Letter to NEST+m Students and Families, Week of March 23, 2020

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

Thank you for your tremendous optimism, patience and collaboration as we prepare for tomorrow’s formal launch of Remote Teaching and Learning.

I am writing to send a recap of our schoolwide Instructional Expectations over the thirteen instructional days until Spring Break.

 Instructional Expectations:

  • NEST+m teachers, using Google Classroom, will create both a Week at a Glance and Daily Learning Objectives to guide students’ “asynchronous” learning experiences.
  • NEST+m teachers will provide a clear indication of how and in what ways students will be able to connect with them for “meetings” (K-5) or “office hours” (6-12) through Zoom or other media.
  • NEST+m teachers will clearly articulate what students are expected to create and submit as demonstrations of their weekly learning and engagement.
  • If a NEST+m teacher chooses to film themselves using a tool such as Zoom to post their “mini-lesson” for all students to see in an asynchronous fashion, this is a teacher-directed choice.
  • Synchronous teaching that mandates students’ attendance at a fixed time for a live lesson is not sustainable for students, families, teachers and faculty who are currently experiencing an enormous adaptive challenge and the reality of a public health crisis.


Student Online Course Access:

  • Please contact your child’s teacher, Guidance Counselor or primary Assistant Principal if you are unable to access course material and/or experiencing challenges with Remote Learning.
  • Visit the Remote Learning tab on our school website for links to resources – check frequently as we will be updating this information daily.

A request for Optimism, Patience and Collaboration, Step by Step—One Day at a Time

As we fully transition our schoolwide values of Intellectualism, Inclusivity, Collaboration and Exploration into the online realm of Remote Teaching and Learning, thank you for embracing the values of optimism and patience too.

For each of us, it is important that we embrace this new normal step-by-step, day-by-day.

Let’s be our best selves.

Let’s stay in close communication with one another.

And then–as we always do–we will assess what we’re doing well and what we can improve upon.

Sending my best wishes for good health and meaningful learning to all.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz