September 11, 2020

Hello all!

The annual flu season is ongoing as we speak, which has led to almost half of the students in some teaching groups being forced to stay home with sniffles / a cough.

Some general advice for all these students:

  • To find out what you are missing out on, please check FIRST the digital platform(s) that the teacher uses, in most cases Google Classroom. And IF you are - after doing that  -STILL unsure of what to do, contact the subject teacher via Wilma.
  • remember that absences are reported to the form supervisor, not the subject teacher.

So far, we do not have any confirmed Corona cases here in Mattliden and thus no large numbers of exposed students. The situation can change overnight, but here's keeping our fingers crossed!

If you are wondering about any possible distance learning periods, I would like to say the following:

  • if we get a Corona case and thus a large number of exposed students is quarantined, some form of distance study period for the cohort(s) concerned will certainly be discussed. We will naturally inform everyone.
  • if the number of Corona cases increases sharply in Espoo so that a massive distance learning decision has to be made in all Espoo high schools, this is discussed thoroughly at the city level and eventual decisions are made only after these discussions. We at Mattliden will not on our own proactively decide on these matters ourselves.
  • if the corona situation remains at the current level (the situation in Espoo has actually slightly improved lately), we will continue with classroom education with all cohorts. We welcome our 3rd year students back to school when the evaluation week begins on 25.9, but recommend that those who still have matriculation exams 28-29.9 or 1.10 decide for themselves whether it would be a good idea that they stay at home until the matriculation exams are over.
  • regardless of the scenarios above, we will continue in period 2 with the cohort-wise staggered schedule. We will, however, adjust it so that the self-study lessons will be distributed evenly over all 8 positions instad of them being concentrated on 4 positions. The schedule will be visible in Wilma but only after the students have clicked their course choices for period 2, ie. first towards the end of September.

Hang in there! Have a nice weekend! 

Saana

August 21, 2020

Hello all students!

PHEW, what a week! We congratulate you for surviving endlessly changing Wilma schedules and peculiar lesson and recess times! There were, as expected, some minor mistakes in the schedule as late as yesterday, but luckily our teachers had their eyes open and these mistakes have been fixed. But check your schedule at regular intervals so that you always know when and where to attend your lessons. The daily routines will probably get going next week when both the students and the teachers are familiar with the classrooms in the school center and have come up with working methods that also provide time for breaks and rest.

Major decisions have been made this week regarding distance teaching and the graduation festivities, but remember: until 1.9, we have the whole high school here in the school center in classroom teaching. The 3rd year students (both national and IB) have understandably began to worry about the upcoming distance period. We assure you that

  1. the teachers will take excellent care of you even then and will be available as if the lessons were in the classroom
  2. the IB2s will not have distance learning throughout the fall semester. If after 24.9 we need to continue to have one or two cohorts in distance teaching, we will rotate the cohorts. This way the situation will be equal between all students in Mattlidens gymnasium and all students will learn to handle distance studies, which is important for future university studies. So everyone will "take the heat" and help out in dealing with the corona epidemic. The IB2s is the cohort we begin with with due to the very vulnerable matriculation exams that are approaching. Even though our IB2s do not participate in these exams, many of their friends do. The students' social activities extend beyond study lines. It was just on the news last night that an entire high school in Helsinki is now in distance teaching due to corona cases among 3rd year students. And all IB students know by now of the chaos regarding the cancelled May 2020 IB Finals. We have your safety in mind in these kind of decisions, even if it now might feel unfair.
  3. Due to the long period of distance teaching in the spring and the special arrangements now in the fall, we will offer more support than usual in the form of support lessons ("tukiopetus"). Support lessons can be arranged at school or via distance and either during skips or after school at 3 pm. The teacher agrees with his/her students how the extra support measures take place. The extra support can also be arranged so that the teachers, during some lessons, divide their teaching groups into two and have therefore 2 teachers present during the lesson. We strongly encourage our teachers to begin with these support measures as early as next week.

But what matters now is to inhale and exhale. It's all good! We will survive this and you're not alone!

Sincerely,

Saana and Sussie