April 18, 2020

Governor DeSantis just announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. We will continue our distance learning program to close out the 2019 – 2020 school year. In the coming weeks, we will send out information about progress reports, student academic progress, and end of the year processes. We hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend, we’ll see you virtually on Monday!

Sincerely,

Evan Markowitz
Principal

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April 1, 2020

With Florida Governor DeSantis issuing a 30 Day Stay-At-Home Order, we will now be closing our campus. Our team will now be working strictly from home and our school phone system will not be monitored during this time. We will continue with our virtual learning plan, with instruction beginning at 8:00 tomorrow. We’ll see you all tomorrow for a full day of learning, hopefully!

Be Safe!

Evan Markowitz
Principal

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March 30, 2020

Under the advisement of Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Athenian Academy of Technology and the Arts will remain closed and continue to follow its Virtual Learning Plan through May 1, 2020.

Sincerely,

Evan Markowitz
Principal

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March 24, 2020

Athenian Families, Our Ohana:

Our team started the process yesterday of reaching out to you with directions to pick up books and supplies, as well as explaining the process for virtual learning. If you were unable to pick up your child’s computer last week, you’ll also be able to do that during this scheduled time as well. Please monitor Schoology and your email for this communication from your child’s teacher and/or grade level team. Teachers are also making phone calls and/or setting up conferences in Schoology/Big Blue Button to help you and your child prepare for Monday, March 30, 2020 when our virtual learning goes live!

Please note that this is not optional, all students are required to sign on each day, be actively engaged in the learning process, and complete all course work. Students will receive grades for the 4th quarter via virtual learning and middle school students will earn course credits for graduation through this learning model. Students will sign on each day at 7:50, with instruction beginning at 8:00. Once again, this is not optional, students will be actively engaged in the learning process from 8:00 – 2:00 each day. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. You may also contact me via email at Evan.Markowitz@aaota.org. We look forward to seeing our kiddos again virtually on Monday, March 30, 2020!

Sincerely,

Evan Markowitz
Principal

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March 18, 2020

Athenian Families, Our Ohana:

It is with heavy hearts that we move forward with what remains of our school year. As of today, students will not return to school until at least Wednesday, April 15, 2020. As we navigate this unique situation, we have 3 priorities at Athenian Academy. Our first priority is to keep our team, students, and families safe and healthy. Our second priority is to continue guiding and teaching our students. Finally, our third priority is to provide support and normalcy to our Athenian Family, our Ohana.

At Athenian Academy, we are moving forward with the anticipation that students won’t return to school in the traditional sense for the remainder of the school year. If students do return on April 15, 2020, we will be ready. If schools do not return to normal operations, then we will also be ready to continue with our teaching and learning online.

Athenian Academy will resume instruction for all of our students on Monday, March 30, 2020 via Schoology. It is important that each child has access to a computer and internet. If you do not have a computer at home that your child can utilize, please email me at Evan.Markowitz@aaota.org and we will make arrangements for you to pick up your child’s computer. If you don’t have internet at home, Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum, is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to families with K-12 students or college students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription. The company is also waiving its installation fees for new subscribers and will open Wi-Fi hotspots across the county for public use. To enroll, call (844) 488-8395. 

What will learning look like online? We will be utilizing Schoology and a Conference App called Big Blue Button, which we have pushed out to all of our courses in Schoology. Students will follow a similar schedule to their traditional school day and will still receive art, music, and physical education instruction online. In addition, students will be in direct contact with their teacher, who will continue teaching them through Schoology and Big Blue Button. Our team is receiving additional professional development on Monday, March 23, 2020. Your child’s classroom teacher will be in contact with you on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 with additional information.

As this is a fluid situation and plans are changing quickly, communication continues to be extremely important as we move forward. We highly encourage you to check your Email, Schoology, Facebook, Remind, and our website at www.aaota.org daily for updates. My personal preferred method of communication is via email at Evan.Markowitz@aaota.org. Please know that we are here for you and are continuing to monitor all channels of communication. We are doing all we can to help provide our kiddos with as much normalcy as possible during this unique situation and hope our plan will do such. Please share with your kiddos how much we miss them and let us know if we can be of any assistance to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Evan Markowitz
Principal

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March 17, 2020

Athenian Families, Our Ohana:

Governor DeSantis just announced that students will not return to campus until at least April 15th. In addition, state testing has been canceled and schools will not receive school grades for the 2019 – 2020 school year. We are working through all of the logistics and promise to share additional information soon. Please be safe and tend to your families.

Sincerely,

Evan Markowitz
Principal

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March 16, 2020

Athenian Families, Our Ohana:

Please know that we are thinking about each of you as we enter into this extended break and very much missing all of our kiddos. As this is a fluid situation and plans are changing quickly, communication will continue to be extremely important as we move forward. If you don’t normally check your email daily, we highly encourage you to make this part of your daily routine. We have been sending out updates via Email, Schoology, Facebook, and Remind and will continue to do so.

All Florida schools are currently closed through March 30, 2020 with students returning on March 31, 2020. We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 daily and following guidance from the CDC, Florida Department of Health, and the Pasco County Health Department.   

Pasco County Schools announced today that they will begin providing free breakfast/lunch on Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th between 11:00  and 1:00 at 7 different locations. Attached is additional information about these meals and locations. 

On 3/17/2020, an envelope will be mailed out for each student at our school. In the anticipation of closures possibly extending beyond the current 2 weeks, we are including student login information for Schoology and VMathLive for all of our students, as well as IRLA/Bookshelf for our k – 3 students. We have assigned assignments in VMathLive for all of our K – 8 students.  

In addition to the above resources, we are including some packet work for all of our students in grades 1 – 8. Students in grades k – 3 may also utilize Bookshelf to access and read books online. There are also many wonderful resources on Schoology in the Purple Textbook and Resources Folder in each course as well. Students are encouraged to utilize all of these resources during the current school closure. If you need assistance accessing these resources, you may reach out to your child’s teacher and/or me and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Finally, should closures extend beyond March 30, 2020, we will continue instruction through our Learning Management System, Schoology. Please maintain these copies of login information we are providing you for your child. If your child doesn’t have access to a computer at home, please email me at Evan.Markowitz@aaota.org and we will make arrangements to provide your child with his/her school computer. 

Please know that we are here for you and planning for many different scenarios. We are doing all we can to help provide our kiddos with as much normalcy as possible during this unique situation. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Evan Markowitz
Principal