15: At Home

Good Morning u.schoolers,

You probably saw that Missouri public schools are officially online only until the end of the school year. We will follow that advice as well. That means that will officially be in “At Home” mode for the rest of the school year. 

According to the official school calendar today was scheduled as a day-off for “Professional Development”. If you would like to honor that original calendar and take the day-off, by all means do so. We will still be posting prompts and activities on the Learning Opportunities in Discord and Headrush if you want to participate. They will stay posted through the weekend and into Monday if you want to take the day off and come back at it next week. 

Somewhere in there please remember to update your DS Tracker spreadsheet with your hours for the week and make sure it is shared with Sandy and me. 

Finally, when you log into Headrush next time please notice that there has been an update and there is now a Calendar View feature in the Task Board. If even allows you to drag and drop tasks onto the calendar. I am looking at ways that we could bring the DS Tracker tool into Headrush using this feature. Another update to Headrush allows you to view your list of Learning Opportunities in List mode on the main Dashboard. This even includes the ability to sort them by any of the columns including sorting Alphabetically. For those of us with a big list of Learning Opportunities this is a big improvement! 

Finally, I posted this on Discord but I should mention here, too. Sandy is having Internet problems at home and won’t be able to be online as often as she would like. She is hoping it will be fixed by Monday but in the meantime, if you don’t get a quick response from her, that might be why. I’ll be glad to try and answer questions or relay them to her or you can reach out to her directly via text messaging or phone call (but even that has been spotty). 

Enjoy your weekend. If your family celebrates Easter, Happy Easter to you and your family. If not, have a great weekend. 

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Day 14: At Home

Welcome to Thursday April 9th, 2020.

There will never be another April 9th, 2020. A unique day in all of human history. Do something with your day to honor it. 

Here are some things you can do::

  • Come to Communitas 112 today at 11am on Discord #communitas-text
  • You can also come to Russian History (also on Discord) at 1:30pm today. Be ready to talk about Stalin.
  • If you are training for the 5K today you should run 8 mins, walk 2 mins, Repeat 3 times. 
  • Other than that, there are prompts and assignments and activities in all the usual places.
  • And of course, it wouldn’t be a morning message with a reminder to Record and Reflect in your Tracker and on Headrush. 

Oh April 9th, 2020, we have been waiting a lifetime for you to arrive. 

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Day 13: At Home

Good Morning u.schoolers,
It is Wednesday (that’s for those of you who no longer know one day of the week from the next). 

Some reminders:

  • Journaling and Sci Fi have new prompts posted on Discord
  • Russian History has some videos to watch for this week’s discussion
  • New practice questions for ACT Prep
  • Charades is planning on playing over Google Meet on Thursday at 11:30am
  • Communitas is tomorrow at 11am. Feel free to post agenda items to Discord or Headrush
  • Documentary Now should be watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi this week (on Netflix)
  • The Bake-Off this week is Scones
  • Movie Club is nominating the next movie to watch
  • Photo Workshop should be working on Geometric Compositions
  • Pre-Algebra has new lessons posted to BrainGenie
  • Short Stories and Poetry are exploring a James Wright poem
  • Plus new prompts in Weird Questions, Treasure Hunt, and You’ve Got Mail

That’s a nice list of stuff to do. Hopefully you are keeping yourself busy. Looks like some more nice weather today.

Stay safe.

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Day 12: At Home

It’s Tuesday. Tacos for Everyone!

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We are supposed to hit 80 degrees today. Take a walk. Shoot some hoops. Do some yard work. Read a book outside. Just keep up your proper social distance precautions. 

If you have any sewing skills and you want to help out the community, CoxHealth is accepting home sewn masks using the CDC pattern. I can send you more info if you and/or your family wants to start making masks. 

In other news, there is lots of stuff going on in the group Learning Opportunities. Don’t forget to check in on Discord and Headrush to see the latest. Yesterday we learned that whales used to be dog-like, land-based creatures who hunted in the water. Give it enough time and things change, right? 

Go on now, y’all. Get out there and keep learning.

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Day 11: At Home

Good Morning u.schoolers,

This is probably about the time that being home like this is getting very old. The excitement of the unusual is worn off by now. Missouri is now officially under a Stay at Home order until at least April 24th.

One strategy is to maintain a routine.

Here is one approach to “a quarantine routine” that I found on Twitter. 

My Quarantine Routine
I just wanted to share what works for me. This is just to give me structure and a sense of stability
9 am – 2 am: wake up & stare at my phone

Now this strategy might not work for everyone.

You might choose the go to bed and wake up at a regular time. You might have a morning routine of getting ready, making breakfast.

You might decide to read your book out on the deck when the weather is nice.

You might have a planned movie watching time with family. You might start the week off by creating a DS Tracker and sharing it with Pat and Sandy.

You might end the week by completing your DS Tracker and updating everything in Headrush.

That’s a different strategy.

It’s Monday. Hop on Discord and see what it is new in your Learning Opportunities. There is new stuff happening in these things all week. But you gotta show up to see it. And you gotta participate for it to have meaning.  So go out there and do some stuff this week if for no other reason than to help you keep your sanity during this time. 

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Day 10: At Home

Happy Friday Everyone,

Thank you to all who came out for #communitas-text yesterday. We managed to get some business accomplished.

If you weren’t there and haven’t heard, Sandy is going to lead a new Art learning opportunity called #art-helps-the-heart . Contact Sandy if you would like to be added to this learning opportunity.

In other news, the letter writing group, #youve-got-mail-text , is about to start a new prompt and send each other some mail. If you would like to get on board this one, let me know. We would love to have ya.

We would also love to have more people join us for #movie-club-text . We used Netflix Party to watch Spiderman: Into the SpiderVerse together and it was a lot of fun.

Speaking of fun. Karlee is starting up her science classes, #science-labs-text and #critical-thinking . Let us know if you want be involved.

It’s Friday which means there is a new Poetry Unbound posted. It is in appreciation to all the health care working fighting the virus on the front lines

Also, since it is Friday, don’t forget to update your DS Trackers with what you did this week. And, even more importantly, update with your work.

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Day 9: At Home

Hello Out There! 

It’s Thursday. That means Communitas. Tune in today at 11am on the #communitas-text channel on Discord for Communitas 111. Not much on the agenda yet but it will be nice to see everyone together.

I am also hoping to pull off another Russian History discussion this afternoon at 1pm. If you are in that Learning Opportunity, please go to the Discord channel and answer the question of whether you will be ready for today’s discussion. 

In other news, we’ve got things going on in Treasure Hunt, Weird Questions, Meme Battles, Thank You for the Rain, ACT Prep, Pre-Algebra, Connections, Documentary Now, Short Stories, Photo Workshop, and much more. Login to Discord and/or Headrush to participate.

Don’t forget to share your DS Tracker and post to Headrush. 

See you at 11am

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Day 8: At Home

Happy April Fool’s Day everybody.

I’ve got no pranks for you today. But look out for Sandy. She’s always got something up her sleeve. 

If you are interested in joining us, the Movie Club is going to watch Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse today. Everyone is invited. We will be using Netflix Party ( which requires you to install an extension to Chrome (and also have a Netflix account) and then you can synch up your viewing with other people and watch a movie all together and be able to comment to each other. We are going to start it up today at 12:30pm if you want to join. I will send out a Netflix Party link through email and Discord when the time comes. 

Other than that, I am still waiting to hear back from people who are in Puppet Battle and Documentary Now.

There are assignments posted in most classes right now. Make sure you are checking in on Discord and/Headrush to see what is happening. 

It doesn’t sound like social distancing is going to be ending anytime soon. Odds are that we will be in this At Home format until the end of the year.

On the brighter side, I can hear birds chirping out my window and the sun is shining. Appreciate the little things. 

See you at 12:30 for Into the Spiderverse. 

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Day 7: At Home

Good Morning u.schoolers,

It is a rainy Tuesday morning. Might be a good day to crack open a book, watch a documentary, do some journaling, write some science fiction, bake cookies, etc. A lot of stuff got posted yesterday so check out Discord and/or Headrush for new prompts and instructions in a variety of group Learning Opportunities.

Of course, you probably have a number of your own things going on, too. Keep busy. One way to get through this strange period of being locked in is to keep yourself too busy to think about it. 
On the other hand, this is potentially a stressful time for people. If you are feeling overwhelmed it is ok to let yourself be unproductive. You are going to have days where you get stuff done and days where you don’t. That’s ok.

I’ll leave it at that today. There is stuff on Discord, keep up with Headrush.

If you necessary, go back to the beginning and rewatch the instructional videos from the beginning of At Home.

If you have questions feel free to reach out.