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It has been our intention to return to some form of in-person learning as soon as it was determined by our health departments that it is both safer and feasible to do so. On September 21, during our virtual town hall with county health department officials, we reviewed the current coronavirus data for our community. To this end, our county health agency partners have made the recommendation that it is now appropriate for us to return to a hybrid learning model. Click here to watch the virtual town hall discussion about the data guiding our decisions and current levels in our community. Beginning Monday, October 5, we will be implementing a hybrid in-person learning schedule for all students who are not currently enrolled in the LaunchED program. LaunchED student’s schedules will not be impacted by this change.
Cómo usted sabe, nuestra intención ha sido volver a alguna forma de aprendizaje en persona tan pronto cómo nuestros departamentos de salud determinen que es más seguro y factible hacerlo. Anoche, durante nuestra junta virtual con los funcionarios del departamento de salud del condado, revisamos los datos actuales del coronavirus para nuestra comunidad. Con esto, nuestros asociados de las agencias de salud pública del condado han recomendado que ahora es apropiado que regresemos a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido. Haga clic aquí para ver la discusión de la junta virtual sobre los datos que guían nuestras decisiones y los niveles actuales en nuestra comunidad. Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, estaremos implementando un programa de aprendizaje híbrido en persona para todos los estudiantes que no estén inscritos actualmente en el programa LaunchED. Los horarios de estudiantes LaunchED no serán impactados por este cambio.
This year will be Ms. Branca’s third year of teaching at Alpine Elementary. Before that, Ms. Branca has six years of teaching or helping students in education ranging from a computer teacher at Uinta Meadows Elementary in Wyoming and a computer teacher at Legacy Elementary, to being a student advisor from kindergarten to college-aged students. Ms. Branca earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education at the University of Phoenix. In her earlier years of adulthood, Ms. Branca also earned a crane operating license through the United States Army National Guard.
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Branca enjoys spending time with her 10-year old daughter, Kendalyn, who will be a 5th grader at Central Elementary this year. She also has 3 dogs, 4 chickens, and 2 rats (yes, rats!). It can feel a bit like a funny farm at times at Ms. Branca’s home! In her free time, Ms. Branca likes to cook and spend time with friends and family along with kayaking, camping, fishing, and hiking. Some of her favorite spots are back home with her parents in Evanston, Wyoming and up in Kodiak, Alaska visiting her brother and sister-in-law.
Through her experiences in the classroom, in education, and in life, Ms. Branca strives to teach children the importance of understanding what makes them unique along with teaching them how to be collaborative communicators in the IB framework. She also seeks a similar relationship with families at home - understanding what is unique about your family and how to collaboratively communicate with you. Parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles are all welcome in Ms. Branca’s classroom! She looks forward to meeting you and getting to know each student and their families.