During this difficult time in our local community, nation, and the world, The Healdsburg School is committed to providing our students with an engaging, meaningful curriculum and maintaining our strong sense of community.
The faculty and staff prioritize the social-emotional well-being of our students and daily face-to-face interactions between teachers and students. Each morning, students in grades K-8 begin their day with a class meeting via Zoom. During this time, teachers check-in with students, facilitate mindfulness and self-care exercises and lead their students in discussion.
Lower School: Grades K-5
Each day, Lower School students spend inquiry time actively engaging in learning. Daily lesson plans are either emailed each day to parents (Grades K-2), posted in Seesaw (Grade 3), or Google Classroom (Grades 4-5). Students then work independently on hands-on activities such as creating fractional suncatchers, acting out their favorite stories in Readers’ theater, building solar ovens, and modeling fractions using materials around their homes. Throughout the day students interact with their teachers in small reading and math groups through Zoom.
Middle School: Grades 6-8
Middle School students rotate through their classes each day, just like they would on our physical campus. Teachers post daily assignments in Google Classroom and students virtually attend classes through Zoom.
Working remotely is especially challenging for middle schoolers who thrive on social connections. To support students, Middle School teachers engage students in group projects and provide them with space in breakout rooms to collaborate on assignments. From exploring the migration to the American West from the perspectives of different groups of people to learning how to graph quadratic functions, our Middle School students are engaged in school and our Middle School teachers have lifted our program from the classroom into the virtual Cloud.