Welcome to Mrs. Mai's Class!
Laura Mai 

***IF YOU NEED TO CONTACT ME, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT lmai@dickinsonisd.org. I am available Monday-Friday 11:00AM-12:30PM.


As you know, plans are changing with each press release and with action taken by local, state, and national authorities.  Please bear with us as we do our best to adjust accordingly.  Here is the plan for delivering instruction to our students over the next four weeks—March 17 – April 10, 2020.


Instruction for the Weeks of March 17–March 20 and March 23-27.  The district has placed the icon pictured below on the District Website.  When parents/students click on the icon, they are connected to a list of websites that offer digital learning resources for students in grades PrK-12 for all courses/classes.  The resources are primarily enrichment/extension in nature.  These are the instructional materials for these two weeks and for use at any time during the next four weeks while we are out of school.  


1. ABCYA: https://www.abcya.com

2. BrainPOP: English section https://www.brainpop.com/english/

3. BrainPOP JR. Reading and Writing section: https://jr.brainpop.com/readingandwriting/

Instruction for the next two Weeks; March 30 – April 10.  For the two weeks following, we will utilize this process/procedure.

·         Teachers will create lessons for all classes that will be posted in Google Classroom and/or on the teacher’s website each Friday by 5:00 PM.  This means for the week of March 30-April 3, the lessons will be posted no later than Friday, March 27 by 5:00 PM.  We will follow this same timeline/process for each of the two weeks with lessons posted no later than 5:00 PM on March 27 and April 3.  

·         The administrative and counseling team will be on campus on Monday mornings to copy the lesson materials, organize by course, and distribute to students who do not have access at home from 12:00 to 3:00 PM on Mondays.  

·         At this time, we are not going to “formally” grade student work.  However, we will determine a way to give credit for work completed and turned in during the next four weeks.  Discussions are forthcoming on how to access work and give credit.  At this time, our primary focus is to provide high quality instruction and direction for our students. 

Instruction for the Remaining FIVE – SIX Weeks:  April 13 – May 21.  If we resume classes as planned on April 13, we have a great opportunity to provide high quality instruction focusing on the ESSENTIAL STANDARDS (TEKS) that students must master in order to be ready for and to experience success in the next course or at the next level.   During the week of April 6-9, PLC team members and teachers of singleton classes will focus on writing lessons for the week of April 13 – 17 reviewing key concepts taught during the school year and those presented in the lessons provided during the four weeks we were out of school.  We will then focus on the essential TEKS for the remainder of the school year.   Final exams will be administered to seniors as planned May 13-15 and to students in grades 9-11 during the week of May 18-21.    All teachers must have lesson plans entered into Eduphoria by 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 9 for the week we return—April 13-17.   WE are waiting on information from College Board regarding AP exams.  

STAAR/EOC.  The state has waived the STAAR for this year.  We do not know how the state plans on dealing with this group of students who will miss their STAAR/EOC for their current course.  As soon as information is made available to me, I will share with you.   All seniors who have pending STAAR exams will graduate this year using an alternate means for meeting the state EOC requirement. 

HOPE Clinic.  The HOPE Clinic at DHS is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM for students and for staff.  If you need to see Ms. Lounds at the clinic, enter through the side doors near the tennis courts/softball fields.  Do not hesitate to come see her if you or one of your children become ill and you cannot get in to see your doctor or pediatrician.  

SENIOR STUDENTS.  If you have a senior at home or you know one who is distraught over prom and/or graduation, please encourage them to stay calm and not panic.  DHS will host graduation, and at this time, it is still planned for May 21.  Prom is up in the air right now due to the City of Galveston order for all large-gathering events scheduled through May to be cancelled.  Once we return to school, we will find an alternate venue, and we will make sure that our students expereince the time-honored tradition and the right of passage of the senior prom. 

Hello, my name is Laura Mai.  I have taught for two years in Virginia; one year as a K-1 Inclusion Teacher and the other year as a High School Self-Contained Life Skills Teacher. Last year I taught in the WAVE program as the ELA teacher.  I graduated in 2016 from Liberty University (located in Lynchburg, VA) with a degree in Special Education.  This year I will be teaching WAVE English Language Arts. I am looking forward to the 2019/2020 school year! 

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