Hayfield Distance Learning Kick-off

Message from Principal Grimm

Hello Hayfield Hawk Families,

These are unprecedented times!  I am so proud of all the HSS and FCPS staff that have worked so hard to prepare the rest of the school year.  I know I speak for all of our teachers and staff when I say that we are very excited to welcome you back to school on April 14, 2020.  We have missed you, and we look forward to reconnecting.  Please carefully read this News You Choose as there is a lot of information that you will need in the coming weeks.  Please save this email as it contains links, information, and important upcoming events.

As you will see, embedded below is a link that will lead you to a video that discusses how to navigate and use Blackboard Ultra; it is titled Online Learning 101.  Please have your student log in to their fcpsschools.net email to view together. The video is about 3 minutes long and is packed with great information.  The video will also be linked to our website for future viewing.

You will also find a visual of what the virtual learning week will look like, as well as more tips on how to be successful.  These will also be linked to our website.  Please note that all classes 7-12 will meet on Tuesday (Orange Day) and Thursday (White day).  We have a considerable number of teachers that teach both middle and high school students, so remaining on the same schedule is imperative.

I will be hosting a virtual Parent Coffee in conjunction with our PTSA on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 pm via a Blackboard Collaborate platform.  Details to join the virtual meeting will be sent out next week. This meeting will be recorded and posted for those that cannot join.


I wanted to follow-up on Dr. Brabrand’s message to our senior class of 2020.  The current situation is certainly out of our control.  Social distancing is vital, and I ask all of our students to practice social distancing as it will help our entire community.  It is my experience that in times of crisis and uncertainty, the best way to navigate through our emotions is to start with what we can control and find ways to create positive outcomes.

Here is what we can control:

  • We continue to move forward with Cap and Gown orders and Honor Society and Service Cord orders.  As Dr. Brabrand stated, we are working on ways to celebrate 2020.  While we do not know what the graduation ceremony will look like, we do know that caps, gowns, and cords have been earned over the past four years, and our seniors will receive them!
  • I will be hosting a Senior Class virtual meeting after spring break.  By pushing the meeting past spring break, I hope to have answers that are not available to us at this time. 
  • I will be meeting virtually with our SGA and Class Officers to find ways to incorporate spirit weeks and plans for senior activities as allowed.
  • Mr. Nowland is working on virtual senior nights for our spring teams. 

I thank all of our community members for their patience as we navigate through this difficult time.  I know that Hawk Pride has been on display and will be on display for the rest of this year.

Stay well and distanced!


Martin Grimm


Tips for Parents

As we embark on Distant Learning, we recognize it can present different opportunities and challenges for families and students. While our number one goal is to continue high-quality instruction, we recognize the challenges and obstacles our students and families may face in the upcoming weeks will be exciting yet apprehensive. To prepare for this new approach to learning, it is important that we help our students adjust to the new normal and begin to develop good learning habits. Here are few tips to help students find success in this new environment:

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Be there for your child as a parent
  3. Continue to maintain family norms and be supportive
  4. Know that you are doing the best you can
  5. Celebrate your accomplishments and progress!

Student Schedule

Schedule DL

 HSS students will meet with ALL teachers during the appropriate class period for synchronous instruction. There will also be opportunities for asynchronous instruction and questions outside of the assigned bell schedule times.

** MS Electives meet Asynchronously

**HS Electives meet both Synchronously and Asynchronously




With synchronous learning, students will “meet” at the same time in various formats and can receive immediate feedback from their fellow students or teacher during their session. Asynchronous learning doesn't enable that type of interaction, but work can be completed independently, and students can reach out to teachers at another time.

“ The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take that away from you. “ ~B.B. King

Orientation to Online Learning

Please view this Orientation Clip to help get you started:

Online Learning 101 for Hayfield Secondary School

Additional Tips

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