Middle School Remote Learning Plan

MIDDLE SCHOOL REMOTE LEARNING
Teachers will continue moving forward with the Middle School curriculum using virtual platforms and online learning tools to deliver content. Teachers will connect frequently with students and parents and maintain flexibility in order to best meet the students’ needs through the duration of remote learning. When making curricular decisions and interacting with students, Middle School teachers and advisors will keep the students’ social/emotional well-being as a top priority. 

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  • Course Communications

    The MyMV Middle School Resource Board will be the primary platform used for class communications. 
    • All course announcements, assignments, assessments, and learning resources (including recorded Zoom sessions) will be posted to MyMV.
    • Plans for the upcoming week will be posted to MyMV by Sunday at 5:00 pm. 
    • When possible, student assignments and assessments will be submitted electronically to MyMV. 
    • Teacher office hours will be posted to MyMV.
    Teachers will communicate directly with parents (and copy advisors) of any struggling students ASAP.

    Teachers will respond to parent emails within one business day.

    Maintain the same MYMV expectations.
  • Middle School Schedule (PDF)

    Starting Monday, April 6th, the Middle School will move to a modified Remote Learning Schedule in which each course block meets three times per week. Classes are in session during each block.
  • Weekly Schedules

    By Sunday at 5:00 pm, Middle School teachers will use the Assignment feature (linked to the student’s calendar) to post their Weekly Plan to their MyMV class pages.

    The plan will include:
    • Class meetings and Zoom sessions
    • Learning objectives
    • Assignment/assessment descriptions & deadlines
    • Links to class Zoom meetings
    • Teacher’s virtual office hours & Zoom links
  • Advisory

    Advisories will meet at least twice per week via Zoom from 12:00-12:15 pm.
    • The purpose of the advisory meetings is to check in with advisees and maintain a sense of community.
    • Advisors will communicate with their advisees what days meetings will occur and will provide Zoom links for their meetings each week.
  • Remote Learning/Zoom Etiquette

    • Sign in two minutes before the scheduled call begins to make sure your technology is working
    • Try to participate on the call in a quiet place free from distractions
    • Show up ready to learn (dressed appropriately, quiet voices, listening ears)
    • Stay on “mute” until you are invited into the conversation. Raise your hand if you want to contribute
    • Keep your video “on”
    • Do not write in the chatbox unless asked by your teacher
  • Expectations: Middle School Students

    • Students are responsible for attending scheduled classes.
    • Students are expected to utilize MyMV, email, and Zoom to attend and participate in classes.
    • Students are expected to check and respond to emails in a timely manner.
    • If students need assistance or help they need to utilize the Office Hours that have been made by teachers.
    • Students are expected to submit homework assignments, complete assessments, and meet other deadlines by the assigned date.
    • All behavior expectations/rules that apply in the classroom and school should be met while attending virtual classrooms.
    • It is important that students aspire to be contributing digital citizens and to remain positive when interacting virtually with peers and teachers.
    • If a student misses a class session, they are expected to communicate with the teacher and make up any missed work, to include watching recorded Zoom sessions.
  • Expectations: Middle School Teacher

    During scheduled class sessions, Middle School teachers will:
    • Check-in with students via a live Zoom meeting during at least 2 of the 3 class sessions each week.
    • Provide instruction to students either via synchronous sessions (e.g., Zoom meeting) or asynchronously (e.g., by sharing a video recording of the teacher presenting a lesson). 
    • When possible, provide additional supplemental learning resources (e.g., online resources such as Khan Academy, TedEd, educational YouTube videos, etc.). Note: these resources should not replace the instruction provided by the teacher. 
    • Provide clear directions on the work that is to be completed and assignment deadlines.
    • Build-in time for students to collaborate virtually with peers, when possible (e.g., by using the Zoom ‘break-out room’ tool). 
    • Record Zoom meetings and post on MYMV
  • Middle School Parent Tips

    Parents can help their children be successful remote learners by helping support them in the following ways:
    • Make sure your child has a quiet and organized workspace at home.
    • Check in frequently with your child to ensure they are staying on task and attending class sessions and scheduled meetings.
    • Remind your child to check MyMV every Sunday and throughout the week for weekly plans, class learning objectives, assignments, Zoom links, and other course updates.
    • Reach out to your child’s teachers if your child is struggling to keep up with the course content, and encourage your child to seek additional support by connecting with teachers during their virtual office hours.
    • Email your child’s teachers to inform them if your child is unable to attend class sessions due to illness or other reason. 
    • Reach out to our student support team members should your child need additional support coping with the transition to online learning and/or the current global crisis.
    • Encourage your child to maintain healthy sleep and eating habits and to exercise daily.
    • Encourage your child to maintain their social networks by using virtual platforms to stay connected with friends.
  • Grades & Assessments

    • Teachers will adhere to the same grading policies that have been communicated via the course syllabus.
    • Grades and comments on student progress will be updated in MyMV on a weekly basis.
  • Teacher Office Hours

    Teachers will be available via virtual office hours during at least one of the following times each day and will communicate their office hours to their students.
    • 9:30-10:15
    • 11:15-12:00
    • 12:15-2:00
    • 1:00-1:45
    • 3:15-4:00
  • Student Support

    Rachel Spiegel, School Counselor:
    • Social/emotional support (via zoom or phone) including crisis counseling, individual counseling, and group education.
    • Students may self-refer (contact the counselor directly) or may be referred by a teacher, advisor, or parent.
    • Supporting teachers/staff as they work with students.
    • Available by phone or text 
    Crisis/Mental Health Resources:
    Office Hours: 11:00am - 2:00pm, 3-4 pm M, T, W, F
    • Email (rspiegel@mvcds.org) or text 419-320-2509 to schedule a meeting
    • The school counselor may contact you if you have been referred by an adult
    • “Drop-in” Zoom times for quick check-ins will be added to the schedule if virtual learning continues for an extended period of time.
    Tara Morrin, Student Support Specialist:
    • Supports students with executive functioning as well as providing resources for students, faculty, and parents on supporting students in an online learning environment
    • Available for teachers who have questions or need suggestions on how to support a student
    • Coordinates peer and professional tutoring (these will continue via Zoom)
    • Available by phone or text 567-395-7685; via Zoom or email tmorrin@mvcds.org
    Tara Morrin Office Hours (Drop-in services via Zoom, with waiting room option):
    • M-F, 9:30-10:15 am
    • M-F, 11:15am -12:00 pm
    • M-F, 12:15-2:00 pm
    • T-F, 3:00-4:00 pm
    • *Also available to meet during blocks as usual
    Jackie Wells, Upper School Dean of Students:

    • Role of Dean of Students
    • Available for Upper School students struggling with peer to peer conflicts during remote learning
    • Support students through difficult conversations with peers or teachers
    • Being available for one on one zoom times to assist with learning and social expectations
    • Available by phone or text at (419)-957-9730; via Zoom/email: jwells@mvcds.org)
    Jackie Wells Office Hours:
    • M-F, 9:30-10:15am
    • M-F, 11:15am -12:00pm
    • M-F, 12:15-2:00pm
    • T-F, 3:00-4:00pm
    Sara Dowling, School Psychologist:
    • All education plans will be sent to parents and students (copying advisors) along with an explanation of how the plan may be implemented in the home setting.
    • We will also be requesting parents and/or students to reach out to student support members when any concern arises.
    • Continue weekly student support department meetings to discuss additional ways to support our students and compile resources for students, faculty, and parents on supporting students in an online learning environment.
    • Available for teachers and parents who have questions or need suggestions on how to support a student through one on one conversations or through scheduled student support meetings.
    • Available by phone or text at 419-351-8221; via Zoom or email sdowling@mvcds.org
    Sara Dowling Office Hours (scheduled via email or text):
    • Mondays 12:00 - 3:00 pm and 4:00 - 5:00 pm
    • Select Tuesdays (4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/2) 12:00 - 5:00 pm
    • Wednesdays 12:00 - 5:00 pm
    • Thursdays 12:00 - 5:00 pm
    Sherrie Watkins, School Nurse:
    • Available to teachers, parents, and students to provide support and consultation services
    • Provide additional social/emotional support as needed
    • Provide resources to teachers, parents, and students
    Sherrie Watkins Office Hours (scheduled via email or text):
    • M-TH, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
    • Available by phone at 419-297-1040; via Zoom or email swatkins@mvcds.org
  • Technology Support

    Students and parents in need of additional technical support should reach out to the Help Desk at helpdesk@mvcds.org.

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