Principal's Message

  • Dear Gallaher Families,

    We are certainly in unprecedented times! We surely miss seeing each and every one of your smiling faces! The part of the day that I am missing most is opening the Gallaher front doors and welcoming each of you into the building for the day! That is my favorite part of the day as we get to see and greet each child, often receiving hugs and great updates on the most exciting thing that happened in their lives since the day before! Your teachers all miss you as well and are excited about offering a few instructional lessons each day to keep you engaged with new material as we move forward with the last marking period. We wanted to provide you with some general information about this new adventure and what to expect.

    What does Remote Learning mean? What will it look like?
    Remote learning occurs when the learner and instructor, or source of information, are separated by time and distance and therefore cannot meet in a traditional classroom setting. The remote learning student instructional day will take place from 9AM - 4PM (see the suggested schedule below). Remote learning will begin on April 6th for students. Currently, remote learning is scheduled to continue through May 15th. Teachers will utilize Schoology, Class Dojo, Zoom, and other approved platforms to provide lessons and support for students.All teachers at Gallaher will post 2 instructional lessons each day in Schoology. This will include an instructional video and an associated assignment. Teachers will share expectations around what needs to be done and/or submitted. Please keep in mind that these items will NOT be graded. Teachers will be monitoring student work and providing feedback on what is submitted. Students will be able to access lessons from each of the teachers that they normally see in a typical school day (AAP Teacher, Special Educator, EL Teacher, Specialist Teachers, etc.). Please do not feel burdened that all assignments and activities must be completed from the various teachers. If you are wondering how to prioritize your student’s work, please reach out to their homeroom teacher for guidance.

    What are Virtual Office Hours and when will they be?

    Virtual Office Hours are a time when teachers are available to provide additional help or answer student questions. The manner in which teachers offer the office hours may vary from day to day. Sometimes teachers may hold a live Zoom meeting where all students can connect together, and other days they may take specific questions using email or Class Dojo. Your child’s teachers will connect with you about what to expect during this time.
    Your child’s teachers will share their office hours with you. You can also reference the document on our website. Additionally, our specialists (Art, PE, Music, Technology) will hold office hours for anyone in the school from 3:00 – 4:00 PM daily.

    Your child’s teacher is the best person to reach out to first. They can direct your question if there is another professional that may be able to provide an answer.
    We thank you for your continued commitment to Gallaher and to our students’ success! We could never do this without your patience and support!! Please continue to be patient as our school, district, state, and country move toward a new method of learning. We will accomplish great things together!

    Please click on the document attached for the following helpfule tips:

    Letter to Families

    • How do I log into Schoology where the lessons are posted?
    • What should our instructional day look like while we are at home?
    • Gallaher Suggested Home Academic Schedule for Successful Remote Learning



    Many Thanks,
    Mrs. Cassel and Mrs. Foxx