Our School

July 24, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I am honored to serve our amazing students, parent community, and staff and am excited to personally welcome you to the fabulous family that is Kerr! This year marks the beginning of my 8th year here at JKMS. For those of you who already know me, it’s great to have you back, and for those of you who are new to JKMS, welcome!

We know that the decision to go full distance learning effects each of our families differently. For about half our families, distance learning was the preferred delivery model. Other Kerr families have expressed understandable concerns and challenges with this model including childcare and scheduling logistics. We have staff who are in the same position. We will do our best to support you and our students during this challenging time. We are working hard to make this a great distance learning experience for our students and families.

Distance Learning Schedule

Enclosed you will find the Distance Learning 3x4 class schedule. We are temporarily changing to this block schedule where students will take 3 classes every 9 weeks. The schedule outlines the times and duration of each class. The first quarter (ending October 9th) will consist of Periods 1,2, and 3. The second quarter (ending December 18th) will consist of Periods 4,5, and 6. You will note classes will also be set up for synchronous instruction, which means teachers and students are online at the same time, as well as asynchronous instruction, which means students will have independent work time apart from their teachers and classmates.

  • Mondays will be a late start/early out day. Tuesday through Friday will be a full day.
  • There is also time built into the schedule for family communication and distance learning support.

I also wanted to update our community on a few other items:

  • Immunizations: If you have not yet turned these in for your incoming 7th grader, please take care of this ASAP as we need this prior to school starting. You can email them to ESDiaz@egusd.net .
  • JKMS Library books and textbooks: If you have any JKMS books please return them. We have a cart outside our office where you can drop them off between 7:30am and 3:00pm every day. We need these items for this current school year and would appreciate any help in this area.
  • Synergy: Please make sure you have a Parent VUE account. If you need an activation key or assistance, please call our office at 916-686-7728 or email lhaflich@egusd.net . It’s important that we can communicate with you and that you can view your child’s progress. It’s also important that students can access their Student VUE. It might not hurt to have them practice logging on.

Student Schedules, Learning Resources and Nutrition

More information regarding student schedules, Food and Nutrition Services, Chromebooks, and textbook distribution will be forthcoming. Your Kerr staff are working on a plan to support student acquisition of learning materials.


Principal, Joseph Kerr Middle School

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