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Empower Illinois COVID19

March 25, 2020
By Julie Verona

Updates from Empower Illinois

 

Application Review and Scholarship Awarding Resumed
We are happy to confirm that on Monday, March 23, Empower Illinois resumed application review and scholarship awarding as normal. We recognize families may still be facing some roadblocks due to COVID-19. Therefore, we have also extended the acceptance deadline for anyone with an open Conditional Award to May 1, 2020, to accommodate families who may have limited access to a computer during this time. 

If families have questions about their application or awards status, please direct them to our Scholars Helpline:
(309-416 0741, scholars@empowerillinois.org), which continues to be open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.


School Calendar
With schools in Chicago closed until at least April 20, we have decided to forgo the Spring Quarter Attendance Verification. If and when schools are fully back in session, we will reevaluate the Attendance Verification window.

If you have any questions about this update, please contact our Schools Helpline ((888) 458-9099, schools@empowerillinois.org), which continues to be open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

E-Learning Trial 3-18-20

March 17, 2020
By Brooke Rick

Dear Parents, 

As we prepare to kick off our E-Learning trial day tomorrow I wanted to share some important information and a few helpful tips with all of you. 

ALL communication for homework, assignments, updates, etc. will come to your child through Teacherease or the Google Classroom. You will receive some initial communication to your email address today and or tomorrow, but as we move forward all assignments and lessons will be sent to your child's email through Google Classroom or Teacherease. It is IMPERATIVE that you check your email for school based updates and that your child checks his or her account for academic information from his  or her teacher(s). Outside of Pre-K through 1st grade ALL students have had a great deal of exposure to the Google Classroom and Teacherease usage in many of their classes already. This is NOT brand new to most of our students. If you are unsure how to login please ask your child first, you may be surprised at what they can already do. I can assure you that many of them already know how to log in as well as how to navigate the Google Classroom. For our grade school students who do not have a school purchased Chromebook, your child can still access the Google Classroom and Teacherease from ANY device that has internet capabilities. Although it may be tricky at first they will surely get the hang of logging in.

Passwords and logins - Currently all students in grades K-12 have their own Marquette Academy Google account and password. Please note that this is the account that will link them into their specific teachers Google classroom. Students MUST use this account. Parents please be advised that we CAN NOT use your email address for your child's Google Classroom account they MUST use their school email address. The system is already set up and all Google Classrooms are created, so we will not be changing this process. If you are unsure of your child’s login information in grades K-8 please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher and they can verify their login and password. If you are still having issues accessing the account you may need to have it reset.  Our AMAZING technology support staff at Computer Spa has created a link for you to do that. If you click on the link below they will send the reset code to your child's homeroom teacher who will then contact you. I will be the person contacting all High School students with rest information from Computer Spa. Please use the link below for a password reset.

passwordreset@ marquetteacademy.net
 

Accelerated Reader: Students will still be able to access AR for tests now even from home. Please see the PDF attached to this email for information on how to access this from home.  You will still also need our school AR code which is MA-01LU  along with the additional information on the page. Please remember that students can read any books that they have at home in hard copy or they can access books through a variety of apps that allow for books to be downloaded. AR also has available nonfiction articles at the following website www.arbookfind.com.

Technology Issues: If you are facing technology issues during our trial day tomorrow I ask that you contact either your child's teacher directly or myself. We will do our best to troubleshoot any issues you may be having, but please keep in mind that this is a new initiative and it may take time to work out any issues. Our faculty and staff will be using Thursday and Friday to correct issues and also to continue to develop our E-Learning for next week.

E-Learning for the week of March 23rd- 27th: As previously mentioned we will be following a modified schedule for the week of March 23rd through March 27th. Again by attempting this process gradually we will allow for our teachers and students to better acclimate to our new way of teaching and learning. Please note that with our modified schedule we do not expect students to complete their work during their "regular" class times. Instead as we acclimate to our new system they may complete their lessons and work anytime during the specified day. Again this work is counted for completion so we do want kids to attempt everything as a means to best prepare for the following week if we do shift to full time E-Learning. It is anticipated that assignments be completed within the day they are assigned as if they were to be "turned in" the next day had they been taken home for homework. Your child can anticipate receiving lessons and homework from the following classes on each specified day. 

Monday March 23rd: High School/Junior High (5-8) -  Periods 1 & 2 Classes

Grade School (K-4) - 2 academic areas as determined by your teacher

Preschool- refer to your child’s teacher’s email regarding their E-Learning Plan

Tuesday March 24th: High School/Junior High (5-8) - Periods 3 & 4

Grade School (K-4) - 2 different academic areas as determined by your teacher

Preschool - refer to your child’s teacher’s email regarding their E-Learning Plan  

Wednesday March 25th: High School/ Junior High (5-8)- Periods 5 & 6

Grade School (K-4) - 2 different academic areas as determined by your teacher 

Preschool- refer to your child’s teacher’s email regarding their E-Learning Plan

Thursday March 26th: High School/Junior High (5-8)- Periods 7 & 8

Grade School(K-4) - Specials (Art, Music, PE and Spanish) assignments

Preschool - refer to your child’s teacher’s email regarding their E-Learning Plan.

Friday March 27th: Please watch for contact from your teachers to utilize this time for trouble shooting and preparation for the following week if we are to continue on in our E-Learning process.

Specifications for the week of March 30th - April 3rd will be released as they become available as we await further direction from the ISBE and OCS.  

I want to take this opportunity to commend and thank our faculty and staff for their hard work and diligence to make this all happen. They have already put in much effort and will continue to work extremely hard to ensure that we are still giving our students the high quality Catholic education they deserve. I truly appreciate all of their hard work and efforts and I once again implore you to be patient and continue to work with us as we attempt to troubleshoot any issues we may encounter. This is truly a brand new endeavor for all of us, so we must all work together in order for it to be successful. I also continue to encourage you all to please follow the guidelines of social distancing as it is truly the only way we can help to slow and eventually stop the transmission of this virus. Please continue to pray for all of our Marquette Family throughout this unprecedented time. 

Respectfully, 

--

Brooke Rick, Principal

Marquette Academy

High School 815/433-0125  Ext 1013

Grade School 815/433-1199

Freshman Enrollment

March 17, 2020
By Julie Verona

INCOMING FRESHMAN ENROLLMENT

Parents of Incoming Freshman: The upcoming enrollments scheduled for 3-26 and 3-28, will be rescheduled at a later date due to the current  COVID-19 circumstances. Please keep checking your emails.

Please contact Mindy McConnaughhay if you have any questions.

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