For our returning families, it's helpful to explain how learning will be similar to the past school year's 4th quarter and how it will be different.
Students and parents will use the new Veracross portal to access all assignments and class resources. Our teachers will update these resources, calendars, and student grades each week, thus they will function much like each class’s “matrix” was used during Spring 2020 eLearning.
To increase time on learning, our students will now learn in a "block schedule" format with 4 classes per day of 80 minutes each. This scheduling change continues the Green Day/Blue Day plan begun during 4th quarter of the past year.
In-person instruction will focus to a large degree on the following: practice, discussion, collaboration, presentation, revision, and lecture. Teachers will use this time to work with smaller groups of students on their individual and group needs.
Asynchronous learning in a course will be closely matched with In-person learning
If due to changes in the environment, SMR moves to Virtual Learning, in which students are learning exclusively at home, synchronous learning (teachers and students together at a designated time) will be the predominant teaching method utilized.
Students will demonstrate their learning through a variety of methods such as videos, presentations, written responses, and annotations, etc.
Teachers will combine a deep knowledge of content with an understanding of the skills needed for students to be successful during and after high school to craft lessons and units of instruction which will help SMR students continue to be prepared for the rigors of college. Professional expertise in virtual learning has been a focus of all of our teachers throughout the summer and will continue as they return in August to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the coming school year.
If you have any questions about teaching and learning, please contact Dean of Academics, Mr. Brad Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can expect to be assigned a routine work space, to have their attendance taken and reported, as if they were attending class. They can expect a quiet classroom work-environment with WiFI, access to clean lavatories, and assistance from supervising adults for general content questions. Students may bring their own lunch or purchase from the Campus Cafe using their Sage account.
Students should come prepared with a fully charged iPad and to stay busy with activities like Khan Academy and personal reading material should they complete their work early. We will be looking to provide supervised physical and brain breaks as well as small group sessions with College Advising, Guidance Counseling, and Learning Difference Resources. Because of our responsibility for our students, they will not have the freedom they might experience working virtually at home.
Dr. Bowes reserves the right to withdraw a student’s privilege to work virtually on campus.
We expect that parents and students will want flexibility. Sometimes, students may want to come to campus on their virtual learning days to access in-person resources such as College Advising, School Counseling, Campus Ministry, or Athletics or simply to have a quiet place on campus to work.
We are currently preparing designated work spaces for those students whose parents stated that they would always or mostly come to campus on their virtual learning work days.
We are in the process of setting up procedures that will allow parents and students to let us know as their virtual learning needs change from day to day or week to week.