A MESSAGE FROM MRS. FINLEY ODELL
Head of School and Interim Head of Middle School:
Dear Roycemore Middle School Students and Families,
As shared in my email to you a couple of days ago, as we head "back" from spring break we are launching "Remote Learning 2.0" for Middle School students.
Here is a
Middle School Remote Learning Schedule Page with Class Links:
Tomorrow morning (Monday April 13) at 9:30am there will be MANDATORY Homeroom meetings
where homeroom teachers will further explain the new schedule and expectations of students. The links for Homeroom meetings are in the
. Parents are welcome to join these meetings tomorrow as well just so everyone is one the same page.
NEW SYNCHRONOUS SCHEDULE
As a result of feedback from the remote learning surveys, conversations with other schools around the country, and what we have learned in best practices for remote learning, the new
schedule will provide for synchronous 25 MINUTE class meetings twice a week for all core classes, plus office hours available with all teachers.
In addition, teachers will continue to post their videos or other materials in RenWeb (and Google Classroom) as appropriate.
When students are not engaging in synchronous classes, they will be expected to review RenWeb (and Google Classroom as appropriate) to view the videos and other assignments and directions from their teachers and do work JUST LIKE THEY DID PRIOR TO SPRING BREAK. The idea for the 25 minute synchronous schedule for all classes is to ensure regular "face to face" contact with teachers, go over more difficult concepts together, and to build community.
Academic classes will be held either on M/W or T/F, with Thursdays being dedicated to wholly asynchronous work plus Advisory, PE/Wellness, and 5th grade Art.
: Middle School students will STILL NEED to enter their attendance each day as they did before spring break. In addition, teachers will be taking attendance for the synchronous classes, so students are expected to "show up."
Virtual Classroom Etiquette and the Seven Habits
he guidelines below outline our expectations for student etiquette for their online classes:
1. Set up your chrome book and all the materials that you need for class in a quiet area in your home before the virtual meeting starts. Stay in this one place during the meeting. (Be Proactive)
2. Materials include pencil or pen, paper, books for that class. (Put First Things First, and Begin with the End in Mind)
3. Please have the camera turned so the teacher can see you. (Synergize)
4. You’ll be muted unless it’s your time to talk. Remember to “raise your hand” and wait for the teacher to unmute you. (Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood)
5. Just as we do when we are in a classroom together, listen and be respectful of each other. (Think Win-Win)
6. Patience: There will be glitches with the technology. If your screen freezes, send your teacher a “chat” to explain that you need the last point repeated. Also, remember we are all learning how to teach and learn remotely, so be patient as your teachers are learning this technology. (Synergize)