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High school promises better virtual learning experience after 'less-than-optimal' spring

Original post made on Aug 6, 2020

Menlo-Atherton High School administrators say that they're improving the school's online learning program for the coming fall semester, following a bumpy spring program which drew strong criticism from some parents and students.

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Posted by Concerned Educator
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Aug 6, 2020 at 5:18 pm

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The almost immediate transition to distance learning took everyone by surprise last spring. M-A is a large, complex public school with 2500 students in three different cities, which means that it takes a bit more time to retool than a charter or private school with a homogenous population of a few hundred kids.
Having said that, it seems that Simone Kennel and her skilled team have spent the last months planning for a much stronger on-line experience for the coming semester.
While I do not know her personally, I have found her to be thoughtful, caring and intelligent the times when I have heard her speak.
My take is that she and the school have been able to prepare a quality program in spite of the leadership vacuum at the District.

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Posted by ReginaR
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm

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This is 100% the doing of the Teacher's Unions. We should be going back to hybrid leaning starting this month. I feel badly for our athletes, musicians, and thespians, who will be competing for college spots and scholarships with students from other areas who will have the ability to demonstrate statistics, a complete body of work, and a track record. Our students will not have that opportunity. Menlo-Atherton has a healthy Foundation, with highly developed fund-raising thanks to parents who have put in the time, effort, and money. What we are getting in return from our teachers is disheartening. Now they (the teachers) are going after our Superintendent, Mary Streshly, for simply trying to do the right thing for the majority of taxpaying families who have voiced their desire see some form of in-person and on campus learning for this fall. SHAME ON THEM.

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Posted by AAK12
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Aug 7, 2020 at 2:29 pm

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I am not at this moment weighing in on the pros and cons of either kind of learning.

As someone who has been involved in college counseling for 25 years, I simply want to remind people in the community who are concerned about college admission that colleges evaluate applicants in the context of experiences that are available to them at their school and in their community. A student who misses out on athletic or music/drama experiences (or even academic experiences) during the upcoming semester is not going to be compared unfavorably to a student who did have access to those experiences. And it's also important to remember (as we think about grading policies, standardized testing, and extracurricular activities) that the entire country has been subject to the same uncertainty as the Bay Area; colleges are nimbly reassessing the way they evaluate applicants based on the challenging (and varied) circumstances of applicants across the country. CONTEXT has always been critical; it will continue to be! Take deep breaths, and trust the colleges to evaluate students in context.

And regarding this article, I was surprised not to learn more about how less privileged students and their families are responding to the decisions/options. I understand that SUHSD made a good-faith effort last spring to provide tech support to students who might not have access, but the accessibility of a device barely scratches the surface of the inequity many students experience. I hope the district is prepared with more holistic solutions; I recognize this is not an easy task.

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Posted by ReginaR
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 7, 2020 at 3:33 pm

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I beg to differ with ANYONE who would compare what we are going through to the rest of the country. New York just announced today that they are opening school. Arizona just announced yesterday that they are proceeding with a full high school football season. I have experience too, and I will tell you that with no stats, a player cannot and will not be evaluated for recruitment. It’s simply impossible. This is why college counselors are a waste of money. They don’t get it. We’re going to suffer for this.

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Posted by Woodside High School Student
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

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I am an incoming Sophomore at Woodside High School, and I believe that we should be back in the classroom in any way that is possible. People may say that it is not safe for kids to be in close quarters but there are many ways to mitigate the risks of getting COVID. While this is true, I believe that there are still many options of getting kids back in the classrooms. We need to wear our masks at school, stay six or more feet apart, have around 6 to 10 kids in the classrooms and wash our hands frequently. As students we need to diligently follow these rules for this to work out. I willing to do what it takes to get back into the classrooms.

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