Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We hope this message finds you doing well with our unique circumstances. We wanted to take a few moments to welcome you and your family to this new year and share some important information with you.
Mr. Mike Cummins and Dr. TJ Winkelmann will be serving as the ePirate administrators for all PreK-6 buildings. Mr. Cummins is the Assistant Principal at Mill Creek, and Dr. Winkelmann is the Assistant Principal at Hillcrest STEAM Academy.
We have included our contact information below:
Mr. Mike Cummins, ePirate Administrator: Cambridge, Gladden, and Mill Creek
Dr. TJ Winkelmann,ePirate Administrator: Bosco, Grace, Kentucky Trail, and Hillcrest STEAM Academy
- The daily schedule for your child depends on the home school of the ePirate teacher assigned to your child. Class rosters are being developed based on virtual enrollment by grade district-wide. Classroom lists are currently being finalized and will be sent soon.
If your teacher's Home School is Cambridge, Gladden, or Kentucky Trail, the availability for contact will be 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
If your teacher's Home School is Mill Creek, the availability for contact will be 8:40 am - 3:40 pm.
If your teacher's Home School is Hillcrest, the availability for contact will be 9:10 am - 4:10 pm.
Teachers will be reaching out to you via video later this week with more information specifically on what life will look like in the ePirate virtual program.
Participation is required each day as an ePirate. The following will count for a student’s attendance:
- Completion of lessons and activities turned in on the day of or the next day of attendance.
- Electronic submission of lessons and activities on the day of or the next day of attendance.
- Log of electronic/web-based/app activity.
K-6 students will not be online all day, but there will be scheduled times to meet with the teacher and/or their classmates.
Back to School Night
Classroom teachers will be sending you more information regarding a virtual Back to School Night. This will look different this year and will be in video form where you can watch anytime.
ePirates will have the opportunity to order and pick up meals; details will be coming soon from the district level. If your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits you must complete the Meal Benefits Form every year.
Devices for ePirates:
We want to be sure your child is ready to start school on August 24th, and we have 2 opportunities scheduled for you to come to pick up a device.
Please stop by the Yeokum Center of Innovation on either Thursday, August 20th, and Friday, August 21st between the hours of 11 am - 7 pm. Yeokum is located at 613 Mill Street, just south of Grace Early Childhood Center.
Please pull up to the north entrance awning and have a sign in your dashboard with your children’s names written clearly and large enough for the tech staff to read. Please also include the child’s grade on the sign. If you have multiple children, you can put all names/grades on one sign.
You will not need to leave your vehicle, but for security reasons, we will ask to see some form of ID to verify you are the parent/guardian of the child receiving the device.
Hillcrest 2-6th grade: If your 2nd-6th grader still has their district-issued device from the 2019-2020 school year, please bring it to this event to exchange for an updated one. Hillcrest first graders were issued updated devices as kindergarteners and do not need to attend this event.
K-2nd grade students will be issued an iPad in an Otterbox case and a cable/charger.
3-6th grade students will be issued an iPad in a case, a keyboard, and a cable/charger.
If your student is having trouble accessing the assignments on their district-issued devices, please reach out to your student’s teacher for support. BSD will be hosting two Zoom meetings for parents to learn about their child’s district-issued device. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 4:30pm-5:00pm or 6:30pm-7:00pm. We will share the link on Monday, August 31, 2020.
If your child’s district-issued device is broken or misplaced, please fill out the Technology Support - Devices.
Mr. Mike Cummins and Dr. TJ Winkelmann