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    Mercer Weekly News, 9/21
    Posted on 09/23/2020
    Mustang logoDear Mercer Families,

    Welcome to the second full week of classes. Our focus continues to be building relationships with students, teaching into our learning platforms and setting up classes so all students can find success. We know if we pay careful attention to this work now, it will pay off as we move through the school year.

    Again, this Wednesday our students will participate in most learning independently with some students working in teacher directed small groups. Teachers will be providing assignments and tasks for students to work on asynchronously (not during a scheduled class time) and if they need to meet with students the teacher will contact that student(s) directly.

    This week we are also completing our Virtual Home Visits with all Mercer families. Our goal with these visits is to get to know our families better while ensuring that students and families have all of their needs met (laptops, school supplies, internet access and other basic needs) as we get into the school year. We don't want any student left behind in their learning.

    I'm also pleased to share that beginning October 5 our school enrichment activities will begin with our Community Learning Center partner. This year we welcome Jewels Jugum to our team (Jewels.Jugum@seattle.gov). We have been working together to create a variety of enrichment and support opportunities for students throughout the day on Wednesdays (in addition to other after school programming). Opportunities range include coding, drop in homework and tutoring help, cooking, watercolor painting, Dungeons & Dragons and more! Our hope is to build a menu of opportunities for students to connect with one another based on interest and affinity groups beyond their classes. We know those connections are just as important as classroom relationships.

    I will share more details, schedules and how to register on Monday next week.

    If you have questions please don't hesitate to reach out to our grade level administrators or counselors.

    Ms. Watters