MMS Hybrid Learning

Table Of Contents

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I get my schedule?

Schedules are being adjusted to address the choice in model, (remote or hybrid) as well as adjusting cohorts for class size and bus capacity. There are certainly a lot of moving pieces we have to settle prior to meeting all the needs of our students. Our goal is to have them ready for distribution on Monday, September 14, 2020. If they are complete prior to that date we will issue them earlier. If you have specific questions or concerns about scheduling please email your child’s school counselor.

School Counselors:

  • Mr. Hagan: chagan@billericak12.com (last names starting with A-L)

  • Mr. DelRaso: mdelraso@billericak12.com (last names starting with M-Z)

When does school begin?

September 16, 2020 is the first day of school. This is a remote synchronous day. While it will look very different from previous years the goals are the same. We will work to make sense of the many changes and challenges our students will face. We do not identify changes and challenges as a hardship for our students but as an opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve. Yes there will be stumbles and falls, that is all part of the learning process. While challenging, we will achieve!

Cohort B: First day in person Thursday, September 17

Cohort A: First day in person Monday, September 21

What protocols will students be expected to follow?

A more detailed message about protocols will be sent before the first day so that students and families know what to expect. The foundation of the return to school plan is that everyone will be required to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and use good (and frequent) hand hygiene - washing or sanitizing.

Mandates, requirements and protocols continue to change, evolve and get updated as medical professionals and community leaders learn more about how to combat the pandemic. As new information becomes available, we will provide updates.

What will my school day look like?

To begin the year, students will have all classes in one classroom with the cohort they are assigned to, with the exception of Physical Education (PE) class. PE class will be held either in the gym or outside, weather depending. Some special education services will be held in other rooms as well. We have built in movement and mask breaks throughout the school day. Once we receive guidance that we can use more areas of the school, we will.

What will lunch look like?

We will still be offering breakfast and lunch. Details will be sent out prior to the first day of school.

Who is our school nurse?

We are fortunate to have two (2) full time school nurses at the Marshall Middle School. Nurse Sullivan and Nurse Caliendo. Please take a moment to read the important documents from our school nurses.

What about lockers?

We will not be using lockers. If you were worried about learning how to use a combination lock, you can breathe easy!

Where will I keep my things?

You will keep your things in your homeroom near your desk. We will ask that whatever you bring to school, you bring home each day that you are in the building.

What does a typical 5th, 6th, or 7th grade schedule look like?

Fifth Grade Courses Fifth grade students are enrolled in the four core classes that meet daily: English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science and two classes that meet every other day or ninety days per year: Social Studies and Physical Education. Students are enrolled in Technology, General Music, Health, and Art for a quarter of the year on a rotating basis.

Sixth Grade Courses Sixth grade students are enrolled in the four core classes that meet daily: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and two classes that meet every other day or ninety days per year: Reading and Physical Education. Students are enrolled in Art, General Music/Drama, Health, and Shop for a quarter of the year on a rotating basis.

Seventh Grade Courses Seventh grade students are enrolled in the four core classes that meet daily: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and two classes that meet every other day or ninety days per year: World Language and Physical Education. Students are enrolled in Art, General Music/Drama, Health, and Shop for a quarter of the year on a rotating basis.

What is the schedule for band, orchestra, and chorus?

Students are still scheduled for ensembles (band, chorus, or orchestra), however, these courses will not appear on the student matrix schedule right now. All ensembles will be held virtually around their normally scheduled class times. The teachers of the ensembles will be in contact with students to schedule these virtual classes.

How will I access my schedule once it is posted?

Schedules have been released via the Aspen parent portal occurs in the next few days. Parents log onto Aspen here: https://ma-billerica.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do

To view your child's schedule, log into the Portal:

1. Click the Family tab and select the checkbox for which student you want to view information.

2. Select the Schedule side-tab. This will show you your child's daily schedule.

3. The Time drop-down at the top of the page will allow you to switch between individual trimesters or full year.

You must have an active login to view the schedule. Please verify that your login works. If you have questions or need to obtain Parent Portal Access, please email portalhelp@billericak12.com .

Students use the student portal. If a student has issues with his or her account, students should contact jmorgan@billericak12.com .

What if I have questions about my schedule?

We are fortunate to have two school counselors at the Marshall Middle School. Students in each grade are assigned a school counselor alphabetically based on last name. Students will stay with the same school counselor for the three years he/she is at the Marshall. Please contact your child’s school counselor for questions on your child’s schedule.

  • Cullen Hagan students with last name beginning with A-K chagan@billericak12.com

  • Michael DelRaso students with last name beginning with L-Z mdelraso@billericak12.com

School Counselors School Counselors help all students in the areas of personal/social development, career development, and academic achievement, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

How do I access Student Supply Lists?

Click here to select your child’s team and view the team supply list.

Will Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, or other related services be on my child’s schedule?

No, only classes that are graded will be on your child’s schedule. If your child receives related services the District Contact Person (DCP) or the Related Service Provider will share the schedule with you.

What will Student Arrival look like?

What will Wednesday look like?

MMS WEDNESDAYS 20-21 For Families