Comprehensive Distance Learning for 2020-2021
(online until we are cleared to return to face-to-face)
At SJS we are working to:
Keep our students and staff safe.
Use our on-site time wisely.
Add more mental health support to our program.
Timeline for Reopening
August 7th Comprehensive Distance Learning Blueprint due to Sheridan School District
August 8th Graduation (small ceremonies begin at 3:00 pm) and 8th-grade Promotion (Zoom at 11:00 am)
August 15th Full Operational Blueprint for Reentry due to Oregon Department of Education and posted to the required websites
August 17th-21st Back to School Conferences with Director for all students who are going into 4th, 8th, 9th, 12th, and those who are either off-track for graduation or had "Incomplete" grade(s) from Distance Learning.
August 24th-27th Staff Inservice
August 31st First Day of School - Online
Our Current Plan
At our July Board meeting, the Sheridan Japanese School Board of Directors voted to roll out a Comprehensive Distance Learning model for the 2020-2021 school year (or until we are released for face-to-face learning).
Families with students enrolled in SJS for the 2020-2021 school year should watch for a Mail Chimp Update from Director Schulze in early August with more information on Comprehensive Distance Learning. The staff is currently working hard to create engaging classes using the latest pedagogy in online learning. We are building on all the knowledge we gained in the spring to make the fall even better! We have updated our Google Suite to include Google Enterprise which gives us access to features like online whiteboards, breakout rooms, and live streaming. Additionally, we have committed to providing more social-emotional and mental health support to our students. We joined forces with Friendzy - a local group committed to teaching social-emotional skills to students. We are excited to add this class to our electives and homerooms this year. SJS is committed to making our online education as positive, powerful, and impactful as possible! We desire to do our very best for our students and families during this difficult time.
Students who are enrolled in SJS for the 2020-2021 school year should watch their sjsnihongo.com email for information coming in mid-August regarding class schedules and times.
As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please reach out to our office at (503) 843-3400.
We are here for you!
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Sister School Visit
Toyama Kokusai - Toyama University of International Studies High School is our new sister-school! 53 of their students and 19 of our students hung out together on Saturday. We played American games, ate typical American junk food, compared our countries and educations, and swapped TONS of stories. We had a blast!