In addition to the extra work to pivot to remote learning, I was especially struck by the videos and emails the teachers created for the students, letting them know that they miss and love them, and reminding of their support. That level of care is so special and helps to calm anxieties for both students and parents.
As we plan for online learning beginning Tuesday, March 17, we know this brings both questions and uncertainty for you. We are cognizant of the potential challenge that having students stay home may pose, and so we thank you in advance for partnering with us. We are all trusting the Lord during this unusual time.
Read through the Parent Online Learning Guidelines below as well as the Student Guidelines. Each student's current online Moodle courses will still be used for remote learning during this time, so students will not need a new log-in and will be able to utilize their current online classroom.
Consider helping your student set up a daily schedule for remote learning, find a place in your home that is public and uses a table and chair or desk, and assist your student in managing online/digital time. Here are a few useful resources for parents: Tips for Students, Tips for Remote Learning, Set a Schedule.
We want to provide your student with support he/she needs whether academic, social-emotional, or with regard to technology. Please do not hesitate to call or email us for assistance and resources.
Please continue to communicate with us how to best serve you. We continue to pray for health and God’s faithful sustaining of your family during this time.
As we plan to implement online learning beginning Tuesday, March 17, we know this brings both questions and uncertainty for you. Please be assured that we are here to support you along the way.
Please read through the Online Learning Student Guidelines. Your online Moodle course and Zoom (video conferencing) will be the primary tools that teachers will use for remote learning during this time.
Please reach out to your teacher directly if you have any questions pertaining to a course. Reaching out to your teacher during their office hours is key to your progress. Your teachers can help you with any technology or instructional materials you may need to use or access while you are participating in online learning.
It is important to set aside a place in your home with a table and a chair and to maintain a schedule for logging into office hours, accessing Moodle courses, checking email and completing work. Read through the resources at the bottom of the Online Learning Student Guidelines for tips to be a successful online learner.
Your guidance counselor will also be available to you should you have any questions or concerns. Middle School students can reach out to guidance counselor, Tracy Bartholomew. Additionally, in our ongoing commitment to offer care, Mrs. Torr, our school counselor, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org should you need additional support from home.
If you need help with your course, contact your teacher first for assistance. If needed, use the numbers or emails below for additional help.
Mon - Fri, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
831-768-6152 or email for MS Help or HS Help
Mon - Fri, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
831-768-6163 or email@example.com
Mon - Fri, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
831-722-8178 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will complete and submit assignments as indicated by individual teachers in the student's Moodle courses.
Students will be required to attend 1 individual meeting weekly for assessment, feedback or checks for understanding, per the teacher’s instruction, for each course.
Teachers will have office hours 8:30 am - 11:00 am using ZOOM as seen on the shared online Google calendar. Students may call in using the Zoom link in their Moodle courses during office hours for help with content, assignment or grade questions.
Daily agendas will be posted by 8:30 am to the calendar in each Moodle course which includes specific information for that day and upcoming days.
Moodle calendars, announcements and Forum posts must be checked and monitored by the student.
Standard Assessments will be managed using ExamSoft (for High School only) or Moodle and given to all students in the content area concurrently between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Mon- Thurs. Students can reference the shared online Google calendar and their Moodle calendar to see upcoming assessment times. Students are responsible for following the instructions for assessments and logging in on time.
Fridays from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm have been reserved for Spanish and Japanese teachers to schedule oral assessments and for other teachers to schedule individual Zoom appts with students in need of additional contact time.
What we are facing is new - but then again it is not. 72 years ago, CS Lewis penned the following:
In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.
Being new this school year to MVC, our response to all of our family’s experiences here has been gratitude. We are so grateful that our children get to go to school here and that our family is part of the MVC family. Navigating these unforeseen events as a community, we continue to feel incredibly grateful—for the transparency, wisdom and guidance of leadership, and for the dedication, flexibility and care of the faculty, staff, and coaches.