• Friday, March 27th, 2020


    Dear Galaxy Families and Students,


    I hope this check in email finds you well and settling into a new routine at home.  We do not want to overload your inbox, so we will be reaching out once a week or so, but feel free to reach out to us at any time that you have questions.  


    This was our first week of online learning, so what did it look like? Each day at 8:00 a.m. our four academic classes released a message and/or assignment for the day.  Work is not listed in Jumprope, instead you will find it under the “stream” or “classwork” tabs within Google Classroom.  


    Some assignments are week-long, like the reading logs, which require work daily but are not due until Friday, while other assignments are due the same day, or the next day.  Please let us know if you or your child need help navigating Google Classroom. Next week we will run a similar format, so be sure to check out what’s happening in our classes by visiting the tabs mentioned above.


    A few resources to check out:

    1. Breakfast and lunch are available for pick up for any EWSD child, grades preK-12, at the following locations daily. If you need assistance getting meals please let us know and we can help facilitate delivery.

    1. Maple Street Park from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    2. Essex Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    3. Westford School from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


    2. Please see this letter from our Guidance department regarding services available during this time:



    3. A letter from our Learning Center regarding programs available to use at home and EMS passwords to gain access: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QehYmkfXjj2IgHMiqx1_-LBYwIzbVPWYHi7uDxDi7ok/edit

    One last piece from an email sent by Mr. Briggs last evening: Good evening EMS parents. I too was surprised by the announcement this evening that we will not be returning to EMS this year. With that, I’ll be at EMS tomorrow from 8:30-12:00 if anyone is needing their belongings including locker contents and/or computers to access their education through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.


    Please feel free to reach out at any time with questions or concerns you may have.  We appreciate your support and help during this time.  


    Be well,

    Galaxy Team Teachers


    David Mendenhall: dmendenhall@ewsd.org

    Julie Edwards: jedwards@ewsd.org

    Laura Pratt: lpratt@ewsd.org

    Elizabeth Ploof: eploof@ewsd.org


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  • 3/16/20

    Dear Galaxy Students and Families,


    We write you today to outline our basic academic plans on the Galaxy Team for the coming weeks. 


    Essentially, this week, 3/16/20-3/20/20, is a “pass” on homework and lessons “required” for students as the EWSD administrators outline their own requirements for us as teachers. We, on the Galaxy Team, are set-up for online learning and hope to get the greenlight from leadership to begin next week, Monday, 3/23/20. 


    With that stated, please know that students are welcome to continue reading in their personal books this week. Also, know that students are always able to access reading materials electronically, both digitally and on audio, from EWSD’s Sora account using phones, tablets, desktops, or Chromebooks. To access that library, visit soraapp.com. In Sora, search for EWSD and sign in with a typical student login - first initial and last name. The library should then be available.


    For our online learning, Galaxy Team will be using the digital platform that we’ve used all year - Google Classroom. Students should be very familiar with the site. If not, please e-mail any of us with questions. To ensure that we plan appropriately for the technology that students have access to, please help us by filling out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchidAjgYG-ZqBL8RD4V5pwNDgz4FK7XhX6sk85WnhEx0DSIw/viewform. That will allow us to design assignments that all students will be able to complete.


    Also know that students or parents are welcome to visit EMS today, Monday, 3/16, or tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/17, to pick up Chromebooks and power-cords to facilitate online learning. This is not an expectation, but an optional opportunity. If you choose to visit us and retrieve those Chromebooks, Miss Hailey, our para-educator, will deliver and “check out” Chromebooks to you. Students in school today will be able to leave with their electronics.


    For families who are in need of food services or assistance with meals, please e-mail one of us directly.


    We hope this answers some of your questions. We will be in touch.


    Thank you,


    David Mendenhall - dmendenhall@ewsd.org

    Julie Edwards - jedwards@ewsd.org

    Laura Pratt - lpratt@ewsd.org

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