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Lincoln-McKinley moves into online learning


Last updated 4/1/2020 at 11:30am

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

Kaelin StillSmoking, 7, looks through her packet of learning supplies Tuesday out front of Lincoln-McKinley Primary School. The school prepared Chromebooks and packets for parents that requested them.

Lincoln-McKinley Primary School has implemented online programs for it's students as part of the remote learning program including providing Chromebooks to students who need them.

Principal Holly Bitz said the school's remote learning plan is up and running and if the families of second and third graders are looking to access it, they can go to the http://www.blueponyk12.com website, click on the coronavirus/COVID-19 link, from there, click on current information on elementary education and then choose either second or third-grade lessons.

"For each classroom they are basing their lessons on our pacing guides that are tied to those same standards," she said. "Based upon those, they are assigning a story each week with a link to a YouTube video for them."

  For math, she said, the teachers are tying videos into what lesson is currently being taught and using the IXL math practice website for specific skills. 

She said the teachers adding something new for science on a timely topic or a video from the Mystery Science website and the school's librarian, Cheree Bekker, has added an Ebook collection from the school to the students.

The school's accelerated reader program has opened up so students can take quizzes at any time, Bitz said, to help find their reading level ability.

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

Hearts with students names written on them are posted in the gym window Tuesday in Lincoln-McKinley Primary School.

"The physical education teacher has been providing an activity of choice each day, some of are tied to GoNoodle or different things and then our music teacher has also put in some different lessons, this week is based on sound through Bill Nye and getting some movement incorporated there as well," she said.

She added that through the school's counseling program, lessons are available on how to calm oneself and breathe, listen, some coping strategies for each week and so on.

If students do not have access to a device to do the online programs and assignments, they can contact the school 395-8554 or can go to the school from 1 to 2 p.m. each day till further notice and they will be assisted.

"We truly miss our students and want them to know that we are thinking about them," Bitz said. "If you drive by Lincoln-McKinley, on the southside of the building, you will see hearts in the windows. Each heart has a student or a staff name on it to let them know we care about them. We hope they are safe, learning and can't wait until we can see them all again."


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